As you can imagine there are certain forces in the area, mostly Realtors, builders and the de-evolutionary pols they control, who would dearly love to get rid of Measure V. The notion of sticking a wide swathe of highly dense condo sprawl with some CNG bus stops in the middle of town appeals to them, mostly in the monetary sense. Though thanks to Arnold Schwarzenegger and the vibe of Post-Cosmic California, along with the bejabbering of some very cynical greenwashers, they are instead telling us it will help to save the planet from global warming. Which would be hilarious except for the billions in quantitatively eased Federal dollars backing this Orwellian message up. And they're pushing this garbage everywhere.
Anyway, there is this 60,000 square foot water warthog of a behemoth on Sierra Madre's ballot this November. This in a town whose head engineer recently predicted we'll be out of water within the year. Up for a public vote because that is what Measure V demands. Called the Assisted Living Facility, or ALF, it is the product of a San Diego elder care corporation that builds these facilities all over the country. It is where wealthy aged folks can go to get relieved of their earthly equity before they pass on to that far better world. After all, they can't take it with them, so it might as well go to those owning the ALF. To heck with the damn kids.
Now there had been considerable anxiety amongst Measure V supporters in town about the ALF. And unfortunately that worry was mostly about the Measure and not the building itself. There was a fear that the big development forces and their attorneys would circumvent Measure V with a lawyerly guile, and then go and build the thing without voter approval. The theory being City Hall feared we'd turn it down just for the fun of it. They do have lots of fear.
However, and after long months of pointless City meetings on the topic, the developer of the ALF came up with what turned out to be a most brilliant ploy. Speaking before packed City Council chambers, this developer declared that he would support a Measure V vote on his project, and he would put up a lot of his own dough to make that vote happen. Hosannas of praise poured from every slow growth throat in town. The world (or at least the part we care about) was saved.
The only problem is some of the more demonstrative people in Sierra Madre spent so much time hyperventilating over Measure V that they forgot all about what this building will actually look like. And at 60,000 square feet the ALF will be our equivalent of the Great Pyramid of Giza, towering over its humble surroundings like some sort of malevolent aesthetic tyranny filled with very old people.
But here is the good news. Thanks in part to the ALF's generous developer we will have that Measure V vote, and we can still shut this big boy down. Which is what we need to do. We just do not have the water to sustain so large a thing.