WE'RE HEADED FOR THE BALLOT!
The afternoon of June 1st, the Monterey County Registrar of Voters, Claudio Valenzuela, announced to the Board of Supervisors that the Monterey County anti-fracking initiative,Protect Our Water: Ban Fracking and Limit Risky Oil Operations, has received sufficient valid signatures to qualify for the November 2016 ballot.
The supervisors were presented with three choices: to certify the initiative for the ballot; enact it themselves; or wait 30 days for an outside firm to analyze the fiscal impact and for the County staff to conduct other impact analyses. PMC members objected to the County’s proposal to spend $20,000 for a fiscal impact analysis by Applied Development Economics (ADE). These reasons were cited by several speakers:
- The scope of work described in the County’s contract with ADE was clearly biased in favor of the initiative opponents, focusing on costs and neglecting potential benefits.
- The time frame of 30 days would be insufficient to conduct an impartial in-depth study that would help the voters decide.
- Applied Development Economics lacks the expertise required to produce an accurate and adequate analysis. They also appear to have a conflict of interest as they were funded in 2014 by opponents of San Benito County’s anti-fracking initiative.
We stood with signs reading "STAY NEUTRAL" while urging the Supervisors to allow voters to decide. At the close of public testimony, the Supervisors voted 3/2 to reject the impact report and 4/1 to certify the initiative for the November ballot without further delay.
Protect Monterey County is a coalition of residents of the Central Coast region working to pass a citizens' initiative to prevent the harmful impacts of extreme oil extraction methods. We are tired of not having any response from elected officials about our concerns about the dangers of fracking and other extreme oil recovery methods.
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Thanks for all your hard work getting us this far!
Our regular weekly meetings are resuming rotation between the Monterey Peninsula and Salinas Valley. Generally, meetings are every 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at 6:30 at the Peace & Justice Center, 1364 Fremont, Seaside, and the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at Hartnell College, Admin. Bldg Room E112, 6:30 pm. Become a SUPPORTER to stay informed.
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Monterey, CA 93940
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Protect Monterey County
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Monterey, CA 93942