Sunday, July 26, 2015

Pasadena Star News: Sierra Madre group rallies against development of religious retreat land

Behind Caesar's lines.
Mod: Great coverage in today's Pasadena Star News. Plus it really is nice that they saved this for their Sunday edition. Today's paper gets a much wider circulation than any of the editions that come out on weekdays, so this one will be seen by many more people. We're following that up with a virtual rotogravure of insightful pictures taken by the editor of the Sierra Madre Weekly, Terry Miller. If you don't know Terry, he runs around nine regional weekly newspapers in the area, and he is providing some truly impressive coverage of the SGV McMansion fight. If you haven't picked up a copy of the Sierra Madre Weekly lately, you owe it to yourself to do that. You will be in for a very pleasant surprise. They are hitting this news hard, and at just the right time. Ask the GemCoin guys.


Mod: I'm sorry, but Cam Thornton claiming his goals are the same as those of Preserve Sierra Madre is just about the most ridiculous nonsense I have heard in quite a while. Preserve Sierra Madre began as a local movement created to stop development at Mater Dolorosa. Does Thornton claim he is now opposing development there? I don't think so. He just wants the money. Some people have no shame. For the rest of this Star News coverage click here.

Terry Miller's Pictures


Thanks Terry!

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33 comments:

  1. "Stations of the Cross CLOSED for renovation. NO ACCESS!"

    That says it all. My neighbor, who is not a Catholic, shared with me his love of walking the stations during his time of prayer. My family and I walked the stations often, and used my children's love of the empty tomb to rejoice in our Savior's resurrection. I personally prayed at the kneeler before the eucharist in the prayer garden.

    That all ended when R. Higgins and the Passionists decided to forsake their mission and become real estate developers. While the development is itself problematic, the Passionist's decision to abandon their mission and the village of souls at their doorstep is truly a shame. In fact, it is an affront to each of the Passionist priests buried on the retreat center's holy ground. One can only hpme and pray that they rediscover their mission and figure out a way to spread the Gospel using words other than "NO ACCESS!"

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    1. They really have lost site of their mission which is a shame. Once you sell off that land, you never get it back. They would be kicking themselves years later if they carved up this amazing property. I also would ask what has happened to the Passionists. You look at the Self-Realization Fellowship for example. They aren't selling off their properties. They have beautifully manicured grounds, they maintain it, and they see their properties as a way to attract people to their beliefs by being an oasis of peace and solitude.

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    2. A few years ago, when they got in the development business, they put up the gates and have some guy who literally patrols the property to keep people out. What a change from a few years ago when people could walk and enjoy the beautiful grounds. They used to have an annual fiesta. That went by the wayside too. They made a conscious decision to separate themselves from the community in which they reside and pursue an acrimonious development project that the community does not want. They are trying to divide the community and pit neighbor against neighbor, so that they can extract the maximum amount of money they can from sacred, beautiful, wildlife filled land that they simply see as just another financial asset. Can words even express the disgust I feel about all of this.

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    3. They are now so focused on the profit motive that they should lose their tax-exempt status.

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    4. Good point. That land has been shielded from taxation for 90 years. Now it is going to be cashed in for a big profit? Nuh uh.

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    5. Father Higgins I'm sure is a nice enough Priest but he was brought in here to replace Father Pat for one purpose and that was to coordinate the sale of the property.

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    6. Money is God. Praise God.

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    7. Father Higgins:

      No Access!

      Sincerely, St. Peter

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    8. Excellent summary 7:09. Thanks.

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  2. Speaking of the press, here is a little survey of our local news sources about the attendance at the Mater Dolorosa rally. The Tattler claimed the figure was 150 people. The Sierra Madre Weekly and Pasadena Star News both said 100. The Mountain Views News, which owes its existence to Sierra Madre taxpayer money, said 40. Obviously that figure is way below the crowd size there. So why is that paper putting out bad information about the rally?

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    1. Judging from the pictures, it looks like a pretty big crowd to me. Who knows where the Mountain Views News came up with that figure. While the crowd was peaceful, there was a reason that two police cars appeared and why one stayed permanently. The poor Fathers, Jerry Pearson and Cam Thornton and Joe Sanders probably thought the crowd would get unruly and storm the gates with torches and pitchforks. They had no cause for worry. It was a nice crowd.

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    2. As far as the realtors go, I think Matt Bryant said it all when he said he hoped the realtors will put the community ahead of their commissions.

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    3. Preservation is what has made Sierra Madre special, and also why house values are as high as they are here. This makes both aesthetic and economic good sense. Letting developers cash that all in for a quick kill in the housing market is not what anyone here should ever want.

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    4. 6:44 - Susan sees dollar signs. Big advertising revenue. That is all she has ever cared about.

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    5. If we allow Sierra Madre to become over-developed like Arcadia, its just a matter to time before Sierra Madre gets its first traffic light and you have to put coins into a parking meter when you visit Mother Moos for ice cream.

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    6. I wasn't able to attend the rally, but judging from the pictures, its looks pretty impressive. Mater Dolorosa is making a huge mistake in trying to force this development down everybody's throats. They won't succeed but they are destroying their image in the process.

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    7. Susan has never let pesky little details like facts and accuracy interfere with her writing. I only pick up her paper to throw away. Did she quote her usual anonymous sources? Her journalism style is "garbage in garbage out"

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    8. The biggest source of garbage at that paper is Susan herself.

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    9. Anyone who is surprised at Harriet Poole Susan Carter Henderson (not sure about that order) being inaccurate or not trustworthy just hasn't been exposed to her real history.

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    10. Maybe the Mod needs to trot that one out again.

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  3. It has always been about their bank account. I remember hearing the report about the early efforts of the Sierra Madre Mountain Conservancy discussing open space acquisition for all hillside property owners (willing buyer, willing seller, fair-market value) and the Passionist Father's representative responded 'No, we need to keep this property in our portfolio...' That was in 1988!

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    1. You mean the Sierra Madre Mountain Conservancy whose funds were sucked up by the City to build the new YAC? What a scam.

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  4. I think the Passionists ought to sell off not just the lower 20 acres but the entire property to some group that wants to put it to a good use. A use that will also be acceptable to the community. That property needs to be kept intact.

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  5. Once thing that I don't think Jerry Pearson, Cam Thornton and Joe Sanders understand is that as each month goes by, the strength of the coalition against them grows stronger and stronger. People are fed up with developers coming in and ruining the quality of life of communities with their slash and burn tactics that result in them reaping their profits and the residents being saddled with the consequences. If that rally had 100 people now, it will have 200 people in another few months.

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    1. That was 100 people in the middle of a work day. Care to try for a weekend?

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  6. That's why the developers planned it for a hot afternoon during the week
    Otherwise 500 people would have been there.

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    1. Right you are. My family and I would have shown up, and I know others who couldn't get out of work/classes obligations.
      Next time, hope they pick the sabbath. Instead of going to St Ritas, all the people who are sad about the brothers becoming land hustlers can go to the monastery instead.

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    2. Actually I believe there is only one Brother left up there John,a man who has loved and cared for the land for many,many years. It's the new regime of "fathers" or priests in which the evil is manifested.

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    3. As Catholics, we have a Sunday Holy Day of Obligation to attend Mass. I can assure you that Mater Dolorosa would not hold an event like the real estate deal on a Sunday.

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    4. Maybe Saturday, with the public? Certainly a lot of people have opinions.

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  7. THANK YOU to everyone who posted compliments in the comment section of Friday's Tattler article.
    Much appreciated!

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    1. Well deserved. Thank you, Heather.

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  8. We appreciate you!

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