Newsletter #63- Good Job

5 things
#1
Peschong recused himself on the consent item on setting the hearing; he has promised to recuse on the Phillips 66 decision also. So, now there will be 4 Supervisors, chaired by Adam Hill, and it would take three votes to reverse the Planning Commission denial.

Government Code Title 3. Division 2. part 2. Chapter 1. Article 1  (OMG this took some work.  thank you C.H.!)
§ 25005. Transaction of business
A majority of the members of the board constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. No act of the board shall be valid or binding unless a majority of all the members concur therein.


That means if there is a 2-2 split there is no majority and reversing the planning commission’s denial of the project is denied.

Phillips has appealed the Planning commissions decision to the Board of Supervisors. They didn’t like being told NO.  No surprise they are looking to show just cause why the decision was in error and should be reversed.  They are on the defense.  This is a good thing.

The planning commission did everything right. They took all the hundreds of public comments, emails, data, reports, peer reviews,  government studies, letters signed by the National Teachers Association, Health and Safety professionals, Environmental organizations, official letters from peer community leaders from across the State and United States and voted to deny the permit.  We did a damn good job of presenting our case to the planning commission and the planning commission did a damn good job of acting on those facts and information presented to them.  We won.  Phillips lost.

I am just mentioning this because a new round of hearings are due to begin because of the appeal.  I don’t know that there is much more that we could say. Nothing has really changed. The oil trains and their impact on communities is still as unforgiving and counter productive as it was 6 months ago.

The  planning commission was relegated the task by the Board, using county resources, staff, counsel and tax dollars, to come to an informed decision and the decision was to deny.  I do not know how the Board could in good conscience doubt the integrity of the staff and the commissioners but then again decisions are not always made in good conscience and common sense as the criteria. Facts don’t lie.  So a call to action to attend the appeal hearings is in order.

Let us not forget. We have the upper hand here. We are in the position of power.  We do not have to defend or make our case all over again.  It is Phillips that is in the hot seat. They have the burden of proof on their shoulders. So let’s make sure the Board is well aware of all the indisputable facts and evidence and actions and bring this to the table and lay it all out so we know exactly what Phillips has to prove to overturn the Planning commissions decision.

And the way we do that is  insist the Board indicates for the record  all the correspondence, public comments, attendance records, official data, reports, peer reviews, emails, etc. already submitted and part of the record is duly noted and entered into the record on day one. This should be something that staff can access without too much trouble. They have a record. They tallied everything. It was part of their job. So asking for that record to be brought forward and enter it as part of this proceeding is a must. This is a fair official request and deserving of an official response from the Chair from the get go.

Call the Board of Supervisors

San Luis Obispo Board-Sprvsrs
Contact the Chair – Adam Hill- Adam Hill ahill@co.slo.ca.us  Hannah Miller  hmiller@co.slo.ca.us 805-781-4336 prior to the hearing date and request a tally of all the communications, data, reports, organizations, letters, meetings, studies, peer reviews, public comments be available to the public and entered into the appeal hearing record. Lets get all the cards on the table.
Cool thing is this request becomes part of the record too. So get those numbers soaring.

We have a right to be acknowledged and recognized and everything that is part of the record needs to be upfront and on the table before Phillips puts their case on the table.  Wait for an answer. Wait for the acknowledgement. Get the record on the table.
It needs to be perfectly clear exactly what Phillips needs to disprove and overcome in order to overturn the planning commissions decision.  Remember folks we won. Lets act like it.

#2

Segue…..wait for it…   Phillips is just a precursor to what is in the works with Sentinel and the illegal and unlawful permitting of uncertified operators and operations at the Arroyo Grande Oil Field. The Arroyo Grande Oil field has never been UIC certified by DOGGR.  That means every permit granted to the oil fields since 2002 giving them permission to use the unincorporated areas of San Luis Obispo county as a toxic waste disposal site was in violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act.  There are plenty more violations where that came from but all we need is one to prosecute and that is a good one.
Board is waiting and so is Sentinel for the EPA to exempt the aquifer so they can then ‘legally’ give them a permit to build 450 new illegal wells.  Well that’s not the way it is going down this time.

According to DOGGR the Arroyo Grande Oil Field was to be shut down on Feb 15, 2017.  The Board should have revoked the current permit and dismissed the pending one on that order alone. But they didn’t and that is not looking good for them.

There is nothing legal about the Arroyo Grande Oil Field operation.  Even if the EPA exempts the aquifer the Board is still liable for knowingly permitting illegal and criminal activity for 15 years.  It’s simple. Not certified. No permit.

Maybe the Board didn’t think anyone would notice or maybe they didn’t care, either way this oil field is in violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act and this Board has a lot of explaining to do.

The pending lawsuit filed against the Board by the Center for Biological Diversity for permitting an uncertified, unlicensed oil drilling operation is scheduled for May 11.  The Board could avoid all this if they just did their job and revoked the permits and shut the uncertified wells down NOW.  We will see if they have the courage and wherewithall to do the right thing.  We got everything we need though to make sure the right thing happens sooner or later.
#3

MARCH 8  International Women’s Day.

DAY WITHOUT A WOMAN STRIKE.   I’m wearing RED to work.   And here is the Central Coast contact info.

#4

More irons in the fire.
And as promised here is the petition to the State Attorney General calling on the Chief law enforcement officer of the State to SHUT DOWN THE WELLS.  I am calling it a Prescription for Wellness. Clinging to the notion that “there is NO HARM in asking.” It can’t hurt to ask the Chief Law Enforcement Officer for help and it could do a world of good.

Will hand deliver it to the Attorney General’s office and our County Board of Supervisors.  This effects every drop of water in California because every aquifer, stream, river above and below ground is connected.  What happens in our backyard effects water everywhere. There are 105,000 unregulated wells in California up and down the  State. I say unregulated because they are self regulated and over 6,000 of them have not been certified  safe.  That has the potential of affecting water sources for millions of people.

All the wells were suppose to be shut down on Feb. 15.  So, it would behoove us all to get this petition to go viral. The more signatures there are the louder our voices get.  We will hand deliver the final result to the AG and BOS.  Road trip anyone?  Counting on all you wonderful people that are working your little hoofies to the quick to keep our home sweet home safe and sound to get this petition signed with a record amount of signatures in short order. I know we can do it.

#5
Thanking you all in advance for your kindness and generous spirit.  Thank you.

The Story

For those who have had the pleasure of meeting and being in Ceremony with Hua Anwa, you know her to be an authentic, capable, independent and knowledgeable woman, and a dedicated wisdomkeeper and ceremonialist.

In a most humble way, Hua is needing to raise funds to help with some immediate healthcare and automotive needs.  While reaching out in this way is a huge step outside Hua’s comfort zone, our generous and timely support will mean the world to her and will allow her to look after these personal needs and continue preparations for a very busy and exciting year of Ceremony in 2017!

Clan Mother Hua is a Elder, a teacher of mixed Mayan and Cherokee descent and an adopted Chumash.  She conducts a variety of Sacred Ceremonies, workshops and other Teachings and is spiritual leader of the Circles of Empowerment Church in Central California.

In traditional cultures, taking good care of our Wisdomkeepers is a very sacred responsibility. By supporting Clan Mother Hua with her Sacred Request, indirectly, we will also be helping to support our thriving spiritual Community in a very Good Way.

Blessings
–A Loving Community Member

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And lastly,

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Jim Cole planted a forest of everlasting love.  Seeds of wisdom and knowledge and acts of kindness he graciously and generously shared will grow in loving memory and gratitude.  Thank you Jim Cole.

His spirit of unselfishly giving his time and attention to build a better, more sustainable world will live on in those that knew and loved him. A memorial service will be held at 1:30 pm, Sunday, March 19, 2017, at Pavilion on the Lake in Atascadero. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in honor of Jim at One Cool Earth (onecoolearth.org/join-us). Sign his guestbook   – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sanluisobispo/obituary.aspx?n=willard-james-cole-jim&pid=184256091#sthash.Qm961YX3.dpuf

Much love,
It only seems impossible until its done. Nelson Mandela.
“Respect is love in action.”
— Bangambiki Habyarimana
 
 
 
 
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