Friday, April 13, 2018

McArcadia: A New Vanity Castle Has Now Been Proposed For Possibly Election Fraud Afflicted District 5

A new McMansion has now been proposed for an afflicted dirt patch located at 1104 S 1st Ave. That’s in District 5, if you were going to ask. The place where the election fight over a City Council seat is so close nobody is really quite sure who won, and might not for quite some time.

Just in case you were wondering why the 5th District seat is so important to some folks that they might have even committed voter fraud in hopes of winning it, Vanity Castles like this are probably the reason.

Initially the house was going to be 8,405 square feet, with an accessory dwelling unit of 1,177 sf. The potential neighbors to this protean pile quickly filed comments with the city complaining. The developer then went back to the drawing board and has just released his amended plans.

The main house is now a still vast 7,574 square feet, and the accessory dwelling unit is 1,200 sf. Which is not really all that significant of a change in size.


Neighbors are now submitting a petition in opposition. I imagine they’ll be denied, and then will be forced to appeal the denial, that is assuming they can raise the funds ($600) to do so. Public comment period ends on April 19, which is just around the corner.

This proposed Vanity Castle is far too large for its neighborhood. It encroaches on an area of far smaller single story homes, is not at all homogeneous with the existing neighborhood, and its perpetually snoopy windows will violate all neighbor privacy.

It will also block existing sky and mountain views, in the process casting shadows as dark as a McMansion developer's heart.

The architectural style is called “French Transitional.” It should actually be called “Slobbovian Stucco Box.” Or perhaps even "Post-Modern Mausoleum."


Can anyone help these neighbors describe what’s wrong with this design (link)? Anyone willing to submit an email in opposition? Anyone willing to help fund an appeal?


Emails can be submitted to Development Services at vquiroz@arcadiaca.gov. Let City Hall know your thoughts. You're likely the last person they would ever care to hear from about this, so you'll need to speak loudly.

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96 comments:

  1. What a disgrace. When people talk about property rights, what about the rights of the surrounding neighbors who have their views, light, privacy and value adversely affected by someone's selfish desire to build a monument to themselves? What about their property rights? The problem is that these developers have the city on their side. The public employees don't live in the city but they sure get paid by the city. The more revenue that can flow into a city from unmitigated development means more money for employee salaries and pensions. The only hope residents have lies in the city council. The only problem with that last line of protection is that many city council members were elected with the financial support of the public employee unions and developers. Is it any wonder it's an uphill battle when faced with this kind of corruption. Meanwhile the McMansions continue and Arcadia gets destroyed one house at a time.

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    1. Hear, hear, 5:59.

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    2. Thank you for the great comments, 5:59.

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    3. Why don't we just demolish every older home in Arcadia and be done with it?

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    4. That just about covers it 5:59.

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  2. Property rights of existing Arcadia neighbors have NEVER existed unless the city is sued.

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    1. You don’t need to sue the city, you just need to elect a fair and unbiased city council. If Joyce Platt wins, you will have a sympathetic ear that will vote to reduce the size of these homes to something more proportionate to the lot size and you will have someone fighting for a real architectural design.

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    2. The possibility that there was voter fraud in the District 5 voting is a real concern. The final count won't be available for another week. There are an estimated 500 ballots still to be accounted for, and Chandler's lead is less than 50. Just a handful of illegal votes might be enough to eke out a Chandler win, and a loss for the people of Arcadia. This election is far from over. We need to fight for the truth.

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    3. Give me a break! No such thing as an unbiased person! Not possible! No real world example.

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  3. My fellow Sierra Madre residents this is what the Preserve Sierra Madre group is fighting to prevent in our village. Please join and support them.

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    1. If 30 votes in 2014 had swing away from Denise and to her opponent this is what Sierra Madre conversations would be about today. Scary.

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    2. Anyone else noticing all the development and green fences around properties in Sierra Madre? Seems like a lot is going on and not going before the Planning Commission. There are rumors of illegal second story additions and demolitions of homes older than 1940. Who's watching out for this stuff?

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    3. 'Who's watching out for this stuff?' -- You are 7:19. Sierra Madre can't afford serious code enforcement. So if you see illegal building activities, report them to City Hall.

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    4. Check the Planning Department for permits. Also, watch the "current" project list.
      http://www.cityofsierramadre.com/UserFiles/Servers/Server_212309/File/January 2018 Project Planning List.pdf

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    5. 7:19 - Also speak up before the Planning Commission. Just like our great City Council, we have a wonderful, caring Planning Commission, intent on firming up our zoning laws.

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  4. French Transitional is not an architectectural style. The house is too big, but the real problem is it’s aesthetically unpleasant. It should have more defined architectural details.

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  5. Only 182 ballots received so far total for both districts combined. Don’t expect more than 20 ballots to come in today. Percentage of ballots returned between both districts to date: 32%.

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    1. The number the city gave the Arcadia Weekly is 500 ballots are still out.

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    2. That was a projection, not an actual count.

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    3. Do you think it is inaccurate?

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    4. April 11, 187 returned ballots. April 12, 140 returned ballots. Total 327 Ballots for District 2 and 5 so far.

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  6. If the zoning permits, the owner can build whatever is pleasing to them and compatible with the neighborhood. Neighborhoods change, design changes. What is pleasing to some, may not be for others, but it is their property and their money and their investment.
    If the neighbors are not happy, they have the same opportunity.

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    1. If you think this house is "compatible with the neighborhood", then I feel for Arcadia.

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    2. Why would anyone want to build an eyesore, and why, in the name of property rights, would anyone be Ok with that? It devalues the homes on either side. The lack of privacy and views makes your property less valuable. That’s not opportunity, that’s a loss.

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    3. This house would absolutely ruin any chance the owners of the houses close to it have to get a fair market value if they sell.
      Who wants to buy a house that's in the shadow of a single family hotel?

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    4. Who wants to buy a home next door to an aircraft carrier?

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  7. No 7:02, the real problem is that it is 3 or 4 times too big. We did go through the same thing in Sierra Madre with One Carter. The developer wanted cookie cutter houses, too big for the lots. Planning Commission said to reduce the size. They did, by 6 inches! City Council stood firmly with the Planning Commission. That's why it was crucial to reelect the incumbents, and not the candidate who got his funding from the Arcadia Board of Realtors. Thank you Preserve Sierra Madre, thank you voters!

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  8. The Kensington should check into that build site, it would be accepted in that neighborhood, the retirement build outs are residential.
    Then everyone would be happy.

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  9. Dear 7:01am. Your preserve group stands for NIMBY.

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    1. Dear 7:42. Your predatory development interest stands for LULU - Locally Unwanted Land User.

      As in, "What a LULU!"

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    2. LULU housing is famous for having 10 bathrooms.

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    3. LULU - Love it! Remember when the architect (what was her name?) was explaining the One Carter houses, with 5 bathrooms. Council Member John Capoccia asked "Who in the world needs and uses five bathrooms?" I can't remember her response, but she got very prickly.

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    4. If someone wants his architect to design his house with that many bathrooms, the best place to find out why would be a Freudian analyst. It could be a sign of mental illness.

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    5. The name of the architect at One Carter was Adele Chang if I recall. No offense meant but 99 percent of the people doing the demolitions and building these monstrosities are Chinese buyers. I'm told by my Chinese friends that the size of the house is considered a status symbol. The truth hurts. There is a different mindset unlike with the native born Americans where the average size of homes is getting smaller and their is a greater appreciate to preserve the charm and character of a community.

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  10. 7:18am. Your newly elected City Council. You should give each of them a phone call.

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  11. Arcadia, California will start to look like down town Hong Kong complete with it's concrete Jungle of sky scraper buildings. Just follow the money.

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    1. At least in Hong Kong the big buildings provide housing for many families. This and other McMansions are built for one (and they often sit empty). So they manage to blight the neighborhood and exacerbate the housing crisis.

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    2. Again sounds ridiculous to compare HK to Arcadia

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    3. 8:16,
      I don't care about huge mansions and their Lego-Block-Like-Designs. But you sound very uninformed and ignorant to talk about HK as though you have lived there.

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    4. Whatever 8:31. I never claimed to live in Hong Kong, I just said they have more multi-family housing than McMansions. Are you claiming that's not accurate?

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    5. 8:47,
      Logic deficiency is your problem. You're not comparing apples to apples. Big diff between the designs and its intended purpose of single family houses vs multi family houses, condos, high-rise condos,...

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  12. In Sierra Madre, the biggest house that could be built on a lot this size would be 5,594 square feet (compared to 9,958 allowed by Arcadia). It would require full design review in front of the planning commission, where a house as ugly as the proposed one would not be approved. Arcadia has a long way to go.

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    1. In San Marino it would be only 6,783 sf between the main house and ADU. And somehow, San Marino’s property values exceed Arcadia’s. Proof that less restrictive building codes = higher property values.

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  13. 7:40am. Good question for the new council regarding Carter One, where does the city stand right now with the law suit?
    How soon will the decision of the court be made public?
    The water mains are hooked up and water flowing, how soon will the residents expect building to resume?

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    1. Court rulings are public, there just hasn't been a final determination yet. Lawsuits take a really long time. But the lawsuit is not holding up development of 1 Carter. The developer could move forward right now, but it hasn't put forth even one house plan that is approvable.

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    2. The One Carter developer shares the same lawyer that worked for district voting in Arcadia. These people are all joined at the hip.

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    3. Arcadia developers have been stopped at the Sierra Madre border once again. The Arcadia Association of Realtors suffered yet another defeat Tuesday. But never assume they have given up.

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    4. Sierra Madre, be sure to pay attention to who is running for the two City Council seats in two years and who is funding them.

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    5. Always follow the money because everything else is usually BS.

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  14. 8:08am. The Sierra Madre Planning Commision is not a design review commision. The elected officials may give their opinions on a design, anything beyond that would be a possible legal quagmire.

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    1. Maybe you haven't checked Sierra Madre zoning codes recently 8:31. Pull your head out of the sand before you mouth off. Sierra Madre does design review, both at the staff and commission level, depending on the size/type of project. And by the looks of this house, they do it far better than Arcadia.

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    2. There’s only one great and knowledgeable Arcadia Planning Commissioner on board right now - he honestly knows what he’s talking about.

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    3. 1:05, And who would that great and knowledgeable person be ?

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    4. Come to an Arcadia Planning Commission meeting and it will be evident. Seeing is believing.

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  15. 8:45am so then design review is subjective from a city level?
    Allow me to buy your decision, what price do you have in mind?

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    1. Uh oh, it's the "what is reality" guy.

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  16. 5:59am. The PUBLIC EMPLOYEES in Sierra Madre are paid well, without development fees, which are paid to the Pasadena School system.
    Retirements for city employees in Sierra Madre comes out of the UUT.

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  17. 9:09am. Over the many years property was purchased from the Congregational Church in the downtown business area and are zoned institutional.
    A member of the Planning Commission was asked by the City Attorney to resign due to conflict of interest.
    You can check records, the point is there needs to be check and balance within the city departments.
    Subjective is not recognized in a lawsuit.

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  18. The city should consider seizing unoccupied McMansions through eminent domain and turning them into low income apartments. This would help Arcadia hit its RHNA numbers plus help with the regions homeless problem.

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    1. R u okay with dat if the unoccupied McM is next to your beloved property?

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    2. I am not afraid of working people. Most of them are a lot nicer and reputable than McMansion owners.

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    3. Okay, I will buy the property next to your home and build a low-income apartment to help the homeless problem. Your address please.

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    4. No, looking for a trade off. It would have to be in a converted McMansion. Plenty of empty ones around.

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    5. Ohh, as long as it's NIMBY. I thought you might say something like dat.

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    6. Nope, not Lulu and the only Lulu I known of is the 60s female Scottish pop singer. Now we know how your type thinks.

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    7. LULU - Locally Unwanted Land User. That's you, man.

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    8. Wrong thinking! I only live in a home. I don't know how to fix or build a house. U r making too much assumptions about other residents that don't agree with your line of thinking. And I don't live in a McM nor I care about their designs either.

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    9. So you really weren't going to buy the property next to my home?

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    10. Nobody wants a LULU in their backyard.

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  19. Your home is your castle. If you can afford to build, go for it, as long as city codes are followed.
    Choose what ever paint color in the rainbow, freedom in expression.

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    1. Just checking 11:37, what color is your house painted? How many rainbows do you have?

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    2. Red, white, blue

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    3. God Bless America. Impeach Trump.

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    4. 11:37, let’s see if your tune changes when a 5000 comes in next to you. Use your brain, the Arcadia codes suck.

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    5. The Zoning Code committee's recommendations were overturned and made larger by Chandler and Sho Tay. Segal joined with them. Puppets controlled by special interests and greedy developers.

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  20. 8:16am. & 9:11am. With such high property values, just re finance and add onto your home, easy peasy.

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  21. 12:00 - LGBTQ, what's it to you?

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  22. Time to rewrite Arcadia terrible FAR codes.

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    1. Right you are 12:53. In fact, it's so true, it's worth saying again. So here it is: Time to rewrite Arcadia terrible FAR codes.

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    2. Yes, 12:53. I once asked a resident there why Arcadia didn't have set-backs, and wasn't it unsafe to build from lot line to lot line. She assured me that there are set-backs on the books, but I don't believe it.

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    3. Yes! Some FARs are way too high!

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    4. 1:34, please get informed, of course Arcadia code requires setbacks. Please read:
      https://www.arcadiaca.gov/home/showdocument?id=6638

      The problem is the FAR is way too high.

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    5. Many lots in Arcadia are long and narrow. Since the width of the lot is used to determine the side yard setbacks the result is a huge house with overly narrow setbacks. Also, the second story often is out of proportion to the first.

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    6. Yes, the FAR is way too great! Having FAR's more like other quality cities would help. However, even if more reasonable FAR's were enacted the huge plate heights would make them soar above the neighborhoods. Kinda like a pro basketball player standing in the middle of a line of 5 foot gymnasts.

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  23. 12:53pm. Run for the Arcadia Planning Commision seat in the next election.

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    1. Three Arcadia Planning Commission seats are open in June. Planning Commission candidates are interviewed by the City Council and voted upon by them. The public can come to the interviews and give input but the public does not get a vote.

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  24. On the agenda for next Tuesday Arcadia City Council blab fest is this:

    b. Pursuant to Government Code Section 54957 regarding Public Employee Performance Evaluation. Title: City Manager

    This topic will be discussed in ‘Closed Session’. Does this mean the council is voting to discuss the city mgr raise for the year ? If so, why so hush hush, how about a Public Comment period too ? Shhhhh. Don’t let people know, shhhhhh.

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    1. The Laser is being invited to the closed session for some of his favorite carrot cake and ginger ale.

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    2. Didn't you see last night's invitation in the end of tattler's comment? You are invited to go to the close section public comment-5 mins per person. Sharpen your tongue and eaten plenty of raw garlic! Time to protest!

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    3. Know your facts: cite them page number, ordinance number, whatever number - blow them away with accuracy and relevance.

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  25. Tomahawk cruise missiles out of Qatar, from USA,France,Great Britain- now being dropped into Syria.

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    1. Why? Trump's poll numbers dropping again?

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    2. God have mercy on us all.

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    3. Mercy on Syria or USA?

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