Nowhere has the pushback been greater than in
It has a mild climate, relatively low taxes and is close to several national parks, including the
Like I said, I sympathize with the locals -- but only up to a point.
That point is well this side of a bi-partisan legislation hatched by
The worst is yet to come.
The Bush administration is advocating the sale of hundreds of thousands of acres of federal land in the region and the current budget requires the U.S. Forest Service to sell 300,000 acres and the Bureau of Land Management to raise $350 million by auctioning some of its vast holdings.Janine Blaeloch, director of the Western Lands Project, tells it like it is:
People hoorah these projects on the local level, saying, 'We are going to do this for our people.' But small groups benefit, and those are developers, paving companies and golf course developers. Where federal land has been taken over for development, it ends up being used for second homes and high-end development.Exactly.
The Los Angeles Times has more here.