Monday, December 15, 2014

Sin City: Did You Know That In China Arcadia Is Known As "The Mistress City of California?"

Access this video by clicking here.

So I was searching the Internet yesterday afternoon, looking for interesting and exciting things to bring you here on The Tattler. Sunday being one of the few days where there is plenty of time to casually rummage around and find the sorts of cool stuff that isn't quite on the beaten path. And much to my surprise and delight I stumbled across a website called CarbonatedTV. Though it is written in English, and with news videos in English as well, it is produced with an Asian audience in mind.

The video I have linked to above has a decidedly "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" sort of feel. Complete with breathless gushing narrator and a painfully obsequious regard for the privileged prats being interviewed. But there are some interesting revelations to be found as well.

This turned out to be a very good thing, as least as far as I am concerned. Because rather than the usual vanilla stuff about Arcadia that is passed around for folks like you and I to read, instead we get a good look at how Arcadia is being presented to the Chinese audience. And would you believe that Arcadia's reputation with CarbonatedTV's specially targeted audience is that of an extraordinarily glamorous, and even salacious, place? Specifically, a wild and racy city where middle-aged Chinese billionaires stash their young and pampered mistresses for future sexual assignations?

The article accompanying this video is called "This City In California Is Known As The 'Chinese Beverly Hills'It’s also known as the “Mistress City” of California," and it can be accessed in its original setting here. Or you can simply read what I've cut and pasted below. Much quicker.

Most of the property in Arcadia, California, is being snapped up by Asian – mostly Chinese – millionaires and billionaires. The city is now popularly known as the “Chinese Beverly Hills.”

“Prices in Arcadia are up more than 39 percent from their peak in 2007 before the housing downturn. The city, now 60 percent Asian, has become more expensive than Calabasas, the suburban enclave that is home to Justin Bieber and the Kardashians,” the LA Times reports.

“In the last year alone, more than 90 houses have sold for more than $2.5 million in Arcadia, a city of 56,000 that sits just east of Pasadena at the base of the San Gabriel Mountain.”

In fact, for buyers from mainland China, Arcadia offers excellent schools, large lots with lenient building codes, and a place to park their money beyond the reach of the Chinese government.

But it’s not all that the city offers. According to a report by Vocativ, Arcadia is also known as the “Mistress City” of California. 

“Most of the houses are rented out for people who have girlfriends,” stated realtor Peggy Fong Chen in an interview, implying that rich men lease mansions for “housing their mistresses.”

Now that is certainly quite different from what we've been reading elsewhere. The impression many of us had from reading the Los Angeles Times and other gwai lo news sources is that millionaire Chinese families are building their homes in Arcadia in order to raise their children in an open society that is both free and filled with opportunity. With the chances of being stood up against the wall and shot by guys in green hats with red stars decidedly less than back home.

Peggy Fong Chen - a too chatty Realtor?
But apparently that is not the real story. Instead Arcadia is viewed by the people building all of those awful cement mausoleum-looking McMansions as a place of unprincipled pleasure and sexual intrigue. A hot destination spot where the busy billionaire, after months of hard work exploiting the near slave wage workforce back in China (and at a vast profit mind you), can let his hair down and get it on with willing young girls. And in a 6,000 square foot McMansion with circular driveway, black iron gated fencing, and a bumping big Mercedes Benz parked out in front for all of those passing by to see. In the true big-a-shot arriviste' new money style.

In other words, my friends, Arcadia has in many ways become the Shame of the West. A hedonistic sexual playground for lascivious cheating Chinese billionaires who want to let it all hang out a long ways from home.

Now what happens in Arcadia stays in Arcadia, I suppose. Or at least I hope it does. But since this is a Sierra Madre blog, we do need to examine the possible ramifications for our small but at risk place in the warm California sun. So here are some questions:

- Is this what CETT has in mind for One Carter? Building a series of McMansions created to become sexy man billionaire pleasure palaces and hillside cheating chateaus? Is there a planning ordinance that covers this? Anything in the updated General Plan? A "Love Zone" perhaps?

- If all three of the proposed McMansion developments (One Carter, Mater Dolorosa, Stone House) happen here, will they become a kind of Archipelago of the Concubines? Will Carter and Grandview Avenues need to be specially repaved to accommodate speeding Lambos heading from party to party?

- What would the Good Fathers at Mater Dolorosa say if their once holy lands were to become (and I am channeling an Irish priest who played a passing role during my troubled youth), "a charnel house for 'hoors?"

We have so very much to talk about.

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85 comments:

  1. Why not? Sierra Madre is aparently already teeming with pedophiles.

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    1. Sierra Madre has 4 registered sex offenders. Arcadia has 19. Figures.

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    2. How old are these "mistresses?" Does the City of Arcadia check?

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    3. The City of Arcadia is apparently a fully owned subsidiary of the McMansion crowd.

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    4. 5:42, is that counting the newest, the college kid with child pornography? Or Matheson? The real answer is harder to come by. And given the population numbers, statistically the number of sex offenders is about the same, with Sierra Madre a little higher. Add Matheson & the college kid, and it's no contest.

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    5. Maybe that is why the city never registered Matheson. They wanted to keep our average down.

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  2. Maybe the name of One Carter should be changed to Love Gate.

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  3. Thus is sad for John and Diane.
    We lived in Arcadia for 30 years.
    Our son was born in Arcadia.
    My father passed away in Arcadia.
    Our beautiful treasure Santa Anita Park is in Arcadia.
    Lucky Baldwin 's beautiful land....The Arboretum is in Arcadia.
    I pray Sierra Madre won't become just another part of Arcadia!!!!!#####

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  4. Arcadia has sold out big time. Damn.

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    1. Hilarious - this guys whines about America being too capitalist. the next guy whines that America is too socialist.

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  5. the wealthy chinness are building brothel house for pregnant mistresses to live in so all babies get American citizenship. The mistresses walk across the street to Arcadia Hospital to get Free Birth. "No Expenses" - compliment of Obama Care. The problems start with our federal government!

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    1. Yeah...it's Obama's fault. Geez, give it a rest! Maybe Nixon should have never gone to China.

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    2. The problem is China and the United States have no extradition treaty. The US is a safe haven for the kinds of folks who are moving into Arcadia. Both republican and and Democratic administrations shined this off. We will now be faced with paying the price.

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    3. Obamacare gives them the free medical but they end up paying the really high property tax on those huge homes.

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    4. Where is this free medical you're talking about? You mean for the indigent, the Medi-Cal that people who have no money and no assets get?

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    5. Congress voted 412-3 in 2012 to sell visas!
      http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/economic-intelligence/2013/02/22/why-is-the-us-government-selling-green-cards

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    6. Hilarious. I wonder how many of our current Repuglies, you know, the ones who are so incensed over Obama's immigration policies, voted for this? A whole bunch is my guess. Money changes everything!

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    7. 7:56...ignorant fool.

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    8. 8:52 - read, grasshopper
      http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/05/09/birth-tourism-pregnant-women-from-china-taiwan-stay-in-bay-area-maternity-homes-child-gets-united-states-citizenship/

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  6. The residents of Arcadia let this all happen. I hate to blame anybody but they must have seen it coming. Granted, they didn't have a Tattler to spearhead the movement, but even so, they were still complicit. They were apathetic and now its too late to turn things around. This is what is going to happen to Sierra Madre if we don't take immediate and agressive action right now. Judging from the video, Arcadia is hardly becoming a family-friendly place any more. At a time when people in the U.S. are moving towards smaller and more sustainable homes with a more "green" philosophy, you have people with alot of money who believe in just the opposite. Arcaida is a city of about 50,000 people. The problem is that probably about 100 million Chinese are trying to get out of China and, for a lot of them, they want to take their ill-gotten gains with them from exploiting the communist system to their advantage and park it somewhere like Arcadia. There is simply not enough room in Arcadia and that's where little old Sierra Madre comes into play as one of Arcadia's immediate neighbors. Monrovia is seeing the writing on the wall and even those poor folks who have formed the Save the Highlands group in the upper part of Arcadia. The only question that remains to be answered is whether Sierra Madre is going to suffer the same fate as Arcadia because we took only half-measures to stop a major threat to our entire way of life or are we going to be bold and take the measures necessary to preserve what's left of this town. It remains to be seen.

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  7. The corruption is China runs deep. Arcadia has become a part of it.

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  8. This is eye opening stuff. Thanks Mod for finding it. This should be required reading for Elaine and our City Council members.

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    1. They don't read The tattler. Except when they do.

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    2. They didn't until they did.

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  9. Bart Doyle is behind all this corruption in Sierra Madre
    How can we rid ourselves of this bad guy?
    We can stop electing council members he influences.

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    1. I don't think Bart has been allowed to play in these reindeer games. This is way beyond the meagre powers of the Mayberry Mafia.

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    2. Are you sure Bart still has influence with anyone? I don't know, but he seems kind of out of it.

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    3. Bart can be found these days getting long and windy at San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership meetings. I think that is pretty much it.

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    4. Mosca skipped town, Walsh flipped her cookies, Buchanan's keeping a low profile, Stockly is on the redemption library tour - who has Bart got to manipulate?

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    5. I dunno. Mrs. Doyle ever return from Jordan?

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  10. Unlike what the residents allowed to happen in Arcadia, the residents of Sierra Madre need to put their foot down. There is a lot riding on this. If Sierra Madre turns into Arcadia, I will be moving from a town I really love. The fact is that these new Chinese immigrants from the mainland are not being very good neighbors. Its simply not very neighborly to build a big McMansion and ruin it for your neghbors next door. Its not being very neighborly to build a big house that once housed a nice family and turn it into some pleasure palace for your neighbors. Its hard to watch that realtor Peggy Fong Chen just laughing about all this as she makes all these big real estate commissions by riding this gravy train. Its obviously all about the money for her. We can't be afraid to confront this problem. They are playing hardball and buidling in-your-face projects like at Camillo, One Carter, Stonehouse and Mater Dolorosa and some new proposal for 576 Elm. We live here and have to be equally agressive to stop this or else we deserve our fate. The residents of Arcadia should have taken action years ago. Because they failed to do so, the town that alot of people grew up in is now being radically destroyed house by house and is becoming almost unrecognizable. Could the same thing happen to Sierra Madre? Its already started.

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    1. Many of the McMansions in Arcadia in the Santa Anita corridor are being built by Mur-Sol. A decidedly non Asian contractor. Development and its contractors come in all flavors. And, I believe Lucky Baldwin built more than a few homes for his mistresses in the self same Arcadia... By the way, when did the police departments begin making a count of mistresses living in the communities? I'm thinking it's not a crime to be or keep a mistress.

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    2. Sex with underaged individuals is frowned upon in the United States. Police Departments are supposed to keep tabs on such things. I have also heard that Mur-Sol is bailing out of this game. Dumping properties right and left. What do you think it is they know that you don't?

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    3. Mur-Sol is plenty busy in Arcadia and Sierra Madre. They're building that elegant ant colony on Mariposa.

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    4. Mur-Sol is just another developer trying to make a big profit. They don't care a rip about Sierra Madre. Mur-Sol should exploit every rule there is regarding development. Its not there problem. Its the problem of the residents who allow it to happen. It is within the power of the residents to control what they want their town to look like. If you don't like garrish McMansions and people ruining the privacy, light and views of their neighbors, do something about it. If the residents of Sierra Madre don't mind seeing Sierra Madre turn into greater Arcadia, then sit back and let it happen because it will happen. Its already happening and it will ony accelerate.

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    5. Agreed, 11:49. I wonder just how many neighbor wrecking projects are underway right now.

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    6. Mur-Sol seems to have carte blanche at City Hall. They must be very generous at Christmas.

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    7. Does anybody know who these Mur-Sol characters are. I had heard they actually live in Sierra Madre. These are bad actors who want to get rich by ruining cities and neighborhoods. If you believe in Karma they will get what's coming to them. People like those poor neighbors in the Highlands who have normal size houses and have lived their for years now have to worry about a 6,149 square foot McMansion next door to them that will adversely impact their views, privacy and sunlight. Now they have to spend their Christmas fighting back. As for the Mur-Sol owners, they don't give a damn.

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  11. You have a massive demographic change ocurring in the San Gabriel Valley the likes of which we have never seen before. Our rules are getting exploited right and left. EB whatever visas are being bought and sold to the highest bidder if they invest 500K in our country. 85% of of those visas are now going to the Chinese. Google the recent Wall Street Journal article about how big U.S. developers are going over to China and raising money by giving these people an investment vehicle for the 500K requirement. The developer can pay a lower interest rate on the 500K loan because the purpose is not to get a return on the investment but to get a visa. You then have the houses in the San Gabriel Valley that are turned into maternity wards so that Chinese parents can come over here to have their children born so that they can become U.S. citizens automatically. I don't blame them for exploiting our rules, I blame us for being idiots and allowing it to happen.

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  12. If somebody offers me 1,000,000 for me house in Sierra Madre its sold

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    1. If the City Council does its job properly the buyers of your property will not be able to build what they want on it.

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    2. Me too, 9:24, but I'd need 2 million.

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    3. Dream on, chumps.

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    4. I wish the council would do something that would actually make us money, rather than drain or pockets all of the time, like respect people's right to build what they want, within reason. Arcadia`s property values are up through the roof. My property in Sierra Madre and my parents` in Arcadia were neck and neck up until the last few years. Now, I'm still at $900k, and they're at $1.6m. We don't have a school district worth much, so the lure of allowing building would at least be something. Plus, I'm sick and tired of people defending the houses up here that look like dumps. Not all, obviously, but a good 30% for sure.

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    5. There is a point when almost all of us in town will sell , and take are money and run

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    6. The first 11:17 - you should move to one of the planned communities out around Palm Springs where the property Gestapo keeps everyone in line. Maybe they will give you your very own patrol golf cart.

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    7. It sounds like for the last few folks, its all about the money. I guess everything has a price including Sierra Madre. How sad.

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    8. I guess for 9:24, the house and the town don't mean much. If the price is right, they are gone. Wow. For me, my house and my town is almost a part of me. I don't want to see it destroyed and I don't want to hurt my neighbors as I pursue my own greedy purposes.

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    9. 11:17 you landed in the wrong town.

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    10. Never underestimate the dumb bunny element in Sierra Madre. There are a lot of them and they just do not care to know.

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  13. Here's the crux of the matter:
    " large lots with lenient building codes"
    How do we stop this?
    No lenient building codes - in fact remarkably strict building codes. That'll do it. No more high density building in Sierra Madre. Existing high density structures can be maintained, but not added to. Sound good?

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    1. Can we add no new two story structures in the hillsides?

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    2. Too late to restrict Carter One to the single story structure, and the monastery property is not included in the hillside ordinance. I know for a fact that all of the houses being planned for the monastery project are going to be two story houses.

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    3. Where do you get your erroneous information? The Bottle Shop?

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    4. They will all be two story , if not then lets cut all all the two story houses in town down to one story

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    5. Great contribution 11:15. Get all fundamentalist on the issue.
      That either/or attitude allows for nothing but over-development. Which I gather you're here for.

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    6. 11:15 is just one of our many dedicated trolls. Probably Craig. I guess it's time to start squeezing them out. They've had enough time and, as usual, have said nothing at all interesting.

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  14. How many Maseratis can you find in the PCC parking lot these days?

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    1. The girl in the interview actualy says she bought the one she did because of the price. The price.

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    2. It pays to comparative shop.

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    3. Mistresses go to PCC. Family goes to USC.

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  15. When a prominent Sierra Madre lawyer sold her home a few years ago, one very interested buyer wanted the house for his mistress but his wife nixed the deal saying it was better than the house she lived in.

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  16. Sierra Madre is a way of life that is slowly going to be lost. Lenin said that the capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them. If too many people have the attitude of selling out if the price is right, then its over. We might as well throw in the towel and its every man for himself. The only thing putting the brakes on this is a few courageous people on the City Council and a few courageous people speaking up at the meetings. I hopes its not just a few.

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    1. Lenin? Seriously? Lenin? He may have said that but look at the condition his glorious Mother Russia is in, Lenin, get the F out, historical joke.

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    2. 8:09 - you completely missed the point. You should feel real embarrassment.

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  17. Thank you publishing the facts that have been kept from the residents/citizens of Arcadia. The city of Arcadia goes to great length to hide the 'ugly' truth. Peggy Chen should be ashamed of herself.

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    1. Peggy needs to know that there are no secrets on the Internet.

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    2. Peggy Fong Chen was actually laughing about all this. Laughing all the way to the bank I guess. Support those people at Save the Highlands. They will need all the support they can get. The forces and money arrayed against them make it the proverbial David vs. Goliath.

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    3. She does seem mirthful.

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  18. Sierra Madre doesn't need McMansions for our mistresses. We'll keep them in the trailer park like we always have.

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  19. You ever try parking a Lambo in a trailer park? It's awful. Everybody walks their dogs by it.

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    1. That's why I stay away from convertibles.

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  20. South Pasadena had 15 massage parlors in their little town before the City Council and residents finally woke up to the problem. The staff at City Hall over there just kept processing the business applications. Can you imagine 15 massage parlors complete with the darkened out windows and neon lights in a town the size of South Pasadena. Sierra Madre needs to get ahead of the game in more ways than one.

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    1. I agree we need some massage parlors.Maybe 3-4 certainly not 15.

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    2. Cheaper by the Dozen!

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  21. At least its now getting out the in the open as to what is all going on here with mistresses, visas, parking their money etc... In the late 80's and early 90's, you had people from Taiwan and Vietnam who played by the rules and assimilated very well into American society. The people now coming from mainland China are a whole new group.

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  22. I lived in San Marino for 30 years. Tear downs were very rare. People who wanted to move into the community would go shopping for an existing home that was the size they wanted. If they wanted a smaller home, they would buy a smaller home. If they wanted a bigger home they would buy a bigger home. People also were more respectful of their neighbors and not wanting to suddenly move into a neighborhood and start off at the get go by being a bad neighbor and doing something that would impact adversely on their neighbors. It just did not happen. I guess we live in different times which is why we now need the government to step in and legislate good neighbor rules to prevent people from being bad neighbors.

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  23. Those building sites on Santa Anita Drive in the Highlands look to be more boarding homes than single family home!!!

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  24. I think alot of wealthy people in the United States particularly native borns in the San Gabriel Valley have evolved where they are secure enough that they don't need to flaunt their wealth. Sure, you have the Hollywood types that are more flashy but most people are very discreet about their wealth. Then you have the newly rich which are the Chinese that are attracted to the United States because they can actually own property in perpetuity unlike in China where you don't know what's going to happen when that pyramid scheme that benefits those people who are card-carrying members of the communist party eventually collapses. I can honestly say that if I moved to another country I would try to fit in with the community and the neighborhood. I wouldn't move to another country and start bulldozing houses and changing neighborhoods. Its wrong, its obnoxious and its not being very neighborly. Now they want to do it to Sierra Madre. We can stop it if we want or we can just sell out like a few people said to the highest bidder. I've made my choice and I'm going to go down swinging.

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  25. 10:54 here. Go to the "Development" department and ask for the brochure that was given to them by the Monastery group if they haven't pulled it by now. It shows all 2 story houses. It is very slick, artfully done, and spiral bound. Take a look.

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    1. Because some knucklehead printed up a brochure that means what they want is a done deal? Really?

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  26. So if Sierra Madre succumbs to McMansion development, would we become the "Mistress Village?"

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