"Civil war?" I said. "No. It's an invasion. Sure, everyone is calling it a civil war-Rich Environmentalists against Regular People Who Need Houses. But that's a crock. This is a fight against an invading army of Suburbanites From Somewhere Else who want to build a gazillion ugly tract houses here, who don't care anything about Monterey County except that the weather's better than Texas or Michigan or wherever.Time and again, the majority of the Board of Supervisors refused to follow the will of the people who want to keep Monterey County from being overrun with sprawl. The supes would not accept any plan that created real limits to growth-limits that distressed the powerful elite, who stand to reap obscene profits from unbridled development. Instead of forging a compromise, the supes demanded "consensus," and the powerful pro-growth forces refused to bend.Last Sunday, the Herald ran a courageous editorial calling on everyone in Monterey County to demand that the County Supervisors put the General Plan Initiative on the ballot for a public vote. The editorial ended with a terrific line: "It's time for everyone who believes in fair play and democracy to remind the supervisors that they were elected to listen and lead, not to dictate."
The Long War
Has it turned into a civil war? This is the question of the week. It's in every newspaper and on every news-talk program on TV and radio. It's everywhere. My sweetheart even asked for my opinion on the topic at the breakfast table this morning.I hadn't had my second cup of coffee yet, so I was groggy. Plus I was cranky because I was worrying about work-thinking about an article in these...