Thursday, September 24, 2015

Will You Be Signing the Saving Arcadia Ballot Initiative?

Gemster: Not expected to sign the petition.
(Mod: Much of what you are about to read here was taken from an email I received yesterday. I added some material from the Save the Arcadia Highlands website as well. Everybody needs to get behind this one, even if you don't happen to live there.) 

Last Thursday the Saving Arcadia Ballot Initiative was published in the Arcadia Weekly. It is now legal for this petition to be circulated and all the necessary signatures collected.

Any and all residents registered to vote in Arcadia can sign this petition. However, anyone can help. The fight against grotesque mansionization does not stop at any city line. Once the necessary amount of signatures have been gathered the Saving Arcadia Ballot Initiative will then be placed on the ballot for the April of 2016 election.

This initiative is important as it establishes long needed and necessary development standards for home construction in the City of Arcadia.

We have seen property values decline on an average of 15% in Arcadia in the last year (Core Logic July 2014 to July 2015). This while in San Marino, Monrovia and Sierra Madre, property values have increased. In fact, Sierra Madre experienced a 20% increase in property values according to the data from Core Logic. Last year, Sierra Madre had a moratorium on demolition permits and new water meters. Sierra Madre has come out strong on preservation and their positive property value increases are their reward.

Anyone in Arcadia who wants to save their views, privacy and property values should sign this petition. You can sign the petition anytime Monday through Friday, between 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 33 E. Huntington Dr. Also you can contact Saving Arcadia at savingarcadiateam@gmail.com to set up an appointment and have someone travel to your house and get your signature.


 Anyone 18 years and older can circulate a petition. You do not have to be a resident of Arcadia, just someone who wants to stop the scourge of mansionization from destroying our communities. Stop it in Arcadia and you help stop it everywhere. We are looking for more volunteers to go door to door.

Also, we are collecting donations. For a $20 donation you can get an attractive yard sign that anyone who loves Arcadia will be proud to display in their front yard.

We hope you will all join this effort to save our views, our privacy and our property values, and restore Arcadia as a “Community of Homes”.

Attached is a chart comparing the allowable gross floor area currently in Arcadia to what San Marino, Sierra Madre and Monrovia allow, and what would be allowed under the proposed initiative.


 Also attached is a chart comparing Arcadia’s current zoning codes to the proposed initiative.


April Verlato
Saving Arcadia Team Leader

Larry Wilson on why John Wuo needs to resign

(Mod: Pretty much nails it. Link to this Pasadena Star News opinion piece here.)


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47 comments:

  1. Sign the petition ARCADIA.
    As a former 30 year resident of Arcadia, it is so sad to see what's happened there.
    Save Arcadia. Please...we did it here in Sierra Madre...against all odds (big money) we did it.
    Sign , and please thank the volunteer carrying the petition...this is a labor of love for them.

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    1. Thank you Diane. Many of us know how much the success of Measure V depended on your work.

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    2. Hear, hear. Without Diane, we would have been more than 300 signatures short.

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    3. "We have seen property values decline 15% in Arcadia in the last year (Core Logic July 2014 to July 2015). ... San Marino, Monrovia and Sierra Madre, property values have increased. In fact, Sierra Madre experienced a 20% increase in property values "
      So the message is PRESERVATION PAYS. Speculative overbuilding does not.

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    4. The Arcadia Realtors are pushing the same baloney they did back during the DSP days. They do lack for imagination.

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    5. Very old school - fear. Fear of lost money in decreasing property values, fear of being some kind of racist, fear of fighting city hall, fear that municipal jargon is harder to grasp than it really is....but mostly, fear about money.
      Old, old school.

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    6. Hi
      I'm just trying to understand the table above. For a lot size of 10,000 sq.ft., it says max size with garage in Arcadia is 7000 sq ft for current code. Can someone explain how the 7000 was determined?

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  2. Chandler, Wuo and Tay are going to get their comeuppance.

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    1. Not without an enormous and concerted effort on the part of the residents.

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    2. Hopefully with the kind assistance from the Feds.

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  3. Did Chip Ahlswede sign? Have the Arcadia Realtors conceded their process yet?

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    1. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

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    2. Chip is busy spreading disinformation, no doubt:
      The ballot initiative takes away your private property rights!
      The ballot initiative is racist!
      No one will be able to build anything!
      The no growth party will kill Arcadia!
      (Which we all looooooove sooooo much.)

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  4. I live in Arcadia and my husband and I have been going door to door in our neighborhood with a petition and are surprised at the fact that many people have no idea about what is going on. Our petition was given to us by our HOA. We are leaving info for the people that are not familiar with the situation and hope to return later for the signatures. On the other hand, some residents are asking us what took us so long and wondering when we would come to their door.

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    1. It is usually a sobering experience when you meet the citizens. That is when you realize just how big the job actually is.

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    2. It's quite an education to go door to door.
      It's also the most effective way to accomplish the goal.
      I feel for Arcadia because it's a big territory to cover. Lots of foot soldiers required, and a few Diane Shears.

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    3. One of my favorite reactions was a gal who said "Oh, I never follow local politics." Yep.

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    4. Yes. Unbelieveable.

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    5. I've done a couple of these efforts, and for my two bits? Nothing is more important than the feet on the ground.
      You can have all the lovely code fixes in the world, but if you don't have persuasive and polite people getting the folks involved, it won't go anywhere.

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    6. Getting this ballot passed will not be easy. So many Arcadia residents are not involved or just don't care. I've talked with many neighbors and they don't like the big homes, but yet won't do squat to stop them. Have the people behind the ballot thought of putting on community outreach events? Someone needs to build a model of a home on cardboard to show the size of a home under the provisions of the ballot measure versus size of mansion allowed now. Nothing like a visual model to show how the proposed idea won't result in tiny, unliveable homes like that arrogant Chandler wants you all to believe.

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    7. 4:59, good idea. Also, you in Arcadia are lucky/unlucky to have pleeeenty of examples of bad development. Start jotting down the addresses, take pictures. The terrible state of lots of the neighborhoods is completely visible.

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  5. Gott in Himmel, look at the current codes in Arcadia! No wonder the gargantuans have been taking over. If I were a resident there, I think I might want to research just who put those disastrous numbers in place.

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    1. All the same people who claim trampling the rights of your smaller neighbors is freedom.

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    2. Somebody professional got those numbers past the city councils.
      My guess?
      The Building Industry lawyer types. Ya know, the same kind of guys who changed the Sierra Madre "Planning Department" to "Developer Servicing"

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    3. What I worry about is that on those streets that have already been ruined, the bloated abode is the measure of compatibility.

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    4. 1:47, that's why Arcadia will have to make it all about the numbers, but in SM we get to consider "compatibility with existing neighborhood." Arcadia lost that opportunity.
      But the numbers will work.

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  6. No posted comments from the other side of this issue? Why operate an echo chamber Mr. Moderator? There are two sides to the home-size story

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    1. Outside of one that slandered a very nice person there haven't been any. What is your take?

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    2. Gosh. That is so surprising.

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    3. 11:13, please, spit it out.

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    4. Pretty sure we know who 11:13 is.

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    5. priveledge? Is that a private ledge to take place of a pation on a McMansion?

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    6. 12:04 P. Are you complaining about Sierra Madre? If so, that's a good thing!

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    7. Okay, since no one made a comment, I will. What's goin on with Wuo's hair. Has gemcoin turned him grey or has he no funds for dye?

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    8. Wuo is changing his hair style often to throw off those who read FBI Most Wanted posters.

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    9. Actually, Walmart ran out of "Reagan Black" during the debates in Simi Valley.

      They hope to have more on hand sometime next week.

      Johnnie Gemcoin has developed two or three nice chens -strike that- CHINS.

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  7. That chart about gross floor area is incorrect. Sierra madre has a max of 3500 sq ft + 12% over 10000. that includes garage, porch, gazebo and any planned belly fat that may be hanging out of the window. And anything over 3500sq ft including all of the above requires a conditional use permit because building or remodeling a less than average house needs community input. Let's not forget the $5400 permit fee for that priveledge and the money and time lossed waiting for a hearing.

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  8. Regarding Larry Wilson's piece on Gemcoin:
    Of course it was USFIA's plan from the very beginning to have John Wuo endorse Gemcoin and endorse USFIA for the specific reason that it matters to Chinese investors. Why else would John Wuo be a regular visitor to USFIA and make multiple appearances for Gemcoin? That USFIA preys on immigrants makes it even more despicable.
    That no one in Arcadia's city government have expressed moral outrage at what goes on within the city limits makes them all complicit. Same for mansionization.

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    1. The question that needs to be asked is why Arcadia's city government turned a blind eye. There is only one answer possible, and that is money. USFIA sold $10s of millions of dollars in the GemCoins ponzi scam. How much of that found its way into the McMansion development industry? My guess is a lot. And quite a few people wanted a piece of that.

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    2. You have to ask the City Council why they haven't made a single public statement of outrage over Gemcoin. Same for pot farms found in vacant homes, gambling, EB-5 visa shops and maternity hotels found or rumored in Arcadia. They just don't get it or they just don't care. All they can muster is praise for the schools and praise for themselves while Rome burns. Don't complain because that will make the city look bad. Don't do anything because action is an admission that problems exist. They are all culpable to degrees. They have all failed their city to degrees.

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    3. Hopefully the FBI is doing a thorough job.

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    4. John Wuo was serving the same function as Mr. Chen's badges - a show of authority.

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    5. Funny when you figure Chen's badge was from a security guard school.

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  9. The chart has only one purpose - to illustrate Arcadia 's new code will be aligned with neighboring cities while still allowing for much larger homes to be built. The new code is not expected to change building practices thus new homes will be built to the new legal limit. It's win-win by providing lots of profit for developers, realtors and home sellers while better respecting current residents, neighborhoods and the needs of new families and home buyers.

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