what we're doing about it
Our Goal Years ago, a number of Sierra Madre groups became increasingly concerned about the threat of over-development in our village, the proliferation of large inappropriate houses, and about the water shortage. The groups united to form Preserve Sierra Madre.
Preserve Sierra Madre is not against all development, only that which destroys the beauty of this town.
Regarding Mater Dolorosa, it is our sincere hope that they will reconsider their decision and remain open to keeping this beautiful property intact for future generations to enjoy. As of December 2017, it doesn't look like it...Mater Dolorosa is again contacting City officials to discuss development.
Preserve Sierra Madre believes that it is short-sighted to carve up a property that has managed to remain intact since 1924. It would be a mistake for Mater Dolorosa and it would be a mistake for Sierra Madre if it is forced to absorb all of the negative consequences resulting from such a project.
It would be wonderful if the Passionist Fathers who own Mater Dolorosa would follow the incredible example of Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters in Indiana. Read the article here! More information in the May 13, 2016 blurb.
What's coming up and current news!
To access previous news, visit the News page.
To search for documents pertaining to City Council and Planning Commission meetings, agendas, resolutions, and more, click here.
March 5, 2018 A letter from the Preserve Sierra Madre Steering Committee:
We urgently need your help to ensure the re-election to the City Council of incumbents Rachelle Arizmendi, Denise Delmar and Gene Goss so that they can continue their efforts to preserve our "Village of the Foothills." The challenger is mounting a formidable campaign to defeat one of them in the April 10th election so we can't take anything for granted.
Here's how you can help:
1. Email us back with your address and let us know if we can put up a yard sign. We will put it up and take it down within 48 hours of the election.
2. Let us know if you can walk a neighborhood for a few hours to pass out a flyer. You will be paired with a partner and we will provide you with the campaign materials and the list of homes. It's a great way to get some exercise and meet some nice people. If you have a particular neighborhood you'd prefer to walk, we can try to accommodate your request.
3. If you would like to donate money to one or all of the campaigns, let us know and we can put you in touch with that campaign. Each campaign needs money to get the word out.
Anything can happen in an election and we cannot leave anything to chance. There is simply too much riding on this election for the future of Sierra Madre. Why would we want to break up one of the best City Council's Sierra Madre has ever had? They deserve to be re-elected but they need our help. We also don't want to have any regrets and not be left with losing one of these great City Council members and saying "If only we had done more...." We hope that you won't have to say that either. Whatever you can do to help, will be greatly appreciated. There are only a few weeks left.
Thank you for your support.
Preserve Sierra Madre's objectives:
limiting the quantity and size of new houses
keeping and maintaining the last remaining open spaces
preserving the small-town atmosphere
New developments and larger houses on smaller lots mean more water used, more traffic congestion, and constant construction traffic, dust, and noise.
With the water shortage and with developers at our doorstep, there is a big battle to fight – preserving all of Sierra Madre and putting this town on a sustainable path.
The Drought Most of southern California is still in D4, Exceptional Drought, in the State Monitor. In Sierra Madre, Resolution 14-58 declares Phase III Water Conservation and a moratorium on new water service connections, and Ordinance 1356U, which declares a water shortage emergency and also imposes a moratorium on issuance of new water connections.
The General Plan
The General Plan has been updated!