I have always admired Robertson. He is an outstanding labor leader. But he is way off the mark attacking the Braude-Yaroslavsky position on development.
Robertson showed that he is no environmentalist, for sure. He is coming from a position of more jobs; this is understandable, certainly we must have growth. But that growth must be measured against the quality of life for those of us who live in the Los Angeles Basin.
The wanton runaway development of the past two decades has caused choking traffic, made canyons of some of our streets, jammed our post offices, banks and supermarkets. The smog is certainly still dangerous to our health. In short, we have been devastated by land and building interests.
Is it too late to turn it around? If we start now with the Braude-Yaroslavsky proposal to scale back development by 50%, we can be sure that the situation will, at least, not worsen.