October 28, 2014 Council member Denise Delmar and Mayor Pro-Tem John Capaccio have asked for a review of the Planning Commission's decision to approve CETT's plan for a 3171 sf house at One Carter. No need for the residents of Sierra Madre to pay the $7,500 fee that the City required for an appeal. Council member Rachelle Arizmendi had to recuse herself as she lives within 500' of the site. Ask Mayor Harebedian and Council member Goss to also ask for the review.
October 2014 In a letter from Barry Gold to the City Council, he requested that a review of this decision be put on the agenda for the next Planning Commission meeting, as he felt that the One Carter/Stonegate design did not adhere to the General Plan guidelines. The Sierra Madre Tattler!
October 24, 2014 Is it really pay to play? The Sierra Madre Tattler! There is a $7,500 fee to request an appeal to the Planning Commission's decision to approve the CETT's plans for one of the lots at One Carter. If it's true that if two City Council members can request that appeal with no fee, then everyone needs to email them to do just that. See the What you can do page for their email addresses and telephone numbers
October 22, 2014 Neighborhood frustration grows as mansionization continues in L.A. The Los Angeles Times
October 21, 2014 Preserve Sierra Madre discusses the option of an appeal to the Planning Commission's decision to approve the One Carter/Stonegate plan. The Sierra Madre Tattler!
October 17, 2014 Planning Commission meeting, plans for a 3171 sf Mediterranean-style house at 610 Baldwin Court (One Carter/Stonegate) were approved. The lot size is 13,030, of which only 5328 is less than 15% slope. The Sierra Madre Tattler!
Octobe 16, 2014 The Planning Commission caves to CETT Inc. and the threat of a lawsuit. The Sierra Madre Tattler! One Carter, aka Stonegate will have a large house on a small lot.
October 15, 2014 Why are Chinese Millionaires Buying Mansions in an L.A. Suburb? Bloomberg Business Week
October 7, 2014, City Council meeting. A review of the General Plan update.
We gratefully thank the City Council and Mayor John Harabedian for accepting the suggestions listed below. Read about the meeting in The Sierra Madre Tattler!
Replace the word "encourage" with "ensure."
Lot splitting: curtail the use of lot splitting which resulted in small lots with large houses
Set height limits in place so that new houses don't loom over their neighbors
Institute a Design Review Committee
October 5, 2014 Insights in to China's love of copycat suburbia The Sierra Madre Tattler!
October 2, 2014 Planning Commission: did not accept CETT's architectural changes and required four revisions; rescheduled for review in two weeks. CETT's attorney Richard McDonald seems to be paving the way for litagation.The Sierra Madre Tattler!
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Sierra Madre is mandated to conserve water, residents can only water their property twice a week: odd numbered houses and addresses with fractions on Tuesdays and Fridays, and even numbered houses on Mondays and Thursdays.
September 23, 2014 L.A. Should Act Quickly to Close Loopholes in Mansionization Ordinance, Los Angeles Times
September 20, 2014 New Urban West (NUWI), the developer for Mater Dolorosa, provided the city with a document entitled "Early Thoughts." In the letter to Mayor John Harebedian, dated September 18, it listed "benefits" to Sierra Madre...including the promise that no new water would be used. Mountain View News Volume 8 Number 38. Apparently the document can be viewed by the public; go to the front desk at city hall.
September 13, 2014 Danny Castro is leaving Sierra Madre in October for Sausalito. The Sierra Madre Tattler!
September 11, 2014 The twin LULUs (Locally Unwanted Land Uses) on Camillo Road: monstrosities. The Sierra Madre Tattler!
September 2, 2014 Is the Chinese housing market bubble about to burst? The Sierra Madre Tattler!
December 23, 2014 Arcadia Council Deals a Blow to Builders. What wonderful news! A developer wanted to tear down a home in the Highland Oaks area of Arcadia (homes less than 5000 sf) and replace it with a 7,000 sf house. In a unanimous vote, the Arcadia City Council backed irate homeowners and dealt a blow to builders in the city. Arcadia Weekly
December 16, 2014 On Tuesday, December 16, the Monrovia City Council voted to extend its moratoria on demolition and building permits through November of 2015.The moratoria were the result of public input regarding “mansionization” of the city, demolishing small homes and building “mansions” in their place. Throughout meetings of the Historic Preservation Commission and the Council, numerous citizens spoke out against what they said they saw happening in other communities especially in Arcadia. Monrovia Weekly
December 15, 2014 Arcadia: the Mistress City of California. The Sierra Madre Tattler!
November 25, 2014 City Council meeting. CETT gets another victory of sorts. The meeting to discuss the Planning Commission's approval of the plans for 610 Baldwin, which the residents of the town are against, looked as though it would be thrown out. However Mayor Harabedian kowtowed to CETT and granted them a continuance. The Sierra Madre Tattler!
November 4, 2014 The Los Angeles City Council voted to enact immediate laws that would restrict the size of dwellings in 14 neighborhoods in Los Angeles. In the Valley, the law will apply to Old Granada Hills and Valley Village. Link.
However, in another article Don't be deceived, City Hall is in no hurry to stop mansionization, this decision was basically called meaningless. November 8, 2014 City Watch.