Why is it the City of Sierra Madre no longer has the financial wherewithal to fight mansionization within its borders ...
... yet apparently does have the budgetary resources needed to continue financing city employee raises?
That seems to me to be to be a fair question. A larger one might be what are the actual current priorities of this City Council. Anybody know?
Do these Councilmembers really want to stop Arcadia style mass mansionization? Something that, through their de facto capitulation on One Carter two weeks ago, they have now paved the way for? And by inference the monastery property as well?
Or would they simply prefer to continue handing taxpayer swag over to organizations like the CEA and SMPOA? This despite the now questionable claim that they are running a much tighter financial ship than any of their recent predecessors?
Perhaps they're only doing so in certain select cases.
Or maybe for this City Council it is just simpler that way. Residents being far easier to push aside than the employee associations that seem to get most of their financial attention.