However, did they really not take into account the safety of Sierra Madre's beloved Huck Finn statuary? This evocative piece of art that greets us with truly carefree insouciance each time we journey to City Hall to ponder some of the important issues of the day? Does having one arm longer than the other as Our Huck does really mean you don't account for much in this town? And instead deserve to be treated with such an utter - and even deadly - disregard?
I'd really hate to think that is the case. However, here is that Star News article (link):
Now, and as any resident of Sierra Madre will tell you, that space located "between the Police Department and City Hall" is right around where Huck Finn and his elongated right arm is to be found.
Do you know of another place located in the middle of those two structures that can be described that way?
And while I suppose shutting down one of the two busiest thoroughfares in Sierra Madre, plus moving infirm folks at the Kensington safely into a back laundry room for their own good, might have been the right idea given the stratospheric levels of confusion over the nature of this device at that time, how would we have continued to live as happy people knowing that Huck Finn had been blown sky high by a 70 year old hand grenade from the World War II era?
Why was the grenade placed there? Was that proper SMPD procedure? And if that place was secure, why did traffic need to be redirected, or the Kensington folks moved to safety?
I think we need a few more answers.
So now everybody is invited to the Monastery to hear their spiel about all those houses they want to build?
We recently broke the news (link) about the big Realtor confab going down at Mater Dolorosa this Thursday, and how that sent Father Higgins and Jerry Arcadia into paroxysms of messenger blaming and "misinformation" charges.
Obviously they are none too good at not losing their cool. Which is fine.
But here's the thing. In order to prove to the community that they really are reaching out to everyone, and not just those who have a personal financial stake in this $60 million dollar housing development boondoggle, they have now invited actual residents to join with them for an informative presentation about how the lives of those living in the northwest corner of Sierra Madre will be thrown into utter chaos for several years.
However, only those with homes located very close to the monastery received the following flyer. Or at least so far.
In case you are thinking of going, July 28 is also a City Council meeting date. Don't expect to see any elected officials there. Or many from the crowd that actually follows stories like the development of the Mater Dolorosa site. Of course, maybe that is why they used the word "friends," because all of those others will be at the CC meeting.
But despite any of that, never let it be said The Tattler never gets you invited anywhere.
You also have an invitation to an Arcadia City Council meeting this evening
Mod: This was left as a comment here on Sunday evening.
Wow! - We Arcadians didn't think Sierra Madreans could get so exercised over a public dispute between residents and the city. We were told (by our Imperial Arcadian Overloads) to believe only Arcadians could be rude, impolite and lacking the respect due to imperial city officials when we exercise our rights and cry foul. Nice to see Sierra Madreans exerting strong opinions on both sides of the issue.
If you've got some bile leftover to spew, please attend the next Arcadia city council meeting on 7/21 and fire away at any of the 5 sitting ducks lined up. Although just 3 richly deserve abuse, there's no need to be surgical. A verbal shotgun blast at the entire council will make you feel better and will be good political theater.
Suggested topic #1: Where the hell does John Boehner get off calling Arcadians "liberal environmentalists"? That turncoat. No more GemCoins will be sent to support the RNC until he formally apologizes. The truth is we hate Oak trees and Sycamores and we are never happier than when a few more fall under the dozers driven by mansionization maniacs. Tell the council to step up their efforts, raze more ranch homes and the stupid trees - scorch the earth and build more mausoleums. Hail to the Dozers! We have our reputation to protect.
Suggested topic #2: Where the hell do cities like Bell, Industry, Temple City, West Covina, San Gabriel, Pasadena and the rest get off grabbing all the headlines on corruption and cronyism? Arcadia deserves to be recognized for it's efforts, albeit modest and still growing as they are. What other city can claim to elect real estate professionals and hand them the keys to the city (zoning code)?
What other city can boast about electing a former (and current?) self-proclaimed MLM Emerald-Class scammer to the city council? What other city can boast a mayor who publicly supports Ponzi schemes, run by his long-term real-estate partner, solicits money from developers for travel to China to extort more money for more mausoleums, and then has the temerity to claim he knows nothing or will put the money in the general fund. People this is political pandering in it's highest form. It deserves recognition. And if that isn't enough, we've got Roger Chandler. Who is Roger Chandler? He's Gene Goss x 1,000. Chandler's vapid, fetid, fact-less remarks deserve a "hall of fame" unto themselves. So please, call out the Arcadia City Dept of Marketing for being asleep at the wheel. There is propaganda gold, or amber, to be reaped and other cities are hogging the spotlight.
Suggested topic #3: Citizen lawsuit over unjustified exemptions claimed under CEQA, the Calif Enviro Quality Act? What are you waiting for Arcadia - time to wake up and sue their asses right back. Ask for millions in damages for this libelous besmirching of the reputation of Peacock Heaven.
CEQA doesn't apply to Arcadia! Neither does historical preservation. While your at it, tell Arcadia to sue the LA Conservancy for giving the city an F. Sure Arcadia razed the Anokia mansion in 1999 to make room for high density homes. But we haven't (yet) claimed imminent domain to dozer the Arboretum and the precious Queen Anne Cottage of "da plane" fame. But we've been thinking about it and we just might do it if you keep pissing us off. Or if you funnel enough cash to us. Just think how may mausoleums we could stuff onto the Arboretum and county park!
Please show up, bring your bile, support the Arcadia Imperial Council and denounce all who stand in their way.