Absence of Alice
I dearly wish Alice Wilder was still with us. She was the fiery lady from San Lorenzo Valley who attended any and all county supervisorial meetings and hearings to assure matters were given due attention. If only Alice could have witnessed the recent move by Supervisor Neal Coonerty to oust Supervisor John Leopold from a LAFCO panel because Mr. Leopold called for more water-consumption and land-impact research before proceeding further on the UCSC expansion application. I can see Mrs. Wilder bolting up and shaking her finger at him.
Granted, Mr. Coonerty is an educated person, and inclined to favor any projects which will enhance higher learning (and require truckloads of books), but he’s missing the big, greed-motivated picture. Has he ever heard of the Academic Senate Committee tucked away in the backroom of UCSC? This is a front which claims housing and facilities for junior faculty and students is necessary, when it fact it is an investment machine of Regents and financial affiliates who really got a boner over getting that Northwest campus development approved. “Higher learning” is the sacred chalice waved so it makes it OK to bulldoze redwoods, construct massive sprawl, exhaust city water supplies and gridlock the Westside in traffic. So our District One supervisor gets fired because he wants more LAFCO scrunity on this? What’s the deal, Neal?
Reinstate Leopold, he deserves a seat on the panel. Because as far as I know, all meetings and committees in the country are based on fair play, not one person who puts his special interests about the interests of the city residents.
Theodore F. Meyer III