Math is a wonderful little tool that we often take for granted. It truly is the language of science and logic. Centuries of proofs have shown us that the simpler the math model, the more it tends to prove. So with this said, let’s apply some of the simplest forms of math to developer Randall Fox’s scheme to build on the Ellwood bluffs.

Yes, he’s at it again with yet another attempt to try and sell his idea to those who don’t want anything to do with it. His only rationale for the proposed development is that it is a spectacular property, and he wants to build houses on it, according to a recent quote from the man himself.

You have to give him props for his relentless pursuit of greed, but you have to wonder if he’s in possession of any common sense when even the simplest math doesn’t jive. Let’s start with associations. If we do the math, we see that Ellwood bluffs are now an open space and the associating factor with an open space is that it is accessible to everyone. Houses are private property and the associative factor is that they’re accessible only to those who live in them. If you start putting a housing development out there, then the “no trespassing” signs start to pop up, which is another associative to “no public access.” Now, let’s do some multiplication and percentages. The only way to get in and out of this proposed development is by a road that will cut through the monarch butterfly habitat – the same road for which the county has issued two stop-work orders to Mr. Fox for recent “maintenance” work done by his crews.

With a proposed 129 homes out there and an average of two cars minimum per home, that’s a lot of traffic through a nature habitat. Do the math; 129 homes x 2 cars per home = 258 more cars through an area that currently has zero traffic. Percentage wise this is a 258 percent increase in car traffic.

Then, there’s the actual number of homes versus the available acreage. If you take a close look at the proposed plan, it is simply unrealistic, and to prove it we’ll use simple division. When you have 129 homes on 28 acres, well, let’s just say that it is going to be a very congested development, and the only solution for someone of Mr. Fox’s mentality is to build more until all of the 135 total acres is completely developed. This includes the monarch groves. Do the math: 28 acres