Thursday, September 7, 2017

Preserve Sierra Madre: Final Chapter in the Darling House Disaster

The old adage that "a picture says a thousand words" could never be more true than in this case. We all fought very hard to preserve this house when the first buyer proposed to demolish it. We thought the home was saved when the City Council passed the demolition moratorium and later the demolition ordinance. As we can see from the pictures below, it was not enough to save it from a determined owner with a team of lawyers.

Preserve Sierra Madre thanks everyone who supported our efforts, who sent the emails and who attended the City Council and Planning Commission meetings. We pledge to re-group, learn from what happened here and be there to fight another day against those forces that don't care whether Sierra Madre is preserved or not. Our battle cry shall be "Never Again!"

Thank you again for your support for these past few years.

Steering Committee
Preserve Sierra Madre


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73 comments:

  1. It really was quite charming. Can't wait for the kitsch replacement and the tacky family that will live in it.

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    1. Theoretically we could make all 1906 type homes a Disneyland replica of themselves. People like Capoccia seem to be ok with that and can't tell the difference between that and real preservation. Other cities are much more protective than Sierra Madre is of their older inventory of homes.

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    2. It really is a pity because Capoccia lives in a historic bungalo that have been cared for and fits the neighborhood.

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  2. Will Burger Boy be posting more of his BS here today?

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    1. What kind of person tears up a house like that? B

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    2. I would love to have Goss run for re-election and then get soundly rejected as he should.

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  3. Our City Council overruled the decision of the Planning Commission to not allow Kefalas to get the demolition permit. It was a travesty. Kefalas is a scoundrel and a liar. That's why the Planning Commission was so upset with him. Then he waltzes up to the City Council and they don't take the time to read the record. Instead they issue a groveling apology for putting him out and delaying his project. Good old Gene Goss even goes beyond that and thanks Kefalas for his efforts. Goss and Capoccia need to be replaced in the City Council. They are the worst offenders.

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    1. Goss and Capoccia are two of the biggest hand-wringing phonies this town has ever seen. Capoccia, who first ran as a tax fighting fiscal conservative, once elected never saw a tax, fee or rate hike he didn't immediately fallen love with. All while dishonestly denying it had anything to do with corrupt interest only water bond schemes or CalPERS. Goss? Damn. Oatmeal has more backbone. About as squishy as a wet sneaker.

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    2. Goss knocked on my door when he was campaigning. Tried to come across down-to-earth and compassionate. Then my dog walked up in the yard and let one rip. I couldn't help laugh out loud while Goss stood at the threshold.

      Animal instincts.

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    3. Look at the video of that meeting to see Gene Goss actually thanking Kefalas for what he did. That one act of stupidity and cowardice alone should disqualify Goss for another term on the City Council and really should spur a recall effort.

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    4. The city not only lost a house because of the City Council's cowardly action, it also lost a Planning Commissioner.

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    5. Why hasn't that been covered on The Tattler.

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    6. Unfortunately Gene Goss is the face of much of Sierra Madre. Timorous and vacillating, all they ever really want is to be told they are liked with a reassuring pat on the fanny. They're putty in the hands of the town wreckers.

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    7. @8:03 -- and a big loss it was. Leslee Hinton was a valuable asset on the PC. Not only did the town lose a historic house, it also lost one of the main soldiers in preventing it from happening again. Shame on the CC.

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  4. That house should never have been torn down. It found the wrong buyer who had this plan from the beginning. Kefalas should be taken to the town square and flogged at noontime if you ask me.

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  5. I blame City Staff. They were as culpable as Kefalas. They don't want to preserve the community just like the city staff in Arcadia didn't care about preserving Arcadia. They only care about more development fees and more revenue to fund their big pensions and early retirement. They don't live in the city so that's their only priority. The City Council is a different story. They live in the town but are bought off with political support and not wanting to rock the boat. Their motivation is simply staying in power.

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    1. I agree. While many people are off working, those who stay in town have the leisure necessary to hang around and schmooze City Hall. I wonder if any free lunches were involved.

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    2. Pension guy ranting again

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    3. 6:33 must be on the receiving end of one of those big government pensions funded by taxpayers who are forced to retire at 65 or 70 so that our "public servants" can retire at 50 with cost of living increases and full medical benefits. Yes, I'm ranting again.

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    4. Our old City Manager Elaine didn't retire. Even she realized she was too young to retire. She just supplements her large lifetime pension with another job as interim City Manager in South Pasadena. I bet it's more fun to work knowing you don't have to work.

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    5. 6:48, nope, but I have a decent job. You should apply for one

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    6. Non Sequitur.

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  6. Because Kefalas owns The Only Place in Town, I pledge to never eat there again. Not that it's any great sacrifice since the food is lousy anyway. Also why do I want to put any more money in the pocket of this guy which allows him to fund more projects and tear down more Darling Houses. I don't want to be complicit with this guy at all - not even getting one penny of my money.

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    1. ...and I'm not going to his house parties either!

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    3. I hear that people often get sick down at the Only Place anyway...

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  7. I agree. Kefalas knew the resistance to a demolition that the Brown family faced and bought the house anyway. He went forward with a demolition all the while giving the middle finger to most of the people on town. Not very neighborly like if you ask me.

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  8. No one should blame Kefalas. He's a low life and can't help himself. The blame falls on our City Staff and our City Council. They should be looking out for the people who pay their salaries and the others should be our representatives and looking out for us as well. Both entities failed the People. But this should not surprise anybody.

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  9. Why is it that every time there is a bad project, The city staff report is always in the side of recommending it? That then becomes exhibit A in the lawsuit and gets used against the city in those rare cases where the Planning Commission and City Council are opposed to a project.

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    1. Staff takes the path of least resistance. Since they don't care about any of these issues, their #1 priority becomes avoiding confrontation.

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  10. Word has it that the Monastery is at it again and putting the pieces in place for a large housing project up there. I'm afraid the Priests up there remain more concerned with development projects them they are about the spiritual well-being of the flock. No wonder the Catholic Church is in trouble and people are moving away from organized religion.

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    1. "Catholic Highschool Girls In Trouble"!

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    2. You are correct. Mt Vesuvius is rumbling and will soon reign fire on the village at its feet.

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    3. I'll take the egg salad. Without the shells this time, please.

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  11. Well there you have it. The town has it's mojo back. Sierra Madre is known for the colorful characters that are residents; and The Preserve Sierra Madre group doesn't disappoint.
    The group has shown itself to be self serving with little to no understanding of City Zoning, Ordinances or respect for private home ownership.

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    1. Look who just crawled out of bed.

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    2. Crawled out of something.

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  12. If Sierra Madre, Ca. city hall had any kahunas they would sue the property owner & developer etc. under California state law they can be made labial for the destruction and forced to rebuild the entire house! Then throw the bums out of city hall who were most likely responsible for this disaster, change out the entire city council as well just for good measure.

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    1. Let us know when your campaign launches

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    2. That would be our city council, they over ruled the unanimous vote of the Planning Commission to deny and also completely ignored the Fisher report.

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    3. kahunas are hawaiian shamans/wise men. cojones is the word i think you're looking for. why don't you just stick to english?

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  13. 7:09 AM - you had me at "labial for the destruction....."

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  14. The Planning Commissioner that took an early leave from that seat was looking for a way to exit that position.
    Using the excuse of the City Council's decision on the Darling House, gave that opportunity.

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    1. What are you talking about 8:36? Planning Commissioners are volunteers. They can quit anytime they want and for any reason. If she were "looking for a way to exit" she could have just said, "I quit." Instead she resigned for the reason she stated, that she could not serve for a City Council that condoned the demolition of such a historical gem. I think you owe Leslee Hinton an apology.

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    2. 8:36 and you know this how??

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    3. I think his dog told him.

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  15. If Sierra Madre, Ca. city hall had any cajones they would sue the property owner & developer etc. under California state law they can be made liable for the destruction and forced to rebuild the entire house! Then throw the bums out of city hall who were most likely responsible for this disaster, change out the entire city council as well just for good measure.

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  16. The term is Kahunas.

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    1. Big Kahuna Rum Shack, St. Thomas - Rum Therapy
      www.rumtherapy.com/2013/06/big-kahuna-rum-shack/
      Jun 5, 2013 - Big Kahuna Rum Shack, a bar with funky beach and surf decor is located right on the downtown waterfront in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas.

      Are you there now, 9:40?

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    2. One can experience kahunas and cahones and rum at the buc. Just don't drink the water

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    3. Or breathe the air.

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  17. If you know anything about structural integrity you would all know what really went on with that house, We like seeing the city spiders spinning their webs of deceit, keeps everyone busy and off point.

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    1. If you knew anything about integrity you wouldn't lie so damn much.

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    2. Pretty easy to ruin the structural integrity of a house if you run a bulldozer through it.

      Pretty easy to ruin the structural integrity of the Sierra Madre City Council if you throw a lawsuit at them.

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    3. Unless they've been doctored the interior of that house looks to have had good integrity to me

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    4. The Kafonis defense is all lies.

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  18. It's a good thing 9:29 doesn't work at city hall because our legal bills would shadow the water bills. If you like the present library you better get involved and get informed of whats going on. If you don't care what happens to the library then maybe you care about over crowding in our some what quaint little town. Get involved in a more positive way if you want success.

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    1. Out of curiosity, what would you consider to be "a more positive way?"

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  19. I am not sure this is the final chapter in the Darling Disaster. I think that happens after Kafonis builds his two crapola McMansions there.

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  20. More positive way is not to quit when the going gets tough, that commissioner just needed an excuse to back out of a commitment that they "volunteered" for; simple as that.

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    1. So this is your latest smear target?

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  21. Every time there's a Tattler article about the Darling house and its current owner, the same Kefalas defender posts the same things again and again.
    Makes me wonder if someone has been hired to do it.

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  22. Are you saying just like Russia and Google? Could be.

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    1. Look, mommy. A nut is talking.

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  23. 'Pickfair' redux!

    (Wiki it)

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  24. 11:08am. Thw inside of "the" house does not count. A city can not dictate what a person choses to do or not to do; any more questions?

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  25. Two crapola mansions? Are we still in a dought and do we still have a water meter moratorium. That would mean two lots, of record (now that the single Darling house spanning the inner lot line is gone) but only ONE meter. Ha. Now if the city gives him a permit for a second meter, we really have some thing to bitch about. Tomorrow is Friday, closed city offices, I'll check on this Monday.

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    1. They'll give him the extra meter because they want him to like them.

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  26. I am planning on leveling my house and building 8 condos on the lot. Please vote for Gene Goss, John Cappocia, And whoever else is warming seats In the council chamber. Sincerely, William ker-phony.

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