|A dirty bird?|
I'm not sure if this is just a coincidence, or somebody there has learned how to tap into resident frustration in order to attract the attention of the press, but all of this does give the appearance of quite a media blitz.
Of course, with elected leadership as uncaring and deep in the tank for big money mansionization as Councilmembers John Wuo, Sho Tay and Roger Chandler, you have to wonder if anything short of a recall there will make any real difference. And that prospect made an appearance in print this week as well.
The three publications are The Arcadia Weekly, The Los Angeles Times and The Pasadena Star News. I thought I should start with the Star News piece first because it offers the interesting revelation that developers there are offering actual cash bribes to residents in exchange for not contesting their mansionization efforts before such official bodies as that community's Planning Commission.
This from the article, "Why Arcadia residents are ‘irate’ about a plan for a new 2,500 square foot home."
Apparently McManny developers there believe residents of Arcadia are something to be bought, just like the pieces of property they buy.
For the rest the Star News piece click here.
The Arcadia Weekly article is titled "Arcadia Council Postpones Decision on Mayflower Ave. Construction Project," and details one official's complaint regarding a rather uncouth developer who apparently lifted the designs for his proposed doofus castle right off of an Internet website.
The Los Angeles Times pitched in this week with an article giving some serious newsprint exposure to the effort to recall those three in the tank Arcadia City Councilmembers. Compromised individuals that many now believe are little more than bought off development agents in serious need of being removed from office.
We're talking Sho Tay, John Wuo and Roger Chandler, of course.
The Times article is called "In Arcadia, frustration builds as more homes give way to mansions."
This revealing Los Angeles Times piece can be read in its entirety here.
All pretty fascinating stuff, and signs that the wheels could be quickly coming off a venal and floundering city government that just can't seem to get anything right.