Monday, November 6, 2017

Preserve Sierra Madre: Housing Mandates May Threaten Sierra Madre

Mod: The development monster is beginning to stir once again. It never really goes away, it just sort of sleeps for a while. Then, rested and freshly lawyered up, it starts the assault all over. As you know, and we have certainly said this here before, the grease that determines the monster's swerve is money. Now there is a whole new element that has been thrown into the mix. State housing mandates in the form of RHNA numbers are being jacked up to deal with whatever current crises are now making the media rounds. As if the previous RHNA demands weren't bad enough, we will soon have a whole new set of development demands from SCAG to deal with. Here is Preserve Sierra Madre's take on all of this. 

Dear Supporters:

While much good has been done in putting in place appropriate guidelines for development in Sierra Madre, a recent law passed in Sacramento threatens to override some of those good measures. Our Planning Commission is currently trying to understand the law's mandates and what it means for our city.

Certain mandates to increase affordable housing and increase density, may tie the hands of our city to stop development which may have ramifications for the current site of the Sierra Madre Library should that site be sold off as well as for other properties including the Monastery property.

It has also come to our attention that Mater Dolorosa has invited city officials to their property to line up support for another attempt at developing that property into one of the biggest housing projects Sierra Madre has seen in decades. We are monitoring this latest threat to the Monastery property very closely and we will alert our supporters of any news in that regard.

Yesterday's Sierra Madre Tattler post discusses this latest development in further detail.  That post can be found at:

https://sierramadretattler.blogspot.com/2017/11/if-library-property-is-sold-could-it-be.html

Our supporters are our eyes and ears.  If you hear of anything relating to this issue, please email Preserve Sierra Madre immediately. Right now, there is a water meter moratorium. If you combine the new state mandates with a lifting of the water meter moratorium, there is no telling what threats to the character of our "Village of the Foothills" may arise.

Thank you for your support.

Steering Committee
Preserve Sierra Madre

sierramadretattler.blogspot.com

85 comments:

  1. The Priests over at the Monastery don't care about the land any more. They've turned into developers. They should sell the whole property and give that big piece of land intact for someone that appreciates it. Take a visit to any one of the Self Realization Fellowship properties. They would never think about selling it off.

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    1. They need to sell the land to pay for the legal judgments against them for molesting children. It doesn't get any worse than that. They are selling prime property all over the United States and the beautiful land surrounding Mater Dolorosa is no exception. The people of Sierra Madre have been good neighbors all these years. The people at the Monastery made some decisions. They cancelled the annual fiesta and put up the big gates to keep people out. All done because they wanted to make it easier to develop the property. The fact is that unlike a small lot owner, they own one of the largest tracts of land in Sierra Madre. What they do there can impact the entire city which is why the city and its residents need to have a say in what happens there. Why should the residents pay the price because a bunch of Priests decided to commit the most despicable crimes imaginable.

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    2. I think 8:25 hit the nail on the head. The Passionists bought the property in 1924 or so and survived the Great Depression. Why sell it off now? I think we all know why. The present bunch of Priests are a new breed and that is why incalculable harm has been done to Catholicism in particular and religion in general.

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    3. Their zoning is industrial. They have no right to build a big housing project. Any city employee or elected representative would be a fool to support such a project. It will put them front and center in a hornets nest from which they might ever escape.

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    4. How ordinary that sacred place will be without the buffer of land.

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  2. Some of these Priests have lost their way and continue to cause problems. They need to focus on the spiritual needs of the flock and not be plotting and scheming about the best way to sell off 20 acres of their property to a developer. Just a thought.

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    1. All they care about is the almighty dollar and not the Almighty.

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    2. Amen brother!

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  3. How can we find out what happened at those meetings with city officials? These are our paid representatives and they shouldn't be running side deals without our knowledge.

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    1. How about a freedom of information request to the city. It pains me to say this but I don't trust anyone over at the Monastery any more. Their morals have been corrupted by greed.

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    2. Please publish what you find out. If they are trying to secretly line up support from city officials, that's a big deal.

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    3. I don't like the secrecy. Something bad is about to happen over there. They are trying to rig it without public involvement. I guess the previous wine and cheese parties didn't go over too well.

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  4. Mahatma Gandhi: The Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need but not for every man's greed.

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  5. California slapping high taxes on marijuana, causing sticker shock for some
    http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-pot-tax-20171105-story.html

    The Friends of the Library are missing out on a big opportunity here.

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    1. You mean like turn the back lot into a grow house?

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    2. Maybe a weed tasting?

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  6. Development of the monastery requires changes to the general plan and zoning. Not going to happen under current city council. But everything could change with one election.

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    1. And there is an election next year. Be careful who you vote for.

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    2. This is key. I hear Denise isn't going to run for reelection. Who replaces her is very important.

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    3. Somebody will need to stand up. Truitt will be running that tax happy fool Garcia.

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    4. Hate to tell you, but the current Mayor is also a Truitt creation.

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    5. Republicans who raise taxes. Must be a new trend.

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    6. We must pursade Denise to run again.

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  7. Just bulldoze the housing tract that was bult twenty years ago on Monastery land, bring it back to its orginal open space. That housing tract never should have happened, tell all those homeowners to get off the sacred land. The big hypocrite of the preserve group, should be the first to go.

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    1. You seem bitter.

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    2. You're making things up there was no such development at the Monastery and certainly not in this century.

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    3. If you're talking about the development in the early 1960's of the parcel in the Northwest corner of the of the property #1 I don't know if that was church land or not,but it is in Pasadena not Sierra Madre in any case.

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    4. 7:36 must be a very angry Priest who will do anything to ink a big development deal. How sad. Truly religious people would not want to see that property developed. St Francis would not be spending all of his time on promoting a development project that would displace all the wildlife that's for sure.

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    5. Nor would Fr.Patrick Brennan push this betrayal that's why they shipped him out when they started this evil endeavour.

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    6. Father Pat was devastated by this. No one loved Mater Dolorosa more than he did. He got orders from Chicago to sell the property and couldn't do it. That's why they shipped him out. Father Mike could care less about the land.

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  8. "Paradise Papers" Russian Investments; stay tuned.

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    1. Offshore Trove Exposes Trump-Russia Links And Piggy Banks Of The Wealthiest 1 Percent
      https://www.icij.org/investigations/paradise-papers/paradise-papers-exposes-donald-trump-russia-links-and-piggy-banks-of-the-wealthiest-1-percent/

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    2. This is the real swamp
      The one trumped suckered millions of fools who thought he wasn’t part of it

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    3. Where the thieves hide their ill-gotten gains. Trump and the Queen of England. Now there is a couple.

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  9. Many of the "old guard" have either died, moved, or are burned out trying to save the city from over development. It's time for the newbies that "love" Sierra Madre" to put down their cell phones and take over the good fight.

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    1. It's just the nature of things - one group comes to the forefront of a fight, then time passes and it's another one. Heaven help us that the desire to keep the wonderful town we have stays strong in generation to generation.

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    2. You seem in touch with the young generation

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    3. People need to email Preserve Sierra Madre at preservesierramadrenow@gmail.com offer to help and get on their email list. The people can defeat this latest threat just as they did in the past.

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  10. Does not matter that our General Plan protects open space. The State can overide any building codes we have.

    Suppirt the Preserve Sierra Madre group when the time comes to stop the destructive greedy developers.

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  11. Could 7:36 be a Priest? You need to take some anger management classes. You probably prefer that we pave over whatever remaining open space exists.

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    1. Judas betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. Monastery is looking at millions of dollars for their 30 acres. Do you think they will betray as well?

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  12. 8:08am. Could be a realtor? Not happy you did not get a piece of the land? The Monastery is private property. Just who put you in charge of selective property rights? Why not get out of your own house and have the city turn that into a park?

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  13. 6:28am. Oh, an Atheist like you knows best? A Freedom of Information request on a private meeting? Scary.

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    1. If it involved public officials living off the taxpaying public's dime it was not a private meeting. This is not Russia.

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    2. If you're trying to call people names Atheist is not derogatory. It's people like these so called priests that give organized religion a bad name.

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    3. 8:26 - What's wrong? You have something to hide?

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  14. 8:16am How do you know it was betrayal? All was set in motion before the dawn of time.
    Give your land as tidings.

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    1. You contradict the teachings of the Bible in one sentence and quote the scripture in the next. Brilliant!!

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    2. 8:44 - How would you know if it was brilliant or not?

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  15. I smell a rat here. Why are they having these private meetings with city officials. Is it happening during business hours. The people need to know. We have a new City Manager. Hopefully he doesn't want a feather in his cap bragging about being responsible for allowing the biggest housing development in a very long time.

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  16. The Socialist agenda blunders on with false promises wrapped in superficially good intentions.
    History shows that Socialism always and inevitably destroys most that is good. Sierra Madre will be no different. And the few that collude with the Socialists will make a fortune. Most Socialist countries epitomize that . Why would we be any different if we continue on the Socialist path ? A Democratic path could be different but a Socialist path leads to a very ugly situation - always.

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    1. Girl, you cray. Go groom your allotted pot plants

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    2. What would constitute Socialism in Sierra Madre? City Hall nationalizing the Buc?

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    3. Democratic Socialism is fun.

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    4. Many on the right these days prefer National Socialism.

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  17. 8:20am. So the take charge guy of Preserve Sierra Madre lives in Pasadena? Why is he concerning himself with Sierra Madre?

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    1. Now you're just being a fool.

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    2. You're confused,please look at a map. The homes in Sierra Madre have been there since the 1940's

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    3. There are many people who don't live in Sierra Madre and don't want to see the property developed. There is no other property like it in the San Gabriel Valley. It would be a crime to carve it up but perhaps the least of some of these Priest's crimes if you know what I mean.

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    4. The publisher of this blog is a great example,he presently does not live in SM,he may return soon I hear, but cares greatly about this town and its preservation.

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  18. Let us all band together for a Kumbaya moment and strategize how to fight the state and the soon to be retired Jerry Brown.
    How will you vote in California's up coming elections? Status quo or time for change?

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    1. The status quo in the minds of most people is Trump. Throw in the 14 California GOP Congress critters who voted to raise the taxes of hard working Californians and you have all the ingredients needed for a total Republican wipe out. Sorry, but the fault is all yours.

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    2. You mean to say Hillary didn't do it?

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  19. Just declare all of Sierra Madre, California a 'Antique District' then you can write your own laws once again based on the needs of Sierra Madre's voters wishes.

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  20. You must be new to California's left coast, 9:16am. The state has been completely run by Democrats for years. This is what being unbalanced will give you, tax, tax, tax.

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    1. http://crooksandliars.com/2017/10/14-california-republicans-just-handed

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    2. you Be paranoid, honey

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    3. When Republicans raise your taxes? Yeah, paranoia can happen.

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    4. Republicans been screwing the national economy for decades. You got fooled pal

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    5. 6th largest economy in the world as somebody said yesterday the oxycontin belt lives off our bread crumbs.

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  21. Bernie is a Socialist.
    The DNC & and that womann stole the election from him.

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    1. Awwww. That's sad!

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    2. Bernie is cool

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    3. Bernie and Trump have something in common. They both lost the popular vote to Hillary.

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  22. 12:46pm. Quit crying Wolf.
    No one believes you anymore.

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  23. Highest rate of new gun purchasing made by women, is out of the state of California, after any of the mass shootings.

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  24. 4:08pm.Then it will also be a possibility that he will get the facts correct, not just make comments from his emotions.
    But his blog, his take on the Whataboutism's.

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    1. If you don't like this blog, why are you here? Go somewhere else.

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    2. And please post in the proper thread. It's hard enough to react to your lunacy without searching the whole post.

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  25. So, you are arguing that the owners of a property should not be able to use/dispose of it as they see fit? If you feel that way, why don't you buy it, and then use it as you demand/imply?

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