Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends – August 2021

In this May 2020 Splash Pad News article, Gehry Oatey shared his vision for a food court on the vacant southeast corner of Lakeshore and MacArthur. Fourteen months later, he has good news and bad news to report. The bad news is that the project is going to be delayed by about 6–9 months. The good news is that Chevron has now agreed to remove all the contaminated soils before he takes possession of the site.
We’ve been reporting regularly on the impact that global warming and the ongoing drought will have on the vendors that bring produce, meats, and grains to the farmers market–most recently reporting on the departure of Doug Stonebreaker, the beef half of the Stone/Root partnership. This article posted by Atlas Obscura is titled, “Why are Almond Growers Uprooting Their Orchards?” I think we all know that the drought is chiefly responsible, but what was really surprising is that: “Mature almond trees are typically spent by their mid-twenties, and ripped out after 20 or 25 years.” And that’s during good times with adequate water.

In last month News, Eric Hughes reported on a highly successful June 29 neighborhood clean-up campaign that was organized by representatives from Grand Lake Neighbors, the Grand Avenue Business Association, the Lakeshore Business Improvement District, the Lakeshore Homes Association, and the District 2 City Council Office. Here’s what Eric had to say about an encore performance:

Please join us for a Grand Lake neighborhood clean-up Sunday, August 29, 2021 from 9am–noon! We’ll be working on Lakeshore, Grand, Lake Park, and Wesley.

We’ll have tools and gloves and snacks or feel free to bring your own. Mostly we’ll be cutting back bushes, trees (no ladders), picking up trash, cleaning graffiti, weeding, and sweeping. Please meet at 9am at Splash Pad Park, across from the Grand Lake Theatre. If you have questions or ideas for projects, email hughesearthur@gmail.com.