Measure Z adopted by the voters is simply a continuation of the Monterey County policy, adopted in 1986, Monterey County Municipal Code, Chapter 16.55 – ONSHORE FACILITIES SUPPORTING OFFSHORE OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT. This code prohibits any "onshore facility necessary for or intended to support offshore oil or gas exploration or development."
The Code reflects a tone of wise stewardship, "Rather than consuming offshore oil and gas resources now, our nation should conserve these resources, since they are non-renewable."
The findings include the threat that "the Federal government has proposed to open up virtually the entire California coast-line to offshore oil and gas exploration and development, including the coastline off Monterey County."
Monterey County Code recognizes significant and negative effects on the community of oil operations, including "inevitable" air pollution; the danger of massive oil spills and routine small oil releases; and the discharge of toxic materials. The Code also notes the economy would be in jeopardy by detracting from the experience of visitors, and “particularly if a massive oil spill occurs, place our tourism industry in danger,” and threatens the agriculture economy by putting pressure on water and land needed for agriculture.
Read the code here, VERSION: Dec. 16, 2016 (CURRENT) and demand Monterey County abide by their own law.
The prior Board of Supervisors did everything possible to avoid and sabotage County environmental regulation of dangerous oil and gas exploration practices including their most recent effort to interfere with prompt and effective implementation of Measure Z. These efforts are all inconsistent with Monterey County policy and regulation of dangerous oil exploration practices.
Here is how to contact the current Board of Supervisors:
District 1 - Supervisor Luis Alejo
168 West Alisal St., 2nd Floor,
Salinas, CA 93901
District 2 - Supervisor John M. Phillips
11140 Speegle St.
P.O. Box 787
Castroville, CA 95012
District 3 - Supervisor Simon Salinas
168 W. Alisal, 3rd Floor
Salinas, Ca 93901
Phone - King City: (831) 385-8333
District 4 - Supervisor Jane Parker
2616 1st Ave.
Marina, CA 93933
Phone: (831) 883-7570, (831) 755-5044
District 5 - Supervisor Mary Adams
1200 Aguajito Rd., Ste. 1
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: (831)755-5055, (831) 647-7755
Fax: (831) 647-7695
CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT AFFIRMS THE POWER OF THE GENERAL PLAN
Our own Measure Z legal firm, Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger LLP, represented the Orange Citizens for Parks and Recreation and Orange Park Association in the case.
The developer attempted to change the property’s open space designation to allow residential development. Citizens’ group qualified their referendum for the ballot and overwhelmingly rejected their Council’s approval.
" “Today’s decision supports the rights of Californians to have a say in local land use decisions, whether through the process of updating a city or county’s general plan or through the initiative and referendum process,” said attorney Robert “Perl” Perlmutter of Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger LLP, who represented the Orange Citizens for Parks and Recreation and Orange Park Association in the case. “The Supreme Court’s decision clarified key points for property owners, public officials, and the public, and should eliminate confusion moving forward if similar matters arise.” "
Measure Z: Fracking, Mayors And Political Prostitutes
This Measure Z op-ed by Matthew Spiegl, local environmental attorney and HuffPost contributor, tells how Big Oil is polluting our politics AND contaminating our water. Please read and share.
"Political prostitution is not a victimless crime and when it comes to matters of the environment, all too often humankind finds itself the unwilling victim.
Measure Z, an anti-fracking measure in Monterey County, California is a perfect example of how Big Oil preys on small town politicians to push their global agenda ― the extraction of oil and gas at all costs ― unrepentant of the social disruption, political strife and environmental damage it leaves behind.
Chevron Corporation and Aera Energy LLC are pouring millions of dollars into Monterey County in a disingenuous ad campaign."
A new report from the Washington, D.C-based Environmental Action Center (EAC) on California’s underground injection program finds the oil industry has been overpressurizing aquifers for decades and jeopardizing nearby drinking water sources.
"In Monterey and Fresno counties, injection projects were allowed to continue despite clear evidence of technical failures, injection zone pressure issues, and missing data and documentation; regulatory measures not only required by law, but critical to safe operation.”
Farmers, ranchers, artists, visitor-serving businesses and other business owners, political leaders, doctors, nurses, students, teachers, firefighters, faith leaders, and community groups and members, support YES on Z!
Fracking Linked to Cancer-Causing Chemicals, Yale Study Finds
Children are an especially vulnerable population.
Oct. 26, 2016
"Yet another study has determined that hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, might be a major public health threat. In one of the most exhaustive reviews to date, researchers from the Yale School of Public Health have confirmed that many of the chemicals involved and released by the controversial drilling process can be linked to cancer."
The expansion of fracking, defined as "unconventional oil and gas development" has dangerous consequences to the air we breathe and the water we drink. We can stop the spread here and now and stay safe.
Protect Monterey County is a grassroots group of residents of the Central Coast region who are taking action to protect our water. We act because our elected officials are not responding to our concerns about the dangers of fracking and other extreme oil recovery methods.
Our coalition strives for inclusion and participation by diverse communities throughout the region.
Protect Monterey County's (PMC) first goal has been met, with a historical volunteer signature gathering effort, putting our measure on the November 2016 presidential ballot to protect our water and ban future extreme recovery wells from being drilled in Monterey County.
We all want a bright future for coming generations, one in which we have:
* a steady supply of clean water
* a vibrant economy based on agriculture and tourism
* a healthy environment in which to live
* sustainable energy from abundant solar and wind resources
We think we should be the ones to determine our future, not the oil and gas industry.
Parents Walk from Lovers Point to Fishermans Wharf, Sept 10
Your generous contributions allows us to continue the urgent work to protect our water, health, and safety of Monterey County residents .
Sus contribuciones generosas nos permite continuar el trabajo urgente de proteger nuestra agua, la salud yseguridad de los residentes del Condado de Monterey.
Breaking: Sen. Bill Monning endorses Measure Z!
Oct. 21, 2016
UNITEHERE LOCAL 483 ENDORSES MEASURE Z
The President of the hotel and restaurant employees union, Sergio Rangel says, "We're with you all the way!" Hospitality workers now account for a third of all employees on the Peninsula, and they know their jobs are endangered by risky oil operations.
Bernie Sanders, United States Senator for Vermont
Senator Bill Monning, Senate Majority Leader
Anna Cabellero, Former Mayor of Salinas; Member of Governor Jerry Brown's
Cabinet 2011-15; Candidate Assembly 30th District
Mark Stone, Assemblymember, 29th California Assembly District
Jane Parker, Supervisor, Fourth District
Bruce Delgado, Mayor, City of Marina
Clyde Roberson, Mayor, City of Monterey
Gloria de la Rosa, Councilmember, City of Salinas
Alan Haffa, City of Monterey, Councilmember
Timothy Barrett, City of Monterey, Councilmember
Libby Downey, City of Monterey, Councilmember
Jason Campbell, City of Seaside Councilmember
David Brown, City of Marina Councilmember
Gail Morton, City of Marina Councilmember
Jan Shriner, Director, Marina Coast Water District
Tom Moore, Director, Marina Coast Water District
Molly Evans, Monterey Peninsula Water Management District; Division 3
Dan Cort, Former Mayor of Pacific Grove
Dan Miller, City of Pacific Grove Councilmember
Gary Patton, former Santa Cruz Supervisor, Environmental Attorney
Mary Ann Carbone, Vice Mayor, Sand City
Judy Pennycook, Monterey County Supervisor (ret.)
Amit Pandya, Candidate for Mayor, Salinas
Wes White, Candidate, Salinas City Council
Kay Cline, Mayoral Candidate, Seaside
Kayla Jones, Candidate, Seaside City Council
Jenny McAdams, Candidate, Pacific Grove City Council
Nancy Selfridge, Monterey City Councilmember (ret.)
California Nurses Association
Physicians for Social Responsibility
Lola Steinbaum,MD,Internist, Monterey
Ruth Trotter, MD, Internist, Monterey
John Silva, MD, Family Practice, Salinas
Joseph Chudy, MD Family Medicine, Salinas
Jeanette Cisneros MD, Family Medicine
Rafael O. Siqueiros, MD, Family Medicine, Salinas
Pedro Moreno, MD, Family Practice, Salinas
Virginia Hanson, MD, Obstetrics & Gynecology
Laura Solorio, MD, Internal Medicine (ret.)
Marc Lieberman, MD, Internist, Salinas
John Schatz, MD and Valerie Schatz, FASE, Salinas
Don King, MD, Pediatrician, Salinas (ret.)
Eduardo Dominguez, Registered Nurse
Chael Ahkahuil Rubalcava, Registered Nurse
Dan Turner, D.D.S. (ret.)
Linda Martin, D.D.S.
David Simonsen, D.D.S. (ret.)
Rebecca Lee, Certified Nutritional Health Coach
Daian Hennington, MSW, Social Worker
Margaret Rossoff, MFT
Janie Rommel-Eichorn, MFT
Carole Erickson, Public Health Nurse/Educator
Jeanie Novara, Licensed Vocational Nurse
FARMERS, RANCHERS, GROWERS
Kim Snyder, Director of Food Safety, Monterey Mushrooms
Jamie Collins, Owner, Serendipity Farms
Steve Craig, Charles Rowley, Sapaque Valley Ranch
Tony & Joye Inzana, Inzana Ranch and Produce
Iris Peppard, Co-Founder, Everyone’s Harvest Certified Organic Farmers Markets
Reid Norris, Director, Everyone’s Harvest Certified Organic Farmers Markets
Madeleine Clark, Green Goddess Organics
Anne Marie Dapp, Farmer
Sallie Calhoun, Paicines Ranch
Rick McCain, owner, Wild Ridge Organics
Carolina Garibay, Green Ribbon Organics
Christina McKnen, Greenhouse Manager
Laura Lee Lienk, Return of the Natives
Cathy Dobyns, Coordinator Ecological Farming Association
Jessica Koning, Owner, Orange Thumbs, Biologist, Plant Specialist, Big Sur
Marisela Cerda, PhD, English Learner Specialist, Salinas Union High School District
Sandra Ocampo, Trustee, Salinas Union High School District
Stephen Kim, President, Salinas City Elementary School
Patricia Padilla Salsberg, VP Trustee, Salinas Union High School District
Karen Osmundson, Trustee District 3, Pajaro Valley Unified School District
Alexandra Burke, Educator, North Monterey County Unified School District
Francisco J. Estrada, Trustee, Salinas City Elementary School District
Francisco Estrada Jr., Former Student Body President, Hartnell College
Demetrio Pruneda, former Trustee, Hartnell College
Ana Barrera, Educator, Salinas Union High School District
Steve Eklund, Salinas Teacher, (ret.)
Bob Coble, former President, North Monterey County Federation of Teachers
Bill Freeman, former Trustee, Hartnell College
Juan Martinez, former Trustee, Hartnell College
Joshua Ezekiel, Fourth Grade Teacher, Alisal Union School District
Barbara Crum, Teacher, Watsonville Unified School District (ret.)
Marie Butcher, Instructor, MPC and Middlebury Institute of International Studies
Dr. Jan Knippers Black, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
Dr. Jonathan Berkey, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
Alfred Hochstaedter, Earth Sciences Chair MPC
Dawn Rae Davis, Gender and Women's Studies MPC
Charlene Wells, Library Specialist, MPC
John Pearse, Professor Emeritus, Ecology/Evolutionary Biology, UCSC
José Carlos Fajardo, Stanford Lecturer, Literature, Languages and Culture (ret.)
Sandy Schacter, MPC Instructor (ret.)
Anna Crawford, past Principal, El Gabilan & Boronda Meadows
Dave Burbidge, CSUMB Instructor (ret.)
Jennifer Lagier Fellguth, Librarian, MPC
Dr. Kevin Raskoff, Environmental Science, Marine Biology, MPC
Dr. Daniel M. Fernandez, Professor, School of Natural Sciences, CSUMB
Dr. Charles Fuller, Lecturer, Division of Social, Behavioral & Global Studies, CSUMB
Pauline Seales, Educator, Docent, Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary
David Moen, Environmental Science Educator, MEarth, Carmel Valley
Dr. Timothy Krantz. Professor, Environmental Studies, University of Redlands
Margaret and Larry Rebecchi, teachers, Hollister School District (ret.)
Maria Penner, San Luis Obispo Unified School District
Frank Penner, Pacific Grove Unified School District (ret.)
Associated Students of Hartnell College (ASHC)
Associated Students of Monterey Peninsula College (ASMPC)
Hartnell College Student Senate Council
Chelsea Anna Rutt, President of the Environmental Club of MPC
Cassandra Palmeno, Environmental Club, Monterey Peninsula College
Kynen Roan, Student Senator for the Humanities, Monterey Peninsula College
Jeremy Diamsun, Student Senator for the Sciences, Monterey Peninsula College
Riley Rhodebeck, Environmental Studies Club, CSUMB
Karina Abou-Chakra, past Environmental Senator, CSUMB
Monterey Bay Central Labor Council
UNITEHERE LOCAL 483
SEIU, Local 1000
California Nurses Association
California Federation of Teachers (CFT)
California Faculty Association, Monterey Bay Chapter
SEIU Local 1000 District Labor Council 741, Salinas
Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers
Patricia Alvarez, Union Representative/Organizer, California Teachers Association
Dolores Huerta, President, Dolores Huerta Foundation
Dennis Banks, Founder, American Indian Movement
California Public Interest Research Group (CALPIRG)
League of Women Voters, Monterey County
Monterey County Democratic Central Committee
Marina Democratic Club
Green Party of Monterey County
Progressive Democrats of America - Monterey Area Chapter
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Monterey County Branch
Quanah Brightman, Executive Director, United Native Americans, Inc.
ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCACY GROUPS
Food and Water Watch
Sierra Club, Ventana Chapter
Sierra Club,Loma Prieta Chapter
Surfrider, Monterey Chapter
Center for Biological Diversity
Natural Resources Defense Council
Californians Against Fracking
Fresnans Against Fracking
Clean Water Action
Frack Free Butte County
San Benito Rising
Ventana Wilderness Alliance
Stewards of the Earth
Sustainable Carmel Valley
Sustainable Pacific Grove
BSAGE-Big Sur Advocates for a Green Environment
Levonne Stone, Executive Director, Fort Ord Environmental Justice Network, Inc.
Communities for Sustainable Monterey County
Douglas Deitch, ED/Founder Monterey Bay Conservancy, Santa Cruz
Highway 68 Coalition, Mike Weaver, President
Prunedale Preservation Alliance
Protect Salinas Valley
Prunedale Grange No. 388, President Ed Mitchell
Prunedale Preservation Alliance, Bill Theyskens & Dennise Kenck, Co-Chairs
Public Water Now
Monterey Peace and Justice Center
Santa Cruz For Bernie
BUSINESSES & RESTAURANTS
Cindy Walter, co-owner, Passionfish Restaurant, Pacific Grove
Todd & Jordan Champagne, owners, Happy Girl Kitchen, Pacific Grove
Jonah Mohammadi, manager, Happy Girl Kitchen
Lisa Weiman, owner, Peppers, Pacific Grove
Justin Saunders, owner, Dubber's Sports Bar & Grill, Salinas
Joe Augusta, owner, Noodle Bar, Marina & Seaside
Kim Solano, owner, Haute Enchilada, Moss Landing
Charles Higuera, owner, Grove Market, Pacific Grove
Roxanne and Martin, owners, The Wild Goose Café, Carmel Valley
Trish Sullivan, Downtown Book & Sound, Salinas
Dave Grigsby, owner, Kayak Connection, Moss Landing
Brian Ackerman, owner, Whisper Charters, Moss Landing
Mari Lynch Dehmler, owner, Fine Wordworking, Monterey
Gary Munsinger, Wine Trolley / Tours Monterey
Dan Cort, CEO Cort Companies
Chamber Music Monterey Bay
Christopher Palma, owner, Grand Avenue Liquors and Deli
Paul and Johanna Wamscoat, owners, Pavels Backerei
Horace Mercurio, Coffee Mia, Marina
Sara Steiner, San Benito Tea Company
Stan Semmel, owner, Solex/Applied Solar Energy
Eco Carmel, owner, Kristi Reimers
Tillie Gort’s, owner Ranieri Guimaraes
Mark Kaltenbacher, owner, Central Coast Juicery
Julia`s Restaurant, owner,Tony Gerbino
Custom Cuts, owner, Janet Azevedo
Cypress Cleaners, owner Jin and Karen Jung
Imagine Art Supplies, owner, Germain Hatcher
Anne Parker Johnson, owner, Parker-Lusseau Pastries
Bill and Sue Karaki, Taste Cafe
Thamin Saleh, Jennini’s Kitchen & Wine Bar
Amy Hanmer, owner, Holly's Lighthouse Cafe
Will Gibson, Author, Climate Activist
Patrice Vecchione, multi-media arts and poetry
Laura Lockett, owner, Laura Lockett Watercolors
Steve Hauk, owner, Hauk Fine Arts
Germain Hatcher, Owner, Imagine Art Supplies
Alan Masaoka, Masaoka Glass Design, Carmel Valley
Jayson Fann, Artist, Big Sur
Barney Cullen, Owner, Sylvan Design, Marina
Unitarian Universalist Church of the Monterey Peninsula
Monterey Peninsula Friends Meeting (Quakers)
Fr. Robert Hale, New Camaldoli Hermitage, Social Justice Committee Chair
Pastor Kenneth Murray, Ocean View Baptist Church, Seaside
Fr. Scott McCarthy, Pastor, St. Francis Xavier, Seaside
Ann Marie Sayers, Tribal Chairperson, Indian Canyon
Martin Herrera Native American Chaplain, Salinas Valley State Prison
MONTEREY COUNTY WEEKLY
"Fracking anywhere near the Salinas Valley’s main water aquifer is a bad idea, unless you feel like gambling with the $4 billion agriculture industry, our county’s largest revenue generator." "When opponents of Measure Z say it would do more than ban fracking, they’re right: It would force the industry to adapt within its existing footprint, treating all of its water and finding a new way to dispose of wastewater. We think that’s a good thing."
MONTEREY BAY PARTISAN
"The bottom line issue addressed by Measure Z is the wastewater that the oil companies now inject into the ground as part of their processes. They say they aren’t hurting anything, but others who have studied the issue closely say it is only a matter of time before the current practices create a contamination crisis in the aquifers that serve the county’s much larger and much more important ag industry."
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