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.