|At 4,000 sq. feet, is this really an improvement on the Henry A. Darling home?|
Some Tattler readers have expressed misgivings with the evidence presented to the City Council by Mr. and Mrs. Dave Brown last week. Much of what they had to say didn't quite seem to ring true for many. And we're not just talking about that "shame on you" moment, or claims of dissatisfaction with The Tattler. Which we can accept.
What research has found is that there were some discrepancies in the stories told by the Browns. One of the most difficult claims to believe being that they are just a simple and naive young couple who wandered into their present difficulties unaware, and are bewildered and overwhelmed by all that has happened since.
Julie Tschida Brown (owner of 126 E. Mira Monte Ave.) is a Vice President at the Jacobs Engineering Group (link), a large and highly regarded professional concern with access to some of the top engineering, architectural and construction talent in the world. These are impressive resources for anyone to have at their fingerprints, and certainly for a self-styled innocent who had claimed to try and make an honest attempt at restoring an historic classic Craftsman, only to throw up her hands in despair upon discovering how supposedly hopeless this situation might be.
As Vice President of so respected an engineering firm, Julie would have had plenty of opportunities to consult with some of the top professionals in the field before making her decisions about purchasing the Henry A. Darling home. It is unlikely that someone so high up in the corporate engineering world, and with so many world class masters of the construction arts on hand to discuss any possible problems, could have been quite as naive or ill-informed as Julie claimed to the people of Sierra Madre.
Here is how Forbes Magazine describes Jacobs Engineering (link):
Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc. is a technical professional services company, which provides technical, professional, and construction services including, engineering, design, and architectural services; construction and construction management services; operations and maintenance services; and process, scientific, and systems consulting services. The company provides services through offices and subsidiaries located primarily in North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, India, Australia, Africa, and Asia. Jacobs Engineering Group was founded by Joseph J. Jacobs in 1947 and is headquartered in Pasadena, CA.
|Did the Browns ever really consider not destroying the H. A. Darling home?|
During his 5 or so minutes of KGEM glory Dave Brown said something inadvertently revealing. This while answering some of the thoughtful questions being put to him by Councilmember Gene Goss. And it appears that Dave could have given away a bit more than he probably should have.
Mr. Brown confessed that the water meter moratorium was a "nightmare" for him. However, since he had purchased an existing home with a water meter already in place, that scary problem might be a dubious one. The only way it could have been the nightmare he described is if he was planning to execute a lot split on that property.
Just so you know, the 126 E. Mira Monte site is a beefy 21,318 square feet.
It is hard to figure out how early in the process the Browns had made their decision, or if the city has yet received all of the plans associated with that property. We are looking into that and have hopes of getting more information soon. I have been told that, if built, this would be quite a castle. And judging by the illustration above, far larger - and taller - than the single story homes in that area.
But a lot split would be an explanation for why the water meter moratorium was such a nightmare to Dave Brown. It also explains why they seem bent on razing a 107 year old Craftsman home, one of deep emotional and historic importance to the people of a town they've claimed to love.
With the exception of The Tattler, of course. Mrs. Brown did indicate that she doesn't love us as much as we are accustomed to (link).
All said, it does appears that the Browns are just not the naïve newbie Sierra Madre homeowners they have claimed to be. And that much of what we heard last week was instead a carefully prepared public relations strategy designed to help them get what they want in the face of considerable community opposition.
No matter how outsized their dream house, or genuine and heartfelt the concerns of those standing in their way.
We will have more on this important story as soon as it is made available.
City Hall announces rescheduled Planning Commission meeting
Though no details are offered as to why this meeting had to be rescheduled, or that it is even a reschedule at all, the following appeared late Monday in the "City News" section of the City of Sierra Madre website (link):
Hopefully the public notice advertising has finally been sent to the Mountain Views News, and it will run on time. Not the easiest operation for the involved parties to pull off these days it seems.