|Not historically significant says … who?|
The Marvin Weese home is now officially on the market, and as predicted here earlier this week it is being marketed as a teardown (link). Something that will then free this property up for the building of something in the large and stacked multi-box variety. The unfortunate term "dream estate" is used, which is always a tell for these kinds of projects. It means that something of cultural importance is about to face the bulldozer.
Here is how the listing agent describes this unwanted event:
Here it is again in a Zillowesque setting:
There are two claims here that need to be challenged. The first being who or what "deemed" that the Marvin Weese home is "NOT historically significant by the city?" Does Sierra Madre actually have a city-run registry of not historically significant places? Are there documents establishing its "not historically significant" bonafides?
And when exactly did this momentous decision actually take place?
The other remark that needs a little airing out is this: "Plans were approved over the counter by City of Sierra Madre in approximately 2008." The year 2008 was 7 long years ago, approximate or not. So who exactly approved these plans that year? The same guy that approved the plans for the Congregational Church's "New Life Center?"
In case you are not up on that reference, the "New Life Center" was also an over the counter approval at that "approximately 2008" time. Link here for an article that discusses the infamous "Matt Marquez Letter."
It does look like the listing agent, Micah Lachtman, from somewhere over in Pasadena, has anticipated a lot of the obvious complaints and is now attempting to head them off at the pass. But I am not certain that vague claims of phantom historical significance studies, or over the counter approval letters from the dark heart of the Shenanigan Era, are necessarily going to cut it.
Here is a comment left by Micah yesterday.
Honestly, this Micah fellow is quickly running the risk of being laughed off. Unless he produces some believable documentation for his claims, including the name of this recognized historic expert, none of this is going to fly. Preliminary plans and all.
Last Night's City Council Meeting
The only memorable moments that stuck with me last night all had to do with Sierra Madre's rotten looking water. Bruce Inman wanted $600,000 for a theoretically effective effort called "water spreading." A big ask, even for Bruce. Needless to say that was shot down.
Dr. Helene Baribeau, our enigmatic $50,000 water consultant straight off the streets of Montreal, might have said something of significance on that topic. But she did not endorse Bruce's plan. The reason stated being she did not have all the data necessary to make an informed decision. That would likely take another $50,000 study. Something that I am sure Helene would be willing to take up for a fee.
The Water Department's management did, and for the first time ever mind you, admit that chloramines are eating holes into this city's ancient and decrepit pipes. Something that those of us with our own internal plumbing might want to reflect upon. After all, if that rotten stew is eating through metal pipes, what is it also doing to, say, things like kidneys?
Maybe in another year or two the Water Department will care enough to admit the obvious in this matter as well. That being the stuff really isn't very good for you.
Obviously those kinds of concessions don't come easily around here.
The elephant in the room, and the reason why all of that previous money had been spent on disappointing studies and consultant whatnot, is nobody in this city is willing to officially admit what the real problem is. That being many decades of willful neglect have left Sierra Madre with water infrastructure that is ancient and not exactly pristine or sanitary. Couple that with chloramines and you have the consequences of all that irresponsibility, one of which is incredibly rotten looking water.
The only real solution is to replace all of those ancient dirty pipes. Something that would cost millions of dollars to accomplish.
That isn't going to happen, though perhaps Bruce Inman will come up with a figure and ask.