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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Take a Look at the best Red Bull Cliff Diving Moments in Mostar (VIDEO)

first_imgThis year, Red Bull Cliff Diving will bring the world’s best jumpers in BiH who will demonstrate their skills at the Old Bridge in Mostar on September 8. The previous three editions included a lot of excitement, great jumps and interesting events.When the world cliff diving elite steps at the Old Bridge on Saturday, September 8, it will be the fourth Red Bull Cliff Diving World Championship in our country. Residents of Mostar are used to a spectacle after three years full of memorable moments.At the first competition that was held on August 15, 2015, the Colombian jumper Orlando Duque, an old friend of Mostar, had a great support of local fans. However, Mexican Jonathan Paredes, the rising star back then, recorded the first victory in his career. He is the current champion now. Sergio Guzman, also a Mexican, won a second place and caused a great surprise, which was the first time in the history of this championship for a competitor who received an invitation to end up on the winning podium.The following year brought a novelty – a competition in women category, which attracted great attention and caused great enthusiasm just like in the male category. The winners that year were Lysanne Richard from Canada and Michal Navratil from the Czech Republic.Last year, Gary Hunt from England won at the Old Bridge from the third attempt. Champion Rhiannan Iffland (Australia) was injured in training and thus had to give up the competition, and Cesilie Carlton from the US won. Sergio Guzman, the one who won the second place in Mostar two years earlier, was unlucky and had a bad jump, but he was saved from more serious consequences thanks to quick response of the rescuers.However, one thing did not change in all three years, and that is that the plateau under the bridge and all of the possible points from which is possible to follow the competition full of spectators who knew how to make a great atmosphere. There is no doubt that this will be the case again on September 8, when the new spectacle is scheduled.Take a look at the video:(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

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Quick Kick…Ides of March

first_imgWILLIE COLON Caesar: “Who is it in the press that calls on me? I hear a tongue shriller than all the music cry “Caesar!” speak” Soothsayer: “Beware the ides of March.” Caesar:“What man is that?” Brutus: “A soothsayer bids you beware the ides of March.” (Julius Caesar Act 1, scene 2, 15–19) The Pittsburgh Steelers are getting ready, really ready to face the Kansas City Chiefs on the upcoming prime time stage called MNF or known to common folk as Monday Night Football. No, of course not; this is not anywhere near ‘the ides of March because turkeys will be crying in a shrill voice soon but please hear this. The Steelers have been guilty in the past of playing up or down the competition. However, I don’t think that this will be the case this time around; well at least as far as Steelers offensive lineman Willie Colon is concerned.“We are taking these guys very seriously” Colon says matter-of-factly. “Defensively and on paper they have a lot of first round guys. They are very athletic. This is one of those games that if you fall asleep you may find yourself in a hot dog fight. As far as us needing motivation their [the Chiefs] record doesn’t really show what we see watching them on tape. They can really get after guys.”Steelers’ running back Issac Redman echoed the sentiments of his colleague on offense. “These guys play us tough; they have for the past couple of years regardless of their record. We squeaked out a win last year we had about four turnovers and still only squeaked out a win 13-9. They’re turning the ball over at a high level right now but when they’re not turning the ball over they’re a tough team to beat. They showed that in the Baltimore [Ravens] game, but we aren’t the best right now at getting turnovers.”It is the opinion of a few prognosticators that the Steelers should have a slight advantage on offense based on the fact that their offensive coordinator Todd Haley is the former head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs. However, Redman doesn’t read too much into that scenario.“I don’t think that it’s a big advantage but he’s given us a few pointers on what a couple of the defensive guys like to do in regards to their strengths and weaknesses.” Ladies and gentlemen on paper or papyrus the KC Chiefs do not remotely appear as if they should even show up on Monday night but beware, beware; “the ides of November.” If the Steelers want to remain around the postseason hunt in the “not for long league” (NFL) they had better play lights out football every week regardless of who they may be facing and what their record is.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected] or 412-583-6741. Bruce can also be heard on the “Odd Couple Sports Show” where he is the AFC North and NFL analyst. The show is hosted by Adam Ragle streaming live on the WCWA Fox Sports Toledo 1230AM. Bruce is featured on Tuesdays from 10-11am during the NFL season. Listen to Aubrey’s archived “Odd Couple” segments on: www.worldspeakconnnection.com click on “Fair Catch.”)last_img read more

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