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An urban center by any other name still stinks

Posted: July 6, 2008 1:38 a.m.
Updated: September 6, 2008 5:02 a.m.
The Signal's apologetic approach (Signal editorial, June 27) to our city manager's goals, whether we call it urbanization or something else, seems to ignore the downsides of massive build-outs.

Our city manager's approach, and unfortunately now that of our hometown newspaper, is that to avoid traveling to the San Fernando Valley, we should become the San Fernando Valley.

The justification is to increase our tax base. Indeed, we will need that additional tax base because our crime rate will go up - necessitating more law enforcement. Our roads will become gridlocked at peak hours (conveniently hidden by our city manager's "averaging traffic study"), necessitating more road repairs and widening.

Our air quality will go the way of all crowded cities. When is the City Council going to seriously talk about that?

Since the city manager wants to disown the term "urban center," let's just define his self-fulfilling prophecy by his own behavior.

Take his constant moves to bring the Field of Dreams program to our city. By bringing in this private group to attract large tournaments, he will create a need for large hotels.

Take his stated support of his community development director: "Two jobs for every house, that's the battle cry." (We all can access the election-night video of this statement by the city manager).

If that doesn't require our city to become an "urban ------"(Oops we can't say that), then I guess he's referring to home computer or telemarketing jobs.

More likely, we will become the City of Industry, only with more homes.


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