Wednesday, May 16, 2018

How to Fight the Property Developer: A Guide for Local Residents

Mod: This book was featured on the Save The Highlands Facebook page. You can link to its Amazon page here. I haven't read it, and I don't own a Kindle. Interesting sentence: "Many case studies of property development campaigns both won and lost are also provided." I wonder if they included anything about Measure V? Judging by some of the spelling here the author is either British or Canadian, so most likely not.


Mod: Here are three chapter previews included by Amazon.


Mod: I am not sure how much of this would apply to Sierra Madre since this is a city that has pretty much won its battles with predatory LULU development. At least for now. Plus I am sure some of the actual details are different. But it is always interesting to see how things are viewed from other perspectives and places.

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71 comments:

  1. Best way to fight, hire a great Land Use Attorney.

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  2. A book about Measure V would be a good addition. "How the People of Sierra Madre Stopped a Terrible Development Project" would make interesting reading I'd think.

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    1. Yes, it would. Excellent leadership from the Dunns and Kurt Zimmerman. However, it followed a terrible loss in the hillsides, of the Heflin property and Carter One, thanks to the betrayal by the council of 2004.

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    2. Sierra Madre is not out of the woods by any means. The One Carter lawsuits could end up costing taxpayers millions. CalPERS debt is undefined and dependent upon an organization known for making awful investment blunders. Water bond debt, though better than it used to be, is still substantial. We have a good City Council. But there are a lot of things left over from bad City Councils that will need to be overcome.

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    3. I wouldn't lose much sleep over the 1 carter lawsuit. The developers don't have much of a case and their attorney is a bumbler.

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    4. Lawsuit Richie?

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  3. Add to the Measure V chapter, with $20,000 versus $180,000 spent by the Building Industry.

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    1. $35,000 people VS $175,000 Arcadia realtors. Lots of people worked hard on that one and have followed up attending Planning commission meetings. Kensington would have been far worse without it.

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  4. A better book title would be “Whackaloons of Sierra Madre: Our Fear and Ignorance should be everyone’s problem”

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    1. Ah yes. The book about the Andy Bencosme campaign.

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    2. Written by the author of "How I Leveled the Henry A. Darling House and Got Away With It."

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    3. Who wouldn't want a house made of particle board instead of Redwood?

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    4. I'm shocked that you people aren't fans of faux-history. The replacement Darling House will be even better than the original: bigger, straighter and fancier.

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    5. Sure. Much bigger. The cheeseburger chef just super-sized us.

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  5. Supported in printing extra volumes by all Realitors of Sierra Madre, and how to screw the Pioneering Families that made this town great.

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    1. "How to Evict Seniors and Make Millions"

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    2. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

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    3. Mod. Your criteria on unkind is an enigma. Perhaps you should look up the definition of that word and then look back at all the lovely comments you have allowed over the years.

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    4. I have no problem with unkind comments. And it is funny that those who complain about them are often the same folks who make them. Classy people like you who enjoy saying obscene things about people in their 80s. But the rule is you need to keep it clean. As always, if you don't like this blog, go read something else.

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  6. Nothing wrong with responsible slow growth which is not the same as over development.
    Sierra Madre has had poor representation from the Planning Department for decades, and a lack of knowledge from the projector inspector checking on sites.
    Toss in a bais from a few City Council members over the years and you have disasters which this town has had to endure.

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  7. We've been in good shape, but the overdevelopment faction is always waiting and watching for their opportunities to make a buck.
    What's happening with that ruined land up at One Carter? One day something will give, and it'll take some grit to wrestle with those mcmansion wannabes.

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  8. Great find! There was a time when the really bad acts of the development community were sort of underplayed, as in the cost of doing business.

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    1. There are lawsuits the city will still face because of the One Carter mistakes made by the 2004 city council. We are not out of those woods yet.

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  9. We have Preserve which is vigilant.

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    1. Preserve Sierra Madre should be a model for all cities fighting mansionization. Sierra Madre is now in a much better place. The development party ran a candidate this year, and he lost by over 500 votes. That didn't happen in the past.

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    2. Thank you Matt Bryant for starting Preserve Sierra Madre, and the few Preserve people who backed the three incumbents, and educated the public on where Andy's money was coming from - the McMansion people, Arcadia Board of Realtors.

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  10. 8:54am. Try not to mix history, the Keninston had nothing to do with Measure V.
    The clause of putting a project up for vote before Sierra Madre resident's is the reason a retirement home is is located in the business district.

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    1. Kensington planning approval was subject to a Measure V vote. The people needed to speak first.

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    2. 9:33 - The Kensington has everything to do with Measure V, otherwise we'd have 75 condos there.

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  11. 8:42am has the Carter One current lawsuit against the city been settled?

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    1. Nope. That is a war that still needs to be fought.

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  12. The Preserve Sierra Madre group of 2004 worked fair and hard against greedy over development.

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    1. Not hard enough. Not fair enough. There were traitors.

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    2. I forget the name of the guy who led that bunch, but he sold out for some concessions that applied to his personal situation, and left the rest of the town in the lurch.

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  13. There should be a section of the Library set aside for books like this. It is an important topic for a lot of people in this town.

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  14. May be some contempt charges coming inside the beltway.
    Judiciary Committee releases transcripts of Donald Trump Jr.

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    1. The Senate Intelligence Committee just announced their agreement with US intelligence assessments regarding Russian interference in the 2016 election. Big blow to Trump and certifiable criminals like Congressman Nunes.

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    2. If you haven't seen Saturday's SNL Trump skit (May 6), do so. It is the best one yet!

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  15. 9:38am Yup, the LLC Corporation group did a bang up job of convincing residents and some council members of "the eyesore".
    The truth of Sierra Madre being a bedroom community was verified by the vote of the people and the short sightness of future business growth in the downtown area.

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    1. The idea that homeowners should somehow be held hostage by the Chamber of Commerce was always lost on me.

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    2. Wait, what? You’re saying that rundown closed nursing facility on the boulevard that was littered with trash, graffiti and overgrown brush was not an eyesore? Tell me again that your not anti-development...

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    3. It was intentionally allowed to get into sorry shape by its owner, in order to get the support to help him make some money on it.

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  16. Senate Intelligence Committee says Russia favored Trump in 2016; Russia played both sides but even the Russians couldn't stand Hillary!

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    1. Trump and his dumb kids are going down. And all you'll be able to do about it is whine about Hillary.

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    2. The Russians were afraid of Hillary the Hawk. They're not afraid of Putin's Pu**ygrabber.

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  17. 10:27am. It is called the gossip line!

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  18. It's also helpful that we now have a City Manager who actually knows about how to manage municipal affairs. That change came just in time me thinks.

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  19. 10:39am Ah, why yes! It was because of Hillary Rodham Clinton financing the fake dossier.
    There is no Russian Collusion only American corrupt cover up's.
    Trump will go down in history as the non political President that was able to get the job done and keep election promises.

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    1. Sure. The Republican controlled Senate Intelligence Committee just said otherwise. I think you're going to need some new material soon.

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    2. Well, you're right about one thing: Trump will go down. Mueller will see to it.

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    3. The real problem at this point are that there are too many in the Trump administration, Trump family, and Congress to prosecute.

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  20. 10:00am. Do you include spending over a million dollars for a few smart meters as wise decision? This current council is no different from some of those in the past.

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  21. 10:50am don't count those chickens before they hatch.
    All of the Developers design and criteria for build was complete and was passed by the Planning Commission, altho begrudgingly.

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  22. 11:05am. The "Matt" Preserve Sierra Madre group is self serving.
    It would have never passed the smell test with the orginal Preserve Sierra Madre founding members.

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    1. Tiresome trollery.

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    2. The original Preserve Sierra Madre founding members? You mean the people who sold out on the hillsides protections, and behind closed doors, agreed to let Greg Galletly devastate that land?

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    3. Ridiculous statement, 12:09. Mr. Bryant is a person of integrity as well as intelligence.
      In the earlier group you praise, there was the man named Forrest, who caved and then sent out emails telling everyone that the fight was over and lost. (His property was protected)
      He had no integrity at all.

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    4. Because of Forrest we lost the trees.

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    5. There was a great effort after the council's rotten decision to fight it. Thank you Linda Thornton, and thank you Donald Songster, and thanks to those who contributed to the $10,000 that was needed to get the legal papers in order. But the "leaders" of the Preserve group had turned, and while the signatures gathered to stop the council's decision were close to the required number, they fell short. If the "leaders" had held firm, better solutions would have been found, and the city would have avoided a decade long legal mess.

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  23. 11:06am you are confusing the Howies property with the old Hospital, not the same argument.

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  24. 12:59pm you must be new to Sierra Madre.

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  25. Can't recall the name of the fellow, an attorney in South Pasadena that wrote the Hillside Ordinance saved the day.
    The City of Sierra Madre could have purchased the Carter One property, no one was interested in preservation at the time.

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  26. 2:44pm. The Hillside Preservationists did not have the $800,000 needed to purchase the Carter One property at that time.

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  27. Are you kidding, 2:44? There were so many of us "interested in preservation" at the time, but City Hall in the form of the horrid Council members sold us out. How pray tell was the City going to purchase One Carter?

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  28. Again 3:59pm you must be new to Sierra Madre.

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    1. Does anybody hear an echo? It sounds like it is coming out of Dumbass Canyon.

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  29. "The case is essentially over, they are just in denial". No indictments against President Donald J Trump.

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    1. Trumpies got a serious case of gas face.

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    2. Yeah, it so over that not only have new subpoenas issued this week, but just today Trump was referred to the Justice Department for failing to disclose the Stormy loan/payment in his financial disclosures last June. And just wait for that Trump grand jury subpoena.

      It's going to be a fun summer--like the Summer of '74 to the Nth power!

      MMMAGA--Many Many Many Are Getting Arrested!

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    3. The President of the United States has admitted to paying a porn star for her silence days before the election. This after denying the relationship and lying about the payment on a previous financial disclosure form.

      If Groper Don the Con were a Democrat, the entire country would be calling for his resignation this morning.
      The House would be moving on impeachment.

      And then there's this

      https://www.democraticunderground.com/100210622751
      Lock them up Mr. Mueller.

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