Please come to the Noon Rally and Board of Supervisors’ meeting on Tues. April 21 at 1:00 pm on Low Gap Rd. in Ukiah to demand a halt to the dangerous forest practice of Hack’n’Squirt that increases fire danger and poses a threat to public health and safety and the environment on which it depends.
The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors has set aside 90 minutes at their next meeting, Tuesday, April 21, to discuss the fire danger that results from the timber industry practice of “hack’n’squirt, intentionally adding over a million new standing dead hardwood trees in our forests every year. Although the County cannot regulate the use of the herbicides that cause the problem (that’s the State’s domain), it can regulate fire danger in the name of public health and safety. We have been assured there will be ample time for comment. Continue reading
The area where the viaduct collapsed, taken on Feb. 8th (after the recent storm).
To: State and Federal Agencies and Officials
Re: Comments by SOLLV on the 1/22/15 Collapse of the Willits Bypass Viaduct
We are stunned by the collapse of a section of the Willits Bypass viaduct, and we join with everyone in the community in sending prayers to the injured workers.
We are very concerned that a full, independent investigation needs to take place to determine what caused this collapse and to assure the safety of the construction of the entire project. So far, there is little information, and it appears the only investigation is being done by OSHA and by Caltrans itself. While OSHA addresses worker safety, we believe it is equally important to have independent analysis of the structural integrity of the rest of the viaduct, to assess the ability of the piers to withstand flooding, viscous soil, and earthquakes and to test the strength of the reinforcing steel used. These questions require clear answers before construction continues. Continue reading
Ukiah-based journalist Will Parrish will pay $9,460.45 in restitution for his 11-and-a-half-day occupation of a “wick drain stitcher” in the Willits Bypass construction zone last June and July, Mendocino County Superior Court Judge John A. Behnke ruled last week. Behnke released an eight-page restitution order on Dec. 22nd that spells out his rationale for this decision.
Behnke’s calculation is based on the rental cost of the wick drain stitcher Parrish occupied, for which CalTrans contractor Flatiron Construction paid a little over $2,000 per day. Although Parrish occupied the wick stitcher for more than 11 days, the court determined that only four and-a-half work days were lost due to the occupation. For example, construction was rained out during some days of Parrish’s occupation.
This figure is less than 10 percent of what CalTrans attorney Derek Wong asked for in a restitution hearing at the Ukiah Courthouse on Oct 10th. Remarkably, CalTrans has submitted four separate restitution claims against Parrish since September 2013. The original total was $490,002. By the time the restitution claim finally made it into the courtroom, CalTrans had revised the figure down to approximately $108,000.
This Tuesday, Nov. 18th, the American Indian Movement, Pomo people, Save Our Little Lake Valley, and other groups will rally at the US Army Corps of Engineers Northern California division office in San Francisco. See our most recent posts for more info.
On Nov. 6th, Coyote Valley Band Chairman Michael Hunter issued a letter to the Army Corps reiterating the request for government-to-government consultation. Click here to read the letter. Click here to read Coyote Valley’s initial request for government-to-government consultations with the Army Corps, to which the Army Corps has not yet responded.