Thursday, October 4, 2018

Tonight's Sierra Madre Planning Commission Meeting

Once in a while I get asked why I don't write about this stuff so much anymore. It is a fair question. The answer being that I have already said pretty much everything I know, and none of it has had any effect.

I will say this. There is a myth that if somehow those residents concerned about community preservation can come up with new and exciting ways to state their case, then the City Council will somehow revive its interest in the cause and start to listen again. Which is quite a logical disconnect if you think about it. Or an unwillingness to deal with reality. Or even admit that they were played in last April's City Council election.

I don't mean to sound unkind or anything, but this City Council doesn't give a damn about community preservation. Despite what they've said. Have you seen any indication that they do? Lately? Their actions speak to something quite the opposite.

Even before that what did they really do? They established new rules for development. Are you surprised that they are now being put to use? If so, watch tonight's Planning Commission meeting. Notice how tightly their hands have been tied.

This City Council is concerned about one thing only. Keeping the city from going into financial receivership. That is their one priority. They're solely focused on raising money to cover millions in pension and bad bond debt, and everything is now up for sale. Including permitting for the big new development at One Carter, and soon the Passionist Monastery.

The only way this kind of predatory development can be stopped is by electing people to the City Council who are seriously dedicated to the community's preservation. Not people who say they are, but once the election is over work for the opposite thing. Which is what is there now.

However, since nobody like that seems willing to step up and make that run for glory, this whole thing has come to its logical end. You can't just keep coming up with new and novel ways of asking the same people to do what they have already repeatedly refused to do, and then make believe you're actually doing something.

Do you know what is really embarrassing? Some of the same people responsible for Sierra Madre's decades old debt problems are now behind the effort to build a new Library. What could possibly go wrong, right?

It is something that the majority on this City Council not only supports with an apparent careless abandon, but would even establish a parcel tax to make happen.

Is there any similar enthusiasm from them for community preservation?

No, obviously there is not. Quite the opposite, actually.

Does this tell you that the bad guys have won? I think so.

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52 comments:

  1. Is everyone aware of Sen. John Moorlach’s fiscal reports that include city ranking and CalPERS exit strategies?

    https://moorlach.cssrc.us/content/fiscal-issues

    His report on cities ranks Sierra Madre no. 180 in Volume 7 of Unrestricted Net Position (UNP) actually better than most of the 482 cities in the state

    https://moorlach.cssrc.us/sites/default/files/180503_482CitiesRanking.pdf

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    1. Number 180? That's good? Or is it that things are so bad everywhere else that this only seems good to you in comparison. What exactly does Sierra Madre owe CalPERS?

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    2. That’s like saying I’m a little pregnant. 180 is screwed just like all the other cities. SM has less debt only because it is a smaller city. Based on the small size of SM 180 is a really bad ranking. Does anyone know how much that is per person in the city?

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    3. How much do we owe? How do we know that Library parcel tax money won't go to that as well?

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    4. The ranking is done on a per capita basis

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  2. The City Council does not listen to the Planning Commission. Remember the house at 1 Carter the PC turned down? Remember the Darling House that the Planning Commission turned down? What has the City Council done to force the McCaber barn to be saved? Nothing. If the Planning Commision was the City Council, the City would have much better stewardship of the public’s best interest. So disappointed with Denise, Rochelle, Gene, and not surprised with John and John. No respect for the current City Council. VOTE NO on any parcel tax that they propose.

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    1. The most recent house (there's another one tonight) before the Planning Commission at 1 Carter was actually approved by the Planning Commission and then was overturned by the City Council. The developer sued SM and they then came to a settlement agreement which will allow the house to be built.

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  3. The council of 2018 finished what the council of 4004 started - and for the same reason.
    The city's lawyers couldn't compete with the developers' lawyers.

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  4. 'the fix is in' process (for example, a planning commission meeting) has been rigged behind the scenes and its outcome will not reflect true results from facts brought before this body and does not reflect the will of the people.

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  5. The City Council does not listen to the public why would they listen to the Planning Commission?

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  6. The Dirts wine and dine the new City Manager and rub elbows with the council I am curios as to what amount of money they all contributed to the reelection campaign of this council?

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  7. What ever happened to the Carter 1 settlement agreements? We all know this council stole the Arts in Public places money and put the Keninston agreement money back into City infrastructure.
    The McCaber Barn is historic if the Developers tear it down what does it say about this council? Can a law suit be brought against these members?
    Absolutely vote NO on parcel tax the city can't continue meeting CalPERS obligations.

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    1. If the barn (isn't it Macomber?) is neglected long enough, there will be no alternative but to tear it down. The developers will be so sad and sorry.

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  8. Kavanaugh one of the most qualified Judges to sit on the Supreme Court, as recorded by his many written decisions over the years.
    Ford, nothing can be substantiated with her testimony according to the FBI.

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    1. Which decisions did he write. Can you provide a link to one?

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  9. Without Dr. Ford, Kavanaugh showed no courtesy, no humility, showed no empathetic intelligence, and did NOT answer many questions. Did you know he never was a judge and never heard a case. He is unqualified without all the accusations.
    Unqualified, and the president only allowing a minimum amount of research by the FBI shows they are once again hiding something. Of course Dr Ford's testimony cannot be substantiated with not allowing her to be questioned. Duh....
    Time will tell and when the full truth is revealed, many republicans will have their heads in the sand.

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    1. You must know something everyone else doesn't...do tell!

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    2. Kavanaugh has a drunk's disposition. It is no secret.

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    3. Won't it be interesting if Kavanaugh gets through, is appointed, then goes to jail for what he's done because there is no statute of limitations in Virginia, and investigate ors will have more than three days to find out the truth.

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    4. Just made up BS by a pussyhatter.

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  10. Why wont this council protect the historical structures on the Carter property?

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    1. Must be money. It's all they care about.

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    2. This council already folded. No developer will have to take them seriously.

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    3. They're the "Yoo Hoo Sailor" City Council.

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  11. Brett K is a deeply flawed individual just as 'trumpy & his family' are, there is no room for second best in the running of America's Federal Government anymore. 'Trumpy' will be the last person of his unqualified accomplishments to EVER sit or stand in the White House ever again, there will new laws drafted to preclude and stop ignorance like 'trumpy' mental defectiveness no more communists either.

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    1. Made sense to me. Can you find someone to read it to you?

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  13. Agree 10:46
    Predict a big blue wave in November.
    Thugs are done, done, and done.

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    1. So Feinstein and Schumer are out?

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    2. You must be quite a coward if you think Feinstein and Schumer are thugs. Bet the name Pelosi makes you tremble and hide under your bed.

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  14. You think Dr. Blasey did any favors for the #MeToo movement? Not!
    Now the Harvey Weinstein casting couch looks just like any other job interview, he said, she said where's the proof?

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  15. Fact: red runs through the veins of voters and the blood boils fiery hot, the GOP will turn out in very large numbers, the judicial system must be kept honest and free from thugs and bullies creating lie after lie on their quest for power. Done and done.

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    1. Some knucklehead is blessing us with regurgitated Fox News nonsense.

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    2. The worst are full of passionate intensity...

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    3. And watch Fox News 12 hours a day.

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    4. The Nutty News.

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    5. Yep, Russian red.

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  16. The city should rebrand One Carter, Carter One, aka Stonegate: Little Arcadia. Welcome to Sierra Madre's very own Macmansion suburb.

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  17. I wouldn't call them Mcmansions rather oversized cookie cutter stucco masses built on postage size lots, Arcadia has grotesque large cookie cutter masses built out in larger lots. They look like hotels not houses, maybe that's what they are, birther brothels.

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    1. McMiniMansions.

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    2. "But we'd get sued!" - The City Attorney

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  18. I just could not depart your web site before suggesting that I really loved the standard info a person supply for your guests?
    Is going to be back steadily to check up on new posts

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    1. All your base are belong to us

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  19. The fix is in for the Judge. Even if the sexual assault is a situation unable to be proven, he was a snotty frat boy on questioning. Talking over people, asking what they drink, making up meanings for definitions and being totally political calling things a left wing conspiracy. He did not do well under pressure. These judges are supposed to use the constitution to decide cases, not politics. He doesn't seem to have that temperament. They will do to women what has been done for so long ignore them, belittle them and ram it through.

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    1. Would you cry and yell at your job interview?

      No reasonable person would.

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  20. 951am Agreed, Kavanaugh should have been interviewed by the same Sexual Abuse Prosecutor that interviewed Ford, it was not fair that the Senators all conducted the interview for one person and not the other.
    I agree the District if Columbia where Judge Kavanaugh serves us not a state and after seven FBI interviews along with the National spotlight if public inter views this is not enough, the interviews should continue into the future until the USA puts colonies on Mars.
    Just because Ford operated from a dream state of recalling her memories doesn't mean that Kavanaugh's fact finding information is any more believable.
    The Senators should not have their heads in the sand they should all term out because thanks to the Democrats bipartisanship is dead.

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    1. Merrick Garland

      Your Phony argument is dead

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  21. The notion that these overindulged and overindulgent 80’s private school/frat brats limited themselves to drinking is absurd.

    Why no mention at all in the media about drug use? Wealthy kids always have access to weed and cocaine.

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  22. Just say it ain't so Justice Stevens, https://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/retired-supreme-court-justice-kavanaugh-does-not-belong-high-court/aXEO6XTeiF8OECimtNxpjJ/

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  23. Kavanaugh's wife may still be with him physically, but look at her during his last tirade. She knows what he is. She already left him mentally. Soon she will get her girls away from him.

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  24. There is a general dislike and distrust of 'trumpy' in those RED states who have elections coming in November 2018. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/in-deep-red-tennessee-republicans-are-anxious-about-the-us-senate-race/2018/10/04/de13d5a6-c57d-11e8-b2b5-79270f9cce17_story.html?utm_term=.9521a8c8ffdd

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  25. Marko Rubio is out of his league and above his pay grade. https://www.tmz.com/2018/10/04/marco-rubio-talks-brett-kavanaugh-supreme-court-nomination/

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