Saturday, November 21, 2015

Where To Go To Autograph The Saving Arcadia Petition And Get Your Yard Sign!

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(Mod: Jolly Roger Chandler and Sho Me The Money Tay might not have any Saving Arcadia yard signs up at their places, but don't let that stop you. After all, besides the priorities of those McMansion building moneyed special interests who have so generously backed their storied political careers over the last few elections, what have these two fun fellows ever done for you? Outside of serving as sound reasons to avoid watching any City Council meetings? Here is all the latest info needed to get your most worthy self on board with the most significant resident preservationist movement out of Arcadia in many years.)

This week Saving Arcadia will have several signature collection sites around Arcadia. On Saturday night (tonight!), 11/21 from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. you can find Saving Arcadia at The Downtown Arcadia Street Market on Frist Ave. between Santa Clara and Huntington Dr. Look for the Saving Arcadia booth where volunteers will be collecting signatures.

If you know anyone who hasn’t signed the petition, please bring them to the Street Market, buy them dinner, enjoy the free entertainment and have them sign the petition.

On Sunday 11/22, Saving Arcadia will be at the Albertson’s on Live Oak at 2nd Ave./Tyler Ave. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Let all your family, neighbors and friends know they can do their Thanksgiving grocery shopping and sign the petition.

If you have already signed the petition, please do your Thanksgiving grocery shopping at this location to thank Albertson’s for allowing us to collect signatures there.

Please forward this information to anyone you know who is interested in signing the petition. If you would like to volunteer to help collect signatures, please get in touch. You can do so by emailing to this address: savingarcadiateam@gmail.com

If you want or need a yard sign, we have plenty. You can pick one up at 33 E. Huntington Drive, Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. or reply here and we can bring one to you.

Thank you for supporting responsible development with reasonable standards in Arcadia.

(Mod: The following was also sent to me here by the hard-working folks at Saving Arcadia.)

Each week I request the notices for design review that are sent out in Arcadia. Week after week, I see examples of the rampant over-development in Arcadia.  I thought I would share some with you.

315 Santa Cruz is a 9,243 sf lot.  The proposed project will be over 50% FAR if you include the garage, porch, 20' tall foyer and staircase.  In San Marino, they could only build approximately 2,700 sf of living space.  The same goes for 135 San Miguel Drive. It's a 9,147 sf lot. Again, over 50% FAR using San Marino's definition of FAR. This whole area is predominantly single story ranch homes averaging about 1,500 sf. It is being redeveloped without any kind of environmental impact report or study.

There is a lot of speculation that if a FAR is adopted it will kill property values in Arcadia. The hypothetical that property values will decrease because developers won't be able to build as big a house is just that, a hypothetical. It is pure conjecture.  It is not a fact.

A fact is the property values in San Marino far exceed property values in Arcadia. A fact is San Marino has much stricter development standards than Arcadia. It is a hypothesis or opinion that the stricter development standards cause the property values in San Marino to be more than Arcadia. It is an opinion based on fact. The opinion that property values will decline if a FAR is adopted is not based on any FACTS.

Last week's design review notices included a 8,573 sf, 2 story home with a 906 sf, 4 car garage at 210 W. Camino Real Avenue, a 19,900 sf lot.  That again is over a 50% FAR when you include the garage, porch and 20' high foyer and grand staircase. In San Marino, it would be closer to a 4,500 sf house.  210 W. Camino Real Ave just sold in February 2015 for $1.95m.  2 doors down, same side of the street (230 W CAMINO REAL AVE), same size house (2,359 SF house) and lot (19,965 SF), sold 8/30/13 for $2.4m.

It is a fact that the property value of "tear down" homes in South Arcadia has decreased more than 20% in the last year.  It is a fact that this decline occurred before the lawsuit and the ballot initiative were filed. It is my opinion that property values in South Arcadia have declined because of over-development. I think the facts support such an opinion.

230 W. Camino Real Avenue is now a 9,041 sf, 2 story Mediterranean mansion with a 1,000 sf, 4 car garage that has been on the market for $5.38m for over 90 days.

(Mod: Here are some screen shots of the properties cited above.)


(Mod: I have a quiz question for you. How is an Addam's Family vanity castle, one that has sat unsold on the market for over three months, improving property values in Arcadia? Anyone from WeChat care to join in? Sho?)


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29 comments:

  1. Best of luck to Saving Arcadia!

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  2. Don't forget the new mistake going in at 153 E. Pamela. A 3909 on 8143 lot, two story. Not one house on Pamela is two story.

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    1. Floor area ratio.
      How much house can cover how much land.

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    2. FAR is one of the most fundamental regulations in development controls. Arcadia has a ridiculous system, Sierra Madre has a smart one (now).

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    3. In Arcadia the only consideration is how FAR a developer can go in building McMansions. The only limitation being the available space on a lot.

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  4. This is a good organizational step, but I hope the Saving groups are also out there knocking on doors.

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  5. It's great to see this happening. Lots of these signs are on Highland Oaks.

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    1. Not enough.
      The castle around 1660 Highland Oaks was finally lit up and open for decorators last night.

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  6. It's the city council and city management who are continuing to destroy these cites by breaking their back by debt!

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    1. Too often city halls like the one in Arcadia see development as fund raising rather than anything to do with community standards.

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    2. They are just funding their CalPERS accounts. Retire at 50 with six figures a year. All they care about.

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    3. Arcadia unlike Sierra Madre is a very wealthy city. Racetrack,mall, hundreds of businesses,property taxes, they may be able to fund CalPers. retirements we can't our only income is property tax and UUT.

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    4. I already have a family to support. If the city hall people need financial assistance for life they should call home.

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    5. We can probably fit a mall and a small track, maybe a greyhound track with a card room, in the Mater Dolorosa property. Tax problems solved!

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  7. When does the petition have to be submitted? Are they close to finishing yet? This would be a huge victory for resident control over greedy developers and city hall bureaucrats.

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    1. Where do we go to sign the Sierra Made petition to eliminate the UUT completely?

      Earl, can you tell us, please?

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  8. I apologize that this comment is off today's topic, but the fleecing of the taxpayer is never truly off topic. I came across this letter to the Pasadena Weekly that provides an excellent, succinct summary of just how we get fleeced on a grand scale. Every voter should consider it when casting their ballots, especially those who are active in their parties and therefore actually have some direct input into their parties' platforms.

    It's the second letter, The Two Santas, here: http://www.pasadenaweekly.com/cms/story/detail/letters/15191/

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  9. I'm not sure how anything works on Facebook but sometimes I'll learn something. The city of Arcadia's City Clerk, Gene Glasco, is a real estate agent with Dilbeck Realtors. Is ANYONE in the city NOT related to real estate agents, developers, or the unions? There's no doubt how and why the developers destroyed Arcadia.

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    1. In Arcadia City Hall is an occupation government.

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    2. Sad to see they are out to get Gene now. No one is safe from her.

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    3. I know some real estate agents who are against mansionization.

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    1. Somebody tell Morticia to get Lurch to wash Pugsley's mouth out with soap.

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  11. I want the Sierra madre head libraryans job, for $157,000 a year PLUS the pensions, where do I apply Mr mayor? Our city government has no conscience/

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  12. That position has been eliminated. It was held until the current library director retired, then a two step down in the organizational scale,sorry. If you want to apply I hope you have at least a masters degree in library science.

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  13. In terms of the proposed Arcadia ballot measure to end the UUT, why don't we get serious and look at the Arcadia employees salaries for starters as a place to reduce some expenses. A fire chief that makes almost $300,000 ? Lazzarretto ain't far behind. Come on, how can these salaries be justified?

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    1. Check out these compensation numbers (complete list):
      http://transparentcalifornia.com/salaries/arcadia/

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