Saturday, June 4, 2016

David Arvisu: The Latest from Saving Arcadia

 
Mod: The following updates come from Saving Arcadia team leader David Arvisu. David has been instrumental in many recent positive changes in Arcadia, including the exposing of the GemCoin criminals and the resignation of the sitting City Councilmember who enabled them.

The new code with an FAR became effective Friday, May 20th. There are problems lingering from residential development before the new code became effective.

Saving Arcadia has become aware of plans submitted for 920 S. Fifth, 1312 S. Fourth, 1510 S. Fourth Ave. and 1101 S. Fifth Ave. All proposals were for very large 2 story homes being inserted into blocks of predominantly single-story, ranch homes that have been primarily untouched.

With the help of Saving Arcadia the plans for 920 S. Fifth and 1312 S. Fourth were denied by City Staff. The developers may appeal these decisions to the Planning Commission. Saving Arcadia is waiting to hear.

The plans for 1510 S. Fourth is up for a decision next week.

The plan for 1101 S. Fifth was approved and the neighbors timely filed an appeal. This will now go before the Planning Commission.

Newly elected City Councilmember April Verlato was appointed by Mayor Tom Beck as liason to the Planning Commission. In her position, she can call up any decision by the Planning Commission to be heard before City Council.

Councilmember Verlato has already challenged the Planning Commission’s approval of a modification to a sideyard setback for a new home proposed for 901 Fallen Leaf Rd. The proposed home is 12,490 sf Spanish style two story house, attached 880 sf garage (3 car), 6,296 sf basement, 480 sf poolhouse on a 38,325 sf lot to replace/demo a 7,114 sf single story ranch style house.

The new residence would have 8 bedrooms, 6 full bathrooms, 5 half bathrooms, a media room with bar and a wine cellar, a gun room, a gym and yoga room, 3 mudrooms, 2 offices, 2 laundry rooms, a music room and a playroom.

This will be heard by City Council on Tuesday, June 21.

If you or anyone you know receives notice of a new proposed home that will be out of character with the rest of the neighborhood, please contact David at savingarcadiateam@gmail.com.

Saving Arcadia is also trying to raise money for their efforts to assist neighborhoods trying to fight back against mansionization in Arcadia. For a donation of $20 or more, you will receive a Saving Arcadia yard sign. Signs can be placed in your yard year round. This is a great way to let developers know that your neighborhood is opposed to mansionization.

Contact Roger Nemrava at jetset5@sbcglobal.net.

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30 comments:

  1. Remember EVIL never sleeps, evil: developers, real estate agents, ladder climbing political insiders of city hall and city council members who are on the take from EVIL.

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  2. Excellent work, Saving Arcadia!

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  3. If you look at what Saving Arcadia has accomplished in the last couple of years, it really is amazing.

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  4. Well, the buyers must be in place already for this very specifically appointed American manor but they are about to make a big mistake. Their designer left out the kennels for the hunting hounds and the stables for the ponies needed for the hunt. Sorry, folks, wrong country.

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    1. Unleash the hounds!

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    2. Includes a gun room???

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    3. I just don't get why the people who build these things missed the fact that they are supposed to put them on grand pieces of land, lots of land.

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    4. They look on their neighbors as villagers.

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  5. God bless April

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  6. Holy Cow, those homes sound like they could process an army of people through them everyday. How big was the kitchen? Is royalty moving into our neighborhoods? I see why people are concerned. Not to mention what group is moving in next door to you?

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    1. It's a multi-generational approach to living. There's room for up to 4 generations. With all that room, they never have to see each other.

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    2. Cool. Hostlity hospitality.

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  7. Would be interesting to see how many GROUP HOMES Arcadia and Sierra Madre has. We know Altadena and San Marino have a few.

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    1. That is information that is not available to the people who live by those homes.

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    2. Some of the group homes are listed here
      http://www.grouphomesonline.com/city/ca-arcadia

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    3. 10:42, those are big places, including large medical facilities like hospitals.
      A list of the 6 bed homes that sneak into single family neighborhoods is a little harder to come by.

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    4. 10:58
      There are plenty of single families living nearby these "big places".

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    5. Facility search at the state's CDSS website is here.

      https://secure.dss.ca.gov/CareFacilitySearch/home/selecttype/

      But then you will also see this:

      Why can’t I find the addresses for the following 24 Hour Residential Care Facilities for Children such as Group Homes, Out-of-State Group Homes and Community Treatment Facilities?

      The addresses were removed from this website in an effort to protect the safety and wellbeing of clients served by these facilities. Information regarding facilities posted on the website can be obtained by contacting the local State Licensing Office. To view a list of licensing offices by clicking on the following link: http://ccld.ca.gov/contact.htm

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  8. Excellent news. Now Saving Arcadia is really making a difference. Good for them!

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  9. David is a true Gem. Pun intended.

    What his group has done for Arcadia greatly benefits all of us in Sierra Madre.

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  10. That's not a house, it's a hotel in the wrong housing home.

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    1. How many bathrooms? Double digits?

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  11. Back in the day, a three bedroom house would have one full bath (now smuggly called a four piece even if the shower was on the wall with the tub and not separately enclosed) and a three quarter bath (shower stall/no tub) and that would be off the parent's room (not called a Master Bedroom, heavens no--we had parents not masters).

    And that dinkly little "home" would be on a reasonable sized lot where kids could play. But I am dating myself. Alas!

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  12. The problem is not the size of the house but the size of the lot. What's left if a 13,000 sf home is built on a 38,000 sf lot? That size mansion is meant to be on an expanse of land. That's what makes it grand. You might as well buy a town home if you mean to cover an entire lot with house.

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    1. You hit the nail squarely on the head. People are entitled to put any kind of room they want inside their home. The problem is when the mass and scale (SIZE) inside causes the outside to be out of harmony with the lot. The total size inside blows the walls out causing the project to look like an elephant in a field of mice. If this is the house people really desire then buy a lot that is appropriate to the scale of the project.

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  13. Every street in Arcadia needs to put up Saving Arcadia yard signs. Email Roger today for a yard sign.

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  14. Nice Job David & Saving Arcadia!

    Where can you get the details of the new FAR ?
    If we already have a FAR to control the house size, why do we need to individually battle each new development?

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    1. Except for the Highlands and the Village, the FAR adopted for all the rest of Arcadia by the City Council are ridiculous. Nothing was solved regarding mansions.In some areas what is legally allowed under the newly adopted code is larger than ever. Watch out if you live in the College area, the Lower Rancho, the Oaks, the Gardens, and many areas in the south. Your government is not your friend.

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    2. So are the FAR limits for each area set in stone for now or is there any chance of making amends ?

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    3. Send emails to the City Council, the city manager, and the Planning Dpartment stating that in 90% of the single family areas the new zoning codes DO NOT reduce the mansions. The codes will NOT work as intended. We have a different council now and we need to see if they really meant it when they were against mansions as part of their platforms. On June 21st they are considering the approval of a MANSION on Fallen Leaf. It will be a litmus test. This project is overly HUGE for the lot and area but it required approval of side yard modifications. Modifications are not to be given so that a project can be made larger.

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