Dear concerned, frustrated, time deprived, caring, loving, people, (Does that just about cover everybody?)
Please take the little extra time it is going to take to print, fill out and snail mail the complaint form against our Board of Supervisors to the Grand Jury.
Let me tell you why I think this is so important. First, as far as I know this kind of class action complaint, filed with a Grand Jury against an entire sitting Board of Supervisors, has never been done before. So, in all honesty I have no idea what is going to happen.
What I do know is that the request is well within their guild lines and power to do. Just because it has never been done before does not mean it can’t be done. And maybe they just need to be asked so they can do it.
There seems to be a trend amongst elected officials of late to systematically dismiss and disregard citizens concerns that don’t necessarily agree with their ‘private’ agendas.
They seem to feel quite confident that there is little we can do to make them listen to us. And that generally seems to be true and contributes greatly to our frustration and eventual malaise of the whole process. We are very familiar with what doesn’t work. We need to find something that does work.
So, This complaint is taking our frustration to a different level and if it works and the Grand Jury shares our frustration that is going to be a great relief. If it doesn’t then we just chalk it up as nothing ventured nothing gained and move on.
So, I have included some talking points below and honest to goodness your own words are going to be the best.
We are in Action Mode and intent on getting the Board of Supervisors to be true to their word. In their own words they have pledged to:
- “We are dedicated to high ethical and moral standards and uncompromising honesty in our dealings with the public and each other.
- We behave in a consistent manner with open, truthful communication, respecting commitments and being true to our word.
- We work cooperatively within and between departments and the public to address issues and achieve results
- We provide timely, accurate and complete information to each other and those we serve.
- We consistently treat customers, each other, the County, and the resources entrusted to us with respect and honesty.
On May 9th, 5 months ago, this community presented to the Board of Supervisors petitions signed by Students Against Fracking, Farmers against Fracking, Businesses against Fracking, residents and tourists from around the State, country and world calling on our Board to adopt a countrywide ban on Hydraulic Fracking.
There were over 5,000 signatures. Three municipalities on behalf of their residents who would be adversely impacted by a highly industrialized and controversial oil extraction process,
San Luis Obispo
representing over 45,000,
representing over 17,000
Cambria Community Service District
representing over 6,000
Los Osos Community Service District
also submitted an official request to the Board of Supervisors to adopt a countywide prohibition on Hydraulic Fracturing. That’s over 87,000 people in this community that are calling on the Board of Supervisors to do their job and protect this community from the proven unsafe, unhealthy, risky and extremely dangerous oil extraction process known as fracking.
In addition a list of organizations who on behalf of their members called on the Board to adopt a countywide prohibition on Hydraulic Fracturing to include all exempted gas and oil extraction processes.
Bob Banner – Hope Dance
People of Faith for Justice
SLO Grange 639
Arroyo Clean Water Advocates
Terra Madre Foundation
Sierra Club Nuclear Free Campaign
In the interest of saving staff time and taxpayers money a draft of a resolution to adopt a countywide ban using the Boards own words as part of the resolution; “protecting our natural resources, striving to ensure all people in the community enjoy a healthy, successful and productive lives — have a sense of security and well being and creates an environment that encourages respect for all people” was delivered to the Board for their immediate consideration.
Our repeated request to the Board to acknowledge and respond to: a) the petitioners, member organizations request for a countywide ban on Fracking and b) calling for a vote by members of the Board on the resolution, has only been answered by repeated silence.
Therefore, we are calling on the Grand Jury, a jury of our peers seated by citizens whose primary function is to examine all aspects of local government, ensuring that the county is being governed honestly and efficiently and charged and sworn to investigate or inquire into county matters of civil concern.
Our concern is the Board of Supervisors is not functioning true to its word, has not addressed our grave concerns about the clear and present danger to our health, safety and well being in an open, truthful, respectful and timely manner.
Time is of the essence since it is also the Board who will vote on the pending drilling permits and it could very well take place before we the people and petitioners have been dutifully and respectfully acknowledged and recognized.
We, therefore are calling on the Grand Jury to investigate this manner. We would regard a notice from the Grand Jury instructing the Board of Supervisor to respond to the petitioners, organization members and the resolution no later than the 2nd scheduled Board of Supervisors meeting following the notice, as a resolution and remedy to our complaint.
We would also respectfully request given the nature of this complaint to be time sensitive that the Grand Jury please expedite the investigation and serve notice on the Board upon completion of the investigation. We are aware that this request may be a little out of the ordinary however, still well within its power and jurisdiction.
Here’s the form. Please fill it out today. It is important. Email me back when you have sent it. Will keep you posted on the results. There are over 400 people on this email list. It is fair to send this to your email lists and get everyone involved in this action. All complaint forms in by the end of next week. Please. I will send one other reminder.
P.S. The Grand Jury is a sanctuary of sorts for the citizens of a community. Everything the Grand Jury does is confidential. There can be no special interest to invade or intrude on this complaint process or inflict undue influence.
This is strictly a process between us and our elected officials. Money does not have a voice there. Yet.
Citizen Complaint Forms
Form cannot be submitted on-line or e-mailed.
Print form and mail to:
San Luis Obispo County Grand Jury
P.O. Box 4910
San Luis Obispo, Ca 93403
or fax to 805-781-1156.
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And one last thing
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