James George Borden has taken out a permit to use the park for two days. He does not give up easily. I'm sure his followers will mob the place, all two or three of them. Since Lincoln Park is public space, I think he may be restricted in the kind of signage and speech he will be permitted.
The one councilman who would speak to Take Back the Park members, Aaron Chung, has done nothing. He is very conservative and business oriented. You'd think he'd be concerned about the possibility of that area being abandoned. Tribune-Herald, one of the anchor businesses there, has its building up for sale. It's just a drive-through area for most, in the tsunami zone. We have to figure out what to do next. Most are just passive on the issue, and we're too busy leading real lives to expend all our energy on getting rid of this man.
I sometimes think a Hyde Park-like area would be good here: a place where people could vent without interfering with others. There is a virtually unused park with a big banyan tree across from the Federal Building, Kalakaua Park, that would be perfect and would be easy to patrol and control. The peace demonstrators who meet every Friday in front of the Federal Building could meet over there, too.
Just a thought of mine. But as in all things, there has to be interest and more people working on it than just me.
Speaking of which...The anti Citizens United resolution that our local League President and I testified in favor of passed. And that is good. The fact of the matter is, though, that unless a few very rich people come out against the notion of the personhood of corporations, nothing will happen. Only a handful of very rich people have the power to make large scale changes in the U.S., a country that has become a plutocracy. So the best we can do is hope that our feeble voices may reach their ears and change their behavior.
Today I am cooking and cleaning in the awful heat and humidity. Luckily I can cook a slow cooker chicken recipe outdoors on the deck, so the kitchen won't get unbearably hot. Still, from time to time I have to duck into my office for an a.c. cool off. And I bless my ice maker, which sits on the kitchen counter, patiently turning out ice cubes for the cold drinks we consume by the gallon.
Speaking of beating the heat: Here is a very local newspaper article to give you the flavor of what it's like around here.