The action alert we distributed the other day remains in effect. The Warbler’s Tree Sit Shuttle Service will again operate tomorrow and Friday — March 21st and 22nd. We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to ride over, visit the tree sit, and be of support in case of attempted construction activities or arrests by the California Highway Patrol. The tree sit shuttles depart from Bountiful Gardens’ storefront (near Our Yoga Center) in Evergreen Shopping Center, where Lo Bucks is located, on the south end of Willits. The shuttle service will start at 7 a.m. and continue throughout the morning.
You can stay posted to SOLLV’s electronic media tools — http://www.savelittlelakevalley.org, http://www.facebook.com/savelittlelakevalley, and our e-mail listserv — throughout the next few days. We will post bulletins as quickly as possible in case of major developments.
Though we again blocked Atlas Tree Surgery’s wood chipper machine from destroying habitat along the proposed CalTrans Bypass route on Monday, we fully expect them to return at some point this week. Also, we remain concerned about the possibility of an attempt by the California Highway Patrol to evict us.
For more than three weeks, CalTrans has attempted to construct a fence and destroy vegetation and trees. Day in and day out, supporters of The Warbler’s tree sit and defenders of Little Lake Valley have stopped them. We need your strength and support to keep going. Thank you so much for your help!
Take Action Now! Call or Write CalTrans Director Malcolm Dougherty!
Please immediately call, write, or email CalTrans Director Malcolm Dougherty to urge him to meet with State Senator Noreen Evans and representatives of Save Our Little Lake Valley to discuss alternative transportation solutions to CalTrans Willits Bypass Freeway. Last Friday and Sunday, several California Highway Patrol (CHP) flyovers of the Bypass footprint raised concerns that arrests would be made at Warbler’s tree-sit sometime this week. Please call Mr. Dougherty and urge him to begin discussions and seek peaceful solutions to this problem. Urge him to arrange a meeting with Senator Evans today.
Members of SOLLV are working extremely hard each day to pursue democratically determined solutions to the very serious concerns they have raised about CalTrans Freeway Bypass project. SOLLV has collected roughly 1,500 petition signatures in just over a month, as of this writing, asking “reconsideration of, and better solutions to, the CalTrans Bypass.”
SOLLV members have also engaged in meetings with legislators, canvassing of local residences, phone banking, tabling with educational literature at the post office and local grocery stores, raising money for a lawsuit, and supporting Warbler at the treesit.
On March 5, state senator Noreen Evans wrote Mr. Dougherty stating that, “It is disconcerting when after all these years many ranchers, farmers, local businesses, environmental groups, and ordinary citizens agree that the Willits Bypass, as it is presently conceived, should not be built.” To date, Senator Evans has not received a reply to her letter.
Here are three ways to contact CalTrans Director Dougherty
1. Call his office: 916-654-5267 (you may need to leave a message with his secretary, Sherry)
2. Email Malcolm Dougherty at Caltrans.Director@dot.ca.gov
3. Write a letter: Malcolm Dougherty, Director
P.O. Box 942873
Sacramento, CA 94273-0001
Sign the Petition to Cancel the Caltrans Bypass
Help us get to 1000 signatures by the end of the week! Please sign, and share with others. The more signatures we get the stronger the message we can send to local and national politicians. It will only take a minute.