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.