Saturday, February 21, 2015

Club Ped: Another Sex Offender Found In Sierra Madre

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I'll be the first to admit, it is good that the Sierra Madre Police Department is ahead of the curve on the sex offender issue for a change. Considering that AWest had been allowed to freely wander around town for a few months unsupervised, or that they lacked the will to register downtown society party favorite Bob Matheson as a sex offender even though he had been jailed in Nova Scotia for possessing a laptop packed with some truly nasty child pornography, this really is quite a major step forward for them.

I'm sure the SMPD will get a lot of "likes" on the City of Sierra Madre Facebook page for this law enforcement feat. And well they should. They did their job.

Below is a screen shot from a portion of the article currently up on the Pasadena Star News website.


The rest of this PSN article can be accessed by clicking here.

So I guess all we have to do now is wait for the folks from the California Reform Sex Offender Laws (CA RSOL - link) to show up here and tell us how unfair we are being to this poor woman.

Planning Commission Wrap Up from Preserve Sierra Madre

(Mod: I was feeling a little guilty about not posting a wrap up of the Planning Commission meeting yesterday. So I thought I'd try and make up for that oversight by posting the message Preserve Sierra Madre sent out to their mailing list yesterday.)

At last night's meeting, the Sierra Madre Planning Commission directed city staff to lower floor area limits (how big a home can be built on a given size lot), lower the CUP threshold (which homes will receive additional scrutiny from the Planning Commission) and made a  CUP mandatory for all second stories.  These all represent significant improvements to the current code and will hopefully be enacted at the March 5th Planning Commission meeting after one more review.

We must commend each member of our Planning Commission for their actions which send a clear message that Sierra Madre, while allowing reasonable development, will stand firm against over-development and the kinds of development that can adversely impact on the existing  neighbors' views, light and privacy.

Chairman Desai and the rest of the Planning Commission engaged in very thoughtful and deliberate discussions as they arrived at a unanimous consensus on each one of the issues.  While the end result differed slightly from some of the recommendations of Preserve Sierra Madre, the Planning Commission is to be commended for their actions and we support their efforts wholeheartedly.
 
Finally, we want to thank all of the people who spoke at the meeting and who attended the meeting in support of preserving our "village in the foothills".  You are making a difference.

Thank you for your support.

(Mod: I do have one complaint about Preserve Sierra Madre. They are doing so good a job that I am running out of things to write about. Thank God for Arcadia and Pasadena.)

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44 comments:

  1. The Planning Commission did do a great job. They reached a consensus and made significant improvements to what we now have in place. Chairman Desai actually ran a Harabedian-like meeting which allowed for good input from the audience and the rest of the Planning Commissioners. All in all, it was a big victory for Sierra Madrians who don't want their village turned into McMansions and don't want to see a home next to theirs torn down and replaced by an over-sized home that blocks their views, light and privacy. As for Arcadia, it may not be to late but if their are any preservation folks still left over there, they will have to organize and do it fast. If I were them, I would start with trying to save the Highlands. South Arcadia is aleady gone.

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    1. Desai actually ran a pretty good meeting and I liked it when he challenged Gina Felikian's statement that an over six thousand square foot home would not be big enough for her. We have an acute water shortage that seems to be getting worse despite a little rain here and there. Big McMansions with 5 bathrooms are probably not the solution to the crisis.

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    2. It certainly is a mixed message in Sierra Madre. On the one hand the over the counter helpmates of mega development gave the twin bogies on Camillo Road a happy pass, yet the same City Hall also wants to fine people for using too much water. That to me is a major disconnect.

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    3. As ex-commissioner Vandeveld is happy to point out, the Camillo houses that everyone talks about could no longer be approved. Those loopholes were closed by actions taken previously by the commission and the council. What he didn't point out was that there are plenty of other instances of development harmful to their neighbors' property values and quality of life.

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    4. I might be too cynical, but I think the only thing the Arcadia Highlands people will be able to do is to sue their city.

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    5. I spell it Vandalveld.

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    6. Vandalveld or however you spell it is an architect and obviously very pro-development. If it were up to him, there would be no rules whatsoever. As long as he's making money on designing new homes or major remodels, I'm not sure if he cares too much about Sierra Madre turning into Arcadia. Thankfully, the entire City Council and entire Planning Commission have disagreed with him every time he speaks whether its on the demolition moratorium or most recently at the last Planning Commission meeting. I'd say he is not a disinterested party in all of this. He has a stake in unrestrained development and the more the merrier for him. He's also the architect for the Browns who want to tear down the 1907 Craftsman at 126 E, Mira Monte also known as the "Henry A. Darling House". I think most people are on to him now so every time he speaks no one pays any attention.

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  2. Don't worry Tattler, because people are people, you will never be out of business. Sierra Madre is only one bad election away from a reversal of all the good that has been done thus far. As you say, Arcadia is such a strange mess, that you will never have a shortage of stories.

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    1. Arcadia has gone over to the dark side. We've only seen the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the dirty money and corruption with tentacles now reaching into the highest levels of government over there. More stuff is going to come out.

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    2. I will have a pretty hard hitting report on Arcadia Monday. There are some very (very) smart slow growth folks in the Highlands, and they've shared some very interesting information with me. In my opinion the people who are destroying Arcadia are by far the biggest threat to Sierra Madre.

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    3. So right, 6:33. One election could put us back on the market to the highest bidder.

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    4. Yes. And we do get our Manchurian candidates.

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    5. The moderator is correct about Arcadia and I look foward to what's coming on Monday. We need to watch Arcadia very carefully because its the same people now wanting to do it to Sierra Madre. Mur-Sol and others see Sierra Madre as the next target for development as there becomes less and less opportunities in Arcadia. Afterall, there is a limit to how many homes are available to be torn down in Arcadia. About 150 were torn down in 2014. Sierra Madre is next in line. People need to wake up before its too late. Someone told me the other day who lives in Arcadia that they remember when the first McMansion went up down in South Arcadia. People were a little shocked by it but one home didn't cause too much of a fuss. Then it was 2 and then 3 and the dominoes came down one by one. Now it may be too late too stop it because you have a majority in the city council including Mayor Wuo who want it to continue. It there power base and its how they continue in office. Its past the tipping point unless Arcadia mobilizes fast and aggressively, its the end of the ball game.

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  3. Mr. Mod, you still have a couple of people at City Hall you can bag on. I would like to commend Chairman Desai. He ran a perfect meeting. Kudos to you, Mr. Desai. All of the PC, keep up the good work. As far as Ms. Felikian is concerned, her lot is huge. I believe she said it would be a one story house. Have to see the plans first. But she could get a variance to build a little bigger.

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    1. I agree about Chair Desai's running of the meeting. He really learned how to do it.
      A variance for Felikian - because what kind of loser can tolerate a house that's is only 6,000 square feet?.

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    2. Is it the same Felikian that owns the rug store?
      https://flooring.carpetone.com/california/pasadena/188-north-rosemead-boulevard/

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    3. Maybe they have a lot of unsold rugs and need the extra floor space so they have a place to put them.

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  4. Well, I am conflicted. Is it a good thing or a bad thing that we now have equal opportunity sex offenders in town?

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    1. The score still favors the fellows by quite a large amount.

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    2. The best thing this City Council could do is to join forces with the City of Carson. These sex predators and their crazy attorney need to get the hell out of Sierra Madre NOW. We don't want you here.

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    3. Check it out. CA RSOL is planning a demonstration in Carson. I found this on their site.

      Peaceful Protest to be held in the City of Carson on March 7
      Posted On 17 Feb, 2015
      California RSOL will lead a peaceful protest in the City of Carson on Saturday, March 7, in order to highlight the harm done by the city’s sex offender ordinance. That ordinance bans registered citizens from being present in or within 300 feet of public places including the library, parks and swimming pools as well as private places including fast food restaurants that have a children’s playground.

      The peaceful protest will begin at Carson City Hall at 10 a.m. near the water fountain. Registered citizens, family members, and all who support them are invited to join the event. Refreshments will be served.

      http://californiarsol.org/2015/02/peaceful-protest-to-be-held-in-carson-on-march-7/

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    4. Sound like Sierra Madre needs to send folks to a counter protest. Too much noise when that attorney tries to hold a press conference would be very cool.

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    5. I wonder if there will be a counter demonstration. You know, with parents of the young children voicing their concerns.

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    6. The euphemism "registered citizens" is interesting. Most people would use the term "registered sex offenders." But I guess that would be politically incorrect now.

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    7. I wonder if the local TV news crowd will show up like they did here a few months back.

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    8. Here's an article we posted last December about Carson. Unlike Sierra Madre, they did not surrender to CA RSOL.

      Not Every City Surrendered Its Sex Offender Ordinance - http://sierramadretattler.blogspot.com/2014/12/not-every-city-surrendered-its-sex.html

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    9. 9:57, I think calling them what they are, registered sex offenders, will get you a cease and desist from that nightmare of a lawyer Bellucci. She's sure found her niche.

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    10. I don't think calling them "registered citizens" is even close to becoming a politically correct term, 9:57. Rather, it's term CA RSOL is attempting to use to shape the argument. I doubt it will ever arise to a commonly used term calculated not to offend. Most people will continue to call them "registered sex offenders" when discussing the legal issues, as well as "sexual predators" and "perverts" as appropriate, even in polite company.

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    11. Bellucci has perverted the whole civil rights ethos into something dark and evil. Martin Luther King must be rolling in his grave.

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    12. If we go to view this demonstration in Carson, will we have to leave our children home?

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    13. Wouldn't be safe to leave the kids home. This is Sierra Madre, where No Sex Offender Is Left Behind.

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    14. I believe Ms. Belucci's soul may be in peril.

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    15. She looks like it.

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  5. Mod.
    The Dark Side forces from Arcadia have two ready-made allies already in place here in Sierra Madre. Elaine Aguilar and Bruce Inman have already demonstrated such 'talent'.
    Example at the last Council Meeting Elaine Aguilar said any homeowner who did not use the water allocation the 'Tool' gave them - would have to negotiate with her to continue having that allowance. Elaine is going to over ride the allowance if you don't use it al l? Power grab ?
    Example - Bruce Inman's Peeping Toms will spend 1-1/2 hours in your home snooping to 'justify' your water allowance.
    Tha Dark Forces are already here.

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    1. The last thing I want is the city snooping around my house. Who came up with that awful idea?

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    2. The EENR ostensibly - but I am sure you can see the heavy hand of Inman and Aguilar in this outrageous intrusion on personal privacy and common sense.
      The first time they try to enforce this "we need to see inside your home to give you your water ration" law , someone will ask "who came up with that awful law? Your very own elected Council sat on their hands and let this be enacted(at the next Council Meeting) - unless you write to your Council person and object. Apathy has a terrible cost for weak democracy .

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  6. Will Bruce Inman's "snoopers" be "registered citizens" too?

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    1. Maybe we should ask to see their papers.

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    2. With Amnesty, will we have even more sex offenders in town? And we don't know who they are, either.

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  7. If Carson wins then we can bring our sex offender ordinance back, right?

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    1. Word has gone out in that insular community, those people who share their appetites with each other in a commiseration of their knowledge that they are the real victims, that Sierra Madre is a safe harbor. Heck, you can live really close to schools and other places children are, and not worry a bit.

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    2. I'm sure city hall's almost immediate legal capitulation on our sex offender ordinance did not help.

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  8. Inman et al won't be entering my home without a search warrant! I don't know about you folks but I'm pretty darn certain we still have some rights. Whadda ya think they're gonna tell the judge they're looking for? Drippy faucets? Leaky valves? Maybe running toilets ... Too crazee for 2015 in the All American City.

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    1. I think they want to dig around your sofa for spare change.

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