AM News for Tuesday, 9.24.13
According to an an article in the Willits Weekly, Caltrans, September 13 sent
the Pomo Indians a letter that stated that an archaeological site with Pomo
cultural resources known to Caltrans has “been destroyed by construction
activities,” said Tribal Chair Mike Fitzgerral.
“Caltrans has discovered that one of the sites” “is actually located within the ADI [area of direct impact]” of the project. “As you know,” the notice
continues, “wick drains have been installed in that area and 3 feet of fill has
According to the tribe’s statement, CA-MEN-3571 was identified by Caltrans in 2011, during archaeological investigations of the area, as part of the bypass;s “area of potential effects,” or APE, but
later, in 2012, Caltrans claimed that changes to the … APE resulted in the site no longer being located in the project footprint.”
“However,” the statement from the tribe continues: “Caltrans has just
confirmed that the site does indeed exist within the APE and has, over the
last four months, been severely impacted by the removal of topsoil and the
installation of 1400-1500 wick drains. What little, if anything, remains of it is now inundated with 3
feet of fill.”
A September 18 letter to Caltrans from the Advisory Council on Historic
Preservation, an independent federal agency characterizes this destruction
as a “major breach of the protection of a historic property that Caltrans
committed to protect .”
The 700 members of SEIU 1021 are on a one day strike against Mendocino
county that began at 6am this morning with picketing at the county building in Willits on Lenore and E. Valley Sts. Later they will be at the county
administrative building followed by a large rally at the courthouse at 3:00pm.
Fishing for California’s spiny lobster begins Saturday, Sept. 28. Lobsters may be taken only by hand or hoop nets.
Everyone diving or fishing for lobsters must have a valid California fishing
license, a spiny lobster report card and must carry a measuring gauge to
ensure their lobsters are of legal size. Daily bag and possession limits are
seven lobsters per person and each lobster must measure a minimum of three and one-fourth inches measured in a straight line on the mid-line of the back. For a diagram and instructions, please see page 101 in the 2013-2014 Ocean Fishing Sport Fishing Regulations, available online atwww.dfg.ca.gov/marine/regulations.asp or wherever licenses are sold.
The MENDOCINO COUNTY FIRE SAFE COUNCIL BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING will take place Tuesday September 24, at 11:00 a.m. At 564
South Dora St, Ukiah. The Fire Safety Expo, at Pear Tree Center, will take
place October 5. Call 462-3662 .
Move to Amend (MTA) has initiated a new campaign called “We the People Listen”. This campaign educates local neighborhoods about Move To
Amend and at the same time elicits from our neighbors what they see as
pressing issues to be passed on to MTA national by asking them a number of survey questions.
Two kick off meetings have been scheduled. In Willits on September 24th at
the Willits Library, from 6 to 8 pm and in Ukiah on October 22nd at the
Mendocino Environmental Center from 6 to 8 pm. More information is available at movetoamend.org. call Judy Morgan at 245-5884.
This afternoon. The Mendocino Board of Supervisors will hold a workshop
on the feasibility of an Exclusive Operating Area (EOA) for ambulance
services on at 2:30 p.m.
If you have any questions, please call 463-4441.