A ‘RAW’ IDEA

Re: “Cause for Concern: Council members and developer want testing for toxins possibly left by weapons research at proposed housing site,” May 9

I was over at Kaiser Medical offices on Foothill last week and parked my car on the top deck of the garage. This would be a wonderful spot to have video cameras set up (along with air monitors) to view the Space Bank property and capture chemical movement in the air, as well as the flow of any dust generated by the project, and to observe that proper methods are being used as proclaimed in the RAW (removal action workplan) for the project.

This location would test movement of dust flow for a portion of the property — north, east and south. At the same time, a camera and air monitors at the west end of the building could capture air flow to the west, south and north, getting a complete measure of the RAW process and making sure the process is safe for the public.

I think another public meeting should be planned to hear answers to questions asked by the public and share any other information that might be of concern. Research has provided spotty records from the state Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) investigation.

~  RICHARD LUCZYSKI

PASADENA

OBVIOUS SOLUTION

Co2 levels, worldwide, have reached a disastrous level everywhere. Without a fast solution, we may be going the way of Venus, no exaggeration intended.

There is an obvious solution, folks: trees. Trees thrive on Co2. In return, they produce oxygen. So, the obvious solution is for everyone in the nation, who can do so, to get out and plant trees anywhere and everywhere.

During World War II, millions of citizens around the nation, both children and adults, went out and collected scrap metal and old tires. Millions of tons of scrap metal were collected. Millions of old tires were collected. The government was fully behind this effort and had signs in every school and every meeting place encouraging people to collect and turn in scrap metal and old tires.

What we need right now is the same type of effort used in World War II, with the government helping out in the following ways: 1) Provide bags of seeds (for trees that absorb the most Co2, while producing the most oxygen) to all citizens who can or will be able to plant  same. 2) Provide clear instructions on what to do and how to do it. 3) Distribute free seeds in all schools and community centers nationwide.

Can we do the foregoing? Only if everyone starts bringing it to the attention of the president, as well as their state and federal representatives. Write letters, make phone calls, send out e-mails. Don’t just sit there folks. For God’s sake, DO SOMETHING!

Otherwise Earth really will begin to resemble Venus!

~  JOHN JAY

VIA EMAIL

MIND YOUR DOG’S

BUSINESS

Why is it that dog owners always take their dogs to other people’s lawns to “do their business?” This seems to be the premise of walking a dog: While you’re at it, why not go on a stranger’s lawn?

I suggest dog owners let their dog go on their own grass, then take the relieved animal for a stroll.

~  AL WISEMAN

VIA EMAIL

FROM FACEBOOK:

Re: “Wrong Answer: Punishing cities that plan in good faith is not the solution to our housing crisis,” by Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek, June 13

This just highlights a major part of the problem. Four times the amount of permits for “above moderate” income housing and zero meaningful data on moderate to affordable housing. Anyone know what Pasadena deems a “moderate” income? “Since January 2014, Pasadena has approved over 2,700 new residential units, and an additional 2,600 new residential units are currently under review. These projects have resulted in the issuance of permits for nearly four times Pasadena’s regional allocation for above-moderate income units, and we continue to make meaningful progress toward meeting our allocations for lower income households.”

Kris Perera

Unfortunately, developers, builders and most human beings are in it to make maximum profit.

Donna Reid Bignell

But why does every single new apartment building seem to be “luxury” housing? Or condos? If even half the new housing were affordable there would be some proof that Pasadena is working on the housing crisis.

Louise E. Linn

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