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FEATURED COMMENTARY: Nonsensical to pit housing project against forest

By Cosmo Bua

The following was published in the Monterey County Herald on September 6, 2014.

There could hardly be a clearer example of a company – not even a municipality, but a company – shoving people it doesn’t want into an area it doesn’t care about on the edge of town… segregating inclusionary housing away to where it will be less safe and less livable for the residents.

Proposed project site

Proposed project site

The EIR process is already very troubling, because it is starting from a manufactured falsehood – which is the pitting of the need for affordable housing against the survival of a beloved local forest. This is a nonsensical formulation. In reality, there is absolutely no conflict or reasonable connection what-so-ever between this housing and this forest.

There is a moral imperative here and that is the basic issue the County is facing. It is known that it is wrong to destroy a forest. In this case, where there are numerous clear, viable, and even obviously preferable alternative sites for accomplishing this housing goal, it is ludicrous – or even insane. Continue reading

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