A secret meeting yesterday, February 24th, among state regulatory officials, Congressman Jared Huffman, members of the County Board of Supervisors, and others concerning the drought is being widely criticized for taking place under a mantle of secrecy. The meeting was not advertised, and people not on the guest list were barred from attending.
Will Parrish, who recently is perhaps best known for his direct action opposition to the Caltrans Willits Bypass, has been writing regularly for the Anderson Valley Advertiser newspaper for four years.
Aside from reporters for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Ukiah Daily Journal, and Reuters, who apparently received press releases about the event, Will was one of only two people not invited to the meeting who not only managed to find out about it, but subsequently took part in a brief press conference involving state regulatory officials afterward.
Will provided this excerpt of an article he wrote for the Anderson Valley Advertiser to Save Our Little Lake Valley. You can pick up a copy of the AVA tomorrow for his full report.