Saturday, January 16, 2016

All The Arcadia News That's Fit To Post


Arcadia has a whole lot going on these days, and just because it has one of the diciest blogs on the face of the planet doesn't mean folks there don't deserve to read about matters in the brash and free thinking way we do things here at The Tattler.

Three items in particular have people talking on the far side of the Peacock Path, so let's break this all down into small and digestible pieces.

Item #1: Update on the Saving Arcadia Ballot Initiative Petition - The folks in Arcadia who are (to put it in Sierra Madre terms that I can understand) placing their version of Measure V on the ballot (but they aren't calling it that), have now verified the 2,879 signers that are registered voters. Which is very good.

They need 3,300 siggies, so obviously Saving Arcadia has either worked very hard, or the people there are just hellbent on signing this thing. Or maybe even both, right?

There are another 500 signatures in their possession that aren't on the registrar's roll, so they have sent 500 letters this week to those 500 people asking them to get registered, and pronto. Those who did receive a letter are instructed to please fill out the voter registration card immediately and send it back to Saving Arcadia.

It certainly looks like this measure will easily be on the ballot this coming November. How cool is that? When local government refuses to do much useful work, the residents can always take over and do the job for them. It's the next best thing to throwing the bums out entirely.

Item #2: Report regarding Planning Commission hearing on 407 Oxford Avenue - 407 Oxford was appealed to the Planning Commission by neighbors when the Lower Rancho ARB approved the plans. The proposal was for a 5,400 sq. ft. 2 story house on a 17,000 sq. ft. lot. There are only 9 two story homes in that area of about 150 homes. The rest are all single story ranch homes. Not a single neighbor showed up in support of this unhappy project. All the neighbors testified in opposition saying it was too big, completely out of scale and not at all compatible to the neighborhood.

The Planning Commission granted the appeal and overturned the ARB approval. The Planning Commission recommended that the applicant come up with a plan under 5,000 sq. ft.

This is a huge victory for the residents of Arcadia. This also would never have happened a year ago. It is practically unheard of for the Planning Commission to overturn an approval by an HOA's ARB. The message here, to all residents and the HOAs, is that compatibility and harmony has something important to do with what neighbors think and want.

Item #3: Hillside Development Appeal-City Council Meeting 1/19/16

If you are from Arcadia and give at least one damn about your town, you have got to be at the City Council meeting on the 19th.

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30 comments:

  1. Roger Chandler and Sho Tay are not pleased.

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    1. Bulldozer Bob Harbicht wants to save Arcadia from this happening.

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    2. Such a wonderful man.

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    3. Just don't try to stand between Bob and a developer's dollar bill.

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    4. You can only wonder what kinds of strategies the big development and real estate interests will be trotting out. I am sure they have raised a lot of money.

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  2. Mr. Modd, thankyou for discussing Saving Sierra Madre from Pensions and Taxation

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  3. What in the hell are the feds thinking. Yesterday they just gave Iran $150 Billion Dollars to build nukes and our city hall wants to pay SPD officers $250,000+ each so our cops salary can be competitive with the city of Arcadia. These pensions will be the downfall of our village community as we know it. We will need to build Mc Mansions - create more property taxes & continue to create and raise the taxpayers taxes for city hall to servive. Is this what our community wants, then so be it. Otherwise we must cut city salaries, pension, health benifits and city expenses immediately! Fact.. The Dow Jones and Asian stock markets keeps collasping, adjusting down, a recession is right around around the corner, we must tighten our belts if we hope to servive!

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    1. sorry bro, they didn't give iran 150 billion. you been reading the wrong papers

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    2. Even my old tired brain knows that the $150 billion is not a gift but the release of FROZEN Iranian assets. You can argue all night long that we should be entitled to the spoils of international banking and seizure but don't labor under the delusion that WE gave Iran anything. We RELEASED what was originally theirs. In return we may get diplomatic relations and a lessening of tensions in the middle east.

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    3. Gee 10:51AM, the key words are "May get diplomatic relations and lessening tensions in the Middle East." Really?

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    4. Welcome home, sailors.

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  4. What in the hell are the feds thinking. Yesterday they just gave Iran $150 Billion Dollars to build nukes and our city hall wants to pay SPD officers $250,000+ each so our cops salary can be competitive with the city of Arcadia. These pensions will be the downfall of our village community as we know it. We will need to build Mc Mansions - create more property taxes & continue to create and raise the taxpayers taxes for city hall to servive. Is this what our community wants, then so be it. Otherwise we must cut city salaries, pension, health benifits and city expenses immediately! Fact.. The Dow Jones and Asian stock markets keeps collasping, adjusting down, a recession is right around around the corner, we must tighten our belts if we hope to servive!

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  5. I agree, the pensions are a form of cancer. And city hall was allowed to create a ponzi scheme for a few families who do not even in our town. What a mess.

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  6. Mr. Mod Whats with the new icon? Its so small I can't really see what it pictures.

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  7. peacockmmunists everywhere

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  8. More hillside development? Right, because it's worked out so well.

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    1. would you consider sierra madre's 'canyon' a hillside development? I think it's the most charming corner of that town.

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    2. No. It's a canyon.

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    3. ...that's been developed.

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    4. Unlike 12:12's understanding of basic topography.

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  9. Your naivety is showing, 10:51. I guess when they chant "Death to America!" They're just kidding. Right.

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    1. Oh boy. Fauxnews fanatic alert

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    2. 11:58 ~ Your buddies are waiting for you up in Oregon, at the compound. Remember to bring the Twinkies and CheeseWhiz.

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    3. Equating the fight against Isis to what is going on in Oregon is perhaps a little excessively politically correct, 9:54? Funny little surrender monkey that you are?

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  10. Front page today in the Mountain Views News the City of Sierra Madre has started its propaganda campaign to scare everyone into voting for the 10% UUT increase. They threaten devastating cuts to everything imaginable. I can't wait to put a "No on the UUT Measure" sign in my front yard.

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    1. It's the usual Susan gibberish. Not all that different from the last two times the city trued to raise utility taxes. Nobody reads her paper anymore.

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    2. Susan is wrong, of course. She claims that the City Council unanimously voted to put the effort to abolish the UUT on the ballot for April of 2018. What is happening in the real world that the MVN sometimes is often unaware of is this could go on the ballot as early as June of this year. Per the City Council.

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  11. Mr. Mod, thanks for posting about Arcadia. Arcadia city staff are willing to do or say anything to get developers' projects approved. They are professional liars. Shame on them. Shame on us there's no way to stop them other than suing the city.

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