Save Little Lake Valley

Stop the Caltrans Willits Bypass!

Save Our Little Lake Valley will participate in a prayer ceremony led by American Indian allies in front of the Mendocino County Courthouse in Ukiah this Monday, September 8th at 9 a.m. We will have a rally

Carpool from Willits:
– Meet at Evergreen Shopping Center at 8:15 to attend the ceremony.
– Meet at Evergreen Shopping Center at 9:15 to attend the hearing.

We will have a rally and press conference at 11 a.m., or whenever the hearing is over.

Please dress appropriately and behave respectfully in court. Note: Shorts, sandals and hats are NOT allowed in the courtrooms.

Background Information:

On August 20th, Justice Cindee Mayfield issued a TRO [temporary restraining order] against Mendocino County and Mendocino Forest Products blocking soil excavation pending a subsequent hearing on September 8th. At this hearing, Justice Mayfield will rule on whether to grant a Preliminary Injunction for the Willits Bypass. The hearing is at 10 a.m. in Courtroom “F.” The judge is ruling on whether to maintain the status quo until the full trial, which is likely to occur in Dec. 2014.

In other words, if Mayfield turns down the injunction, then CalTrans and its contractors can proceed immediately with filling the wetlands.  If she grants the injunction, the filling cannot proceed until the kick-off of the spring 2015 construction season, if ever — depending on the ruling in the trial.

The halt to work on the Northern Interchange for the season would allow time for a real, significantly downsized plan to be developed and adopted.

Even if Mayfield does not grant the PI, or the decision is delayed, we still need to support the tremendous effort that has gone into this last-ditch attempt to let reason and the law prevail to protect Mother Earth. Let’s let our presence in the courtroom show Judge Mayfield how much we care about our wetlands and ancestral places. Please dress respectfully.