Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Who Hid the 1 Carter Peek-A-Boo Sign From Public View?

Where oh where is the sign?
If the residents of Sierra Madre cannot depend upon the people whose salaries they fund to protect their interests, what is the point of paying them? It is bad enough that the City Manager of this town refuses to hire people from Sierra Madre for important positions here. So perhaps there is a reason for this? That there should actually be more to the job than merely raking in development impact fees in order to fund six figure compensations for city employees seems to have gotten lost somewhere.

As I am certain you all know, 1 Carter has been one of the real bones of contention in the fight against mansionization in Sierra Madre for quite a long while. This has been going on for around a decade, with nothing having ever been built there. Not one single solitary house. This despite the blessings of the disastrous 2004 City Council, perhaps the worst this city ever produced. It was they who first threw this once wooded hillside open for all kinds of predatory development. The rest is history.

But that hardly means all such efforts ever stopped. A sign announcing a public hearing at the Planning Commission on August 20th for a starter castle at 11 Nathaniel Carter Terrace went up just a few days ago. The proposed building site is way up towards the end of the drive, so it would be an Arcadia-style overlord castle that will be visible upon the mountain top, and seen from all over the city.

What is hysterical is this sign is hidden behind a pillar. It is not visible if you're heading up Baldwin to Carter. You will see it if you drive from the east on Carter to Baldwin, but only a relatively few people actually go that way.

This is what you'll see if you are driving up to the top of Baldwin Avenue, by far the busiest route up there. It's a Peek-A-Boo Sign, right? By law that sign is supposed to be easily visible to the public. Can you see it?


So here is what you will find hidden behind that pillar. It is something that is kind of important.


And what exactly is said on the Peek-A-Boo Sign? It is the legally required notification of a Planning Commission hearing regarding the building of a proposed big bumping overlord McMansion, placed high above us all. Carefully secreted from public view by our very own city employees. Or at least so it would seem. With perhaps a little help from a concerned developer? Also quite possible.


Here is another question. Why does the Peek-A-Boo Sign say "Development Services Department?" Wasn't the name of that one changed? To something along the lines of "Planning & Community Preservation Department" perhaps? Then they hired some used SCAG-style redevelopment dude from Pasadena to run it?

Yeah. Pretty sure that's it. 

Maybe they'll be talking about One Carter at this event?

Here is an interesting invitation to a gala affair that will be held in a faraway land.


$40 billion dollars did you say? My, wouldn't some people downtown love to get a swinging chunk of that action. This is the link to the official website. And here is one event you won't want to miss.


Is anyone from Development Services (sic) going? If so, will they be getting their $40 billion dollar development services freak on?

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83 comments:

  1. Interesting that the hearing is August 20. Does this mean the Planning Commission Doesn't get the second meeting of August off as vacation?

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  2. Will Adele and Lawsuit Richie be there?

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    1. CETT is the applicant, and CETT signs the checks for Adele and Richie. But I think they've branched out architecture-wise.

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    2. Isn't there a law that states you cannot mention the name Adele Chang without including the word "fabulous" in the same sentence?

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  3. Will the recently hired redevelopment leader dude step up on this one? I wonder if this will provide him with either wanted or unwanted publicity, perhaps more than he's seen yet? I recall when Danny got involved with these and was always trying to please everyone but never really took a stance.

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    1. You kidding? He is probably the guy that hid it.

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    2. So far I don't get the feeling that Vincent is the step up kind of guy.

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    3. Elaine does not put independent thinkers in that job. It is a money producer, so she needs to be in charge.

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    4. He looks like one of the Pep Boys.

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    5. Vinnie must be wondering why he took the job - thought he'd be a big shot and do some developing and he's regarded as a pansy for Elaine's dirty work

      Doesn't he realize that an overwhelming majority of residents don't trust him and that there was a more qualified and respected candidate for the job?

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  4. Consider this an open attack on our community and our country. Wonder if we'll see Nasty Nancy and John and Josh helping push this like they did in the past. Sell your country and community down the road for a piece of the $40 Billion. This is enough to make me want to stop going to their church, hard to have a kind heart with the likes of these people praying on Sunday so they can pray on the rest of us during the week.

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    1. Who's church? The church on Nathaniel Carter,the church of China? I'm confused foreign investment is a good thing.

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  5. I saw the workers* putting the sign up. No one from the city I know. My guess on the language: from the city planning (sic) website, a form from before name change. (*one was "Hispanic" in worker duds and other, Asian, in Burmuca shorts, not your typical look for the real estate entrepreneur). Another guess: complying with the city requirement of the notification and being entirely done by the developer.

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    1. That makes sense - why else would it be so badly placed?

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    2. Whether it's placed "badly" or not depends on your perspective.

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    3. They could have buried it.

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    4. I've never seen one of those with the plastic cover.

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    5. They must be expecting rain.

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  6. August 22 meeting, sign stuck behind a wall. Yep. That is what they call transparency in Sierra Madre.

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    1. 20th, August 20th.
      Maybe they were trying to cause even more resident interest, so people would want to see more? A kind of "Hey, what's that?"

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  7. Preserve Sierra Madre. ...step up and protect us here up at One Carter.....just as important as the Monestery.

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    1. Carter and the Monastery are in different predicaments, and as the Tattler said, the council of 2004 did us in for good on Carter. But the laws still need to be enforced, and this 4,382 square foot thing on the mountain needs to follow all of the rules.

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    2. This is one of those prime lots up at the top of the property.
      I can imagine a beautiful one story form that merges into the hillsides...
      2 stories over 4,000 feet? A little harder to imagine.

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    3. Concubine Castle.

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    4. Modern Family Mansion

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  8. Preserve Sierra Madre? Step up and help us here....this is important too.

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    1. Thursday August 20 will be an interesting day for development in Sierra Madre.
      The monastery is having the special neighbors meeting at 6, and the planning comission will be dealing with the hillside castle at 7.

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    2. It is a two front war.

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    3. 7:54. I hope you are a member of Preserve Sierra Madre and are not wanting others to do all the work.
      Hope you attend their rallies, bought a shirt and sign, and made a donation to the cause. If you have THANKS and spread the word. If not, join today and come to the Planning Commission meeting and show your support.

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  9. Preserve will be there. They can be counted on.

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  10. Tattler, you're right about the name of the department. I get it that they might want to use up old poster sized signs, but they could correct the name of their own department with some tape and a pen.

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    1. they got it right - nothing to do with preservation but all to do with development

      typical of Elaine's mindset - misinformation spin and cow methane

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  11. I have come to believe that there is no one in the city or the council for that matter that can be trusted. Everyday there is more we have to pay. There's a member on CC that should have recused himself with anything to do with Athens. The rest of them didn't say a word. The city manager didn't say a word. A public notice is put up by whom? The CC is known for committees, although they never allow the committee's to change anything except what they want. Some force changes to code so they can get their friends their dream home. Promises to everyone, but few kept. Wake up! AM is no better than Bell or Vernon or Irwindale. If Ms. Hinton and Mr. Hutt are on the PC by the 20th, there is hope that the right things will be done. But will it survive the CC?

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    1. Would that be Aierra Madre?

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    2. 8:18 is having the alphabet soup.

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  12. Next time you're on the Blvd, look north and you'll see where the house is going to be.
    Very visible to most of the town.

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    1. Yes, it is. Stop lying. Nobody believes you anyway.

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    2. don't worry - a good fire and mudslide will take care of it

      but the moronic people that buy up there will then sue the city because they should have been warned they were building in a fire and flood zone

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    3. 8:12, stand at the Only Place in Town and look north. That would be towards the mountains.

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  13. The house on haunted hill.

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  14. Why should the city manager be restricted by hiring only residents for important jobs? That's not very democratic or American.

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    1. As opposed to never hiring Sierra Madreans?

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    2. 8:59, that's not was the man insinuated

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    3. No, it was the right answer. You can't handle it.

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  15. When they were selling the lots, they had no trouble putting up a sign that faced straight down Baldwin.

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  16. So CETT is suing us over that first house that the council turned down, and just merrily going along on this one. Huh?

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    1. The way business is done.

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    2. I work in a business that values honesty and requires integrity. I'm at a loss to understand the development business.

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  17. The hard feelings and blame should be directed at city hall. If city hall was honest - transparent - and watched over ALL the cities income, city hall would have the money to buy 1 Carter and the monastery property. Oh well, city hall felt they needed the money from the residents to pay city employees $100k + salaries and death benefits. There goes another bad decission made the our famous city councils and City Hall. The residents need to wake up - smell the cash- and make city hall be responsible for correctly spending our money! THE CAPPS GUY(S)

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  18. The hard feelings and blame should be directed at city hall. If city hall was honest - transparent - and watched over ALL the cities income, city hall would have the money to buy 1 Carter and the monastery property. Oh well, city hall felt they needed the money from the residents to pay city employees $100k + salaries and death benefits. There goes another bad decission made the our famous city councils and City Hall. The residents need to wake up - smell the cash- and make city hall be responsible for correctly spending our money! THE CAPPS GUY(S)

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  19. What do the residents need to do to wake up? Things are getting slimier by the minute in Chierra Madre. We are being raped and invaded. Stop the insanity!!!

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  20. 10.39 amen sisters

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  21. JC.. That was a great story which you posted regarding athens! It's all about the money! Remember how excited Elaine got when athens offered and presented city hall with a $100,000 in cash for extending the trash contract. Just where did the Sierra madre residents think the $100,000 was coming from? ANSWER... The Sierra madre residents personal checking accounts!

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  22. If the public notice is not really visible, does it still count as public?

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  23. Jc.. I sure would like to hear your take on Hillary And the email Computor server. Why is it OK for Hillary to not comply with the federal law, sign a affidavit under purgery stating that Hillary no longer has any emails. If the server / the Computor was not returned to the feds, then it only seems reasonable that hillary is lying under executed agrement and still in control of 50,000 emails. If general bertras went to jail, Hillary also needs to go to jail also due to committing a greater crime! I believe Hillary is counting on becoming president and receiving a get out of jail card.

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    1. This blog doesn't do national politics. Just local. There are a billion blogs that do, and they babble endlessly about this crap. Go there. We do local here. If that isn't to your taste, go elsewhere. I honestly don't care.

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  24. How can the city look at a house by the same people who are suing?

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    1. You would think it would complicate things.

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    2. Different house, different lot, different architect?

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  25. I thought that the rumor about One Carter being cursed had impacted the Asian community's interest, but the gemcoin material emphasizes mountains behind, ocean in front. How much of a curse does it take to knock out good feng shui?

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  26. The city usually does a much better job of putting up the signs announcing development.

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    1. The list of things they do well keeps getting shorter.

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    2. I agree 2:10. Makes me think that the developer chose the place to put it.

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    3. Since when does a developer make that decision?

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    4. When he is dealing with a city govt that is doing all it can to please him. Bad sign.

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  27. shame on the city for allowing this to come this far!

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    1. Yeah, true. But now the fight is making them build something that is the least offensive.

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  28. Is the city fulfilling its legal responsibility if the placement of the sign is not geared towards the most traffic?

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  29. Sign posted says to call Raffi Agaian 626-449-9098 if you want to view the site. I called and found that I was the first to call. I asked if the plans for the proposed house at 11 Nathanial Court are available. He said they are at the city planning office. Mr. Agaian is the archetect associated with the project. However I asked the question he responded that there were several architects in the firm. I asked if this was still Adele Chang and he said yes, he worked for her firm. I said I had been to the site so no need to meet to see it (he would be coming in from Glendale) and that folks could walk up past the chain, parking the car below on their own without meeting up with him. He said it was a 10-15 minute walk. I said I didn't need to see the site again but that I would go look at the plans at city hall. I don't remember if I exchanged names with him. The secretary did ask me who was calling when I asked for Raffi. I ended our polite conversation by asking him how to pronounce his name.

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    1. Did he happen to say whether there were story poles up?

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    2. Let me think. It was mentioned. Going up soon? I think they have to be up by this week-end when the PC get the package; legal number of days in advanced according to Brown Act. And plans will be on line by this Friday according to City Hall.

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    3. Thanks 4:38. Should make for some interesting reading.

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    4. Story polls are up.

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    5. Yikes. Scared to look.

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  30. Nothing to huh about this whole thing is a gross abomination. it needs to stop.
    This , the monastery . This is not what sierra madre is. Please don't let what's left be destroyed ! Good lord help us all!

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  31. Can we move the sign to face south so it is visible from Baldwin?

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    1. 12:43, I was hoping the city staff would do that. I've been told they read the Tattler.

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  32. Why would anyone from Sierra Madre want to work for a city that hates its employees and don't pay them enough to live in this town. You can go on and on about how overpaid they are, but reality it that they make 20-30% less than comparable jobs in the Cities like LA, Culver City, or Beverly Hills.

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