Last couple of weeks a few bloggers apparently have had their dog tails bitten by some careless cats, over some local real estate. Something about preservation, loss of houses, parks, woodlands, trees, etc.
If you’re a regular reader & commenter on this blog I don’t need to remind you when our city council was filled with Paul Bunyan sympathizers 2 years ago which resulted in chainsaws running wild in the Colorado Blvd tree fiasco! Most recently, in neighboring Arcadia where “ignoring protests from residents and environmentalists Tuesday, the (L.A.) County Board of Supervisors opted to let crews bulldoze about 11 acres of coast live oaks and sycamore trees north of Arcadia,” in exchange for sediment & debris from a dam and catch basins. (more) Whether it’s trash, debris, sediment, or just stuff, the stuff gotta go. And maybe with it some of the things people cherish.
In the future in the San Gabriel Valley, I expect to see what we’ve seen in the past: a fight over traffic and land use. Extending the 710 to the 210, & over the best use of the Hahamongna. Key questions will be 1) if you’re against something, then what is your workable alternative solution? 2) what decision will benefit the most people? Well, lettuce hope these questions are seriously considered in these repression era economic times.
In contrast, a much lesser number of our political leaders have found any reason for concern. They have exhibited leadership qualities: cool, calm, collected. Life goes on for them: With you, or without you. Unless it’s reelection time. Obama: from Hope 08 to Nope Now, just one example.
It’s the same promises, the same inspirational speeches of progress made & promises to be fulfilled. The SOS. Petitioning your grievances to politicians brought up in the 60’s & 70’s? Well, good luck with that!
But all sides are to blame for the preservation of history disappearing or just butchered to pieces. Too little, too late…again. (Are there really “Planning departments” in government!??) An example of change you can believe in with your own eyes. Times change. An integral part of progress.
I’m old enuf to have seen this scene before. Land & history has been central to what much strife, hatred, and war is about. I’ve lived & learned long ago.
I don’t know how relevant this song is any more. It’s a real oldie after all. Have my doubts how much people even in this area care about this subject. But I’m hearing echoes of some songs again. Ever on replay. Play it again, Uncle Sam:
Happy New Year. Stay Thirsty My Friends