Schwarzenegger Drops Parks Appointees

Published on April 24th, 2008

Re: Schwarzenegger Drops Parks Appointees

Letter to the Editor, Los Angeles Times

The March 21 story about Gov. Schwarzenegger not reappointing his brother-in-law, Bobby Shriver, and actor Clint Eastwood after they opposed a toll road through San Onofre State Beach Park, includes the following quote: "I know the environmentalists are sensitive about it, and they say it is going through a park, but the road has to go through somewhere," Schwarzenegger said. "We can’t stop progress."

Implicitly, the governor defines "progress" as jamming so many people into our state that we must pave over one of the nicest parks in S. California in order to move people around. Many years ago, California became more densely populated than the continent of Europe (i.e., more people per square mile here than there). In a few decades, at recent rates of population growth, California will be more densely populated than China and on our way to matching Bangladesh. This is "progress"? To avoid this fate, the people of California must strive to lower levels of both fertility and immigration.

Ben Zuckerman
UCLA Professor of Physics & Astronomy
Board of Directors of Californians for Population Stabilization

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