|Creative Design Associates: Deep Valley Cheese|
John - Did some research on Camillo monstrosity. The address is 319 Camillo. It is owned by 319 Camillo, LLC (link). That LLC's main partner is Scott Yang, president of the Figure 8 Group. He is an architect and developer. He is also a partner in Creative Design Associates. These can be Googled.
I e-mailed Danny today for info on these houses but received no reply. If I get one at all, it won't be until next week. I went by the houses yesterday and tonight. There is no way these houses are 55 percent of the lot size. I have not looked up to see what or how many feet the house should be from the property line. But I will.
Also, they look bigger than 4000 sq. ft. So if it didn't go to the Planning Commission who is responsible for these ugly things? Does Danny have that authority? Who does? Hope this of interest and hope you are well and somewhat rested.
There is some information about both the "Figure 8 Group" and "Creative Design Associates" on-line. While both make high claims for their special contributions to the causes of fine architectural design and civilization in general, neither entity seems all that remarkable. They appear to be pretty much made up of run-of-the-mill real estate hustlers, people who take whatever they can get.
Here is how Mr. Yang's F8G explains itself, and in what can only be described as halting English (link).
I think Batman used to wear a streets cape. I am also not certain that whatever it is they have hatched over on Camillo Road can be described as housing for "the working class." Or even Duty Man Housing, to use that hopeless term City Hall employs.
Rather it looks to me like a "who did it and ran" project, designed with one purpose only. To line somebody's pockets, and quickly. Presumably Scott Yang's pockets.
There is a smidgen of biographical information about Scott "The Mang" Yang on the Creative Design Associates website (link). It is pretty standard boilerplate stuff. Not that we should anticipate too much depth from this guy, or from the folks he is associated with, either. It doesn't seem that these are especially philosophical or artistic-minded people, and I doubt they would ever see the need to spend time thinking of interesting things to say to us.
For the record, I could find no LA Times article on-line dealing with anything involving Scott Yang and "Palos Verde" (sic). I did have marginally better luck with Nevis Homes, which turns out to be yet another LLC. But they do have a partially enabled, though rather generic looking, website. Sadly, it comes with no enlightening attachments. It also has very few words. Here it is (link):
As you can see by the pictures of the not quite so fabulous Nevis Homes designs in the background, these are of a purely plonked together cheese box design and made up of stacked generic parts, each of which appear to have been lifted straight from the pages of the Big Golden Book of Trite Architectural Cliche'. The 2009 edition.
So this brings us all the way back around to our friend's revelatory e-mail. Do the Terrible Twins of Camillo Road comply with Sierra Madre's applicable building standards and ordinances? Do they cover less than 55% of the available lot space? Are these two lost doggies less than 4,000 square feet each?
Would anyone we pay to keep track of this stuff even know?
And, to throw in my other two cents, where was the City of Sierra Madre staff when all this was first going down? Did anyone from City Hall get into one of those fine cars we pay for and drive over to Camillo Road to take a real time look-see?
Did they ever even leave their building? Except, of course, to go back to the towns where they actually live?
Something doesn't look right here. And I'm not just talking about 319 Camillo Road. We need to demand some answers.