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Owens Valley Zoning Changes

Postby jessegooddog » Sun Mar 09, 2014 8:00 pm

On Tuesday the 18th, the 5 Inyo County Supervisors will be voting whether to change 10% of Inyo's county land from open space and agriculture to INDUSTRIAL energy development. This is separate from the DWP's plans to put in huge solar "ranches" on land they own. Please go to our newly formed website http://www.deepestvalley.com and read about these changes which will forever change the landscape that we all love. There is an online petition, and email, addresses and phone numbers for contacting the supervisors. If you are in the area, the meeting starts at 10 am in the Supervisors meeting room next to the Independence courthouse.



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Re: Owens Valley Zoning Changes

Postby jessegooddog » Tue Mar 11, 2014 12:45 pm

The Board of Supervisors agreed to put off the draft decision until April 1st. Instead, we will have a workshop on the 18th. There is major opposition to this rezoning, and still time to write letters, sign the petition and make phone calls.
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Re: Owens Valley Zoning Changes

Postby acorad » Tue Mar 11, 2014 3:59 pm

Signed the petition.

Thanks Jesse.

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Re: Owens Valley Zoning Changes

Postby maverick » Tue Mar 11, 2014 4:19 pm

Also signed, please keep us updated Jesse.
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Re: Owens Valley Zoning Changes

Postby LMBSGV » Tue Mar 11, 2014 9:28 pm

Me, too. And thanks for posting this.

While I'm not sure how much influence people who are not actual constituents have, I hope the Deepest Valley people stress both the environmental and economic advantages of rooftop solar, and the possible economic effects on the tourist industry if the landscape is significantly altered. One would think that an area that suffered the consequences of Los Angeles water policy would be extremely wary about something like this.
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Re: Owens Valley Zoning Changes

Postby Fly Guy Dave » Wed Mar 12, 2014 6:38 am

Signed petition as well. Thanks for alerting us to this issue.
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Re: Owens Valley Zoning Changes

Postby Kelbaker » Wed Mar 12, 2014 10:13 am

Me too, Thank you for this.
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Re: Owens Valley Zoning Changes

Postby Rockchucker » Wed Mar 12, 2014 11:10 am

Almost everyone I know here in the OV is opposed, the problem is these people don't listen to a word we say, they look down their noses at all the locals and tend to listen to a bulk of people who may never visit the valley. The big money of the big cities trump anything we have to say. It happens time and again, I've been to lots of meeting, I was a board member for the natural resource board and quit because nothing we recommended was ever implemented. We are, sadly, at the mercy of the big dollar lawyers who are paid by lobby groups, none of which reside in the valley. It's sad, discouraging, and seemingly insurmountable problem. LA and San Francisco has the say, not the small guy. ](*,) :thumbsdown:
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Re: Owens Valley Zoning Changes

Postby LMBSGV » Wed Mar 12, 2014 9:33 pm

Rockchucker, if I'm reading your post correctly, you are saying the publicly elected Inyo County Board of Supervisors do not listen to their constituents, but rather the big money interests. While in the current corrupt political climate, that is the status quo, those supervisors are elected by the public.

On an issue like this, I've even seen corrupt elected public officials who, when faced with a choice of getting re-elected and retaining their power and position versus not getting re-elected, succumb to the public pressure and telling the big money interests they are better off having them in office and on their side most of the time versus getting someone with a mind of their own who will not be on their side. If the Inyo tourist businesses make clear their opposition and willingness to act on it, then maybe we'll get the right outcome.

And if the Inyo board still votes for it, if the majority of the people in Owens Valley really are opposed to this, then elect a majority to the board who are more responsive to the people of Owens Valley. Yes, to do that will probably require significant public righteous indignation and anger as well as a rather nasty political fight, but it can be done. I know because I've seen it happen. Sometimes, the small guy can win a particular battle if he/she wants to.
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Re: Owens Valley Zoning Changes

Postby Rockchucker » Thu Mar 13, 2014 6:29 am

LMBSGV

You are correct, I have a friend who is gathering signatures to get on the ballot now. He is running for the exact reasons you stated. The problem is almost nobody runs, it's the same people year after year. But it's not just the board, why was the valley picked to begin with? The solar plant will be on DWP land and they are pushing it. Their influence is so great in the valley many board members fear opposing them. They have control of 98% of private land available in the county, and mostly do as they please. If someone opposes them they bring out a panel of high dollar lawyers to get what they want. It's a no win situation.
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Re: Owens Valley Zoning Changes

Postby Vaca Russ » Thu Mar 13, 2014 6:49 am

Rockchucker wrote:If someone opposes them they bring out a panel of high dollar lawyers to get what they want. It's a no win situation.


"The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers." :D :) :D

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Re: Owens Valley Zoning Changes

Postby maverick » Thu Mar 13, 2014 9:33 am

Take this as public as possible, have any friends at the local newspapers? Put
pressure on the board, expose DWP for what they are, and get your state reps
involved. As Lawrence mentioned politcians want to say in office and we vote
them in, if they feel the heat they will do the right thing, but you all must be
ruthless as the other side even more so since you are on the right side of this.
I am no fan of the Sierra Club, but if you can pursuade them to join you, they
have no shortage of ruthless lawyers and political influence too.
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