Not just that, the City Council then actually apologized for the inconvenience he had been caused by the people hired to enforce city ordinances, and actually had done just that when they red-tagged his sorely abused property. As we have often seen in the past, it certainly does pay to have some sympathetic connections at City Hall.
Let's be honest. If the City Council won't stand up and defend Sierra Madre's laws, no matter what the potential legal inconveniences, or whose special downtown toes are being stepped on, then there really is little reason for them to be there. Might as well just close City Hall down and send everyone home. It would save folks a lot of money and aggravation.
So what does this say about the City Council's resolve to keep McMansions out of whatever the developer is calling One Carter these days? Or the Monastery property? What will they do about anyone else who decides they have enough influence at City Hall to get away with tearing down a historic property?
Denise Delmar stated that the City Council has already tightened up the demolition ordinance, so this will never happen again. But isn't it always about the next time, and never now?
The suddenly communicative Library Friends, who have apparently been very busy in relative secrecy, and over a fairly long period of time, revealed their rather startling plan to sell off the property the current Library sits on to whoever has the cash to buy it. No matter what the intentions of the buyer, or the potential harm it could cause the community.
The overall plan to turn the YAC into a library sounds interesting enough, and there could be certain positive benefits. But I am not sure that is the point right now.
The Library Friends plan was cooked up behind the scenes, the community was excluded from sharing its thoughts on the matter, and obviously none of them have given a moment's thought to any possible unintended consequences. The whole thing was just unleashed on the public. Ready or not.
The often offbeat Gene Goss took the opportunity to launch into one of his signature patters. This time it was about how reaching out to the community had helped pass Measure UUT last year. And that when city government tries real hard, and communicates to people in what he actually claimed was an honest and forthright way, even a utility tax increase can be passed.
Gene wasn't tracking well last night. The reason Measure UUT was finally passed in 2016, and by a large margin, was because the voters were told it would save the Library.
So that Library, the very one Measure UUT was approved by the voters to save, is now going to be sold to any random developer with the necessary scratch, and then quickly turned into rubble?
Not all is lost, however. The City Council did give you permission to grow up to six pot plants in your backyard. I guess they figure if you're kept stoned and stupid, maybe you won't go getting in their way.
Not a very good meeting. You can only imagine what could be coming next.