Alhambra staff is considering sending a letter — the Alhambra Unbeautiful Letter — to residents whose homes are “in need of beautification” but do not violate city code. The letter is the idea of Councilwoman Barbara Messina, who told Council that it's "just a reminder that, 'Gee, your lawn needs watering.'"
Alhambra Source asked readers: Do you think the city should send an "Unbeautiful" letter? In comments on our poll, story, and Facebook page, some agreed that a letter would help beautify the city. But a majority of readers responded that the letter would be unnecessary, poor use of city resources, and even insulting.
Messina defended the letter during Monday night's council meeting. "My 'Unbeautiful' Letter just created so much controversy that it just amazes me," Messina said. “It’s not a citation, it’s just a friendly reminder that some people don’t realize that this is something that we would like to have people do who live in homes, whether you’re an owner or a renter keeping the appearance for the sake of our neighborhood is very important.”
She spoke during the meeting about the Alhambra Beautiful awards, given in June and July to homeowners who maintain the exterior of their homes. “The whole purpose of Alhambra Beautiful is to draw recognition to the neighborhoods so that people can see that a nice neighborhood can get your property values up," she said. "That’s what we want to encourage."
Check out what readers had to say about the "Unbeautiful" letter below.
Anonymous comments were taken from our poll results.