Saturday, April 29, 2017

Henry A Darling House Update: Rewriting History?

The confusion rolls on as William Kefalas's convoluted strategies to get his project back on track continue to change. After repeated requests for Planning Commission meeting continuances dating back to late last fall, the applicant quite suddenly withdrew his request for a Discretionary Demolition Permit altogether. Surprising many and raising much concern. That has now apparently been walked back a bit. However, his new DDP date with the Planning Commission, where it must be assumed this request will finally get made, is now being moved yet another 60 days. Or so the applicant is demanding. At least at this moment.

Is all that clear? Please stay tuned for any possible further developments.

You might get the feeling that Mr. Kefalas and his attorneys are having trouble coming up with an acceptable strategy. Or at least one that they feel will work since they have had so very many of them. But there is something new afoot. You could call it an attempt to rewrite history. Here is how it is all explained in the latest Planning & Community Preservation staff report (link).


The key phrase here is "a 60-day extension to allow time to prepare a new historic resources report for the property." As you may recall, the previous report, as prepared by historian Charles J. Fisher, concluded that the Henry A. Darling house does (or at least did) have some important historic significance. Meaning that razing the place was probably not the most legal or ethically informed thing Kefalas could have done. It is also how the place got red-tagged by the city.

So I guess the strategy now is to concoct a new historic resources report, one concluding that the Henry A. Darling house never had any historic significance whatsoever.

If you wish to read portions of the Charles J. Fisher report establishing the historical significance of this house you can do so by clicking here and scrolling down.

More news as it comes our way.

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67 comments:

  1. I wouldn't be surprised if the whole place blew down last night, trees and branches strewn everywhere.

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  2. So is the Planning Commission going to have to decide which history is correct?

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    1. Probably a court of law will the way this seems to be going

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    2. I think he's just setting up a lawsuit.

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    3. Probably. 10:21. He's just another wannabe-big developer who loves Sierra Madre so much, that he wants the city to pay him for his affection.

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    4. Willian Kefalas is from a great honest and hard working family who are born and raised in Sierra Madre. They've all have served the community through volunteering for this and surrounding communities and churches. His grandfather, God rest his soul in eternal peace, has founded Lifewater International to provide water to poor people worldwide. What have you all done to your community other than destroying the faith in this town and disparaging this town apart. Bunch of losers and no lifers. Go get a life. Sanitize your filthy mouth before mentioning the Kefalas' name.

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  3. 7:37am. That answer would be yes.

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  4. Damn. Anyone know who Kefalas will be hiring to do his historical rewrite? The last one he paid for didn't come up with a conclusion that he liked.

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    1. Fisher was the last person Kafalas asked to write the report. The ones tat he asked before Fisher were not hired. He must use someone that is on the city approved list. Wonder why Kafalas didn't hire one of his first choices????? Personally, the first report is good enough for me.

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    2. He could hire them all, and then pick the result he likes best.

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    3. Why hire from an approved list by the city to serve only the interest of the city? Those appraisers are far from being honest and true. Just like bank appraisers, they're just here to politicize the truth to the interests of the few in the city who promote them, and in the process promote their own interests at the stakes of the innocent, naive, and often confused Sierra Madrean. What a mayhem!

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  5. Which expense will be more costly?
    Building that section of the roof, with reinforced building materials or paying for another historical evaluation?
    If paying for another historical eval, Attorneys fees, stopped construction time, then this approach would be worthwhile.

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  6. It had some aesthetic merit but was poor maintained and reallychad no significant history. New 'owner' still a douche though.

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    1. Fisher would disagree. The historical significance is architectural.

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    2. what exactly makes him a "douche"

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    3. You can't figure that out? Seriously?

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    4. He has no respect for Sierra Madre.

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    5. Kefalas is an honorable man. Henry Darling and the previous owners who developped this house right and left, did so with no permit and no due considerations to any building code whatsoever. Darling was none but a notorious archaic developper and a bootlegger.I had interest and inspected this house when it was up for sale, and I went out running after I've seen the state of dispair that was left in. It is truly heroic of the Kefalas to undertake such a project restoration and rehab. I reviewed the CUP and the approved plans, and anyone who can read English or interpret architectural plans would tell you that the ontegrity and original architectural features of the house has been preserved. Everything else that was removed was required by the UBC Code and zoning requirements. Kusos to the Kevalas for having the courage and perseverance to restore and preserve this house, and shame on the few in this town who are making a mascarade out of this town.

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  7. 9:46am. Iam sure he has plenty of "respect" for Sierra Madre, what ever that means.
    No one wants to have mass confusion and loud obnoxious accusations leveled towards them, at an open public meeting.

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    1. It was well deserved. People have a right to show their outrage when someone behaves as badly as this person has.

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    2. 10:20, I can only think that you didn't see this applicant speak. He was hostile and presumptive from the beginning.

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    3. Kefalas's attorney has also been shown disrespect in Council Chambers. Also well deserved.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOzidZowZqc

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    4. Destroying the Darling home was an act of arrogance. We saw that same arrogance acted out in council chambers.

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    5. He certainly did not win any friends on the planning commission.

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  8. What an awful mess Kefalas has made. And for what?
    Why did he ever buy that house in the first place. He must have gotten one of those 'distressed real estate' deals.
    I think he's stringing this out so that the only real punishment the commission can give him, a two year pause, is meaningless.

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    1. Know your Tattler history- another douche owned it before him and also attempted to tear it down.

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    2. At least the Browns recognized what they were up against and backed out. Kefalas just did whatever he wanted. Now he is crying like an infant and looking for sympathy because he got caught.

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    3. To the vocabulary challenged poster at 11:03, I do know the history. I was pointing out that the Browns must have been glad to unload their problem on Kefalas, and probably tempted him with a lower (distressed) price.

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  9. Kefalas is very arrogant. He bought the house knowing what happened with the Brown family and knowing how the community felt. He assumed he could get past that because he's smarter than everyone else. I have no regard for this snake.

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  10. I'm curious, what should he have done in light of the condition of that place? I walked it when it was for sale, and I have never seen a bigger mess. I ran away. I also look through the fence regularly and see so many things needing correcting, that it looks impossible, or at least illogical. And that from afar. I can't imagine what it's like up close. The way I see it, unless he is planning on building something other than what he submitted originally, what's the uproar. I would even say kudos are in store. Not calling him a duche.

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    1. Really? You sure we're talking about the same house here?

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    2. That place was turn-key compared to my fixer-upper in the canyon. You don't know what you're talking about.

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    3. You have to wonder who these people are.

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    4. Turn key? Then why did a 1/2 acre lot with a 2100 sq ft house sell for 950k.

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    5. You buy it for 950k , rehab it, restore it, bring it up to code, and live in it safely. At the end it will be worth 1.8M, and you sell it make profit. That's what built this country, and that's how you make money. Do you want me to draw a pucture?! I bet you still rent an appartment and retired on wellfare. LosersD

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  11. The community did not care about this house. It was understood that this would be a rebuild. Same footprint, newer updated materials.
    Why the uproar?

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    1. You are kidding, right? The meetings when the Brown's were trying to get their stuff tgrough were packed.

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    2. So listen to the angry mob, not the engineers? Uproar is rarely logical.

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    3. Villifying the residents will not win you much favor here.

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    4. If this was 'understood' there wouldn't have been a stop order. Nice try though.

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    5. Angry mob? The politically involved residents in Sierra Madre are impressively smart.

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    6. Just because Sierra Madre residents are opposed to third world building standards does not make them bad people.

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  12. My hat is off to you SM residents who care to be involved in home preservation !! If that home was in Arcadia, it would be a massive mansion many years ago. Just another reason to not vote for the blundering bafoon squad Chandler and Tay in 2018 re election.

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    1. Sho Tay? No way. No more empty McMansions.

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    2. All the best to you, 12:43. It's a hard fight, but worth it.
      Hope the preservationists in your community are monitoring Tay's outreach media. He's a liar, and it won't be the first time he tries to scare the Chinese speaking members of your community into thinking he's their saviour from racism.

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    3. Could Chandler's liver last another term?

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    4. It needs to be preserved in a pickle jar as an example to the young.

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    5. 2:06, I'm on your side regarding Sho Tay, guy brings NOTHING to the CC. Can you explain some of his lies that I might not be aware of. Hoeing some are current so we can throw out like his buddy Wuo.

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  13. When the residents carry pitchforks and act with mass mob mentality.
    When residents react without real facts and listen to hearsay, including the Planning Commission, then the bodysnacher pod people have taken over this village.
    It is ok to agree to disagree, but in a civil manner. The applicant and Commission both needed "a moment", but the Commission should strive to remain professional as it represents the city.

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    1. Aww, how emo. He's a victim of the mean people.

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    2. I would gladly have taken all that old-growth timber off the douche's hands seeing that he wasn't so historical or conservation minded to keep any of it.

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    3. The Planning Commission is an outstanding group of people with great personal integrity and keen intelligence.

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    4. Obviously this is the strategy they have settled on. A variation on the civility defence tactic.

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    5. Hey 3:07. Why don't you go ask him if you can have some. And be sure to use the same language you use anonymously. let us know how it turned out.

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    6. I'll have the Denver omelette and sour dough toast with butter.

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    7. 5:53 good idea. Thanks Special K

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  14. 1:12pm. If I read the stop order correctly, after the city Commisionors recalled that a historical survey should have been included in the packet before the city Planning Department head, signed off on the Discretionary Demolition Permit, that had been previously issued to the homeowner.
    A small section of roof, did not meet the standards of demolition and was brought back to the attention of the Planning Department and Commissioners. The rest is Youtube history.

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    1. You might want to review your notes. The issues are far larger. The city has codes that must be followed and enforced. Otherwise we'll become Tijuana. Or, even worse, what the HAD home has become.

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  15. 5:27pm. You HAD the same conclusion.
    City codes and permits were followed as issued by the city.

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    1. Sure. I believe you. No, really!

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    2. 6:11 PM - you're an ignorant. No, really!

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    3. 6:11 PM - you're an ignorant. No, really!

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  16. April 29th, 1992
    There was a riot on the streets
    Tell me where were you?
    You were sittin' home watchin' your TV
    While I was participating in some anarchy
    First spot we hit it was the liquor store
    I finally got all that alcohol I can't afford
    With red lights flashin', time to retire
    And then we turned that liquor store into a structure fire
    Next stop we hit, it was the music shop,
    It only took one brick to make the window drop
    Finally we got our own P.A.
    Where do you think I got this guitar that you're hearing today?
    (Cuz' as long as I'm alive, I'ma live ill B)
    When we returned to the pad to unload everything
    It dawned on me that I need new home furnishings
    So once again we filled the van until it was full
    Since that day my livin' room's been much more comfortable
    Cause everybody in the hood has had it up to here
    It's getting harder, and harder, and harder each and every year
    Some kids went in a store with their mother
    I saw her when she came out she was gettin' some Pampers
    They said it was for the black man
    They said it was for the mexican
    But not for the white man
    But if you look at the streets, it wasn't about Rodney King
    It's this f*cked-up situation and these f*cked-up police
    It's about comin' up and stayin' on top
    And became 187 on a mother f*ckin' cop
    It's ain't in the paper, it's on the wall
    National guard
    Smoke from all around


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    1. If the glove does not fit you must acquit

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    2. A poet you ain't. Burn baby burn. That's a smart way to protest.

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    3. Thanks Adolf.

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    4. 4:59AM... sounds like some notorious idiot with first name initials R.J. or maybe Nano C....

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