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California Coastal Commission prepares to burn folks out of Malibu

Saturday, May 30th, 2009

This video does a lot to address the dangers of fire safety with regards to the SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS CONSERVANCY’s push for overnight camping (with complicity of CALIFORNIA COASTAL COMMISSION) in an extremely dangerous part of Malibu the Los Angeles County Fire Department calls a CLASS 4 HAZARDOUS FIRE ZONE.

Just in time for fire season!

Sound like a good idea to you?

We didn’t think so …

BUT the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy thinks so, AND is going to do everything they can to convince California it is just a case of “those” pesky Malibu residents wanting to keep people out of Malibu instead of truthfully saying California families want to save their homes and save you, me, and the rest of California Billions of Dollars we don’t have fighting fires that we ought not be fighting.

We love marshmallow roasts- just not in Category 4 Fire Hazard zones.

So we think it’s a good idea to put you on notice:

If the California Coastal Commission and Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy allow overnight camping in Ramierez Canyon and there is a fire and lives and/or property is lost… we have one heck of a case for gross negligence.

Who else can we name?

Did you know the AG spent nearly $2 billion dollars of OUR MONEY defending the California Coastal Commission in litigation in 2008… Heck yeah, that’s a lot of Marshmallows.

That number is just an estimate.

SINS OF COMMISSION has been looking for the actual number. The California Coastal Commission’s website conveniently doesn’t show their litigation costs. It is buried somewhere deep somewhere else. It is not listed on the governor’s budget site either.

Why?

Because if the real numbers are known, people all over California would pissed off, and would want to roast more than marshmallows.

Video courtesy of  http://www.safecanyons.com. Fire footage is from the Corral Fire in 2007.


California Coastal Commission - paganism, politics, and proportionality

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

Memorial Day Weekend 2009 -California, USA

proportionality

pro·por·tion·al (prə-pôr’shə-nəl, )

  1. Forming a relationship with other parts or quantities; being in proportion.
  2. Properly related in size, degree, or other measurable characteristics; corresponding: Punishment ought to be proportional to the crime.
  3. Mathematics. Having the same or a constant ratio.

n.

One of the quantities in a mathematical proportion.

proportionality pro·portion·al’i·ty (-shə-nălĭ-tē) n.
proportionally pro·por’tion·al·ly adv.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Proportional Rights

Proportional Rights are responsibilities. In regards to the California Coastal Commission’s regulatory focus, many along the coast who have been and continue to be bearing the brunt of state supported tyranny think there needs to be remodeling of the system from top to bottom, yet that most vital and necessary of constitutional discourses, an open, free, debate seems to be missing.  If it is supposed to take place at a California Coastal Commission meeting… fuggedaboutit.

I describe myself as a Radical Pagan Heretic

-Peter Douglas, Executive Director, California Coastal Commission

The California Coastal Commission is being led by a self-proclaimed pagan and I want to find out what the heck he is talking about.  But before I proceed, let me be clear that this article is not a discussion about anyone’s right to hold any religious beliefs,  and the freedom to practice those beliefs.  Mr. Douglas put it out there - so lets find out, shall we?

Radical Paganism

Since the later 20th century, “Pagan” or “Paganism” has become widely used as a self-designation by adherents of  Neopaganism  

Neo-Pagan religious movements are extremely diverse, with beliefs that range widely from polytheism [ many deities] to animism, [it is generally accepted that "animism" refers to the belief that non-human entities,... plants, as well as inanimate (spiritless) objects such as rocks, can have souls.

( Source: Wikipedia)

Rocks may have souls but they don't vote, at least on this planet, at this time - or at least not legally.  So, if it comes down to a rock being safe and secure on their land ...or people being safe on theirs...call me crazy...but I'm going to stand with the people...and you can quote me on that.

Viewing the leader of the California Coastal Commission, through the prism of paganism, one can begin to see why people, especially people with families are held in such low regard and how fire may play a role in shaping more than the environment in California.

In one fell swoop, we can understand how an omnipotent organization, (all three branches combined is in essence omnipotent) lead by an unelected person with an very different from mainstream American, philosophical beliefs, could have created a system out of proportion with human rights.

This is  why our founding fathers believed it was important we Americans elect, not appoint our leaders...so we can vet important things like this that may be contrary to the good of the people.

A coastal act is a good thing. California's coastal act is not, and needs serious repair. First thing that comes to mind is good old-fashioned term limits for a certain coastal czar.  One can easily see, how this ideological demigod - lets face it, who else has been in power for over 30 years...IN AMERICA, can pervert the best of intentions to possibly fit an ideological/religious agenda.

Socialism Ascendant

Arguably, socialism is ascendant in America, on the march from coast to coast with the ever-elusive ideology of “the greater good” (an amorphous buzz-word  akin to "silent majority") in tow, as its calling card to jackboot an individual’s rights.  Not every aspect of Socialism is beneficent. I am an individual and bristle at the notion of collectivism.

Wetlands or wet land?

In this context, it is easy to see how a rut or a pot hole filled with water arms the California Coastal Commission with the means to establish a full blown wetland for the purpose of enacting a taking of private property, and sheds light on how they bend and twist our language to serve the task.

The California Coastal Commission’s definition of development is like nothing remotely humanely reasonable. It is so twisted, that even walking across your own land, according to Mr. Douglas, is now construed as development.

I consider myself a tolerant person. Douglas in word and deed is not.  Perhaps this explains how the DIS-proportionality of punishment meted out against people became so cruel?   I’d invite you to see the movie at a film festival and decide for yourself, but the film is being BANNED - or at any rate politically blocked.  Did you know not one California Film festival including San Francisco and Los Angeles will screen SINS OF COMMISSION?  What is everyone afraid of finding out?

Proportionality is not a new concept. They had proportionality in land dealings. Specifically as to those inherent responsibilities and to those assigned by laws like the Assize of Arms in 1181.

Wetlands or wet land?

When you look at the Coastal Commissions fines they are the same for corporation s and individuals. To corps they are water off a ducks back… to people, multiple thousands of dollars per day fines are weapons of mass destruction – because there is no proportion as to form or capacity.

But that is their plan. Bankrupt the people. Pick up their land for pennies on the dollar. AND It is succeeding in California.

Doesn’t it make sense, if you are an American with a sense of fairness from either party, that it is high time we restore the California Coastal Commission to the same civilized standard we use in the rest of our democratic society?

Out with the notion of an autocratic leader, restore the CCC to the norms of a humanistic democratic electoral system, and restructure the current dysfunctional system from the top down.

People deserve better.

Now it is easy to see how the California Coastal Commission’s rhetoric of “freeing” land for the people – is anything but freeing…and nothing good for the people. Yet, not surprisingly, California courts side with the commission most of the time.

Why?

Even if you don’t live in California, what happens here is going to set a set precedent for you. Courts love precedent.

On this day when we remember the brave who gave up their lives to defend our country from fascism, say a prayers for California firefigthers and first responders as fire season shifts into gear.

Its time to stand up and protect our rights for us today, and for future generations.

It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government : of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address - Thursday, November 19, 1863

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California Coastal Commission - Burns them out again

Friday, May 8th, 2009

They have to burn, they will burn,” said Coast Commission spokeswoman Sarah Christie.

State rules protecting maritime chaparral place homeowner’s lives at risk

California Families who have long bristled at the immense authority of the California Coastal Commission, contend that state rules protecting maritime chaparral have placed homeowners at risk and exacerbated the fire danger.

Although the commission flatly rejects that assertion, ( of course they would)  SINS OF COMMISSION thinks not- as this 2008 interview reveals -

Chaparral thrives up and down the coast- from Southern California up to Mendocino County-and is what the fire department calls fuel beds for fires.

Problem is maritime chaparral is designated by California Coastal Commission as “environmentally sensitive habitat” and protected by law,theoretically because “it is susceptible to disturbance or degradation by human activities” -  but the State Fire Marshal is responsible for the public’s safety.

Who is in charge? The California Coastal Commission…. or the state Fire Marshal?

Did the California Coastal Commission say endangered? Sensitive? Susceptible to disturbance? we think not.

It is estimated the so called “sensitive” shrub blankets 1.3 million acres across the state, or more. Others, including an expert from the [California] State Department of Fish and Game and those who have analyzed the issue for the Coastal Commission - meaning paid to say, believe it is closer to 20,000 acres but that it may appear far more widespread because other varieties of plants are mixed in.

Whatever the acreage, California Coastal Families say the commission’s chaparral-protection rule blocks them from taking even basic precautions against wildfires, such as cutting a defensive perimeter around their homes, or from remodeling or expanding structures on their property.

( Source: Capitol Weekly)

The statement means that “people will have their land effectively condemned based upon the personal opinion of one person, the expert the county or commission requires them to hire to do a biological assessment of their property as part of the permit process.

The commission emphatically denies that its regulations contribute to the fire danger, and notes that the state generally defers to local fire agencies in emergencies on questions of local property protection. But many homeowners who were forced to evacuate and huddle with neighbors aren’t buying that at all: The chaparral, they believe, contributed to the lightning-sparked Big Sur fires, which …destroyed 20 homes and charred at least 72,000 acres.

The central message here for us is that the maritime chaparral, like the San Diego coast sage shrub, are not just fire-prone, they are fire-dependent. They have evolved over a millennium to require fire to regenerate. They have to burn, they will burn,” said Coast Commission spokeswoman Sarah Christie.

( Source: Capitol Weekly)

SINS OF COMMISSION vehemently disagrees, and firefighters like Mr. Franklin concur.

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California Coastal Commission burns more Californians out

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

If you’ve been following my blogs, you know I’ve continually addressed wildfires and public safety with the simple question:

“What are we going to do in 2009 that is different from 2008, and 2007?

The answer seems to be nothing, because the California Coastal Commission still prohibits brush management in the coastal zone in  large areas under their control, and as long as they do there… will be huge fires.

That’s the plan- that’s their goal.

My theory is that the California Coastal Commission wants Californians out of the California Coastal Zone - just ask the folks at Laswon’s Landing.

Any school kid knows: Action speak louder than words.

And if the California Coastal Commission can’t regulate California families out,  bankrupt them, or force them out,  as I say in the film… “they rock on their heels and wait” - knowing they’ve created a system of brush mis-management guaranteed to burn them out.

I’ve said so for years. I’ve said it in the documentary film SINS OF COMMISSION, and I’m saying it again now. Scott Franklin, a retired LA COUNTY fire officer is saying it - but no one can hear us, because there seems to be a concerted effort to block our message -  no film festival in the state of California will screen SINS OF COMMISSION.

The only one responsible for fire safety under the constitution of California is the state fire marshal, not these bozos.

-Richard Oshen, Director- SINS OF COMMISSION

How a land regulatory agency usurped that authority is beyond me… that’s a different discussion for other people called legislators - but its high time we take from them what was never supposed to be theirs.

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Overnight helicopter water drops and calming wind helped crews Wednesday hold off a wildfire that forced the evacuation of 1,200 homes.

Some 2,000 homes were threatened by the 400-acre fire north of the city that portended an early start to California’s annual wildfire siege.

Less than six months ago, a wind-driven, 2,000-acre blaze destroyed more than 200 homes in Santa Barbara and neighboring Montecito.

(Source: Yahoo)

Why doesn’t California have an early warning monitoring system for thermal build-up like they do for Tsunamis or Earthquakes?

I’ll tell you why.

3 words: all begin with “c”

California Coastal Commission

The California Coastal Commission won’t allow it.

By the way, this kind of system can be used in any fire hazard zone in US,  Australia - or anyplace else.

We have the tools and the technology.

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California Coastal Commission - Tyranny by Small Changes

Monday, May 4th, 2009

By changing course in incremental, small steps, over a long period of time, no one saw the Coastal Commission’s changes to the BIG picture along the coast of California.  Everyone’s attention was skillfully diverted to the beach. No one thought to turn around and look the other way at the thievery in Broad Daylight going on in the hills.

Since most actions involved individual homeowners, and the commission has case-by-case discretion how to apply its arsenal of dirty tricks the California Coastal Commission’s inconsistencies on a case-by-case could not be proven…Until SINS OF COMMISSION.

If the California Coastal Commission made a statement it was taken as fact. For instance. A pothole in a road in the coastal zone becomes a wetland or a mud puddle on a farm where cows roll on a hot summers day is also deemed a wetland.

If I peed on the dirt, that too woud be a wetland as defined by the California Coastal Commission. Roman law had a phrase for this same standard, still in use today: Ipse Dixit. Literally, ‘he himself said it’.  In other words, ‘because I said so.”

SINS OF COMMISSION approached many people living in coastal California who’ve had dealings with the commission, to see if they would talk about their experience on camera. Even today - people refuse because they had a case before the commission, or are about to begin one.  Nobody wants to exacerbate their current predicament nor be dragged up and down the coast, meeting after meeting, only to be postponed or dismissed at the whim of the commission.

When People fear government there is Tyranny… When Government fears People there is Liberty.

-Thomas Jefferson

Extortion by any other name…

US Supreme Court

US Supreme Court

In Nollan v. California Coastal Commission U.S. 825 (1987) The United States Supreme Court found the California Coastal Commission guilty of extortion and specifically prohibited the commission from conditioning building permits in exchange for land.

However, the commission found a way to circumvent the court’s ruling.

By inventing a new requirement for permit approval called a “dedication of property,” the commission was able to continue exacting land without fear of legal recourse nor loss of property tax revenue.

SINS OF COMMISSION also found out that previous attempts to restore balance and fairness to the commission by acts of legislature, no matter how slight, were greeted with the loudest howls from those who stand to lose should the lopsided system find balance.

Impunitas semper ad deteriora invitat

-Impunity always leads to greater crimes.

For instance -

In 1988, AB 4122, a bill that would prohibit Coastal Commission members from engaging in political fund-raising activities, was introduced by Tom Hayden. It was defeated.

In yet another glaring example of the coastal commission’s deceptive self-serving practice, Senator Denise Ducheny, a Democrat, Introduced SB 1295

BILL NUMBER: SB 1295 INTRODUCED
BILL TEXT

INTRODUCED BY Senator Ducheny

FEBRUARY 19, 2008

An act to amend Section 30625 of the Public Resources Code,
relating to coastal resources.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

SB 1295, as introduced, Ducheny. California Coastal Act of 1976:
coastal development permit: appeal.
The California Coastal Act of 1976 provides for the planning and
regulation of development, under a coastal development permit
process, within the coastal zone, as defined. Existing law provides
that, after certification of a local program, any appealable action
on a coastal development permit or claim of exemption for any
development by a local government or port governing body may be
appealed to the California Coastal Commission by an applicant for a
permit, any aggrieved person, or any 2 members of the commission.

This bill would revise that provision to eliminate an appeal by 2
members of the California Coastal Commission.


Why should a commission be able to appeal itself? Doesn’t that makes sense?

That’s why it was defeated.

Unfortunately for all Californians,  underhanded craftiness, malevolent intentions, and criminal trespass is how the California Coastal Commission has been able to hoodwink everyone,  get away with what they do - like fill in a the Temescal Swimming Pool in The Santa Monica Recreation Area and why, I surmise, they didn’t want me to photograph them at a “inspection”.

Coercion in the darkness is Its always easier for the California Coastal Commission.

Just ask the Sterling Family.

Sins of Commission evicts California Coastal Commission

Friday, May 1st, 2009

Imagine my surprise when I saw SINS OF COMMISSION ranked #1 above Wikipedia and the always ready to toss out defenseless kids and elders out of Temescal swimming pool - so their supporters can park their butts and picnic after an arduous hike across other people’s property, California Coastal Commission.

How is this tossing people out of a pool consistent with the California Coastal Commission’s stated mission:

To protect, conserve, restore, and enhance the environment of the California coastline.

(source: Wikipedia)

Thought that’s why the called it the SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS RECREATION AREA. You know, there are other ways to recreate other than hiking.  Swimming is recreating, Volley Ball is recreating, Baseball is recreating,  Soccer is recreating, flying a kite, etc., etc.

We also landed on page two with our recent blog about how the California Coastal Commission screwed over yet another local community.

Think I’ll run an encore presentation of a recent clip to remind every one about the California Coastal Commission’s evil intent and dastardly deeds - Just for the heck of it…as a reminder of what’s really going on along the treacherous California Coast.

Somalia has their pirates… and California has theirs!


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Dan Sterling & Family - photo Credit: Nina Pellegrini

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