Diamond Bar fire leads to politics

Sorry about the lag of posts the past few days. I was out at the fire in Diamond Bar on Sunday and Monday.

But even while covering a disaster, there was still time to talk local politics. One of the council members who was forced to evacuate was Councilman Wen Chang, who lives in the exclusive Country Estates.

Chang told me about the Diamond Bar Foundation gala that got cancelled on Sunday because of the fire. But with all the catered food already ordered, the foundation opted to send the filet mignons and sushi to the evacuation center.

After Chang got finished telling me about that, I thanked him and told him it was nice to meet him in person. Prior to that, we’d only spoke over the phone. The last conversation was about the proposed NFL Stadium, which Chang, like most of the council, opposes. So, Chang used the opportunity to tell me about why he opposed it, and said that he is just looking out for the best interest of the community.

Driving through the communities of Country Estates and Diamond Ridge, I only saw one house with signs that said “No Stadium.”

  • James Tsai

    Three cheers for Councilman Wen Chang! I applaud him for publicly opposing to the proposed NFL Stadium. Unlike many cities’ Council members, Mr. Chang spoke the true voices of his community and many other communities in San Gabriel Valley. I always wonder, how come all those politicians who supported the L.A. Stadium project jumped out so fast in expressing the their support since the Majestic Realty public announced the project on September this year. For all the people I have spoken with , majority of residents in San Gabriel Valley do not even know there will have a NFL Stadium built within their region let along the magnitude of the project. Quite frankly, I am really concerned that majority of politicians within our region have sold their souls to the devil-Stadium project and Majestic Realty. If they have not sold their souls out; why then, majority of residents have no idea about of the project? Does residents know the impact of the traffics on our freeways and local streets? Does residents know the impact on our air quality? Does residents know the impact on our property values? Does residents know the impact on our school children health and safety? Do we know who shall pay for the widening of our freeway? Do we know who shall pay for the local roads damaged from the stadium traffics? Does Anyone know what will cost us the residents on our water bills since stadium project consists of a concert hall, a giant movie complex, shopping areas, hotels, and so on? Unless those politicians have violated some kind of trust of their respective people; how then will they come out so fast in expressing their supports without even consulting their citizens? So far, majority of people who I have spoken with and who are living within the cities of Rowland Heights, La Puente, San Dimas, West Covina, Hacienda Heights, Diamond Bar, Walnut, Phillip Ranch and Pomona, majority express their concern and anger of ill-informed project. No cities, Not one, so far have done any financial,environmental, as well as quality of lifes impact analyses of L.A. Stadium Project. My humble opinion is that the project of this magnitude shall be voted and determined by the people of San Gabriel Residents rather than few politicians who have lost their focus on protecting the well being of their citizens. Thank you.

  • James Tsai

    Three cheers for Councilman Wen Chang! I applaud him for publicly opposing to the proposed NFL Stadium. Unlike many cities’ Council members, Mr. Chang spoke the true voices of his community and many other communities in San Gabriel Valley. I always wonder, how come all those politicians who supported the L.A. Stadium project jumped out so fast in expressing the their support since the Majestic Realty public announced the project on September this year. For all the people I have spoken with , majority of residents in San Gabriel Valley do not even know there will have a NFL Stadium built within their region let along the magnitude of the project. Quite frankly, I am really concerned that majority of politicians within our region have sold their souls to the devil-Stadium project and Majestic Realty. If they have not sold their souls out; why then, majority of residents have no idea about of the project? Does residents know the impact of the traffics on our freeways and local streets? Does residents know the impact on our air quality? Does residents know the impact on our property values? Does residents know the impact on our school children health and safety? Do we know who shall pay for the widening of our freeway? Do we know who shall pay for the local roads damaged from the stadium traffics? Does Anyone know what will cost us the residents on our water bills since stadium project consists of a concert hall, a giant movie complex, shopping areas, hotels, and so on? Unless those politicians have violated some kind of trust of their respective people; how then will they come out so fast in expressing their supports without even consulting their citizens? So far, majority of people who I have spoken with and who are living within the cities of Rowland Heights, La Puente, San Dimas, West Covina, Hacienda Heights, Diamond Bar, Walnut, Phillip Ranch and Pomona, majority express their concern and anger of ill-informed project. No cities, Not one, so far have done any financial,environmental, as well as quality of lifes impact analyses of L.A. Stadium Project. My humble opinion is that the project of this magnitude shall be voted and determined by the people of San Gabriel Residents rather than few politicians who have lost their focus on protecting the well being of their citizens. Thank you.