Wednesday, December 17, 2014

More Consequences Of Delaying The General Plan Update

(Mod: On December 10 we posted an article called "The General Plan Update: A Race Against Time." You can link to it here. Here is a bit of what was said.)

There can be little doubt that a whole lot of time was wasted in between the moment when Mayor MaryAnn MacGillivray first set the General Plan Update into motion in 2009, and what occurred at last night's City Council meeting. Four long years of retrograde foot dragging Civility Party Mayors occupy the gap between these two highly beneficial events, with the resulting damage done to Sierra Madre becoming more evident every day.

The lot splitting atrocities that can now be seen being built all over town, along with the impending McMansion developments that could be going down soon at One Carter and other equally unfortunate places, none of this could have happened had not the likes of John Buchanan, Joe Mosca and those other two stood in the way of the completion of MaryAnn's hoped for General Plan Update. The necessary protections would already be in place and the very real threat to Sierra Madre of being turned into some kind of knock off Arcadia Adjacent just not there.

But unfortunately that is the hand dealt to us, and those four wasted years are now a problem that could have some serious repercussions. As an example we are probably less than two months away from yet another very expensive One Carter lawsuit, something that would have been inconceivable had the updated General Plan been completed in the 18 months originally proposed by then Mayor MacGillivray.

(Mod: In response to this article a resident sent me the following pictures of a project being built at 405-419 Mariposa. Something that would have looked decidedly different had the updated General Plan been completed in the 18 months originally planned rather than having been delayed for years by the four Mayors that followed MaryAnn. Projects such as this one are becoming more prevalent in town, and in the minds of many are completely out character with the settings they are found in. Yet they are being built. A legacy of four Sierra Madre Mayors who were not faithful to the wishes of the people who elected them to office.)




























http://sierramadretattler.blogspot.com

64 comments:

  1. This thing on Mariposa, the junk on Camillo, the new MacMansion on Lima close to Highland - just how many of these things are going up?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank Heaven for the moratoriums! Hope we haven't lost too much.

      Delete
    2. The Camillo junk is being replicated exactly, on Los Robles in Pasaadena, just south of California on the west side of the street. It is so out of scale and character for the neighborhood, I can't even believe it was approved.

      Delete
    3. Which former employee approved it?

      Delete
    4. The Mariposa project was approved by the Planning Commission.

      Hate me if you will, I don't really have a problem with this project. It met all the guidelines in force at the time. I will miss the dumpy apartment building, though.

      Delete
    5. You are entitled to your opinion, but if those 4 Mayors hadn't stabbed the city in the back by sandbagging the updated General Plan for 4 years those guidelines you speak of would not have been in force at the time.

      Delete
    6. 8:22, hate you? Give it a rest.
      Yes, the project met the requirements that were in pace. That is why a pro-preservation majority on the city council is working so hard to change those requirements.
      The Mariposa condos are a perfect example of one property owner's rights wiping out the rights of the neighbors.
      What about the people to the south of this too-tall structure? Suckers? Too bad for them?

      Delete
    7. The fix was always in. That City Council was always in the pockets of the developers, and now we are seeing the results. It is so disgraceful.

      Delete
    8. Inconvenient truth, 8:34. There is no right to a view (nor has there ever been, that I'm aware of) in Sierra Madre. I don't believe the pending General Plan update addresses that, either.

      Nice of you to toss that straw man into the argument, tho.

      Delete
    9. I don't think narrow legalisms are going to win you this argument, 8:51. It is a much bigger pictures than that.

      Delete
    10. There are rights to views in some parts of town, and the obligation to protect them - we just need to extend some of the protections in the Hillside Management Zone ordinance and the Canyon Zone ordinance to the whole town.

      Delete
    11. When a structure looms over its neighbors, it's not just "views" that are damaged - it also impacts privacy, light and air. 7 or 8 years ago one of these two story boxes was built next to a one story that had a 100 year old Japanese garden. The big box ruined the health of the garden and cost its owners a lot of money to remedy with extensive landscape changes. But hey, who cares about 100 year old gardens, when there's a buck to be made.

      Delete
    12. Maybe that is why city hall used to be closed in the morning. All those Mur Sol meetings.

      Delete
    13. 9:41, facts are facts. Not "narrow legalisms." Pesky, huh.

      Delete
    14. If that is where you choose to live, so be it.

      Delete
    15. If you don't want to live in Realville, so be it. Join the other 90% of the country.

      Delete
    16. Judging by what I've seen from you Realville has a blight problem.

      Delete
    17. Yeah, those dumpy stucco apartments do have a certain appeal.

      Delete
    18. Huh. Third or fourth day in a row that we've had the pro-over development advocate for company. I wonder if he's getting paid?

      Delete
    19. Maybe it's a lonely person.

      Delete
  2. Sierra Madre's secret building boom.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. John Buchanan, the SoCal Edison laywer plant on the Council will go down in history as one of the most conniving, backstabbing, insincere, misleading and two faced Councilmember's of all time.

      He's on equal status with Bart Doyle, Joe Mosca and Nancy Walsh - all apparently hated Sierra Madre. At least we saw Nancy coming full steam ahead with her rantics, but Buchanan and Doyle were and still are sneaky with SM politics and development.

      Mosca was another utility company hack that was three faced.

      Delete
  3. When the building is uphill like that, and so tall that it blocks the mountains, it could be built anywhere, oblivious to the environment it is in.
    There is nothing that makes it a part of the community.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Projects like this should be called "Buchanans." Like, "Did you see that Buchanan going up on Mariposa?"

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. We should make a map. The Buchanan Trail.

      Delete
    2. Trail of Tears

      Delete
    3. Rob Stockly could be a volunteer tour guide.

      Delete
    4. remember when Buchanan was lying to us about exploding water pipes and immediate disaster looming underneath SM

      and the entire time he was using the issue to secure matching funds so he could build a library in his honor

      and the time he tried to give away a city parking lot to a developer

      what a swell guy

      Delete
    5. BTW, didn't the library close? The UUT failed and Goss said that would happen. That, and the unanswered 911 calls.

      Delete
    6. As a cost saving measure I believe they also outsourced our volunteer fire department.

      Delete
    7. I think that Goss has come to the realization that certain folks were misleading him with erroneous information.

      Delete
  5. Mountains? What mountains?

    ReplyDelete
  6. Hate to break it to ya, but the Pinney House, the gaudiest mansion in town, recently sold (all cash) to a chinese buyer; reportedly to house 'visiting guests'.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hopefully the Pinney's visitors will enjoy their visits from the Sierra Madre Rolls Royce Hubcap Removal Service.

      Delete
    2. Don't forget to ask about our Christmas special on hood ornament trimming. For that more aerodynamic ride!

      Delete
    3. Well, that was a long hustle - the people who just sold it "loved the village" and wanted to turn it into a B & B. Since they couldn't, they've been trying to sell it.

      Delete
    4. I guess Josh Moran's little Bed & Breakfast two-step worked out really well for the Pinney peddlers.

      Delete
    5. The City is considering changing the name of Lima to Lover's Lane.

      Delete
    6. Josh Moran used to rent a room in the Pinney House (a while back) according to the owner

      Delete
    7. You know the Pinney House will now be a Nursery for Mainland China.

      Delete
    8. Is there a zoning code for that?

      Delete
    9. 9:23, ouch. I hope you're not right, but it sure could be.

      Delete
    10. Josh Moran rented a room there?

      shouldn't it be on our local celebrity tour map?

      Delete
    11. 9:23, maybe we should zone it "A-B" for Anchor Babies.

      Delete
    12. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

      Delete
  7. I was at the PC when the Mariposa project was approved. The commission seemed to only be concerned about the garage in one of the back units. They were concerned that the position would make it difficult for a car to egress on the driveway. They had the ability there and then to take a condo away. They had the ability to lessen the bulk and size. They passed it anyway. At this time, there was no one to speak out as the movement was just starting and was focused pretty much on the monetary. This planning commission needs a swift, regular kick in the butt! Our journey against mc mansions is just beginning. Get ready, we have the power.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. (singing)
      Power to the People!

      Delete
    2. The former owner of the Pinney House came before the Planning Commission a year or so ago and proposed an ordinance to allow a B & B at the Pinney House. That ordinance was passed by the City Council to include most of the large historical homes.

      Delete
  8. Isn't that a Podley sign out fron? So much for just loving the town as it is...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oddly, it's Podley.

      Delete
    2. Yep, it's Podley.

      Delete
    3. me, if it has to happen, I sincerely hope that new development is Chinese managed so our local realtors are locked out of their commissions

      would serve them right

      Delete
  9. If no one has a right to a view, why has Savramento tried to tax properties that have one?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Sacramento is working on an air tax. You know, to save the world.

      Delete
    2. Go look up AB 32. Or at least get somebody to read it to you.

      Delete
  10. The owner of the property appears to be SGV Property Fund LLC with an Arcadia address. What do you think? Any chance they would be Chinese developers like Camillo, Stonehouse, One Carter and every other bad development in this town. They are trying their best to turn Sierra Madre into Arcadia. We can stop them but we have to be agressive in our actions. In light of what is at state, half-measures will not do it.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Mariposa is just one more problem development. How are these things getting approved and why are we make our rules and regulations so lax that people are able to do this. The next project coming down the pike is 576 Elm Street - 2 acres also owned by a Chinese developer. So you have One Carter, Stonehouse, Camillo, Elm Street and Mariposa. Do you think there is kind of a little pattern here?

    ReplyDelete