Bart Mendoza 5 a.m., Dec. 8
A friend sent me the 'joke' entered below (beginning with A woman) & the comment preceding is by me.
Sometimes over-regulation is redundant & ridiculous. This is a situation where a little common sense could have made a difference. But, realize all parties would be subject to actual use of the power of common sense, which we know is not common at all.
"A woman from Los Angeles, who was a tree hugger and an anti-hunter, purchased a piece of timberland. There was a large tree on one of the highest points in the tract. She wanted a good view of the natural splendor of her land so she started to climb the big tree. As she neared the top she encountered a spotted owl that attacked her.
In her haste to escape, the woman slid down the tree to the ground and got many splinters in her crotch. In considerable pain, she hurried to the nearest doctor. She told him she was an environmentalist and an anti-hunter and how she came to get all the splinters. The doctor listened to her story with great patience and then told her to go into the examining room and he would see if he could help her. She sat and waited three hours before the doctor reappeared. The angry woman demanded, "What took you so long?"
He smiled and then told her, "Well, I had to get permits from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management before I could remove old-growth timber from a recreational area. I'm sorry, but they turned me down." GOD BLESS AMERICA"
When the EPA was created, it was one of those necessary evils. Big business was in the business of creating some horrendous toxic waste & then dumping it, willy nilly (bet you haven't heard that expression in awhile) & creating hazardous conditions for a naive public. As the clean-ups were taking place, the Epa focus turned to preservation of species as a major part of its agenda. Oftentimes perceived as ridiculous to put the non-human species habitat ahead of 'progress', many organizations have jumped to the forefront of environmental battles. We humans have already caused the extinction of hundreds, if not thousands, of species.
This is a battle that will continue to be waged as developers seek to fill every inch on currently uninhabited land. Just look at the migration in southern California. I never thought people would live in Temecula, Moreno Valley, or to the 'backwoods' areas like Alpine, Julian, or even ElCentro.
This nice 'small' City of San Diego stepped into the fray by upward development. All these tall buildings that were heretofore anathema to the populace suddenly became prime residential fodder for developers (BOSA, McMillin, JMI, Manchester, etc.) and touted by CCDC. Visit the CCDC website and click on their interactive map to see the multitude of development yet to come. It is my humble opinion that we have already exceeded 'enough is enough' and are now in a phase of 'how much more can we take?' This is just my opinion. That is one thing I am not short on!!