(Los Alamitos, 1/10/2013 by Highlands Guy) Current estimates by the US Census Bureau put the population of the world at about 7 billion humans. They say in the good old United States we have close to 312 million fellow Americans.
Let’s narrow things down a bit, with our friends and neighbors in the Golden State at around 37.7 million. Down one more notch to Orange County, containing 3 million folks. And, you guessed it, at the bottom, or top, of it all is Los Al with about 11 and a half thousand gentle souls.
If my numbers are right this puts us at 0.00002% of the population of the Earth.
More numbers to think about. The FY2012/13 Los Al budget is $16,593,296.00. The budget for the country of Nauru is $13,500,00.00, and for the Pitcairn Islands is $1.028m.
An old study put the global average annual income at $7,000.00. India is in at $3,627.00, and Russia at a whopping, $21,245.00. Compare this with 45% of your neighbors bringing in $75,000.00 or more. And just for a bit more point of reference, the stats show at least 45% of us have college educations. We equal Japan, are just above Ireland (at 43.9%), and compare to women in Afghanistan at just 12.6%.
In a really elite group?
Those are the numbers. Seems to me that puts us in a really elite grouping. And I would put forth that the numbers indicate more than meets the eye, or more correctly, less than meets the Los Al eye.
One of the conclusions one can make is that yes, we are an infinitesimally small part of the global community. But what also emerges is that with our cultural, social, and civic resources, we can, and should be, so much more. And I think this is even more evident with the recent push for ideas on how to spend seemingly, excess money in the city coffers.
With this in mind there is no reason we should not have really good parks, with grass, lighting, and irrigation systems that reflect our affluence. And while we’re talking parks, how about some upgrades to the tennis courts. Geeze, even our brothers and sisters in little ‘ol Rossmoor enjoy courts with consistent playing surfaces that are kept free of debris.
And before I forget, I’ve got to throw in that for all the uproar and money spent at the last minute for street pole Christmas decorations, it sure seems reasonable that most of them should work. Come on guys, it’s not that big of a deal. I’ve seen higher quality stuff in cities without the foundational support or folks with the where-with-all found within our boundaries.
And without any reservations, we should expect our streets to be safer than in most places around the world, including Huntington Beach, Schenectady, Katmandu, and Port Au Prince.
Given our myriad of resources, we should be dazzled by the arboreal splendor as you stroll through our neighborhoods and along our main thoroughfares. But, sadly, that is not the case.
We fall all over ourselves to brag about the 900+ API scores in the LAUSD empire, yet can’t claim to have a book store anywhere near our city.
When one crosses into Los Al from anywhere else, and missed seeing the little signs with our name on them, would you know you’re in the city?
And what city worth its weight does not see local folks walking all over the place? Not only is it a health benefit, but it is a positive influence on local businesses, as well as a passive crime deterrent.
Steps towards doing better:
So, from the perspective of a really elite group of people, synthesized down from a global population, there should be no reason that we shouldn’t enjoy all sorts of things related to generally accepted quality of life components.
It’s not rocket science folks, it just takes an effective paid staff pushed to excellence by the governed.
“Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works.”
-Carl Sagan. (1934-1996) Astronomer, astrophysicist, cosmologist, science
…And that’s just the way I see it.