First, I would like to extend a warm welcome to Gisela Adams. Gisela will be taking over the Alhambra123.org blog/web site. She has promised to stir the pot well. Here is Gisela in her own words:
First, I want to wish Dan and his family all the best and a safe journey. I also wish Dan much success in his new job. However, I will miss him a lot. It will be tough to follow in his footsteps, but I will do my very best to keep up the good work Dan has started.
I will not let the HSR matter die just because there is no funding at this time for the LA – San Diego section. The issue will come back with a vengence down the road and we need to keep up with the latest and be prepared to fight.
Secondly, I want to share a little of my background. I have been a resident of Alhambra since December 1965 and have raised a son who attended the Alhambra school system. My husband and I have been very happy in this city, but the prospect of having our community destroyed by the HSR has left us quite concerned and upset. Therefore, we have joined other like-minded residents in fighting the HSR being constructed through Alhambra.
Second, as alluded to in the title, I am leaving Alhambra.
I accepted a position in Saipan. I will work as a law clerk for the territorial Supreme Court of the Northern Mariana Islands. My family and I are temporarily relocating to the island of Saipan, located 2/3’s of the way between Hawai’i and Manila, Philippines.
Politically, the Northern Mariana Islands, or CNMI, is a U.S. territory similar to Puerto Rico. It was part of the Trust Territory of the Pacific that was set up after World War II by the United Nations and administered by the U.S. In the 1970’s, CNMI chose to become part of the United States while other parts of the Trust Territory of the Pacific decided on independence. Saipan is the capital island of CNMI.
Geographically, Saipan and the rest of the islands that make up CNMI are part of the same archipelago as Guam (about 125 miles from Saipan) and classified as part of Micronesia. Less than 100 miles east of Saipan is the Mariana Trench, which is the deepest known portion of the Pacific Ocean.
Our plan is to return to Alhambra in the future. We love living in Alhambra. Not only that but Alhambra is at an exciting cross-roads and we’re sorry to miss out on what looks to be a critical time in the city’s transition. But we’ll be back. I may even pipe up from across the Pacific.
“We must be the change we wish to see in the world”
— Mohandas Gandhi