I had occasion to contact Bill about an issue going on in Nipomo that I thought he could help clarify. I got this email back from David Georgi a close and trusted friend.
Bill is in a serious state of decline. He doesn’t use email or
phone any more. His caregivers neglect him. Several of his friends visit
him often and bring him food. If you can, stop by and say hi.
Contact me if you want more info.
BILL Deneen is a national treasure. All you activists and Mother Earth Lovers know what a true champion and warrior for Nature Bill has been for all his life. This from the Tribune
Denneen, 92, has spent decades defending California’s coastline. On his 90th birthday in 2015, he was deemed “a national treasure” by then-Rep. Lois Capps at a birthday celebration attended by about 150 well-wishers. Supervisor Bruce Gibson called Denneen “the county’s environmental conscience,” and Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian was among many others who lauded the honoree that day.
The environmental legend is known for his thick white beard and hair, piercing blue eyes, and his hiking boots and shorts, but especially for his self-proclaimed “eco-hooligan” status, vision, activism and accomplishments.
Denneen was a D-Day medic who moved to Nipomo in 1960 to teach biology at Santa Maria High School before switching to Allan Hancock College, where he worked for 25 years…. You can get the rest of the story here.
I got back to David to see just how we could show this man how much we love and appreciate him and this is what I got back from David.
I brought Bill some clam chowder
and berries Friday. He wolfed the chowder, pausing to remark how his
neighbor makes better chowder. His hearing was problematic, as Patti
says, he needs to wear his aid. I mentioned that
we were planning a birthday celebration at the Nipomo Native Garden,
and he was pleased. Uncharacteristically, he gave me a hug when I left.
When I last visited with Carol, he hugged her but only gave me a fist
So, I know we are all busier than mud dabbing hornets and we are all truly blessed to know what is really important and of great significance in our lives. Honoring and embracing treasures that have made a difference in our lives is one of those priorities we would not let escape our attention. Bill needs to know how much we love and appreciate him.
Comfort food, visits, hugs, love letters are our way of saying thank you and we love you to a very deserving and precious soul.
Then I got this email from Virginia Souza.
Hi Jeanne, I am taking over some food to share with Bill today. Dave Georgi is going Friday. I am going around 1 pm.
Patty takes him out for a drive on thursdays. What do u think about
getting some other days filled in? The “meals” should be very small and
easy to digest. I am taking a broccoli cauliflower cream soup with
French bread and a carton of blueberries. He does not like Spicy. The
idea is to get some visitors over there so he knows peoples care.
He is really hard of hearing but loves company. His address is 1040 Cielo, Nipomo. Virginia
Bill has lots of friends and we need to let him know just how many lives he has touched.
So Bill is going to be 93 on June 9th and a Birthday Party at Nipomo Native Gardens at noon is planned. Don’t wait till then. Do something now if you can.
I asked Virginia and David if we could use their emails to send Bill some thoughts and they said o.k. and would make sure he gets them. Also, if you want to check in with them to see when a good time to visit is here is contact info.
So there you have it folks. Please share this information with all your contacts. You know Bill is known and loved by this whole community and we need to get this out to everyone.
Much much love all you beautiful people.
I want to give you a quick VICTORY results of the Integrated Waste Management Authority (IWMA) meeting today.
11 Favor – 2 No – vote to authorize IWMA staff to work on a County-wide ordinance.
The first reading is scheduled for Sept 12.
The nays are Pechong and Arnold.
I was surprised (altho some aren’t surprised) that Compton voted Yay) because two years ago she personally told me she wouldn’t vote for this. Is she counting votes?
Pechong kept pointing out a “fact” that there are 60 cities in CA that recycle Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) that he had received 36 letters opposing this ordinance.
Arnold flew all over the place with weird things she had read – one is that EPS is food-safe; and that her business owners had written letters of protest.
There were about 12 speakers in favor; one representative from the Restaurant Association – but I don’t recall if she said “where” she was from. Her comments were not based on facts, just on “affordability” to make the switch, and Foam is what will keep them in business.
Thank you to all who came out and attended the meeting and stood up to speak; many who had sent in letters of support.
It’s a VICTORY!
Another Shout out – Can’t have too much good news right?
TODAY IS THE DAY! Join us live from San Luis Obispo as we celebrate turning in 20,000 signatures collected by hundreds of volunteers across the county for official count by the County Clerk-Recorder’s office.
Initiative to Ban all new OIL wells in SLO County
Shout out for the truth and nothing but the truth so help us god.
And yes, yes, yes, SLO County is going to be fracking and toxic waste dumping FREE. We got everything we need to win. We have each other AND we got the law inside and out on our side this time around. Don’t watch this happen be the happening. Love you all to infinity and back.