Here is how it is summarized by City Manager Elaine Aguilar and City Attorney Teresa Highsmith in the Agenda Report:
At the July 24, 2012 meeting, the Council approved the various election resolutions placing an initiative to amend the density limitation of Measure V, to permit the development of an Assisted Living Facility at 33 N. Hermosa Avenue and 245 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. The Council approved a Kensington Election Indemnification and Hold Harmless Agreement (Agreement), but stated that in the event the developer (Fountain Square Development West, L.L.C.) had modifications, that it may be necessary for the Agreement to return to the Council for consideration.
It is recommended that the City Council provide staff with direction regarding the authorization of the attached Kensington Election Indemnification and Hold Harmless Agreement.
In other words, should something go south in this process, such as the voters not approving the Kensington question, the City wants to make certain the developer won't turn around and initiate some kind of legal action. It has to be understood by all that the involved issues are resolved by the vote of the people. Nothing else. No lawsuits, please.
The rest of the Agenda Report has to do with the actual changes themselves. In order to look these over yourself you can do so by clicking here. This will take you to the same documents our City Council will be pondering this evening at City Hall. Except for one meeting attendee, who apparently will be phoning in from Kapaa, Hawaii. Which sounds like a vacation spot to me.
Somebody's Great "Sierra Madre Citizen of the Year" Idea
A lot of the good ideas around here come out in the comments, and late yesterday afternoon was no exception.
Thank you for highlighting this story of success. It was wonderful to watch and learn from. I am proud to know people from JPL and Cal-Tech. They need to be our Citizens of the Year.
We should make this happen. Sierra Madre has residents who work at JPL and Caltech, and their contributions in putting the Curiosity Rover on the surface of Mars should be recognized.
Crime Wave Hits Sierra Madre
I don't know what it is about this town, but we certainly do get our share of robberies, home break-ins and general criminal mayhem. I am not certain all of those tickets being given out by the SMPD are helping much, either. This from today's Pasadena Star News (click here):
Burglar targets Sierra Madre home then church - A burglar stole cash and other items from a home then swiped money from a parishioner's purse at a church during services Sunday.
Then if you go to the latest Police Blotter report over on the Patch, there is more (click here):
Five Sierra Madre Burglaries Reported in Six Days - A string of burglaries occurred in Sierra Madre over the course of six days - from July 31 to Sunday night, Aug. 5. The incidents varied in terms of type of location and only two of the burglaries seem to have similarities so far regarding the suspects that were described.
Instead of the Police Department suing us, perhaps we should sue them?