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Montebello Councilman Jack Hadjinian Asks for Improvements at Taylor Ranch Property

There are 14 comments on the www.whittierdailynews.com story from Jul 17, 2013, titled Montebello Councilman Jack Hadjinian Asks for Improvements at Taylor Ranch Property. In it, www.whittierdailynews.com reports that:

For nearly five years a green fence has surrounded the now mostly-vacant historic Taylor Ranch Park. But now Councilman Jack Hadjinian thinks its time for that fence to come down and the area, located at 737 Montebello Blvd., to be turned into park land.

Hadjinian last week persuaded the City Council to have city staff come back at Wednesday's meeting with information on how much it will cost to take the fence down, put grass in and install an irrigation system.

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Wonder Why

San Marcos, CA

#1 Jul 19, 2013
At the most recent city council meeting Councilmember Hadjinian opined that it would only take $50,000 to make the changes described in the article. Now he's reported to have stated that the cost would be $200,000. Where is that money supposed to come from? The same Councilmember has previously strongly insisted that city public safety staff and equipment deserve more money. He bemoaned the alleged lack of funds for these priorities. Now he suddenly wants to spend scarce city funds on alleged "improvements" that would have to be torn out once the city is finally able to build the long awaited Taylor Ranch House Cultural Arts Center.
theolona ranger

United States

#2 Jul 21, 2013
Jack should know that the City just passed the budget and he did not bring this item up for consideration.
I'm sure Franscea has looked under ever rock for all available funds.
The City is not even paying all of it's current obligations-
deferring many...
for years...
so have staff take a look at it and see if there are any restricted or dedicated funds available.
Of course the gang of three raided and spent all of the then available restricted and dedicated funds on their own pet projects.
Have these been replenished???
The $50,000 Rosie and her gang spent on that plaque could have been better spent
What else could happen

Los Angeles, CA

#3 Jul 23, 2013
Given how bad the finances are in the city due to mismanagement over the past 25 years, how could anyone even be talking about a "nice to have" item like improving Taylor Ranch? There is just no money. Cortez, for example, has her little mayor events that do nothing for the city as if that will turn the city around. Get a clue. The city needs a big infusion of cash. Small brains think small, aka, the majority of the Montebello city council.
Theolona Ranger

United States

#4 Jul 23, 2013
Starting at the end of 2009 when all the embezzlement (from the restricted and dedicated funds) and fraud were discovered the City has been working hand to mouth and kicking several cans down the alley (deferring payments).
Waiting till economy turns around and taxes start to go up.
Redevelopment is gone so no more fun and games.
The gang of three moved money from the only solvent CRA (the Mall) to obligations elsewhere-(downtown and Whittier Blvd.) no idea how to put those accounts right but that is one reason that there is no Money for Taylor Ranch Community Center, way over budget due to the "unexpected" oil wells is another.
What is in process is a "work out".
There are no prospects for a quick fix.
As you know the council has been looking for projects and developers.
Housing prices are up so property taxes should have turned around-
Now for sales taxes.
If I was a developer I would be wary to commit with a new general plan in the works.
Get it Funded and Done.
about time

Los Angeles, CA

#5 Jul 23, 2013
Theolona Ranger wrote:
Starting at the end of 2009 when all the embezzlement (from the restricted and dedicated funds) and fraud were discovered the City has been working hand to mouth and kicking several cans down the alley (deferring payments).
Waiting till economy turns around and taxes start to go up.
Redevelopment is gone so no more fun and games.
The gang of three moved money from the only solvent CRA (the Mall) to obligations elsewhere-(downtown and Whittier Blvd.) no idea how to put those accounts right but that is one reason that there is no Money for Taylor Ranch Community Center, way over budget due to the "unexpected" oil wells is another.
What is in process is a "work out".
There are no prospects for a quick fix.
As you know the council has been looking for projects and developers.
Housing prices are up so property taxes should have turned around-
Now for sales taxes.
If I was a developer I would be wary to commit with a new general plan in the works.
Get it Funded and Done.
Educate me.

What goes into general plan? Serious question I'm not keen to city govt
about time

Los Angeles, CA

#6 Jul 23, 2013
What else could happen wrote:
Given how bad the finances are in the city due to mismanagement over the past 25 years, how could anyone even be talking about a "nice to have" item like improving Taylor Ranch? There is just no money. Cortez, for example, has her little mayor events that do nothing for the city as if that will turn the city around. Get a clue. The city needs a big infusion of cash. Small brains think small, aka, the majority of the Montebello city council.
Mayor events? What are those?
about time

Los Angeles, CA

#7 Jul 23, 2013
What else could happen wrote:
Given how bad the finances are in the city due to mismanagement over the past 25 years, how could anyone even be talking about a "nice to have" item like improving Taylor Ranch? There is just no money. Cortez, for example, has her little mayor events that do nothing for the city as if that will turn the city around. Get a clue. The city needs a big infusion of cash. Small brains think small, aka, the majority of the Montebello city council.
Specifically what events? Just curious I have never heard of any mayor events
Ridiculous

Montebello, CA

#8 Jul 23, 2013
I think what else could happen is talking about her buy Montebello walks. These are nothing more than political events that do little for the city. The city has little funds to spare to do major projects.
Anonymous

Alhambra, CA

#9 Jul 24, 2013
about time wrote:
<quoted text>
Educate me.
What goes into general plan? Serious question I'm not keen to city govt
State of California
Governor's Office of Planning and Research
General Plan Guidelines
http://opr.ca.gov/s_generalplanguidelines.php

“Hilltop Park Above All”

Since: Sep 08

Montebello, CA

#10 Jul 24, 2013
about time wrote:
<quoted text>
Specifically what events? Just curious I have never heard of any mayor events
The March for Montebello is one of the Mayor's efforts to do something different and noteworthy to increase Montebello's revenues. Like all of us who pay attention to the city's finances, we know that sales tax revenue is the city's largest source of income. If Montebello residents were to make an effort to concentrate their purchasing in Montebello, that would immediately generate more income for the city.

The March is a nice event that brings together public groups like the Scouts, Seniors, Environmentalists, Businesses, and others in a public demonstration that Montebello residents have some power to help their city in their hands.

Also, since PXP,(now FCX) brought down the Iron Curtain on the Hills, and cut off access to the Hills for the first time to those that have always had it, this will probably be the only time that children can look at the Hills fairly close up and not be in a car whizzing by. I'm glad that I was able to freely explore the Hills before PXP yanked the welcome mat out from the entrances.
Trash Talk

United States

#11 Jul 24, 2013
Mayors walks
feel good, no harm no foul
How did the Public Employee unions and the teachers let $4,billion get away?
How much of the City's monies is the State raking off the top, leakage, overhead?
It's not only how much the State is "giving back" it's how much the State is keeping.
http://www.sgvtribune.com/news/ci_23718067/ca...
Theolona Ranger

United States

#12 Jul 24, 2013
Detroit another object lesson for California: Editorial
http://www.sgvtribune.com/opinions/ci_2371706...

"For years, these pages have warned of a serious reckoning in California for the decades of irresponsible actions by government officials regarding the accumulation of massive debt, particularly for public-employee pensions and retiree health care.
The numbers should be daunting to anyone who bothers to look at them."

What are Montebello's current numbers???
$12,000,000 for retired employee health insurance
$100,000,000+ for employee retirement fund

"But the warnings often have been met with attacks that cast us alternately as public-employee haters or envious of their pensions.

Such response is a classic case of "shoot the messenger."
This is the only public strategy left when one cannot refute disquieting facts.

After all, the facts are all around us."
Theolona Ranger

United States

#13 Jul 24, 2013
County Name Los Angeles

Agency Name Montebello

Total Residuals - All Funds $16,291,652.87

City Residual Payments $2,311,903.15

County Residual Payments $6,113,540.09

Special District Residual Payment $265,001.83

K-12 School Residual Payments $3,975,340.69

California Community College CCC Residual Payments
$529,215.97

County Office of Education COE Residual Payments
$206,658.52

Education Revenue Augmentation Fund (ERAF) Residual Payments
$2,889,992.62

So how much did the state take from Montebello to pay back Total Residuals - All Funds $16,291,652.87

Notice how much more the County gets than the City
source was link in article
http://www.sgvtribune.com/ci_23721589
Anonymous

Alhambra, CA

#14 Jul 25, 2013
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Montebello council rejects proposal to reopen Taylor Ranch Park
http://www.sgvtribune.com/news/ci_23734172/mo...

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