Thursday, January 21, 2016

Save the Arcadia Highlands Leader April Verlato Announces Her Candidacy For Arcadia City Council

April Veralto has been one of the leading voices for change in Arcadia over the past couple of years. Especially on the matter of mansionization where she has been one of the leaders of Save the Arcadia Highlands, a group of concerned and influential residents who are currently in the process of gathering signatures for a ballot measure that will effectively bring Addam's Family McMansion development there (link) to a grinding halt. And now, April has decided to run for Arcadia City Council.

Here is her announcement.


Pretty good news for the City of Arcadia. Sierra Madre used to have many principled people like April who were willing to put it all on the line and run for City Council out of a sense devotion and duty to the community. Not so much this year.

You have to wonder what Sierra Madre's de facto capitulation to fiscally profligate municipal union pols is going to mean for preservation in the long run. How soon will it be before those folks decide that the property tax and impact fee money to be made off of big development to pay for things like CalPERS is in everyone's best interest?

My guess is not too long after the election.

Another Defeat for McMansions in Arcadia

Nice Courtney Tomkins article in the Pasadena Star News (entire article here).


When even Sho Tay votes against a project like this one you know big changes are being made in Arcadia

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54 comments:

  1. Sorry that you believe John Capoccia does not have a "sense of devotion and duty to the community". Do you think perhaps he is spending his time and energy for the great salary and power that comes with such a prestigious position of councilman of Sierra Madre.

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    1. John C likes the attention at city hall and the Mayor title. In my opinion, he is not so interested in listening to views that do not agree with his own.

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    2. John Capoccia is an honorable man who is cannot be corrupted by the unions. He has an independent streak but that's because he's not an ideologue Some people may not always like his votes but there is no one on that City Council that cares as much about Sierra Madre as him. He is trying to make the right decision about the various issues and in some cases he may have access to information that we don't have. I'm not saying I agree with him on everything. On the issue of preservation and controlling over-development, he has been a stalwart supporter of the Preserve Sierra Madre coalition.

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  2. 6.43.. Good morning John, over the last 10 years the city halls revenues have increased by $13+ Million Dollars and so has the yearly expenses. The solution is not more taxation. It's this kind of thinking that will BK this city. The taxpayers no longer have the monies to fund your lavish thinking patterns. and furthmore we the taxpayers are getting nothing in return for our had earned money. Just because the city of Arcadia wants to pay police car cops $280k each year including Pensjons and healthcare does not mean we have to do it also. Our city must cut expenses not continue to tax the texpayer!!! We ask that you retire and not run for any more terms!

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    1. Sometimes when people disagree with you it's because you're wrong. I assume that has never happened to you 7:24.

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    2. 8:28AM-opposition is wrong to you? There is nothing you can learn that you didn't know? Being wrong has happened to all of us. As an elected official you need to own your mistakes. Be honest, upfront, show some courage and do the right thing. The right thing appears to be getting a budget that works and live within it. We are a small city and can't compete with the tax base of a larger city. Capoccia knows that. The only place the city can now get money is through building. So Capoccia ran on no taxes the first time. How's that workin for ya? No he's a preservationist? Hello homes at the monestary!

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    3. Blaming one city official for all the things that happen in an economic turndown is not opposition it is indolence on your part. There are five council members and thousands of citizens. "The right thing appears to be getting a budget that works and live within it." That is what the entire council and advisory committees are doing. Whining on a blog is not contributing anything.How can you presume to speak for the taxpayers? Your insolence is laughable.
      If the Passionists want to develop their property they eventually will,I hope they change their hearts. You can't outlaw private property rights,a time and place for everything.

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    4. Dave - stop whining about whining, whiner.

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    5. The 2 Johns need another million dollars so they can give it to the cops.

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    6. Dear 2:02, the people can, through the General Plan and zoning, specify the approved uses for land within their city's jurisdiction. No one wants an oil refinery next to single family homes.

      The monestary land is not zoned for residential and it never should be. The street I live on is not zoned for industrial and it never should be.

      The current five city council members, last year, approved the Updated General Plan which included the zoning designations. They made some zoning changes before unanamisly voting to adopt the new Plan.

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    7. Yea but......I do whine for wine for sure. Thank You anon.

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    8. You left out an "h".

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    9. We love you Dave but you understand that those who believe that the Monastery should not be developed are not against private property rights. We just feel that neighbors and other residents of the community have property rights also. This is why we have zoning laws and building standards to keep one private property owner from doing something that hurts a neighbor or the community which is what many people believe will be the consequence of allowing the Mater Dolorosa to build one of the largest housing projects Sierra Madre has seen in decades.

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  3. Capoccia has his very own "sense of devotion and duty to the community." That about sums it up. If you oppose his view he insults you. In public even! He has a great pension from ATT-he doesn't need the money. All he is concerned about is paying the employees. Otherwise the Sheriff would be coming here and that money would be used, hopefully, for infrastructure. Though I doubt it. Power is how you see it. He could never make it in a big field, so he chooses the smaller venue. His ego gets stroked, that's all he needs. So there, 6:43 AM. I'm sorry you feel otherwise.

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    1. 7:49 --So, yours is the right attitude and no one can have another? I'm sorry you feel that way. I have even heard John C say from the dais that he had a different opinion coming in and after hearing the audience, changed his mind. But I guess you were on bathroom breaks when that happened.

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    2. He flipped on taxes. He'll flip on development.

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  4. He is a union man. Tax and spend on retirement benefits.

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    1. Capoccia + Harabedian is a fast track ticket to BK. Bring it ON !

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    2. John Capoccia ran as a tax fighter. It was the big issue in 2012 and once elected he flipped. This year he is running as a preservationist, which is this year's big issue. Will he flip on that as well?

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  5. Wish I could vote for her - a great candidate.

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    1. I encourage all preservation-minded folks to send her campaign $$. She will need it to fight the builder-Realtor crowd.

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    2. Great idea 8:57.

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    3. April is a great person and hero in the preservation movement in Arcadia. I sure hope she's running against the guy Chandler who was the only Councilman to vote in favor of that big development project on the ridge in Arcadia. That guy is in the pocket of developers and needs to be removed from office.

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    4. She brings a lot of action so it will be a fun election to watch.

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  6. Their planning commission making good decisions, and being supported by the city council? I admit I'm surprised. Maybe Arcadia isn't over after all.

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    1. The city will be over if Bulldozer Bob Harbicht returns to city council, though Jolly Roger Chandler would be over the moon to see his buddy. The Bulldozer is the candidate to make sure that what happened on Tuesday night never happens again..

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    2. Let's hope it's not too late and April can help Arcadia!

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  7. The sad thing about having no challengers in this election is that the public will not get the discussions on the issues they deserve. The two Johns are in agreement on everything. The "debates" are going to be incredibly boring.

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    1. Can't even vote for the Eagle ....

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  8. It is my opinion that John h - John c & gene goss need to step down, they have Already Done Enough Damage to our town which we will not be able to recover from! The Taxpayer

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    1. Gosh, I have heard through the years that the council members that you don't entirely agree with should step down, be recalled, vilified (as you are doing to the two Johns), and that they are going to destroy the city. I wonder if you noticed that all of the council signed the measure for the 10% UUT? Should we recall all of the council at this time and start over? Are you able to read their minds and know how they are going to react to the other issues coming up such as rezoning the Monastery? Be real. There will never be anyone that you will agree with entirely, and those of you who have the no taxes bug, remember, there "ain't" no free lunch.

      Also, what you are doing now is for the civility party, not ours. We don't want to be lumped with We can take you out Nancy.

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    2. I don't think it is the results of your mind reading on the monastery that we need to worry about. Rather it is the fear that Johnx2 will not stick to their promises. There are good reasons for concern.

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    3. 1:36, 4 of the last Council signed the ballot argument to raise the UUT to 10% and it lost. What was your point, assuming there was one?

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    4. The distance between city hall and the residents is huge. This city's government could be from Mars for all they know about what people in Sierra Madre think.

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  9. Kudos to Ms. Verlato - she realizes that if she wants to preserve her town, she's going to have to do it herself.

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    1. Good luck to her. It's an uphill to be relatable to the voters that don't live in the Highlands especially after what she's done.

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    2. Nonsense. Signatures for the petition have come in from all parts of the city. If you think 8,000 sq foot 10 toilet Titanics are popular in Arcadia, you probably bought GemCoins from John Wuo a couple months back.

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    3. Not everyone cares about if there is A big house next-door. She only care because they want to build one. What will she do for other Arcadia residents?

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    4. 7:34 - Obviously you don't get out much.

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    5. Obviously you are another one of her puppets 8:02. I believe 7:34 has a good point. What will she do besides fight mansions? I live in the South and a lot of changes have occurred. Even without mansions popping up I think our City has been taken over.

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    6. How's John Wuo doing? Haven't seen much of him lately.

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    7. I think he's somewhere counting his Gemcoins.

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  10. Who's writing this? Every time I get an email to check you out it's the same information from April's team.

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  11. I find it hilarious that the lot of you do nothing but complain about your elected officials and harp on how bad, corrupt, and self serving they are. All the while knowing full well that they are not paid. There is no one else to vote for you say? I'm pretty sure you all are confident in your abilities to solve all of city halls woes, so step up and run. How about you quit the effortless complaining that costs you nothing. I don't know any of the council members personally, and I may not agree with many of the decisions that are made, but I admire that they take time out of their lives to do what they do. Substitute your diatribe with a little respect and your bloviating with sacrifice. It will be far more effective.

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    1. So on your planet people are not allowed to talk about politics?

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    2. So, 4:37PM, I admire anyone who serves their government. I also reserve the right to be critical of them if they take a position of which I do not agree. I want hear their reasons. I want them to answer my questions with respect and in a timely answer. They ran for the job. They knew there was no pay. They each had their reasons to do so. Any official has a certain amount of accountability. When they don't give their citizens respect, they can not expect to receive it. I will say this, Mr. Harabedian, Ms. Delmar and Ms. Arizmendi give the voters their respect. Mr. C. No way. Mr. Goss I have had few dealings with.

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    3. Some people better be careful what they wish for. I don't want to see any of these council members leave. This is the best City Council Sierra Madre has ever had. Not perfect, but nothing is. If any of them step down, there's a much more likely chance we will be in worse shape than better shape. When you look at what this City Council has accomplished in approving the General Plan, improving the R-1 building codes, stopping the first house slated for One Carter, passing the demolition ordinance and saving the Henry A. Darling house from demolition, its nothing short of remarkable. Let's allow them to work together and keep up the momentum. I would also rather have this council in place if the Monastery project ever rears its ugly head as it appears to be doing lately. Based on this track record, I will take my chances with the present group.

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    4. After the election is past a couple of the "preservationists" on the city council are going to change their minds and go for the money. Watch.

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    5. Yes 4:37. Thank you for bringing that up.

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    6. When in doubt, call the Arcadia Police Department.

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    7. Thanks 4:37 for thanking yourself at 7:57.

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  12. I am tired of being taxed! The UUT taxes and the franchises tax all need to go. These are tax upon tax on the same utilities. As an example read your trash bill 1) $246 dumpster bill plus franchise tax plus UUT tax. 2) we all got a choice, pay the taxes or Repeal All taxes which get on the ballot. The tax payers have been complaining over taxation with out in fracture repairs for years. City hall needs to listen and change their spending requirements and quit being mean spirited. Reduce salaries, health benefits, death benefits, and Repeal the 401 K,S and pensions. If you want a Pension go find one out side the city, county, state and federal government agencies. You can always get a real job and go to work for yourselves. It's a choice issue.

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  13. Oh my Gosh, now the developers $$$$ have a new target to aim for? Yep these money hungry land destroying Arcadia developers are in a tizzy over that latest developments. It's time to take a break and take stock in what's left.

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