City Suing Former Owner of YWCA Building

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Required fields are marked * The city is seeking an injunction against the former owner of the famed Julia Morgan YWCA building.Angela Chen-Sabella, who owns Trove Investment Co., claims the city must sell the building back to her on claims that the city has not put the building into use since it was acquired by eminent domain 10 years ago.In November, the City Council unanimously voted to allow City Manager Steve Mermell to enter into an exclusive negotiation agreement (ENA) with HRI Properties to develop a hotel at the dilapidated and long-shuttered site on North Marengo Avenue.“As a result of the wrongful conduct of the defendants, and each of them and because real property is unique, an injunction is therefore necessary to allow the city to continue its efforts to pursue an ENA [Exclusive Negotiating Agreement], lease and development agreement with potential developers in regards to the YWCA building,” the lawsuit states.According to section 1245.245 of the code of civil procedure, seized property is to be offered back to the original owner if it is not put to its public use – or the taking is not reauthorized – within 10 years.The city is suing for quiet title and declaratory and injunctive relief. Pasadena Now could not locate a phone number for Chen-Sabella or Trove Investments.According to the lawsuit, the city is asking for “issuance of a temporary restraining order, preliminary injunction, andpermanent injunction restraining and enjoining Defendants from interfering with City’s attempts to pursue an ENA, lease and development agreement with potential developers in regard to the YWCA Building.”The city is also asking for a declaration that the city used the property for the public use stated in the resolution within 10 years of its adoption, and/or that Trove waived its right to of first refusal to repurchase the subject propertyThe city originally claimed it was seizing the building for historic preservation, but attorneys contested that claim in 2010.According to the lawsuit, the city has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on studies, rehabilitation and preservation of the building.Chen-Sabella acquired the building in 1996 for less than $2 million. She was forced to sell the building to the city in 2010 for $8.3 million.According to reports Chen-Sabella is the daughter of Din-Hwa Chen, a Hong Kong billionaire and philanthropist who died in 2012.One month before the City Council vote, lawyers for Trove Investment Co. sent the city a letter again demanding officials offer the building back to Chen-Sabella.In January the city notified the company that its position has not changed and demanded that Trove rescind its demand and formally waive and release Trove’s asserted rights to repurchase the building.The city filed court papers for the injunction in February.In Rutgard v. City of Los Angeles, the city of Los Angeles was forced to sell a building back to its original owner after failing to build a constituent service center within the 10-year period between 2007 and 2017. Although the city of Los Angeles adopted a resolution reauthorizing the 2007 seizure, it was completed after the 10-year window, about a month too late.“Unfortunately, given the Court of Appeal’s decision in the Rutgard case last year, it looks like a bad situation is about to get worse as the City gets bogged down in more litigation,” said localLand Use Attorney Richard McDonald. “Why the City did not adopt a reauthorization resolution before the 10-year deadline is a mystery to me; but, in the meantime, the YWCA sits unrestored, unrehabilitated, and unused. Incredibly sad; particularly given that we could have had a Kimpton hotel there by now.”“A judicial declaration is necessary and appropriate at this time under the circumstances in order that the city may ascertain its rights because the city is actively negotiating the terms of an ENA with HRI regarding the rehabilitation of the YWCA Building and the lease of the Subject Property,” according to the lawsuit.“These negotiations are being threatened and negatively impacted by Trove’s demand that the City offer Trove the right of first refusal to purchase the Subject Property.” the suite states.The building was designed by famed architect Julia Morgan. Morgan was the first woman admitted to the architecture program at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. She designed the YWCA building in the early 1920s. The building was completed in 1923.Morgan arrived in Paris in 1896 to attend the École des Beaux-Arts, the most respected architecture school in the world. Up until that point, no woman had gained admittance into the school. The diminutive Morgan, who designed Hearst Castle for publishing tycoon William Randolph Hearst starting in 1919, took the entrance exam three times before she was admitted in 1898. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  HerbeautyRemove Belly Fat Without Going Under The KnifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like A Bombshell And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Female Celebs Women Love But Men Find UnattractiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhy Luxury Fashion Brands Are So ExpensiveHerbeautyHerbeautylast_img read more

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Councillors last to know about social housing development in West Limerick

first_imgFacebook Top Fianna Fáil councillor will reject Green coalition deal Advertisement TAGSAbbeyfealeCllr Francis FoleyCllr Michael CollinsCllr Seamus BrowneFianna FáillimerickLimerick City and Council CouncilMunicipal District of Newcastle WestSinn Feinsocial housing WhatsApp Abbeyfeale company getting back to work Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins appointed as Minister of State Previous articleCould you be Ireland’s next superstar family ….Next articleLimerick students bag a spot in Junk Kouture finals Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Email Linkedincenter_img Twitter Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Decision to enter Phase 4 of reopening Ireland deferred to August 10 NewsLocal NewsCouncillors last to know about social housing development in West LimerickBy Alan Jacques – February 8, 2018 2976 Mayor Michael Collins.COUNCILLORS expressed their disappointment with the Council this week after claiming they were last to hear about a €1.59 million social housing development in West Limerick.Cathaoirleach of Newcastle West Municipal District, Cllr Michael Collins told the council executive at this month’s area meeting that he was “flabbergasted” not to have been informed about the proposed project for New Street in Abbeyfeale.“An announcement was made for this €1.59 million social housing development in Abbeyfeale. I knew nothing about it. Why were we not informed?” he asked.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “I am flabbergasted”.Sinn Fein councillor Seamus Browne described the council’s move not to inform local representatives prior to the announcement as “regrettable”. He said the project was considered as “insensitive” in Abbeyfeale, especially considering one family were currently faced with their home subsiding into the river, just 100 yards up the street from the proposed development.“We had no prior knowledge. We should have been made aware of this project. We weren’t even given the opportunity to agree or disagree with it,” Cllr Browne said.“Abbeyfeale has a large population. It has no family resource centre. No family resource officer. It doesn’t even have a Garda station. The town needs the necessary resources. This is deeply unfair to everyone.”Cllr Francis Foley (FF) also told the council executive that he had no prior knowledge of the announcement of a social housing development in Abbeyfeale. He also pointed out there was no full-time Garda Sergeant in the town and the police station was only open one hour per day.by Alan [email protected] Mayor welcomes the re-opening of non-essential retail across Limerick €1.5 million boost for five County Limerick towns from Rural Regeneration and Development Fund last_img read more

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Make uncomfortable decisions part of your strategy

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr “Those who succeed were—at one point or another in their lives—willing to put themselves in situations that were uncomfortable , whereas the unsuccessful seek comfort from all their decisions.”—Grant Cardone, The 10X Rule, as quoted in Content, Inc.After your strategic planning session ends, how comfortable are you? If you’ve really stretched yourself and forged a bold vision for the next several years you should feel a little uncomfortable. Why? Because as John Maxwell once said, “Discomfort is a sign of growth.”But too many times in our planning sessions we don’t push our credit unions or banks. Not really. We fall back into comfort zones. Strategies we know. Action plans we can accomplish. Deadlines we can meet.We make easy choices rather than hard decisions. We push those “elephant in the room” discussions to the following year. We leave things unsaid. We don’t tackle the really challenging issues that are holding back our organization.However, to truly succeed you need to make uncomfortable decisions part of your strategy.Here are some difficult things you might need to consider: continue reading »last_img read more

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WLAX : SU looks to continue perfect Big East start with trip to face upstart Georgetown

first_img Published on April 13, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Rachel: [email protected] Heading into the Big East season, the Syracuse women’s lacrosse team sat at just 2-5. Granted, it had faced a daunting schedule. But it looked far from a team that came into its season with legitimate final four aspirations.Fast forward four games later, and the team has completed a near-180 degree turn. Three games into the Big East season, the Orange sits at a perfect 3-0 in conference.‘Once we got into Big East we finally started to click,’ SU senior Catherine Rodriguez said. ‘Everything’s coming together.’Whether it was a matter of not jelling as a team or the schedule — according to LaxPower, Syracuse has played the toughest schedule — the team got off to a slow start. Six of the SU’s first nine games came against ranked opponents, and of those six games, five were on the road. All were losses.But in the Big East, the team has a flawless record. It has won two straight games to bring its overall record back up to 5-6. And as it travels to face Georgetown (6-5, 4-0 Big East) on Saturday, it will look to continue that perfect start against its toughest conference foe.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSenior goaltender Liz Hogan has seen turnarounds like this one before.‘Usually right around the Big East season,’ Hogan said of when the team starts to pick up the wins. ‘A game before, a game into. It’s usually when we have a turning point.’This year, the wins in Big East play haven’t been easy. But they haven’t been close, either. SU beat Rutgers by four, crushed Connecticut 17-9 and beat Notre Dame by five.The conference has been a little weaker than in years past, Rodriguez said. But by no means does that mean the team is taking its weekend opponent lightly. The Hoyas, like Syracuse, got off to a slow start. But like the Orange, they are also undefeated in Big East play.‘I’m expecting a very good Georgetown that’s worked out some issues and some problems,’ SU head coach Gary Gait said. ‘They played a very tough schedule as well, and it’s going to be a battle. We’re going to have to play a great game to beat them.’If SU wins, its defense may be a main reason. After giving up scores of 21 and 16 (twice), SU has held its last two opponents to a combined total of 16 goals. The Orange’s offense has come out of its shell, but it’s been the defense that has kept it in games.Hogan said part of the slow start was because of all of the new players on defense at the beginning of the season. The communication is there now, she said, and with that comes tangible improvement.‘It’s taken a long time,’ Gait said. ‘Everything we’ve been working on is starting to come into play. It just comes from feeling more comfortable and really getting to know each other a little bit better.’If the Orange can keep up the pace in conference play, it can aim for the top seed in the Big East tournament. The winner of that gets the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.So even though SU got off to a slow start, it doesn’t have to hurt the team in the long run.‘If we can stay strong in the Big East then that can be our way into the tournament,’ Rodriguez said.That’s the plan right now. The tough schedule got the team to where it is regardless of record, and now its perfect conference record is on the line.Winning the Big East is important for the team, Hogan said. But at this point in the season, it just wants to win. Period.‘It’s certainly a motivating factor to do well,’ Hogan said. ‘(But) really that’s crunch time for us.’[email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more

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