LOS ANGELES -- Developer Ralph Horowitz forced the eviction and destruction of a 14 acre community farm in south LA.
What a jerk! Typical developer.
Over 40 people were arrested, and the garden bulldozed. Special props to mi amigo John Quigley for organizing and leading the direct action defense of the farm. Oh yeah, and Darryl Hannah for bringing out the cameras.
The City of LA and LA County shouldn't have raided the garden. Now local gov't must do the right thing, take the land back from Horowitz, and restore the community farm.
This developer has no 'right' to make a $11M+ profit on land he got from the city in the first place. Even then, he was offered the money, but turned it down because he simply wanted the farm destroyed. The public-interest here clearly favors keeping the south LA farm, and it should be kept a public garden even if Horowitz turns down the money.
Tucson and Arizona need more urban community farms. Growing healthy neighborhood food is a much better use of water than golf.
Elsewhere on the coast, a tourist (no, not one escaping blazing Arizona) was run over and killed on the beach by Oxnard CA police driving a big GM SUV. The mother from Iowa was sunbathing when her head was run over.
Cops, get smart and get your SUVs off the beach. How about walking?