Please do me a favor, Governor Schwarzenegger, and place in your hand a 2005 California State quarter. You’ll notice that this coin prominently features Yosemite Valley’s world famous Half Dome, our imperiled California Condor, our famous conifers, and the Grandfather of Conservation, John Muir (you could learn a lot from his leadership and values, Mr. Schwarzenegger). Please note that nowhere on this coin will you find the Hollywood sign, cityscapes, toll roads and freeways, or power lines. Why? Because we Californians value most our natural places, open spaces, and the tremendous scenery and beauty of our great state. Why then, do you insist on representing the interests of big business and developers instead of protecting our natural resources?
You have the nerve to propose closing 48 of our California State Parks due to your administration’s financial failures; you booted Bobby Shriver and Clint Eastwood from the State Park and Recreation Commission because they were opposed to a toll road that you supported – one that would needlessly slice through a State Park; and now this: your pressing of State regulators to allow massive power lines to cut through Anza-Borrego – California’s largest state park.
With all due respect, Arnold, what in the hell are you thinking? We Californians DO NOT support your proposed State Park closures; we DO NOT approve of your toll roads cutting through our open spaces; and we DO NOT approve of power lines cutting through our state parks. Where are the discussions of conservation? This is the foremost fundamental item any sound leader would and should discuss. However, instead of encouraging more drivers to carpool to lessen freeway congestion, you take the easy path and promote a damaging tollroad; instead of encouraging San Diegan’s to conserve and use less energy, you promote an unnecessary power line through our great Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.
It’s time to look at reality, Arnold: California (especially Southern) cannot continue with this breakneck pace of growth and resource consumption. Like your administration, our state is headed for long-term failure if it continues down this path.
To my California readers: I encourage you to voice your concerns with the Governor’s office. Email Arnold or send snail mail to:
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814
You can also express your disgust by phone or fax:
Thank you. As always, I solicit your comments on this topic.