|To see Todd's video click here.|
I am not sure if you have noticed, but it hasn't rained since then, either. Nary a droplet has fallen from our eternally blue skies. Another couple of years of this and, well, let's just say the smart money will soon start investing in bottled water. I don't know if you've ever given much thought to what life might be like if water could no longer be piped into your home, but it would likely put any negative thoughts you have about the yellow version far away from your day to day reveries on life. You could even feel the urge to get nostalgic for those good old days. Which really weren't all that good.
So today I thought we should take a much needed break from our two day reflection on the local child molesters (who apparently love Sierra Madre as much as some of our recent politicians once did), to spend a moment with a developer named Todd Boden.
Todd spoke at the August 12th City Council meeting, and through the miracle of a technology that I don't quite understand yet (Thank God for friends), we have now captured on video his short though emphatic talk about the building moratorium. It is linked above and to the left (click under the picture, please), and you can check it out there. Or just click here if you wish. You'll get the same result.
This is how I described Todd's talk in that August 13th post.
The comedic highlight of the evening came courtesy of a developer by the name of Todd Boden. Like many who are attempting to make some major bank in real estate insane Sierra Madre, he wishes to take a single lot and magically double his pleasure by splitting it into two. Kind of like an amoeba. Much to his chagrin, Mr. Boden has lately discovered that he will not be able to get a water hook up for one of his reproductive plots. Or maybe both. I can't exactly remember those details at this moment.
But where Todd really rocked the planet was with his claim that by pulling down old homes and replacing each with a couple of new ones, it would actually save water. Kind of a version of the old "development is green" canard that John Buchanan and Joe Mosca used to try and endlessly shove down our throats a few years ago.
Naturally his proposal that we should tear down the 20+ (20?!) year old houses to put up new ones in order to save us all was greeted with a bemused silence. I guess we'll need to pull a video for this one.
So there you go, we got the video. It took us a while, though. I will tell you why in a moment.
Todd is apparently the young Boden. He is the pride and joy of Fred Boden, the alpha male at Fred Boden Development, Inc. Daddy Fred and his young scamp Todd are amongst the leading local area practitioners of lot splitting. Currently a scourge here in Sierra Madre that most residents hate worse than, well, just about anything truly worthy of that emotion.
We really do enjoy calling them Amoeba Lots, by the way. They split in two and each part takes on a new life of its own. Though it is a much smaller life. Something that I believe proves that density really is a state of mind.
Certainly Todd Boden understands the concept.
There was a series of funny comments about the Bodens on the 13th. I thought I'd put up some screen shots.
More KGEM "technical difficulties?"
Here is that promised explanation about videos. Up until recently we were pulling them right off of the KGEM site, and that was working quite well for us. The Richard MacDonald video in particular continues to get a decent amount of views. Maybe his pals down at the Courthouse got wind of it, and they're telling all of their friends to get a load of what went down.
It is a kindness to bring laughter into the lives of those who experience so little joy.
However, apparently someone got all upset about our posting such videos here on The Tattler, made some phone calls to our killjoy City Hall, with the result being we have now been blocked. We can't pull videos down from KGEM anymore.
So what we are doing instead is taking a video camera and recording this content right from a TV screen. Primitive perhaps, but our dedication to engaging the public in the important issues facing local government in these trying times supersedes any such inconvenience to us.
But whoever blocked us, you really should be ashamed of yourself. Where's the transparency, right?
Besides, we're going to come up with a workaround no matter what you do anyway, so why not knock it off already?