Last holidays for PCH lot

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The strip of land that has housed the Cottone & Sons Christmas tree lot and pumpkin patch for the past decade has been sold to a developer who plans to construct retail and office space on the Torrance ...

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HighDensityRaju

Fontana, CA

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May 27, 2008
 
25,000 square feet. Torrance needs to turn that down fast. Too much density for one acre. Raju is now in the business of ultra high density for quick sale. big profit. Torrance loves high density. Loves lots of cars and trucks. Loves anything that will lower the quality of life. There isn't enough density in the South Bay for the Torrance planners.

How about the airport. Torrance is already violating of original agreement when they got the airport. Building building building on airport land. Let's turn our city into a giant LA type sardine can. Welcome to Raju land. By the way, that's a crummy God forsaken corner. About all its good for is a bus stop. Guess what. That's what it is now. A high pollution corner. Hey, test the air from all that traffic. The wind blows all that pollution right onto that property. Avoid that property if you value your lungs. The pollution 24/7 there is unbelievable.

Might be a good location for a gas station. Sure wouldn't want to work in a building there with all that air pollution coming off PCH and Hawthorne Blvd. Enjoy. Breath deeply. While your lungs fill up with pollutants, Raju will make a ton more cash. Go Raju.
Here we go again

Los Angeles, CA

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#3
May 27, 2008
 
What about the mixed used residential/commercial approved on Newton/Hawthorne? Enough is enough.
Dan

United States

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#5
May 27, 2008
 
I'm glad that something is finally goning to be done there. The old car wash is an eyesore.
Liberal Larry

El Segundo, CA

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May 27, 2008
 
The burning need is to have a homeless shelter or rehab. The city should buy it and put up some kind of public service. Perhaps a big halfway house for homeless, drug-addicted sex offenders...
Torrance Mom

Long Beach, CA

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#7
May 27, 2008
 
Our family will miss the Cottone pumpkin patch and Christmas tree lot. Best wishes on finding another local plot of land! Torrance without the Cottone's wouldn't be right!
RFW

San Bernardino, CA

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#8
May 27, 2008
 
Over the years, Cattone and Sons has been pushed around from one location to another. It used to be the largest pumpkin patch and Christmas Tree lot in the southbay, combined with the produce stand that operated the rest of the year. It's a shame that such an established name in Torrance has to move almost yearly because of the greedy and unnecessary growth in the city. There is already too much grid lock in the area of PCH and Hawthorne to support another retail business. Soon there will be no space left.
Ren Nagata

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#9
May 27, 2008
 
how about you plant some trees and turn it into a mini-park?!
you cant build another shopping center over there, there are houses right behind that building!
Do we really need another shopping center?
the del amo mall is practically empty where the arcade use to be!
business owners can rent over there!
Torrance Mom DG

El Segundo, CA

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May 27, 2008
 
Since my son was born, we have made an annual trip to Cottone & Sons Pumpkin Patch. We are expecting another son any day now so I am glad to hear they are at least going to operate for one more season, but it will be bittersweet knowing it is the last year. Hopefully, they will find another location somewhere in the South Bay so our family can continue this Halloween tradition. Thank you Cottone & Sons for all the great memories you have provided our family, and best wishes in finding a new location.
Dano

El Segundo, CA

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#12
May 27, 2008
 
Developing the property will only add to the traffic. The residents in the area who have only had to deal with the traffic a couple weeks a year can now thank the city for more traffic coming. There may have been many battles over the property, but one thing is certain, evrything that is approved in Torrance is for one reason only: See story quote below:

"The city will benefit from higher property taxes since the land will be newly assessed at a higher value because of the sale", Lodan said.
torrance

Fullerton, CA

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May 27, 2008
 
Okay, first of all, why are we selling land to an Iranian/Paki or whatever. With a name like Raju, it's definately not American! Cottone & Sons have been apart of Torrance for years. I've taken my children there when they were small and every year we look forward to the pumpkin patch and tree lots. Torrance is getting commercially overwhelmed and slowly but surely, all the perks of Torrance is taken away. Do we really need ANOTHER corner shopping outlet that businesses come and go within a year? Do we need another Donut Shop? Restaurants???? Are you kidding me? Right across the street, you have Quizznos and Panda Express. Down the street you have Lisa's Bon Appetit and some Chinese Buffet. Not far is restaurant row and in between there's Mimi's Cafe, Macaroni Grill, CPK, Sushi Boy and millions of other places. Oh, and do we need another business office? There's so many in Torrance, that are currently vacated! With the way prices are now for groceries, gas, mortgages and those losing jobs, people are NOT in the position of luxury and going out to eat! This dude and his cronies need to leave and build something in Iraq or wherever he's from!
gbr

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

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#14
May 27, 2008
 
If you want to know what this project will look like..just drive to Artesia and see what happened the "little India" development on Pioneer Blvd.
Large ugly, oversized buildings infringing on the road will slow down traffic.
gbr

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

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#15
May 27, 2008
 
To 'torrance' what would you say next? The owners were 'Nakano'(Japanese)..Does that not sound American to you? What about Cottone (Italian?). It doesn't matter...American are a mix of peoples from all races and open your eyes a bit! With all the corruption going on in Torrance, I won't be surprised if this project gets approved really fast.
Rich

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#16
May 28, 2008
 
Unfortunately (or fortunately), this is a free market society and whomever has the money to buy the lot has the right to try to get approval for any project they see fit. It's up to the powers that be and the citizens of Torrance to ensure this project is within certain guidelines. We'll miss the pumpkin patch, but hopefully C & S will find a suitable alternative. They seem to be taking another relocation in good spirits.
Chef

Los Angeles, CA

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#17
May 28, 2008
 
I guess people will have find someplace else to throw away $75 on a tree.
Maria

Harbor City, CA

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Oct 22, 2008
 
I've been going to the Cottones pumpkin patch with my kids for three years. My 3 1/2 yr. old kid has a field trip there today and I tag along my older kid (almost 5 yr. old). Mr. Cottone saw my kids playing with the hay and throwing it in the air and putting some hay on the pumpkins. Mr. Cottone approached me and told me to tell my kids to stop doing that which I immediately did and Mr. Cottone heard me doing that. I actually yelled at my kids so he can hear that. Of course, the kids will stop for a minute then started to play with the hay again. Suddenly, Mr. Cottone stood in front of me and said in a loud voice that I don't really care and letting my kids play with hay again. I was sooo upset with his reaction. Well, If you don't want kids to play in your pumpkin place then just put a big sign there that kids are not allowed in the pumpkin place. What do you expect with kids going in this kind of place. Just sit, relax and watch??? What's up Mr. Cottone? Do you have kids? Have you ever raised kids? You are a very very very sad, rude and inconsiderate person ----- Well goodluck on your search for a new pumpkin site ---- But wherever you go --- I won't follow you ----- And I will tell all my friends with kids how you treated me today and my kids. And I will tell then not to go to your pumpkin place as well. Find another business that doesn't involve kids playing in your business place -----
Southbay Native Too

Inglewood, CA

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Oct 22, 2008
 
Maria, am I reading this correctly? You were on a school field trip when he treated you like that? Pretty lame of him if you ask me. However everyone else is saying the complete opposite. I'm going to test the waters and take my kid there and let them run amuck, see if he tells me something.
Monitor

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

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Oct 22, 2008
 
Maria we would all benefit if you stopped having kids.
Maria wrote:
I've been going to the Cottones pumpkin patch with my kids for three years. My 3 1/2 yr. old kid has a field trip there today and I tag along my older kid (almost 5 yr. old). Mr. Cottone saw my kids playing with the hay and throwing it in the air and putting some hay on the pumpkins. Mr. Cottone approached me and told me to tell my kids to stop doing that which I immediately did and Mr. Cottone heard me doing that. I actually yelled at my kids so he can hear that. Of course, the kids will stop for a minute then started to play with the hay again. Suddenly, Mr. Cottone stood in front of me and said in a loud voice that I don't really care and letting my kids play with hay again. I was sooo upset with his reaction. Well, If you don't want kids to play in your pumpkin place then just put a big sign there that kids are not allowed in the pumpkin place. What do you expect with kids going in this kind of place. Just sit, relax and watch??? What's up Mr. Cottone? Do you have kids? Have you ever raised kids? You are a very very very sad, rude and inconsiderate person ----- Well goodluck on your search for a new pumpkin site ---- But wherever you go --- I won't follow you ----- And I will tell all my friends with kids how you treated me today and my kids. And I will tell then not to go to your pumpkin place as well. Find another business that doesn't involve kids playing in your business place -----
Cottone and Cow

Simi Valley, CA

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#21
Oct 25, 2008
 
We had always enjoyed going to this annual Halloween pumpkin patch as well. Sadly, the memory will be forever tainted by a rude employee (owner)(a cow in purple stretch pants :( not sure which, I wouldn't hire her as a dog walker...
Zero sense of customer service, rude and a liar to boot. After jumping on my case because I related her stupid policy of not carrying the pumpkin I just purchased into the lot to let my daughter visit an attraction I had bought a ticket for... She made a case and threatened to banish me from her pumpkin kingdom...
Because I didn't buckle under to her bitching she "threw me out." I told her I would need a refund and she told me she doesn't give refunds. I told her to call the police because either she was refunding my money or my daughter was using the ticket...That shut her up for awhile. Guess there is no "Man" at home.
Her idiot, limp sidekick managed to man up enough to get her collared to the side. I assume he once had a pair...
Later she gave two people refunds...
Then sent her lame brained zombie sidekick to ask me to leave. He couldn't muster the manhood to handle that either. I told him to stop staring or come out and talk like a man.
He weasled out...Lucky day for him...
I am glad this sad excuse for a children's attraction will be gone. I am a fairly easy person to get along with. But you never mess with the bull, you will get the horns.
I hope they both starve... No loss... If I ever see this business in town again I will make it my duty to spread the word about these losers... Take this crap somewhere else...
Rude to us

Simi Valley, CA

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#22
Oct 25, 2008
 
We must have been there the same day. That witch in the purple pants needs to get on her broom and leave the South Bay forever.
Pull

Simi Valley, CA

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#23
Oct 25, 2008
 
Liberal Larry wrote:
The burning need is to have a homeless shelter or rehab. The city should buy it and put up some kind of public service. Perhaps a big halfway house for homeless, drug-addicted sex offenders...
Only if we can have a target range across the street and hang our targets on the sex offenders. Let the hunt begin!
Let's keep that stuff in communities the Liberals have already ruined.

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