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Montebello, CA

Montebello Hills: Decades in the Waiting

These are some of the numbers that the Mayor calls 'realistic'. -NO ONE will live in the condos they own, so there will not be ANY homeowner's exemptions and the city will collect more tax. Does that sound realistic to you? -$337,986 of the supposed $500,000 'surplus' is money TAKEN from the city retirement account in a manner that consultant Kotin characterized as 'smoke and mirrors'. Does that sound realistic to you? -The developer believes it can sell CONDOS in Montebello at an AVERAGE price of about $600,000! Does that sound realistic to you? With realistic numbers in just these three categories, the 'surplus' becomes a budget deficit. Lots more funny numbers to come, and you will see just how much this proposed development would COST the city.  (Sunday Mar 22 | post #2)

Montebello, CA

Montebello Hills: Decades in the Waiting

http://egpnews.com /2015/02/montebell o-hills-decades-in -the-waiting/ Here is another story with more shady dealings concerning the new Mayor. The story says: "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. On the other hand, Mayor Jack Hadjinian 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." So, Mayor Hadjinian doesn't appear to care whether the condos cost the city money. Just develop the hills, no matter how dangerous to people or how much it costs the residents!  (Sunday Mar 22 | post #1)

Montebello, CA

End Run Around Montebello Voters by Legislature

Topix is acting weird tonight. I tried posting 3 times and twice it bounced back to the forum and the third time it changed my name.  (Sunday Mar 22 | post #4)

Montebello, CA

End Run Around Montebello Voters by Legislature

http://leginfo.leg islature.ca.gov/fa ces/billStatusClie nt.xhtml What's going on here? The legislature is trying to do an end run around the voters of Montebello by taking away its right to vote on whether or not to sell the city's water utility. Here is the false sentence about the issue: "The City Council of the City of Montebello believes it is no longer in the public interest to own and operate all or part of a water utility and desires to sell its water utility. However, the city would be unable to do so in a timely manner because the Legislature has enacted statutes that may conflict with one another and with the City of Montebello’s urgent financial requirements, thereby preventing the City of Montebello from selling and the acquiring public utility from purchasing the water utility without an election and performance of other procedures. In order to clearly state the law with respect to the City of Montebello, a special statute is needed and a general statute cannot be made applicable." I watch ALL city council meetings and I know that no vote was EVER made to take away the voting rights of Montebello residents! No councilmember that I was able to reach knows about the above statement or any dire need to keep the city's voters from deciding such an important issue. What are the Mayor and city administrator going to do about this backdoor attempt to sell city assets without an ethical and proper vote of the people? Why does the legislature REALLY think it is necessary to try to keep the people of Montebello from voting? Is someone getting some kind of sweetheart deal under the table? Why can't there be a single week without some story about unethical, improper, or shady dealings in Montebello's administration since the new Mayor took over?  (Saturday Mar 21 | post #1)

Montebello, CA

Does Montebello Need More Parkland per Resident?

Here is the link to Montebello's Park & Rec city webpage. Note that there isn't one central listing for all events, but you have to search each category separately. http://www.cityofm ontebello.com/dept s/parks/default.as p  (Tuesday Mar 17 | post #24)

Montebello, CA

Does Montebello Need More Parkland per Resident?

Recreation and quality of life IS an issue in Montebello. Unfortunately, it is NOT a priority of the City Council, City Staff, or the Chamber of Commerce. It is only the priority of the current city plan, the people of Montebello (as voiced by the Save the Montebello Hills Task Force) , and those who use our sports leagues without living in the city. As stated previously, a past planning director gave the would-be hillside condo developer a unilateral exemption from the city plan and modern standards without raising this policy decision at either a planning commission or city council meeting.  (Monday Mar 16 | post #20)

Montebello, CA

Montebello Hills: Decades in the Wasiting

Sorry, you're wrong about the land use. If it is cleaned up, it could be used as a park. Besides the Australians, Cook-Hill takes just about anyone who can be used as a supporter up there, too. As Montebello residents and visitors had free access to the Hills for almost a hundred years before PXP/Freeport McMoRan built the Berlin Wall around them, free access can be granted again at any time the current landowner desires.  (Friday Mar 13 | post #13)

Montebello, CA

Athens Out of Montebello?

As usual, condo opponents full of facts and knowledge. Condo supporters won't address any issues. It's so boring to be right all the time.  (Tuesday Mar 10 | post #60)

Montebello, CA

Athens Out of Montebello?

It is so heartening that SOMEONE has been paying attention. Thank you for an objective look at the facts, and not blindly accepting what the developer puts in his/her advertisements. Virtually all of the condo supporters who are Montebello residents share a number of traits: 1) They are unaware of the actual written facts of the proposal, instead believing unsubtantiated developer assertions. 2) They have been given money (or believe they will make money from the condos), support, free advertisement, and written scripts to read at city council meetings. 3) They believe that anything built in the hills is better than nothing, regardless of any fiscal and physical dangers in the proposal. 4) They absolutely refuse to meaningfully address any problems in the actual proposal. As you probably know, I write a nearly identical description of condo supporters a couple of times every year for the last 8 or so years, and every condo supporter has so far kindly proven it right.  (Monday Mar 9 | post #54)

Montebello, CA

Athens Out of Montebello?

Virtually all the people that live next to the Montebello Oil Field and can think are concerned about living there. Many of the Montebello residents that are now members of the Sierra Club moved into their homes around the time Barbara Rush came to Montebello, and some even before. Maybe you aren't aware, but the risks and dangers of living near oil fields weren't widely known at that time, but now the dangers are well known by anyone who can read and understand the truth. The only double standard I see in the proposed condo project debate is that the condo supporters refuse to address the dangers of living near, or in the case of the proposed condos, directly above, active, dormant, and abandoned wellheads, refuse to address the financial loss the condos would bring to the city, refuse to address the (according to the developer) unfixable traffic problems the condos would bring, and then carp at those who do point out all these issues. Is it possible that just one condo supporter will engage in debate on the issues instead of attacking the messengers bringing the honest, bad news? Only time will tell.  (Friday Mar 6 | post #44)

Montebello, CA

Montebello Hills Reserve?

The California Gnatcatcher is a federally threatened species, and there is also the Cactus Wren, Least Bell's Vireo, the kangaroo mouse, and the desert fox. The fauna (plants) that are in trouble that are in the hills are various varieties of California Coastal Sage and other plants. George Bush's Fish and Wildlife Department gave an opinion that said it was ok to allow 1/2 of the plants and animals in the hills to be killed. Does that sound ok to you?  (Friday Mar 6 | post #13)

Montebello, CA

Athens Out of Montebello?

This Saturday, March 7, the Mtb residents that form the Save the Montebello Hills Task Force will be participating in the once a year Rosemead Community Yard Sale at 2255 Walnut Grove, corner of Walnut Grove and Klingerman, from 7:30 am to 1:30 pm. Come by and see the wares of dozens of different sellers and support the people of Montebello's often expressed desire to put a regional community park in the last open space Hills in Montebello by signing a letter opposing the condo proposal! See you there.  (Friday Mar 6 | post #40)

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.

Read My Forum Posts Because:

I consider ALL sides of EVERY issue.

I'm Listening To:

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

Blog / Website / Homepage:

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

I Believe In:

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