October 26, 2007

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Tree-mendous Power Struggle I have brought the idea of a proposed tree ordinance to the attention of several of the influential people I know in Belmont—some who hold sitting positions. They do not appear inclined to take-up the idea since I believe they tend to shy away from anything which is a political hot potato (unless it’s on their personal agenda). Though I give credit to Bill Dickenson for occasionally challenging his fellow council members, most of the members of our current council (and Planning Department) seem to believe that anything progressive is a threat; as opposed to the other extreme which believe that development should march forward unchecked. The problem with both of these positions is that they are extreme, and we need more fair minded, balanced, and objective people to help make Belmont a great town—prosperous, and with a sustainable and alluring quality of life. Don't get me wrong, I too love our open spaces and trees but there needs to be a balance struck when considering growth and changes. Until our Belmont City Council becomes more like real council--for the people--and less concerned with their own agenda’s, I fear nothing will change. One need look no further than the example of the council’s decision to ban smoking in Belmont to see that these folks are thrusting upon us their personal agenda (see "Where there’s Smoke There’s Fire"). I bring this point up because it's just one more an example of what needs to change in Belmont. We need a council...

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