Here is another roundup of some of the most thought-provoking reader comments of the week. Click on each topic’s headline to see the article in question. Comments are selected by our editors and subject to editing for grammar, spelling, clarity and length.
OC needs another pink sprawl housing tract and more cars on Santiago Canyon Road about as much as we need another bad rash. Concerned citizens need to show up at the [Orange County] Planning Commission meeting in Santa Ana next Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 and demand that they follow the local review board’s recommendation.
Rutter [Development Co.] needs to bring its plan into compliance with the rules and not the other way around.
— Ben Hadd / May 17
Good investigative reporting being done here. It is important to understand if Edison has done something improper and if the NRC has been complacent. We can’t let San Onofre be restarted when Edison and the NRC seem to be so conflicted. Too many lives and livelihoods are at stake.
We must heed the lessons learned from Fukushima, Japan, where the disaster continues to threaten a whole country.
— Gary Headrick / May 16
Oh, another case of the missing government document, eh? That’s the big-boy version of “the dog ate my homework.”
Another bureaucrat desperately trying to save his job.
— Beelzebub / May 11
Why do the $12 million worth of additional capital improvement “wishes” have to be in the budget in order to “go through those items”? If the budget is balanced (almost) to continue normal operations, wouldn’t it make more sense to consider these additional items as nice-to-haves and see if there’s a way to add them to the budget without putting it out of balance?
There just seems to be another agenda behind the idea of intentionally unbalancing the budget. The proper agenda for the city should be to adopt a balanced budget, not to create an artificial crisis.
— Valan2 / May 12
Always keep in mind that [Councilmen Jim] Righeimer and [Stephen] Mensinger are real estate developers. Ask yourself how this push for a massive infrastructure build will help their real estate friends.
There is also a push to float bonds for infrastructure. Bonds drove Victorville and Stockton to bankruptcy because the cities took on too much debt. And, ask yourself, who will really benefit from the bonds and get the commissions on the sale.
— Reggie / May 11
This type of thing probably happens in every major urban area. Cab drivers fighting over turf with the pols holding the carrot. And most of them end up in court.
— Beelzebub / May 16