‘Californication’ happening now

It was with pleasure that I saw you had printed a most alarming guest commentary on Sunday (“County should be fighting, not enabling rural land rush.”)

Written by Kristin Kelly and Marilyn Hoggarth, this commentary described the inexorable decisions by certain powers – here, the state Court of Appeals and our own County Council – to purposefully do away with the agricultural lands which have blessed our area. Given the multiple values that these lands and their operations offer to all of us, one might think that these decisions are inexplicable. However, further thought leads you to recognize that money has power, and these decisions are examples that elected power, also, goes to those with money. The explanation of these decisions is that a very small component of our population has the ear of our elected officials and will benefit from many of the decisions they make.

Decisions of this sort will have predictable effects on our countryside and the immediate world we share. The term “Californication” has largely fallen out of use, but I hope many would think about what it means to us.

Thanks to you and to Kelly and Hoggarth for bringing this up again – and may more people pay attention.

Quentin Mitchell


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