The Palace of Malice

On February 7, 2008 the Los Alamos County Council voted to destroy the physical symbol of the Independence of Los Alamos.

On December 21, 2010 5 Members of the Los Alamos County Council, 2 of whom voted in the affirmative in the above cited action, voted to destroy the liberties and rights of the citizens of Los Alamos and to vacate the Charter which was the codification of the Independence of Los Alamos.

The Palace of Malice, akin to Nero's Golden Palace and destined to become home to Ozymandius, will be built upon a foundation of legal chicanery, ruthless manipulation, self-aggrandizement, wanton destruction, and the wholesale abuse of Public Trust and authority --- but at what cost, and borne by whom?

Reality Check -- No community of any size can long survive the destruction of its heritage, the dissolution of its freedoms, and the permanent division of its citizens.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

12) Down in The Valley

People will say, "how come dinky little Espanola has a big box and Los Alamos doesn't" -- in fact, Councilor Chiravalle asked this very question a couple of weeks ago. Well, let's see:

Espanola has a population of about 9,000. But Espanola is the largest town in Rio Arriba County which means it has a market population of over 35,000.

Espanola has a healthy and diversified Agriculture sector, Manufacture sector, Trade and Commerce sector, and Tourist sector. Espanola also has a more diversified demographic profile in all measures. These combine to give Espanola a healthy Retail sector.

Espanola has a major north south highway and is the Gateway to Northern New Mexico's wildlands and resorts.

Here's what Los Alamos has:

We have a market size of 18,000, no Agriculture, no Manufacture, no Trade, Tourism is a trickle, moribund Retail, no main highway to anywhere, and a demographic profile which is 70% or more High Education, High Income (relatively), and White.

Go from there.

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