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Ukiah Mendocino: Hey Monster Mall Folks – Lighten Up! (Video and Free Concert Announcement)

In Vote No on Measure A on September 7, 2009 at 8:47 pm

From JANIE SHEPPARD
Ukiah

Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing. ~Willam James

DDR generously, but erroneously, attributes to my organizing skills the sing-a-long at their recent “town hall” in Redwood Valley. Kudos should be directed to The Bronnettes for their clever lyrics and singing! The subject of the meeting was Measure A, the initiative to put a monster mall on the old Masonite site. Watch the YouTube video of the sing-a-long portion of the meeting below.

In the video, DDR accuses The Bronnettes of disrupting the meeting.   But if you look at the video, it’s plain to see that the meeting hadn’t begun; the room is nearly empty.  The sing-a-long was simply a bit of pre-meeting entertainment.   Hardly what I’d call “disruption.”

Why do so many oppose Measure A? If passed, Measure A would:  (1) Allow an Ohio corporation to bypass local planning regulations that the rest of us have to follow; (2) Avoid review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA); (3) Replace jobs at existing local businesses with minimum wage jobs at the monster mall; (4) Create traffic nightmares; (5) Create polluting runoff from a huge parking lot; (6) Use lots of scarce water; and (7) Divert shopping dollars from downtowns across the county to big corporations that have no stake in Mendocino County.

Although I did not organize the sing-a-long (people pay me not to sing), it pleases me to see that it got DDR’s goat.  And that’s a sign DDR fears the voters will turn down Measure A. Vote No on Measure A!

SOLE challenges DDR to debate here

Save Our Local Economy (SOLE) website here

Ukiah Blog posts on the Masonite Monster Mall here

Just Announced! Free Concert to Save Our Local Economy, co-sponsored by Mulligan Books, at Nelson Family Vineyards, Sunday Sept 20, 4 pm featuring:

Spencer Brewer
Elena Casanova
Joel Cohen
Alex de Grassi
The Hansen and Raitt Band
John Mattern
Pura Vida
Will Siegel

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