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Opinion: Homes For Whittier Says We Should Build Granny Flats

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.

Becky and Amber

Becky and Amber

“We don’t want to be blamed for what we can’t control. We aren’t all just a bunch of drug addicts kicking it at the park camping.”

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Okay-Here's Whatcha Do! Chorizo Chicken

Okay-Here's Whatcha Do! Chorizo Chicken

This chorizo chicken dish is a bit on the spicy side. If you enjoy a little kick in your food, this one's for you. It's made with chorizo, chicken thighs, bell pepper, onion, cilantro and potatoes.

A Call for Civility at City Hall

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.

A Journalist's Welcome to Sustainable City News

A Journalist's Welcome to Sustainable City News

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.

Farewell FAQ From First Christian Pastor Layne Beamer

Farewell FAQ From First Christian Pastor Layne Beamer

First Christian Church of Whittier officially closed its doors on December 31, 2019. This message from Pastor Layne Beamer, originally posted on Facebook, answers questions asked frequently about the future of the church and its buildings.

Trimming Roses and Orange Trees with My Grandfather

Trimming Roses and Orange Trees with My Grandfather

I rarely trimmed the tangerine tree and never trimmed the Meyer lemon except to remove all the suckers. My grandfather defined suckers as fast growing branches, usually green and smooth, which produced no fruit but “sucked” energy from the trees. The sucker usually had larger and darker leaves. They nearly always grew straight upward in the tree.