Planning Commission to Consider Amendments to R-1 Single Family Residential Development Standards, 1-29-2013

The Planning Commission will be holding a public hearing to consider amendments to the R-1 Single Family Residential Zoning Ordinance regarding various definitions (attic, habitable attic space, bedroom, driveway, floor area, flag lot, and front lot line), permitted uses, setbacks, building floor area calculation, height, and parking, among other development standards. The Commission is also considering amendments to the Parking Ordinance regarding the number of spaces required, tandem parking, and pavement of parking areas. The Planning Commission meeting will be held on February 7, 2013, at 7:00 p.m., in the City Council Chambers at the Sierra Madre City Hall located at 232 West Sierra Madre Blvd. Some of the major proposed amendments include:

Importance of Calling 9-1-1

The City of Sierra Madre and neighboring communities are experiencing an increase in burgleries and other property crimes which is likely attributed to the California's corrections realignment plan, one of the most significant changes to California's criminal justice system in decades. City Officials and the Police Department want to remind residents to remain viligent and to immediately call 9-1-1 to report any crimes in progress.

Whale Watching Excursion

Join the Community Services Department for its annual Whale Watching excursion on Saturday, March 2, 2013. Enjoy a two and a half hour narrated tour by Aquarium of the Pacific staff, charter boat with a two level viewing deck, and transportation to and from Long Beach. Snacks are available for purchase on the boat, or lunches can be brought aboard. For more information call 626-355-5278.

Date: Saturday, March 2, 2013
Time: 10:00am - 3:30pm
Cost: $31.00 per person
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Transportation leaves from the Community Recreation Center, 611 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, CA 91024.

Picture Book Apps for iPads

How does a good parent sort out the good and the bad, the useful and harmful for their children in today’s electronic world? The Sierra Madre Public Library has an app for that! Several, actually.

Parents of young children are invited to Apps for Toddlers on Tuesday, January 29, 2013, at 10:00 a.m.

Construction Begins on East Grand View, 1-10-2013

Sierra Madre, CA – City of Sierra Madre Public Works staff has begun the first of three projects that will take place along the 600 block of East Grand View Avenue over the next few months. The first project consists of constructing a new, permanent entry to the spreading basin facility. The new gate will replace the existing entry that’s adjacent to Sycamore Place. The project includes removal of a portion of the old rubble perimeter wall around the facility and the construction of new entry pilasters using the wall materials. This project is designed to facilitate the two following projects.