Saturday, March 14, 2015

Is Reni Rose A "McMansion Realtor?" Question Answered.

On Thursday we were discussing the colorful recent history of the Henry A. Darling house at 126 E. Mira Monte Avenue. Or at least that is what this 108 year old home had been called. The Realtor (did you know it is legally required to capitalize the word Realtor?) on this roller coaster of a deal all along has been the omnipresent Reni Rose, a celebrated real estate agent carrying some major national credentials in her resume'. Reni has apparently decided, now that she will be able to sell this historic Craftsman home all over again (you can read all about it by clicking here), that the place no longer needs a name. Even though we all need names, if only so people will know exactly who it is they're cussing out. An activity The Tattler fully supports, by the way.

The following question came up during Thursday's discussion of this issue. Does Reni Rose support mansionization, and was she supporting that sort of thing while working on the previous Henry A. Darling house transaction? Because that is what the deal turned out to be, a mansionization project. Complete with lot split and a now festering legal dispute with City Hall. This was hardly a consequences-free transaction.

The answer to the question? It is a large fat yes. And we will supply you with proof of that shortly. But first, a little background.

As you may recall, residents of the Arcadia Highlands had been fighting two huge McMansion projects proposed for an area of that has been predominantly ranch homes. This kind of predatory development has been going on for a while in the Peacock Empire, but until recently The Highlands has been spared much of it.

Unfortunately, the effort to save The Highlands area was dealt a major blow recently. Here is how the Pasadena Star News explained it in an article titled "Arcadia OKs development of 2 large homes despite ‘mansionization’ argument" (link):


Apparently the petition mentioned in the Star News article favoring the building of these two McMansions in the Arcadia Highlands was widely circulated and signed by many of that area's Realtors. Including Reni Rose herself. Here is that document.


Rich with Orwellian double-talk, that petition. Reminds me of the kinds of deceptive language that was used to oppose Measure V back in the day.

Of course, Reni Rose was not the only Arcadia dwelling Realtor to sign a petition designed to promote predatory McMansionization in the Arcadia Highlands. Here are the others:

Song Liem    1141 Oakwood Dr.
Jeffrey Bowen  1919 Wilson Ave.
Darlene Bowen  1919 Wilson Ave.
Ash Rizk   1204 Oakwood Dr.
Nivine Rizk  1204 Oakwood Dr.
Mark Cheng  1741  Oakwood Ave.
Alan Black  238 Hillgreen Place
Ruth Black  238 Hillgreen Place

You might want to consider their support for the mansionization of the Arcadia Highlands when looking for your next Realtor. We have scans of their petition signatures as well. If you would like copies for your own files pop me an email and I'll send them your way.

Free of charge. We're like that.

The bad news here is that the Henry A. Darling home (we will persist in calling it that despite the sanitized language used in the latest listing), is once agains in the hands of a real estate agent who obviously does not have a problem with McMansions.

Which is probably why the lot size at 126 E. Mira Monte Avenue is so clearly called out in Reni Rose's present take on the place. That description is available on the Redfin site (link). Or here:

Situated on a 21,337 square foot lot (nearly half an acre) this Craftsman style home is located on one of Sierra Madre's most desirable streets. A full-width front porch, wood siding and clipped gable roof offer lend to its character. Original features continue to the interior with an impressive river rock fireplace, oak floors, built-ins and wood wainscoting with plate rail. Wood windows look out onto lush greenery from every room, enhancing the relaxed Southern California feel of this home. Extensive intact period features. The rear garden is planted with specimen plants and mature foliage offering a private and unique outdoor environment. In addition to performing a physical inspection, buyers are encouraged to speak with Sierra Madre city staff with questions regarding the property.

Now you know. And yes, call City Hall.

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107 comments:

  1. How the Tattler comes up with this nformation is rather remarkable. But at least people know now how Ms. Rose feels. You see, the immediate neighbors were very opposed to it because these two massive homes would destroy their views, light and privacy as were other neighbors including the Highlands HOA who felt that these 6,000 foot homes the size of aircraft carriers wouldn't be consistent with the character of the neighborhood. It all comes down to this. Are you in favor of the existing neighbors who bought their homes undoubtedly many years ago because of the neighborhood and the way their home is situated in relation to their neighbors' homes. Or do you side with the developer who wants to build the biggest spec home they can to maximize their profit - all at the expense of those neighbors. By signing that petition, Ms. Rose clearly decided in favor of the developer building those massive spec homes in Arcadia. Do you think there is a little self-interest involved. Well, she may truly love those massive homes - maybe not so much though if one is built next to her. But its more likely that she doesn't want to do anything to alienate the developer community which would put some of her big commissions at risk. The readers here can decide for themselves what conclusions they can draw from her signing that petition and basically telling those poor neighbors to eat crow. Now she is selling the Henry A. Darling house in Sierra Madre and the first sentence in the marketing description emphasizes the big lot. She remove the "1907" and removed any reference to the "Henry A. Darling House". Once again, everyone can draw their own conclusions.

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    1. I love that last line in the petition, that "we will continue to support 'progress' in the Highlands. I guess people who signed that petition feel that to bring what's happending all over the south part of Arcadia now to the Highlands and to Sierra Madre for that matter is "progess". Sorry Reni Rose but that's not my idea of progress and not the future I want for Sierra Madre.

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    2. I think that little cartoon the Tattler has provided says it all. Reni Rose supports the developes who build this hideous monstrosities. I hate to impugn motives but the bigger the house, the bigger the commission she will get.

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    3. Lost all respect for Reni now.

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    4. Unfortunately that petition influenced the City Council to overturn the Highland HOA decision to reject the project. Neighbors got screwed as a result. Signing petitions has consequences.

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    5. I believe Carol Canterbury works at Reni Rose's realty office.

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    6. Must be a colorful office.

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    7. A previous Poster estimated the basic renovation cost of the Henry Darling House to be well over $1/4 million.
      That is just to get up to code. So the almost $1million price is the real problem without both a lot split and a mansionisation. That may be what drives further unpleasantness. Greed is a nasty vice when tripped-up by common sense.

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    9. 8:24, do you really think the pro over-development letter influenced the council? I think they were there already. Can anyone think of one instance when the Arcadia City Council denied a MacMansion?

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    10. Reni Rose has just been outed. I would venture to say that most realtors would sign that petition. They hope to get the business from the builders of these big homes. If some people get hurt by having a big home next door that blocks the views, and the light and privacy that they have enjoyed for 30 years, that's just too bad.

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    11. Is 10:39 trying to minimize the significance of signing that letter. Sure, the City Council may have already been in pocket of the developers long before that petition circulated. But that petition provided the cover for them to overturn the Highland HOA's rejection of the projects. That's what is significant. Exposing that Reni Rose signed the petition also outed her and revealed where her loyalties lie. So when she stays silent in the face of all this preservation effort is going in where she has her office, at least we now know why she is silent. She doesn't want to offend either side because she may lose a few commissions. Now she has been outed by none other than the ever-vigilant Tattler. At least Judy Webb Martin spoke up against McMansions at one City Council meeting.

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    12. The Reni Roses of this world and the Arcadia City Council have one big thing in common. They both get money out of this. At least Rose does it legally.

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    13. 10:51, 10:39 here, and I wasn't trying to minimize the significance of the letter, but rather emphasize the corruption of the city council. My guess would be that a council person or 2 told the developers to get the letter going.

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    14. I understand 11:12. The City Council was compromised long before the petition. I just like to know who I'm dealing with. If someone is in favor of McMansions and what that does to the neighbors, while I think that's wrong and unfair, people like Reni Rose are entitled to their opinion. I guess its safe to say that we won't find her speaking up to often at City Council meetings in favor of preservation.

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    15. This is why I don't like Realtors. They are way over-paid for what they do. Its only worse when the capitalize on the destruction of your town in the process.

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    16. I'd like to see of these realors can tell people what their vision is for Siera Madre. Do they want a development free-for-all like Arcadia or do they want to preserve the village. They can't have it both ways even though they want to. Have some courage and state your views like Michael Paris did so openly at that City Council meeting.

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    17. So these realtors will "continue to support progress in the Highlands". What progress? I'd always thought that the Highlands was a pretty nice area to live in. What "progress" are they talking about. Perhaps Alan Black, Reni Rose and some of the other realtors could tell us exactly what "progress" they want to see in the Highlands. I'm really interested in hearing what they mean by that? Let's see if any one of them will answer that question. Can anyone answer that question? What exactly is wroing with the Highlands that nice 1-story homes that have been there for 50 or 60 years need to be torn down in favor of 6,000 square foot homes. Someone help me with this because I just don't understand the mindset.

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    18. I would think that it would be good for business to support preservation in places like Sierra Madre. Maybe the realtors think that the kind of people who care so much about the community are less likely to move from the community they care so much about. So they need to focus on the people who don't give a rip about the community and don't really care whether they live in Sierra Madre or not. Those people are more likely to sell if they get their price. So maybe I'm wrong. From a business standpoint, be on the side of the developers, contractors and architects who are involved in both buying and selling homes.

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    19. The Henry A. Darling House is not out of the woods just yet. Its been granted a reprieve. But if they listing agent is pushing its demolition, that's still a problem.

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    20. I don't think the costs would be nearly that high. I'd say for 100K, you could make that house look pretty nice. One thing we know for certain is that the Brown's were being a little disenguous when they said the property was a hazard and needed to be torn down. They seem to be singing a different tune now that they are trying to sell the house.

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    21. Somebody please tell me what it means when the signers of the petition say they support "progress" in the Highlands. Progress must mean over-sized homes squeezed into smaller lots. If that's progress, I don't want any part of it.

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    22. It's the kind of BS the Arcadia Realtors crank out in times like these. Maybe they've hired Chip Ahlswede again. He's an expert at such gibberish.

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    23. I have recently renovated a Craftsman of similar size & age. As a 'Fixer-Upper' the Henry Darling house would be worth(IMHO) $1million all up to code and looking pretty.The problem is the cost to get there. Deduct that cost from the fixed-up price and there is the $200,000+++ problem.
      Before you say that is too much, remember the new owners said it was fit only for demolition. So really it should be sold at land value as a single indivisible lot for a rebuild on the same size footprint. $750,000 max !
      The math is ugly and the inevitable finger pointing and squabbling will be theatrical.Tattler has ringside reservations fr us all.Thank you Mr.C.

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    24. 5:59, great post. I would also like to hear the realtors define "progress". As the Mod put it, it's Orwellian double talk. Even worse, prompted by double think.

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  2. Say no more, I get it, Reni was against Sandra.

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    1. Just when I thought it was safe to come back to the Tattler...

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    2. Me, too, 10:30. 7:01, how do you know that??? I, too, have not read the Tattler for the past several weeks. Many of us were against Sandi for a multitude of reasons, obviously from the votes that went to the other side.

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    3. Great. The PUSD is now even further under thumb of corrupt pols and greedy unions. Hey, you won! 2004 is avenged!

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    4. 2004 avenged? Huh?
      But anyway, I regret I had to vote for a union backed same-old same-old. But there wasn't a viable alternative. It was a lesser of two evils election. Again.

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    5. Low information voters cannot be reasoned with.

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    6. You would think the kind of people who support the UUT would tend to be big government types who usually also would support the environment. For some reason, the roles get muddied up when it comes to development. You have people all over on the political map on that one.

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  3. There is a name for a person who will sell herself for a dollar.

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  4. I am truly amazed that when all those Highland Oaks neighbors are fighting so hard to preserve their neighborhood and trying to prevent the big developer from coming in and ruining the neighborhood with one of those over-sized McMansions, that anybody would be selfish enough to give the middle finger to all those neighbors by signing that petition which caused the City Council to vote against the HOA and in favor of the developer. Imagine if you were one of those neighbors and had one of these towering homes built right next door to you? Here in Sierra Madre, you have contractors like Glenn Lambdin and architects like Vanderveldt telling us that we shouldn't have any protections in place against what is happening in Arcadia. And the silence of the realtor community has been deafening on this issue. The realtors don't want to alienate the developers or the preservationists so they just keep quiet because a client is a client is a client. But now the Tattler just exposed one Realtor's true colors here.....and she works in Sierra Madre. Isn't it always about the money.

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    1. I'm with you 7:06, and the Tattler's cartoon is exactly what the situation is. As 6:54 posted, it's the developers versus in-place residents.

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    2. I bet alot of people in the Highlands would not be too happy to hear that Reni Rose worked against them on this.

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    3. I'm sure Reni doesn't want them to know she signed the petition. She probably never expected it would get out there like this. Don't people know by now that nothing escapes the attention of the Tattler. The Tattler thrives on hypocracy and corruption. Because that will always exist, there will always be a Tattler.

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    4. Its not just Reni Rose. Alan Black works for Sotheby's or some other outfit like that. Most realtors share their sentiments about McMansions. The bigger the house the bigger the commission.

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    5. Maybe Reni can make up for all this by trying to steer the Henry A. Darling House towards the normal Craftsman buyer. When I say normal, I mean the kind of people where it would be inconceivable to buy such a home only to want to tear it down.

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    6. Reni Rose doesn't care who it sells too. Her job is to get the highest price for her client, maybe mislead a few buyers, collect a big commission, move on to the next developer client and sign a few petitions.

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    7. I bet the Browns have her on a short leash.

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  5. By signing that petition, you are basically saying I would rather screw over those neighbors so that the developer can make a lot of money at the neighbor's expense. Even if you like McMansions wouldn't you sympathize with those neighbors and the entire Highland HOA that voted those projects down for not being in keeping with the neighborhood. I guess not if you might be the agent who sells on of those things and earns some money.

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  6. This is why I don't like most Realtors. They are selling out our community as fast as they can put the money in the bank.

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    1. Yes. They also tell us how they love Sierra Madre and would never do anything to harm it. Until, of course, they do.

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    2. All of you old timers will remember the "Strategies for Fighting the Slow Growth Movement at the Local Level" brochure the California Realtors Association put out, but for anyone who hasn't seen it, it's a marvel.
      http://www.car.org/media/pdf/103309/

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    3. Must reading!

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    4. It's amazing that the CAR put that out there. In public, in black and white.

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    5. Big lobbies and state government types are extremely arrogant. They think the average person would never notice.

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    6. I think the realtors are trying to make the money while they can. There is alot of money flowing into Sierra Madre and they want to capitalize on this gravy train. Greed trumps everything else. Reni Rose is not the only one in Sierra Madre who is complicit in this.

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    7. Its really too bad when all people can see his dollar signs. Aren't there other things that are important too like quality of life, being a good neighbor and not hogging diminishing resources like water.

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  7. I doubt if too many of these realors are part of the Preserve Sierra Madre group. They don't want to take any chances and antagonize developers which would put earning a commission off that developer at risk. . Isn't that the bottom line?

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  8. Never list with a McMansion Realtor.

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  9. Description provided by Trulia
    1825 Elevado Ave This is a Single-Family Home located at 1825 Elevado Avenue, Arcadia CA. 1825 Elevado Ave has 3 beds, 2 baths, and approximately 2,441 square feet. The property was built in 1951. 1825 Elevado Ave is in the 91006 ZIP code in Arcadia, CA. The average list price for ZIP code 91006 is $2,308,156.

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  10. There are alot of groups that have a vested interest in Sierra Madre turning into Arcadia whether its city employee who want more revenue coming in or contractors, developers and architects and realtors. People have to wake up to this and decide if they want people to ruin Sierra Madre just so that it can put dollars in their pockets in the process.

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  11. Whatever happened to Carol Canterbury and the contraption that she rides around in. I thought she was for preservation but haven't seen her speak up at one meeting.

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    1. Most realtors will tell you they are for preservation. It is part of the way they market their services and the company they work for. It has little to do with their actual business practices.

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    2. Carol has shown up a few times, and spoken before the Council and the Planning Commission.

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    3. Did anyone believe her?

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    4. One of the few realtors who spoke up passionately about this issue was someone named Michael Paris. It was at the City Council meeting in which the demoliton moratorium was being discussed and the same meeting in which Judy "Shame on You" Brown told us we were all bad people for wanting to preserve the Henry A. Darling House. Michael didn't care about the consequences to his business, but instead as a matter of principle, spoke up against tearing down even some of the 1960's ranch style homes. That's someone I admire and respect.. He took a principled stand for the community of Sierra Madre and didn't care about perhaps losing the business of some of these developers. I would let him sell my house and not someone like Reni Rose.

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    5. 10:57, yes indeed, and the same guy spoke up during the Measure V days. He was an effective and persuasive opponent of the Downtown Specific Plan. He has been consistently dedicated to preserving the unique quality of life we have here.

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    6. I know Mike Paris. He's a smart and interesting guy. And passionate about Sierra Madre. I learn a lot every time we talk. That "Sierra Madre Real Estate Agent" link among the publications is his site. Ethical Realtor is not always an oxymoron.

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    7. 10:45, at least she took the time to show up - which is more than the great majority of residents do! Don't misunderstand - I'm not so foolish as to say she's a preservationist or anything. But she has spoken out against a couple of awful projects.

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    8. Most do occassionally speak out. But it is their actions that count. Signing this petition is damning.

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    9. Michael Paris has been consistent in trying to preserve our village here in Sierra Madre. He could have kept his mouth shut to make sure he didn't alienate any customers but he didn't do that like alot of realtors in town. He put the community ahead of his self-interest. You have to admire a guy like that.

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    10. Other than Judy Webb Martin who spoke up once against McMansions and Michael Paris who has consistently spoken up, there is nobody else who has in way been outspoken in favor of preserving Sierra Madre. I guess they figure they can't risk it.

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    11. Judy's name tend to draw a lot of negative comments, but she was the only realtor standing during the Carter mess. I'll always be grateful for her participation in that.

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    12. Yea Judy has risen to the occasion a few times so I give her credit where credit is due. Up until this petition has now been revealed, I don't think anyone ever knew where Reni Rose stood. She has been carefully silent. I heard she's in favor of the Monastery project and hopes to get the listing on those 50 homes. You can bet she won't be a supporter of stopping that project.

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    13. I think Michael Paris also talked about how the town he grew up in got ruined by McMansions. I guess the people who have experienced it, become the most passionate about preventing it. Barry and Judy Gold had to move from Arcadia. They know what can happen. They saw it first hand. Why do you think they are so passionate about stopping it from happening in Sierra Madre.

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    14. They did not have to move they chose to , I am sure they sold thier home to the highest bidder

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  12. An aside: went to the Star-News to corroborate some of this really good information, but I can barely use the website because of all the ads, and now there's a massive car ad that blocks your view of the whole page. Might as well schedule the funeral...

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    1. I was there this morning. And they do have a lot of ads, which means their on-line strategy is working.

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    2. If nobody goes there, then they get no "clicks". Talk about backfire

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    3. People go there. Whenever something I've done gets linked there I get a flood of hits. The only news site around that doesn't have any pay ads is this one. Mostly because it is a God awful bother and I am fortunate enough to have a good day job so I don't need to go grubbing around for ads. There are people who write for the Star News that I think are pompous idiots, and there are some there who are damn fine journalists. You take the good with the bad. But personally the thought of not having a functioning daily newspaper in the area frightens me.

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  13. Realtors cant NOT sell houses unless a owner wants it sold . So its the sellers who are ruining Arcadia and Sierra Madre b The realtors are doing what the owners want . Getting the most they can for their property !

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    1. You need to read the Star News article, bunny. Real estate people are making cold calls on people and offering them sick money to sell out their community and leave. Plus what about those who are being forced out because they know the McMansions going up in the area will ruin their views and block the sun. Not to mention all of the dust and pollution during the construction of these mistress mansions. Wake up and an embrace an adult level of understanding. Don't be a tot for life.

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    2. Sorry 10:12. When you proactively sign a petition directed towards influencing the City Council, you are not just passively doing the Seller's bidding. Look, Reni Rose can take that position but I hope every resident of the Highlands who was against those two 6,000 square foot 2-story homes in a one-story neighborhood knows what she did. She may go silent again so nobody finds out her motives but, thanks to the Tattler, her position is loud and clear.

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    3. 10:12, you're saying the realtors are just following orders....?

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    4. Cold calls have been going on forever . But it is the seller who sells ,a realtor can not make any body sell ,

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    5. If that was true not a single bottle of snake oil would have ever been sold.

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    6. No you do not have to sign a listing agreement or a sales contract to buy snakeoil

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    7. Good point.

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    8. Why can't they be realtors and support the preservation movement like that guy Paris. Its because they don't want to antagonize the developers and lose potential listings. In other cases, realtors are bird dogging houses to buy for developers like Mur-Sol to tear down and turn into some McMansion that has now hurt the adjacent neighbors. I'm as big a believer in private property rights as anyone. But we don't live in Montana with an acre of land betweent the houses. We live at relatively close quarters and need to recognize that we can't build our dream home at the expense of our neighbor's. One person's gain should not be another person's loss. Thank God the Planning recognized that when they made the CUP threshold lower and made it manditory for all 2nd story new homes or additions.

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    9. The all-might dollar at work again. Its money always behind every problem.

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    10. one persons gain is always anothers loss

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  14. I feel so sorry for the Highland Oaks residents. They have such a beautiful area, and the low density development allows them to see the nature around them.
    The Macmansion plague is in too deep and close though. I don't think they'll have any alternatives but to sue their city.

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    1. And some of these Realtors support these developer and make it so the neighbors have to now spend time and money on a lawsuit. That just sucks for them. The owners of those two properties i the Highlands should not be able to do anything that adversely impact on the neighbors. Sure they have private property rights but what about the property rights of the neighbors impacted by these over-sized homes? What are their rights? Highland Oaks even has an HOA that rejected these projects. Thanks to the likes of Ms. Rose, the City Council overturned the HOA's rejection.

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    2. I don't know how Reni Rose's house is situated. But how would she like it if the neighbor right next door built something that hurt her views, light or privacy. I bet she's be singing a different tune. I guess as long as it happens to someone else and there might be a commission in there somewhere, she's in favor of it. That's called being inconsistent.

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    3. Maybe it makes her property more valuable and she'll make a killing.

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    4. I don't thinks so 3:53 but a good try. There is a reason why so many people are rising up against the McMansions and not just in Arcadia but in Burbank, Monrovia, Sierra Madre, certain districts in Los Angeles and elsewhere - just do a google search to find out. If its such a good thing and it benefits the neighbors, why are they all so opposed to it? Its because it adversely impacts on their value. For example, if someone cuts off your view of the mountains, not only do you not get to enjoy it any more while you live there, but when you go to sell your home - now without views - you just lost thousands of dollars in value. So 3:53, when it comes next door to you, you can learn the hard way.

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    5. I looked up Rose's address from the petition on google maps - it looks great, nice proportion of house to land.
      Not at all a crowded, over-built McMansion.

      So do as she says and not as she does?

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    6. You missed my point 4:21. Some have a sense of place and a love for their community. They are a part of where they live. Others just figure the angles and take the money. I don't see Rose as being anything but the latter.

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    7. Now that way know Reni Rose's views on the matter, she should just be open about it. I would have more respect for her if she came to a few Planning Commission meetings and City Council meetings in Sierra Madre and Arcadia and speak up in favor of McMansions and development. Have the courage of your convictions regardless of your point of view. At least Lamdin the contractor and Vanderveldt the architect are consistent advocated for lax regulations for developers. They don't hide there views. Its the silent ones that work behind the scene that bother me. But for the Tatler revealing the signing of the petition and omitting the Henry A Darling House in the discription of the Mira Monte house, we might have continued to do business with Reni.

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    8. I don't like it when people will subject others to something they would never tolerate themselves.

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    9. Arcadia is a regional cancer.

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  15. I just don't get the "increases property value" claims. If you're living in a moderately sized house, and these huge things infiltrate your neighborhood, your property isn't worth anything but the land it's on.

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    1. If it was such a good thing, why are the neighbors always so opposed to it. Why are people forming these preservation groups if its such a good thing. Sure, a few people can cash in on it. The developer makes alot of money and the neighbor who sold their home can perhaps make some cash as they let their remaining neighbors deal with the consequences of their "windfall". I guess its kind of a farwell gift to the neighbors. I sure woudn't want to leave my neighbors with that problem. So the developer wants to build the 6,000 square foot McMansion - the "progress" as the petition put it that the likes of Reni Rose are in favor of - and now the neighbors go from peacefully enjoying their home to now having to fight and attend meetings to try to stop a deep pocket developer and often corrupt City Council I'd say it stinks.

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    2. Yea, its a bogus argument that your property value go up when you destroy neighborhoods. Look at Bungalow Heavan in Pasadena. That neighborhood is protected and every owner has benefited.

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    3. Only developers, architects and realtors try to make that argument.

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  16. I went to the Darling Open House today. Rene wasn't the one showing it. Needs lots of work. The rooms photographed staged front room, porch and kitchen are empty and less "sparkly" now. This house has obviously been neglected but with honest work could be turned around. Does any one remember the realtor Doug Delahook? I think he owned this house one time as a rental. Over the years I think many realtors in Sierra Madre picked up houses at low prices and kept them for their own rental income. Deferred maintenance is rampant here and not the way a primary owner would have left the place.

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    1. I saw it too. It has the bones and beautiful architectual details. Someone can restore it and really make it look good.

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    2. Does anyone know if it will be open again tomorrow and the times.

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    3. Reni probably wasn't there because she's smart. She once to distance herself from this property. Her reputaton has gotten a bit tarnished particularly now that she signed that petition to destroy the Highlands. She's probably going to keep this one at arm's length and let others do her dirty work.

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    4. Over in Los Angeles, some people were picketing at the open house of some realtor who was trying to sell one of those newly built McMansions. Maybe we can do the same over at Mira Monte and try to shame people into doing the right thing if they don't want to do it willingly. I'd like to know what Agent Rose is telling prospective buyers for that property.

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    5. My guess is the Browns have told Miss Rose that she'd better move that house quick or they'll sic their shyster on her.

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  17. 4:44 you have to know that some people are just natural confrontationalist. Most of us don't go out looking for an argument like the people you are talking about. Lamdin is a natural bully so I would expect to see him at council, oh, and don't piss him off, he a trained professional and that's not in basket weaving either.

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  18. I went to the open house and it appears that some foundation work has been done. The house does slope to the south/east corner and might have to be jacked up a bit.

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