We keep hearing about community engagement and community input; when and where will it take place? Are we still a democracy in Whittier?
"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.