Friday, January 23, 2015

Is This How CETT Would Take Care Of Our One Carter?

I know that CETT, our favorite erstwhile McMansion developer, has been eager to impress us with just how good a citizen of Sierra Madre they would be. That is, if we would just give them a chance. Or at least until they sold all of their houses, ran out of buildable land and headed back down into the smokey valley from whence they came. But if these pictures showing the sad state of the story pole shanty they constructed at One Carter are any indication, their real time actions tell us a far different tale.


As you can clearly see, CETT doesn’t seem to be too concerned about maintaining their story poles at 610 Baldwin Court. And if you look closely you will see that the ground is littered with large rusty nails. Dog walkers and the parents of young children beware. It certainly does appear to be a rough place for the innocent, and there have always been a lot of them in that neighborhood.

I had a chance to speak with the concerned residents that first brought this matter to my attention. It was they who e-mailed me the melancholy photos I've posted above. Long time habitants of Sierra Madre, these folks have personally witnessed the transformation of this once pristine wilderness area into whatever it has become today.

Here are a few of their observations. They know that this property seems attractive to some people, and that it is widely believed to be filled with nature. But here's the thing, it no longer is. They find it disturbing to go there now because it is almost as if some kind of catastrophe occurred. There's little to be found in the CETT controlled portion but compacted dirt and developer dictated plantings of sterile plants that the deer don't seem to want.

They have begun to wonder if someone is using some form of toxicant up there. On the valley portion there are now few coyote or deer. They no longer see very many squirrels or birds. The only life forms present are people and their dogs. The rattlesnakes that you used to have to look out for, along with the tarantulas, are also gone. The sheer lifelessness of the place jumps out at you, they claim.

No rats, no mice, no rabbits, no bobcats, no foxes, no anything anymore. Has anyone who walks up there seen anything, in those parts where the building pads are? Birds landing on the plants the developer put in? These residents tell me that nature has apparently vanished.

Plus what kind of contribution to the environment are hundreds of rusty nails and derelict broken boards? CETT will likely say it’s the story pole business’s fault, but why don’t they monitor their site, or check on that company’s work? They seem quite indifferent to that kind of responsibility.

It must be pointed out that the alleged One Carter dead zone is where the various developers have, over the years, done their work. The parts of the immediate hillside beyond all of that still see abundant deer, coyotes, birds, and even the occasional bear. Things are like they have always been.

But the One Carter proposed McMansion area is not. And in ways that our friends have become quite concerned about that. They wanted me to let you know.

By the way, here is what One Carter once looked like. Not so very long ago.


Bonus coverage: Some folks have found a use for empty homes in Arcadia

This report comes to us from the Pasadena Star News (link):

Police seized about 1,250 marijuana plants, arrested three people and took two infants into protective custody early Thursday after dismantling indoor marijuana-growing operations inside two Arcadia homes, police said.

As part of an ongoing investigation, detectives and SWAT team members served two search warrants in the 300 block of West Woodruff Avenue and the 1800 block of South Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia police Lt. Colleen Flores said in a written statement.

“Both warrants were served without incident, and indoor marijuana grows were found at each location,” Flores said.

Police uprooted about 750 marijuana plants from the Baldwin Avenue home, and another 500 from the Woodruff Avenue home, police said.

The complex indoor pot grows appeared to be bypassing electrical meters to steal electricity from the grid, Flores said.

Just before serving the search warrants, police arrested a man seen leaving from the Woodruff Avenue home in a vehicle, Flores said. Police also arrested a man who showed up at the home during the operation and a woman found inside with two infant boys, Flores said. The children were taken into the custody of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services.

Arrested were Ming Gao, 46, of Arcadia, Jia Hui Shen, 27, of El Monte, and Lan Lau, 34, of Arcadia, according to police and Los Angeles County booking records.

Detectives had not yet determined who owns and is responsible for the homes, police said. Authorities were looking into the possibility of adding additional charges, such as utility theft and child endangerment.

Isn't it interesting that nobody can readily tell who owns these homes?

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38 comments:

  1. One may assume the destruction of Carter One with regards to lack of flora & fauna could partially be due to drought.

    Hey, let's build a bunch of 5 bathroom houses up there. That should help - water meters are in - no water hookup moratorium here!

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    1. I think that chopping down all the trees and tearing up all the soil was the biggest cause.

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    2. Well, there's that.

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  2. Does anyone know why the city hasn't been monitoring CETT's mess up at One Carter?

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    1. I'd be interested to see if they are using pesticides. That's an important water shed up there.

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    2. Another gift from the 2004 City Council. It was clearly explained to those people what the toxic effects development there could have on our water. They're the gift that keeps on giving.

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    3. I wonder if Buchanan, Stockley and those other geniuses on the 2004 council ever once thought that the final result of their actions would be the creation of Sierra Madre's largest dog lavatory?

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    4. Why don't the dog owners clean up after Fido when they walk up there?
      There is an impressive amount of dog feces on that property. Maybe that is also keeping away wildlife.

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    5. Maybe the dog owners take a look at the "story pole shanty" and figure anything goes.

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  3. Maybe that is what people mean when they say Arcadia is growing.

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    1. According to an article on the Pasadena Star News site Joe Biden is in LA today to discuss higher education. Maybe he will be stopping by Arcadia?

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  4. Code enforcement could certainly cite CETT and make them clean up the place. CETT may be unclear on the concept of Stewardship.

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    1. The city should run some tests up there as well. The absence of wildlife is troubling.

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    2. Stewardship? CETT? That's a good one.

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  5. There was a great talk on water and landscaping at city hall wednesday night given by Orchid Black but only about a dozen people attended

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  6. It's the curse. The native American tribe who inhabited that land for hundreds of years placed a curse on anyone who would violate that sacred ground.
    Bad things will happen to the greedy people who destroy that land .
    It is haunted and always will be.

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  7. Maybe folks walk up there at the wrong time of day. when I walk early mornings I have seen deer and hawks and a variety of other birds too.

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    1. Do the hawks land?

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    2. Deer on the building pads, the area in the middle, or on the hillsides?

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    3. Hope you're right 7:17. Take picutres if you can?

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  8. We'll have to bring these pictures when CETT goes before the Planning Commission for their next spec house.

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    1. It shows their contempt for us.

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    2. I think it shows an unsurprising obliviousness to impacts on the environment. Those are just nails. what damage can they do - that kind of attitude.

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    3. They're only here to make money. The rest of their nonsense is just (to use the phrase) self-serving BS.

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    4. A phrase generated by an expert in the very thing he describes. Thanks Lawyer MacDonald for capturing what you do so well.

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    5. MacDonald has an M.A. in self serving and a Phd. in BS.

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    6. ...and is old and has a farm.

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  9. Ya gotta go to Google maps and look at the streetview of "300 block West Woodruff Avenue". Unbelievable. It's right by an elementary school, and there's a ginormous MacManny in progress.

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  10. I wish it was "Our One Carter."
    It's "Their Stonegate."

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    1. They aren't treating it very well.

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    2. You would think CETT would want to take better care of it just because it belongs to them. But it is also worrisome that s/he/they don't realize it's a better business decision to maintain assets.

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    3. stewardship
      [stoo-erd-ship]

      noun
      1.
      the position and duties of a steward, a person who acts as the surrogate of another or others, especially by managing property, financial affairs, an estate, etc.
      2.
      the responsible overseeing and protection of something considered worth caring for and preserving:
      New regulatory changes will result in better stewardship of lands that are crucial for open space and wildlife habitat.

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    4. 12:20, maybe they're sulking.

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  11. That before picture is heart-breaking. What a loss.

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  13. If the owners are trying to sell anything, they might want to rethink the derelict story poles in a sea of dog poop. Just sayin'

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