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LOS ANGELES Tuesday, June 30th 2015 1:21

 IT'S ABOUT R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

Using The N-Word

Clinton Galloway
WHO WE ARE-Somehow it has become acceptable to use racial slurs as long as they are directed at yourself. The fact is they are rarely directed at you but to someone else. The most glaring example of this is the use of the N-word. I need say no more because we all understand what the N-word is. The extensive use of the word in modern hip-hop and…

‘LA Is Not Designed To Work’

Jack Humphreville
LA WATCHDOG-The City of Los Angeles is a sprawling enterprise with 32,000 employees and an annual budget of $8.6 billion. But according to Rick Cole, the City’s former Deputy Mayor for Budget and Innovation, “LA is not designed to work." Our City’s operations are relatively simple compared to Los Angeles County and other large cities such as New…

SCOTUS Supports the People, Okays California’s Citizen-Driven Redistricting Commission

Deirdre Fulton
NO MORE SECRET BACKROOMS RUN BY POLITICIANS-In a decision hailed as a "major victory for voters," the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday upheld an Arizona ballot initiative, adopted by voters in 2000, which took redistricting power away from elected politicians and gave it to a nonpartisan commission. The 5-4 decision (pdf), which saw Justice Anthony…

To Latinos Trump Is Bad News

Fred Mariscal
LATINO PERSPECTIVE-This past week businessman Donald Trump announced that he will seek the 2016 Republican nomination for President. We all paid attention to his speech, not for great policy ideas but because he said that “When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending the best. They're not sending you, they're sending people that have lots of…

Supreme Court Aftermath: Meet the New Haters, As Repugnant as the Old Haters

Ken Alpern
HATE POLITICS-The Supreme Court has spoken...again and again and again. And now we're encountering a group of New Haters, as repugnant as the Old Haters, as we discover who is REALLY on the side of Love, Country and Humanity versus that once-marginalized group of emotionally- and intellectually-stunted individuals who now somehow think they're not…

About Time! Neighborhood Councils, NC Alliances: More Comment Time at City Council

Erik Sanjurjo
GUEST WORDS-On Saturday, Council President Herb Wesson gave the keynote speech before the 100+ Neighborhood Council board members and stakeholders gathered for NC Budget Day in City Hall. He announced that in the next Council term he will be folding in neighborhood council related issues under his Rules & Elections Committee, partly to help…

Councilman Parks Sidewalk Repair Plan: Bypass Union Workers

Sharon McNary
CITY HALL-The city of Los Angeles has fallen so far behind on sidewalk repairs, it took a lawsuit to get officials to guarantee more than a billion dollars for repairs. It could take years before the work reaches residential areas because the city must still come up with a strategy for which sidewalks to fix first. But some neighborhoods are…

I Never Believed This Would Happen In My Lifetime

Andrew Sullivan
GUEST WORDS-As Gandhi never quite said … First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they attack you. Then you win. I remember one of the first TV debates I had on the then-strange question of civil marriage for gay couples. It was Crossfire, as I recall, and Gary Bauer’s response to my rather earnest argument after my TNR cover-story on…

Changing the Way We See Ourselves: Every American Should Adopt a Second Country

Andrés Martinez
TRADE WINDS-About 10 minutes into the soccer game, Sebastian’s cries of “here,” “behind you,” and “cross it” became cries of “aquí,” “atrás,” and “al centro.” I’d never heard so much Spanish voluntarily pour out of my ten-year-old. There is nothing like a hunger for the ball. And nothing like full immersion in a foreign language. I brought…

 



Thu Jul 30, 2015 @ 6:00PM - 08:00PM
A Taste of Chatsworth


Golden Oldie-Johnnie Carson & Betty White-Adam and Eve

Rude. Rude. Rude … orchestra deals with rude cell caller

Whoa! More than 280 million hits. Taylor Swift hit-Bad Blood

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

All This Talk About Litter Makes Me Angry!

VOICES - As the City of Los Angeles and Los Angeles County Departments of Public Works announce their campaign  “Littering Is Wrong Too!” to get “Los Angeles area residents talking about litter”  you may not think it would open a festering wound of outrage … but it does!
You would think that leaders from one of the largest cities, from the most influential country, would have something more to say about the state of our world. But our mamsy pamsy leadership avoids real issues.  

Why would anyone want to point out that we are living in a toxic cesspool created by greedy corporate puppeteers and condoned by our puppets, a.k.a. leaders? Perhaps because the real impacts of B.P.’s oil spill or the chemtrails in our skies, or the Fukushima fallout is not covered by mainstream media, other big corporate puppeteers.

At least the City of Los Angeles mustered up a collective viewpoint that stated …“Earth Day is an opportunity for communities around the world to increase environmental awareness and show appreciation for our Mother Earth.” But this pussy footing around the enormous issues facing the world should not be tolerated.

Surely you remember one year ago, the largest disaster made by man, decimated Northern Japan. On March 11, 2011, a tsunami battered the shore, destroying the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant, when hydrogen explosions and the subsequent meltdowns of three reactors released radiation across the region.

New revelations continue to come after the disaster. But the real cost and truth will take centuries to unfold.
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Think about this: We are relying on the expertise and planning of our own government and nuclear companies. But should we?

•    The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant had an emergency off-site center five kilometers away from the plant. The site had to be evacuated because the building was not designed to withstand elevated radiation. Epic failure in planning and design.

•    The on-site diesel generators eventually failed because they were not designed to withstand flooding. . Epic failure in planning and design.

•    Power companies spend more time trying to convince the public that nuclear energy was safe than they spent for real safety measures. Epic failure in planning.

•    With out power, there was no procedure to operate the vent valves, so operators had to figure out how to do so manually, a potentially fatal risk. Epic failure in planning and design.

•    Having failed to open the necessary valves to reduce pressure for reactor 1 until almost 24 hours after the earthquake.  Epic failure in planning and design.

•    The government did not have evacuation routes established for local residents in the event of a disaster. Epic failure in planning and design.

•    The Japanese military, police and fire department units, used several water cannons and fire trucks, to get to the reactor site doused with seawater and prevent further escalation of the disaster. Epic failure in planning and design.

•    The defense forces didn't even have a site map for Fukushima Daiichi plant when its personnel first arrived. Epic failure in planning.

•    Four months after the tsunami, TEPCO said it “believed” it had stabilized the temperature inside the reactors, one more step toward the goal of a "cold shutdown”. Epic failure in planning and design.

•    The Japanese government did not reveal the true nature of the disaster, nor did the public learn that TEPCO wanted to withdraw from the site completely leaving an uncontained nuclear meltdown. Epic failure in communication.

•    Japanese government never gave its citizens a realistic sense of just how long it would take to get control of the disabled plant, nor what the ongoing risks was as radiation continued to be emitted. Epic failure in communication.

•    When a reactor is decommissioned and the spent fuel is removed, the pressure vessel and other things remain a radioactive mass. Your only options are to bury the site or to take the plant apart, and much of the waste becomes general waste. Epic failure in planning and design.
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Today TEPCO believes it is in a “state of cold shutdown” but has yet to achieve the real deal. Let’s not forget about Chernobyl. The Chernobyl Nuclear Reactor was sealed with a cement sarcophagus without taking out the fuel. That coffin is crumbling, so they have to make a second, a third and so on.

What will be the fate of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant? No…What will be the fate of humanity if we don’t act now and resolve the many design defects of our nuclear plants or begin planning for the process of closing down the plants and utilizing safe alternatives?

I must ask … Why does the systematic suppression and cover up of such life threatening information no longer surprise us? Why have we continued on our path with nuclear energy despite the apocalyptic results?

Ironic that we live in a time where politicians can create a false urgency of global warming to implement new taxation while ignoring real life threatening eco-disasters.

But … let’s talk about litter!

(Lisa Cerda is an occasional contributor to CityWatch, a community activist,  Chair of Tarzana Residents Against Poorly Planned Development, and former Tarzana Neighborhood Council board member.) –cw

Tags: Fukushima Nuclear, Japan, Earth Day, Chernobyl, San Onofre





CityWatch
Vol 10 Issue 34
Pub: Apr 27, 2012


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