Southern California environment news and trends

Many reasons not to go back to "The Garden," but diesel pollution isn't one of them

Courtesy the film <em>The Garden</em>

Air pollution for a park here isn't that different from the places the city prefers.

Putting a park where farmers tilled soil in South Central's Horowitz/Lancer property might be problematic for any number of reasons, but air quality isn't one of them.

Alice Walton over at The City Maven has a good write up of what happened yesterday at City Hall. Which was: protests, shouting, and a continued, profound sense of betrayal. Also, a vote to approve manufacturing at the site, and job creation.

The dispute has continued over the fate of what some know as "The Garden" (it was the subject of an Academy-Award nominated documentary). With the exception of the celebrities who've come in on the side of the farmers (Darryl Hannah, still; historically, Willie Nelson, etc.), yesterday's city council meeting saw two largely Latino and vaguely disempowered groups pitted against one another. The hardcore South Central Farmers (some of the farmers now just farm elsewhere, shy of the politics) collected signatures and massed support for the idea of turning 2.6 acres of land (out of the Horowitz-owned original 14) into a park; the film advocated on their behalf. On the other side at city council were Latina seamstresses, Horowitz and Councilwoman/Mayoral Candidate Jan Perry. They argued that making the whole industrial complex into the long planned clothing factories would mean jobs. 600 of them. 30 percent local.