No, as a matter of fact what we are about to share with you today is based on the very best science. Unshakable, undeniable, with nary a whit of doubt to be found within. Written and researched by some of the top names in the "science of atmospheric composition and structure" field. And, as if these things couldn't be set any more deeply in concrete logic than they already are, published in Scientific American as well (click here). It just doesn't get any more scientifically incontrovertible than that.
L.A. Needs to Stop Being Such a Cow Town: New research suggests that the waste from dairy farms may be a bigger source of smog in Los Angeles than the region's millions of cars.
Early inhabitants of what's now Los Angeles called the region the Valley of Smoke. But it was the car that really made Los Angeles's smog get out of hand. Or was it?
You might not think of Los Angeles as a cow town. But there are nearly 300,000 cattle in the region, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. And now flights to measure local air pollution have revealed that the cows may be a bigger factor in dangerous air pollution than the cars are.
Ground-level ozone is bad enough, but smog gets really nasty when it also includes tiny particles of pollution. And the bacteria eating all that dairy cow waste turn out to be as big a source of this type of pollution as L.A.'s nearly 10 million cars and trucks.
This is a pretty astonishing ratio presented here by Scientific American. That 300,000 cows could prove to be more than a match in the pollution category to 10 million cars is quite a remarkable feat.
I personally believe that the Green Committee (or is that Commission?) needs to now begin redirecting its energies towards the greater source of atmospheric environmental collapse here in the Los Angeles basin, flatulent cows. Leave our cars alone and get down to some truly important work. Head out into the nearest dairy pasture with a pack of matches, or something. This time the future of Sierra Madre really is dependent upon them getting it done.
Great News! Sierra Madre is Now Rated a Walker's Paradise!
If you have a keen memory you may recall that on April 14 we published the results of the latest Walk Score.com survey for Sierra Madre. And they were pretty darn good results, too. Especially for people who believe walking is going to save the world from ecological catastrophe. Out of a possible 100 points we came in at a robust 86, which means we'd earned a Walk Score rating of "Very Walkable."
This was deemed important by the editorial staff here at The Tattler because, to our select way of thinking, this means that the downtown area will not have to be plowed under so that a more "walkable and bikeable" (their phrase) "transit village" can be built. Something the likes of the Green Committee (or is that Commission?) claims is necessary in its Environmental Accords. Which they liberally borrowed from a similarly named document put out by the United Nations.
No, I am not making this up. The madness is everywhere, you know. There might actually be a thousand points of light out there, but most of them are due to swamp gas.
Anyway, and for whatever reasons compel me to engage in such behavior, I went back to the Walk Score.com website yesterday, and do you know what I found? Our Walk Score rating has gone up 5 full points in less than a month! And because of this we have evolved from being "Very Walkable" to a "Walker's Paradise!" You can witness this amazing transformation by clicking here.
So now if those allied with the Green Committee should advocate building a transit village downtown, what they would be doing is destroying our walker's paradise in order to get us something we already have. World class walkability!
Which I guess is a good thing. Of course, you could look at history as being mankind's search for ways of avoiding having to walk. The invention of the wheel being hailed by many as an important historical event. But perhaps we are now at a time when that cycle is about to be broken, and having to walk is a kind of transportation breakthrough. Especially when it is others who will have to do it.
As we mentioned earlier, it seems to me that the Green Committee would better serve this community if they directed their energies towards eradicating things that present a greater and more imminent danger, like this cow gas. Even if there isn't a way to spin it as a reason for high density public transportation based housing development.
And honestly, now that we know we live in a Walker's Paradise, how can life here get any better?
Airbrushing at the Sierra Madre Patch?
Is it just me, or are they getting a bit lazy over at The Patch? There has always been a tendency on that site to post press releases as somehow being news (all those Bob Huff articles come to mind), but they are hardly alone in that. Where would Susan Henderson or Bill Coburn be without such predigested fodder for the simple at heart?
However, Patchie apparently has now taken this to a rather extreme new level. Which is publishing a "blog" that is quite obviously Caltrans propaganda without identifying it as such. Posted by something called the "SR 710 Outreach Team" (no actual human names are mentioned), this jargon-rich word jam is actually about building the 710 Tunnel under South Pasadena. And they do it without once even mentioning the word "tunnel." Click here.
Check out some of this bizarre language.
For the SR-710 Study, Metro and Caltrans are evaluating options to improve mobility and relieve congestion within the study area of the western San Gabriel Valley and east/northeast Los Angeles. From May 14 through May 24, Metro and Caltrans will be hosting open houses during which the community will have an opportunity to view alternative concepts for the Study.
Right. With each one of those so-called alternatives leading back to the building of the 710 Tunnel.
In this meeting, people will learn about the multi-modal alternative concepts under evaluation in the SR-710 Study process, including, but not limited to, "no build" alternative, improvements to local streets, expansion of transit systems, as well as freeway options.
The biggest of those "freeway options" (or "multi-modal alternative concepts") being the building of a tunnel that would lead to a truly massive surge of new SR-210 traffic to our portion of the San Gabriel Valley. Much of it truck traffic out of the Port of Long Beach heading inland. And without even once mentioning in the entire "blog" that the tunnel is the actual reason for these so-called outreach meetings. Or even that such a thing might be even be under consideration.
You'd think Patch might have wanted to share that tidbit of information with their readers. Of course, in all fairness it is possible they didn't know, or even understand what it was they were posting. I guess we should include that as a consideration.
All I can say is that we should all be grateful it isn't about building Caltrans cow paths. But then again, given the airbrushed nature of their communique, maybe it is?