Was the City Council‚Äôs naming of the $45 million boondoggle Tongva Park an act to inspire the locals to embrace wisdom, or some other lesser reason? (“Turf war rages over name of Tongva Park,” March 4, page 1.) If it truly was the community‚Äôs park built in the Tongva tradition and ways, it would not cost $45 million. It would be built by the community, not outside contractors. There would be gardens with free food, not concrete. There would be free healthcare¬†and education for all. Members of the community would gather and socialize all speaking the same language. No one would be excluded or homeless. The elders of the community would meet daily to reflect on the past and ensure that they were guiding the community into the future harmoniously with nature. There would be no crime, pain or suffering. They would trade harmoniously with their neighbors.
As Jerry Rubin and others have stated, the $45 million should have gone into the historic Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. The city doesn‚Äôt need a white knight, they need a competent manager of this valuable resource. Beware, proposed restorations can be politically influenced for financial gain for those on the inside, leaving the community with a project that will fail.
The Tongva‚Äôs historical land at the Ballona Wetlands is currently being threatened to be developed by the Annenberg Foundation. If we do not act soon, a significant amount of land will be developed in the name of education.
How do you spend $150 million restoring 600 acres of land? You destroy all the life, change the way it looks, and live with a lifetime of guilt. That‚Äôs not the Tongva way.