Despite all the hysteria and carrying on from certain investors who wanted to turn downtown Sierra Madre into the kinds of tightly packed generic and unappealing "mixed use"nonsense you can find today in places like Duarte and Azusa, reason carried the day and the voters of Sierra Madre wisely went with Measure V. You'd think certain people would have figured out why by now.
Last night we witnessed the same losing strategy, and wouldn't you just know? It was none other than the same career former Mayor himself on point, leading his misguided and sadly agitated sheep right off the cliff. And what tactics did they learn from their permanent loss leader? The same self-defeating over-the-top shenanigans as last time. Bitter, wildly inaccurate, accusatory, and incredibly rude, nonsense. All done to the soured musical accompaniment of emotional claims to victimhood.
Their message: “No one needs to worry about preserving Sierra Madre because we have all the protections we need, and no one here has anything but mad love for Sierra Madre. Now get the hell out of our way or we just might sue you!”
It was 2006 deja vu. All over again. Complete with yet another big loss for atrocious behavior.
Here is the most telling part of the obviously coached cookie cutter comments from the newbie McMansion crowd. They all said they simply love Sierra Madre. And that is why they moved here. Because they love it. So what exactly is it they want to do? Tear down classic Sierra Madre homes and replace them with starter castles that are utterly at odds with the rest of the community.
Again we go back to the Henry A. Darling house as our prime example. What the new people in town wish to do is tear down an historic Sierra Madre home, one that is in far better shape than certain individuals claimed, and then replace it with a two-story McMansion nearly twice the size. Why? Because they really REALLY love Sierra Madre?
Horse radish. IMO they want to make money. Period. This is classic mansionizing. And they don't give a damn about the consequences to this community.
Even the people who spoke up in support of the McMansioneers said they didn't want McMansions here. Quite a disconnect for certain, but still it spoke volumes about the confusion and lack of any clarity whatsoever from that crowd. You have to wonder what some of those people had been told. It was like they were reading off an entirely different script.
All of the members of the City Council conducted themselves with cool professionalism and courtesy. Many key questions were raised by this city's elected leadership. The most notable by John Capoccia and Gene Goss. This despite some of the bizarre behavior from the new kids in the block, and their throwback cheerleader.
The end result? Ordinance 1360-U passed. Unanimously. With reasonable tweaks included, the demolition moratorium is now in place.
Those kinds of tactics didn't work in 2006. And they did not work last night, either.
Some of these people have been their own worst enemies for years.