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Montebello, CA

Athens Out of Montebello?

No planning commission, traffic and safety, and parks and rec meetings are on anyone's tube. :( Thankfully, the honest residents who attend all of those meetings and positively monitor them for all the people let us know what is really going on. :)  (4 hrs ago | post #38)

Montebello, CA

Montebello Hills Reserve?

While the main website is down, parts of it that I have bookmarked still are operational. Here is the one for the uncontested fact sheets that detail what is dangerous, unfixable, and just plain bad about the proposed hillside condo project: http://www.saveour montebellohills.co m/?cat=17  (4 hrs ago | post #6)

Montebello, CA

Athens Out of Montebello?

Wouldn't someone who has a general love and interest in Montebello want the city staff, commission and CA to act ethically and legally? Doesn't a Montebello lover want the city to have a reputation as a clean, ethical city instead of the dirty MonteBELLo? I, for one, am glad that so many honest, clean long-time residents are watching the city's councilmembers, employees and commissioners to keep them and the processes honest! Those are the people that REALLY have a love for Montebello and don't mind attending meetings and letting everyone ask as many questions as they want so information flows to the people. BTW, the Save the Montebello Hills group is the only group that translates many stories, announcements, and reports into Spanish, unlike the city and the proposed condo developer.  (5 hrs ago | post #36)

Montebello, CA

Appellate court upholds ruling voiding Montebello trash c...

Maybe that is the kind of 'trickle-down' effect Mayor Hadjinian means when he said in the Whittier Daily News that whether or not the condos make money for the city or not is not important? More sick and dying people for Beverly Hospital? Unfortunately, the city budget gets little from increased medical costs.  (Tuesday | post #10)

Montebello, CA

Appellate court upholds ruling voiding Montebello trash c...

Red Herring: A red herring is something that misleads or distracts from a relevant or important issue. It may be either a logical fallacy or a literary device that leads readers or characters towards a false conclusion. A red herring might be intentionally used, such as in mystery fiction or as part of a rhetorical strategy (e.g. in politics).  (Tuesday | post #9)

Montebello, CA

Athens Out of Montebello?

Get YOUR facts straight. The FIA is part of the condo proposal's Environmental Impact Report. It was ready in February, but sat on the CA's desk for 8 months. It was stamped "Final" in August, BEFORE the RDEIR was released, and should have been released before the MHSP study session, but instead was withheld until AFTER the comment period ended. She even withheld it from some, but not all, of the city council members, which only came out because of perseverance by Mtb residents incessant questioning at city council meetings. There are NO independent opinions, as shown in the amazing documents at the back of the FIA, which show that NONE of the assumptions and estimates were independently arrived at, but were ALL supplied by the developer, its handpicked consultants, and the City Administrator and Administration. ONLY after at least two person to person meetings would the consultant state that this document was supposedly acceptable. It is NOT considered ethical or proper for city employees or councilmembers to socialize with petitioners that have moneymaking (for the petitioner) proposals that will come before the city council. Socializing is very different from merely talking. No one that I know is jealous of unethical practices. Nobody who knows the facts of the development wants it. With the condo proposal causing, according to the developer, Unfixable traffic problems, destruction of the current viewscape, the death of half of the flora and fauna in the hills, 10 years of contaminated dust raining down on La Merced and Racquet Mountain homes, why would anyone who cares for Montebello? And what the developer doesn't admit to are dangers from putting homes directly above 300 or so wellheads, of which about 100 would continue to produce for decades. Oil production is bad enough NEAR homes, and it is unconscionable to have it going on BELOW homes, even substandard (by Montebello building codes) condos.  (Tuesday | post #29)

Montebello, CA

Jeff Jerrod, new to 'Storage Wars,' loses money on Russia...

Having been bidding and buying storage units off and on for the last 30 years, I would say that more like 75% are junk from broke people, but the 25% that is left consists of good furniture, antiques, and collectibles from bankrupt, broke, and deceased people. However, even the junk can be given or sold to lower level flea market sellers and can generate money. I, however, have NEVER found money, real jewelry, coin collections, or other small valuables in such units. Almost always, these items have been removed by the unit owners before the units are abandoned. Only dead people's units have generated such items, from what others who have been struck by lightning in finding such items. Reportedly, the items in the units that are bid on by the show's characters ARE items from actual storage units, just not necessarily those storage units. Whether or not these are 'real' auctions, they look like them, and as not all of the 'auctions' of the storage units are shown on TV, presumably some of them are won by the crowd of people that are not TV characters. This can be inferred when the auctioneers say there are 20 units for sale, but only 5 or so are shown on the show. I haven't seen many unit auctions go as high as the ones on the show, but I have seen some obviously high quality units go for thousands of dollars.  (Monday Mar 2 | post #8)

Montebello, CA

Athens Out of Montebello?

At the last city council meeting, the city's auditor said that a $500,000 amount of surplus was "modest. " I agree with her characterization, and without the $330,000+ taken from city employees' retirement fund and all the numerous other questionable "income" , the money from the proposed condo development FIA is downright Immodest enough to make the city administrator blush!  (Sunday Mar 1 | post #23)

Montebello, CA

Athens Out of Montebello?

The administration of the current mayor bears a great resemblance to the discredited ones of the past regarding development: corrupt practices where clean, legal ones would do just as well. If the planning commission, led by the Mayor's nominee, can't even give legal, accurate, and timely notices and description for a project that has very little opposition, what will it do with the wildly unpopular, dangerous, and fiscally irresponsible proposed hillside condo development? It is ominous that the reported planning commission meeting on the condos is two days after Easter! They are apparently hoping that this will cut down the number of average people from voicing their near unanimous opposition to the proposed development.  (Saturday Feb 28 | post #21)

Montebello, CA

Montebello Hills: Decades in the Wasiting

#2 & 3 by another person: "In 2009, the South Coast Air Quality Management District sent these comments on the proposed project: “The SCAQMD is concerned that residents and other sensitive receptors in the proposed residential development would be exposed to borderline significant levels of cancer risk and significant operational NOx emissions from the active oil field operations that will continue to operate 24 hours per day, seven days per week within the proposed development. The lead agency has estimated that sensitive receptors would be exposed to a cancer risk level of 9.9 in one million compared with the SCAQMD threshold of 10 in one million (1.0 x 10-5) and would also be exposed to 459 pounds per day of oxides of nitrogen (NOx) from future ongoing oil field operations, which exceeds the SCAQMD’s recommended regional daily significance threshold for NOx of 55 pounds per day by approximately eightfold. Therefore, the SCAQMD is concerned about the incompatibility of the proposed project with the adjacent ongoing oil field operations where residents would be exposed to elevated air toxic emissions and significant criteria pollutant emissions.” Source url: http://www.aqmd.go v/docs/default-sou rce/ceqa/comment-l etters/2009/june/p roposed-montebello -hills-specific-pl an.pdf?sfvrsn=4 In 2014, the SCAQMD sent these follow up comments: “The SCAQMD staff reaffirms our previous comment concerns that residents and other sensitive receptors in the proposed mixed-use alternatives would still be exposed to borderline significant levels of cancer risk and significant regional NOx emissions during construction. In addition, the proposed project will generate significant operational CO, NOx and ROG emissions from commercial and residential vehicles along with emissions from the active oil field that continues to operate 24 hours per day, seven days per week around/surrounding the proposed development.” Continued from previous post above… In 2014, the SCAQMD sent these follow up comments: “The SCAQMD staff reaffirms our previous comment concerns that residents and other sensitive receptors in the proposed mixed-use alternatives would still be exposed to borderline significant levels of cancer risk and significant regional NOx emissions during construction. In addition, the proposed project will generate significant operational CO, NOx and ROG emissions from commercial and residential vehicles along with emissions from the active oil field that continues to operate 24 hours per day, seven days per week around/surrounding the proposed development.” Source url: http://www.aqmd.go v/docs/default-sou rce/ceqa/comment-l etters/2014/octobe r/deirmontebello.p df?sfvrsn=2 No amount of alleged “economic benefit” can make up for the risks to human health and safety posed by this proposed project.  (Tuesday Feb 10 | post #5)

Montebello, CA

Montebello Hills: Decades in the Wasiting

There are also 3 comments on the above story on the EGP website: #1 devoted to montebello ecology The advertising hype is so blatant that one wonders why anyone on the City Council should be concerned that there so much money is being spent by Crook-Hill. Could it be that it, a corporation, is spending the money in other ways and thus are having a bit to much influence on the political process? It would not surprise me that this is happening locally since now the trend in national politics that a few people/corporation s are spending billions of dollars to buy ads to influence voters and pressure politicians while billions of people with only a few dollars each have very little if any influence. Sad to see democracy disappearing…..  (Tuesday Feb 10 | post #4)

Montebello, CA

Montebello Hills: Decades in the Wasiting

Molinari has been on the council for eight terms and has watched the project change over the years. “This proposal is a lot of what we don’t need and very little of what we do need,” said Molinari, whose background is in real estate, construction and development. “It has to be mutually beneficial,” he said. Considering it’s a prime site, it doesn’t meet the needs in our community, Molinari said. Resident Linda Nicklas disagrees, she think the development is a win for the city. “The city has a lot of bond [debt], so the city will need this money,” she said. “Right now [the hills are] just a weedy area, anything would be an improvement over that.” It’s not a viewpoint shared by Margot Eiser of the Sierra Club sponsored Save the Montebello Hills organization. She says the added revenue is not worth destroying the region’s last large open space. “I don’t think it’s enough,” Eiser said about the projected revenue to the city. “It’s not worth the liability of building on an active oil field.” Eiser calls Cook Hill’ numbers “real estate speculation” with “many discrepancies.” Arakal counters that it’s “money [Montebello] doesn’t have now. The numbers are conservative and do not consider the “spill over affects” of new jobs or new spending by new residents, he said. To Hadjinian, that’s an important point. If the project attracts its target buyers, which the mayor believes it will, it could lure better shops and restaurants to Montebello. A change in the city’s demographics means higher-income customers, which attracts businesses that cater to them, he said.  (Tuesday Feb 10 | post #3)

Montebello, CA

Montebello Hills: Decades in the Wasiting

EGP news filed the following story last week: http://egpnews.com /2015/02/montebell o-hills-decades-in -the-waiting/comme nt-page-1/#comment -649602 Montebello Hills: Decades In the Waiting Part 1 or 2. By Nancy Martinez & Gloria Alvarez, EGP Staff Writers Oil crickets dot the brush-covered hills where the California gnatcatcher, a tiny bird on the U.S. threatened species list makes its home. Metal fencing keeps outsiders away. But a controversial project to develop a large swath of the 488-acres of open, privately owned hillside in the City of Montebello could be closer to resolution after decades of delays, plan changes and opposition from open space and environmental advocates. Located near the cities of Rosemead and Monterey Park to the north, the Whittier Narrows Flood Plain to the east and bounded by Montebello and San Gabriel Boulevards and Lincoln Avenue, the Montebello Hills Planned Community would be built in one of the few remaining large undeveloped areas in the San Gabriel Valley. City managers, department heads and city council members have come and gone since the project was first proposed, but as the city ends its review of the most recent development options outlined in a Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR), recirculated for review and comment last fall, it appears a decision on the project’s future could come this spring. For 20 plus years, the debate has mostly boiled down to one question: Is the money the city stands to make on the project worth the cost to the environment or the health consequences to people living “atop an active oil field? Environmental activists say no. Montebello’s longest sitting councilman says the developer has overstated the economic benefits to the city. Councilman Bill Molinari thinks the developer can afford to be more “generous” and the city should get more revenue and amenities from the project. Mayor Jack Hadjinian, on the other hand, says he is comfortable with the developer’s numbers and calls them “realistic.” The motivation should be to develop the hills, it shouldn’t just be the net gain, Hadjinian told EGP. Years in the Making In 1991, then property owner Chevron proposed building nearly 2,100 homes on 80 percent of the land, drawing criticism from residents and the environmental community. But in 1993, the California gnatcatcher, a tiny bird that makes its home in the Montebello Hills, was added to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s list of threatened species — placing much of the project area off-limits to development — and the project was reduced in the mid 1990s to 1,600 homes on approximately 65% of the land. Working with state and federal regulators, the developer has set aside land for restoration of the coastal sage vegetation habitat and a Habitat Reserve, which under the current proposal would amount to 260 of the 314 acres to remain as open space in perpetuity. As for the housing component, Cook Hill Properties LLC, which is overseeing the project for property owner Montebello Land Company, prefers the alternative known as the Montebello Specific Plan that would build 1,200 homes on approximately 36% of the land. It is one of several alternatives in the draft EIR that range from 600 to approximately 1,200 residential units, with or without 87 to 92,000 square feet of commercial space, and public amenities such as parks, scenic hiking trails and the approximately 260-acre habitat reserve. Homes would be built in phases over 7 years and completed by 2022, potentially adding 3,900 new residents in the city.  (Tuesday Feb 10 | post #1)

Montebello, CA

Montebello residents debate merits of proposed housing pr...

There are PLENTY of places for fine restaurants and markets along Whittier and Beverly Blvds. The public micropark in the proposed hill condo project is so tiny that the whole thing, including its 25 or so parking spots, would just about fit in the larger parking lot at Grant Rea.  (Tuesday Feb 10 | post #24)

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

I Belong To:

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,

Read This Book:

The Art of War, by Sun Tzu

Favorite Things:

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