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Boxed In and Ridiculous Policies
April 5, 2002
Though I rarely find myself in agreement with Frank Gruber, I think he hit a homerun with his insight in his column (WHAT I SAY, "Landmarking," April 5, 2002). Frank has correctly cut through all the propaganda, and discovered that the Landmark Commission's effort to create new historic districts has nothing to do with any homes having historic merit, and everything to do with the City looking for a new ways to stop "monster mansions."
What was missing from Frank Gruber's article was chastising the city for its gross incompetence in its attempt to reform the City's zoning code for single-family residences. People are building "monster mansions" because the City code permits 6,000-foot houses on 9,000-foot lots, and 5,000-foot houses on 7,500-foot lots.
All the new houses are ugly boxes because huge side-yard requirements prevent them from having any shape, and low height requirements prevent Tudor, Victorian, Colonial, and many other styles of houses. If anyone in the city was paying attention they would note that most of the beautiful old 2-story, that are allegedly so admired, could not be built today under the current zoning code.
Rather than dealing with density by focusing on density (floor to area ratio in the code), the city is instead proposing that large groups of home owners lose their rights provided by the city's zoning code, and be forced to have all of their construction requests be subject to the arbitrary whim of a handful of political appointees.
It should be self-evident why an "angry mob" has been showing up at Landmark Commission meetings.
April 4, 2002
I am a 'California Girl", or at least I always considered myself
as such. Now I will feel ashamed to admit that in front of strangers.
I just read the guest opinion piece ("Political
Correctness out of Control," March 27) regarding liberalism
in your school system.
Someday you must meet your maker. I hope and pray that you are prepared for that day. I thank the Lord for One Million Moms who make us aware of this sort of thing so that we may plead with you to try to change education and life for children and give them a chance.
Please try to do better for all the children who depend on you, and for yourself.
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