Sunday, April 17, 2016

The Most Recent E-Mail Blast From Preserve Sierra Madre


(Mod: The following email blast went out from Preserve Sierra Madre recently. I thought I should post it here as well. As is usually the case in this town, there are a number of things that most everyone should be concerned about. Overdevelopment and mansionization always need to be at the top of that list. It's where the money is.)

Dear Supporters:

We first want to take a moment to congratulate Mayor Capoccia and Councilman Harabedian on their re-election to the City Council. They were integral members of a City Council that accomplished the following:

1. Passed the building and water meter moratoriums.
2. Approved the new General Plan
3. Improved the R-1 Zoning codes to limit mansionization
4. Passed a demolition ordinance protecting older homes
5. Denied the first house proposed for One Carter/Stonegate
6. Saved the "Henry A. Darling" house - a 1906 Craftsman - from demolition

These were huge steps that advanced the cause of preserving our "Village of the Foothills." We are hopeful they will continue those efforts in their new term.

(Mod: A big concern should be the temptation to monetize Sierra Madre's remaining few open spaces in order to pay down some of the immense debt the city is carrying right now. In particular that $9 million dollar shortfall in CalPERS exposure. The folks who want to develop the lands attached to the Mater Dolorosa Monastery have repeatedly brought up the potential windfall in development impact fees and property taxes the city would realize by allowing them to build a 45 unit mini-mansion redoubt there. Let's hope both Capoccia and Harabedian, along with the rest of the City Council, can continue to resist the temptation all of that money must be presenting to them. Especially the Two Johns since neither will have to face the voters again.) 

We also want to remind ourselves that we have to remain vigilant.  In our particular area, one of the adverse consequences of over-development is to exacerbate an existing drought. Despite the recent rains, the front page of the Pasadena Star News has an article explaining that the drought may actually get worse. The link to that article can be found at:

http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/environment-and-nature/20160414/goodbye-el-nino-hello-la-nina-the-diva-of-drought

Thank you for your support.

Steering Committee

Preserve Sierra Madre

(Mod: Here is a portion of that Star News article.)


(You can read the rest of this important article by clicking here.)

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28 comments:

  1. Rare video of El Niño found!
    http://youtu.be/IvmeUStFvz8

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    1. That is a big El Nino!

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    2. No new water meters until Nino/Nina and Capoccia are gone !

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    3. Once the dopey residents figure out that keeping the cops was a big lie designed to get yes votes for Measure UUT then we can start the recall for Capocchio.

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  2. does this mean the sheriffs will have to leave?

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  3. Did you see who the real crooks are?
    http://www.city-journal.org/html/pension-fund-ate-california-13528.html

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    1. City Journal is published by the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, which is funded by ultra-conservatives such as the John M. Olin Foundation, Bradley Foundation, Sarah Scaife Foundation, etc. No bias there.

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    2. Ultraconservative" this, "Ultraliberal" that. Don't you know how trite and useless you sound? One side is as awful as the other. If you can't discuss real ideas then please shut up.

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    3. Yes. Thank you.

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    4. Thank you 2:25 for confirming your opinion that ultra-conservatives like the Manhattan Institute are, using your word, "awful." And thank you for agreeing with 2:25's opinion 2:45!

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    5. I'm surprised that as a reader of this blog 2:25 doesn't understand the very rudimentary "follow the money" implications. Perhaps nearing the bottom of the first fifth of the afternoon is making him a bit grumpy.

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  4. That El Nino is very scary.

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  5. As soon as there is water the Monastery will be developed maybe sooner.I can only find solace in the fact that the priests who put this town through hell will surely burn in hell everlasting.

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    1. " Judge not, lest ye be judged"
      Matthew 7:1

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    2. Sounds judgemental.

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    3. Ok you're right lets allow the Catholic church to destroy our town,as they have so many others through the ages, would't wanna judge them with their own religion

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  6. How much money is needed to by the property?

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    1. Got an extra $10 million burning a hole in your pocket?

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    2. I'm actually surprised there's not a person who wants to buy it for their single super-fancy house. A piece of land that size is highly unusual. Especially with a monastery and federal land as two neighbors.

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    3. Actually they want a lot more than 10 Million

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    4. Maybe the Khardashians will buy it for their next castle. I am sure they would get strong support from at least one city councilmember.

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  7. Be extra alert when they feel the peoples backs are turned these scoundrels will returned to their old devious ways, democracy is not free so keep the doors open and those watch dogs hungry for the backsides of crooked politician's. Their small victory did come at a price for those crooked politicians, remind them often to keep them in place for working for the public at large and not to enlarge their own ego's and wallets or purses.

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  8. Very important Planning Commission agenda item this Thursday night. Positive Institutional Zone Code changes which complement and support the goals of the General Plan Update.
    The change to 17.38.010 makes the Code consistent with the General Plan and is a vital part of Preserving Sierra Madre and our open spaces in particular.
    Please write to the Planning Commissioners and urge them to approve these changes which they formulated and the staff recommends.

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  9. In other words - close any loophole that CC members may use to get development approved despite huge opposition from the citizens. Excellent

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  10. I've said it before: The city should buy the monastery, put in a dog track and card room, and for green space grow medical marijuana. Then say bye bye to the UUT!

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  11. This is where the current city manager and city council will get their revenge and overdevelop any piece of real estate with in Sierra Madre, California this is another reason why a complete wiping of the slate was needed in order to bring peace and harmony back to Sierra Madre.

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    1. It's business as usual again. And we all know how great that has been.

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