No important decisions will be made this evening, rather a few pleasant and congratulatory presentations will take place, and then a discussion about the important topic of water conservation will commence. Lucky you, right? Certainly nobody can ever have too many of those.
The good news here is Sierra Madre is actually hitting its state mandated water conservation numbers for the first half of March. After many long months of coming up way short in this regard, it does look like things are going much better now. So what is the reason for this dramatic turnaround? It is kind of a surprise, actually (link).
Let me ask you this. Is it now possible to say that Sierra Madre's past months of futility in regards to its failure to hit state mandated water use reduction numbers was due to water "distribution system leaks?" Kind of an odd thing since none of that was ever officially considered the cause in the past. We weren't even supposed to go there, or so I was told several times by someone in a position to know better.
As a matter of fact, weren't we also told by all the usual suspects that water main leaks could not be claimed as a cause for Sierra Madre's water reduction shortfalls because such things couldn't actually be measured? And therefore these shortfalls had to be considered the fault of water-wasting residents instead? As a kind of default position I guess. Somebody had to take that blame, and City Hall would never accept the honor.
Here is what Bruce "Master of Disaster" Inman told the Pasadena Star News last December 27th (link):
So now these things can be, to use the fat word, "quantified?" Does this mean that after a couple of years of being asked for this data, City Hall can finally cough those numbers up? Do the residents get an apology for being blamed for water conservation shortfalls when it reality it was those leaking pipes all along?
I know, asking for carefully reasoned and measured consistency where none can ever possibly exist is pretty much the definition of folly. But for sanity's sake at least you do need to say something.
Speaking of which, I won't be able to watch this evening's meeting because of my now robust work schedule. If anyone wants to send me some notes about the goings-on tonight, I'll use them for tomorrow. Otherwise I'll just find something else to write about.
A Recent Statement From Preserve Sierra Madre
(Mod: I kept meaning to post this. Sorry about the delay.)
There are three houses located at 86 E. Highland, 78 E. Highland and 70 E. Highland in Sierra Madre that are being sold together as a development opportunity to build 9 condominium units. According to the Realtor multiple listing service, the asking price is $3,300,000 and the property is currently in escrow. The combined square footage for all three lots is over 29,000 square foot and the property is in the R-3 Zoning. The current gross rent for all the homes is $7,600 per month.
The link to the property and pictures can be found at:
If you drive by the properties in question, you are likely to conclude that it would not be an improvement to the neighborhood to tear them down in favor of another big condominium development.
86 E. Highland and 70 E. Highland were built in 1931 and 1933 respectively. We presume they will be subject to the demolition ordinance that applies to homes that were built before 1940. While it doesn't prevent the demolition of these two homes, the applicant does have to show that the homes have no historical significance. 78 E. Highland was built in 1947 and so will not be subject to the demolition ordinance. Evidently there is also a fourth rental unit that must be located behind one of the other homes and we do not know when it was built.
We are also presuming that the water meter moratorium will prevent additional water meters from being added to the property although there has been some concern expressed to us about the possibility of "sub-metering" to allow the 9 units.
We don't know what the new Buyers' plans are for the property so any actions would be premature until the new Buyers submit a plan to the city. We are still hopeful that the new Buyers will consider leaving the property the way it is.
If you have any further information regarding this property, please email us. Thank you for your support.
Preserve Sierra Madre