Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Update from Saving Arcadia

Dear Friends and Supporters of Saving Arcadia:

This is an update of what has been happening in Arcadia.

The ballot initiative that Saving Arcadia proposed did not get enough valid signatures to qualify for the November ballot.

Despite collecting over 3,500 signatures, some of the signatures were invalidated by the County Recorders Office and others were disqualified by the Arcadia City Clerk. Most of the signatures that were disqualified did not match the “Signature Card” on file with the County Recorders Office.

We considered legal action against the city to recover some of the signatures that were disqualified. After a thorough analysis, it became clear that our odds of success in court would be very slim.

But all of our hard work collecting signatures was not in vain.

Your signatures were instrumental in getting the city to adopt new building codes for the HOA's that are more restrictive than the previous codes. For the first time, the use of the FAR (floor area ratio) was defined and put in the code, as other adjacent cities have been doing to control home sizes.

Also, due to the heightened awareness of the mansionization problem in the city, residents came out in large numbers to elect April Verlato and Peter Amundson to the City Council. April and Peter support our goals of keeping Arcadia a "Community of Homes"--not a city of mansions.

In other news, on July 19th the City Council denied an appeal by the residents of S. 5th Avenue regarding plans for a 3,588 sq. ft. two-story home located at 1101 S. 5th Avenue. Despite the signatures of over 23 residents and direct opposition from neighbors on both sides, behind and across the street from the project, the City Council voted 3 to 2 to approve the project.

Most surprising (and disappointing) was the vote by our Mayor, Tom Beck. Despite his repeated assurances that he is in favor of curbing oversized construction, he voted in favor of approving the project. In response, the neighbors filed a lawsuit against the City of Arcadia on August 23rd in Los Angeles Superior Court.

You can call Tom Beck and ask him why he voted this way at (626) 355-3300.

In better news, on July 26 the Planning Commission denied the appeals of two builders to construct oversized homes in South Arcadia. One project is located at 920 S. 5th Avenue. The second project is located at 1510 S. 4th Avenue. We are pleased that the Planning Staff adhered to the Design Review Guidelines and denied the appeals. We can expect at least one appeal from Phillip Chan in regard to 920 S. 5th Avenue. That appeal will be reviewed by City Council in a few weeks.

On August 9th the Planning Commission heard an appeal from a builder regarding 1817 Mayflower Avenue. The planning staff recommended denial of the appeal and the Planning Commission agreed.

At that same meeting the Planning Commission approved construction at 2119 Holly Avenue. It will be a 4,691 sq. ft. prairie-style, two-story residence with an attached 333 sq. ft. one-car garage, a 427 square-foot detached two-car garage and a 692 square-foot basement. The development requires a proposed zoning modification for a 25’-½” front setback in lieu of the required 41’ setback. The FAR on this property will be 49.3% and that doesn’t include the basement. Council member, April Verlato, questioned the decision. It will be reviewed by City Council.

Lastly, the residents near 405 Hillcrest Boulevard agreed to file an appeal with the Planning Commission regarding proposed construction on their street. The proposed development would be the largest house on the block--on the smallest lot. That hearing will be in September.

You can stay up-to-date with what builders are proposing in Arcadia by visiting the city's website and looking at the notifications page. I've included the link below:

https://www.arcadiaca.gov/government/city-departments/development-services/planning/notices-and-decisions-2

Your signatures to support the ballot initiative have shown the city council that the residents of this city need to be listened to. Saving Arcadia will continue to keep you informed and ask for your help.

Sincerely,

David Arvizu
President, Saving Arcadia

sierramadretattler.blogspot.com

46 comments:

  1. Thank you for the article addressing the impropriety of the Mansions vs. Homes.
    Bloomberg News reports a slowing down within the home building industry.
    Purchases of new Homes usually follows; although the dollar is trading less than the yen.
    Perhaps the purchase of Mansions or over built homes for the purpose of parking investments, will not be as appealing.
    Wonderful that new Council members with strong convictions to follow the Ordinances on the books; along with implementation of new F.A.R. Ordinance have neen secured in place
    Hope the residents will remain vigilant and stay on top of their City Council.
    The residents of Sierra Madre let down their guard by the belief of their City Council following along with the ordinaces. An example would be :: building only what is compadable with the surrounding neighborhood. I would place the blame with the City Manager for non management. As a Manager she should be at the very least familar with the building dept.

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    1. The illegal two story house that was built without permits on E Highland will be heard by our Planning Commission Thursday night at 7 pm. Group housing is also on the agenda.

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    2. The group housing regulations will be a good thing, but unfortunately will do nothing for the homes of 6 beds or less.

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  2. Trump campaign manager: If women were stronger, rape wouldn't exist

    This time, it's Trump's newest campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway. She was taking part in a round-table discussion on PBS' "To The Contrary" in 2013 when she said this about rape:

    "If we were physiologically — not mentally, emotionally, professionally equal to men. If we were physiologically as strong as men, rape would not exist. You would be able to defend yourself," Conway said.

    What makes the clip even stranger is that Conway made the remarks unprompted. The panel was discussing women in the military and how much physical strength female soldiers should have compared to their male counterparts. The point about rape seemingly came out of left field.

    The statement seems to ignore that some female sexual assault survivors are drugged or otherwise incapacitated. It also fails to take into account that 9 percent of rape or sexual assault survivors are male, according to a U.S. Department of Justice-sponsored study.

    http://m.ajc.com/news/news/national/trump-campaign-manager-if-women-were-stronger-rape/nsPRw/

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    1. She's a perfect fit for Trump.

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    2. He sure does pick some winners.

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    3. Campaign mngr being idiotic, getting punked by the prez of Mexico. Just another day for Darn Old Trump.

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  3. The goal of Arcadia city hall was to invalidate as many signatures as possible no matter what the trumped up reason was, signatures are not 100% duplicated each and every time just ask the F.B.I. the records are not 100% accurate at the country registry office either as being a registered voter. A probe into these irregularities should be pursued.

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  4. Who got to Tom Beck?

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    1. Maybe he thought this one was meeting the standards?

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    2. Sure hope all the saving Arcadia folks pick up the phone & ask him.

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  5. Donald Trump along with Hillary Clinton; were both invited to meet with Mexico's President today.
    Hillary was too tired and could care less about the invitation; she is relentlessly practicing for the up coming debate with Donald.
    Mean while; Donald will meet with Mexico's President today and then fly back to the U.S. and give a speech outlining on his platform on immigration.
    Hillary 268 days without meeting with the press.
    Trump the unconventional candidate vs. A lifetime politician with what accomplishments?

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    1. Why get in the way when your opponent is an obvious jackass and is certain to do something really stupid. Dump is right in the middle of an historic flip flop on immigration. Better to just pop the popcorn and watch the comedy with the rest of the world.

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    2. Maybe Trump and the Prez will be exchanging plagiarism tips?

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    3. I think the president of Mexico has laid a trap for the Orange Rube. There is talk of massive demonstrations in Mexico City today. Our boy is being punked.

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    4. The president of Mexico can't vote in this election. Why waste time on him when she already has good relations there.

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    5. Maybe the wildly unpopular President of Mexico is trying to improve his dismal ratings, and he'll publicly rebuke Trump?

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    6. Well, all you pundits are wrong that Trump was laid a trap by the President of Mexico. It actually turned out a win for him with the Mexican President saying....

      'But I am certain that his genuine interest is in building a relationship that will provide our mutual societies improved well-being.'

      Trump couldn't have asked for anything better from a man who compared him to Hitler just a few months ago. Advantage Trump!

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    7. 5:06, the man is despised in his own country.
      Actually, each of the men are despised in their own countries.

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  6. Good for you, Arcadia. Don't be discouraged by the losses - it's part of the change you'll have in taking back your town. It's a fight, house by house, lot by lot.

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    1. that sounds rather militant

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    2. Developers are waging war on your neighborhood.

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    3. 10:35 - I am militant about bad development as well. Go play in traffic.

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  7. Mayor Tom Beck when running for election to the Arcadia City Council, gave assurance to the voters! Sounds similar to some on the City of Sierra Madre Council.
    One has to ask themselves what are the real reasons of these individuals running for an office, and then not honoring what they portrayed themselves as supporting.

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    1. Very true. Someone always flips.

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    2. Must be a coincidence.

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    3. Beck randomly takes the opposite view (with no logical reasons) to give the impression that he is fair and balanced. Many times he talks out of both sides of his mouth and creates the impression that he is neutral. Typical politician.

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  8. Same holds true for those caught in a lie. Did they just say what they knew voters want to hear.

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  9. Hillary says she turned over 30,000 "all work related" e-mails; but her e- mails keep on coming... wonder what she bleached bit out??? There is no defense of this; she made a personal choice to put a (supose to be secure) server in her home.

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  10. Maybe Trump and President Nineto will exchange views on future trade deals. A good move for both men on securing financial growth for their countries that share one boarder.

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    1. Or maybe they'll end up calling each other liars.

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    2. Don't want to have too many boarders...

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  11. March right up to the podium at the next City Council meeting and state that you understand the push back that you face to get this on to the ballot and that you will do it again. Next time with an overwhelming number of spporters that the city council majorty will not be able to twart for their personal and nafarious reasons. More time to get to the bottom of the building industry corruption in Arcadia. Two women did that in Sierra Madre a few years ago and the City Council instead turned around and adopted what the women had set out to do. Never give up!

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  12. Good meeting with the President of Mexico; both men shared many National views.

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    1. Ummm. When the President of Mexico asked Trump to apologize to the Mexican people for his racism, it was not pretty. Trump got sucked into a trap. His arrogance and naivety has turned him into an international laughing stock.

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  13. The Financial Markets are beginning to show a real slow down in growth.
    With the American deficit at an all time high, it looks as if the U.S. heading into a recession.

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    1. Hardly true, though I am certain it would make you happy.

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    2. gotta pay for iraq, afghanistan and the TSA somehow
      thanks Bush

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  14. Glad you got off your anti-trump tirade.

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  15. Most Excellent Speech from Donald. Sounds very Presidential.
    "We must put the American people first"
    Mexico is just as interested in protecting their boarders as is the United States.
    Donald laid out 10 points/waiting for Hillary's outline.
    With what Donald Trump laid out for his immigration plan; the monetary savings would be as such to assist all homeless get off the streets and into housing.

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    1. And the fact that President Nieto says Trump is lying? Was that excellent too?

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  16. Those chanting Trump fools in Phoenix sounded like a Nazi party rally.

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  17. Thats right, there is an onslaught war on Arcadia and the developers are winning. A new home in south Arcadia below Huntington in a non HOA area on a 10,000 sq ft lot can be 4500 square foot max, yet the same 10,000 sq ft lot in Santa Anita Village or Highland Oaks HOA could have only a 3500 sq ft home. How can the city have passed this redicilous code?? Stand up people and go to council meetings and demand this be changed.

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  18. Regarding the latest neighbor lawsuit against the city of Arcadia, does anyone know ballpark costs to hire an attorney for this type of lawsuit. I have several neighbors with check books in hand considering the same route for a possible mansion be proposed near us. The Save Arcadia lawsuit taught us all that lawsuits are a great way to go. Perfect proof is the new one story home going in at 1600 Highland Oaks, right next to Mrs Verlato's lovely home. Just keep fighting people, there's still many ranch homes to save.

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  19. AMEN. FIGHT ON FOR ARCADIA

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