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Montebello, CA

Do not reward corruption

Another sign that Samarin-Popoff isn't a reject is that Jack is aping his signs and his platforms. In his latest door hanger, Jack claims that "Jack will advocate for a balanced budget, increase government transparency to fight corruption and create more jobs." That is an unfortunate phrasing for Jack, as by stating it in this way he is admitting that he hasn't done any of this so far! He "will" do these things in the future. Too bad he didn't listen to Samarin-Popoff in the PAST 10 YEARS that Samarin-Popoff has been trying to get ANYONE in the city council interested in these issues.  (Nov 2, 2015 | post #3)

Montebello, CA


I'm thinking Cortez, Samarin-Popoff at this time, but the Chacon flyer could upset the applecart.  (Nov 2, 2015 | post #3)

Montebello, CA

Montebello Mayor bought and Paid for

IF Cobos took a picture?????? She's on the frigging cover! And listed as a project supporter. This would be a good reason for the Chamber to have their forum on youtube, but that would imply that the chamber is interested in the well being of Montebello residents. Samarin-Popoff DID NOT say the same thing, or anything close to what Cobos said about the oilfield condo proposal. Samarin-Popoff said that he DID NOT support the condos. He said that if he was elected that he would work to make the condo proposal meet the Montebello codes and regulations in the General Plan, and NOT the Substandard Specific Plan. (That means 4 acres of parkland per thousand residents, sufficient parking for residents and visitors, proper yard size, NONE of which the current oilfield condo proposal has.) Cobos said that the council had voted, and would not state her position on the condos. She said that she would see that it was built according to the agreements the council voted on. NOT the same thing as Samarin-Popoff, and NOT what most voters will support.  (Oct 14, 2015 | post #33)

Montebello, CA

Should Mtb Redo Oilfield Condo EIR?

The numbers vary on the personnel requirements over which part of the thousands of pages of the developer's documents you are looking at. Suffice it to say that more public safety personnel and equipment would have to be bought, and the taxes from the certain sources are not enough to pay for them. The amount that would have to be made up by taxpayers would probably be about $500,000 a year in good economic times and possibly $2,000,000 in bad times. The developer's average projected price for each condo is about $720,000. In LA County, new condo developments ALWAYS result in single family homes declining in value, regardless of the prices of the condos, but lower price condos would seem to make the home value decline steeper. When the first Fiscal Impact Analysis came out, the developer estimated about 4 people per condo. In order to reduce the cost of services, the estimate is now closer to 3 people per condo. Finally, councilmembers don't represent any specific geographic in Montebello. Keep in mind that the two incumbents both voted to support the out-of-town developers and turned their backs on their constituents.  (Oct 13, 2015 | post #5)

Montebello, CA

How did the Montebello candidates Q&A for upcoming electi...

They responded with the usual pablum about more police, fire protection, tree trimming, fixingpotholes without any specifics to where the money to do these things would come from.  (Sep 24, 2015 | post #9)

Montebello, CA

How did the Montebello candidates Q&A for upcoming electi...

It was telling when some of the recently returned to Montebello candidates had trouble answering some of the questions that they didn't know much about. Vanessa, Kimberly, and Christina seem to want to spend their way out of Montebello's problems, and had little to add when asked about their ideas in balancing the budget.  (Sep 23, 2015 | post #6)

Montebello, CA

How did the Montebello candidates Q&A for upcoming electi...

Only Michael W. Samarin-Popoff and Fernando Chacon have called for the Montebello Oilfield condo project to be voted on by the people, and only Michael and Randy Smith were willing to say that they were actually against the condos. The seating for the candidates seats were drawn by lot, and God appears to have a sense of humor, having the candidates supported by Cook-Hill at some time on one side of the dias, and the two who won't bow to a substandard project on the other. Jack made two attacks on Christina. Michael mentioned that the two incumbents both changed their stated positions on the oilfield condos and he was the ONLY candidate with a 10 year history of maintaining his positions on support for the people on the oilfield condos and consistently calling for modernization of Montebello's business development strategy and its lack governmental transparency and internet accessibility.  (Sep 23, 2015 | post #5)

Montebello, CA

City of Montebello's upcoming elections and the name of e...

https://www.facebo 140843806780/ League of Women Voters/Chamber Montebello City Council Candidates Forum Event confirmed Tuesday, September 22, 2015 6 - 8 pm, Quiet Cannon, 901 Via San Clemente, Montebello, California 90640. Questions for the candidates will be taken from those attending, so GO AND ASK!!!!  (Sep 21, 2015 | post #5)

Montebello, CA

Montebello Hills Project

Also, it isn't 'individuals' who are against the Oilfield Condo Proposal. It's the overwhelming majority of the population of the city, less a small percentage (1 - 15%) of condo supporters. That explains the current council majority's (including the reelection candidates Hadjinian and Cortez) refusal to allow the people of Montebello to Vote on it. It also may explain why the Save the Montebello Hills Task Force publicly submitted their Vote No letters to the city, and why Cook-Hill never publicly submitted their alleged support cards at the times of the public hearings. More facts for you.  (Sep 18, 2015 | post #6)

Montebello, CA

Montebello Hills Project

Wrong. Condo supporters NEVER want facts about the proposed development. The Facts are ALL against the condos. The Facts are unfixable traffic gridlock, city budget deficits, permanent bad air pollution, death of half the plants and animals in the Hills...... Condo supporters ONLY want to look at the developer's advertisements rather than the Facts from the plan itself, which no supporters appear to want to read or quote. Condo supporters don't believe the facts, even when Senior Vice President Norm Witt, Cook-Hill Properties, llc. himself states publicly on several occasions "all residential units are 'in condominium'" . lf anyone doesn't like the term 'condos', take it up with Cook-Hill's actual plan and their statements at public hearings. What would condo supporters like to call residential units that are 'in condominium' (the legal term for this proposal), where the land is NOT owned by the condo unit owners, and ALL 'residential units' are subject to the whims of a homeowners' association?  (Sep 18, 2015 | post #5)

Montebello, CA

Why Did a Few Montebello Leaders Attend Expensive Contrac...

Until Turkey admits the Genocide occurred and does something about its attempt to destroy the Armenian culture, language, and religion, it is perfectly proper to raise it at every opportunity.  (Sep 18, 2015 | post #26)

Montebello, CA

Oilfield Condo Plan NOT a Done Deal

As there is already an election scheduled for November, there wouldn't be any money wasted on voting on the referendum. In any case, how is exercising the democratic rights of the people wasting money or time? Also, it is the overwhelming majority of the people of Montebello who want the Oilfield Condo proposal stopped, not just some 'sierra club people.' In most cases, every person on a block will sign the petition, with only an occasional member of the chamber of commerce or real estate agent objecting .  (Jul 28, 2015 | post #14)

Montebello, CA

Oilfield Condo Plan NOT a Done Deal

The following just appeared on facebook: The Athens-Cook-Hill Axis of Evil is rearing its ugly head again in this referendum, as it did in the 2009 Recall of Urteaga and Salazar. The Athens-Cook-Hill tactic of getting 'rescind certificates' from good faith signers of the referendum is back. The Athens-Cook-Hill people are again lying to those who may (or may not) have signed by telling them anything to get them to sign, as they did in 2009. They have reportedly told people that they are collecting "Super Referendum" signatures to 'strengthen' the referendum. They also say that they are adding parkland to the project with these signatures. In short, Cook-Hill is using the same level of truth they have always used: Almost NONE.  (Jul 25, 2015 | post #4)

Montebello, CA

Oilfield Condo Plan NOT a Done Deal

If you look at the Montebello pictures, you will see the Sierra Club generated map that shows the nearly THREE HUNDRED wells below and near the proposed Montebello Oilfield Condo area. I recommend that everyone contact the Montebello Advantage Hills Alliance to sign the Referendum. Just google the name to get contact info.  (Jul 24, 2015 | post #2)

Q & A with 42 yr North Mtb resident


Hilltop Park Above All


Montebello, CA


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,

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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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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