|Best stink eye ever.|
Today I thought we should take a look at a couple of the One Carter revelations found in the latest edition of the always perkily written and matter-of-fact City Manager's report. Ostensibly created for the City Council, various transparency laws have turned it into something that we can take some guidance from as well. Posted most Friday's on the City of Sierra Madre website, it gives us straight ahead and unvarnished assessments of what is actually going on in town.
This isn't the goofy stuff you find on the City of Sierra Madre Facebook site, or in the strangely sanitized pages of the Mountain Views News. It is for big people, and as such the report is must see reading.
When discussing the demolition atrocity in the works for E. Mira Monte yesterday I used the ancient but eternally relevant phrase, "The barbarians are at the gate." I wasn't kidding, and it isn't just 107 year old Craftsman homes they have their bloodshot eyes on. Rather it is pretty much everything we have. But at this moment the most at risk place in town is One Carter. A direct consequence of a decision made by the 2004 City Council, perhaps the worst we've ever had.
Which, if you think about it, is saying a lot. Here is a consequence now:
Nine One Carter applications in a single week can hardly be a coincidence. Nor was this a particularly brilliant move on the part of those wanting to build there. It only serves to make the City Council's One Carter decision on Tuesday evening even more essential than it already was. I'd call it a politically strategic blunder of the first order, but perhaps I am missing a point somewhere. Maybe it was actually due to legal considerations of some sort.
I will tell you this though, I am a little unsettled by the City Manager's claim that we will need to contract out for additional staff to push these requests through with promptness, no matter who is paying the costs. So what's the rush?
It appears that once again our bought off legislature in Sacramento has fixed the process for us. There is a state law in place that forces cities such as ours to notify all those seeking new building permits whether their applications are complete or incomplete within 30 days of being submitted. The consequence for not knuckling under to this law results in the applications being considered legally complete and the process for approval begins. However, very few applications are complete and once the city notifies them of what is missing, the 30 days begin again.
It would be detrimental to this city if we don't get this done within the 30 days. This law does allow us to hire on a temporary basis experienced planners to work on these applications and charge the extra help to the applicants. So very kind of them. But life in a corrupt one party state, one run in part by real estate and development lobbyists, does have its drawbacks. Just so you know.
Who you vote for counts. Always make development issues a key part of your decision on who you vote for in state races.
But I've digressed. The big revelation in this week's City Manager's Report comes in the form of a chart that includes all of the McMansions the barbarians hope to build at One Carter. Including those 9 new projects (10 if you add the one dated 12/24/2015).
All of which, by the way, are referred to here by the anti-Sierra Madre moniker "stonegate." A name no one who cares about this town should ever want to use.
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We will have more on that tomorrow.