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The Parker Report - February 15, 2012

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Board Reverses Approval of Whispering Oaks

The Board of Supervisors reversed its approval of the Whispering Oaks Business Park, which included a bus maintenance yard for Monterey-Salinas Transit.  Supervisor Parker was the only vote against the project last summer.  She has opposed the project ever since, pointing out that alternative locations are available, including a site already owned by MST and the Marina airport.

The project, located in a heavily wooded area of the former Fort Ord, would have removed 3,000 to 4,000 trees and impacted a recreational trail that ran through the back of the property.  The vote was 4-1, with Supervisor Armenta dissenting.  The vote was in response to a referendum petition filed in August 2011, submitting nearly 18,000 signatures challenging the project.  The Supervisors had to decide whether to place the project on the June ballot or rescind their approval. After the hearing, Supervisor Parker expressed gratitude to the members of the public and many organizations who spoke in favor of better land-use planning.  “Forward-thinking residents of Monterey County rebelled against this poor decision, and ultimately the Supervisors realized they had made a mistake.”  During the hearing, some Supervisors who voted to rescind approval stated that they heard the views of residents, and realized they had made a “bad decision,” said one.

Board Approves Resolution on Methyl Iodide


Also at Tuesday’s Board meeting, the Supervisors approved a resolution asking Governor Jerry Brown to “reevaluate” the state’s approval of the use of Methyl Iodide.  The vote was 4-1, with Supervisor Calcagno dissenting.  “Methyl Iodide needs to be re-examined,” said Supervisor Parker.  “The threats to human health are too serious to proceed with the use of this chemical without further examination of the scientific evidence.” The vote occurred after several months of stakeholder meetings involving citizen groups, labor and agricultural companies in Monterey County.  Methyl Iodide was approved as a replacement for Methyl Bromide, which is supposed to be phased out due to its negative contributions to global warming.

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Hot Drinks and Hot Topics

Each week before a Board of Supervisors Meeting, Jane hosts a public meeting to review the upcoming Board agenda and listen to the thoughts and priorities of residents who attended. 

Seaside: Me 'n Ed's Pizza (2nd Mon.)
Marina: Mountain Mike's Pizza (3rd Mon.)
Salinas: Portobello's (4th Mon.)
When: 5:30 pm \u2013 6:30 pm on Monday\u2019s prior to weekly Board of Supervisor Meetings.
Upcoming dates in 2012 include: 


13th: Me-N-Ed's Pizza in Seaside

27th: Portobello's in Salinas



12th: Me-N-Ed's Pizza in Seaside

19th: Mountain Mike's Pizza in Marina

26th: Portobello's in Salinas



9th: Me-N-Ed's Pizza in Seaside

16th: Mountain Mike's Pizza in Marina

23rd: Portobello's in Salinas


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