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Opinion: Yes on Measure W

Barring major cuts to the city budget, MEASURE W is the only way Whittier can continue to provide the services we rely on while working to solve some of our most pressing issues.

Opinion: Homes For Whittier Says We Should Build Granny Flats
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Opinion: Homes For Whittier Says We Should Build Granny Flats

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.

Resolving to Do Better on Homelessness
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Resolving to Do Better on Homelessness

A public safety response to homelessness is neither effective nor fiscally responsible. Ordinances that disproportionately impact people with nowhere else to be, when they are otherwise committing no crime, shouldn’t exist. Period.

A Call for Civility at City Hall
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A Call for Civility at City Hall

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.

Opinion Editorial: Whittier’s Mayor Is Right—But Also Wrong
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Opinion Editorial: Whittier’s Mayor Is Right—But Also Wrong

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.

Opinion: Conservancy Helped Save Parks Department and Tree Ordinance
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Opinion: Conservancy Helped Save Parks Department and Tree Ordinance

To reduce expenses, the city announced plans to fire the entire Parks Department staff and contract park maintenance and tree trimming to outside sources. This proposal met with fierce resistance from the community, especially within the context of the homeless problems affecting our parks.

The Whittier Conservancy took an active role in opposing this decision. Most importantly, without a locally based, in-house staff, it would have been impossible to implement our Tree Ordinance.

Opinion Editorial: The Active Hope of Advent
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Opinion Editorial: The Active Hope of Advent

My friend and I shared breakfast with people encamped in our city park. A local congregation and advocacy group rustled up burritos and coffee before the neighborhood protest began. We stood with campers, as a small group of disheartened citizens honked horns, waved humiliating signs, but mostly glared. I approached each group who had skin...