I heard today that â€œdevelopersâ€ are planning on developing over my favorite exercise hiking trail in the Glendora South Hills with homes and a road.
This really makes me angry because there are already a few extremely large mansions near the end of these hills along with no trespassing signs. But the part I hike is purely wild. I see jackrabbits, skunk, red ants, and a tarantula almost every single time I have been up there. The area doesn’t look spectacular but it is special to me.
I prefer not to get into politics on this blog but environmental issues are something that is very important to me so I canâ€™t keep this to myself. I realize that David Dreier is my local congressman and one of the worst members of the Congress when it comes to LCV score. I think at one point, he had a zero out of 100. One personâ€™s complaints might fall on deaf ears but if enough people speak he has no choice but to listen. The whole development-first mindset has got to go.
Southern California is already a cesspool of overdevelopment and outdoor recreation lovers canâ€™t even enjoy our little island in a sea of civilization anymore. I lost ten pounds hiking this trail 3 â€“ 4 times a week. No matter how bad of day I might have had, everything in my life disappears as Iâ€™m hiking the trail. It clears my mind and makes me feel good. I can only hope that more people can experience the positive things that I have here.
Here are more pictures from my website:
Save the Glendora South Hills
Update 11/10/08: I received a response from the City Manager, “In answer to your question, we do not know of any housing or other development that would occur in the Wilderness Park. As you may know, the Park covers several hundred acres and is zoned as open space and thus cannot be developed with houses or any commercial buildings. I know the City Council has taken many steps to make sure the park remains in its current open space state and has applauded the Trails Committee for its fine work in maintaining the trail system that you referred to in the email.”
I hope that this really is the case and stays this way.
Lupine and Mustard Wildflowers
“Zoning” – This wholesale nursery occupies a pretty big chunk of the hills.
Some pictures from my cell phone –
Wholesale Nursery Development in Glendora South Hills
Leased Private Property in South Hills
I wrote to Mr. Dreier’s office also and their response was that land-use issues were out of his jurisdiction. Despite that, I think it is always a good idea to write to your local members of Congress to make your opinions known. Developers might have money but we the people have our rights too and together we can fight greed.
Update 1/4/09: I interviewed Kristin Parisi, a local environmental activist and Glendora City Council Candidate. She is quite knowledgeable about the land use issues.
See more of my environmental pictures.