Wednesday, September 9, 2015

The Marvin Weese Home Is Being Marketed By The Listing Agent As A Tear Down

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.

sierramadretattler.com

49 comments:

  1. What if the new buyers ignore the preliminary plans? Is there a legal obligation that they must follow them?

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    1. I'd almost bet that preliminary plans approved in 2008 are no longer "approved.". Isn't there a deadline on this stuff if it isn't built?

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    2. I have preliminary approval for an ark.

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    3. Anybody know what the rules are regarding the life of an approval?

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    4. Apparently, they are eternal.
      This isn't a "tear down" Tattler. It's a "build-on-top-of-and-all-around."

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    5. The preliminary plans are a fig leaf designed to suck in the gullible. The new buyer is in no way obligated to give them a second's notice.

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    6. Those plans are now obsolete and Micah will get himself into a lawsuit by sayiing that "all obstacles have been removed.". If he thinks that the opposition to this in Sierra Madre has been "removed", he doesn't know Sierra Madre. By making that kind of representation, he is treading in very danagerous territory. I suspect you will see a revision to those remarks very soon. I also don't believe that an historical assessment has been done to comply with the new Demolition Ordiance. Micah is making guarantees that have no basis in reality.

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    7. Micah Lachtman is only focused on his commission. If he has to misrepresent the facts about that property to get it, it appears he is willing to do that. The only problem for him is that he will find himself in a lawsuit when the new buyer discovers is not going to be quite as easy as Micah lets on.

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    8. Those plans were approved under the old code and General Plan. They are obsolete. If MIcah could also please tell us all who said the property has no historical significance. Talk is cheap.

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    9. Approved plans have a shelf time. Once they expire, they need to be resubmitted, let's see that paperwork...
      Extensions are granted under certain conditions, but not for 6 or 7 years in the future. Micah doesn't seem to know what he's talking about

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    10. Micah is trying to bamboozle potential buyers into a rash decision and then it turns into the Brown family dabacle with 126 E. Mira Monte. When will people learn that Sierra Madre does not operate like Arcadia?

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    11. That's a shocker.

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    12. Sierra Madre requires specialty Realtors. The out of town ones just get eaten up here.

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  2. Runs crystal clear here!

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    1. What, does 6:36 have a still?

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    2. Some people lucked out with having newer pipes close to them. I suspect that most did not.

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    3. "The only real solution is to replace all of those ancient dirty pipes. Something that would cost millions of dollars to accomplish."
      You may think this is yet another example of Bruce Inman flaunting his technical ignorance and managerial incompetence. Actually it is worse. The chloramine issues were discussed at length on Tattler .Within a few hours Tattler readers had used Google to reveal the health and functional issues. Bruce needs yet another $50,000 to use Google ?
      How does Elaine Aguilar get a free pass on this debacle? She is ultimately responsible.
      Really folks it does not get any more fundamental and clear than this. If the City Council does not fire both of them for cause, then I recan t all I have written and replace it with Inman & Aguilar are not the problem.The CC is the problem because they are shielding and enabling this dangerous incompetence. Why?

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    4. It is just a matter of time before the "new Pipes' corrode. They are ductile iron -just like the ones that are producing urine colored water now. So this is a problem that will affect every faucet in Sierra Madre eventually.Meanwhile we are all drinking the chloramanine. AS Crawford says -if it corrodes metal pipes, what hope for your kidneys. Inman hires consultant to assure us you can all have dialysis on Medicare?
      Doesn't this hurt the real estate business in Sierra Madre ? Realtors have such influence - maybe they can get something done? CC is sitting on their hands.

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  3. Money talks and historical significance just walks? Good gosh this is why their have been so much lost to greedy politicians and or developers it might be a good time to require that home, land or business owners be Americans instead of off shore money laundering criminals trying to escape a government that is hunting for them.

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  4. Fact... Just 9 months ago I replaced a hot ware heater.r. That water beaterwas ruined and had to be replaced. The yellow water ate holes in the rubber fittings and tank. I believe this yellow water will lead to a class action lawsuit. The residents of Sierra madre v city hall.

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    1. So the citizens can sue...so they get paid with citizens' tax dollars?

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    2. It does seem like a downward spiral.

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  5. 10 to 15 million is all it takes for all new city water pipes. Yellow/brown water problem solved.

    Anyone have a few extra MIL lying around?

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    1. Better to stick with Dr. Baribeau's magic pipe potions.

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    2. If the money is pent on more ductile iron pipes and we continue to use chloramine treated water, the pipes will eventually corrode- again.The chemistry is well known. So is the solution .Other Cities have had this problem, solved it and reported the outcomes. Anyone with a little motivation and the ability to enter a search in Google can find the solution.
      But they have to have that little motivation. Bruce and Elaine display zero motivation.

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    3. Only consultants are allowed to think.

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  6. The city has massive debt. 18 million and counting. No real way to bring in revenue other than taxes and bonds. Payroll and perks keep climbing. A contract with Calpers that we can't get out of. Calpers charged us 300,00 this year because they don't have enough money to pay pensions. We will probably be billed for more this year. You have CC that have sold us out many times. The water infrastructure will take millions to repair. They want to put in smart meters so they can watch every drop of water anyone uses. Even if we strive to save we get charged. We could utsorce the police and fire but then what right do we have to call ourselves a city? So how can we preserve anything? City hall needs the money to keep their employees and there will be deals made that help their causes not ours. To whomever keeps saying their water runs clear, I must disagree. My water goes anywehere from yellow to orane. The water rusts stainless steel and leaves spots on everything. I'm beginning to think it affects what plants I have left. So far I've lost 2 thriving Japanese Maples. I see trees not doing well throughout the city. Every CC meeting I attend I see these people dithering over matters that have little or nothing to do with the problems we face. Whenever I need to go to city hall, I see the ladies that sit in the square area right in front doing little or nothing. I know they must do something but I'm not sure how much. The new planning director sits in his office, Mr. Inman has time to shoot the bull with a co-worker and it goes on and on. It's of no use writing the CC as they rarely answer and if they do they always disagree with you but offer no solutions other than putting us more in debt. I for one am through! I will become like other citizens and no longer care for the whole but lookout for myself. I am thoroughly disgusted with all of the CC. Little by little all the remarkable victories we have made will be torn asunder. We still have no historical houses survey. We still have leaky pipes everyday and no one will say if those leaks count for our not making our quota. If you have answers, I'd love to hear them. I don't look forward to a never ending UUT tax.

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    1. I wonder if people have been made sick by the water.

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  7. There is no way that an historical survey would conclude that "The Marvin Weese House" has no historical significance.

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    1. Who is the historical guru that passed down this unchallengeable decision?

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    2. There will be lists of points to check off to qualify. Your argument will be with the list.

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    3. Lists are written by people. And somebody has to tally the score. Do you know who that might be?

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    4. I don't know who handles the requirements for historical preservation, but I do know that the development industry lobbyists are remarkable.

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  8. Until the City Manger is FIRED the situations will remain the same.

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    1. The water mess has been building for decades. It is impossible to blame it on one person.

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    2. 10:20A Hasn't the city manager been here awhile?

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    3. She has. Quite a survivor.

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    4. 10:20 is right, neither Elaine or Bruce have been here that long to put the blame on them. The City has known for years that the pipes needed replacing. We are not the only city. Look at Los Angeles which has pipes bursting all over the place. Let's stop pointing fingers at those two and look past at who insisted that increased building (think Buchanan and his cronies) would not effect our water table. Thank goodness you all had the foresight to quash the DSP, Stonehouse, and now fighting the Monastery development otherwise we'd be needing MWD water a lot sooner than we did. Now, let's just hitch up our belts, and pray that the el Nino will bring some help to our situation. BTY, we've had two large leaks at our two water heater intake costing fines and plumbing bills, the plumber said it was from the chloramines. So, I'm not saying that this is not a huge problem, I'm not even saying Elaine should not be replaced, I'm just saying this water mess has been coming for a long, long time.

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    5. Bruce and Elaine have been here long enough. They are not part of any solution, they are the problem and must be fired. Film Flam Man has the audacity to keep asking for more money?! Give us a break...he's a lying sack of potatoes !!!

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    6. We have tried everything else. Maybe change will work.

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  9. 12:2 Elaine was here under Buchanan.

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    1. Any idea how Elaine's review went last night?

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    2. No one in that meeting can talk about that. You know that.

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  10. I have been having problems with hair loss. I have had every lab test-nothing. I wonder if it's something in the water.......

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  11. The kitchen tap ran so brown this morning even after filling a gallon bucket to pour on the surviving landscape that I turned on a lawn sprinkler just enough that it finally ran clear in the kitchen. Is this punishable by law or an efficient method of irrigation? Ought one to just get a life and suck it up? Thanking you in advance for "clarification."
    /(necessarily) Anony Mouse

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