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A moo-ving column

By lmclaughlin
Wednesday, March 7th, 2007 at 3:44 pm in Lafayette, Lamorinda, Moraga.

Mike Zampa would rather have cows as neighbors. In his Friday coumn in the Sun, he writes:
“So, anyway, I thought about those cows again the other night. It was shortly after the town of Moraga had a hearing on Palos Colorados. You may have heard of it. Palos Colorados is a plan to build 123 houses on rolling hills between Moraga and St. Mary’s roads.
It has been in the planning stages for more than 10 years, mostly because people don’t want it in their neighborhood so they keep fighting it. Their complaints range from traffic congestion to disruption of the natural habitat.
Me? I have my own concern: the cows. Have you seen all the cows in those hills? Who’s going to take those cows if someone builds houses in their pasture? Where are they going to go? Am I the only one concerned about this? And why am I asking a lot of questions into a typewriter?
I like cows. Next to the two drunken ducks that fly 95 mph around the tree trunks popping out of the creek behind our house, they’re my favorite part of living in the demilitarized zone between Moraga and Lafayette that goes all but ignored by our civic leaders until now when they want to jam some more houses into it.”

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2 Responses to “A moo-ving column”

  1. JD Says:

    Dear, Mike:

    I can say that because you are my former editor and one heckuva barbershop tenor. Nice to read you again. Gotta wade in against Palos Colorados, not because I’m NIMBY by nature but because I like the hillsides, its cows, turkeys and other critters and because I’m tired of SUVs and sprawl.

    I’m hoping we can actually save some of the very hillsides which drew people to Moraga in the first place. It seems that every time I look up at them there are another set of houselights up there and yet another driveway.

    Put me down as decidedly, stubbornly opposed to more development. Save the cows.

    Best to you and yours and keep writing…

    J.D. O’Connor

  2. Leanne McLaughlin Says:

    thanks for your post, J.D.

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