Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Preserve Sierra Madre: Major Battle in Glendora

(Mod: Some key information that was sent out yesterday by Preserve Sierra Madre.)  

​Dear Supporters: While our normal focus is on events in Sierra Madre, yesterday's Pasadena Star News had a front page article titled "Wild Dispute" by Courtney Tompkins regarding an attempt by developer Derek Ng to build 19 two-story luxury homes right on the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. The location is a 41-acre expanse of wilderness known as the "Gordon-Mull" property.


(Mod: The rest of this extensive Star News piece can be accessed here.)

Sierra Madre is not an island unto itself.  What happens in Glendora affects the entire southern portion of the San Gabriel Mountains and all the foothill communities. The developer is facing a number of very determined preservation groups who don't want to see that pristine land turned into another big housing project. Mr. Ng is quoted as saying, "we are businessmen."  Well, for a lot of people, preserving our foothills for future generations is more than just about "business".

Thank you for your continued support.

Steering Committee
Preserve Sierra Madre

sierramadretattler.blogspot.com

53 comments:

  1. Everyday ya read about another foreign national buying our companies and our land. Drive down the 210 freeway and look at the row upon row of houses. Our farms are being sold to the Russians. Our hotels to the Chinese. What do we own anymore? We've outsourced jobs, we manufacture very little. This has to stop. It's more than just business and money making, right? They call this "progress."

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    1. It does seem like a lot of the bad projects are coming from foreign-born investors who don't seem to care about preservation whatsoever. I really don't understand why they don't appreciate the wilderness and grandeur of nature. Its very sad.

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    2. Economic Imperialism. They're here to make money, no matter what the consequences.

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    3. Have you ever watched "Shark Tank"? Often times someone wants to produce their product in the United States. Made in America. The Sharks refuse to finance the deal if the product is not produced off shore. Many rich Americans, politicians, and Sierra Madreans are also into "make money...no matter what.

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    4. Foreign investors don't care about preservation. It's all about the money for most of them.

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    5. Just like the Japanese before that were buying up real estate before it imploded on them, the Chinese are doing the same thing. It will implode on them also because they are over-paying for real estate.

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    6. Yeah. Like when those foreign nationals bought Manhattan Island.

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    7. Stupid hippy.

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    8. Historically correct though! Our beautiful San Gabriel mountains "belonged" to a few other groups before us.

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  2. Hillside development is like crime. It occurs where the developer thinks he/she can get away with it easily.

    Thank you to Sierra Madre residents for making it harder for people like the Glendora project developer to do the same in our village.

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    1. Sierra Madre still has a way to go. You can bet that the people over at the Monastery haven't given up yet. Now that the election is over, you can be sure they are going to try to shove that lousy project down our throats. That's the last big piece of open space in Sierra Madre. There must be something better that can be done with that land than sticking 40 or 50 houses up there.

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    2. Someone from the monastery spoke at the Planning Commission meeting last week. They are getting ready.

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    3. That someone was Jerry Pearson, the faithful supporter of all things development at the monastery. He's very good at his job.

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    4. I'll bet he has Harabedian in his pocket.

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    5. Jerry stands to make a lot of money if they build. His company will do all the landscaping. That's why he is so motivated.

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    6. If any body noticed Harabedian said nothing about preservation in his candidate statement during the election.

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    7. I don't trust Arcadia resident Jerry Pearson at all. He's a charming liar.

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    8. I don't trust Harabedian either. After what he did with Felikian and Salisian, who knows what he has up his sleeve.

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    9. Where is Barry Gold when we need him. His mistake was not signing up in time to get on the ballot. We may all pay a price for that mistake.

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  3. Many cities are more than happy to take the money development brings with it. That way they can pay their employees 6 figure salaries and $20,000 health benefit packages.

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    1. Hell, Sierra Madre does that without development. That's what a 10% permanent UUT is for.

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    2. Trust me, it won't be enough.

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    3. In three "3" years there will be the option to repeal the UUT for good. The UUT is far from over.

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    4. It's two years. 2018

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    5. The UUT increase will never be enough. Trust me. It buys some time for a few years so that Delmar and a couple of others can get out of office safely until it blows up on us again. Then the pro-tax people will make the same argument that we have to pass this or that tax or the sky will come falling down. Meanwhile, the salaries and pension for our public "servants" goes up and up until the increase tax revenue meets the expanded spending and then we are right back where we started.

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  4. People need to take action before our mountains look like the mountains above Glendale. Email Preserve Sierra Madre at PreserveSierraMadreNow@gmail.com so you can be informed about what's going on before its too late. They seem to be the only ones trying to stop the bad projects before they start here in Sierra Madre.

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    1. No doubt Preserve Sierra Madre has done a lot of good but it's not over yet. The Monastery is going to try again and we better be prepared.

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    2. Developers are waiting in the wings for the water meter moratorium to be lifted. Then all development hell will break loose in Sierra Madre.

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  5. Cities will often overspend and mismanage things so badly that they are forced to make deals with developers that take away every last piece of open space. When public employee salaries and pension go through the roof, not only do we end losing services and benefits to residents because there is very little money left over for that, the cash-starved cities then get in bed with developers to keep the ponzi scheme running for a few more years. That's the problem when we keep paying higher and higher salaries and pension to our public servants and allow them to retire at the ridiculously low retirement age of 50.

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    1. If only Delmar and Arizmendi had stayed true to their beliefs...

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  6. The state of California, County of Los Angeles and local city governments need to all revaluate their laws and codes that govern hillside developments, a moratorium needs to be adopted for time to carry this out correctly. With out the lobbyists and developers money play and hand in allowing loop holes to be woven it to the process.
    Glendora, California has long been a champion of destroying it's hillsides and other natural resources to only plow them under and build hideous structures on them, all for political connections and profits for insiders in it's local government or supporters who put them in office and keep them in office since Glendora does not have term limits for it's elected official's a fiefdoms are established.

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  7. Thank Courtney Tompkins for championing the overly exploited and illegal activities of Glendora, California city hall an it's less then trustworthy officials along with it's city council member's also. City council meeting April 26, 2016, 7:00 PM Tuesday.
    http://ci.glendora.ca.us/residents/online-videos You can watch them live or rerun by using Silverlight program which you can down load on site.

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  8. Just think, all who voted foa 10 UUT got just what they wanted. Nothing... The pensions got another raise

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    1. well not me, i got another watering threat. they caught my naughty sprinklers going off- at 4AM

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    2. There's no rest for the wicked.

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  9. Are development impact fees a form of bribery?
    http://sierramadretattler.blogspot.com/2015/01/are-development-impact-fees-form-of.html

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    1. Let me think a minute:
      Yes

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    2. What did Sierra Madre ever do with the nearly $1 million in development impact fees the Kensington paid? Inquiring minds want to know.

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    3. The second someone on the city council opens their yap and starts talking about developers and how we have to give them what they want or we'll be sued, then you'll know they're going for the impact fee money.

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    4. 8:23 Better question is......"How much has the Kensington paid to the city through $1000 donations to the UUT and sponsoring events like 4th of July and Concerts in the Park?" All of that money funneled back to the city when the city charges Staff time for the event. I wonder what the Kensington will be expecting for the generous donations?

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    5. Sadly that big yes vote for measure uut is going to be interpreted by the city as an opportunity to grab even more money.

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  10. Million dollars sounds like a lot to we run-of-the-mill folk. To a city? It's peanuts.

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    1. With a approx. $9 million general fund budget it s a lot.

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  11. Just guessing but to pay themselves inflated salaries and pensions.
    Sierra Madre has the govt it richly deserves !

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  12. Here is the problem... I know that I do not want this issue in my backyard, let alone at my front door.
    It is call a housing shortage!
    The "Haves" do Not want any new building projects, nothing should be built. Nothing should change, want it to stay the same, and like it that way. There can be no added density in housing where housing exists and no new development in the open areas
    The Homeless, just want shelter and a hot meal to eat.
    It is the young families, new couples, the independent single living and the working poor that need the housing.
    It is the working poor. The ones working on the Haves houses and not being paid enough to afford the rent, even when driving over a 100 miles to get to work.
    It is very hard to preserve everything, change nothing!
    However, Do not fear. That is where local government takes charge. Tells us where the development can take place. The Government knows better then the people.
    Besides it take a lot of people and new development to pay for government pension and benefit obligations

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    1. 10:01 AM poster is a government employee who is dependent on that extra tax created by destroying the environment these people are not interested in being accountable for the tax dollars they waste so here were are again wasteful governments equal destructive government's and the employees who what every they want because they say 'we know better'. Better in their understanding means 'dollars in their pockets'. With that in mind please consider the source and block them out as if they never poster.

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    2. What a bunch of crap you post 10:01

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    3. It has to be a joke. 10:01 can't be serious.

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    4. Gee 10:52, do you have an in with Google to find out who is posting anonymously? Or are you a mind reader. Never mind, I don't agree with that poster either, but he/she has a right to say it on this blog.

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    5. It's just an extremist presentation....not to be taken seriously.

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  13. Big surprise a technical difficulty issue arose to prevent a live feed or streaming broadcast of tonight 04/26/2016 Glendora, California city council meeting, these types of problems jump up during dangerous public interest in unethical activities conducted by it's city manager and city council members.

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    1. Nothing to see here, move along

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  14. The so called technical difficulties was most likely a manufacture black out generated by D. Wayne Leech city attorney and Chris Jeffers city manager to slow down the information data stream you will find fiefdoms or dictatorships are above nothing to preserve their own backsides at the expense of others.

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