Mailbag: Green chamber won't be competition

July 29, 2010

Transition Laguna has accomplished a lot in the year or so it has existed, including the remarkable and very well attended 'Unleashing' this last spring. Walk through Laguna Village and you'll find signs marking Transition "pocket gardens" on nearly every block.

Chris Prelitz, author of "Green Made Easy" (Hay House, 2009) and one of the founders of Transition Laguna, bears much responsibility for that. Chris has excellent green credentials, and he has opted in with the brand new Laguna Beach Green Chamber of Commerce.

This sounds like a good idea to me. I know that the local chamber of commerce maintains a green stance and that's admirable. There is a green page on their website that looks pretty good. But by definition the first priority of the Chamber of Commerce is business.


For example, it will be a cold day in Uganda when the United States Chamber of Commerce adopts any stance in opposition to big oil, no matter what the oil industry may do. In any conflict between promoting business and upholding green policies and values in such an organization, business will win out every time.

At the same time there is a quickly growing interest in running households, families, schools and business with a consistent eye on preserving our environment, and the specialized green chamber will address that.

Just as the British-American Chamber of Commerce promotes British commercial interests in the area, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce advances Hispanic interests or the Disabled Chamber advocates businesses run by and for the disabled, you can anticipate that the Laguna Beach Green Chamber of Commerce ( will consistently advocate businesses seeking new ways to adopt sustainable business practices and green policies. 

There is no conflict between the interests of the Chamber of Commerce and the green chamber. Any notion of competition between the two organizations is based on false assumptions.

Jim Rue


Candidate's record at issue

The recent call by [Emanuel] Patrascu to change the "staleness of City Hall" ("Patrascu confirms candidacy," July 9) has me wondering about what exactly he brings to the party.

Our complex city requires seasoned candidates, experienced with community issues and challenges. What exactly has Patrascu done to warrant our considering him as a serious candidate?


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