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Montebello, CA

Did Jack Hadjinian Lie?

If you look at saveourmontebelloh ills.com you will see our vision brochure, which has all the things you ask about. As the property is privately owned and the owners and city only do the absolute least public access legally plausible, the nature of the conservancy, and who is involved, is not publicly available.  (33 min ago | post #34)

Montebello, CA

Did Jack Hadjinian Lie?

It isn't a question for the city of choice, but of liability. After 10 or so years, the developer is off the hook on liability issues regarding Oilfield operations and the city thereafter has UNLIMITED liability for problems from the location. Cracks in the foundation, walls, ceilings, like those in homes adjacent to oilfield operations in Baldwin Hills become the City of Montebello's problems. Cancer, asthma, deaths and disease become City of Montebello's problems because they would have allowed this development to be built. As the condo proponents state over and over, "no one has to choose to live in the hills if they don't want to', BUT Everyone in Montebello would be unable to choose whether or not to pay for damages by those who could to live in the hills, and would have to pay them, probably through increased taxes. Such probable dangers don't exist for other Montebello developments, just the Montebello Oilfield proposal.  (6 hrs ago | post #32)

Montebello, CA

Did Jack Hadjinian Lie?

If you look for "Unavoidable Adverse Impacts" in the FEIR (Final Environmental Impact Report) on the city's website, you will see Traffic, Air Pollution (Some of which causes Cancer, Asthma, etc.), Viewscape destruction, and other problems. Among problems not mentioned are loss of privacy for La Merced residents. Remember, if you can see the Hills from your backyard and windows, those in the Hills can see into your backyards and windows, too. If you go to saveourmontebelloh ills.com you can get a number of fact sheets that have been compiled from the developer's documents about the proposal's dangers and the people of Montebello's vision for rational development in the Hills When the Montebello Residents who make up the Task Force speak as individuals on other developments in the city, most of its members have constructive advice urging mixed use developments like those so successful in South Pasadena and Pasadena, with lofts and apartments above and restaurants, stores, and businesses below. Some of these same individuals even supported the Olsen condo development, the recent Whittier Blvd. apartment proposal, and even Mr. Pace's condo proposal that was defeated. It is only DANGEROUS, both fiscally and healthwise, development that they are opposed to The only kind of development that makes financial sense for the city AND is a safe use for people, is an open space park, but that probably would have to be evaluated whether it could happen immediately or have to wait until the cessation of oil production, as in the rest of the city. This type of development would raise property values for almost all of the homeowners in the La Merced and Racquet Mountain areas, with concurrent increased property tax revenues for the city and State. Increased visitor traffic for Gas Stations, Restaurants, and Stores without the need for substantially increased (water, sewer, electricity, streets and phone) infrastructure, police and fire services would greatly help the city with sales tax revenue. Parkland also directly helps with juvenile and adult diabetes, as shown in numerous studies. This use would also benefit the Oilfield operator, as it wouldn't have to worry about claims from homeowners like those in Baldwin Hills adjacent to the Inglewood Oilfield, also owned by the same owner as the Montebello Oilfield.  (6 hrs ago | post #31)

Montebello, CA

Did Jack Hadjinian Lie?

There is no need to apologize for asking any question, but I accept them if it helps. These are the short answers concerning 10,000+ pages of applicant documentation. The underlying ground and continuing oil and natural gas production from about 100 active wellheads, about another 100 on standby (and abandoned) if prices rise enough, and about 100 water injection make this area unsuitable for residential development according to ALL non-profit public service groups that have examined this proposal. We don't have to ask if the money the city would receive from the proposal is worth the risk, because the city wouldn't receive any net income, but would probably have a structural budget deficit from this condo proposal ranging from $250,000 to $2,000,000. The Fiscal Impact Analysis (FIA) on the city's website was prepared exclusively for Cook-Hill Properties, as stated on the title page, and the city was only peripherally involved in its preparation and still only manages to squeeze out a $500,000 budget surplus with a large number of very questionable, highly improbable, and outright wrong assumptions. The largest ones are the assumption that NO owners of the condos would be living in them, so NO homeowner's exemptions on property tax, and a highly suspicious transfer FROM the city's pension fund TO the proposed development!!!! With rational assumptions from just those two categories, the budget "surplus " disappears. Other questionable FIA income comes from assumptions that there will be income from DEA seizures (are the condos marketed to drug dealers?) and that each unit will have two new cars purchased every year or two!!! That is what the CA had to do to squeeze out a seven tenths of one percent profit from this proposal (on paper) for the city. As to accessibility, the Hills were completely accessible to anyone who wanted to go in them BEFORE the current owner dropped the Iron Curtain around them. There was even a number for hikers to call so the gates would be left open for them to hike the Hills, and there were numerous access points in the fence for local residents to use for access. That accessibility can be restored at any time by the current owner. The Save the Montebello Hills Task Force of the Sierra Club, Angeles Chapter, hasn't taken a position to oppose ANY other development in Montebello, ONLY the unwise and dangerous Montebello Oilfield condo proposal. ALL the homes are "in condominium" as Mr. Witt stated at the planning commission meeting in his presentation. That means NO homeowner owns his land, and ALL homes are under a Homeowner's Association. All condos.  (7 hrs ago | post #30)

Montebello, CA

Did Jack Hadjinian Lie?

There is no need to apologize for asking any question, but I accept them if it helps. These are the short answers concerning 10,000+ pages of applicant documentation. The underlying ground and continuing oil and natural gas production from about 100 active wellheads, about another 100 on standby (and abandoned) if prices rise enough, and about 100 water injection make this area unsuitable for residential development according to ALL non-profit public service groups that have examined this proposal. We don't have to ask if the money the city would receive from the proposal is worth the risk, because the city wouldn't receive any net income, but would probably have a structural budget deficit from this condo proposal ranging from $250,000 to $2,000,000. The Fiscal Impact Analysis (FIA) on the city's website was prepared exclusively for Cook-Hill Properties, as stated on the title page, and the city was only peripherally involved in its preparation and still only manages to squeeze out a $500,000 budget surplus with a large number of very questionable, highly improbable, and outright wrong assumptions. The largest ones are the assumption that NO owners of the condos would be living in them, so NO homeowner's exemptions on property tax, and a highly suspicious transfer FROM the city's pension fund TO the proposed development!!!! With rational assumptions from just those two categories, the budget "surplus " disappears. Other questionable FIA income comes from assumptions that there will be income from DEA seizures (are the condos marketed to drug dealers?) and that each unit will have two new cars purchased every year or two!!! That is what the CA had to do to squeeze out a seven tenths of one percent profit from this proposal (on paper) for the city. As to accessibility, the Hills were completely accessible to anyone who wanted to go in them BEFORE the current owner dropped the Iron Curtain around them. There was even a number for hikers to call so the gates would be left open for them to hike the Hills, and there were numerous access points in the fence for local residents to use for access. That accessibility can be restored at any time by the current owner. The Save the Montebello Hills Task Force of the Sierra Club, Angeles Chapter, hasn't taken a position to oppose ANY other development in Montebello, ONLY the unwise and dangerous Montebello Oilfield condo proposal. ALL the homes are "in condominium" as Mr. Witt stated at the planning commission meeting in his presentation. That means NO homeowner owns his land, and ALL homes are under a Homeowner's Association. All condos. If you look for "Unavoidable Adverse Impacts" in the FEIR (Final Environmental Impact Report), you will see Traffic, Air Pollution (Some of which causes Cancer, Asthma, etc.), Viewscape destruction, and other problems. Among problems not mentioned are loss of privacy for La Merced residents. Remember, if you can see the Hills from your backyard and windows, those in the Hills can see into your backyards and windows, too.  (7 hrs ago | post #29)

Montebello, CA

Montebello City Council votes 3-2 to give city administra...

Yet another example on how this Mayor's administration is becoming LESS transparent and responsive to the people as time goes on. I'll leave it to others to catalog Mayor Jack's closing off of city hall activities to the people.  (Yesterday | post #86)

Montebello, CA

Montebello City Council votes 3-2 to give city administra...

None of the old agendas, previously available for several months, are now available. When asked about this at the last two city council meetings, Mayor Jack and Francesca sat in silence. That is mysterious.  (Yesterday | post #85)

Montebello, CA

Did Jack Hadjinian Lie?

The idea of these threads is supposed to be a forum (see the title, Montebello Forum?) to discuss issues, ideas, and philosophies related to Montebello. Not knowing who someone is an important start to discussion, forcing you to address issues, and not engage in juvenile name calling more appropriate to a school playground. Personal attack is the refuge of someone who's ideas are indefensible.  (Yesterday | post #27)

Montebello, CA

Mtb Hills Meeting on Cinco de Mayo for Oilfield Condos

The unfinished Montebello Oilfield Condo Proposal meeting of the Planning Commission will be continued on Cinco de Mayo. This is apparently in an attempt to keep as many Hispanics out of the decision making process as possible, as also demonstrated by the complete lack of any of the condo proposal being in Spanish. http://www.whittie rdailynews.com/gov ernment-and-politi cs/20150421/monteb ello-planning-comm issions-abrupt-end ing-catches-many-b y-surprise One speaker eloquently voiced a concern made over and over: “Oil is incompatible with human life. Anytime you live near an oil field, you’re more vulnerable to cancer. I don’t care how many times they tell you, there will be danger for people living there.”  (Friday Apr 24 | post #1)

Montebello, CA

Montebello City Council votes 3-2 to give city administra...

Presumeably, the CA is also responsible for the 2/25 CC agenda being mysteriously withdrawn from the city's agenda archives. It's the agenda that shows that she didn't put the text of AB 1340 in the resolution she wrote to get the council to support selling the city's water utility, and didn't mention the cutting out the voters, CPUC oversight, and competitive bidding in the resolution.  (Friday Apr 24 | post #81)

Montebello, CA

Meeting at Quiet Cannon Today?

A woman public speaker at the last city council meeting made the statement (that Mayor Jack Hadjinian endorsed) that this speaker was speaking for herself, and not her husband, and by the same token, her husband is not her and does not speak for her. When he suddenly realized that this also applied to Councilmember Cortez, after he solicited the speaker's comments from the audience as she was walking away from the podium, he then told her that she couldn't speak from the audience and cut her off. This is the second older woman he has had a run in with at recent city council meetings. Is a long time woman public speaker right in her continuing assertions that assertive women get treated badly at Montebello City Council meetings? As an example, she pointed out that the photographs of Mayors of Montebello didn't have Christina Cortez' photo in them, even after more than a year. Is she right about poor treatment?  (Friday Apr 24 | post #24)

Montebello, CA

Public Meeting on Oilfield Condos 4-21

There will be a planning commission meeting on the proposed Montebello Oilfield Condo Project on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at the Quiet Cannon, 901 Via San Clemente, Montebello, CA 90640 at 6:00 pm., despite claims that there would be no such meeting by the Mayor and city department heads at the 4-8 city council meeting. The official announcement is here: http://www.cityofm ontebello.com/news /displaynews.asp?N ewsID=364&Targ etID=8 This will be an opportunity to let appointed and elected officials know our opinion on the proposal to build condos on the active Montebello Oilfield, with about 300 total wellheads below and near the project area. For more information on the dangers and details of this proposal, go to http://www.saveour montebellohills.co m/ If anyone wants a copy of the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) for the oilfield residential proposal, use the contact information in the city's announcement and ask the city officials for it.  (Tuesday Apr 14 | post #1)

Montebello, CA

Did Jack Hadjinian Lie?

I, too, was at that meeting. It would appear that either the Mayor and the department heads lied, or he has lost control of the city administration. They were questioned closely whether there was going to be any kind of official city meeting, and everyone behind the dias claimed ignorance. Obviously, with the official notification appearing in the Comet the next day showing that someone in the upper echelons of the city knew about the Quiet Cannon meeting, transparency and honesty appear to be missing components of this Mayor and his administration.  (Tuesday Apr 14 | post #2)

Montebello, CA

Montebello City Council votes 3-2 to give city administra...

As someone who supports the apartment project, I disagree that this was just a concept bill. While the space between the studs and the support columns for the garages aren't shown, it is necessary to show the sizes and layout of the apartments and how many parking spaces are there per unit. THAT is a concept proposal. The staff person seemed to me to either not know, or deliberately misstated, both the layout of the development and current Montebello codes. This design was also NOT the one shown and voted on by the planning commission. Why is Montebello doing the wrong thing by not following its own codes, laws, notifications and procedures regarding development? If the developer, commissioners, and the staff had just done their work cleanly, this plan could have been voted on and passed by now. The staff seems to believe they don't have to follow the law, the commissioners seem to believe they can skate on by without doing any actual fact checking or due diligence, and some council members appear to believe that their own ends justifies any means.  (Monday Apr 13 | post #71)

Montebello, CA

Montebello Hills: Decades in the Waiting

1200 Condos (btw legally, they are ALL condos) is a LOT of condos! Your 10 - 35% water usage that you and I will have to cut would go to them. Read the newspaper. They're talking about real water reduction enforcement efforts, tickets, fines. Meanwhile, spoiled developers are supposed to get to build, build, build? Have you forgotten that during that 8 - 10 years of earth moving, polluted dust, construction noise, the 6 million cubic yards of dirt that they want to move, would have to be watered down every three hours to maintain an 18% humidity ratio? Now, that's a great use of our badly needed water, right? Agree with you that a few acres of retail/commercial would be way better, with the rest being permanent open space and a park. That would probably bring in more money to the city and wouldn't cause health risks to families living on top of an active oil field.  (Saturday Apr 11 | post #27)

Q & A with 42 yr North Mtb resident

Headline:

Hilltop Park Above All

Hometown:

Montebello, CA

Neighborhood:

La Merced Area, Montebello

Local Favorites:

Middle East Restaurant Grant Rea Park Golden Ox The Last Open Hills

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Save the Montebello Hills Task Force Montebello Community Literacy Association

When I'm Not on Topix:

I'm at work, fixing graffiti, reading, PC gaming, web surfing, reading my emails.

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I consider ALL sides of EVERY issue.

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NPR, K-Earth, 102.7, 99.9,

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The Art of War, by Sun Tzu

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Women, Conflict Simulations (Wargames), Live fire exercises, Honest government

On My Mind:

Possible destruction of our last undevel-oped Hills by carpetbaggers 'n scoundrels

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Google 'Save the Montebello Hills". We're #1.

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1. The power of an inflamed electorate to clean house when necessary, 2. USC, 3. The spiritually cleansing ability of Nature, 4. God, 5. The Constitution of US