Take Action! Are you a Mendocino “Stakeholder”? — “Right To Industry” vs. “Right To Democracy”…


[This is how they will try and prevent us from opposing the population-center slaughterhouse… What’s next, “Right To Retail” so we can’t protest Walmart expansion? Hardly any precedence for this anywhere in the country. Why us? Why now? This is nothing but a Chamber of Commerce / Employers Council / Realtors / Builders Exchange sucker punch. -DS]

Redwood Valley

It has come to my attention that the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors intends to vote on a Mendocino County “Right to Industry” Ordinance on December 10, 2013.  This ordinance has now been revised by “County Staff” and will be presented to the Board for a vote on December 10th.

The Mendocino County CEO just initiated a 6-Day Public Comment Period which ends on December 10, 2013.  The CEO lists various “Stakeholders” forgetting to include Mendocino County Residents, the major stakeholders, in its quest for public comments.

This “Right to Industry” Ordinance (which reads like an “Industry Protection Racket”), would protect current and future industrial operations from complaints by neighbors for a wide variety of problems that should be addressed on the local level by our supervisors who are elected to represent the interests of all the people of Mendocino County.

The information below was forwarded to me on December 4, 2013.  I am making the assumption from the information below that the “Public” is not considered a “Stakeholder” by the Mendocino County Executive Office or the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors.

Please note that your feedback or public comments should also be directed to the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors.

Note also that only “certain Stakeholders” have been advised of this public comment period.

See their latest draft of the proposed “Right to Industry” Ordinance.  See Draft.

This is just an FYI for you… I hope that you will make sure that the public knows about this public comment period & Board Meeting Date.

Ava Peterson

Subject: Your Feedback is Requested for the Proposed Right to Industry Ordinance
Date: Wed, 04 Dec 2013 08:34:02 -0800
From: Mendocino County Executive Office <ceo@co.mendocino.ca.us>
To: Mendocino County Executive Office <ceo@co.mendocino.ca.us>
Dear Stakeholders,
The Mendocino County Executive Office is sending you this item on behalf of Supervisors Carre Brown and John McCowen, who are the sponsors of the proposed Right to Industry Ordinance. We wish to obtain official feedback and commentary from your respective organizations on amendments made to this proposed ordinance, which you may find attached to this email. The organizations represented in this email, and from whom we wish to obtain feedback by the Board of Supervisors’ December 10 Board Meeting, are as follows:
Employers Council of Mendocino County (ECMC)
Ukiah City Council
Fort Bragg City Council
Willits City Council
Ukiah Chamber of Commerce
Willits Chamber of Commerce
Fort Bragg Chamber of Commerce
Economic Development and Financing Corporation (EDFC)
North Coast Builder’s Exchange
North Bay Association of REALTORS (Local Chapter)
The Mendocino Winegrowers Inc.
Mendocino Redwood Company
Pinoleville Pomo Nation

Your feedback  is requested on this proposed ordinance during a 6-day comment period, which begins today, December 4, 2013, and will close Tuesday, December 10, 2013. Please send all feedback from your organization to Brandon Merritt in the Executive Office at merrittb@co.mendocino.ca.us by Tuesday, December 10, 2013 with subject line “Official Feedback for Proposed Right to Industry Ordinance.” You also may fax the Executive Office at 707-463-5649 or send official comments via mail to: Mendocino County Executive Office, 501 Low Gap Road, Room 1010, Ukiah, CA 95482.This proposed ordinance is scheduled to go before the Board of Supervisors onTuesday, December 10, 2013. Please see the published Board agenda at http://www.co.mendocino.ca.us/bos/meetings/PublishedMeetings.htm for the most up to date timing of this item next Tuesday.

Please find attached the draft proposed Right to Industry Ordinance for your review. We look forward to receiving your commentary on this draft.
– Mendocino County Executive Office

One Comment

Is this the board of supervisors way to get in a meat processing plant in Ukiah and not have any of the residents or possible neighbors be able to complain? Just wondering about issues like this because it will make it harder for residents to have a say about any industry nuisance in their neighborhoods or in the county as a whole.