Re "Up From Ultimate Urban Dystopia," Commentary, Oct. 11: Joel Kotkin and William H. Frey view explosive population growth in Southern California through rose-colored glasses. They say, "Since 2000, the L.A. region has added about 800,000 people from other parts of the U.S." This doesn't even count births and immigration from other countries, which would easily add another several hundred thousand people. They euphemistically call this problem "demographic dynamism."
In reality, this population increase and the increases projected are disastrous. Southern Californians (and Californians in general) are financially as well as psychologically unprepared to handle population increases of this magnitude. There has been absolutely no willingness on the part of Californians to address the problems associated with the huge increases in population we've experienced over the last few decades. Governments at all levels are underfunded. The tax structure in California is broken, and there is no commitment on the part of the politicians or the citizenry to fix it.
Kotkin and Frey suggest that " ... such demographics present a severe set of challenges to the region, which can best be addressed by improving education.... " Is that a joke? In a commentary by George Skelton (Oct. 10), Kathleen Moore, planning director for the state Department of Education, says: "We need 35,000 new classrooms over the next five years.... That's 19 classrooms a day." Does anybody see this construction going on?