Adopted 2021 Budget and elected our Leadership Team: Karen Bowers, Chair; Lee Finney, Vice-Chair; Jim Havlena, Financial Liaison; Jane Persons, Secretary; Ken Fennell ad Susan Savage, Central Committee Liaison; Phoenix Trent, Tech Support
Voted to send a letter to the Board of Supervisors (BOS) in support of SCORE’s request for a comprehensive audit of the Mendocino County Sheriffs Office. Here is the link to sign on.
Voted to join the Grassroots Institute in a letter to the BOS to allocate funds from the American Rescue Act and the PG & E settlement for specific climate-related projects. Here is the link to read the letter.
Voted to send a letter of support for the Mendocino Trail Stewards to Senator Mike McGuire to end logging with the Jackson Demonstration State Forest and create the Mendocino Coast Redwoods Reserve. Here is the link to the Trail Stewards’ petition.
Organized a postcard writing event to send 1200 postcards to Mendocino County targeted voters to support Governor Gavin Newsom and defeat the Republican Recall. Mendocino County voted 70% in favor of retaining the Governor. Sign-waved and rallied in support of the Governor.
Participated in the Celebration of Women Gaining the Right to Vote 101 Years Ago with the Mendocino County Women's Political Caucus and the League of Women Voters at the Kelley House Museum on August 21, 2021.
In lieu of our regular meeting on October 7, we asked members to join us at the MENDOCINO COUNTY REDISTRICTING ADVISORY COMMISSION'S PUBLIC WORKSHOP as for the next ten years, many decisions that affect our daily lives will be impacted by the boundaries of our SUPERVISORIAL DISTRICTS. Population has increased in all of the districts except District 4. Our Club includes District 4 (Gjerde) and District 5 (Willliams). The Advisory Redistricting Commission presented its recommended Maps 9 and 10 to the Board of Supervisors. Draft 12 below is likely to be adopted by the Board of Supervisors in December, 2021.
The Club met on Nov. 4 at Jughandle to talk about priorities for Club activism in local elections in 2022. There are either incumbents running or open seat elections for a number of local offices including:
Board of Supervisors District
Fort Bragg City Council
Healthcare Board of Directors
Superintendent of Schools
The Leadership Team met on 11-11 and unanimously agreed to support Resolution 21 before the Board of Supervisors on 11-15 requesting the Governor conduct a science-based study of the management practices in Jackson Demonstration State Forest to to determine whether such practices align with the 30 by 30 goals of the State and the end deforestation goals set by President Biden.
TELL THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
YOU SUPPORT SCIENTIFIC REVIEW OF JACKSON DEMONSTRATION STATE FOREST (JDSF)
Monday, November 15 Board of Supervisors will consider:
Resolution No.21 (see below)
Requesting Scientific Review of JDSF
(Sponsors: Supervisor Williams and Supervisor Gjerde)
HERE'S HOW TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT:
BEFORE SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 14:
Email support letter to firstname.lastname@example.org re: Agenda Item 4.a, Resolution 21
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15: call in support by signing up for Telecomments
RESOLUTION NO. 21
RESOLUTION OF THE MENDOCINO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS REQUESTING SCIENTIFIC REVIEW OF JACKSON DEMONSTRATION STATE FOREST
WHEREAS, the science is convincing that our existential fight against climate change demands expanded effort to store carbon in the State's natural and working lands to remove it from the atmosphere; and
WHEREAS, the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors embraces the responsibility to mitigate the systemic risks climate change poses to humans and natural systems; and
WHEREAS, on October 7, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom, through an executive order, committed the State of California to a goal of protecting 30% of California's land and coastal waters by 2030; and
WHEREAS, in November, 2021, leaders of more than 100 countries, including the United States, held climate talks in Glasgow and President Biden pledged to end deforestation by 2030; and
WHEREAS, the Governor's executive order directs the State's Natural Resources Agency to draw up a plan by February 1, 2022; and
WHEREAS, the County of Mendocino has an integral role to play in helping the State achieve its 30 by 30 climate goal encouraged by California's Climate Change Scoping Plan for local governments to adopt to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 15% below 1990's levels by 2020, 40% below 1990's levels by 2030 and 80% below 1990's levels by 2050; and
WHEREAS, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has adopted commercial Timber Harvest Plans for Jackson Demonstration State Forest based on goals not yet refreshed to reflect the State's recent climate commitments and has commenced logging; and
WHEREAS, science-based forest management is vital to bolstering long term forest health, improving forest resiliency from wildfire, protecting wildlife habitat and riparian corridors; and
WHEREAS, the County of Mendocino respects the guidance of Mendocino's indigenours people, many of whom are calling to prioritize carbon sequestration and in-forest storage, preservation and protection of Native American cultural heritage, equitable access to public lands, and the protection of California's rare and endangered species; and
WHEREAS the State of California should ensure there is no inconsistency between Jackson Demonstration State Forest management goals and the adopted State of California climate change commitments.
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors urges Governor Newsom and the State's Natural Resources Agency to include any climate impacts of commercial logging on State lands in drawing up the plan to protect 30% of California's land use and coastal waters by 2030, and to publish a science-based report that evaluates carbon sequestration capacity and wildfire resiliency of current management practices, as well as alternate management scenarios, of Jackson Demonstration State Forest; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors strongly urges Governor Newsom to align Jackson Demonstration State Forest management goals with the adopted State of California climate change commitments, and to do so in a way that enhances the wide-ranging scientific, recreational and economic opportunities offered by Jackson Demonstration State Forest.