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Posted on September 12 at 11:04 p.m.

Wasco, CA Farmers Say Fracking Chemicals Contaminate Wells, Kill Almond, Cherry Trees

Video of November 13, 2012 2:00 pm
Kern County Board of Supervisors Hearing, Bakersfield, CA.
Attorney and farmers give testimony to Supervisors about violation of Brown Act, chorine levels tested 14 times normal level in well water, caused by oil industry fracking below orchards to extract oil from the Monterey Shale formation, who have mineral rights to frack without permits below orchards. Cherry and almond orchards have low yields, one with 40 dead trees, ask Board for help. Fracking the Monterey Shale areas began last year on prime farmlands below orchards. Affected farmers are experiencing many problems and intimidation by the oil companies on land owned by these farmers. Oil companies have fenced off acres of the orchards and converting the land to fracking operations. Supervisors neglected to request testing of water wells and aquifers to determine the source, chemicals or extent of contaminant, health department emergency actions, quantitative testing of fruit and nuts for contamination, determine safety of food for consumption or demand fracking be stopped.

The entire hearing on item 1 is about 1 1/2 hours and very informative about oil and fracking companies and the lack of help or any demands for the health department be contacted immediately to investigate, test wells and local aquifers and ground water or to test the produce for chemicals and to certify the produce was safe for consumption before it was sold to wholesale markets for distribution throughout the U.S.

Worth the listen/watch. The farmers aren't against oil they just don't want their farms/animal stock destroyed and it is happening! BigOil there has refused to come to the table or even listen to their own consultants.

Nov Tue 11/13/12 - 2:00PM Regular Meeting PM 07h 32m Minutes Video
Scroll down to November 13, 2012 - 2 pm hearing. Find the video on the line.
Item #1 Starts at just about 5 minutes into the hearing 


http://www.co.kern.ca.us/bos/AgendaMi...

On Clean Energy: A Crop to Harvest

Posted on May 13 at noon

Adams is just one more disgraceful extreme-to-the-max Tea Party politician. His obnoxious behavior may work in Washington but doesn't play well here. He'll never accomplish anything with his arrogant attitude. LaVagnino won't even support this jerk! I'm betting he'll be a one-term, accomplish nothing, Supervisor!!

Those unfortunate enough to be in his district are getting the shaft!! No representation would be better than this guy!

On Adam Tries, Fails to Shrink Energy Division

Posted on April 12 at 4:53 p.m.

You must be mistaken. Sarah hasn't been anywhere around so don't believe that was her you saw flying overhead!

On Pappas Finally Pays Farr

Posted on December 23 at 5:58 p.m.

"Money spent at very few corporate stores in SB county stays in SB county, because few are based here (Powell-Peralta Skateboards being an example of a locally based corporation, Dekkers (sic?) another.)"

Very astute comment! Shop the local small businesses wherever they be located! 100% of that money stays local. Whatever happens with big box stores in SB, never ever, ever let the greedy Waltons/Walmart get their money-grubbing hands and trashy slave-labor manufactured cheap (unlike inexpensive) merchandise set foot in this town .....or kiss the majority of the locals good-bye!

On World Doesn't End — Second Time in Two Years!

Posted on December 23 at 4:58 p.m.

Picked up that rag one day while waiting for my car to be washed... caught this woman's rants and raves, dumped in the trash, and never took a second look again! Thought someone had escaped from a mental institution and somehow high-jacked the presses. Clearly her paper was nothing more than a self-serving way to vent her bitterness - apparently blaming everyone/everything else for her troubles. Clearly her employees meant nothing to her at all. Very sorry for them to have worked for this Scrooge-in-disguise and now she's thrown them out in the cold and just before Christmas no less! Sad, sick woman!

Adios, ciao, good riddance!

On <em>Santa Ynez Valley Journal</em> Prints Last Paper

Posted on December 16 at 10:23 a.m.

These poachers will probably get the same punishment BigOil gets for trashing up our seas & destroying sea life..... Nada! Oh - forgot to exclude those nasty government subsidies slapped on them! At least I don't think these bums will be getting any of those!

On Alleged Abalone Poachers Caught

Posted on October 31 at 6:06 p.m.

When are we going to get it? The system is broken!!

On County Has 71 Percent Prison Recidivism Rate

Posted on July 22 at 8:19 a.m.

I think the "alternative" is closer to the truth: "It credits Roberts with having acted as he did primarily to pull the Court back from the “precipice” of having the Court broadly seen as an arm of the Republican Party and the big-money interests – vide Bush v. Gore and Citizens United."

The decision in Citizens United was the sale of the (not so) United States to the Wall Street Corporations and Wall Street Banks - pure and simple.

You can add the Walmart Supreme Court decision and many others to the credits of our corrupt Supreme (Koch) Court! The decision regarding the Affordable Care Act just reflects their "feeling the heat" of the fed up We The People and concerned the growing demand for seriously needed reform of our Judicial Branch is a real threat to maintaining their status quo!!

Walmart Case: Supreme Court Aids The Powerful

For the workers, this legal "solution" amounts to the equivalent of asking Walmart to negotiate directly with every factory that produces its products on an individual basis, and not impose the price by wielding the power of its scale.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06...

On Jurists and Consequences

Posted on July 22 at 7:01 a.m.

Public Opinion Strategies is really only interested in one opinion:

Campaigns - http://pos.org/clients/campaigns/

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Clients - CORPORATIONS - No surprise here - NCB-Wall Street Journal, Pfizer, Verizon, Walmart + others "trickling down" the Reagan gold dust on the 99% - yeah right! That yellow tricking down ain't gold dust! Wake up America!

http://pos.org/clients/corporations/

On Maldonado Campaign Poll Claims Congressional Race Is Dead Heat

Posted on July 15 at 4:05 p.m.

A few significant facts that Nick had included in previous articles but neglected to mention here - Joni Gray, 4th District Supervisor (includes Lompoc) running for re-election, was forced to recuse herself from any further discussions regarding LHCDC last year due to her "conflicts of interest". As County Assessor Geis discovered, Joni's husband was paid as LHCDC's attorney and her assistant, Sue Warnstrom, was LHCDC's 2010 President & VP prior to that. Warnstrom unexpectedly retired late in June without explanation and had "no comment" when contacted regarding her retirement! Gray also declined to comment and referred questions to Warnstrom.

This fiasco has gone on for years too long. Belatedly, Lompoc City Council hired Urban Futures to review and provide a report on the "pedigree" of all loans granted to LHCDC by the city. The city estimated this would take approximately 30 days once a consultant was hired. Urban Futures’ report was expected in June. Instead an update was provided at a council meeting May 15th - as reported in the Lompoc Record on May 17th "Steven Dukett, of Urban Futures, Inc., which was contracted by the city to revue the documents, said a report will likely be finished by early July. " As is the case with just about everything relating to LHCDC, Lompoc residents are still on hold waiting to hear anything more on that.

During Oral Communications at that Council Meeting, Carol Benham, requested grants - which do not have to be repaid - be included and why that is important. Grants were not included in the original request to Urban Futures.

Carol is a local reporter who has published numerous articles re LHCDC over the past 18 month. Councilman Bob Lingl announced LHCDC was the topic in his invite to his recent meet-up with the public, “Coffee with Bob”. Carol attended and requesting her comments, Bob said, "Carol Benham is our LHCDC expert”.

Carol's request & explanation to the City Council: (normally limited to 5 minutes she requested and was granted more time - this is indeed very complicated, convoluted & outrageous to say the least!). VERY WORTH THE WATCH!!
http://www1.cityoflompoc.com/councilv...

To read Carol's personal story on how she came to be involved, her articles among Nick Welsh’s and others including in the Lompoc Record today, the Grand Jury report and more significant details (not inclusive, i.e., not all LHCDC properties are linked on the map here): http://lhcdcinfo.com/index.html

If you agree with 457 others (and growing) the DA needs to get involved, please sign the petition linked there & post to your FB pages too!! EVERY taxpayer in Lompoc and SB County should be demanding this …and sooner rather than later!

To go directly to the petition::
http://signon.org/sign/district

On Criminal Investigation into Lompoc Housing On the Way

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