Volume 35, Issue 1
COUNTY'S NEWS MONTHLY - FREE PRESS
| Moo Town News|
"Through The Looking Glass"
By Judy Borello
When I look ahead to 2010, I can't help but feel like I've fallen into
some surreal rabbit hole, where everything has become convoluted and
logic is way out of whack. Some of the ridiculous situations that we've
allowed the federal, state and local governments to get us into, driven
primarily by strong-armed environmental lobbyists, have upended
people's lives and landscapes with so much inequity and nonsense that
it's unbearable! Here are just a few examples:
Pacifica, where a large apartment building was red-tagged and many
people were forced from their homes because the eroding sea cliff
threatened to undermine the building's structure, the property owner
had, for four years, tried to obtain a permit from the California
Coastal Commission to place boulders at the foot of the bluff to
prevent further erosion. He'd been delayed and refused by this gang of
self-righteous thugs headed by Peter Douglas, up until the point where
lives were at risk. And did you notice? When you saw the striking
footage on TV of the bluff falling away and boulders finally being
placed, did you hear anything from local news commentators about the
Commission's obstructionist tactics? No. You only heard a snippet of it
if they happened to interview the landowner.
there's SPAWN, the self-proclaimed "Savior of the Salmon." They hassled
Marin County with the threat of a lawsuit, forcing it to put a
moratorium on homeowners in the Lagunitas watershed (no remodels, no
garages, no sheds, no driveways, no decks) with no scientific facts to
back them up. The people along the creeks have suffered greatly as a
result of a lack of science-based justification. Just recently, lo and
behold, the salmon have returned in droves! Why? Because of the heavy
rains we've finally gotten after years of drought. This proves the
point that the moratorium was unnecessary and that good ol' Mother
Nature and her mysterious power is really what the fish needed.
Knee-jerk reactions based on unsound science are very harmful to
people, and didn't help the fish a whit. And here's another irony:
SPAWN Executive Director Todd Steiner made sure that his creekside
property was safe by building an illegal retaining wall. What's good
for the goose means squat to the gander here in Wonderland.
Landing is another example of fairness being turned on its head.
Hardcore enviros and a myriad of governmental agencies have forced the
Lawson family to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal and
consulting fees to defend themselves through an unfair process, while
the enviros' efforts are supported by gargantuan NGOs with gratis legal
services or financed with taxpayer dollars. They have almost put the
Lawsons out of business, not to mention disrupting the lives of
countless families, including those who enjoy low-cost coastal access
thanks to Lawsons' business.
started with the movement to "Save the Dunes" on their property. The
Lawsons have owned the land since the 1920s, and believe me, if they
had been harming the dunes, the dunes would not be there today. Where's
the common sense? To add insult to injury, the owners of the permanent
trailers at Lawson's Landing have been told by Marin County that they
could only occupy them for three months of the year and must rent them
out to different people the rest of the year. The Coastal Commission
took this a ridiculous step further by stipulating that the trailer
owners could only occupy their homes up to 60 days! Can you even
imagine being forced to vacate your own home and have to bring perfect
strangers into your private, personal space? This is not an
environmental issue. It is one of private property rights!
for saving the dunes, there was Audubon Canyon Ranch's executive
director, Skip Schwartz, caught red-handed - illegally and without
permits - bulldozing sand dunes within yards of wetlands at Tom's
Point. When the Coastal Commission was notified, did they slap a fine
on Audubon? No way. Another example of the enviros thinking they're
above the law and getting away with it.
the Coastal Commission didn't have a problem slapping a huge fine on
Kevin Lunny's Drake's Bay Oyster Company, did it? The Point Reyes
National Seashore, the Coastal Commission, other governmental agencies
and the misguided enviros are nitpicking that man to death! I believe
Kevin when he said, "They're trying to put me out of business." They
have all the time and money in the world to keep after him while it
costs him huge bucks just to defend himself. The bottom line here is,
they've never proven that a single harbor seal has ever been harmed.
And who are they fooling by trying to turn it back to wilderness? This
area has not been wilderness for centuries - certainly many years
before it was ever acquired by the federal park system. It was ranch
land with animals and ranch houses and an oyster company dating back
well before the existence of the Park. DBOC is one of our greatest
agricultural resources, not just for our community but for the State of
California, as it supplies at least 50% of the state's oysters. You'd
think that the Park would be proud of this fact and that the enviros
would be supportive of it as being a natural source of organic food,
Speaking of the Park, I'll
never forgive, nor will I ever forget, the savage annihilation of the
white fallow deer. Talk about senseless tactics! Why couldn't the Park
Service simply have licensed the ranchers residing in the Park to cull
the herds through hunting and utilize the meat, rather than the
wasteful and brutal slaying of those majestic creatures?
remember NOAA, the federal fish-protection agency, whose 78 foot vessel
recently ran over and killed an endangered, 72+ foot, 300,000 pound
blue whale off the California coast - its second blue whale kill this
year? Why haven't the lawsuit-happy enviros filed suit against NOAA?
of lawsuits, did you know that billions of your tax dollars are being
used to fund environmental groups for attorneys' fees and costs? Under
the Equal Access to Justice Act, which awards attorneys' fees to
prevailing parties in cases against the government, tax-exempt,
nonprofit enviros including the Center for Biological Diversity and
Earthjustice are reaping billions in federal funds in order to
perpetuate their litigious existences by filing suits against the EPA,
for example. And when the Coastal Commission gets sued for abusing its
power by trying to impose unconstitutional regulations - and this
happens a lot - they don't give a hoot because the state Attorney
General must defend them using - yes, that's right - your tax money.
More irony: When President Obama came home from addressing "global
warming" in Denmark, he arrived back in Washington DC to the biggest
East Coast December blizzard on record! Global warming? Only if you're
following the Mad Hatter into a spiraling hell hole of unfair
governmental regulation and nonsensical spending.
Happy New Year - and watch your back!
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