A déjà vu or two.
A shiver I encountered with a déjà vu
of words similar evoked in ‘93 and ‘92
at the recent meeting on restoring views
about our desire to see the ocean blues.
Back then and led by Christoph, Ann
with her side kick, N. Grossman
words like lacing, topping
but nix on chopping
were written as guidelines for our fair land
created dismay on a scale quite grand.
Now again we are faced with such a notion
that will limit precious views of the ocean.
We will continue with pain and emotion
unless this committee listens with devotion
to the pleas for fairness and equity
by those who live in our lovely city
and have ‘til now been a silent majority.
Again we have the whining of some, misinformation from others (many current homeowners had views when they purchased their homes and do not now). We have learnt over time that what our forefathers have done is/was not always best practice. Eucalyptus trees are fire hazards. Ask the people in Australia, folks who were here during our big fire, and other parts of California where fires have devastated whole communities. We did not coerce anyone to write the first ordinance, which has created divisiveness and anger for those who tried back then to create equity. Go back and read the poem again.
Ganka Brown, Laguna Beach