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I’m inserting portions of an email I received from Andy Couturier.
I spoke with Atsuko Watanabe, from Chapter 3 of my book (A Different Kind of Luxury). She recommended two groups, both of which, she says, would be helped *tremendously* by a donation of $1000.
The second group is a local Shikoku group (the island I lived on for 4 years, and where five people I profiled live. Please see the map in the book.). They are fighting to close down the nuclear reactor in Matsuyama city, and their leader is Ms. Kyoko Ono. They will be protesting at a shareholders meeting in May, and they need money to fund their campaign and get the word out. They are definitely “scrappy” as you asked for. So here’s the information.
3F Kotobuki Bldg., 1-58-15 Higashi-nakano, Nakano-ku, Tokyo 164 Japan
This video is making the rounds on the Internet. I don’t know anything about Bob Naman, but he knows more about the subject than I do, and so far I haven’t found any rebuttal online. Nor do I know anything about Project Gulf Impact. If anybody has any information, please post it.
A little more on his testing (with a TV 5 video). It exploded. I’m pretty sure that water shouldn’t explode.
Obama made no mention of the word “climate” in his SOTU speech (though he did say “green” twice). Meanwhile this January is setting some records in the Arctic. I haven’t read the Daily Kos post, but there are lots of graphs and pretty colors to hammer a point or two, so I figured I’d send you over there and you can come back here and explain it. I’m tired and I’m going to bed. Hopefully I don’t wake up with beachfront property.
It’s a national event to oppose offshore oil drilling. There’s a map of all the planned events through the link, but Heraldo has already looked up three events in Humboldt County, including one near Garberville (to protest drilling in the river I guess).
- Westhaven at Moonstone Beach.
- Arcata at Mad River County Park.
- Garberville at Southern Humboldt Community Park-Tooby Memorial Park.
They want you to show up at 11:00 to be ready to hold hands at noon.
Please post reports. I’ll be out of town.
Here’s a clip from a February event in Florida, before the gusher.
No date mentioned in the TS article. The water flow is an issue. Younger forests and changing weather patterns are an issue. The writer, perhaps wisely, avoided too much discussion of residential and underground commercial draws from the river, probably because that might be interpreted as blaming people who don’t want to be blamed. So I hope when the meeting time and place are announced, all of the stakeholders will show up and be ready to listen as well as talk.
Already the comments thread attached to the article is heating up.
The image comes from the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, THURSDAY, JUNE 17, 2010
NORTH COAST CITIZENS AND CONSERVATION GROUPS FILE SUIT TO PROTECT ANCIENT REDWOODS FROM CALTRANS HIGHWAY PROJECT
SAN FRANCISCO ? A coalition of local citizens and conservation organizations filed suit today in San Francisco Superior Court to protect the ancient redwoods of Richardson Grove State Park in Northern California. The lawsuit challenges Caltrans’ approval of a controversial highway widening and realignment project. According to the lawsuit, Caltrans violated the California Environmental Quality Act in approving the project, which poses unacceptable risks to Richardson Grove State Park, its ancient redwoods, endangered species, and the rural region behind the fabled ?redwood curtain.? The project involves cutting down numerous trees and threatens the survival of almost one hundred more.
“Caltrans has not shown that this project will not harm our priceless park. We cannot risk damaging the old growth redwoods which Richardson Grove State Park was created to protect, said Kerul Dyer, Richardson Grove campaign coordinator for the Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC).
“The project is dangerous to the grove and isn’t necessary to address any known safety issue.”
“Caltrans wants to cut through and pave over the life-giving roots of ancient redwoods in one of California?s most-loved state parks, yet expects us to believe there won’t be any damage,” said Peter Galvin, conservation director for the Center for Biological Diversity. “Caltrans? failure to follow the law puts these old-growth trees and the endangered species dependent on them at unacceptable risk.”
The Environmental Impact Report prepared by Caltrans failed to acknowledge the full extent of the project’s impacts, as required by state law, including the effects of cutting through and paving over the widespread but shallow network of roots holding Richardson Grove together, the consequences of stockpiling lead-contaminated soil in an area draining to the wild and scenic South Fork Eel River, and the far-reaching impacts of opening the road to larger trucks. Caltrans also failed to adopt legally required measures to lessen these impacts and failed to consider less damaging alternatives.
Joining EPIC and the Center for Biological Diversity as plaintiffs in the lawsuit are Trisha Lotus, Jeffery Hedin, Bruce Edwards, Loreen Eliason, and Californians for Alternatives to Toxics. Trisha Lotus is the great granddaughter of Henry Devoy, who in 1922 transferred to California the initial redwood forest which became Richardson Grove State Park. Jeffrey Hedin is a disabled Vietnam War Veteran, an elected commissioner with the Piercy Fire Protection District, and a volunteer responder to emergencies in Mendocino and Humboldt counties. Bruce Edwards is licensed contractor who frequently travels the highway through Richardson Grove in both directions on a daily basis for his work. Loreen Eliason is a Humboldt County native and the proprietor of Riverwood Inn. Built in 1937 and located at the beginning of the Avenue of the Giants, the Riverwood Inn is the last original “roadhouse” on Highway 101 in Humboldt County.
The lawsuit was prepared and filed with the pro bono assistance of Philip Gregory, former Congressman Pete McCloskey and Stuart Gross, attorneys from the renowned litigation firm of Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy. The firm’s high-caliber lawyering and dedication to socially just causes have won it statewide and national recognition. Sharon Duggan, an expert on environmental law with an emphasis on forestry regulation joined with Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy in the preparation of the lawsuit.
According to former Congressman McCloskey, “This case is about Caltrans ignoring the science, the historic and economic value Richardson Grove, and the will of Californians. All of these factors weigh heavily in favor of protecting these ancient and iconic redwoods from a project that Caltrans admits will have no impact on safety. These patriotic individuals and organizations have stood up against Caltrans and in favor of common sense.
Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy is honored to represent them in this fight.”
Contact: Kerul Dyer
Environmental Protection Information Center
Center for Biological Diversity
Californians for Alternatives to Toxics,
707-445-5100 ext. 205
Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy
From the Hagen campaign:
From the Times Standard:
Humboldt County District Attorney candidate Paul Hagen will hold a meet and greet event in Shelter Cove from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday.
The event, hosted by the Shelter Cove Pioneers, is open to the public and will be held in Abalone Hall at the Shelter Cove Community Clubhouse, 1555 Upper Pacific Road. Potluck dishes are encouraged, and people from all over the county are invited to attend.
For more information, visit www.hagenforda.com or call 832-8056.
Addendum: Also, Hagen’s Third Annual Environmental Law Conference takes place next Thursday on April 30 in Eureka. The topic this year: Water Sustains Life-We Have Met the North Coast’s Future, and It Is Now. More information through the link.
An article long overdue which explores some of the misunderstandings of the project and the strengths and weaknesses of both sides of the argument. The whole thing is worth a read, but this portion stick out to me.
In response to a question about corporate stores that are already here, EPIC’s reply was, “Your mention of existing big-box stores with their own fleets of trucks establishes that the STAA designation is not necessary.” But not necessary for whom? If the big boxes don’t need STAA access to be here, how can providing that access be the cause of their coming here? The argument seems to be circular and self-defeating. It is, of course, “necessary” for Caltrans to be in compliance with federal law — a fact that was curiously ignored at the Feb. 24 forum.
In next week’s installment of the story, Cristina explores some of the claims about business needs regarding the project, and I hope she has helped to clear up conflicting claims about whom would benefit the most – big boxes or small business.
At the end of this first installment Cristina mentions that EPIC intends to file suit on the inadequacies of the DEIR, and it does seem like there are plenty of omissions to justify criticism. But if compliance with federal law is the issue, wouldn’t such a lawsuit simply being forestalling the inevitable? By focusing on the DEIR rather than any explicit violations of law in the project itself, they are leaving out a key defendant in the federal government, and fundamentally whether the STAA-accommodation requirements violate federal environmental regulations. If not, then it seems like this project is inevitable in some form.
On another point, the article confirms my take on the development issue. While I remain agnostic on many of the issues, the whole “maintain the bottleneck to prevent development” approach is misguided. Development is controlled by smart growth policies. If we don’t want a big box in Eureka, or Fortuna, we push for ordinances which restrict that development, and we oppose variances such as those being sought for the Marina Center. To the controlled growth issue, this one seems like a distraction.
The comments attached to the article raise some good points and some lame ones, but it’s the kind of discussion we need. Like I said in a previous post, I wish someone would organize a panel debate in lieu of the one-sided pep rallies all sides organize to pump up their own positions and do little to address the nuances and factual disputes. It should be easy to confirm whether Randy Gans is telling the truth about lobbying, since everything should be public record. Or whether the Crescent City Home Depot takes in STAA deliveries from the north. And I would like to see some detailed botanical analysis as to the potential danger to the roadside old growth due to the compromising of the root structures with an air spade, hot asphalt, etc. It seems that all sides are charged up with big opinions while lacking crucial information.
And thank you again Cristina and NCJ!
I interviewed him a couple of months ago on KMUD re his book on an intentional living movement, for lack of a better term, in Japan. Here’s the announcement:
By presenting the journeys of these ordinary-yet exceptional-people, Couturier shows how we too can travel a meaningful path of living simply, with respect for our communities and our natural resources. When we leave behind the burdens of wage labor, debt, stress, and daily busyness, we grow rich in a whole new way. These Japanese are pioneers in a sense; drawing on traditional Eastern spiritual wisdom, they have forged a new style of modernity, and in their success is a lesson for us all: live a life that matters.