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Proposed Altadena High School to be Subject of Tuesday Hearing

The Altadena Town Council will hear a modified proposal for a private high school on Palm Street on Tuesday.

The proposal to put a private high school on Palm Street will be the subject of an Altadena Town Council meeting on Tuesday.

The school proposal comes from Arcadia-based Arroyo Pacific Academy's which is seeking a permit for the school at 183-205 Palm Street. While the ultimate decision will be made by the County Planning Department, input from the Town Council is often weighed heavily in making planning decisions.

The long-time school proposal has already been rejected by the Town Council once, in September, and has been rejected twice by the Council's Land Use Committee.  A modified version of the original proposal did receive five votes out of 13 on the Land Use Committee earlier this month after being unanimously rejected in September. 

Since having the original plan rejected in September, the school is now modified its plan to have a maximum capacity of 200 students, rather than 250.  School officials also introduced a new traffic circulation plan to help alleviate concerns over heavy car usage of the narrow, residential street the school would be located on.

The last Town Council hearing drew a packed crowd with local residents who oppose the proposal as well as families in the Arcadia school and others who support it.

The Town Council hearing is at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Altadena Community Center.

For more on the project and the Town Council and Land Use Committee decisions read below:

Town Council Rejects Palm Street School Bid

Committee Rejects Palm Street High School

Steve Lamb February 20, 2012 at 02:38 PM
200 is still more than 0.
Steve Lamb February 20, 2012 at 02:48 PM
When this monsterous series of buildings were proposed, the neighborhood objected. The Neighborhood was promised REPEATEDLY that these buildings would never ever be used to house anything but preschool children. When I as a then sitting Councilmember raised the question of future operators, we were assured by BOTH the County and Bienvenidos that Bienvenidos had a contract with the County and that this relationship would continue as far into the future as could be seen. In public the County and Bienvenidos reassured everyone that Bienvenidos would occupy those hideous buildings virtually forever. Then the County changed its mind about how to fund care for that population of children and within five years of building this campus Bienvenidos was gone but the hideous buildings remained.Now they are an attractive nuisance attracting school operators exactly as the neighborhood feared and was reassured they would never be used for. The County didnt keep its word to Bienvenidos, but we should do everything we can to see to it that it keeps its word to the neighborhood. No means no. Never means never.
Steve Lamb February 20, 2012 at 02:51 PM
If the assurances and reassurances given by the County to the public about projects are nothing more than hot air and as meaningless as any lie told by an interested party, then how does the public ever trust the County? How can it ever support any development? This untruthfulness by the County creates an atmosphere of distrust and hatred. At some point the County of Los Angeles needs to be accountable for the representations its staff members make during public land use hearings. No means no, never means never.
SteveB February 20, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Dan, Steve L - here's an idea for Altadena Patch. How about some history/info pages for local topics of interest, a la wikipedia? SteveL has shared a lot about the early days of many a topic such as the Palm site. A page listing the history/evolution of this location would certainly be of interest as long as it is a hot topic in our local news, and certainly of historical interest long after the situation is resolved. In some cases, such as the Mt. Lowe raiway and Echo Mountain, there are plenty of links which can be referenced, but it would still be useful to have a Patch-centric page.
Gail Lee February 20, 2012 at 08:14 PM
One of the sad things about this is that it seems that there is a bit of shortsidrdnesd on the part of the community. Wouldn't Altadena be well served to have more good schools? The other issue to me is the idea that anyone think that any politician or governing body in politics is completely transparent. They all have agendas and to think otherwise is naive. Additionally, the needs of a community change. How does a community grow and improve with a population so close minded to something different.
True Freedom February 20, 2012 at 09:27 PM
When a person buys a house as a long term purchase, typically they like to have some security in knowing how the neighborhood might look ten or twenty years down the road. This is one major reason for zoning laws. It is fundamentally unfair to change the rules midstream and allow something in a neighborhood that was not expressly allowed when people purchased their homes. It has nothing to do with NIMBYism or shortsightedness. I has everything to do with property rights and zoning stability.
Daniel E. Harlow February 21, 2012 at 03:52 AM
So what could this site be used for? Daniel

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