"War on Sleaze," "Venice . . . Homeless," "Seniors Win Stay . . . ,"" . . . Westwood Congestion"--all Dec. 10 Westside (section) headlines--are one and the same, in terms of a failure to include human concerns and needs in planning and county-city coordination.
My own experience as a member of the Countywide Citizen's Planning Council substantiates this conclusion.
Physical items, such as land development, Metro Rail and transit problems . . . crowd the agenda. Sure, all these impact on our citizens, but the discussion(s) are mostly technical. There is no looking at the problems of the elderly, changing communities, homeless, employment opportunities--a key to overcoming crime and tensions that grow out of frustration and no job(s). Aren't these concerns for planners, too?