Lake Berryessa is not a National Monument!
Proponents of the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Area, knowing that Congressman Thompson’s highly unpopular bill will never pass Congress, have begun an anti-democratic strategy to bypass Congress and have the President declare Lake Berryessa a National Monument under the Antiquities Act - simply by a stroke of his pen!
Lake Berryessa does not meet the basic standards of an NCA. And it especially doesn’t meet any criteria to become a National Monument.
The main problem affecting Lake Berryessa in all this chaos is that it was included in the original silly Berryessa Snow Mountain NCA in the first place. Lake Berryessa is like the tail of a dog that can't seem to wag the rest of the dog's body. The lake is not even connected on the map to the rest of the proposed NCA/National Monument which stretches far into Northern California. Just look at the map yourself!
At a minimum, Lake Berryessa should be removed from the boundaries of any proposed National Monument or NCA and the NCA should be renamed the Mendocino Snow Mountain NCA.
The Antiquities Act states that National Monuments should contain “historic landmarks, historic and prehistoric structures, and other objects of historic or scientific interest” and be “the smallest area compatible with the proper care and management of the objects to be protected.” Lake Berryessa meets neither criteria and clearly falls into the “Rural Developed Setting” under the government’s own Water and Land Recreation Opportunity Spectrum Users' Handbook (WALROS) quoted below. This designation should immediately exclude it from National Monument or NCA consideration. And Lake Berryessa and the surrounding areas are already highly protected.
"A rural developed area is beyond a metropolitan area and the suburban ring of development. Rural developed areas may serve as "bedroom" communities for urban areas and may contain working farms, ranches, and towns. In this setting, primary road networks are common. Although development will be prevalent and common, the setting has a pastoral sense because of an interspersing of forests, water resources, hills, valleys, canyons, wetlands, open spaces, and agricultural lands. Naturally appearing shoreline edges are common, although various water controls or other structures are also common. Recreation management is prevalent and common but not as extensive as in an urban setting.”
Lake Berryessa is a man-made lake with no special historical or environmental significance, created by a minor dam and surrounded by bedroom communities and private land. It has historically been a major public recreation destination. Although I have been a long-standing critic of the Bureau of Reclamation in the past, its recent actions show that Reclamation is doing an excellent job in managing the future development process for the revitalization of the lake. Reclamation’s last Public Forum presentation in Winters of the status and results of the ongoing planning process for the lake’s redevelopment were extremely thorough and professional. It included drafts of detailed Market Assessment and Financial Analysis, Conceptual Site Plans, and Infrastructure Design Report. These are all available for review at their web site: http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/updates/index.html
How would a National Monument designation affect residents, property owners, and ranchers in the boundaries? How would the designation affect the NBRID, the Berryessa Highlands, and the potential Community Services District being planned for that region?
A National Monument is traditionally managed by the National Park Service, but the Bureau of Land Management has often been designated as the manager in the legislation. A National Monument designation would force out the Bureau of Reclamation - as would Thompson’s other bill in Congress. His management transfer bill, HR4166, does not enjoy popular support among the people affected and has never had any significant public input. What would be the cost of the transition and who would pay for it? How long would it delay the present process? What specifically can the BLM do better an faster than the BOR?
What happens to current Reclamation employees, some long-term, who care as much about the lake as do local residents? Their lives would be seriously affected, their jobs could be eliminated, their families could be uprooted for no good reason.
A National Monument designation could severely restrict public access to and future development at the lake - as could an NCA designation. The usual radical exclusionist suspects have already been floating the idea that some of the resorts should not be reopened at all, reopened with limited amenities, or reopened for day use only.
It sounds like Mr. Neillands hasn't evaluated the data and yet he's telling the public to doubt the results. Is he acting as a spokesperson for the Department, or offering his own opinion? The article doesn't say. I like seeing the Bohemian report on a scientific debate but not if it's just speculation by a scientist not involved in the research.
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To respond to the above comment, the 650 number only includes workers directly employed by the casino, and only those casino worker's who are able to be in the union. This may not be 100% correct but I believe all management, admin positions, card dealers, security and others are excluded. A conservative estimate of this group is 350, it could be up to 600. There are also at least 200 if not 300 workers at the non-casino restaurants who are also not included. Conservatively that puts the total number of jobs at 1200. Additionally, there will be a hotel made in the future and those will be 200-300 jobs easily. So while 1500 jobs is perhaps a better estimate than 2000, it is NOT 650. You need to stop spreading biased information to promote your cause. Also you need to blame the evil company Stations because they laid off HUNDREDS of workers in December. Had they not done that, the 2000 figure may still be accurate. Please do some unbiased research, your activism (which I support) will be more powerful with accurate data.
ONLY 650 GRATON CASINO WORKERS (WAITERS, JANITORS, HOSPITALITY WORKERS AND COOKS) ELIGIBLE FOR UNION MEMBERSHIP? We thought they created "2,000" jobs. Waiters, janitors, hospitality workers and cooks (but the restaurants are all privately owned!) are the bulk of the available jobs there. So where's the other 1,350 jobs? Here's the truth: The 2,000 jobs figure would have only happened if the large hotel planned for the casino had opened. That was where the "2,000 jobs" figure came from, but the hotel was not built, and Graton casino never corrected the figure. Check the original stories and documents going back to 2003. You'll see we're right. Visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stop-Graton…
Fantastic! I love the Bohemian and it's mission. Thanks for carrying on the torch, in fearless and fun-loving fashion. And just between us, I'm looking forward to one day seeing my band Team Venus featured in the music section. Certainly that was NOT a plug, just a casual aside... ;-)
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Good points, Tom, but it's worth keeping in mind that there are situations when a bicyclist or group is in no way acting out of "self-entitlement" or aggression by occupying a lane when safe to do so. As drivers we should keep this in mind and not bug out and honk a horn whenever we have to wait 10 seconds to pass.
Bridges are key examples: many, like this bridge out of Pt. Reyes if it's the one on Shoreline Highway south out of town, have no bike lane. Just because a stripe exists somewhere on the side of the road does not mean that you can safely pass.
In June this year, you cannot legally pass a bike without 3 feet of clearance, minimum. On a bridge like that—it's totally unsafe to pass anyway. The dude honking in a case like this was likely the aggressive instigator, although he may have not realized that, and was not necessarily deserving of a beat-down. Clearly, everybody needs to chill a bit. I'm just pointing out that occupying a lane, in some situations like a blind curve or bridge, are the correct thing to do per California's motor vehicle code, and not a display of aggression.
Say it, Redwood baby! That's what I'm talkin' about!
I've ridden close to 100,000 miles, on three different bicycles, mostly in Sonoma County. Showing drivers you care about staying out of the way, and using courtesy, eye contact, and a smile, makes the experience a lot more enjoyable and a lot less fearful.
I've been buzzed a few dozen times, and have had the "why did you get so close" chat with some bikers trying to show me something, but most folks are pretty cool.
Be nice out there folks. Some of these drivers are also lovers, and you may need 'em on your side of the bed some day.
Big Man: I wish to take this opportunity to thank you for your outstanding letter which you took time out of your life to bravely author and submit for publication. We are certainly on the same page when it comes to the disgusting shenanigans of this "man," whom I have appropriately dubbed Sonoma County's perennial political embarrassment. That the board of supervisors - chaired by David Rabbitt - did not follow through with a formal vote of censure is a real slap in the face to those of us who take pride in our county, our community and the quality of our governmental leadership. We were led to believe that at the NEXT regularly scheduled Tuesday meeting of the board of supervisors following the meeting where Supervisor Carrillo was excoriated publicly for his shameful acts and overall conduct unbecoming, that an item would be placed on the agenda calling for both his censure and resignation; and, yet, that never came to pass.
At the start of the heavily attended meeting where speaker after speaker took to the mic to voice their absolute displeasure for Supervisor Carrillo's nefarious conduct and shameful acts, Chairman Rabbitt made it clear that that board has no legal power to remove Supervisor Carrillo from his position of Fifth District Supervisor, but that certainly does NOT mean that the formal - albeit symbolic - vote could not have been held, for I believe that it would have carried great weight with the public - and would have done MUCH to help restore at least a crumb of the incredible amount respect that has been lost for the governing body known as the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors.
It's a damn shame that those in power are so incredibly disconnected with the constituents who put them in power that they just don't see it that way.
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Nice letter, Doc. I, too believe in recovery, restoration and forgiveness for Efren Carrillo. It's between him and Jane Doe from this point forwards. One day at a time, as he said the other day to the PD.
Vote for Victoria Shanahan on June 3rd.
This case is one of the reasons Ravitch has to go. It is inexcusable how hard this prosecutor tried to make Houston Herczog a murderer rather than a mental patient - 3 opinions in favor of schizophrenia and she calls in a 4th doctor, which has never been done before in my memory. And still she lost the case, although the rest of us feel justice was finally achieved. Ravitch also promised procedural reform, which has not occurred. Mark Herczog, a good father, friend and fellow musician, died because he refused to call in law enforcement for fear they would murder his child, like Jeremiah Chass was murdered by our Sheriff's office.
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