We had a movement going in Italy, asking people to keep going out and supporting local businesses, feeling that the government was overreacting, but in hindsight this was not a great plan.
"The school district has a key role to play in stopping the tsunami of illness and death that is heading our way by moving classes online. When you look back years (or even weeks) from now, you will be glad that you moved swiftly and decisively at this moment."
As the March 3rd Election approaches, numerous media outlets of varying size and distribution method are endorsing candidates for offices at every level of government. Sustainable City News will not be one of them. Instead, we are wholeheartedly endorsing voting.
Moving back home to Downey, California was a tough transition but was going to be a short one, I assumed. “This is temporary!” I assured my mom, who only had a couch to offer me. “No need to unpack the boxes, I’ll be out of here in no time.” A year later and I’m still living at home.
Honestly, having a legally sound ADU ordinance is just the beginning. Whittier should be actively promoting ADUs (e.g. City website, bill inserts, Park and Rec classes), letting people know that building one is an option, making sure fees are reasonable and in line with other cities, making standard plans available and making low-interest loans or other financial help available for construction.
Tolerating hate speech, yelling, and clapping at Whittier City Council meetings is uncivil and invites lawlessness. The editor of Sustainable City News calls on City Council to make Public Comment safe by standing firm for civility.
I salute the founders of this paper on their mission to spread the gospel of Whittier, at a time when we need to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable more than ever before — and at a time where too many want to comfort the comfortable and afflict the afflicted.
The fastest way to add affordable housing at the lowest cost to the city is through gentle densification. The state has helped us by allowing ADUs ("back houses" and "granny flats") to be added in areas zoned for single-family residences.
The City of Whittier can facilitate homeowners’ adding these units at little or no cost to the city just by setting and meeting a goal to issue at least 100 ADU building permits every six months.