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I thought David explained the issues and most of the politics very well in his note, so I am posting what he had to say verbatim. There is a lot at stake for both Arcadia and Sierra Madre. I am sure you know that as well.
On Tuesday, June 16 at 7 p.m. the City Council will be “reviewing” their decision they made on May 5, 2015 behind closed doors. This item was put on the agenda for this Tuesday because I challenged the legality of their action and they are now forced by law to hold this discussion in front of the public. They had decided to hold off on zoning code updates that were started a year ago. They also decided to go forward with a historical survey of the homes in Arcadia except in the Highlands. To top it off, they blamed the lawsuit filed by Save The Arcadia Highlands as if it were related.
If a zoning code update and historical survey would negatively impact the City’s position in the lawsuit filed by Save The Arcadia Highlands, isn’t that an admission that they know they did wrong?
I hope this post gets to as many Arcadians and Sierra Madreans and that everyone from the North, South, East and West of Arcadia comes Tuesday and express to City Council that they listen to its constituency and vote to go forward with the zoning code update and historical survey for all parts of Arcadia.
There is no “silent majority” that wants to have a big, oversized home built next to them. Limitations on square footage does not mean “death” to our property values.
We believe that privacy and views are the rights of all property owners and we are advocating for protection of those property rights through limits on the size of new homes.
We believe that developers would appreciate a defined term of allowable square footage which would alleviate some of the tension between builders and the Architectural Review Boards in Arcadia.
Please join me Tuesday, June 16 at 7:00 p.m. at Arcadia City Council Chambers and respectfully request our City Council vote for reasonable development standards that protects everyone's property rights.
The lawsuit that David refers to above is also a part of Tuesday's meeting mix. It involves what are accusations of some pretty egregious Brown Act violations by Arcadia's increasingly bizarro City Council. Here are some screen shots of the letter that was delivered recently to those shaky solons of local city governance.
Good stuff, right? Given the vast sums of money being mainlined into Arcadia's dodgy city hall regime lately via things such as development impact fees, coming from all of those No Class Castles being built by arriviste absentee billionaires from afar, the need for secrecy must prey upon the minds of Arcadia's compromised City Council often.
According to an article published recently in the Pasadena Star News, it would seem that the Brown Actors of Arcadia could very well end up having their Gucci shod feet metaphorically nailed to the floor in a courtroom setting somewhere, and soon.
The article is called "Experts: Arcadia officials violated California’s open meetings law" and you can link to the entire thing here.
So after all of that, how exactly has Arcadia's City Council reacted to this avalanche of woe? Well, for Councilmember John Wuo, the strategy was simple. Play the race card. And why wouldn't he? When you are an elected official in a city as ethically bankrupt as Arcadia (in my opinion), what other options do you have besides resorting to claims of ethnic bias and victimhood?
Here is how a recent article in the Arcadia Weekly describes Johnny Wuo's hot mess (link):
Residents in Arcadia received a newsletter from ‘Save the Arcadia Highlands’ group earlier this week attacking some of the city councilmembers’ votes on certain issues with particular regard to the large homes being built in Arcadia. The newsletter’s tone was highly critical of several councilmembers and the financial controversy over a cancelled trip to China & Taiwan.
We contacted councilmembers for comment as well as City Manager, Dominic Lazzaretto. John Wuo was deeply concerned and said this via email:
“I am extremely upset, because it is all lies. For instance, we did not receive any money, so how can we return money back to them (China Trip)? Also accusing us (3 councils) breaking the law, in fact they are the one not following our City’s building and zoning code. Each project went through city’s appeal process, planning commission voted 5-0 and council voted 4-1 and 3-2 to approval these 2 projects.
"The whole articles are racist, and I am shocked and surprised that these are Arcadia’s residents.” Councilmember John Wuo.
That aborted "China Trip" the highly indignant Mr. Wuo alludes to here was exposed to the whole wide world by the Pasadena Star News, among a few others. Note that the title of this PSN article, "Arcadia officials vote unanimously to return $30,000 in donations and cancel trip to China, Taiwan," does seem to directly conflict with Mr. Wuo's claim of never having seen any money. As does the rest of the article.
You have to wonder what Councilmember Wuo thought he was voting for, and how exactly he could give back something that he is now claiming never existed.
You may link to the entire article is here.
No word yet if Councilmember John Wuo plans to accuse the Star News of being racist as well.
You might want to attend Tuesday evening's meeting. It looks to me like this confab will have just about everything you could ever possibly want from a city government.
Especially one that is in the process of blowing up right before our eyes.