The Shmoo, in case you are not aware, is a cartoon character Al Capp created way back there a ways for his comic strip Lil' Abner. They are the ultimate in selfless creatures, willing to do anything (and I mean anything) to bring happiness to their human masters. Here is a handy description from the always useful Wikipedia:
"Shmoos are delicious to eat, and are eager to be eaten. If a human looks at one hungrily, it will happily immolate itself, either by jumping into a frying pan, after which they taste like chicken, or into a broiling pan, after which they taste like steak. When roasted they taste like pork, and when baked they taste like catfish. Raw, they taste like oysters on the half-shell ... They also produce eggs (neatly packaged), milk (bottled Grade A), and butter - no churning required."
Speaking of Shmoo-like behavior, we need to talk a little bit about what is going down in Arcadia these days.
There was a highly informative piece from the seemingly agenda-free Alfred Lee in yesterday's Pasadena Star News, a paper I am beginning to like more and more these days. The coverage offered is light years ahead of the crudely slanted rubbish we see in the two street rags that claim to cover events here in Sierra Madre. Here are a couple of paragraphs that will help set up where I'm going with this:
New land-use revisions call for increasing housing density: ARCADIA - Deep into the process of updating the city's General Plan, officials are trying to create land use concepts that meet new statewide density requirements and still preserve Arcadia as a "Community of Homes" ... Officials are making sure that the new land use guidelines meet the requirements of SB 375, the "anti-sprawl" legislation last year that aims to cut down on carbon emissions by requiring local agencies to minimize vehicle travel time through city planning ... "I think the update is just something that needed to be done to reflect the current conditions and goals and how we see ourselves grow, and it kind of dovetailed into SB 375," City Manager Don Penman said. "Cities are going to have to come up with plans to address that, but we're already in that process."
So I wonder what Arcadia will taste like after it has happily cooked itself Shmoo-style for the folks in Sacramento? My guess would be baloney.
One of the truly great things about the Pasadena Star News website is something called Topix. It is where you can go to talk about the article you have just read, and mix it up with other local news fanatics. I have been known to go there myself from time to time.
Now there was a guy discussing this Arthur Lee article yesterday who just flat out kicked some major booty. He calls himself True Freedom, and he is one well-informed dude. I'm going to let his own words speak for him.
Post #4: Wiseman, you are not so wise. These policies are mandated by Sacramento. Here's how it works:
a) There is a govt group called SCAG (Southern California Association of Governments http://www.scag.ca.gov) that magically comes up with population growth estimates for the region.
b) SCAG then divvies up the growth so that each city has their "fair share," called RHNA (Regional Housing Needs Assessment numbers .. pronounced "reena.")
c) The city must provide in it's General Plan, submitted to Sacramento, a land Use and Housing Element that shows how the city will accommodate all this growth that is being mandated by the state.
d) The city also must provide a plan for an adequate number of Very Low Income and Very Very Low Income (these are official terms: see http://www.hcd.ca.gov for Sacko's stance on affordable housing.
e) If the city does not have a good enough plan to increase density and low income housing, the state will withhold some funds to the city as punishment.
f) It gets worse with the newly enacted SB 375, which mandates more high density housing around transit hubs (bus stations, trains, etc) and has language that seems to suggest the state can actually sue a city if they don't comply.
Post #6: Arcadia, you must write or call your City Council members immediately to stop this. Your SCAG numbers show Arcadia has to grow from 55,000 residents to 65,000 residents. You will be stuffing 10,000 more people into your tiny city ... many of which will be very very low income as mandated by the state.
Affordable housing advocates and builders are pushing most of this growth. They are well organized powerful lobbies in Sacramento.
Single family residents are a disorganized, unrepresented group and WE ARE GETTING STEAMROLLED by the lobbies.
Arcadia has a great school system. Will it be the same after you add this new group of people?
Will your traffic be worse? Will pollution be worse? Will water usage, electricity usage, waste/trash generation be worse? Will parking be worse?
Post #8: No conspiracy theories here. This is all fact. You may want to visit the State of California's website and educate yourself.
First, try the Housing and Community Development website. They have an entire section on Affordable Housing and counteracting NIMBY (not in my backyard): http://www.hcd.ca.gov/hpd/nimby.htm (Tattler: if you thought the CAR book was bad, look at what our very own tax dollars have bought us here! It is ugly.)
Look at the rest of the State's HCD site: http://www.hcd.ca.gov/hpd/
Look at the SCAG estimate estimate RHNA numbers for yourself to check if my assertion that arcadia will have to grow from 55,000 to 65,000 people is true. http://www.scag.ca.gov
Google "SB375" and read up on what this bill passed last September is FORCING cities to do...
Post #13: Bills like SB 375 are simply a "greenwashing" tactic to build higher density housing in the name of the environment.
Now, in completely undeveloped areas of California, if you have a choice to preserve more open/green space by clumping people in higher density housing ... this bill makes a little sense.
But, this is not our situation in LA. We will not be preserving any green space ... we will only be adding more residents.
Any idiot can see that more people crammed into our cities will increase traffic, increase pollution, increase trash generation, increase water usage, increase daily frustration, increase school crowding, and decrease property values and decrease our quality of life. And hurt the environment.
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Man, I tell you, I got to get this guy over here and writing for The Tattler. Dude has definitely got the Holy Spirit. He is wrong about one thing, though. I am not sure that "any idiot can see" all of this. I mean, there are those two Shmoos on our City Council that I don't think will ever get it.