Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Arcadia City Hall's Mansionization Mayhem Is Getting A Lot Of Troubling Ink In The Press This Week

A dirty bird?
In rapid succession newspaper articles slamming a seemingly bought off Arcadia City Hall and its venal policies on mansionization have appeared as more people there begin speak out against the impending destruction of their city by crass developers who only seem to care about how much money they can suck out of the place.

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 entire Arcadia Weekly slam can be downloaded here.

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.

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39 comments:

  1. Homeowners bribes in Arcadia. Are they paid in US dollars or GemCoin?

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    1. GemCoin is better. Backed by amber mines.

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    2. Chinese Yuan. With the recent devaluation by the Communist Chinese government, they're cheaper than dollars.

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    3. With the China stock market now crashing, there's gonna be an even bigger rush to jam these houses thru. Got to get them build so the money flooding out of China can buy them! Don't want to miss the boat.

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    4. People need to get behind the recall. It is the only way to stop the mansionization of Arcadia.

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    5. A perp walk or two wouldn't hurt.

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    6. When you use Gemcoin at the laundromat your clothes get much cleaner.

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  2. Can't wait to hear Arcadia's Best! spin on this. How about "Arcadia has thoughtful debate on housing"?

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    1. We are all stronger when we work together.

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  3. I recently popped into an Open House in Arcadia (an area not too hard hit yet by the mansionizationizing--north of Foothill between Baldwin and San Carlos, south of Orange Grove) and saw that the house next door looked identical. A woman coming out of that house looked over to me as I parked my car and I asked her if she was a new resident as the two houses looked identical. She said, no, she had lived there 30 years and when she went to the building department to see the plans for the new house she thought she was looking at her house! But she said, not when you go inside--all hyper-modern, separate wok kitchen, massive hallways and crystal chandalliers, media room, etc. etc. etc. To keep the front looking Cape Cod (gasp! dormer windows and all) and change the inside appeal was an interesting ploy. To keep the massing from the front the same as the older house, they moved the garage to the rear (detached) and used that space for more interior living. Guess the new clientele have no appreciation of what the attached garage meant to folks raised in car culture in the 1960's and 70's.

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    1. I don't get it. You say the outside is similar in design and bulk but you take umbrage with the interior of the house? Arcadia is guilty of a lot, but this...
      And of the plethora of examples of awful development, the star news chooses to write about the building of a giant collosal 2500 sq ft house? Really...no really. Pick your battles, this is not one. Even in Sierra Madre up until a month ago you couldn't build a house as small as they propose.

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    2. 7:59, I agree about the interior being whatever; the issue is overwhelming the neighbors.
      But the 2500 is in an area of 900. That's too big a difference.

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    3. 900 sq ft is a small apartment. That's not reasonable. And I would sincerely doubt that most houses there are 900 sq ft. That sounds like assessors numbers.

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    4. The average home on Hollis Ln. is 900 Sq Feet and this is a 2525 sq. ft. home on a 25 ft wide 500 ft long dead end no turn around private ln. that the planning department is recommending for approval to be built. The so called street is an easement and separate parcel noted on the homeowners deed as "parcel two" for "egress and Ingres only" to be share with the other 6 homeowners on Hollis Ln. "very convenient" where else can one claim the street in front of ones own home as buildable footage! Welcome to Arcadia where we are now adding street footage to our properties!!!!!

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    5. I think 7:59 and 8:06 missed several points that 7:29 was making. I am sure we could do some reserch and find that the new Cape Cod was seriously larger as well.

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    6. 8:14, check it out on google maps. It's a very odd small place, and if the residents tell you the average house size is 900 feet, you should at least give them the benefit of the doubt.
      Look it up.

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    7. 11:44, if the houses looked "identical", and one was from many decades ago while one was new and junky macmansiony inside, I don't see a problem.
      People can live in denim covered walls and white shag carpet if they want. The problems arise when the new houses are way out of scale and massing for the neighborhoods they are in, and when they block neighbors' air, light and view.

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  4. "Little pink houses for you and me"

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    1. Big old McMannies for them.

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    2. Ain't that America

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  5. Thank you to the residents and council for Sierra Masre's Genreal Plan! We are protected much better than Arcadia is.

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    1. Sierra Madre's plan is good, too.

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    2. Arcadia's government doesn't care about its people. It just wants money.

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    3. Development Impact Fees help Arcadia pay for those Platinum Pensions. Come to think of it, stealing Sierra Madre's water does that, too.

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    4. The average home on Hollis Ln. is 900 Sq Feet and this is a 2525 sq. ft. home on a 25 ft wide private little ln. that the planning department is recommending for approval to be built. The so called street is an easement and separate parcel noted on the homeowners deed as "parcel two" for "egress and Ingres only" to be share with the other 6 homeowners on Hollis Ln. "very convenient" where else can one claim the street in front of ones own home as buildable footage! Welcome to Arcadia where we are now adding street footage to our properties!!!!!

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  6. The Cold War is over. Time to establish an extradition treaty between the United States and mainland China.

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    1. And between Arcadia & Sierra Madre.

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    2. That is OK. Sierra Madre does not want them.

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    3. Maybe we need a border patrol.

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  7. So as I understand it if you're a Chinese investor already vested in U.S. real estate you just made a tidy 3% profit on your investment overnight? The opposite being true if you're buying now?

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  8. When are "officials" going to investigate this city? When and if they do, the past elected councilmen must be scrutinized too.

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  9. There are many pairs of soiled underwear in Arcadia this morning.
    The stench of bad decision making at City Hall is wafting in the breeze and Dominick Lazarreto might be worried that a recall will cost his job. It won't be long before he and others begin lashing out. Trapped water rats have few other options. A question that arises from reading this blog entry, "What happened to the Soul Bandit and his merry band of PR midgets?" The $70K the city spent on those bozos and didn't buy an ounce of goodwill. Scattering John Wuo's Gem Coins in the Highlands would have worked as well, maybe even better .... #RecallTheArcadia3

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    1. They thought they'd get away with it forever. No such luck.

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  10. In some circles, there is the perception that Mr. Lazzeretto possibly harbors some bias in the "McMansion" issues, is supportive of the three "Mansioneers", the humongous, lot encompassing build-outs by foreign investors, primarily because of the increased revenue all the unabated housing demolitions generate for Arcadia city coffers.

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  11. http://maps.assessor.lacounty.gov/GVH_2_2/Index.html?configBase=http://maps.assessor.lacounty.gov/Geocortex/Essentials/REST/sites/PAIS/viewers/PAIS_hv/virtualdirectory/Resources/Config/Default

    Everybody in this discussion needs to know how to use this site. You need to know the address of the property and log it in and the assessor's parcel number will come up. You can pull up the assessors map and see some data (not the current tax payment history) but you can see the latest sales price, lots size, neighboring lot sizes, etc. For this spot on Hollis lane you will see that the "lane" is not even shown. The language on the deeds must be a real mess.

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  12. Dominick Lazarreto, Arcadia City Manager is paid according to Transparent California:

    Regular Pay: $200,931.00
    Other Pay: $6,075.64
    Benefits: $60,083.21
    Total: $267,089.85


    Average Family Income in Arcadia, per City-Data.com: $75,786

    Now, that's a lot of pay.

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    1. Dominick is an effective fund raiser for the city employee unions. Gets a lot of money out of the residents so hires like beat cops can be compensated to the tune of $220,000 a year. They're getting rich off your ass. That is all that counts for them.

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  13. It's shame how the mansionization craze has spread all over the SGV. Some of it has spread over to Temple City this year. The funny thing is most of the mansionization in Temple City is done by a company called Signet Design and Construction Management. They done like five houses that I've seen this year.

    Here are a few:
    2812 S Baldwin Ave Arcadia, CA 91007
    9706 Olive St, Temple City, CA 91780
    9817 Broadway Avenue Temple City, CA 91780

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  14. I LOVE the mansions here in Arcadia there beautiful and I don't know why people hate them??? I guss people just like those UGLY OLD RANCH HOUSES you see on Santa Anita Ave

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