Sunday, November 8, 2015

1734 Claridge Street: What This Appeal To The Arcadia Planning Commission Is All About

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For those concerned about such things there is a notable appeal of an Arcadia Development Services Department decision to the peacock realm's Planning Commission coming up this Tuesday evening.

To the left I have placed a screenshot of a Google Earth street level photo of the current (previous?) house, which was taken in 2012. This is a couple of years before the rhubarb we are writing about today first began. There is considerable community opposition to the proposed vanity castle the present property owner wishes to erect at 1734 Claridge Street, and letters plus a petition from concerned residents are attached to this agenda item.

There are several interesting (and jarring) aspects to this appeal of what was a series of Development Services Department decisions, none more so than the applicant's stated claim that the opinions of his potential neighbors do not matter to him. This in contrast to Sierra Madre where any similar applicant would at least pretend to care about what those in the immediate vicinity might think about his project.

Why would the applicant say such a thing? My guess is the notion that property rights belong mostly to new arrivals and not longtime residents, so prevalent in certain quarters of Arcadia, is at work here.

This viewpoint, which ostentatiously privileges new money and has much of its origin with the Arcadia Association of Realtors, is of course strictly profit driven. Yes, it really is about the money, as it so often is. This despite all of the sanctimonious hogwash from that group, along with the big money developers who also profit by it.

Speaking of hogwash as we are, this is also a viewpoint often voiced by Councilmembers Roger Chandler and Sho Tay, elected officials who have both received considerable campaign money from people who advocate for this. Many in Arcadia suspect that Chandler and Tay have one ear for those with ready cash for them, and another one for the hopes and needs of longtime residents and taxpayers.

Guess which ear is deaf.

Here is the intro to the agenda.


Hopefully the recommendation to deny this appeal will hold. There are lots of reasons why it should, including the novel one that the applicant has chosen to largely ignore previous Development Services Department requests to make more than just minor changes.

There is an odd arrogance to this appeal that sounds especially jarring to someone who is more used to how things like this are going lately in Sierra Madre. Though, in all honesty, the folks at CETT can seem little arch at times. Something that they have backed up with legal action from Lawsuit Richie.

Here is the example I alluded to above.


Interesting, right? Despite the request that the applicant talk to those in the neighborhood about their concerns, this wannabe lot lord basically states that their opinions do not matter to him. Not only that, but the Planning Commission should actually join him in ignoring them as well.

Fortunately, city staff does not agree that this boatload of baloney should go forward.


This Agenda Report goes on to list these guidelines which, for space considerations, we'll forgo today. You can read all of this should you so choose by clicking here.

Here are a couple of the letters received by the city from concerned neighbors to this vanity castle project. These are from the people who are being commanded by the applicant to live in the shadow of a vast architectural monument to his sense of personal glory.



Should be quite a meeting.

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33 comments:

  1. "It would be unfair to the property owner to deny this project based solely on neighborhood opposition." Fine then, deny solely on the basis of the property owner's arrogance.

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    1. I know that the Chinese culture is incredibly long lived and varied, and full of great accomplishments. Isn't there a word for "ostentatious"? Isn't it a shameful thing? How about "proportion"?

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    2. I think the prevailing attitude for the newly arrived Chinese is more along the lines of:
      If ya got it, flaunt it.

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    3. New money. It takes good taste a while to catch up.

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  2. This is a great example of why property values are declining in Arcadia. Residents can never relax and completely enjoy the attributes that caused them to buy their home in the first place. In the blink of an eye, they may lose the views they paid a premium for, the natural light coming into the home they paid a premium for or the privacy that they paid a premium for. All it takes in Arcadia is for the home next door to you to go up for sale and then get bought by the likes of a Sidney Chang or Yan Tan who want to build the biggest house they can without regard to the consequences for the neighbors. Maybe the City of Arcadia will finally stop this project but because they have allowed so many of these "in your face" type of developments in the past, that is why home prices are declining. You never know if you can retain what you paid for. A city that allows unmitigated development with no rules to protect the existing residents will eventually see property values decline and that's exactly what will continue to happen in Arcadia as potential buyers decide that its better to move into a city like Sierra Madre that affords some protection for the home and the asset you just bought.

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    1. Careful -crowing about declining prices in Arcadia may entice the bottom-feeders to come and spec build more mansions? Hopefully they would 'loose their shirts' and that would be the final nail in the coffin of McMansionisation in Arcadia?

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    2. Arcadia real estate is tanking. Better sell now before the China bubble bursts

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  3. I remember a time when one of the first concerns of any new family moving into a community was getting to meet and befriend the new neighbors. Apparently today in Arcadia that had been replaced with the need to know how best to screw them over. Hopefully with the assistance of city hall.

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  4. Check out the new home going in at 153 E. Pamela in Arcadia. (Pamela intersects 2nd Ave). They just started demo of the existing. The proposed home is 3909 sq ft on 8143 lot!! The entire street is single story ranch homes. Come on people, fight this project, the house is double the size of the other 9 homes on the street.

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    1. all the others on the street will be glad to sell and make a big profit , nobody can build unless others sell

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    2. 10:18 hurry up and get to church, learn about loving others

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    3. I did. But I still hate you.

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  5. Well it looks like everyone is on the war path. No one seems to be happy except the property owners selling their arcadia properties to the chineese and the federal government only allowing the rich immigrants with large bags of money to come here. Cheers to all who made a profit!

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  6. Well it looks like everyone is on the war path. No one seems to be happy except the property owners selling their arcadia properties to the chineese and the federal government only allowing the rich immigrants with large bags of money to come here. Cheers to all who made a profit!

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    1. It's natural for people to resist change. Particularly in the homogenized suburbs.

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    2. Homogenized? Where are you from junior, Wisconsin? God what a moron.

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    3. Of course anyone who sells their smaller, older house departs with a big bunch of cash - and gets as far away from the overbuilt gewgaws as possible.

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    4. Like outside California.

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    5. Oregon, Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, Washington, Nevada, Idaho all aboard!

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  7. It all comes down to the haves and the have nots. Water will seek its own level and we do not have much of that either.

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  8. Frankly, I've figured the jig was up for Arcadia. Once you get a couple of those brutes on a block, it sets a precedent. There are whole streets that are nothing but massive structures cheek to jowl in some of the less affluent parts of the city. You would think you were in a Hong Kong suburb where no one has any land except what their concrete is on.
    Don't know how you could really stop the mansionization process, except to informally divide the city in two: one for the mega rich Chinese, another for the Arcadians who value privacy and elegance.

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  9. Maybe the the united States citizens can be the slaves for the illegals buying our neighbors properties?

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    1. Must be how it feels to be colonized.

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    2. ...didn't realize the Buc was open this early.

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    3. Weren't you happy when you saw it was ...

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  10. Just got back from the Veteran's Ceremony. I guess this was yesterday's topic. It was sad to see that no CC was present. For those yesterday who resented the speaker getting his pension from the government, I am sorry you weren't there to listen to him and engage him in conversation afterwards. He gave 38 years to earn his pension. He held some fairly important jobs while in the service. I lived during the Vietnam war and I was witness to some of the disgraceful things done to our returning soldiers. I saw some of that same attitude in the Tattler yesterday. I have to hope that most people don't feel the way those few feel. For the one who said no soldiers, no war. Could the same be said for no police no violent crime? I hope theCC members are bigger than their personal feelings and had good reason not to show.

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    1. If the choice is between being politically correct or supporting the VFW Veterans, I'm supporting the Veterans. Thank you for your service.

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    2. I am a faithful reader of the Tattler, but whenver the issues go national, I just skip the comments.
      Polarized accusations from all sides = waste of time.

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    3. I sympathize with 5:44. In this case it's like all Veterans must be deified and anyone who says anything slightly independent of that pervasive narrative is immediately branded a heretic. Scary how so many people voluntarily just close their minds and obey.

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  11. Let's hope the Arcadians care enough about their city to attend the Planning Commission meeting. It's like the doctors tell smokers - it's never too late to stop the madness! It makes me crazy when I drive down Orange Grove heading west to Baldwin, and seeing that massive "hotel" going up next to the tennis courts. While across the street in Sierra Madre, is a house being built that looks like it will fit into the neighborhood.

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  12. cb5:44 you are right.

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