Go East, young man? Californians look for the exit
LOS ANGELES - Mike Reilly spent his lifetime chasing the California dream. This year he's going to look for it in Colorado ... With a house purchase near Denver in the works, the 38-year-old engineering contractor plans to move his family 1,200 miles away from his home state's lemon groves, sunshine and beaches. For him years of rising taxes, dead-end schools, unchecked illegal immigration and clogged traffic have robbed the Golden State of its allure ... The number of people leaving California for another state outstripped the number moving in from another state during the year ending on July 1, 2008. California lost a net of 144,000 people during that period - more than any other state, according to census estimates. That is about equal to the population of Syracuse, N.Y.
(***Tattler: Isn't one of the arguments in favor of planned high-density development that millions of people will be moving here in the not too distant future? So when did that all change?)
L.A. County's chief land use planner is fired
Bruce W. McClendon, the chief land use planner for Los Angeles County, was fired Friday by the county's chief executive ... McClendon said he was called to a meeting with William T Fujioka and told he was terminated from his $191,028-a-year job as head of the Department of Regional Planning ... McClandon, reached by telephone, said he believed he had been fired in retaliation for blowing the whistle on county supervisors' aides. He said he had given Fujioka information that showed that aides to the county supervisors routinely sought to improperly influence decisions of whether to permit development plans ... "It was illegal, and they can go to jail for doing it," said McClendon, 62 ... He said he recently began consulting with attorneys in preparation for filing a whistle-blower retaliation lawsuit ... Aides to supervisors Mike Antonovich, Don Knabe, Gloria Molina, Mark Ridley-Thomas and Zev Yaroslavsky declined to comment on the allegations.
(***Tattler: Key sentence - "He said he had given Fujioka information that showed that aides to the county supervisors routinely sought to improperly influence decisions of whether to permit development plans." Based on the kinds of things we've seen, this hardly seems surprising. Free Bruce!)
Light Rail May be Light Years Away
At a Government Affairs Meeting at the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce last week, attendees and members found out that the planned Foothill Extension of the Gold Line light rail from Sierra Madre Villa through Arcadia may not happen as early as originally hoped. In fact, an Arcadia Gold Line Station still has a long way to go, perhaps more than 10 years ... With the general economy in a general slump and state IOUs perhaps on the way, who knows if this will ever come to pass ... The draft for the plan, which was released this week, set the completion date for the Gold Line for 2017, based on when the project would start to receive Measure R tax money.
(Tattler: At least eight years to extend the Gold Line less than 5 miles east? At that rate the 210 Trolly won't make its vaunted arc to Ontario Airport until the year 2270.)
Funky Japanese Bus Stations
"Have you ever seen bus stations that nice? They are funky, yummy and unbelievably nice. I would like to spend some time there. I even think everything will be fine, even if the bus doesn't arrive on time. Did you catch me, lol?
(Tattler: Someone needs to take a minute and cheer down ..)
I guess that'll be enough ..