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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Richardson Grove Update-CALTRANS Pressing Ahead-Project To Start February, 2011

Artist conception of 101 through Humboldt County after the Big Box invasion

We have urgent and last ditch efforts to make ahead of this looming CALTRANS deadline. In spite of the fact that two lawsuits have been filed (one in Federal Court in San Francisco under NEPA and one in State Court under CEQA that has been moved to Humboldt County) CALTRANS is pressing ahead.

Right now they are applying for one of the last permits needed from the Regional Water Control Board. Comments are due by DECEMBER 10 so we need to act quickly.
Letters need to be sent to:
Also, please see this article at:
which shows how CALTRANS does not hesitate to pollute our waterways - their claims that they do no damage are entirely bogus.

As you are aware, we have a new Governor-elect so let's put some pressure on Jerry Brown to stop this madness. Jerry made an election-eve appearance at the Samoa Cookhouse and is familiar with Humboldt County and voters here helped to elect him. Let's try for some payback! Encourage him to put the project on hold pending further review or, ideally, stop it completely. Send emails to:
or mail to:
Governor-elect Jerry Brown
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814.

Remember, these STAA trucks negotiate the Grove every day without incident. This project is merely make-work for CALTRANS and will prove not just damaging to the ancient trees but to the way of life we favor in this County. Let's take a lesson from the Tea Party and activate our grassroots support to take action - we can do it!