Score another win for the 'hill tribes' I want to...

December 26, 2002

Score another win for the 'hill tribes'

I want to congratulate the rich "hill tribes" of northern Glendale

for forcing us to pay $25 million of public money for the

beautification of their neighborhood. (I've decided to use the term

"hill tribes" instead of "hillbilly" as a sign of respect for the

southeastern hillbillies).

Isn't it interesting that the supposed deterioration of northern


Glendale takes priority over the blight of southern Glendale? The

former becomes a community issue, while the latter becomes an

individual issue. All Glendalians should pay for northern

neighborhoods, while individual southerners should have more

neighborhood pride and pay for the blight of their neighborhoods.

I can only conclude that government interference (social spending,

environmental spending, socialism) is OK if the beneficiaries are

wealthy "hill tribesmen." On the other hand, if the beneficiaries are

poor southerns, it is called "welfarism," and the "damn foreigners"

are told to go back to their dirty, failed countries.

Poverty sure sucks.



Oakmont analysis, coverage applauded

Though I do not necessarily agree with the sentiments, and future

forecasts, of Mr. Tanabe regarding Glendale's purchase of the Oakmont

property, I do appreciate his analysis of the final resolution of the

contentious Oakmont debate.

Furthermore, I believe that the News-Press has done an outstanding

job these past few years by both detailing the various positions on

developing the Verdugo Mountains and by allowing all views, including

those of Mr. Tanabe, to be aired for the benefit of the entire




He'd be happy to show him a real tumbleweed

If Bob Tanabe cannot recognize an invasive tumbleweed from the

native live-oak forest that is Oakmont, I will gladly -- since he's a

resident of La Canada Flintridge -- accompany him on an interpretive

hike under the beautiful oak canopy of Descanso Gardens, or up the

trail through Cherry Canyon.

I'll point out to him that where native plant communities are

allowed to thrive, tumbleweed, also known a Russian Thistle, cannot

gain a foothold. There might have been an opportunity for tumbleweed

to take hold in Oakmont if the bulldozers had been allowed to do

their dirty work over the estimated 12-year build-out period of the

proposed development, although tumbleweeds prefer a more level

terrain over which to tumble in their seed dispersal phase.

Years hence, after the unsustainable boom and bust of capitalism

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