EDITORíS DESK: Breaking (down the) news

       News reporting is an odd business. What is news, after all? Sometimes it's easy to define. If we had another Flood of '35 - tearing out every bridge but one - there would be no doubt whatsoever. That rushing water would be examined every which way, and any official with knowledge on the latest developments would be pumped for information.
       The Westside Highway 24 proposal is starting to become that way. The more the state keeps pushing its Los Angeles-style solution, the more our little part of the world - which I think on the whole would rather just be left alone - is starting to push back. It will be interesting to see how far the Organization of Westside Neighbors gets with its goal to sponsor a less disruptive plan. It's nice that its board members have decided the Westside Pioneer's "First do no harm" plan is a suitable vehicle for that purpose, even if just for starters. Obviously, politics are going to come into play, and probably are already, as state highway officials try to wrench a consensus from local officials and Gold Hill Mesa's developers become increasingly anxious for an answer. Just for the record, this paper will never advocate a plan that arbitrarily removes existing homes and businesses.
       But to get back to my original point. What is news? With us at the Pioneer, it starts with a sense that there is this place called the Westside, and that it's more than a name, maybe even more than the sum of its parts. Which is a roundabout way of saying we like doing stories that touch on its pleasant mystery, as opposed to photo- bios of criminals or tear-jerking epics capitalizing on victims of misfortune. Two more things we'll never do. Certainly, if I wanted "breaking news," I'd be somewhere else. It's been awhile since the Flood of '35.

- K.J.