Newsletter #26 Hot Time in the OLE Town Tonite

Public Invited wholeheartedly!!!!

January 23 – Friday – Mothers for Peace hosting Diablo issue meeting of the minds and heart Library 6pm-9pm.

Sorry this got out a little late. But here’s a recap.  It was so alive with energy. Film of the 1986 sit-in at Diablo, Gov Brown promising to keep nuclear out, a wall of Poly professors against Diablo 3 or 4 of which were there last nite with what looked like the original poster. Wow.

My darn camera was not working. I hope someone posts the pics.

Activists from the original sit-in more alive, vibrant and beautiful today than they were 30 years ago. Real people, real music, real talk, smiles,  and the most beautiful sight, not a suit in the crowd.

A couple of  characters standing in the back of the room, arms crossed, scows on their face, perfectly groomed, crisp shirts, creased pants, looked like they just came from a weekend of pampered pleasures and looked strangely out of place. This was a crowd of veteran grassroot activists delighting in each others company and sharing a moment with everyone in the room.  The creased pants did not stick around.

Oh my. This just does a heart good. A community rising. We are going to bear witness to the righting of a wrong.  So proud to be part of this community.

January 28 – Wednesday- Sierra Club meeting of the minds  Steynberg Local Environmental Groups Planning for 2015 7pm. More good energy.

Oil train meeting  Library community room  Feb 4 –  7pm. Forest Ethics & Sierra Club hosting.

Feburary 7 Bus to Oakland – http://slocleanwateraction.org/2015/01/10/bussing-it-to-oakland-and-marching-for-real-climate-leadership/

The county planning dept where many of these issues seem to originate is very busy, prompting last minute changes, delays and rescheduling. Staff is very busy. Just keeping up with reports, data, meeting and scheduling, public comments and alerting the public of these meetings is a full time job.

We rely on local activists, volunteers and community groups staying on top of this very active and involved community. We trust and so appreciate their boundless energy and dedication. There are many issues facing our community that will impact each and everyone one of us for many years to come.

Diablo, Santa Margarita quarry, Nipomo Spur, housing issues, coastal issues, inland issues, Community Choice Aggragate, open space, closed space, door knobs, sorry that was something from Fawlty Towers, and of course my favorite, banning extreme unconventional, enhanced oil drilling that will compound beyond our worst nightmare  the ever pressing issue of water and lack thereof.

We all do what we can when we can because we care.  Every effort makes a difference. It all counts. If you are not into Board of Supervisor or city council meetings, planning dept, water resource boards, or other fun things but want to do something that will make a difference, I have just the job for you.

Coming up on Feb 7 we are filling a bus and heading to Oakland. http://slocleanwateraction.org/2015/01/10/bussing-it-to-oakland-and-marching-for-real-climate-leadership/ This bus will represent San Luis Obispo County. If you would like to be one of the representatives for SLO county, population 276,443 and could spare one Saturday letting Governor Brown know we are alive and well and are looking forward to his proudest moment as leader and Governor of California by announcing he will sign an executive order to prohibit, ban, bar, any Clean Air, Clean Water, Safe Drinking Water, Superfund, Community-Right-to-Know, National Environmental Policy, Resource Conservation and Recovery, exempted oil drilling operation from setting up shop in California, then hop on this bus.

Our State and all its resources are too valuable and precious to turn over to an industry that has no sense of beauty or appreciation for the finer things in life.  Jump on board. http://slocleanwateraction.org/2015/01/10/bussing-it-to-oakland-and-marching-for-real-climate-leadership/   Sign up. The  agenda is there too.

There will be a meet and greet with other communities and activists throughout California sharing their ideas, campaigns, successes and strategies. A real melding pot.

We will return home and within a week, lord willing, we will all get together and collect our thoughts and launch the campaign for a countywide initiative that will be on the ballot this year. No ifs, ands or buts. This is it. This year is all about what we can do.

There are 30 seats left.   By the end of the week I will need to send in the final payment for the bus.  So, if you have never done anything like this before, want to do something but don’t know what or how you can help keep our home sweet home, safe and sound, this is your chance. There is a first time for everything.  We are not opposed to the idea that money talks. So if you are not able to come you can donate a seat or seats and that  works too. Thanks.
Local actions in Cambria, Arroyo Grande, Paso, San Luis and all points in between seem ultimately to come down to the politics of governing. And governing is all about a safe, healthy, inherently prosperous living environment.

We are entering a very very unique time in our history and it is very very exciting.

The future is grounded in Ecological economics.  A growing transdisciplinary field that aims to improve and expand economic theory to integrate the earth’s natural systems, human values and human health and well-being. We are operating in an ecological deficient, wasting limited resources at an unsustainable rate.  Natural resources, air, water, land is the foundation on which wealth is built. Contaminated water, suffocating air, dead and unproductive land equates to economic collapse. We are making sure that does not happen on our watch.

Bulgarian leadership, dead set against a ban 3 years ago, just signed onto a fracking ban. Public pressure did it. It  works.

Mora County, New Mexico, first county in the country to do a countrywide ban is getting sued by the oil companies. No surprise. And it is a good thing. This will go to the State Supreme Court, like Colorado’s ban and the people’s right to a clean and healthy environment will prevail and set precedent and then we win for future generations.

New York already did it. The tide has turned.  And if we are really lucky it will go to the U.S. Supreme court and all this nonsense about corporations are people will come to head the same time as the amendment to overturn Citizen’s United comes to a vote in Congress. Then we have a legacy we can be proud to past onto our kids.

None of this is an accident. We are making it happen. It will take every single one of us doing something, somehow and that’s how we win. Did I mention there is a bus going to Oakland on Feb. 7th?  Sign up here.   http://slocleanwateraction.org/2015/01/10/bussing-it-to-oakland-and-marching-for-real-climate-leadership/

$30 will get you a piece of history with your name on it.

 

​Alright folks that’s it for now. Let’s do this.

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Bussing it to Oakland and Marching for Real Climate Leadership

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Lets make this real easy.  Round trip ticket to Oakland  March for Real Climate Leadership $30. What a deal. Pit stop in Atascadero. We love you North County.

One click to purchase a ticket

GO TO https://register.ecologistics.org/Shopping/Donate

CLICK ON SLO CLEAN WATER ACTION

FILL OUT BILLING INFORMATION AND IN THE COMMENT SECTION at the bottom insert

PURCHASE TICKET if you are going

OR DONATE if you would like to help sponsor the trip.

If you are writing a check make sure to include SLO CLEAN WATER ACTION PURCHASE or DONATE IN THE MEMO SECTION

Mail it to: Ecologistics, Inc., 4349 Old Santa Fe Road, #6, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Ecologistics sponsors several organizations  so they need to know this.

Saturday Feb. 7

6:15a – Everybody meet up at Big 5 parking lot Madonna Shopping center SLO.
6:30a – LV: SLO
7:00a – ARRIVE:  Atascadero  PARK AND RIDE @ CURBARIL
11:00 – ARRIVE: OAKLAND
Here is where we are going.  Frank H. Ogawa Plaza 14th & Broadway, Oakland. http://www.yelp.com/biz/frank-h-ogawa-plaza-oakland

11:30 – Gather at Frank Ogawa / Oscar Grant Plaza

12:00 – Short kick-off rally to start march.

12:15 – Marching through downtown Oakland (approx 1.8 miles)

1:30 – Arrive at Lake Merritt Amphitheater

1:45 – Rally at Lake Merritt Amphitheater

2:30 – Conclude rally

3:00 – Statewide convergence at Laney College

6:00 – Conclude convergence

6:30 – Depart Oakland

10:30-  Arrive Home sweet Home

Suggesting we all wear either Blue for Water or Yellow for the Sun shirts. It will look like an ocean of sunshine. Cool.

The bus costs around $1700 – that includes tip and estimated parking fees. So asking $30 per ticket to cover the costs. First come first serve.  If you can’t go but would like to help sponsor the trip it would be so so appreciated. Thank you. One bus from LA is sending 7th & 8th graders up. That’s the ticket. The future will be there.   And do please share this info with your groups to get the word out. We have 3 weeks to fill this bus up. Lets do it in 2 just because we can.

The Convergence after is a meet and greet with the movers and the shakers across the State.  Sharing, sharing, sharing information and strategies.

It should be a biggie. A lot of things are happening in California right now. We want to make sure it is all good things.

Contact info. Jeanne jeannewater@gmail.com

 

Newsletter #25 New Year 2015

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WISHING EVERYONE – ONE BIG RIOTOUS, JOYOUS PEACE ON EARTH GOOD WILL TOWARD EVERYONE NEW YEAR.

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Quick recap of 2014 and things in the works.  Fasten your seat belts.

 

1) Letters from San Luis Obispo City Council, Arroyo Grande City Council, Cambria Community Service District, Los Osos Community Service District calling on the Board of Supervisors to do their job and keep SLO county safe, healthy, environmentally and economically sound and adopt a Countywide prohibition on extreme, unconventional, enhanced oil extraction aka Fracking. These letters represent over 82,000 residents.  Ban Fracking in SLO county signed by over 5,000 people. Total 87,000 voices for a ban on fracking.

2) Sign on letters from local organizations. Its not too late to sign onto this. Shows Solidarity.  http://slocleanwateraction.org/2014/08/23/organization-sign-on-letter/

Local SLO Grange adopted resolution to support a  ban on Fracking. Made it to State and became part of their Statewide platform.  Cool.

Community meet up with Senator Monning and Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian. They were pretty non committal  on the issue but we are not done with them yet.

There is a lot going on in this county. The vigilance, dedication, hope and dreams is all about keeping SLO a safe, healthy, prosperous and a ravishingly beautiful place for generations to come. We are all in this together so helping each other every chance we get guarantees that will happen.

We have issues, water, bomb trains, water, quarry, water, Diablo, water, fracking and water.  But it isn’t anything we can’t handle or are afraid of. Love conquers all. And this gift of love is our legacy that we Will to the next generation with joy and pride.

Things are turning around and heading in the right direction.

STATE AND NATION

California Fracking Fluid Dumping Suit Settled.  We are going to red flag this lawsuit as a warning  of what to expect from an industry hell bent on doing whatever it takes to keep costs down and profits up.

Oil industry is world renowned for being one of the worst human and environmental rights violators. With a reputation like theirs we would be damn fools to think that they are going to be on their best behavior and a stellar law-abiding citizen here in SLO county.

We are not going to give them an opportunity to make us look like damn fools. The wise and sensible thing to do and what the oil industry would do if the situation was reversed is ban fracking now and ask questions later.

More Good News. Setting precedent. This is how change happens at the grassroots level (WE ARE GRASSROOTS)
http://earthjustice.org/news/press/2014/ny-communities-triumph-over-fracking-industry-in-precedent-setting-case

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AND THEN THIS HAPPENS ‘NEW YORK BANS FRACKING”
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/12/18/heres-the-grassroots-political-story-behind-the-new-york-fracking-ban/

 

Also our little county of Mora, New Mexico, population 4,700, is standing strong. Oil industry is now making the unprecedented claim that Fracking is a Civil Right. OMG.  But Mora County is calling their bluff.  They are not backing down not even a little. An oil well is not a person.
http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/11/15/2950581/fracking-ban-civil-rights-lawsuit/

San Benito and Mendocino County pass fracking bans.

Two weeks ago, an Oregon judge ruled that the Oregon Secretary of State could refuse to count more than 4,600 contested ballots with mismatched signatures, effectively bringing the Yes on 92 campaign to a close.

It was an outrageous and inglorious end to a remarkable campaign, which finished just 837 votes short of defeating Monsanto and the rest of their pesticide and junk food cronies. Monsanto threw everything they had at this campaign. They are losing it. We are gaining and things are going to be a lot different from now on.

http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/11/measure_92_gmo-labeling_initia.html

 

MORE LOCAL

In an explosive document kept secret for a year, a former federal inspector charges that the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant in California is more vulnerable to earthquakes than initially known and should be shut down until Pacific Gas & Electric Co. can prove its safety.

“The lid is off the jar for Diablo Canyon. Let’s get behind Mothers for Peace and Friends of the Earth to get this lethal thing shut down!”  Linda Seely.  Mothers are on the Move!!

Santa Margarita Granite Quarry.
Planning Commission hearing continued to Jan. 8th, 2015. Public comment period is still open, so get there early (before 9AM) and fill out a comment slip. This project affects EVERYONE who uses Hwy 58 and lives in SLO County.  Staff report online (links at Margarita Proud).

Community Choice Aggregate. CCA.  Major Goal Setting Community Forum January 13.  Anything with the word Choice in it has to be good right?  Absolutely. Real chance here to get your voice heard by the decision makers. So if energy independence is something you would like to have then this is a good time to show it. Come to this meeting.

SLO City 2015-17 Major Goal Setting Community Forum
Tuesday January 13 5:30pm to 9:30ish
Ludwig Community Center, Santa Rosa St.
http://slocleanenergy.org/sloce/

BOMB TRAIN COMING OUR WAY Nipomo Spur Expansion

This is a train wreck waiting to happen. And the Mesa Refinery Watch is not going to let that happen. Mile long trains, as many as 5 a day will go right through highly populated areas within yards of schools, businesses, homes, open spaces carrying highly toxic and flammable ingredients in leaking sub standard tank cars that have  a history of deadly accidents.

This Nipomo spur expansion will have an adverse effect on everyone in this county. So, Everyone needs to get on board and side track this plan out of here. For good. Here is how to do that.

February Public Hearing On The P66 Proposal: Now that written comments on the REIR have closed, the next action is for ALL of us is to attend the Public Hearing. Originally scheduled for January 29th, it’s now tentatively scheduled for February 5, 2015.

Each citizen has the chance to briefly offer their views before the Planning Commissioners, who will recommend whether the Rail Terminal will be built. Even if you don’t wish to speak, we urge you to attend to show support and solidarity for opposition to the project.

  • Tentative Meeting Date – February 5, 2015; time TBD (usually starts early morning); Board of Supervisors Chambers, County Gov’t. Center; 1055 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo.

Get on their email list. Mesa Refinery Watch

 

More Local continued

 

Information Press is a gem.  A shining example of what dedication and devotion to a community looks like up close and personal. Here is an opportunity to show our appreciation to Sandra and crew for carrying stories about our community that make a difference.  Thank you Info Press. We love you. Donation link below.
https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/buZZd?utm_campaign=story-update&utm_medium=email&utm_source=12-2014

Heidi Harmon makes a run for State Assembly. Very exciting.  I have a feeling she is just getting warmed up. Abe Lincoln didn’t win his first run as a State rep either.
What’s up with the fracking?  Plenty. This is our year. We are doing it. We are doing what 13 other cities and 4 other counties have already done in California. We are banning bullies and sticking up for our kids. Keeping our promise to keep them safe and healthy.
Since the Board of Supervisors is the lead agency on the permitting process they have the final say whether or not Arroyo Grande oil field expansion gets approved or denied. We want to make it real easy for them to do the right thing and keep SLO a destination spot for generations to come.

We are  asking our elected officials to sign a resolution which is merely an affirmation of their oath of office to keep SLO County safe and healthy and agree to prohibit, banish, any entity that refuses to comply with, respect and recognize our unalienable and inherent right to clean water, air and soil.

Imagine for just a moment if the roles where reversed. Imagine if we, SLO county, were the ones going to the oil company looking to partner up with them and our resume was a history of accidents, spills, explosions, lawsuits, health and safety risks, no liability insurance,  not bondable, lives off of welfare payments but promises to share .00387% (going rate of return on oil leases) of the profits with them.  What do you think they would say? I don’t think they could say anything. I think they would be rolling on the floor with laughter.  Now if you really want a good laugh take this whole scenario to the shark tank and what do you think they would do with an offer like this? Haahhahahhahahh.

The Board of Supervisors doesn’t  get it.  So, we are going to lobby the heck out of them until they do. We are going to inundate them with health and safety facts about the fracking abomination until they realize we are dead serious about keeping our home a place we can be proud to call home. And proud means safe and healthy forever and a day.

All aboard

On February 7th, thousands of Californians from across the state are gathering in Governor Jerry Brown’s longtime home of Oakland to say that we need real climate leadership in the face of the drought.

Join people from all corners of California this February 7 in telling Governor Brown that if he won’t be a real climate leader, that if he won’t stand up to the fossil fuel industry, then we will. Because this is about our water, our health, and our California.

Californians Against Fracking (CAF) is a coalition of environmental, business, health, agriculture, labor, political, and environmental justice organizations working to win a statewide ban on fracking and other extreme oil and gas extraction techniques in California.

The Rally is also addressing the Oil trains as a point of contention and of course water intensive oil drilling.  That’s Saturday Feb. 7th.

Pre-register for the bus here. Still working on a payment arrangements. You will be contacted.  We have already reserved the bus holds 60 people. Cost may be around $35.

Lv San Luis Obispo 6:30 a.m. from Big 5 at the Madonna shopping center San Luis Obispo.

Pit stop Atascadero Park and Ride at Curbaril

Arrive Oakland 11:30 a.m.

12-3 p.m. March- Rally

3:00 p.m. – 5:00p.m. Convergence meet and greet fellow activists

5:45 on bus

6:00 p.m. depart Oakland

10:15 p.m. arrive back at Big 5 SLO

Pass the word around and lets fill a bus or two. Got more students hopping on board too.

If you can’t make it but would like to sponsor someone you can send your tax free donation to:

Our Fiscal Sponsors

www.ecologistics.org

Write in the memo

memo:  SLO Clean Water Action (Oakland bus sponsor)

Any unspecified donations will go towards this years campaign to get an ordinance on the books.  All donations welcomed and appreciated. Thank you.

So mark your calendars.

January 8 Planning Dept. hearing on the San Margarita Quarry.

Where:
Board of Supervisors Chambers, SLO County Government Center, 1055 Monterey St. Room D-170, San Luis Obispo
When:
Meetings start at 9:00 AM
Margarita Proud

 

January 13

SLO City 2015-17 Major Goal Setting Community Forum (CCA)
Tuesday January 13 5:30pm to 9:30ish
Ludwig Community Center, Santa Rosa St.
http://slocleanenergy.org/sloce/

February 5, 2015

Nipomo Spur expansion Planning Dept. public hearing.
Board of Supervisors Chambers, County Gov’t. Center; 1055 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo. Usually 9 a.m. TB

 

Now

Sign up for bus to Oakland on Feb. 7 here.  Donate here.

Keeping this all intensely joyous. Which reminds me. I am getting some nibbles about a Flash Mob event. Oh joy, oh rapture.

We are Here

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Making history and deciding our future.

See you all soon somewhere.

Much love,

Jeanne

 

Jeanne Blackwell
jeannewater@gmail.com

SLO Clean Water Action.org
The safety of the people is the supreme law. Bacon’s Max. in Reg. 12; Broom’s Max. 1.  Prevention is better than cure. Co. Litt. 304.  “In an age of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” — George Orwell.