Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Architect Who Wanted To Raze The Historic Henry A. Darling Home Is None Other Than ...

Yesterday there were some questions about exactly who the architect was behind a highly complicated scheme to demolish a Sierra Madre community heirloom called the Henry A. Darling home. That along with executing a lot split, building something to replace it described by one Tattler reader as "a bunch of doublewides arranged together," all while both that architect and his clients pocketed some major coin.

Well, thanks to the determination of two fine folks on the Tattler Research Team, we now have our answer. It was none other than one of this evening's City Council meeting Planning Commission candidates, John Vandevelde. Below are your smoking gun screen shots.


If you look over at the far righthand side of that page you will see something that clearly identifies the author of all of the above, plus the architect's stamp establishing responsibility. For those of you who would like to avoid the unnecessary eyestrain, here is a close-up detail shot.


Yesterday we posted a video (link here) that pulled a few minutes out of a rather long and controversial public comment delivered by Mr. Vandevelde at a January of 2015 City Council meeting. In his spoken word performance John called for a lot of things that would have helped make his project happen. This included getting rid of the demolition moratorium that eventually did put an end to his plans.

In hindsight this was clearly the one true source of concern for Vandevelde, and the inspiration for his unnecessarily lengthy talk that evening. He was trying to save his project.

It is also a good indication of where his sympathies lie on slash and burn mansionization development issues, and why he is not a very good match for a Planning Commission seat this year.

One more thing. Here is another quick video clip from John Vandevelde's talk that evening. In this one you will be able to see exactly how he identified himself to the City Council that evening, and what he claimed was the purpose for all the talk.

Video link here.

Did you catch it? Not a single word about the actual reason for that long speech, which was saving the project he had put together for the Brown family. A project that, in my opinion, led the Browns sadly astray in their expectations while also making them the target for what was a lot of community anger over the threatened demolition of the Henry A. Darling home.

The last I heard the Browns were also suing the city. Another legacy of this sad misadventure.

Here is how one informed resident put it:

You have a critical City Council meeting where the members are about to vote on whether or not to pass an emergency interim demolition ordinance. The impetus for the emergency ordinance was that the Brown family was about to tear down a 1907 Craftsman home known as the Henry A. Darling House located at 126 E. Mira Monte. Then John Vandevelde goes to the podium and tells the City Council, the citizens in attendance and those watching at home, that he is here as a citizen of Sierra Madre, a former member of the Planning Commission and as an architect with 20 years of experience.

In short, he presents himself as an unbiased expert who is opposed to the demolition ordinance. What he doesn't tell anybody is that he is the architect hired by the Brown family who designed the plans for the structure that is to replace the historic home that is about to be turned into a pile of rubble. One of the Brown's family friends even had the nerve to shout "He's an expert, let him speak!" when Mayor Harabedian tries to get him to wrap it up. 

Vandevelde should have disclosed his connection to the Mira Monte house forthrightly so everyone could decide for themselves whether he had a vested interest in not having the moratorium passed.  Instead he concealed that fact from everyone in the room, those watching at home and even the City Council themselves.

Hopefully this will all be taken into account when the City Council makes its Planning Commission decisions this evening.

Can you make any sense of this?

One of the later items on tonight's City Council agenda (link), which is where controversial topics such as the following are often parked in hopes the community will have fallen asleep by then and won't be witness to such horror, involves hiring yet another consultant.

In this case we are talking about the $44,000 in combined consultant and new part time employee hires demanded by City Staff. This so they can issue cash money fines to Sierra Madre residents who use too much water.

Which I guess would be fair if we in turn were allowed to fine City Hall employees for spending too much money.

So let me ask you, does any of this make sense to you?


"Plant Factors" and "water budget methodology" aside (neat jargon, eh?), why is it City Hall needs to spend nearly $30K on a consultant so that they can issue fines to residents who use too much water?

I am not sure that a city government in perpetual whinge mode over the sunsetting of what were among the highest UUT rates in California should be asking for that kind of money right now. Especially when it is to be used so they can better levy fines on the very same people who supplied them with that money in the first place.

Raftelis, as you must know, is the consultant the city used to justify its most recent rash of water rate increases. Something that could make you wonder if this is all about the additional money that will be taken in, and not curbing anyone's bad behavior.

Whatever the case, this is all something that they should have been able to figure out for themselves months ago. And with the resources already given to them.

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164 comments:

  1. John Vandewelde is probably a very good architect but he is probably not the right person to have on the Planning Commission at this time when the Planning Commission will be charged with carrying out the updated General Plan and the new R-1 zoning codes. We need people on the Planning Commission who actually supported those changes.

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    1. If I was a neighbor receiving a CUP notice because some developer had a project going up nearby, I would have no confidence that Vandewelde would be protecting my interests.

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    2. The City Council has come too far to blow it now.

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    3. I'd rather not see any more than one architect on the Commission - who was that long hair dude who would question every design or color - architects are too centered on their own tastes and want to nitpick someone elses design

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  2. Based on his previous history on the Planning Commission, Vandveldt is very pro-development at a time when most residents of cities are moving in more of a preservationist direction. Arcadia would probably be a better fit for his skills.

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    1. In these delicate times when developers and their lawyers are trying to push projects down the throats of the residents, you don't want a Planning Commissioner who favors developers over residents. A commissioner like that also has the potential to get the city into a lawsuit when he sends out the wrong message.

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  3. Why is city hall devoted to raising revenue to feed itself and harassing us rather than serving our needs in the most efficient way possible?

    Why are we assuming this drought is permanent when climate change is expected to increase our rainfall?

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    1. Everything city hall does is for the money. They have big benefit packages and pensions to pay. That they can and will use the drought to raise more money is not surprising. This water fine scheme is basically just another water rate hike. Done by a city government dedicated to taking care of itself first.

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    2. It is pretty much a water rate hike. They look at the $30,000 consultant as not that expensive because of all the money they are saving by not having to go through a Prop 218 process.

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    3. Residents cut back water use means more water for the holy houses

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    4. When I heard that using more water would make it harder for McMansions to get built at the monastery I refilled my kid's swimming pool.

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  4. The Planning Commission has alot of influence on what gets built in this town. During the CUP process, the neighbors can go to the Planning Commission to give their input and the Planning Commission can steer a project into being less hostile to the neighbors' views, light, privacy and value. You need people on the Planning Commission who recognize that the neighbors have property right too. Failure to recognize that balancing of property rights is why Arcadia is being sued right now by the neighbors in the Highlands who don't want to see a couple of over-sized McMansions ruin their neighborhood.

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  5. Please email our five Council members and let them know that we, the residents, don't want Vandervelde. He'll have the power to thwart all the good the Council and Planning Commission have done. The meeting is tonight, 6:30. Show up, but even more important is to email the decision makers now!

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    1. The selection of the these two Planning Commission members is too important for anyone to get it wrong. John Vandevelde should be asked whether or not he supports all the recent improvements made to the General Plan, R-1 Codes and the demolition ordinance.

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  6. So John Vandevelde is speaking as merely a "citizen of Sierra Madre". Just your average Joe but with the added expertise of being an architect for 20 years. No. No. No. He is speaking as he architect for the Brown Family who want to tear down a historic home - the very reason for the emergency demolition moratorium in the first place. It seems to me the city ;council and everryone else had the right to know that when he was giving his testimony or should I say his advocacy on behalf of the Brown family.

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    1. Wonder if he got paid for his plans

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    2. He does look like he is singing for his supper in those videos.

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    3. He was literally the spokesperson for the Brown family - hardly a neutral third party offering his "expert" opinion.

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    4. if he spoke deceptively, he's a perfect replacement for Elaine

      I'd have a hard time ever believing he would be balanced and fair when he presents himself as a resident and doesn't mention that he's at the Council meeting as a hired agent of the homeowner

      no thanks, might be good at what he does or doesn't do but not for our Planning Commission

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  7. Here's what he should have said: "I'm John Vandevelde, I'm a ciitzen of Sierra Madre, I'm a former member of the Planning Commission and I'm a practicing architect for the last 20 years AND I'M THE ARCHITECT FOR THE BROWN FAMILY AND DESIGNED THE PLAN FOR THE NEW HOME SLATED FOR 126 E. MIRA MONTE WHICH APPEARS TO BE THE REASON YOU ARE ALL POISED TO PASS AN INTERIM DEMOLITION ORDINANCE".

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    1. except he didn't do that

      he spun misinformation and hide what his agenda was - just a neighbor out to help another demolish a house

      when he was actually the person requesting it

      yikes

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  8. How many cities have a WATER BUDGET MODELING program for fining it's residents? I would like to know what cities use a plan and what the fines are. Also, how many lawsuits have these fines generated against the cities? Seems to me with a $50,000 price tag it's going to take some time to collect the fines to pay just that cost off. Also, would this system being put in place to fine us have a sunset clause? I know cities are not suppose to make a profit but I guess they can inflate expenses so they can show we are loosing money. Is it time we citizens do a class action suit, there are many reasons for such action on our part. Lets see, at $50,000 we would have to fine 100 residents $500 or 200 residents $250 just to recover those costs. This does not look like something the council should pass with out looking at all the numbers and time factors. Is there anything good coming out of this process?

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    1. I am sure Bruce and Elaine have done the math and know they'll be turning a handsome profit. Trust me, serving the people of Sierra Madre is an afterthought for them. How to get their hands on resident cash is where they are really at.

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    2. Bruce Inman and Elaine Aguilar are using the canard of a water consultant to raise a stealth water tax.
      I do not need a local government stooge or a peon from the Water Dept to "help" me with a water budget for my home. Next they will be here to help me with my retirement plans ????
      They are just using a Consultant to come up with a devious plan to get deeper into our homes and wallets.
      Just read Tattler of 6+ months ago . We linked to the Irvine Water Ordinances then. Only now does Bruce get around to plagiarizing some of it ? And adding the stealth tax too.
      We are paying Inman to 'manage' the water crisis by belatedly copy+pasting from links Tattler gave him many months ago ! My Mom could do that .This is pathetic.

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    3. Supposedly this consultant would help make the allotments more equitable instead of basing it on the 2013 usage, but it is a lose, lose proposition for many in the city who are struggling to keep trees alive and who are already doing the max to save water elsewhere. We don't need to spend that kind of money for a consultant. We just need to put that money toward fixing our aging water system, and use some common sense about conservation.

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    4. Water budgets are the way most cities are approaching finally getting their citizens to conserve now that the Governor had to point out to them we are in a drought, entering the fourth year. I don't see that Arcadia's citizens get it even though the city has turned off the water to the median strip on Santa Anita.

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    5. we need to cut back on water

      and the city needs to cut back on the pension plans and perks

      can't have it both ways

      we are getting ripped off locally, regionally and nationally by the public sector unions and pensions

      it's a ponzi scheme

      I'll cut back on water cause it's right to do

      cut back on your pensions or bankrupt city - either way the pensions for all go away

      be okay with me

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    6. I don't care what the cheap low rent consultant reports - I'm voting NO again and again and the next time

      remember the consultant that Elaine hired for the downtown study who got street names wrong and $ 40K later the only suggestion was to angle the downtown parking to squeeze in 5 more cars

      expensive advice by moronic paper pushing consultants

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  9. Vandersneaky and on top of it all Bruce and Elaine. Time to go. Please.
    The clown car in Sierra madre is larger than people know.

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  10. It is time to down size these additional costs, starting with the policing of our water costs.

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  11. A lot of small city governments are parasitic. The problem isn't just here.

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    1. And the remedy for parasites is ......?
      Is Sierra Madre really up for a remedy ,I wonder?

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    2. The biggest problem now is to get our city government to work for us rather than themselves. As it is our money is being spent against our own interests. We're fools for letting that happen.

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  12. Nope, this is the last guy you want on a Planning Commission....he would be nothing more than a controversial and disruptive member of that body, and we don't want that.
    He should take his name out of the group for consideration.
    I'm thinking that John Hutt and Leslee Hinton are probably the best choices although all are qualified except his man, Vandevelde. PASS.

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    1. Does anybody know anything about that guy Blaine. I know he is an architect but other than that, no one seems to know anything about him.

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    2. The fact that no one seems to know much about this guy is not a good sign. Times are too perilous right now to take a chance on someone who can do alot of damage to the community and to individual residents.

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    3. architects are screwing up the Planning Commission just like the onslaught of "lawyers" who run for Council

      they think a little too highly of their own opinions and ideas

      too many playing designer and picking paint schemes instead of real policy

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  13. The last thing we need is another person at city hall who is out for himself. We have had way too many of them over the years as it is. I would hope Barry Gold gets on.

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    1. Yes, no stepping stools for more business. I'd like to just have ordinary folks who care about the community and are not looking to profit by their tenure in any way.

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  14. Anyone know Matthew Blain? Seems all the applicants are pretty well known except this guy.

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    1. Edison. Must be Buchanan's guy. Look for Goss to fawn all over him. Harabedian could be in his pocket as well.

      http://www.postjobfree.com/resume/vv73lo/solar-designer-construction-sierra-madre-ca

      Matthew J. Blain
      (775) ***-****
      *** *. *********,
      Sierra Madre, CA, 91024
      Education
      Woodbury University, June 1992
      Bachelors of Architecture
      Business Minor
      Huntsville, July 2005
      Autocad Certification
      San Diego, May 2002
      Solar Power Systems Certified
      California Edison

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    2. Edison? Ruh roh.

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    3. Let me guess. He was involved with Little League.

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    4. Woodbury? Well I guess there is a place for everyone. Wonder why he choose that school when there are so many good architecture schools? I would not expect great things from this guy based on his resume. Most likely a nice guy.

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    5. Mr Blain does not list a BArch or MArch degree in Architecture. These are the professional degree for Architecture. Both require a minimum of two years intensive study AFTER a BA in Architecture.
      Mr. Blain is not listed on the California Architects Board as being a licensed architect.

      After twenty three years, why isn't he licensed?

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    6. Goss has taught poli sci at a Long Beach community college for longer than that and never got his Phd. Must be a beta male thing.

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    7. Those kinds of guys just do as they are told.

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    8. Most likely he isn't licensed because working for Edison, he doesn't need a license.

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    9. Edison doesn't need the sanction of any steenking local governments.

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    10. Ever notice that Sierra Madre is just about the only city government in the San Gabriel Valley that doesn't have solar panels on its buildings? We had an Edison lawyer on our city council for 8 years. Coincidence?

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    11. I don't think we should take a chance on Blaine. He is an unkown quantity. We need people on the Plannig Commission who support preservation and support the letter and the spirit of the General Plan.

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    12. Edison?
      No no no no.

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    13. lol 11:34 - Little League is often the cliche used by those touting experience and their volunteerism and it's a small thing for a good cause that's all

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  15. He may be the dark horse in the race. Maybe choose him over Vandevelde if those leaning toward him lose their nerve over public opinion. Hutt is a given, Hinton should be the other.

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    1. I would like to see Hutt and Hinton or Barry Gold.

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    2. This should be a very interesting evening.

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  16. Vandevelde should not be allowed to be on the Planning Commission. If he was honest about his intensions he should have said he was the architect that drew the plans. Like many of the developers and contractors working in town, the veracity and ethics are questionable. Also, his work is not very impressive. One of his projects on Rancho Rd near Orange Grove is rather McMansion looking with odd windows and boxy, boring design. Perhaps it will look better when finished...

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    1. I don't care what his designs look like or someone's opinion about his work - if his clients like his stuff who cares unless you gotta live next to it - yuck

      but I do care that he wasn't upfront and clear with why he was speaking before the Council

      even if I liked his work, I wouldn't hire him just because of that

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  17. I just drove by the single family hotel on the south side of Orange Grove close to the tennis courts. What an eye sore.

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    1. It's Arcadia! You didn't really expect a good design did you?

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    2. Smuggled Money Estates.

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    3. Yes its an eyesore but it needs to fit in with the character of the neighborhood So from that standpoint, its right on.

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    4. Arcadia City Slogan: "We Steal Water From Sierra Madre."

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    5. Right 2:25 and 2:54, but I hadn't realized its full size. It's eating the block.

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  18. Just used the city website to get the agenda for tonight, and what an improvement! Credit where it's due - that is excellent work.
    Interesting that there is no closed session for legal wrangling. Unusual.

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  19. What the heck is the guy trying to sell the city? Why Green? Huh?
    Since when did the public comment section turn into time for sales pitches.

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  20. Ooooo, Father Higgins.
    Apologizing for previous statements...."I was wrong."
    He's had lots of practice saying that.

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    1. PR like you can't buy.

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    2. I'm embarassed for him Scape goat is not any fun.

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  21. Now he loves the new General Plan, and congratulates one and all, and looks forward to working with us in the future.

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    1. He's workin' it.

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    2. Kind of a big switch - from accusing the city of hiding things and being sneaky, to saying what a great job everybody did. Huh.

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  22. fr. higgins just apologized for his comments last meeting, he also said he thanks CC for getting the plan passed.

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  23. then he left with his head down.

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    1. Poor old guy. Hard thing to have to come out & do that.

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    2. It's strategy.
      Just Development 101; we're all friends here.

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    3. Higgins and his civilian development partners have had a few tough weeks.

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  24. little league presentation. goss is smiling like a cheshire cat.

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    1. I think they ought to put this sweet home town stuff in one big social meeting a month. Isn't the council supposed to be conducting a business meeting?

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  25. Guess that's why there is no parking. Good job, kids!

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  26. purchase of police car. chief says they are replacing a charger with a lot of mileage. car not reliable. police have to be comfortable in their car.there was a car in an accident and never replaced. didn't they have insurance?????

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    1. 125,000 miles is just getting broken in for those in the non governmental sphere.

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    2. Some of our more portly officers could use a little bike time.

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    3. The bikes are a very good idea. Not for the fattys, but the fit officers could do it.

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    4. Walk the beat, maybe

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    5. I'd pay money to watch some of those fat boys peddle up Baldwin.

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    6. what year is the car? 125,000 over how many years? how did it get that many miles on it in a 3 mile town?

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    7. go electric PD

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  27. wants a ford explorers. goss-ford explorer-is it the new standard? Chief says yes. used by l.a.p.d. Goss-we don't always drive our cars how does that correalate with police usage? chief says cars are used 24-7. I wish he had to prove that......

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    1. that's BS - I aee cars parked at the PD at different hours - where are they driving?

      are they still patrolling in Arcadia and Pasadena during the night trolling for traffic stops and the revenue?

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  28. Capoccia gave praise to the city staff for rebidding A/C and roof. They lowered the original bid.....weren't they just doing their job??????

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    1. that's Little League

      give them a atta boy and trophy for "trying"

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  29. Resident is saying that electric bikes would be better than a new car.

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    1. electric car makes more sense

      you'd think Mr. Green Buchanan So Cal Edison employee would be up promoting that

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  30. ite, i-water report. Goss-appreciates all he's (Inman) is doing. Have seen some improvment but still areas of poor quality. Wants Inman to give info on water percolating into basin.

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    1. wow Goss's praise...that make my day allot worse

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  31. MWD water into spreading ponds? For Arcadia?

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  32. Inman is singing Father Higgins song. Had a change of heart since last meeting, so now he believes there is a problem.

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    1. Foir Inman there is only a problem when he gets called out on it. Otherwise he is Sgt. "I know nothing" Schultz.

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  33. I don't know much about all this, but I wish we wouldn't mix our good water with the junk we have to import.

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    1. I guess the idea is that the good water will help the bad water.
      But couldn't it just as easily be that the bad water hurts the good?

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  34. inman-we have not given up about the color, taste and odor recently. Turn wells back on, same time start spreading the water that we buy into the basin. Need to get approval. Approval not easy to get. purchased water is not up to water master's standards. will take time to get approval. may increase colored water. Goss-get chloramine out of water if this works? Inman-yes.

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    1. Who knew it was so easy to get rid of chloramines.

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    2. 7:31, don't believe everything you hear.

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    3. Of course when it got to the nitty gritty, Inman signed off.

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    4. Yes. When the going gets tough Reynoso takes over.

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  35. Harabedian-cost? would we paying costs for WMD and electricity to pump? Inman-absolutely right. we will have energy cost and chlorine and pumping. Cost not seen right now. Arizmendi-explain tests-Inman defers to Mr. Reynoso-title 22 guides all the water sources from tunnels and wells. most currfent were okay. Delmar-asked for this because of the murkiness and color of water. Last page is important. Very specific areas of the city have high iron. Reynoso-michillinda has no service connection-older pipes in that area. Delmar-last page was telling. Something in the pipes. Reynoso-treatment we are doing now hopefully lessens iron. Elaine says we don't flush as much as we should. Normal iron is .3 we are 1.

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  36. Goss- what do we know about the pipes in Michillinda-reynoso-lots of leaks recently-pipes are 90 years old. unlined steel pipes.

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  37. Mr. alcorn-if we put the water back in the basin will arcadia take it.
    Caroline Brown-arcadia pulls from the deep end. worried about chromium.

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  38. What water are we "putting back into the ground?"

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    1. A mix of chloramined imported water and our well water. At least I think that's the idea.

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    2. Oh. They keep using the word percolate. The ground is as dry as the Sahara now. I can't see anything percolating through that.

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  39. Capoccia-santa anita diversion plan-inman-eir was just approved. work will start in the spring. Capoccia-we've made progress with arcadia-Inman-has limits as we do. water that we put in the ground will help both cities. Capoccia-we get the water credit. Inman-evaporation is given a credit.

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  40. Council member: "What can we do about this?"
    Inman "Not much."
    Bruce can't do much. Could another director do more?

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    1. Bruce is useless. The only solution he knows is to ask for more money.

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  41. Let's see what the new Planning and Preservation bureaucrat thinks a brief report means....

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    1. Quoting the General Plan ain't it. He could just give them policy numbers.

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  42. public hearing-director gonzalez-3 public hearing-anything different? Gonzalez-same as July meeting. about the affordable housing project at the old church on Hermosa and Highland.

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  43. Is it just me or does our new Director of Community Preservation and Whatever look like one of the Pep Boys?

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    1. My guess is Manny. Didn't Capoccia suggest he shut up about this nonsense?

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    2. Actually, he looks like a guy who would be subservient to Aguilar.

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  44. That's just mean. True, but mean.

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    1. On behalf of the City of Sierra Madre I would like to apologize to the Pep Boys.

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  45. I thought he was weating profusely when I first saw his shirt. It's just a weird pattern. My suggestion is that he ditch the shirt. I vote for Mo.

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    1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jo-0SUhBCHg

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  46. No public comment on a development project means "Thank Heavens, it's a good one."

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  47. That's sweating. They will break ground on this project in January. Oh boy-PLANNING COMMISSION.....

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  48. So Blaine is a contractor?

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    1. He looked nervous.

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    2. It's not the easiest thing to get up at the podium. I got the feeling he's more a working man than a public speaker.
      So the public pressure of the planning commission might not be a good fit.

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  49. Barry Gold rocks.

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  50. Leslee would also make a good PC member. We have three good ones.

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  51. Hinton - smart and knowledgable.

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  52. MATTHEW BLAINE- 30 years. Barry Gold-started with aloha-mentions city plan update-a diverse collection of homes that somehow works-could not have planned this put we can preserve it! Leslee Hinton-33 year resident-teacher-has worked with contractors.worked with john hutt on General Plan. John Hutt-honored to serve again. significant in real estate and planning. lived her in SM 18 years. Vanderveldt-did not prepare anything elaborate. been here since 1003. Deals with a lot of codes and cities.

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  53. it'll be interesting to see how Vandeveldt approaches the council when he wants them to like him.

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    1. He was succinct.

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    2. And modest.

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    3. He looked sheepish.

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    4. When is the last time a two term former Planning Commission member was turned down?

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  54. Please council members - just wrap it up.

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  55. Goss will support Little League

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    1. omg! He came out for Hutt, Hinton and Blaine! Awesome.

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  56. So Harabedian went for Vandevelde. Not really a surprise, but a disappointment.

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    1. what a coward - I'm sure he had his lawyerly reasons

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  57. This is very, very good.

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  58. Hutt and Hinton!!!! Wooooooo!!!!!

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  59. Opinions from audience? Pat Alcorn-served with Ms. Hinton. recommends her. Back to council-how to proceed? Give top 3. Delmar-sent questions to all applicants-smart people-comes down to John Hutt, Leslee Hinton and I couldn't hear the last one. Arizmendi-john hutt, leslee hinton , matthew blain. Delmars third was Blain.Harabedian-John hutt, vanderveld, leslee hinton. Goss-Hutt, hinton and Blaine. Capoccia- Consensus on John Hutt and Leslee Hinton. all agreed. Carpoccia-all 5 candidates were great.

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  60. Vandevelde loses. Justice is done.

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  61. I will sleep better tonight, knowing that Hinton and Hutt will be guarding the gates.

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    1. Leslee Hinton is a big victory for preservation. Huge victory.

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    2. So is Hutt. Both of them are fair, and as Leslee said, not anti-development or pro-development. They will both follow the book. Which book? The General Plan that was put together with the participation of the residents of Sierra Madre. The one MaryAnn MacGillivrey shepherded.

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    3. Things are going too well lately. When will everything revert to normal?

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  62. Capoccia said EENER.

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  63. Love the Englishman!

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  64. The Raftelis $30,000 giveaway is on. Bruce Inman can't do his job without consultants.

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  65. Nosy Bruce wants to know how many people are living in your house.

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  66. Bruce translated: "Give me $30,000 for a consultant so I won't have to do any work."

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  67. Thank you City Council for appointing Leslee Hinton.
    I've worked on community issues with Leslee since 2007. You selected the right person.
    Thank you Caroline Brown for bringing up the water problem. Caroline has been researching this issue for the past year, along with her friend Tamara.
    We've all been putting filter systems in our homes.
    We need to correct this...it's costing people money and is not good for our health.

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  69. Let's see if I have this straight.

    The city has failed to adequately secure water, causing us to suffer greater short term consequences than "thee days a week" Arcadia.

    Having so failed, the city is now providing inferior water.

    For which it is now charging a 50% premium.

    And now they want to fine us for using too much a the bad tasting/residue leaving swill.

    Yup. Let's hire Bruce a consultant.

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  70. My cable isn't working properly. Paid the council vote to hire a consultant? Are they going with the Irvine model?

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