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Our New Eveyn Mulwray



The problem with urban planning issues is that you can't read a second paragraph about them without wondering if you should have another cigarette. When actual urban planners write them, you will wonder this even if you don't smoke.

Local folks who poke a little around urban planning issue made a great ruckus about Jane Usher leaving the Planning Commission. "See---there!" they've exclaimed, pointing to her smoking popgun as though it mattered.

The irony is, Jane Usher herself never really mattered, so in her departure, she will certainly matter even less.

As one voice in a tragic Greek chorus that has been been screaming the same things Usher has been screaming ever since developer doormat Gail Goldberg came to our City, I'd like to remind people that six months ago Zev Yaroslavsky, a purportedly powerful County Supervisor, raised some of the same issues Ms. Usher raised in her letter---and it didn't matter, did it, now?

It's like the end of Chinatown. Faye Dunaway screams "He owns the police" about her daddy, a few minutes before she finally gets mowed down by the surrogates of the forces he indeed owns. Shout away! Noah Cross O'Melveney Latham still owns the police, and he'll probably get custody of your first-born too now that you're off the scene.