Newsletter # 22 Pinkwashing and How do you get elected officials to listen to you?

First, please read, sign and share. This is appalling. Fracking chemicals are linked to breast cancer. Last year, Komen raised more than $250 million, but Baker Hughes only had to spend $100,000 to persuade Komen to help it pinkwash fracking’s toxic impact on women’s health.

Then, California Orders Immediate shut down of Fracking Waste Water injection Sites. It’s about time!!!!!http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2014/fracking-10-06-2014.html

Contaminated ground water and water supplies where fracking takes place  is inevitable.
I immediately forwarded that information onto  each of the Supervisors as well as WRAC and the Health Commission and also the local media, Tribune, New Times, Cal Coast news, SLO City News. Got zip in response.

I reminded the Board that we are entitled to a response to the over 5,000 petitioners calling on the Board for a countywide ban on fracking for the very reasons mentioned in the above report. Its about the Water.  I also reminded them we are entitled to a timely response and it has been 5 months.Therefore, we expect a response to our petitions by no later than the end of this month’s business agenda. Any further delays will be regarded as an intent to dismiss, ignore or disregard our petitions and a dereliction of their duty.

Our concerns calling for a countywide ban on unconventional, enhanced drilling of fossil fuels, fracking, are about the safety, health and well being of this community now and in the future. Unconventional drilling is directly related to this report about contaminated aquifers, man made earthquakes from drilling operations and sickening air pollution. The Board has all the evidence and reasons they need to support  a countywide ban on  fracking.

The Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, Oct 14,  Agenda item #5, Presentation of current drought conditions, related management actions, and response plans did not have a single mention of the communities concern about preventing the wasting of over 8 billion gallons of water at the Arroyo Grande oil fields.

Our petitions calling for an immediate countywide ban on the toxification of billions of gallons of fresh water seems to be of no consequence to the Board.Since the Board of Supervisors is the Lead Agency in the Arroyo Grande Oil field operation and if the project is approved by the Board, this means that if there is a citizen complaint about any irregularities, spills, noise, water, air, traffic, earthquake damage, deaths, they must take their complaints to the Board of Supervisors.

In which case the Board has full discretion on how to process the complaints.  They could, if they wanted to, ignore ,delay, dismiss the complaints. It’s their choice. They could handle the complaints in the same manner they are handling our petitions.  Case in point, West Adams LA were citizens have been complaining to their ‘lead agency’ about health issues involving the Freeport drilling operations in their neighborhood for 10 years.  http://la.streetsblog.org/2014/01/14/west-adams-neighbors-come-together-to-oppose-the-drillers-next-door/  When a community is dealing with hostile officials unresponsive to the needs of their constituents these kinds of delays can be life threatening.

I am of the opinion that as voters, taxpayers, signatories we deserve an answer in a timely manner to our call for a countywide ban. In the interest of saving staff time a draft resolution  was submitted for their consideration.  Attached. Also being ignored by the Board.Would anyone like to join in filing a class action citizen’s complaint with the Grand Jury against the Board of Supervisors calling for an immediate response to the resolution calling for an  countywide ban on fracking?

The primary function of the grand jury is to examine all aspects of local government, ensuring that the county is being governed honestly and efficiently and that county monies are being handled judiciously.

I think we can make a very strong case that our safety, health and the environmental well being of future generations  is totally dependent upon a fresh, clean, uninterrupted supply of water and fracking can not offer one single benefit to that end and the Board of Supervisors has a duty and responsibility to insure first and foremost the safety and health of the community. They can do all that by signing the resolution to ban fracking in SLO county. Making it very easy for the Board to do the right thing here.
DOGGR is in the process of taking public comment on its proposed fracking regulation which does not  include high pressure cyclic steam injection ( linked to earthquake  and the method of choice at the Arroyo Grande Oil Fields).Thousands of permit applications  to drill are expected.  I have some questions. How many additional people is DOGGR  going to hire to  process the applications and monitor the 1000’s of new wells? If DOGGR’s budget does not address the influx of applications that will need to be processed and manpower to monitor the new regulations the whole process is a sham and meaningless.  The only protection we are going to have against these kinds of inadequacies is an out and out ban. The oil industry has a history of dumping, spilling, violating regulations. PG&E was convicted of 3700 violations in the San Bruno disaster. Nuclear Regulatory Agency suppressing documents and reports on safety and health issues at Diablo. Why do you think that is?

Here is contact info if you would like to get your 2 cents in on the DOGGR regulations.

End of Comment Period on SB4 Revisions

Oct 24 8:00am-5:00pm

October 24th is the last day to comment on the 2nd revision of the proposed SB4 regulations on oil and gas well stimulations. Get your views heard while you can! Comments can be submitted by e-mail to DOGGRRegulations@conservation.ca.gov.

Wrapping it up.
Going to be at the Reskilling event at the Vets hall on Sunday Nov.9. I will have a complaint form for the Grand Jury there for you to sign. Isn’t this fun?  This is civics 101. Hands on. Learn by doing.  Please join me. The more the merrier.
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What happened at the Board of Supervisors meeting on Fracking?

 

 

On Tuesday, Sept. 23, 3pm, County Board of Supervisors agenda item #30, report on hydraulic fracturing and staff recommendation, was presented to the BOS by the Planning and Building Department.

 

 

This agenda item was in response to the presentation of over 5,000 signatures from the San Luis Obispo community at large on May 20th calling on the BOS to adopt a countywide ban on hydraulic fracturing for the safety, health, environmental and economic well being of the community.

 

 

The Board instructed staff to prepare a report they would use for their response to our petition. Staff instructed to provide Board with;

 

  1. What is hydraulic fracturing (aka fracking)?

 

  1. What is the fracking potential in the County?

 

  1. What are the existing and proposed regulations relating to fracking?

 

  1. What are some of the important environmental issues?

 

  1. What is happening in other jurisdictions?

 

The report was 4 months in the making.

 

 

The chamber was nearly packed. A lot of suits in the room I had not seen before. The presentation took about 20 minutes and was preferenced with what the report WILL and WILL NOT focus on. Hydraulic fracturing is the focus and cyclic steam stimulation, waterflood injection, steam flood injection, acid well stimulation, matrix acidization, and well acidization WILL NOT be discussed.

 

The term hydraulic fracturing aka fracking has up and until this point and as part of the definition of what fracking is included well stimulation techniques in which high-pressure fluid is injected into a wellbore. The fracking technique is commonly applied to wells for shale gas, tight gas, tight oil. The industry claims hydraulic fracturing has been in use in California for over 60 years.

 

 

Since 1978 high-pressure steam injection and cyclic steam injection has been the primary method of extraction at the Arroyo Grande Oil Fields, AGOF. The AGOF is on the Monterey Shale, tight oil, asphalt grade oil is being extracted.

 

Freeport makes the claim it is not hydraulic fracturing and has no plans to do so. That is not to say they won’t if the needs suits them and more than likely given the new patent protected, water intensive, earthquake generating technology unencumbered by cost prohibitive safety and environmental laws and funded yearly by billions of taxpayers dollars, the odds are they will use every loophole handed to them on a silver platter and frack the last drop of oil right out from underneath our feet without so much as a mother may I.

 

And if the oil industry were held to the same standards as all other businesses operating within our jurisdiction hydraulic fracturing, cyclical steam injection, acidizating, high intensity, unconventional, processes would be a crime in violation of the Clean Air, Clean water, Safe drinking water Act and the Community right to know Act. But because they are not held to the same standards and are granted special dispensation VIA the Halliburton loophole to operate independent of the law, the community as it is represented by its governing board, knowingly assumes all the risks and bears all the burden of the industry’s activity to include spills, explosions, fires, leaks, accidents and unintended consequences.

 

 

It would be fair to ask at this point that if Freeport has

no intention of fracking why are they so concerned then with a ban?

 

 

Public comment followed the presentation. There were 52 requests to speak. And in the interest of time, Mr. Gibson offered the following format. One minute, two minute and three minute speakers starting with one-minute speakers. When all the one-minute speakers are finished the next round of speakers will have two minutes and lastly those remaining to speak for 3 minutes will be called from the remaining speaker’s slips.

 

 

With this format everyone is allowed to speak. Very curious why this format was not offered at the May 20th meeting as time was also a factor.

 

 

There was not a single speaker from the Freeport constituency at the May 20th meeting. This meeting however was teeming with very important, high ranking, titles and letters behind their name, persons. Almost like royalty. They seemed to own the room. The impression was somehow their presence projected a sense of greater importance than usual on these proceedings and worthy of special consideration, in the interest of fairness, of course.

 

 

The Board seemed duly intimidated and oddly attentive to the sheer power and force mingling amongst the rank and file and perhaps instinctively knew that limiting this crowd to 5 people and 15 minutes was not an option.

 

 

I am just hazarding a guess here and it may not be significant but it seemed at least 20 of the speakers from Freeport were there as paid employees working on company time. Just comparing loyalty factors here and what motivates people to get involved in local politics. I took time off work. Judy J got out of a sick bed, David K gave up study time. Just saying.

 

I waited to be called for the 3-minute segment about an hour and half into the meeting. I took the last stand on principle, appealing to the board to do the right thing and ban fracking. Foreseeing they might use staff time and expense as an excuse to delay writing a resolution I submitted a draft for their consideration, attached.

 

Listened to the other speakers but then had to take a breather and headed out to the lobby. I left my purse indicating, I hope, that I would be back. I took my water bottle and headed out. There were monitors in the lobby so I could still follow the proceedings. When the speakers finished and the Board was going to make a ruling I elected to remain in the lobby.

 

 

And then something rather odd happened. A man came out looking for me to tell me my keys had somehow got kicked out of my purse into the aisle and I might want to return to retrieve them. And then as if his Good Samaritan act needed justification added he had observed that I often retreat to the lobby so he knew where to find me. That was very odd since this was the first time I choose to leave and wait outside chambers. I thanked him and returned in time to hear the Board’s decision.

 

One by one the Board rendered their reasoning and voted unanimously 5-0 to ignore the beseeching petitioners, community members, organizations and municipalities and do nothing. Wait. Too many other more important things to do. Let’s wait and see what the State does with fracking, was their rationale.

 

Our health, safety, well-being and immediate concerns and fears about water and earthquakes summarily dismissed as unimportant. Clearly the Board regards approving a permit to drill 450 oil wells in our backyard as more important than our immediate need to get inoculated against the ravishes of the greed disease.

 

And no my keys were not in the aisle.

 

 

And yes there is more to come.

 

 

But first, Please, please try to find an hour or two somewhere to help Santa Barbara get Measure P passed. I will send how we can help and all the information immediately in a follow up email.

 

 

Ah, I can feel it, Can you feel it? All the good vibrations? The cosmos are conspiring to shower us with abundance.

 

 

Here is a link to the whole BOS meeting so you can judge for yourself. http://slocounty.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=1875

 

 

Item # 30 starts at 3:00 on the tape.

 

 

 

Have a spectacular week!!!

 

Jeanne

Jeanne Blackwell

jeannewater@gmail.com

SLO Clean Water Action.org

 

Change doesn’t just happen. It starts with an ultimatum and goes from there.

Note:

Approving Freeport would increase their water usage by 300% in a phase III drought alert where everyone is mandated to cut back by 20%. The water is coming from a well taped into the groundwater. On that issue only fracking should be ban in SLO County.  Freeport McRanRo Arroyo Grande Oil Fields usage would amount to over 8 billion gallons of water. How is this o.k? It would be criminal if there was a law against it. But alas our lawmakers are opposed to criminalize using water to manufacturer a toxic waste that is hazardous to every living thing it comes in contact with.

 

 

 

Organization Sign On Letter

Dear San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors:

We are strongly urging you to immediately ban hydraulic fracturing  used as an enhanced oil extraction method.

The growing body of evidence on the adverse health impacts from hydraulic fracturing in every area where it is in production demonstrates a clear and present danger to unavoidable, inescapable and constant exposure to toxic chemicals, air and water pollutants.

For the sake of our children and those that regard San Luis Obispo County as a treasured destination point it is imperative that you take strong, decisive action to protect their health and well being by banning hydraulic fracturing now!

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Bob Banner – Hope Dance

Carl Meisser – Electrician

People of Faith for Justice

SLO Grange 639

Arroyo Clean Water Advocates

Terra Madre Foundation

Dana Gibson – Earth Lover

mothersforpeace.org

santaluciasierraclub.org

Sierra Club Nuclear Free Campaign

Citizens Climate Lobby

Empower Poly Coalition

Fracking Bans on the Rise

Does this look at all familiar? It should.  The names may be different but this is almost text book SLO action. And look what it got them? We are on the right track folks. No two ways about it. The Small Town that Changed the Fracking Game

 

Beverly Hills has a ban, Carson just voted to lift their moratorium and Hermosa Beach is considering lifting their ban on oil and gas drilling.  Many communities in California — including San Benito, Santa Barbara, Beverly Hills, Carson and Butte — are fighting back against fracking.

Stop the bomb trains because they are on their way here if we don’t.

 

http://action.priceofoil.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=15610

 

Quick update.

Went to Los Osos Community Service District meeting to ask them to join San Luis Obispo and Arroyo Grande calling on the Board of Supervisors to adopt a countywide ban on Fracking.

A group of  local and county residents respectfully submitted the request with valid and legitimate reasons why this was important. Banning the practice of using millions of gallons of water we don’t have and turning it into a toxic soup we can’t get rid of and that directly and adversely impacts all communities within the unincorporated areas was stressed.

We made it easy for them to join their peers with a simple letter drafted after the San Luis Obispo letter which would save staff time and there was no fiscal impact which always seems to be a matter for consideration before a decision can be made.The Los Osos decision makers however seemed a little disoriented and unsure of what exactly to do and the response was that they would need 2 months to deliberate on the request.

We thank them for their time and regret that they will not be included as a community in support of protecting, preserving and safe guarding their constituents from a process that will by hook or crook take our precious water and turn it into a lethal injection unless we do something to prevent that from happening right now.

We did what we could and that is all we can do. We move on.

Great news Announcement:  We have a coalition of Cal Poly and Cuesta students on the ban fracking ban-wagon and committed to joining our presentation to the Board on May 20th. It is just a joy to watch these young people in action. They are putting together a whole campaign in less than 3 weeks and their do it and get it done attitude is just positively refreshing.

They will be a force to be dealt with when they finally spread their wings and take flight.  It is a honor and sheer pleasure working with them.

And Please NOTE Board of Supervisors, 1055 Monterey, SLO, meeting on Tuesday May 20th is at 9 am in the morning. Not 6pm as previously announced.

Another announcement:  Cal Poly group Future Fuels is holding an annual expo to showcase student and industry projects dealing with sustainability on Saturday May 10th  from 11am to 3pm on the plaza outside of Building 192 on Cal Poly campus.

There will be a  live band, food, and hopefully a large turnout of students, faculty, and members of the community. SLO CLEAN WATER Action will be tabling information about fracking and gathering signatures for the BOS meetings with help from the newly formed  Students Against Fracking. YEA.  You can find us by just looking for the group with the White tees that Says San Luis Obispo County across the top. We got Tees. Thank you June C for the hook up.

And one bit of sad news I learned today when Eric Greening so admirably requested a moment of silence in honor of the passing of our Willow Walking Turtle Kelly. I am deeply saddened by this news as her spirit will be so missed but am also so joyful and happy that she is at home at last embraced, surrounded consumed by loving souls just like her. She is truly in a position of power now and I for one will not hesitate to call on her and her band of angels for wisdom and guidance from time to time. Love you Willow and thank you for being here and being part of lives.

Kicking this out in a hurry before it becomes a chapter rather than a verse.

Jeanne

Touching Base. Tying up Loose Ends. Bringing it Home.

First up
Here’s a 30 minute video made for public access television, to acquaint everyone with the basics about fracking in California, by Mainstreet Moms. <http://youtu.be/cAHqfABUBPI>http://youtu.be/cAHqfABUBPI  They keep it simple because it is.     It includes:
– what is fracking, with map and visuals
– the issues  water contamination and over-consumption
-the flaws in the proponents’ claims about jobs, economics and “bridge to renewables”
– actions you can take
SLO Clean Water is taking it all the way to the top with a rights based ordinance.

Second up

North County people we are having a meeting on January 6 with all the point persons from Morro Bay, AG and SLO.  At these meetings we  bring everybody up to date on what we doing, how we are doing it and what needs doing. We talk, problem solve and regroup. This would be a good meeting for all  North county people who want to get involved to come to.   Let me also extend the invitation to Nipomo, South County people too.  Time to pull it all together.   So here’s your chance to see what getting involved curtails. Meeting in SLO on January 6 @ 6pm. RSVP me if you want to come and I will send you a google map link of the location.

Third up

Want to know how we are going to prevent a disaster from happening here?  Here’s an MP3 of Tom Linzey answering questions about the whole community rights based thing to a group of citizens opposed to Fracking in Fort Collins.  Great overview. Be prepared to be unseated from your comfort zone if you are hearing this  concept for the first time. He covers a lot of territory and there is nothing like hearing it first hand right from the horse’s mouth to get a real feel and sense of what it is all about. http://alternative-radio.fetchapp.com/get/xifobe  This is the first time I have downloaded an MP3. I know, I know. I am a dinosaur. it’s a miracle I have survived this long.  And this is the most recent interview on Occupy Radio December 18. http://occupythemedia.podomatic.com/entry/2013-12-21T00_40_37-08_00   This is a must hear. Mini Democracy school.
And lastly,
This didn’t make it in the hardcopy but did make it online. Letters to the Editior New Times.  Response to Robert and Melanie’s letter in New Times  “Stop bickering, and fight fracking together,”  Dec. 5.

Happy New Year Folks. This year is going to be a biggie. We are going to have a countywide ordinance and a Statewide Ban on Fracking. How do I know this? It is the Year of the Horse.

2014 Horse Zodiac YearHorse is one of Chinese favorite animals. Horse provides a good and quick transportation for people before automobiles.  Horse can give people a ride to their destination (Frack free county). Therefore, horse is not only a symbol of traveling, but also a sign of speedy success. Hi Ho Silver!!!

Cheers.

Jeanne

Taking it up a Notch

Delivered the Credo Mobilize petition with over a 1,000 signers to the City Council on Oct 15. It was met with reluctance but did get a response.
All the Council members agreed they do not want Fracking but they are slammed and suggested we come back with a formal request after the first of the year. Formal means get on the agenda.
Our request is for the SLO City Council, on behalf of the petitioners, residents, businesses, farmers, visitors, food community and students to recommend the Board of Supervisors adopt a countywide ban on Fracking.
Assistant Mayor, Kathy Smith, did say she would be open to writing a letter to the B of S. Took that as an open invitation and that is what we are working on now. Will make the letter presentation to the City Council BEFORE the end of the year.
Nice piece in the SLO City News. Am working on a correction to the gas reference. Sure I said oil.
Here is a report  Released by: Environment Texas Research and Policy Center. Fracking by the Numbers.
Notice California is NOT on this  list. We don’t what to be another statistic in this horror story.
 Offshore drilling nobody knew about this for over 2 decades. Oil companies violate the law all the time. They need 24 hour monitoring for regulations to be effective. Don’t give the oil industry permission to violate the law. Insure violations do not occur. Ever. Ban it.
Did a little tabling at the Cal Poly Soccer game against Davis last night host was 5R’s FC. Nice concept.
Here’s the tabling crew.  Heidi, yours truly, daughter Cassie (right) Anna and Carlos (from SLO Clean Energy) and Kevin.Inline image 1

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Neighbors to our left.  Thanks for the cookies Vickie.

O.k. that’s it for now folks. Get ready. We are looking to take this whole Ban Fracking thing up a notch. Everyone wanted a countywide ban from the start. Well, now we are going for it.   Need all the cities to agree to call on the Board of Supervisors to adopt a countywide ban on Fracking.  Are you ready to do this?  It is going to be at least 2 more years before California gets their act together. We can’t wait that long. We don’t have enough water or time.

Next step Bird Dog, means show up, at the San Luis Obispo City Council and respectfully state your position and ask the council  to write a letter calling on the  Board of Supervisors to adopt a countywide ban on Fracking.
The reason.  What happens in the unincorporated areas of this community happens to us all. Air and water do not know where the city limits begin and end. Fracking in the unincorporated areas will impact the surrounding municipalities.
The City Council holds regular meetings at 6:00 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month in the Council Chamber of City Hall, 990 Palm Street.Call them 805-781-7114
Fracking has a history of contaminating the air and water. Has a history of spills, fires, explosions.  Fracking on faults lines causes earthquakes.
This is our air, our water, our land, our oil, our life. All we have to do to make sure it stays that way is show up. What is water worth?  2 hours of your time a month?  Now’s the time folks. We are not going to get a second chance here to say no.
p.s. There are petitions to sign. Chefs against Fracking, Students against Fracking, Farmers against Fracking and Countywide Ban on Fracking,  Ban Fracking in California. click here
Jeanne
“10 people that speak make more noise than 10,000 that are silent. ” Napoleon Bonaparte

SLO County Residents, Chefs, Farmers, Students, Business owners, Food Community, Petition to Ban Fracking

Boo on Moonbeam.

California Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 4 into law.  This bill gives an unregulated industrial process, Hydraulic Fracturing, a 2 year free pass  to continue  to spill, dump, toxify and putrefy our air and water with undisclosed secret petro chemicals.

Hydraulic fracturing has a history of accidents , spills, fires, and work related deaths and injuries.  An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. We can’t really afford an accident. And we don’t have any water to waste on Fracking.

Click on all the headings to get to the Petitions. Please sign and share all over the place.

BAN TOXIC GAS AND OIL FRACKING IN SLO COUNTY

To the San Luis Obispo Board Supervisors

Fracking is a toxic method of oil and gas extraction that involves blasting vast quantities of water and toxic chemicals deep underground–and it’s endangering countless Californians’ health, safety and livelihoods.

California Chefs Against Fracking

Petition circulating within the local communities calling on our Board of Supervisors to support a countywide ban on fracking:

We, the undersigned, are members of California’s professional food community — chefs, restaurant owners, brewers, winemakers, purveyors, processors, retailers, authors and educators — who are concerned about the potential impacts of fracking on our livelihoods and those who grow and produce the food we offer our customers, guests and families……….

FARMERS AGAINST FRACKING SIGN ON LETTER

We are circulating this one locally calling on the Board of Supervisors to Ban Fracking as well as Governor Brown:

We, the undersigned, are members of California’s agricultural community and are concerned about the potential impacts of fracking on our livelihoods. We are aware that the oil industry is planning to expand fracking throughout California to places where there has been robust agricultural production. Because of the potential risks to this production, we urge you to place a moratorium on fracking and undertake a comprehensive study on fracking’s potential impacts to California’s water, air, and soil……

Californians Against Fracking

Let this petition serve as a writ of mandate to our public officials to do their job to protect, preserve, promote and defend our health, well being and rights to a safe, clean, beneficial environment and issue an immediate cease and desist order on all hydraulic fracturing – “fracking” – activity to include issuance of exploratory gas and oil permits.

Fracking is an unregulated, lethal, toxic gas/oil extraction process exempted from the Clean Air, Clean Water, Clean Drinking Water, Superfund, Environmental Policy Acts. Exempt means ……..

STUDENTS AGAINST FRACKING

There are 40,000 students in SLO.  They could IM this petition and do a students rising thing.

Hydraulic Fracturing is an inherently dangerous, federally exempted oil/gas extraction process. It violates our intrinsic values with unforgiving, known to be hazardous, toxic chemicals that infect the air we breathe and the water we drink.

It defaces and mutilates our natural environment causing irreparable harm to ancient underground rock formations, aquifers and precious groundwater.

Such reckless disregard for our future and the future of our planet is intolerable.

Fracturing and acidizing do not contribute a single benefit to our environmental well being.

We deserve better.

We can do better.

We, the undersigned, do hereby call on the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors and the Governor for the State of California to Ban Hydraulic Fracturing now and in so doing provide the leadership that insures prosperity, health and safety for our future and future generations. Thank you.

BAN FRACKING IN SAN LUIS OBISPO

This one got delivered Oct 15.  And the deal here is we were asking the city council to join us in  calling on the San Luis Board of Supervisors to support a countywide ban of Fracking.  Drilling in the unincorporated areas is potentially far reaching, as a result of our shared resources, water, air, roadways and fault lines.  Morro Bay, Pismo, Grover, Paso, Atascardo, Templeton, Arroyo Grande, Nipomo need to do the same in their cities. We are all in this together.

Just to darn cute. Had to leave you with a smile.

Just to darn cute. Had to leave you with a smile.