Monday, November 10, 2014

Is Lot Size Now The Critical Selling Point In Sierra Madre?

Large lot, but there is also this darn house on it.
What is the latest Realty tip for cash obsessed Sierra Madre residents anxious to get in on some of that big-time overseas cash? You know, just like the folks down in Arcadia have been getting paid over these last couple of years?  How exactly do you make your champaign and caviar dreams come true?

Forget about the house. What you need to do is push that lot size. Nobody is going to want to live in your quaint 1,795 square foot slanty shanty with that droop stoop anyway. The big money buyers are just going to obliterate that sucker and plow it into the dry and dusty quicker than you can say "escrow." 

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No, they are going to want to get themselves a big lot so they can build themselves a hella McMansion, just like their pals a few blocks down Baldwin Avenue have. Or maybe split that big lot of yours into two and build themselves a couple of tall skinny ones. Camillo Road comes to mind. You never really know where they'll go with this until the fat permit sings.

And if your little place in the sun is smack dab in the middle of a large and lovely lot, you are going to get more money than you ever dreamed possible. They're even advertising Sierra Madre's largest lots in the local newspapers. Check out this ad from yesterday's Pasadena Star News:

Be sure to read the fine print.
This is, of course, how they'll sell both you and Sierra Madre out. Drop some big cash on those who own properties large enough to be useful for either lot splitting or McMansions, and then set to building them. Complete with some over-the-counter General Plan ignoring permits from City Hall. Just one property at a time is all it will ever really take.

The guys with the cash think everything is for sale, and all it will take is a motivated price. And who knows, they could be right.

Operators are standing by. Better get that General Plan done soon. Like maybe Wednesday.

Neil the Pig Passes Away

He was a beloved member of this community, and at times even a cause you could believe in. Perhaps you remember the great Pig vs. Hog controversy of a couple of years back? Neil was also the #5 vote getter as a write-in candidate in last April's City Council election, in case you didn't know. Finishing a little bit behind Noah Green.

But alas Neil is now gone. Rainbow bridges and all. Here is how the news broke yesterday on Facebook.

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We keep losing our best. Who will step up to fill the place in our hearts left empty by the passing of Neil the Pig?

Robert Spencer's talk yesterday at the Veteran's Day Ceremonies

It was a great speech, but I know everybody couldn't be there yesterday and maybe you didn't hear it. The good news is that the entire talk was videotaped and it will be posted on YouTube soon. As soon as it is up and running we will post the link here.

Barry Gold sent an email to the City Council about yesterday's Veteran's Day event. Here is what he said:

Dear Mayor and Council Members,

Today my wife and I attended the Veteran's Day ceremony in Memorial Park sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of Sierra Madre, Post 3208.

Before the event started I heard a couple of people wonder if it was appropriate to have Robert Spencer as the guest speaker.  I myself wondered that too.   Well after hearing Mr. Spencer speak there is no doubt that he was the perfect speaker for the event.

We were there to honor those who fought to protect our freedom and to remember those who died while fighting to protect our freedom against those who would deny us our inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

What better way to honor the Veterans who have fought for us then to continue this fight against those who have vowed to destroy all who do not embrace their Brand of Islam?  They are not hard to identify.  Mr. Spencer pointed out several groups that publicly take pride in taking credit for their terrorist acts.

The proof that Mr. Spencer was the right person to speak at today's ceremony was the fact that when he was finished speaking every Veteran in the audience gave him a lengthy standing ovation.   There was one Veteran, who must have been in his 90s, in a wheel chair.  He wanted so badly to stand and applaud Mr. Spencer but it was obvious that he was not able to do so.  Still he kept attempting to stand while in visible pain trying to do so.  Finally family members helped him up and for just a second or two he was able to show his appreciation to Mr. Spencer for the remarks he made.

That was all I needed to see to know that Mr. Spencer was the perfect speaker for this event.  That was more than enough for me to see to be reminded how lucky I am to live in America.

Our city should be very proud of the Veteran's of Foreign Wars of Sierra Madre, Post 3208.

Respectfully, Barry Gold

Good stuff.

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42 comments:

  1. That was one of the best Veteran's Day Ceremonies I have been to in Sierra Madre. Mr. & Mrs Gold were present and like everyone there, they were a friendly face in the crowd. Mr. Gold described it all so well. It is reassuring when you see so many people who actually get it and do worry about the safety of our country. A big Thank You to ever set Mr. Spencer up as the guest speaker.

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  2. What I liked the most about Mr. Spencer is that he addressed us like adults. We hear a lot from government employees and elected officials who do not give us the hard truth. Mr. Spencer gave us that. It was not an easy truth.

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  3. Most Americans don't know that the truth shall keep us free, and that's the truth.

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  4. RIP, Neil the Pig. You were one of the "eccentric" creatures of Sierra Madre that made it so unique.

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  5. So Bowden Development is not so happy to sit on that property for a couple of years after all....Remember Todd's weird speech when the council passed the moratorium?
    From the city manager's report of 7/18/14:
    Continued a lot split application at 75 N. Canon Avenue to the August 21 meeting - a resolution was prepared for denial of the proposed lot split due to the moratorium. The applicant, Todd Bowden, Bowden Development, Inc., said that he wishes to address the City Council to make an exception because his land use application was already filed and in process;

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    1. I'm sure Todd is convinced that he is completely special. Which also means he is one banana step from claiming victimhood.

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  6. When discussing with family and friends it is interesting those that don't really understand how we fought for our rights and freedoms for Americans. Some of us find it difficult to think we are being offensive to anyone when you talk about 9ll and conflicts around the world, how can it be offensive to just have conversations about legitimate concerns? Education never stops and neither do threats to America.

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    1. We live in a time of political correctness run amok. Convicted and registered child predators have their own self-styled lawyers that actually win cases in court. Voter approved Jessica's Law sits unenforced while the California Supreme Court ponders whether or not in treads upon the civil rights of those who rape children. We need to speak out loudly against everything that offends and threatens us. All those who would do us harm want from us is our silence. We do not have to give that to them.

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    2. Bad people have convinced many that they are the victims of good people.

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    3. "The worst are full of passionate intensity, and the best lack all conviction"

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    4. There are a lot of the best around these days. God must be making them in bulk.

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  7. Please do not mention 9 11 without explaining:
    6 out of 10 9/11 Commission have gone on record since to admit there is a U.S. Government cover-up, and have questioned the commission and its conclusions personally (namely Kean and Hamilton, Kerrey, Roemer, Lehman and Cleland). Commission co-chairman Thomas Kean once famously remarked that the Commission was "set up to fail." Commission members considered bringing criminal charges against Pentagon officials who had deliberately lied to them about the military's complete lack of response on that day. One of the commissioners, Max Cleland, even resigned because the commission had been "deliberately compromised by the president of the United States."

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    1. Truther Alert! Truther Alert!!

      Run!!

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    2. I think we need to solve the JFK assassination first.

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    3. George dubwa Bush never deliberately did anything. He's not real bright.

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    4. They never did find the real Lindbergh baby, you know.

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    5. Funny about how "dumb" W was supposed to be. John Kerry had his academic records sealed during the 2004 election.

      Afterwards, it turned out his GPA was lower than W's. Guess that explains the foreign policy mess that's Kerry's made.

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    6. Yeah, we have been on quite a losing streak. Maybe if Kerry and Bush Jr made a movie together they could call it "Dumb and Dumber?"

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    7. Only if Jeb runs. Perish the thought!

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    8. Well that was an educated response, and then a tirade of jokes and sad one liners, with nothing responding to the comment. With comments about "Lindbergh baby" and "JFK", I think we know what eras you all are from. It turns out Grandma, and Grandpa there are people out there who find the facts themselves nowadays, not just relying on FOX news or CBS to garner our opinions for us. We do things like READ the 9/11 official report, and find massive problems with it. Did you read it or did Bill O'Reilly tell you what it said? When your Luddite generation moves on the real discussions can be had at the big boys table, until then enjoy the Super Bowl, and P.S. The level of intellectual conversation on this blog has plummeted.

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    9. That's because we let you in.

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    10. I'm not certain I qualify. Can you own a computer and still be a Luddite?

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    11. Sure. But you can't turn it on.

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    12. Then how is it I posted this? Huh Mr. Smarty Pants?

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    13. The answer is obvious: You are not a Luddite!

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  8. Neil brought us together.

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    1. We'd never seen the like before.

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    2. Some are claiming there have been several Neil spirit sightings in town.

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    3. Now CETT is bringing us together

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    4. That is a pig of a different color.

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    5. Neil lived in a 14 square foot abode. It was no McSty.

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    6. When it comes to oversized and inappropriate development, CETT is going whole hog.

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    7. Attorney "Don't Call me Ronald" McDonald sure put some lipstick on that pig.

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    8. Yep. Not a silk purse in sight.

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  9. You guys are too funny!

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  10. "... this is a corner lot...lot split is high likely..." The so-called "corner" is created by a side alley. I am sure the neighbor's will have some interest in this. The developer tore down the garage that was originally on the existing house, without a permit, and had to build it back on. The lot to the rear had the swimming pool or the front house and a lovely oak tree. Another battle mounting. Good to have the Preserve Sierra Madre group in place.

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  11. So I guess it's true:
    Size matters.

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    1. It depends on what you're looking for.

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    2. That's what she said!

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  12. There's another Large Lot promo on Grandview, north side of the strret, a little east of Canon. Wonder just how many Large Lots with incidental houses are for sale right now.

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    1. We're paying a high price for all of that cheap imported plasticware.

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