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Another Terrace Morning



Carmen el Pasayo wowed 'em at Olvera Street yesterday.

Twenty-six million dollars were spent on seventy-one homeless units for women. As these women have won a sort of lottery, which is the way we deal with homelessness (of course, the developers get the money), it would have been far cheaper to have simply bought the women condos in the Little Tokyo Lofts, where prices recently dipped into the $100Ks. This kind of action is a publicity coup and a policy disgrace: after the women are settled, the County's homeless will drop from 50,000+ to 50,000+, -71. But a developer did get his $26 million for moving the needle not a whit.

We need to remind people what they do in third world countries to combat homelessness: first they build yurts for the short term, then they replace the yurts with cinder-block housing as they are able. Brazil is slow and Mexico is awful, but Chile and Ecuador have exemplary programs. As our city becomes more like all these other places, it should not build European-styled affordable housing, but Latin American styled affordable housing.

It was one thing to oppose the enormous environmental impact of a Home Depot Shopping Center. Now some folks in Sunland Tujunga need to explain why Home Depot should not lease its lot to a low-impact Christmas Tree retailer. Sunland Tujunga's long tradition of isolated activism has always been susceptible to its flipside: lynchmob-styled frontier justice. The nascent protesting of the new, temporary use of the lot seems to violate the spirit of the former, impact-targeted activism, and even issue an unfair constraint on a landowner with rights to compete in the kind of commerce the business district otherwise deems acceptable.

We hear that Parent Revolution is pulling a trigger at last tomorrow, after many, many attempts. One out-of-state voice is concerned that California's parent trigger law may not have the teeth necessary to change much.