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Getting Serious about LA’s Sidewalk Repairs: A Five-Point ‘Let’s-Get-On-with-It’ Plan

Ken Alpern
FIXING LA-Last Tuesday night's City Council Board of Public Works and Budget Committees met and allowed a lot of good public input to a series of concerned and available Councilmembers and City officials. The attendance and input were both outstanding--I want to thank Councilmember Mike Bonin, in particular, for allowing the outreach and advice to…

Latino Politicians Putting Climate Change Ahead of Constituents

Joel Kotkin
POLITICS-Racial and economic inequality may be key issues facing America today, but the steps often pushed by progressives, including minority politicians, seem more likely to exacerbate these divisions than repair them. In a broad arc of policies affecting everything from housing to employment, the agenda being adopted serves to stunt upward…

Worlds Apart on Kathryn Steinle: When Political Opportunism Reigns Supreme

John Mirisch
MUSING WITH MIRISCH-The small Swedish Jewish Museum in Stockholm is tucked away on a side street. Discreet signage instructs would-be visitors to push a button which activates a camera, so they can be screened before they are granted entry. The museum's permanent exhibition fills one fairly small room. Most of the objects on display are Jewish…

Garcetti Passes, Wesson Fails

Jack Humphreville
LA WATCHDOG-Our Los Angeles Times has issued midterm letter grades for Controller Ron Galperin (B-) and City Attorney Mike Feuer (B+) and will be posting grades for City Council President Herb Wesson this Sunday and Mayor Eric Garcetti the following Sunday. Our City is facing many difficult issues, ranging from a lagging economy, relatively high…

What LA Really Needs: A Part-time City Council and a Part-time Mayor!

Dennis Zine
JUST THE FACTS-There are so many serious and pressing problems facing the City of Los Angeles and few if any real solutions are being proposed or implemented by our elected and appointed leaders at City Hall. I will start with the current city budget. Former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa had a $7.7 billion total budget in the 2013-2014 fiscal year.…

Why Don’t the City’s Women Managers Hire More Women?

Denyse Selesnick
MY TURN-Perusing the web is a little like the soap operas of yesteryear. You get suckered in! One link leads to another link and then one is exposed to a barrage both facts and idiocy. The reason for this discussion was my attending a July Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils (VANC) meeting with the Department of Water and Power. General…

Cleaning Up LA City Hall: ‘It’s What’s Legal That’s the Problem’

Bob Gelfand
GELFAND’S WORLD-Everyone understands that developers own our city government. Sure, there are some officials here and there who are upright and independent, but recent history shows that the developers typically get their way in spite of public opposition. Whether it is a zoning change for an office tower or the required permits for a new mall,…

Not So Fast LA! Let’s Consider the Real Costs of Hosting the Olympics before We Jump In

Greg Nelson
SPORTS POLITICS-On Monday, Boston withdrew from its offer to be the nation’s bidder for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games. In January, Los Angeles finished second to Boston when the U.S. Olympic Committee made its decision. After Boston was selected to polish up its bid before submitting it to the International Olympic Committee for a final decision,…

Party Crashing for Political Access: Schwarzenegger and My Pantsuit

Charlotte Laws
CALIFORNIA ACCESS POLITICS-Party crashing—or gate-crashing, as it is sometimes called—is an art form that I stumbled upon as a teen. I taught myself how to finagle into any event, anywhere, anytime. It required being part private eye, part actress and part chutzpah machine. I had to think outside of the box, throw myself into the role, and whip my…

 

Reynolds Rap Video: Joey has hope for the pope in Philly.





Art or Ad? LA’s mural law written in gray ink

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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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