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What Would You Improve in Sierra Madre in 2013?

If you could make a New Year's resolution for Sierra Madre, what would it be?

More than 45 percent of Americans make a resolution every year, according to statisticbrain.com. Some people vow to live a healthier lifestyle, others promise to spend more time with family, and many say they will try to save money.

As millions of Americans make resolutions to improve their lives, what could we do right here in Sierra Madre to make it an even better place to live?

What is on your wish list? What is one thing you would improve in 2013?

Tell us in the comments section or blog about why you love living here!

sierra madre resident n.s. December 29, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Sierra Madre is lovely in so many ways. If I could improve it, my wish would be that neighbors become more considerate about how their choices impact others. Though some parents have moved here in the commitment to giving the gift to their children of the best schools, neighborhood and environment, they seem to fail to give the most important gift of all: teaching their children to respect others. Loud parties, music, basketball playing at 11:00 p.m., screaming children late at night, shooting arrows into others' yard. I have experienced all of these repeatedly, though I live on a very quiet street. Live band parties are unacceptable and have ruined many a beautiful evening. Basketball past 8:00 p.m. is just wrong. Teaching your children that screaming and shouting under their neighbors bedroom windows at 10:00 p.m. is teaching them not to care and the impact will last forever. Your older children blasting music into the yard when you are away or with you home is teaching them that no one else matters. So, that's my wish.
D Shelley December 29, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Sierra Madre resident n.s., As I was reading this article and before I scrolled down to yours, I had similar thoughts. I was thinking how obnoxious and loud some of the local school children are, especially downtown on Friday afternoons near Kersting Court. I remember kind of smiling many years ago when I was downtown and there were some food wrappers on the ground that hadn't quite made it to the trash can. One long-time Sierra Madre resident was picking the trash up and clucking that she wished those darned kids would pick up after themselves. She said that she just KNEW that these were NOT Sierra Madre children who were acting like pigs, that THEY weren't raised that way! I'm afraid that my recent experience has been that, although many local parents are still raising considerate thoughtful children, that many Sierra Madre kids are being taught to believe they are the certain of the universe. The sense of belonging to a community and needing to take that community into consideration in your behavior choices has vanished. ME, ME, ME, MINE, MINE, MINE! I've become that older lady who has spoken out about kids revving their skateboards across the table tops at Starbucks and sprawling out in the chairs (no purchases) while elderly with canes search for a place to sit and drink their coffee. Yes, my wish would be that some of that self-centeredness would go away and be replaced with more considerate behavior and respect for others.
Marcy Harbut December 29, 2012 at 07:41 PM
I've lived in Sierra Madre for about 12 years, and there are few things that have always bothered me that I would love to see resolved: 1. City employees with leaf blowers "cleaning up" the public parking lot next to my apartment building on Auburn Avenue at 7 a.m. every Friday. Granted, the city was kind enough to move the landscaper's start time back a half hour after enough of my neighbors complained about being woken up at *6:30 a.m.* by those satanic machines, but 7 a.m.? Come ON. I'd also appreciate a better relationship between the police and the locals. I dread driving in this city, and I warn my friends and family who visit that they must follow the traffic laws to the letter because Sierra Madre PD treats everyone like a common criminal for the smallest infraction (and you don't even have to do anything WRONG to get pulled over, as my husband experienced). I appreciate our police officers and understand they have a tough job, and that they've been historically underpaid. BUT, I expect them to be professional and remember that they are here to serve the community, not to punish us for living here.
Francesca Marcus December 29, 2012 at 07:58 PM
I wish all leaf blowers would self destruct!!! What is wrong with a rake, broom, and dust pan? Less dust gets blown into the air, and the job is probably done better. I also support the wish for a more tolerant police force.
Louis Educe December 29, 2012 at 10:22 PM
I wish for our own Patch site again instead of never knowing who or where a story (or the comments) are coming from.
Carroll Brown December 29, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Hey D. Shelley, I have to agree with you on a lot of your points here. Actually, I find the parents just as obnoxious as the kids. Sierra Madre kids are no different than kids from other areas and the lady who remarked about children acting like pigs could not be from Sierra Madre needs to open her eyes.
Answer Man December 30, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Sierra Madre Patch is now a "bot site." This is a consequence of owner corporation AOL trying to cut down on the massive losses they have been sustaining with their investment in hundreds of these Patch sites. Rather than each Patch having it's own editor as in the past, this site has become an extra duty for the editors in larger cities such as Pasadena and Altadena. That is why everything here now has such a generic "lite" feel.
J Maher December 30, 2012 at 11:24 PM
I would ban all leaf blowers in the City of Sierra Madre. Each day as I walk through our beautiful, little city I am constantly halted by the loud, obnoxious leaf blowers. I am so sick and tired of the terrible dust and debris that they throw into the air. While the leaf blowers themselves wear masks there is nothing to protect myself and my family. Friday mornings are the WORST!! My 6am morning walks through town are ruined by noise and air pollution. Let’s ban all leaf blowers!! It seems that each day there are at least a half dozen leaf blowers I have to avoid. Get a broom and a rake!! Also lets ban the day laborers loitering in the park! I feel unsafe when I walk by the park in the early morning hours and always have to alternate my route to avoid them. I also don’t feel safe bringing my children to the park because there are so many laborers just standing around.
lisa January 02, 2013 at 03:39 AM
When parents are advised that Starbucks is not a school approved pick up zone maybe weekday afternoons might be less annoying ... I've seen the same mini vans and SUV'S pick up the same obnoxious children weekly please note these are also the same obnoxious people that feel it's perfectly acceptable to block traffic going into Kersting Court because their little darlings need to say goodbye to all there friends and then happen to see other mom with obnoxious children and decide to have a full on conversation about nothing ... Also ,if I hear another tween-ager use the F bomb as the only word readily available in their vocabulary I'm going to start carrying bars of soap and advise the the little twerps it would be far more useful in their mouths than what it's supposed to be used for .... Parents , I get free speech and I have to say their is nothing more classy than hearing your little tween's screaming out "f ing b...h. " to get a classmates attention ... Parents of obnoxious children please accept the fact that the majority of us do not care nor believe that your children poop sun shine or unicorns that frankly we don't like nor do we care for you uncivilized hellions and if need be maybe the city could start passing out tickets for loitering . P.S. when my 14 year old would prefere I go 2 miles out of the way to go to Starbucks after school than deal with the minions of tween's it's pretty bad .
lisa January 02, 2013 at 05:00 AM
If licensed and insured contractors are required to take out permits to work in Sierra Madre what permits and requirements do day laborers have to provide ?
Jennifer Kidd January 07, 2013 at 12:13 AM
Instead of blasting our children and neighbors of our lovely community that our city prides itself on, let us try to focus on what could benefit the growth and safety of our people and businesses. My family personally would love to see Taylor's market restored and brought back into a complete working retail space again. They are and have been a link to our local community and though we are a small town we still need the local grocery store, not the corporate. Secondly, our farmers market location unfortunately is a bit off. As we do appreciate the move near the park from the last location, we would love to see it at Kersting Crt. This we feel would allow more pedestrians to be involved and hopefully bring more vendors and keep the ones that still participate coming back.

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