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.
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.
The real issue that I take with your mailer is your use of the word "blight" in describing what is going on.
Blight, as I'm sure you know, is a disease in plants. The Oxford English Dictionary calls blight "a thing that spoils or damages".
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...
Citing or jailing residents suffering from the acute housing shortage in Whittier and nearby cities will not solve the humanitarian crisis. Until the City can provide shelter beds and services, and ultimately adequate affordable housing, they can mitigate sanitation issues by unlocking public restrooms where they are needed most.