Water Solution on TV: Right-Sized Desal, HOPE interviews Attorney Alexander Henson – former Water Board Chair

HOPE’s interview about the Right-Sized Water Solution with former Water Board Chair, Attorney Alexander Henson will broadcast on AMP (Channel 24) three times in the next week.
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Why Has the Monterey Herald Censored a Major Local Water News Story for 9 Years?

The Herald has a long tradition of censoring important opinion: a long list of letters to the editor, commentaries and Op-Eds.

Censorhip is the Worst

Censorhip is the Worst

That’s bad enough. But I didn’t think it could get worse.
Well, I’ve been reading the Herald for several decades, but until recently, I had never seen them censor a major local news story.
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Powerful Media Silence on HOPE’s Public-Records Monterey-Downs Water-Promise Lawsuit

Censorhip is the Worst

Censorhip is the Worst

HOPE filed a simple but powerful Public Records Act Lawsuit on Monday to expose documents of a secret Water deal between Monterey Downs’ Horse gambling racetrack, the Water company – Cal-Am and Monterey County.

Afterwards, we dutifully sent out Press Releases to most of the local media – who then studiously and completely ignored the story !

Is our lawsuit a non-story — or is something less honorable going on here ?

Is our local media practicing Self-Censorship ?

Well,  the nation-wide legal news reporters “Courthouse News Service” found HOPE’s lawsuit newsworthy and wrote a detailed story (on their front page) you can read here : “Secret Water Deal Alleged in Monterey County” !

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Supervisor Potter Promotes Secret Water Deal for Monterey Downs – County Hiding Records

Supervisor Potter Caught ?

Supervisor Potter – Caught with hand in cookie jar ?

Media Release:  Monday, March 28, 2016

Subject: Supervisor Potter Promotes Secret Water Deal for Monterey Downs – County Hiding Records

This morning Helping Our Peninsula’s Environment (HOPE) was forced to file court action to get the County of Monterey to release copies and related public records of a secret Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Monterey County, the highly controversial Monterey Downs gambling horse-racing track, and Monterey Peninsula water purveyor Cal-Am.

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Thimerosal Harm and Censorship: Evidence of CDC Malfeasance in Research & Pretending that Toxic Vaccine Thimerosal Is Safe

Shhhh. Don't pay attention to CDC's Thimerosal Study.

Shhhh. Don’t pay attention to CDC’s Thimerosal Study.

For the past 75 years more than 165 studies have focused on the harm and effects of  Thimerosal, a Mercury based compound, finding many, serious harmful effects. 

The US Center for Disease Control (CDC) conducted a study finding a “7.6-fold increased risk of Language delay (an Autism criteria) from exposure to Thimerosal during infancy.

Yet, CDC now contradicts their own study stating officially that there is “no relationship between Thimerosal containing vaccines and autism rates in children.”

Here is an article examining the research CDC’s position is based on, the position which contradicts CDC’s own research.

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Extinction is Truly Forever

(c) Copyright 2005 David Dilworth

Passenger Pigeon: From World's most abundant bird to extinct in less than 100 years.

Passenger Pigeon: From World’s most abundant bird to extinct in less than 100 years.

Some claim that burning fossil fuels is the most devastating damage humans have done to our earth. That’s one opinion, but it is clearly not the longest lasting harm.

While burning fossil fuels certainly causes major harms including creating the most deadly cancer causing compound (from diesel engines), after a few tens of thousands of years even the most potent parts of that pollution will have transformed into far less harmful chemicals. And if humans are still around they’ll likely use electric vehicles.

Some poets say love is forever. It may feel that way. However, genuine forever-ness is the loss of an endangered species; not unlike the permanent loss we realize when one of our parents dies.

Sea Otters: Teetering on the Brink of Extinction

Sea Otters: Teetering on the Brink of Extinction

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Senator Bill Monning Votes to Gut Public Records Law – Will Governor Brown Sign it?

Extremely sneakily the California legislature adopted twin Bills: California Senate Bill 71 and AB 76 which allegedly were about the State Budget. But unknown to the public and the media contain a secret poison pill to gut the law requiring cities to turn over public records.

The Los Angeles Times editorialized:

“It sometimes seems like there is a raging epidemic of government contempt for public access.”

Monterey’s Senator Bill Monning voted for gutting our Public records access ! His office phone number is 649-2832 so you can call and let him know what you think about this.

Update June 21, 2013: Success: Due to media and public outrage – Governor Brown decided not to sign the bill and the legislature agreed to rescind it. “Legislators, Brown backpedal on public records bill (LA Times)

Here’s the Bill’s key language:

“(3) Existing law, the California Public Records Act (CPRA), requires state and local agencies to make public records available upon receipt of a request that reasonably describes an identifiable record not otherwise exempt from disclosure, upon the payment of fees to cover costs.

“This bill would, commencing on the effective date of this bill, make compliance with certain provisions of the CPRA, which among other things relate to the delivery of electronic data, optional for local agencies. The bill would encourage local agencies to follow these provisions as “best practices” and would require a local agency that determines that it will not follow these best practices to so announce orally at its next regularly scheduled public meeting and annually thereafter. By requiring this announcement, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

“Existing constitutional provisions require that a statute that limits the right of access to the meetings of public bodies or the writings of public officials and agencies be adopted with findings demonstrating the interest protected by the limitation and the need for protecting that interest. This bill would make legislative findings to that effect.

This outrageous anti-democracy legislation was adopted without any debate or discussion on this landmark change that blocks the public from understanding what local governments are doing. It makes providing public records optional !

Here’s CalAware’s Terry Francke’s thoughts on this act —
Plan B: Saving the CPRA from Repeated Sabotage

Local Senator Bill Monning voted for gutting our Public records access !

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Dissolving a Criminal California Corporation in 3 “Easy” Steps

(c) Copyright 2002-2013 David Dilworth

“To the extent commerce is ungoverned – commerce governs.”

Jack Chopping Down Abusive Giant's Beanstalk

Jack Chopping Down Abusive Giant’s Beanstalk

California law (and laws in 48 other states) allows you, an individual citizen and non-lawyer, to dissolve or “DeCharter” any California Corporation which has broken the law or abused its power.

There are just three steps.

1) Write a petition to the California Attorney General documenting the criminal convictions (dd: civil violations may work but is less persuasive. See examples here).

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Public Records Access – Model City / County Ordinance / Guidelines

Public Records Access – Model City / County Ordinance or Guidelines
(c) Copyright 2005 David Dilworth and HOPE

The following language can be adopted by any California city or county or any public agency by simple adding the agency’s name in the blanks at the top. With only a bit more work this can be adapted to any other city, county or state anywhere in the world.


“The Legislature, mindful of the right of individuals to privacy,
finds and declares that access to information
concerning the conduct of the people’s business
is a fundamental and necessary right of every person in this state.”
-California Public Records Act, Section 6250

It is the goal of the City / County to respond to public record requests in a manner that is both timely and convenient to the public similar to the excellent response provided by reference librarians.

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Regional Water Project is Officially Dead

Less than two short years after approving the Regional Water project saying it was the only reasonable water solution the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) just voted to kill that same “Regional” water project.

But its going to cost you.

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Three Attorney Generals Reject “Smart”-meters as Too Expensive after Testing

Smart Meters Aren't: Smart, Green, Private, Healthy or Safe

Smart Meters Aren't: Smart, Green, Private, Healthy or Safe

Three State Attorney Generals have solidly rejected utilities push for “smart”-meters.

Michigan, Illinois and Connecticut Attorney Generals cited the exorbitant costs to consumers with no proven benefits after testing a pilot program with 10,000 customers.

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Water Wars: Pacific Grove Council Votes to be a Water Agency

Sadly, This article is not an April Fools Joke

Sadly, This article is not an April Fools Joke

Pacific Grove City Council voted last night (April 18, 2012) to become a water agency for the Monterey Peninsula and set aside its own issues. (Early in the meeting the Council actually continued 3 important items to the next meeting to act on this instead.)

Becoming a Water Agency to build a Desalination plant for 100,000 people will make the City of Pacific Grove taxpayers responsible for some 128 – 160 million dollars in bonds to pay for a water project at Moss Landing — some 15 miles from its city boundaries. (That’s if there are no cost overruns.)

The project is proposed by the controversial Nader Agha doing business as Desal-America.

Pacific Grove has a yearly budget of about $16 million dollars.

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Astronaut Ed Mitchell, Paul Hawken, John Robbins, Vandana Shiva and Deepak Chopra Denounce Foster Gamble’s film “Thrive”

Astronaut Ed Mitchell "Navigator"

Astronaut Ed Mitchell “Galactic Navigator”Painting by Alan Bean

Radical Libertarian disguised in Environmental Clothing

The Santa Cruz Weekly published an expose of Foster Gamble’s “radical libertarian” film “Thrive” which was released last fall.

The film includes conversations with Hawken, Robbins, Chopra, Shiva, Mitchell as prominent thinkers. What this set of people did not realize is that it featured some other “thinkers” with radically different politics and pseudo-science beliefs.

After seeing it the group realized they all have “grave disagreements” with some parts of the film.

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Closed Government: Bunker Mentality Returns to Pacific Grove

Pacific Grove City Manager Tom Frutchey

Pacific Grove City Manager Tom Frutchey

Welcome to the Bad ol’ Days of Closed Government with a Bunker Mentality in Pacific Grove.

Current Pacific Grove City Manager Tom Frutchey takes every advantage of loopholes in the Open Meeting law (Brown Act) to avoid informing the public about important City activities.

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Pacific Grove Tree Protection Getting Chainsawed – by Bill Kampe and Ken Cuneo

Squirrel at Lunch

Squirrel at Lunch

Once upon a time Pacific Grove had a majestic forest canopy that flowed from Monterey Bay to Shining Sea. Squirrels could jump branch to branch from Lover’s Point to Asilomar – and never touch the ground.

The forest almost completely covered the rolling landscape by the Pacific. This of course was before we “settled” here in the 1800s and started cutting roads — less than 200 years ago. That land is now almost covered with pavement and buildings.



Pacific Grove has lost almost half (40 percent) of its trees since 1986 – which is just short while ago.

So how does the current Council want to “solve” this serious problem? (After all the town is called Pacific Grove.)

By WEAKENING the law to allow more tree destruction and blaming the current law for the tree loss.


What a mess. What a mess of our forest and a mess of alleged ideas by the City Council.

For a set of Pacific Grove Council members who believe they are smart (hang on to that amusing evaporating concept) – they could not have demonstrated –

1) More Contempt for Trees, and

2) Sillier Thinking or Rationale

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Win: Nerve Gas Methyl Iodide – Yanked from US Market by Manufacturer

Nerve Gas Methyl Iodide Sales Halted in US - for Now

Nerve Gas Methyl Iodide Sales Halted in US - for Now

Tokyo based Pesticide manufacturer Arysta pulled their Methyl-Iodide nerve gas called “Midas” from the US Market.

While nerve gas is illegal to use in warfare, the US-EPA and California’s EPA (Department of Pesticide Regulation) both approved it.

The fundamental corruption of both Environmental “Protection” Agencies is illuminated when we learn that —

1) California EPA’s own scientists warned against approving the gas.

2) In October 2007, more than 50 scientists, including six Nobel Laureates, wrote to U.S. EPA opposing the approval of methyl iodide

3) An independent scientific review panel’s chair, Dr. John Froines, called methyl iodide, “one of the most toxic chemicals on earth,” citing research that the pesticide causes cancer, late-term miscarriages and contaminates groundwater.

California’s Department of Pesticide Regulation approved Methyl Iodide in the final moments of the Arnold Schwarzenegger administration falsely claiming it was needed for “Emergency” purposes.

Locally, Gary Karnes and Assemblyman Bill Monning held a large conference in Salinas to debate the use of this nerve gas.

The lawsuit on the use of the chemical will continue.

Its Not Over

Arysta has not asked to have its US-EPA approval revoked, because they may bring the nerve gas / pesticide back in the future. In the meantime, Arysta intends to sell their Methyl-Iodide nerve gas in other countries.

Stay tuned.

PS I have long maintained that “EPA” means “Environmental Protection by Autopsy.”

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Bill Kampe’s Fast Food Gets Bad Reviews in Pacific Grove

Ronald McDonald Quits

Ronald McDonald Quits

Attempted Murder of a Good Law: Two people tried to kill Pacific Grove’s law banning Fast Food. Councilman (and Carpetbagger) Bill Kampe1 along with Commerce Chamber head Moe “Strip Mall” Ammar wielded the weapons of mass deception.

Councilman Bill "Fast-Food" Kampe

Councilman Bill "Fast-Food" Kampe

Kampe put it on the Council Agenda arguing the City should welcome Fast Foods and “streamline the ordinance2.
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Police Force Smartmeters on Private Property

This is a press release

Subject: Press Release – Police Escorted Utility (SCE) Forced Smart Meters on Private Residences

(Thursday, 15 Dec 2011) Police and Electric Utility Force SmartMeters on Residences in Violation of Federal Law, U.S. and California Constitution
by Orlean Koehle and Deborah Tavares

On Monday morning, December 12, 2011 two separate Southern California Edison SmartMeter deployment teams, escorted by police, violated property rights on apartment buildings in Covina and San Gabrial by cutting through steel protective grid enclosures, yanking off the safe analog meters and installing nineteen wireless SmartMeters in their place.

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Methyl Iodide and Our Community Forum – Thursday, September 29th at Hartnell College in Salinas

Forum– Methyl Iodide and Our Community–Learn the Facts.

Methyl Iodide is a Deadly Poison

Methyl Iodide is a Deadly Poison

What: Central Coast Community Forum on Methyl Iodide. Come learn about the State’s most hotly debated strawberry pesticide- Methyl Iodide, and the potential health risks for the Central Coast. Open to the public. Free of charge.

When: Thursday, September 29th, 6:30-8:00pm

Where: Hartnell College Steinbeck Hall (near cafeteria—main campus) corner of Central Avenue and Homestead Avenue in Salinas
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Smartmeter Delay – Now has Official Rules

The Calif. Public Utilities Commission President issued a new ruling on Sept. 21 formalizing “Smart”meter delay lists. Now, by September 26, 2011, PG&E’s “Smart”meter installation delay procedures must —

1. Provide information on its website that if a customer currently has an analog meter, the customer may request a delay in the installation of a smart meter. The information shall include instructions for how the customer may make such a request.

2. Provide the customer sufficient advance notice BEFORE a smart meter is installed so that the customer may request that installation be delayed.

3. Place any customer immediately on a “delay list” when they currently have an analog meter and request a smart meter installation delay.

4. Once a customer has been placed on the delay list, a smart meter shall not be installed at the customer’s location unless:

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Disaster: Fort Ord Cleaup – Military Base’s Ongoing and Potentially Permanent Toxic Cleanup Tragedy

Proposed Resolution – Draft V June 2012

Fort Ord’s Ongoing Toxic Cleanup Tragedy
Documented Failures of Fort Ord’s Superfund Cleanup and Request for Legislative Hearings and Action.
by California EPA’s Fort Ord Community Advisory Group (FOCAG)

Fort Ord Fire Fuels Anger

Fort Ord Fire Fuels Anger
Credit: Monterey Herald

Subtitle: “The Dangerous Costs of Military Base Toxic Cleanup When Legal Oversight and Accountability are Prohibited by SuperFund Law(1) and Replaced with Bureaucratic Public Relations.”

* Summary

To purportedly clean up Fort Ord, more than half a Billion dollars(2) has been spent since the 1994 closure, however the second largest US-Army base ever closed(3) remains a dangerous and toxic mess, and the cleanup itself is harming many residents.

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Trees: Pacific Grove City Forest Management Plan Meeting Schedule

Squirrel at Lunch

Squirrel at Lunch

Once upon a time Pacific Grove had a majestic forest canopy that flowed from Monterey Bay to Shining Sea. Squirrels could jump branch to branch from Lover’s Point to Asilomar – and never touch the ground.

The forest almost completely covered what is now a town with pavement and buildings. This of course was before we “settled” here in the 1800s and started cutting roads — less than 200 years ago.

(Here is the schedule of meetings where the future of Pacific Grove’s forest will be decided.)

Update Nov 4, 2011 —

“Our plan is to send you those sections at the end of next week and post them for the public, for discussion at a Urban Forest Advisory Committee (UFAC) meeting on November 17th, at 4pm.”

“We will subsequently release the remainder of the UFMP, after discussion with you on those key aspects of the plan, the week of Thanksgiving. We’d like to hold a second meeting in early December to continue to get input on the ordinance t of and standards, as well as the rest of the proposed plan.”

October 5 (2011): City Council – Project briefing and update, Council Chambers

October 6: Public Review Draft UFMP (public release.)

UPDATE Oct 4: This date has been pushed back to about Oct 20th. That likely also pushes back the other meeting dates below.)

October 12: Natural Resources Commission (Special Mtg), 6pm Council Chambers

October 13: Urban Forest Advisory Committee Meeting #3 – Review Draft UFMP, 4pm Council Chambers

October 18: Community Workshop #2 – Review Draft UFMP, 6pm, Community Center

November 22: Natural Resources Commission Public Hearing, Council Chambers

December 7: City Council Public Hearing & Adoption, Council Chambers

The few tiny places in what was to be called “Pacific Grove” without native forest were along the ocean; a narrow strip of land along the beachfront from Asilomar, narrowing further as you approached Lover’s Point. The rest of the landscape where the town stands now was covered by a magical forest.

There are still a few places where you can see what our magnificent native forest looked like — quiet with muffled sound of distant waves . . . protected from the cool wind and hot sun, thick soft ground cover, scarce underbrush so you can easily walk off trails, abundant bird songs, fragrant mint . . .

Precipitous Downward Canopy Loss Trend

Monterey Pine Light

Monterey Pine Light

Our town’s forest just lost some 15 percent of its canopy in recent decades. From the almost continuous native forest canopy cover of the 1800s, we are now down to less than 20 percent. According to aerial photography we had some 34 percent canopy cover recently and are down to 19 percent in 2009. Although alarming, this should be no surprise since we lost more than over 700 trees in a single year while Dan Cort (a developer) was Mayor.

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Prediction: “Carmageddon” Won’t Happen

Freeway Empty (Carma-Heaven)

Freeway Empty (Carma-Heaven)

You’ve heard the hype that California’s Los Angeles Freeway 405 closing will cause “Carmageddon” – gigantic gridlock this weekend.

What’s wrong with this prediction?

1. Predictor of Distaster Can’t Lose:
If gigantic gridlock occurs – they were clever.
If no gridlock occurs – their efforts to get people to do alternate transportation worked.

Thats extremely misleading because I predict – traffic will decline !

(on the neighboring roads)
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PG&E Breaks Promise and Installs Smartmeter: Assemblyman Monning Gets it Removed

(c) Copyright 2011 Vince Tuminello

Back in April I called PG&E to be put on the “Smart Meter Opt-Out Delay list” pending the PUC decision, due this year.

Five weeks later PG&E installed a smart meter on my home anyway. When I called about this, PG&E claimed that there was never a guarantee.
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HOPE Requests Supervisors Rescind/Void All Regional Desal Contracts and Approvals

HOPE sent this letter to Monterey County Thursday June 30, 2011 —

County Counsel
Monterey County Supervisors
Monterey County Water Resources Agency

Please Rescind/Void All Regional
Water Project Contracts

Hello Supervisors, Water Resources Agency Board and County Counsel,

Considering the improper conflicts of interest and the acts of Steve Collins and others purportedly acting on behalf of our Water Resources Agency while being paid by RMC we are respectfully requesting that you rescind or void all contracts and approvals related to the “Regional Desalination Project.”
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