Terror and the Tanks
I've already posted some previous thoughts on the Amerigas situation in the port area.
Since that time, I've heard from more than a few people about this and many other issues important to the activists in the harbor area.
Today's events have got me thinking about it again. The activists won. The lease was terminated, the gas needs to get moved. I'm not going to rehash that. The problem is what's next?
If the activists are correct, no one has been able to find a new home for Amerigas in 36 years. This is their number, not mine. Janice Hahn is creating a task force to come up with recommendations on where to move the tanks. She wanted to give them 90 days. Tony Cardenas beat her to the punch though and said they should only get 60 days.
Why they are going to be able to solve the problem in 60 days that 36 years couldn't, I'm not sure. Yes there are the economics involved and the company now is forced to move, but where are they going to go that NIMBY's aren't going to block? We currently still have the tank. We also now have trucks shipping this stuff all over the place throughout the harbor area. As we learned today, small threats can be just as debilitating as one big one, and now our men and women in blue are stretched even thinner due to years of underfunding and staffing.
I would STRONGLY urge Councilwoman Hahn and all of the players involved to roll up their sleeves, put their years of differences aside, and quickly find a solution to this problem. They were adamant about making it happen. Now they need to be equally adamant about actually solving it.
The alternative has been made all to clear.