Newsletter#80 2020 is a wrap

For openers here is some Christmas cheer. Word is that this year poinsettias make people happy. So I am going to shower you with some happy and hopefully you will be very happy by the end of this newsletter.

Words of wisdom.
The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”
—Dan Millman
“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the

existing model obsolete.” —Buckminster Fuller

This is our mantra going forward

Thank you for participating in the Sentinel Environmental award. We did get nominated and an honorable mention. Presentation Thursday, December 10th at 7 pm.

The four recipients of the 2020 Community Sentinel Award for Environmental Stewardship were Edith Abeyta of North

Braddock, Pennsylvania, Yvette Arellano of Houston, Texas, and Brenda Jo “BJ” McManama of Fairmont, West Virginia.

During the ceremony, they will also recognize 29 other spectacular individuals who were nominated for this award.

Good job people. You Got SLO on the map and in very good company of like minded, caring community activist. We can help each other. So thank you very much. Here’s a link if you want to attend it’s a pay as you can. https://www.fractracker.org/sentinels Thank you.

Update Grand Jury complaint: The Grand Jury is passing the complaint onto the new Jury taking charge in January. The complaint ended up being 163 pages with all the bells and whistles. I suspect it was too much for them to handle before their term expired. I did try to keep it simple and straight forward. But never mind. We have waited this long and since this is about abandoning the old way of doing things and introducing a brand new way of doing business with our elected officials – New year. New way. New Perfect.

Important: Call to Action. The Board of Supervisors needs to hear from us about a renewal on a moratorium on sewage sludge. Sludge is nasty stuff. Poop. David Broadwater and

Holly Sletterland has been Championing this cause for 23 years. And here’s the deal. NOTICE: Sewage Sludge Land Application Ordinance
SLO County Board of Supervisors

Agenda Item: Extend Ordinance until 2026

On December 15th, the SLO County Board of Supervisors will conduct a public hearing and vote on whether to extend the current interim moratorium ordinance on sewage sludge land application until March 31, 2026. Our position is we want the moratorium extended on no uncertain terms.

Contact the Board Clerk and/or your supe with your comment. Contact info below. You can text, email or leave a 3-minute message that will be played aloud at the meeting. COOL.

This ordinance has been successfully protecting SLO County’s ground and surface water, soil, air. food, agricultural viability, public health and wildlife since 2004, when our county took control over sewage sludge land application from the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board due to the inadequacy of its oversight and permission of land application of excessively polluted sewage sludge.

“Numerous State and local agencies, as well as private citizens, non-profit agencies and other interested parties were involved in the development of the original ordinance. And to make this even more relevant and critical to our safety and wellbeing consider… we are in Covid Mode….

If a few droplets from an infected person can expose you to covid imagine what poop on your food could do. We are talking about sewage contaminated with covid and spreading it on food crops that end up on our table. It also is a runoff issue that ends up in the creeks and water supply. This Board needs to feel your disgust and disdain about spreading covid with sewage sludge and therefore extend the moratorium. Click links.

https://www.slocounty.ca.gov/Departments/Board-of- Supervisors/Board-Meetings,-Agendas-and-Minutes.aspx Board Meetings, Agendas and Minutes check back on Wednesday to see what agenda item # it is to put on your submission.

BofS & Clerk Email Addresses: ad_board_clerk@co.slo.ca.us, darnold@co.slo.ca.us, jpescho ng@co.slo.ca.us, bgibson@co.slo.ca.us, lcompton@co.slo.ca.u s

This is what we are dealing with.

Despite over 600 emails and calls to the Board opposing raising the campaign financing amount from $4700 to $25,000 the Board passed it while intentionally dismissing and ignoring the fact that the 3rd district was not represented. Good example of very poor leadership and dishonorable and shameful behavior by elected officials. They could have postponed the vote until the vacancy was

filled but instead didn’t care if all the voters in the 3rd district were MIA.

Governor Newsom appointed Dawn Ortiz-Legg as 3rd district interim but not in time to get in on the vote. So just a heads up on what we are dealing with with this Board. Please let them know how you feel about extending the moratorium on the poop ordinance. Give the Board your 2 cents. It’s worth it.

Thank you.

And, lastly Brittany local wonder woman filmmaker,
Where there once was water, photographer, farmer had a

brain storm. As a fundraising idea she put her photos on facemasks. So if you would like something unique and original here is the link https://www.redbubble.com/people/brittanyapp/shop. You could frame them after the pandemic is over. They are works of art. I got the dahlia. I thougth it was a lotus either way it is beautiful.

Well, That’s it for 2020 friends. Are you Happy yet? Just in case, here is a big beautiful 2020 sendoff.

And a big warm and cozy 2021 welcome to Peace on Earth

So much Love my friends

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