Your editorial "A Dire Economic Warning" failed to place the blame for the good news-bad news scenario that faces decision makers in Orange County.
The dire economic warnings have been flashing for many years in a county of affluence and hectic materialism where spending has outpaced planning for the future.
For the last decade county planners have long ignored the statistical data from the Development Monitoring Report and Balanced Land Use Reports, which point directly to the problems The Times now grouses over, to wit: We have been creating too many jobs, too much economic growth, too much development for our infrastructure to carry; and, we have been spending too little time analyzing, with too few specialists, with far less monies than we realistically need to get out of the deepening hole we've created. Thank you, of course, to the Board of Supervisors for another fine mess.
We have long been guilty of pandering to current development at the expense of quality-of-life planning. The Times has a rap sheet filled with special-interest panegyrics. So it is somewhat auspicious that The Times wants to warn us about climactic consequences of our decade-long economic binge.