Saturday, May 8, 2010
mark your calendar
If for some reason you haven't been following the Pomona Neighborhood Watch blog, you should -- not least because Pride in Garfield Park has debuted the Pomona Events Calendar that she and our own Chainsaw Ed have been working on. It's a great resource for all of us, and I'll work on embedding a miniature version of it in the sidebar here.
My first experiment with it was to add an event, based on a mailer that arrived in today's mail: The May 18th community meeting to discuss the building of a new fire station at the request of the LA County Fire Department (and the closure of our two existing stations). This came up in the April 19th city council meeting, during which Councilmembers Atchley and Soto were particularly outspoken in encouraging community participation. I can only reiterate what they said: Come out and make your voice heard!
Although I have as many frustrations with city council as the next chump, I don't envy them the current situation one little bit. We all roar out of our caves at the threat of cutting or diminishing city services, but they still have this $10-million-plus shortfall to deal with. The fact is, we all need to do as one of the public-commenters at the city council meeting said and work together to come up with creative solutions to the funding crisis. It's increasingly obvious that we need to work on revenues, as several folks have pointed out.
Calwatch made the point that John Mendoza's ballot proposal is a step in the right direction, and I'm in complete agreement. We need to speak out with one great voice and let city council know that maintaining the quality of life and unique identity of Pomona is of utmost concern and that they can count on us to help, not just kvetch at their decisions.
To the barricades, comrades!