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Section B dedicated to our graduating seniors! 

SATURDAY, JUNE 4, 2022 VOLUME 16 NO. 23VOLUME 16 NO. 23 
CLASS OF 2022 
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After close to five hours of discussion, 
disagreement, and disappointment, 
the Planning Commission chose to 
approve nothing and continue the 
“Meadows at Bailey Canyon Specific 
Plan” conversation next month. 
This is the third public hearing con-
tinuation following the sessions on 
April 7 and May 5, 2022. Though not 
as packed as prior proceedings, many 
seats were filled for this hearing on 
June 2nd. Chair, William Pevsner, 
moved public comment until after all 
discussions were complete. 
Representatives from New Urban 
West, Inc., the real estate developers, 
and the Passionists at Mater Dolo-
rosa (The Monastery) were present 
and hoping to push through approval 
of the project, which aims to build 42 
residential homes and a park on the 
site at 700 N. Sunnyside Avenue. Their 
goal was to get the approval of the 
A. Certify the Environmental 
Impact Report (EIR) and adopt theMitigation Monitoring and Report-
ing Program pursuant to Resolution22-10;
B. Approve the Specific Plan;
C. Approve amendments to 
the General Plan and Land Use Mapand Zoning Code and Zoning Mapto change the project site from Insti-
tutional to Single-Family ResidentialSpecific Plan Overlay;
D. Approve the Lot Line Adjust-
ment, andE. Approve the Development 
Agreement, pursuant to Resolution22-11. 
If those items were approved, the next 
step would be to send it to City Coun-
cil for final consideration. 
During the May 5 proceeding, the 
Commission allocated by priority the 
following Action Items in the review 
process of Phase 1 of “The Meadows” 
A. General Plan and ZoningCode Amendment and Land Use Mapand Zoning Map AmendmentB. Lot Line Adjustment 
C. Specific Plan 
D. Environmental Impact Re-
port (EIR) Certification and adoption 
of Mitigation Measures and Monitor-
ing Program 
E. Development Agreement. 
The Commission decided on a straw 
poll vote for each item to determine if 
they were able to support the requested 
The Battle for Open SpaceItem A would allow the Land Use and 
Zoning on the Monastery property 
to be changed from “Institutional” to 
“Residential.” This would also require 
a General Plan Amendment. The latter 
item lead to the proceedings’ wheels to 
get ‘stuck in the mud’. 
Commissioner John Hutt pointed 
out that though he agrees that chang-
ing the Land Use from “Institutional” 
to “Residential” is fine, he stated that 
the property should be three parcels 
with the lower being “Residential,” the 
middle being “Institutional,” and the 
upper remaining “Open Space.” Hutt 
noted that this could quickly be done 
through a Lot Line Adjustment (Ac-
tion Item B). 
Vice-Chair, Thomas Denison agreed 
with Hutt’s assessment. Senior Coun-
sel, Matthew Summers, suggested add-
ing a conservation easement to protect 
the area's conservation values to the 
north of the Retreat Center. The Com-
mission wants to add the language “no 
habitable structures” in the Develop-
ment Agreement. 
But, to the contrary, Jonathan Frankel 
of New Urban West, Inc., enthusiasti-
cally mentioned that though he wasn’t 
familiar with the zoning codes, The 
Monastery may one day wish to use the 
upper, open space area for a “shrine or 
place of prayer” and the Commission 
should add their recommendations for 
City Council to review. Commissioner 
John Hutt told Frankel to “Go read the 
zoning code. I’m going to vote on three 
parcels. I’m going to make it really 
clear, OK,” Hutt firmly stated. Hutt did 
not want to add this as a recommenda-
tion to City Council. 
In addition, Michael Cunningham, 
O.F.S., Retreat Center and Director,
CEO, spoke on behalf of the Passion-
ists at Mater Dolorosa. “Our intention 
here is to try to keep the area behind 
the Retreat Center to be a continued 
part of the retained parcel, which is 
zoned “Institutional.” We are not going 
to build any habitable units right be-
hind. We want to retain our property 
rights the same way they were previ-
ously. Behind the property, it is quite 
possible in the future we may want to 
extend the gardens and build shrines 
or paths…who knows what the situ-
ation is going to look like in 50 years 
from a construction perspective,” he 
Hutt, obviously upset to hear this, fired 
back, “Sadly, I’m going to change my 
straw vote to no on these three items. 
I, in good conscience as a citizen of 
Sierra Madre, who’s looking out for 
the city’s best interest, want to use a 
process that achieves the mutual oath 
that we say we have and that is actuallyeffective,” he firmly stated. “I can’t sup-
port the project…this is a deal-breaker 
for me.” 
Gridlock. The item was tabled. 
You Want to Make it How Big?
Jonathan Frankel addressed nine ac-
tion items presented to the developers 
during the May 5 public hearing re-
garding the Specific Plan Design Re-
view, which included: elevation sizes, 
maximum flooring areas, angle plane 
measurement, and height fences for 
the proposed park safety and privacyfor neighbors.
But the hot topic was the square foot-
age proposed for some of the proper-
ties in a town that is quite anti-man-
sion. Frankel mentioned that the most 
prominent properties could reach up 
to 4,250 square-foot (counting garage), 
two times the allowable square footage 
for R1 lots in the area, as pointed out 
by Commissioner Peggy Dallas. 
“We’re looking at large houses on 
smaller lots…crammed together…and 
all of those are what we pushed back 
on and tried in the past to mitigate,” 
Commissioner Bob Spears noted. 
Those on Sierra Keys Drive can view 
sightlines, fencing heights, and loca-
tions of proposed trees and shrubs on 
the city website (cityofsierramadre.
com). The goal is to have a safe park 
for children to play while maintain-
ing privacy for adjacent neighbors. 
Residents in these areas are pretty con-
cerned about privacy and keeping their 
beautiful mountain views. The project 
proposes that 493 trees be planted on 
the property. 
When Push Comes to Shove 
After a break, Frankel offered to drop 
the square footage to 3775 but also 
firmly stated that this project was 
not an R1 project. “We just want to 
be clear that this will not be possible 
for this project,” Frankel noted. “The 
project we proposed is what we are 
proposing. We cannot redesign the 
project. And we are not open to going 
on a lot-by-lot basis. And developingindividual development standards,” he 
sternly stated. Frankel suggested that 
all recommendations from the Plan-
ning Commission be sent on to the 
City Council and pushed to advance 
the project. 
Frankel’s comments were not met 
“You want us to vote on the whole 
project tonight?” Commission Spears 
asked of Frankel. Counsel Summers 
confirmed the developer’s intention 
but stated plainly, “There will be no 
final vote tonight.” 
Commissioner Dallas seemed visibly 
upset by Frankel’s comments. “I have 
to say that this makes me really un-
comfortable,” Dallas said. She suggest-
ed Frankel wanted the Commission to 
vote down on the project because he 
believes he has reasonable assurances 
that City Council will pass it anyway. 
“It just goes to the whole unsettling 
mood of this whole project from the 
MOU on. It’s something I haven’t felt 
on any other project here in town,” she 
said. Dallas continued, her voice 
sounding shaky, “We talk about 
maintaining the character of Sierra 
Madre, the small-town character…
it’s not the sizes of the houses that 
make it a small town. It’s how ev-
erybody treats each other.” 
The saga will continue on July 7.
Stay tuned. 
Proceeding pushed to third month as tug of war continues 
with developers/owners and Planning Commission. 
By Kevin McGuire 
Sierra Madre VFW 
3208 resumed their an-
nual Memorial DayObservance at Pioneer 
Cemetary last week. It 
was the first time since 
the Pandemic that the 
ceremonies have been 
held. Pictured above (r 
to l) are Councilmem-
ber Robert Parkhurst,
VFW leader Dave 
Loera, Councilwoman 
Rachelle Arizmendi,
VFW Leader Dun-
can MacGillivray and 
Congresswoman JudyChu. In the inset with 
Arizmendi are Korean 
War Vet Joe Pergola and 
WWII Ken Anhalt who 
recently celebrated his 
99th birthday. 
Sierra Madre, CA. – June 2, 2022 
The Sierra Madre Police received information from a con-
cerned parent about a potential threat to students and staff at 
Sierra Madre Middle School, that were made to other students 
and on social media. 
Officers immediately investigated the incident and were quick-
ly able to locate the student in question. Officers also contacted 
the student’s parent and determined that the student does not 
have access to any firearms. 
School officials were notified and are conducting their own in-
vestigation to determine what consequences the student will 
face. Detectives at the Sierra Madre Police Department are 
continuing to investigate this matter and will determine if and 
what charges may be filed with the District Attorney’s Office. 
The Sierra Madre Police Department have determined that 
there is no threat to any student, or staff at Sierra Madre Mid-
dle School. In an abundance of caution, SMPD has increased 
patrols and their presence surrounding all other schools in 
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