On behalf of the more than 10,000 members of the Sierra Club in San Diego, I feel compelled to respond to the featured Commentary carried by The Times June 29 (" 'Alice in Wonderland, Meet the Sierra Club' "). The writer has chosen to apply numerous simplistic labels and a host of strawman-type arguments in misrepresenting the positions of those advocating environmental protection and managed growth.
The most objectionable point raised is that "environmentalists don't recognize that man is a part of the natural order." It is precisely because we do recognize man's place and responsibility in the natural order that the Sierra Club and many other environmental organizations are so well-supported. In addition to a full outings program designed to explore and enjoy our precious and irreplaceable natural resources, the Sierra Club has an ongoing conservation program designed to help protect these resources, which enrich and support all species.
We are proud to have joined with many other community-based organizations in the successful effort to pass Proposition A, the managed growth initiative, last November. It is curious that the writer rehashes the same fallacious arguments opponents raised, and voters rejected, overwhelmingly last year.
Opponents tried to tell us that growth would be jammed into the inner city because Proposition A would lock up the urban reserve. Yet there is more than enough land to accommodate growth without the jamming that is already occurring, if only the City Council would follow the constituent community plans and update them comprehensively when necessary. The City Council is finally recognizing the need and funding the means to accomplish the update.