(Los Alamitos, 11/19/2013) On second thought. . . .
Eleven days ago, when the details and environmental documents for the Los Alamitos Race Track’s expansion plans were released, I thought it sounded good, as long as traffic and pollution were mitigated. At the end of my post on the plans, I wrote:
This would seem to assure the historic Race Track’s survival well into the future, and reflects owner Ed Allred’s love of horses and racing. Provided increased traffic and noise and light pollution in adjoining neighborhoods and properties are adequately mitigated, on first blush it appears to be a win-win-win for all concerned. . . .
That was before I looked into those environmental documents and discovered very little mitigation was even suggested, and Cypress officials’ primary concern seemed to be fast-tacking the approval so the mile long track could be completed before 700 horses started arriving from Hollywood Park early next year.
At the time I really didn’t understand how different top tier, 4 days a week thoroughbred racing is from the 3 nights a week quarter-horse the track currently has 51 weeks a year.
And I didn’t realize that besides Read the rest of this entry →