It's our tale of two meetings. Here are the outlines of what is going down tonight. Tomorrow we'll let you know just how these things ended up. It's what we do. We're big on typing and staying up late.
The Meaglias, Richard and Soledad, are back for yet another round in front of the Planning Commission. Lord knows they have been there before. Hoping to build a large two story McMansion here in Sierra Madre, they have been very determined in their approach to make their big dream happen. And they have tried many different stratagems to make it all work for them. But each time the Planning Commission has informed them that they need to go back to the drawing board and come back with something that looks more like a house and less like a triumphant monument to lumber usage.
However, it now appears that after repeated rejections of their two story 6,000 square foot dream, they have reduced their plans to a single story, though still quite imposing, 5,675 square feet home. Which means the new wickiup is going to cover a lot of turf. Obviously there will be lots of walkability in this structure. Every time the phone rings somebody is going to have to sprint the distance of a couple football fields to answer it.
Here is how it is all described in the Executive Summary of the Planning Commission Staff Report:
The owners/applicants, Richard and Soledad Meaglia, are requesting that the Planning Commission consider a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to allow construction of a one-story, 5,675-square-foot single-family home on property located at 756 Auburn Avenue. Pursuant to Sierra Madre Municipal Code 17.20.025.C single-family residences that exceed 4,000 square feet of floor area require approval of a CUP.
Mr. Meaglia has since revised the design fro a two-story to a one-story residence, and reduced the total floor area from 5,963 to 5,675 square feet. Staff recommends that the Planning Commission approve Conditional Use Permit 11-05 (CUP 11-05) pursuant to Planning Commission Resolution 12-05, subject to conditions of approval.
The odds of this getting approved by the Planning Commission are fairly good. Or at least that is what the knowledgeable people are saying. The Meaglias having finally done something to make this structure less obtrusive than before. I guess we will have to wait and see.
SGVCOG Governing Board Meeting
This is the first COG Governing Board meeting since the D.A. raided the homes and offices of Executive Director Nick Conway. And judging by the agenda for tonight's get-together that event is on the minds of this august panel. Just the agenda items of the closed session is enough to make you believe mighty changes are about to happen.
8.0 Conference with legal counsel re: pending litigation pursuant to Government Code section 54956.9(a) - Gil Aguirre v. San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments, Los Angeles Superior Court, Case Number BS 132514.
9.0 Evaluation of performance of Executive Director pursuant to Government Code section 54957.
10.0 Conference with legal counsel re: anticipated litigation pursuant to Government Code section 54956.9(b)(3)(C) - claim or other written communication threatening RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) litigation received from Gil Aguirre.
That is quite a closed session. Something tells me the regular meeting won't be getting underway on time. Certainly there is a lot that needs to be discussed first.
How this will all end up tonight is anybody's guess. One unidentified poster yesterday did venture to go out on a limb and make a prediction of how it will go down tonight. Here it is:
A prediction: I talked to an individual who is not a public official. He did talk to a COG insider. I am curious to see if this is true. The COG will place Conway on PAID leave. he will sit at home and wait to see if he gets indicted. He is the sole owner of Arroyo. His employees will go to work and he will take in his almost $800,000 income. Then the COG will hire its own attorney to help Conway's personal attorney negotiate with the DA. That way he gets paid as long as possible. Conway has an insider attorney at the COG helping his defense team. This info came from a COG Board member who is "chatting" prior to the meeting. I do not have personal knowledge.
Like I said, we will have 3rd party reports on both meetings, and they will be posted for your viewing pleasure tomorrow morning.