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Sierra Madre Police Blotter

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SM Calendar of Events

Pasadena – Altadena:
Local Area News Briefs

Local City News:
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L.A. Covid-19 Update

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Table for Two
Happy Tails
Pet of the Week
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Opinion … Left/Right/Center:
Rich Manieri
Dick Polman
Stuart Tolchin On …
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Portraits of Our Neighbors
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Deanne Davis
Peter Dills
Marc Garlett
Chris Leclerc
Christopher Nyerges
Rev. James Snyder
Stuart Tolchin
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By Kevin McGuire, MVNews

The Sierra Madre Planning & Community Preservation Department 
hosted a virtual Community Workshop on December 
1, 2020 to learn more about the Housing Element update 
including projected housing needs and possible sites in Sierra 
Madre. The workshop was hosted by Vin-cent Gonzalez, Karen 
Warner, Lexi Journey and Clare Lin, with an opportunity for 
questions from the community. 

Along with all other jurisdictions in Southern California, 

Sierra Madre is mandated by state law to prepare a Housing 
Element update for State certification.

So, what is the Housing Element?

It’s an analysis of housing needs, considering all income levels, 
and provides strategies for meeting those needs. It is a vital part 
of a City’s General Plan. The Housing Element update needs to 
cover eight years, so the current period is from 2021-2029. The 
Housing Element is comprised of five major components.

1. A review of the current Housing Element

2. Assessment of current housing needs

3. Identification of resources (land, financial and administrative)

4. Evaluation of constraints to housing

5. Housing Plan: Goals, Policy and Programs.

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) 
regions have been tasked with providing 1.34 million housing 
units during this period. This is the highest the Regional Housing 
Needs Allocation (RHNA) has ever been. Though not finalized 
yet, SCAG has determined Sierra Madre should produce 
204 housing units broken down to the following income levels.

This is a RHNA increase of 270% for Sierra Madre, but still 
much less than most neighboring communities. It’s important 
to note, that though the Housing Element recommends the 
housing needs in a community, it does not require the units 
be built. 

So why Sierra Madre? 

According to the State Department of Housing and Community 
Development, California needs approximately 200,000 
housing units per year to robustly keep up with the booming 
population growth in the state. Because it hasn’t been able to 
meet that demand, housing prices have sky-rocketed to the 
point where professionals such as teachers, nurses, and public 
safety officers, to name a few, cannot afford to own a home 
here. Less professionals in these areas impacts the economy so 
each region must do their “fair share” to accommodate these 

Potentially suitable, multi-family sites being considered 

Site 1. Mariposa parking lots

Site 2. Nine properties at 200 block W. Mariposa

Site 3. Five properties on W. Mariposa Post Office parcels

Site 4. Nine properties on Suffolk Ave.

Site 5. Seven properties on East Montecito

Site 6. One property at. 491 W Sierra Madre.

Other potential sites include Church sites around Sierra Madre. 

A few of the options would require a vote to be eligible. 

The City has conducted three public hearings to date to discuss 
potential site for the Housing Element update. The next 
steps for the Planning Commission will be to once again meet 
with City Council to report on community input and confirm 
sites strategy for Housing Element. Once approved, the Housing 
Element update will be sent to Housing and Community 
Develop-ment for final certification. 

If you would like to view the workshop or have a property in 
mind for a potential housing site, visit

The City of Sierra Madre is pleased 
to announce Interim Fire Chief Brent 
Bartlett has been appointed to serve as 
Fire Chief for the City of Sierra Madre.

“I’m absolutely thrilled with the promotion 
of Chief Bartlett! He’s proven 
himself repeatedly and especially this 
year with the Bobcat Fire while dealing 
with the pandemic,” said Mayor 
John Capoccia. “As a long-time resident 
and Sierra Madre firefighter, he 
knows the town and department well. 
Sierra Madre is fortunate to have such 
a capable and well-known leader to 
head our Fire Department!”

Chief Bartlett brings 20 years of 
fire service experience to his role as 
Chief and has spent the past nine 
months serving as the City’s Interim 
Fire Chief. Prior to his career in fire 
service, Bartlett served in the U.S 
Marine Corps as an infantry squad 
leader during Desert Storm and Desert 
Shield. Upon returning from his 
service, Bartlett joined the City of Sierra 
Madre as a volunteer firefighter. 
He worked his way through the ranks 
from volunteer firefighter receiving 
promotions to Engineer, Captain, and 
eventually Interim Chief.

“It is an honor to be appointed with 
this opportunity to serve this community 
of neighbors, friends, and family, 
in the town that has been my home for 
26 years. It’s been said, ‘If you want to 
create change, you can’t do it riding 
backward. You have to find a way to 
move yourself forward,’” said Bartlett. 
“I am grateful to have been surrounded 
by good leaders, who have taught 
me along the way, and I am looking 
forward to the great things the dedicated 
ladies and gentlemen of this department 
will aspire to. Thank you for 
placing this trust in me. I am committed 
to serving you wholeheartedly.”

Bartlett holds numerous California 
State Fire Marshall (CSFM) certificates, 
including CSFM Fire and 
Chief Officer certificates. In addition, 
Bartlett will be completing the Executive 
Chief Officer certification early in 
the upcoming year. Bartlett’s education 
background also includes an Associate 
Degree in Fire Technology and 
he is currently pursuing a Bachelor 
of Arts degree in Leadership Studies 
through Humboldt State University.

“Chief Bartlett has shown remarkable 
poise as well as consistent and steady 
leadership under extraordinarily difficult 
circumstances during his time as 
Interim Chief,” said City Manager Gabriel 
Engeland. “Chief Bartlett led the 
City’s response to the Bobcat Fire and 
his management in the Fire Department 
during the ongoing Covid-19 
pandemic has helped to keep Sierra 
Madre residents and employees safe.”

To add to Bartlett’s extensive fire service 
career in the City, he is also a familiar 
face in town. Bartlett has been 
a resident of Sierra Madre for the past 
26 years and has been very involved in 
the community through Sierra Madre 
Little League, Sierra Madre Girls’ Softball, 
and Sierra Madre Elementary 
School PTA.

Outside of his service to the community, 
Bartlett and his wife Roxxi have 
two adult children. In their leisure 
time, they enjoy hiking, camping, 
and spending quality time with their 

He truly dedicated to Sierra Madre 
and you never know when or where 
you might see him!

The Spirit of Sierra Madre could not be hampered this past Saturday. Normally 
the Winter Festival, complete with snow would have been held. With 
the new round of public safety restrictions, all events were cancelled. However, 
two visitors from the Pack Station, 'Moonshine' and 'Heasley' took a socially 
distanced stroll through town on Small Business Saturday. They also stopped 
to chat with Santa who was in the Bandshell and caught the attention of two 
well masked, socially distant children who were out for a walk with their parents. 
Nice safe surprise for everyone. Hmm, I wonder if Chief Bartlett ran 
into Santa too?




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