No Guarantees

Airport supporter offers opponents free advice on the Great Park

If you don't think that will happen—if, like Agran, you believe county officials would never mess with "permanently" preserved open space—consider the county's recent action on existing parks. One-third of all county parkland (about 10,000 acres) lacks the sorts of restrictions that would permanently ban development. But county supes have been loath to close that massive loophole, one that has already been exploited by developers. Instead, they've delayed four votes to amend the park deeds and permanently preserve the parks.

A solution? Replace the Great Park Initiative with one that has an iron-clad guarantee that the word "park" means just that: no commercial development can ever take place within its boundaries.

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