Saturday, February 4, 2017

Did the City Manager Get the Mira Monte Mess Correct?

Bad Billy.
Mod: The Henry A. Darling house debacle continues to play a large role here. In the latest edition of the City Manager's report (link), the following analysis is provided for us. The matter has now been pushed to a March Planning Commission meeting at the request of William Kefalas's lawyer, something the City Manager might not have known about at the time her version of these events was written. This news was announced at Thursday evening's meeting, but perhaps it was late breaking information that had only just been revealed. So anyway, all of that having been said, in your opinion is the following official account factually correct?

PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING
The next Planning Commission meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 7:00 pm. The Planning Commission (Commission) will consider approving Discretionary Demolition Permit 16-01 and/or a Certificate of Appropriateness 17-01 for 126 East Mira Monte Avenue. The Commission will apply the Secretary of the Interior’s standards in their evaluation of the project.

Background: At the November 3, 2016 meeting, the Commission reviewed Discretionary Demolition Permit 16-01. The Commission continued the public hearing to December first, directing staff to provide a building observation report of the as-built conditions of the remaining structure, and requested that the applicant obtain a historical resources evaluation of the property prepared by a qualified architectural historian.

At the December 1, 2016 meeting, the Commission reviewed the Construction Observation Report prepared by the City Building Official. The purpose of the report was to determine the structural integrity of the roof, foundation, and exterior framing of the primary structure and detached garage. The determination of the report indicates that a full demolition of the structure is not warranted and that reconstruction of the building is possible.

The Commission also reviewed the findings provided in the Historical Resources Evaluation report, prepared by Charles Fisher, Architectural Historian, whom identifies the structure as an early example of a pre- Craftsman Arts and Crafts residence. The report further states that the property prior to demolition was eligible for designation as a local historic landmark.

Based on this determination, the Commission requested the property owner to submit an application for a certificate of appropriateness for the Commission’s consideration. A certificate of appropriateness is an authorization awarded by the Planning Commission allowing alteration, demolition, or new construction to a historic site or structure to ensure that potential changes to the structure are consistent with the property’s character and/or setting.

The Commission continued the public hearing from December 1, 2016 to January 19, 2017. At the request of the applicant, the January 19, 2017 meeting was continued to February 16, 2017 to allow additional time for the applicant to prepare the submittal requirements for the certificate of appropriateness.

Mod: I guess one thing that I found to be missing from this account is any mention of Kefalas having already demo'd the H.A. Darling house prior to receiving a permit or authorization from the city to do so. Appropriateness or not. An important item that I think bears mentioning, but somehow has been skipped over here.

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68 comments:

  1. Pre Bear poo notice, the Kefalas' did have permission for the demo. The demo/construction crew just took the tear down of the roofing materials over the allowance stated on the permit.
    The "pause and check", for simplification and lacking on my part to type the correct legal verbiage, identified that the crew had been over zealous in a percentage of removal.
    When brought to the attention of...all. The fireworks of language began. Which places this item of "allowances", for the rebuild to begin again, after going through the next process of having everything in place. Legally.
    No one has ever accused Sierra Madre of being dull or not having its share of colorful characters and happenings, this Mira Monte re-do fills that slot.
    There is a first for everything. On the positive; the city has permit 16-01, firmly in place written in clear and legally concise language.

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  2. Why would anyone in their right mind strip a house down to its studs ? With the building codes requiring much more structural support compared to when it was originally constructed, the cost to bring the structure up to code will be more than just demolition and a new rebuild. I understand the desire to preserve the original design, but why strip it down to the studs? Think of all the new utilities, waste, drain, water supplies, electrical, what a nightmare to bring all of them up to modern code with the basement and studs remaining. Love to hear the reason why.

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    1. He wanted the land.

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    2. I don't think it is entirely unreasonable to have the electrical and utilities brought up to modern code at the time of renovation.
      Maybe you do not want to have the lead pipe poisoning your kids or redo electrical wires after you are finished with the renovation. Or worse yet, risk a fire and have the building burn down.
      The fact that you feel this is too much of a burden does not mean that everyone thinks the same way.

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  3. What brand of cigarettes does Mr. Kefalas smoke? I am pretty sure if he supplies the brownies at the next meeting, their will be a constructive outcome for all
    Both city and property owner.
    In my opinion, the legal hire on the part of the homeowner is like "throwing the child out with the bathwater".

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    1. K-Joy hired the same law firm as CETT.

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    2. He should be able to get some pretty good brownies from our new City Manager.

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    3. Colorado marijuana sales: $1 billion in first 10 months of 2016
      http://www.thecannabist.co/2016/12/12/colorado-marijuana-sales-1-billion-first-10-months-2016/69189/

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    4. The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow for Sierra Madre.

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    5. "pot" of gold

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  4. That's because he did have a permit to "demo". the problem has nothing to do with taking the structure to the studs. The city is arguing that they only gave permission to remove some of the roof rafters not all of them. You keep saying that he didn't have permits, this is not true. Stop saying it. Don't take my word for it, go to the city building department and ask to see the building permit and plans.

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    1. True he has permits to preform the work that was granted in the CUP. The roof demo was never listed as part of the CUP. The removal of the roof was illegal, requiring him to seek a demo permit. During this process the report he obtained and provided the city deemed it historical. Since it is historical, the guidelines of the Sec of the Interior must be followed. The ball is in his court. If the guidelines are followed and he accepts all of them, he will be permitted to proceed. The applicant is causing these delays, not the city or the Planning Commission.

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    2. Wrong again. The roof demo was a condition brought forth in plan check by the city, and signed by planning. Nice try though.

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    3. Sorry you are wrong. The mini demo was not for the entire roof. Just an area by the dormers. Sounds like you have been listening to Kafalas. Watch the tapes and read the reports. The only body that can ok a demo permit is the Planning Commission. No demo permit was ever issued for the roof. SORRY Mr Only Place.

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  5. OK I'll start. Trump is an idiot,and a dangerous one at that.

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    1. Donald Trump hair loss medication causes sexual dysfunction and mental confusion
      http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/trump-takes-hair-loss-medication-associated-sexual-dysfunction-mental-confusion-1604783

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    2. Someone needs to ask Melania if this is correct.

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  6. I've never seen a city notice hung up with duct tape before. Is there an ordinance for that?

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  7. Duct tape is one if the greatest inventions ever, somethings are just magical and don't require ordinances.

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    1. The city gets a tax deduction for using it.

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  8. President Donald is a leader, give him a chance!

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    1. Nah. If he wants my respect he'll have to earn it. Being new to the office isn't enough.

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    2. Yeah, follow him down the cliff.

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  9. Kinda like when you remake vintage clothing 7:20am., you still have to strip down to your "bear"essentials before trying on the updated version.

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    1. Not sure being reduced to a skeleton is going to impress the fashionistas.

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    2. did you really mean 'bear'?
      tump guy

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    3. It depends on how much body hair you have. I guess.

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  10. The new President is an experienced deal maker, he'll earn "your" respect, just as soon as "you" wake up from La-La land and quit your performance of tantrums in all forms.

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    1. He flew to Moscow the year he lost a billion dollars and sold his soul for a bailout. Deal maker my foot.

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    2. I think the president also had a small hand in that.

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    3. I've heard he has small hands.

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    4. You know what small hands mean, right? Small gloves.

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  11. I don't watch the oscar's. Don't they throw enormous after parties with food and beverages for the obsessively thin?

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    1. Attention spell checker, do "bares" poo in the woods? or basements?

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    2. It bears repeating.

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    3. Fire destroys local piano shop. No matter how you spinet, it's not grand. It's an upright disaster
      http://www.wcax.com/story/34418724/fire-destroys-local-piano-shop?

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  12. 8.53 he does not need your respective anddorsnt need your boy. Are you an illegal resident? Then Show us your green card!

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    1. 9:35 the Kook - I was born here. As an American I am free to hold any opinion I wish. I am not beholden to you or your crazy president. Welcome to real freedom. Obviously you hate it.

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  13. 9:45am. Obviously woke up on the wrong side of entitlements.

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    1. I think you might be happier in Moscow. I know a good percentage of Trump's cabinet had a good time there.

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    2. Freedom is an entitlement? I thought it was every American's inalienable right.

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  14. One day a truly patriotic accountant or IRS employee, or maybe Anonymous, will release his tax returns and other financial info and we'll see just how deeply involved he has been with his Russian oligarch friends. Anyone who does not question his Russian ties in not a patriot.

    Supporters of Mad King Trump are the same type of people who, had they been alive 240 years ago would have been Tories in league with Mad King George. What is in their psychology that draws them to and aligns them with madness?

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  15. How hard is to make deals when you inherit tens or maybe hundreds of millions. I read somewhere that he would be worth more than he says he is if he had just put his inheritance in a mutual fund. Yeah, what a dealmaker.

    As to tantrums, President Snowflake lives from tantrum to tantrum over the smallest slights, real or imaginary. Small handed and small minded like his supporters.

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    1. EXCLUSIVE: Interview with a Bowling Green Massacre Survivor
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ue6bLmObtgU

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  16. And I thought the Constitution protected AMERICAN citizens...

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    1. Protects Americans from free speech and the right to live as they wish? No, it doesn't. It does protect peoples' rights to enjoy such things. What it doesn't do is enable your hatred for those rights. No matter how many scary bogeymen you and the Trump clown show invents.

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    2. I think 10:26 just blinked twice.

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    3. Actually, the Constitution was written to protect American Immigrants from American Natives.

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    4. Trump is most corrupt president ever next to Nixon/grant. For the suckers who voted for him- he dealt you cards from the bottom of the deck

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  17. Trump goon kellyanne conway finally backpedalling for lying about fake massacre. Likes most alt-right trolls- blames those who caught her lying

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    1. Kellyanne is just like our Trump guy. Says all kinds of ridiculous things, and then gets mad when people laugh.

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  18. The Tories did not want change, rhey liked keeping everything the same (Obama/Hillary), the country voted FOR change, President Trump.
    You need to go back to a junior collage and take a history class.

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    1. No, the country voted for Hillary, but was defeated by a gerrymandered electoral college. By the way, you spelled college wrong, you alt-educated idiot.

      Meanwhile, trump goon Kellyanne Conway backpedaling from being caught lying about a made-up massacre.

      Trump troll loses again

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    2. Actually, the Tories and Mad King George wanted to keep everything for themselves and extract as much wealth as they could. Sounds just like President Snowflake and his cronies.

      For a snapshot of who voted for the Whiner in Chief, you need only compare a red state map with an average IQ map. The redder the lower; the lower the redder.

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  19. 10:34am...again with the double negatives.
    Hatred against rights of individuals in this country that have American citizenship. Ah, no. This is America. Not sure what country your from. In this country the U.S.Constitution is a pretty good set of rules and laws "we" the people follow.

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    1. Everyone in on American soil should have the same fundamental rights. Even those illegally held in Guantanamo.

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  20. Not a friend of the libraryFebruary 4, 2017 at 2:38 PM

    Just went to the book sale at the library. The workers spent more time trying to run people out then selling their wares. Kinda sad, but maybe they should get some new workers, expand the hours, or just cancel the book sales if they don't want to give people time to peruse the books.

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    1. Just change the bylaws and get rid of the library. There's another one just a mile away.

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  21. 4:03pm. You should call the White House request phone line and tell them the illegally held in Guantanamo can move into your household. Obama's administration was seeking sponsors and may even pay you. Ask to be placed on that waiting list.

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    1. Sure, I'll take them in. They can stay in my granny flat.

      Because I'm not a moral coward like you.

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    2. 1. The White House comment line ceased working in Monday. “We’re still learning how to work our computers,” press assistant Giovanna Coia said by phone.

      2. Why would they want to stay in Sierra Madre? They are not refugees. Let them go home to their families.

      3. You got too much hate.

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  22. Why would the library want to hang onto those books? Did the city publish the wrong date for the book sale? Could be the workers were organizing this weekend.

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  23. Some man or woman serving in the Armed Forces gave their ultimate sacrifice inorder for you to have your freedom to say and do stupid things.

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    1. Right. Like vote for the Tangerine Tyrant.

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    2. If your referring to the revolutionary war that won us independence then that was my own family members because we settled in New England in the 1650s. My personal freedom hasn't truly been threatened from a military standpoint since the 18th century.

      However, the real freedoms my fellow citizens have gained have come from patriotic progressive reforms common citizens, suffragettes, and the occasional good executive order like the emancipation proclamation.

      The soldiers and sailor play their part but our freedoms come from the rule of law and the continual improvements to our society by our citizenry.

      Except for the occasional property developer.

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  24. new City Manager says all our city economic woes can be fixed with a couple of dispensaries

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    1. I just patented the name of the first marijuana product to come from this town. Sierra Mellow. It will help people here feel good about our $60 million in debt.

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