Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Tattler's Ugly Arcadia McMansion Contest Is Now Up and Running

We are now putting out the call for your pictures of the ugliest McMansions in Arcadia. It is a rich environment to choose from I know, and we look forward to each and every submission. Just so you know, below is the current leading candidate. It is a rather nasty specimen to be sure. But is it really the worst starter castle design of all?


To tell you the truth, we are not certain that the brute pictured above is the worst McMansion in Arcadia. We will have to see quite a few more pictures before we can make any final decisions. So please, do get your entries in. This is a matter that needs to be settled before the end of July. People need to know.

First prize is a free subscription to the Arcadia's Best blog.

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Interested parties are encouraged to get in touch.

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25 comments:

  1. Ugly is in the eye of the beholder

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    1. That is why there has to be a contest! Get your pictures in now!

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  2. Looks like San Marino is having an "ugly" contest, too

    http://sanmarinoca.blogspot.com/

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  3. A good conversation starter but no way this could be the ugliest. It actually has fairly decent proportion from a classical perspective but the trouble is, it's schizophrenic. Bisect that image vertically and it looks like you've got two different homes.

    There's gotta be uglier ones out there!

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  4. Dear Mr. Tattler,
    Instead of $ 3,886,194 for your website, I'd like to offer you a CalPERS pension of over $8,000 a month just like Nancy Walsh gets. It will be for lifetime, with annual cost of living adjustments and super duper healthcare for life, too?

    Deal?

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  5. 8:27 - send me the paperwork and I will review it with the Tattler legal department.

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    1. Funny! That's the entire blogspot.com domain ;-)

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    2. Sell now, before the market crashes!

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  6. Do they have to be finished? Surely the 10,000 or so sq ft house just east of the tennis courts at Baldwin and Orange Grove will be in the running - mentioned when the Save the Highlands people spoke at the Arcadia City Council. Note to Councilmember Goss: You said you don't know the difference between a 10,000 sq ft house. Go to that house going up, and compare it to the one directly across the street on the Sierra Madre side, which is much smaller, then tell us with a straight face you don't know the difference, "and golly, people should be allowed to build what they want."

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  7. How does one enter? i.e. send you a photo?

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    1. Yes. Email them to: sierramadretattler@gmail.com

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  8. Sir Eric,
    Me thinks you take the money and run with the wind! Could depend on the no compete clause

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    1. Would most people sell out for $3.8 million dollars? I believe so, yes.

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    2. I'm glad I've never had to face that temptation....

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    3. I'd do both.

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  9. I thibk as well as the brilliant prize for getting a picture of the ugliest house, the house winner's owner should be left a citation in their mailbox announcing their win.

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  10. I thibk, therefore I am ...

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  11. A really rich source of possibles - Las Flores Avenue. Some of them are packed in there like tenements.

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    1. Creative people will know how to do this.

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    2. Don't forget E. Camino Real in Arcadia, it's a real peach.

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  12. This is a great way to kick off Sumner! When will the "winners" be announced?

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  13. Assemblymember Chau of District 49 has AB 744 on its way to becoming law.

    Several state legislators are pushing through amendments to the density bonus law that will take away cities' rights to require a minimum number of on-site parking spaces in density bonus projects. Most density bonus projects consist of a majority of market rate housing and just a few low income. Assemblyman Chau, the author of the bill, also added wording called the legislative intent "allowing builders and the market to decide how much parking is needed."

    Density bonus law amendment to change to no parking spaces required, no parking minimums, if developer requests density bonus.

    AB 744 by Chau and Gonzalez, and now includes Quirk has passed the Assembly and will be heard in the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee on June 30. AB 744 adds a long, non-required section on legislative intent on density bonus, mixed-use, eliminating vehicle parking, and declares that infill development and excessive parking requirements is a matter of statewide concern and is not a municipal affair.

    The League of California Cities requested a "No" vote on the Assembly Floor on June 3.

    Among the reasons listed in the League of California Cities alert for voting no on this bill that will remove parking minimums:
    AB 744 offers a complete exemption from city parking requirements for senior housing, 62-plus, with no connection to transit.
    AB 744 offers a complete exemption from city parking requirements for housing for lower (80 percentage of median) income, near transit.

    Also, the letter request for a no vote states:
    The cities of California and their elected councils take no comfort in subdivision (q) of the intent language which advocates: "allowing builders and the market to decide how much parking is needed."

    If you oppose this bill contact your State Senator, Assembly member, and the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee before the hearing date of June 30. If AB 744 is passed out of the committee, it is on its way to becoming law. Also contact your City Council.

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    1. Thank you 1:11!!! Emails on the way.

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  14. Senator Liu:
    http://lcmspubcontact.lc.ca.gov/PublicLCMS/ContactPopup.php?district=SD25

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  15. Assembly member:
    https://lcmspubcontact.lc.ca.gov/PublicLCMS/ContactPopup.php?district=AD41

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