Sunday, March 31, 2013

Is Everything You've Heard About the Hildreth Building Permits Wrong?

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It has long been an article of faith in this town that Jeff and Taryn Hildreth never obtained the necessary building permits when they started digging the largest basement in Sierra Madre. They just went ahead and did it, and without any blessings whatsoever from the local authorities downtown. And as we all know, if you are not on the special side of City Hall and do something that they don't like, there is nothing they won't do to ruin your life.

However, if what is coming out at Superior Court is to be believed, these permits actually were obtained, and do exist. Something that indicates that this City's account might not be an accurate one. Instead somewhere along the line they screwed up, and rather than admit to their errors decided to take the legal route. The idea being that with their legal firepower and cash money resources they could scare these two very nice folks off and nobody would know the better.

Or so the story goes. If the Hildreths prevail the taxpayers in this town will be on the hook for a huge settlement. You can only wonder how things got to this point. Then again, if you follow the affairs of this town, perhaps you do.

Below are four permits issued to the Hildreths that I was able to lay my hands on. Click on them and they will enlarge and be easier to read.

Whether there are more or not I do not know. But I can tell you one thing, these waters are far more murky than they used to be. And you have to believe that yes, the City could indeed lose this case. At which time I think it would be incumbent upon us as taxpayers and residents to take a long hard look at just how City hall handles its affairs.








































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27 comments:

  1. City Hall dishonest? Say it ain't so.

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  2. A few years ago I had my roof done, I paid for the permit, but when the job was finished no one from building dept. would come to sign off on the permit, they did not inspect the job and all they did was collet the fee for the permit.

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    1. make sure they sign it off or you will need to remove that roof ;)

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  3. So what documents did the Hildreths lose?

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    1. none the city lost many many documents and blueprints etc.

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  4. When Elaine & her minions say nothing it speaks volumes.

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  5. Two permits are for heating units, one "complete remodel." I don't see a permit for the wine cellar addition. I want these folks to be treated fairly, but is this what they are in court over?

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    1. Let me get this straight. You think the city has permits for wine cellars?

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    2. There are many more documents associated with this case, a couple thousand actually. There are more to come I'm sure.

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    3. You should read this:
      http://sierramadretattler.blogspot.com/2013/03/the-case-for-jeff-and-taryn-hildreth.html

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  6. None of these appear to be a permit to excavate a gigantic hole in their property. The first says repair, and the others are about electrical, plumbing, etc.

    Where is their stamped plan that shows they were building the basement in a structurally sound manner? You can't get an approved permit without plans that are certified by an architect or an engineer. You can apply for one, but you can't get approved for one.

    Who did they pay to say their design was structurally sound? (Or do they have the credentials to approve it themselves?) Can they provide that information? That's the core issue, and if they can show that, then we can say "Hmm, what is really going on."

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    1. The city said the Hildreths had no permits. It now seems obvious they did. Nobody is saying Jeff is an angel. But neither is Danny and Elaine.

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    2. Chris Kourafas is the licensed Architect on the Hildreth project.

      Neuroblast Films

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    3. Kent Barber is the licensed Engineer on the Hildreth project.

      Neuroblast Films

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    4. I don't see anything that says they can build a deck over the sidewalk, or dig a giant hole in the basement. They say house remodel. I'm just sayen.

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    5. You'd be glad it is there if you
      suddenly got caught in a rainstorm.

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  7. if I got caught in a rain storm what's to say I would be there under the projection, this over hang, I find it hard to believe that this would have ever been approved. Or if some designs were approved were they built to the specifications?

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  8. I don't trust the city. That ended when they lied about the water rate increase.

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  9. What I don't know about building permits would fill a Hui Ru Han McMansion, but just for the record on a rainy Easter Sunday, I'm very happy to hear the Tattler's audience is growing. Amidst the shrieks and howls of mainstream bought-and-paid-for-corporate media, The Tattler is the singular clear voice of concerned citizens. In the fight to get our democracy back, this blog and others like it are on the front lines.

    In the movies, the ragtag band of sincere good guys and gals fighting the monolithic evil empire always wins. I sure hope that's how this one turns out, too.

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  10. A few years back the building department cleared our plans and then somehow realized that they shouldn't have and tried to take it back. Ooops!

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  11. All permits have an expiration date or a time frame for work to be COMPLETED, from what I witnessed I'll bet you NONE of the work was COMPLETED during the allotted time frames that the permits allowed, so where are the permits from start to finish?

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    1. But didn't the city say there were NO permits? Ever?

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    2. The work was not completed because an illegal "Stop Work" order was placed on the Hildreths door via Richard Temple. Mr Temple had placed the "Stop Work" order on the Hildreths door because Richard Temple was a witness to no work being performed on the project for 180 days. The problem is that first Richard temple had never met with the Hildreths prior and Richard temple was only on the job here with our beloved Sierra Madre building and planning department for 166 days. So why is that important? Because there was never a legal reason for the "Stop Work" order. Permit were filed and approved. The project has had multiple inspections, and is half complete.

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  12. James Guerra, and Steve Whitmyer were the inspectors of record on the project and are still employed by Wildan were just awarded the contract to inspect for Sierra Madre building and planning department.

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  13. What happened to Whitmyer: no longer around?

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  14. Good luck with getting a licquor and resturant liscence from the very city you have been trying to fight in court for ten years.
    And a deck over the sidewalk...now there's a code violation just for starters!

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