Are arsonists or developers responsible for the fires? In Mike Davis’ 1998 book on ecological disasters in southern California. Ecology of Fear, he describes and criticizes the region’s developers and their enabling governmental cohorts in allowing the development of urban structures on the edges and in the middle of ecological dangerous areas, like fire zones, earthquake zones and flood plains. The San Diego establishment just recently built a statue to its former mayor, Pete Wilson, whom Davis takes to task for being the developers’ enabler.
To read the full text of Mike Davis’ article “San Diego Builds a Statue to an Arsonist,” click here, TomDispatch, then scroll down the page to Davis’ article.