October 18, 2019

CCofCC Seeks “protection of citizen’s health, safety, welfare, and prosperity”

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Press Release from the Concerned Citizens of Central California:

To the citizens of Fresno, Madera, and Mariposa Counties:

Concerned Citizens of Central California hereby notify you that they have formally demanded the County Board of Supervisors and Sheriffs, as responsible representatives of our communities bring together all agencies to devise an emergency plan of action.

The purpose is to secure local control for the protection of citizen’s health, safety, welfare, and prosperity. Some resolutions have been passed at the county level, but no actions have taken place to regain local control of our Sierra National Forest, leading to massive water loss, and catastrophic fires.

Even with a forecast of a strong El Nino this year with above average rainfall, there will be further environmental complications. Increased rainfall from El Nino will bring mudslides and silt into the watershed, the streams, and the rivers killing the fish, making the water unpotable, and useless for our valley agricultural industry.

Without major changed in forest management, the fire danger will increase next year, and the drought will continue.

The whole community is coming together as the current conditions are so destructive that it is burning down the forest, killing wildlife, including the various endangered species. The only way to correct this mismanagement is to work with the US Forest Service using local county controls. The effects of this drought and high fire danger causing natural and socioeconomic disaster will be with us for generations.

Below is a sample letter, which has been mailed to the County Supervisors and Sheriffs in all three counties:

The residents of Fresno, Madera, and Mariposa Counties hereby inform you that degraded conditions in the County forests are endangering the health, safety, welfare and prosperity of all County citizens, businesses, public and private lands.

 Concerned Citizens of Central California request the immediate focused attention and decisive action of all three counties’ Boards of Supervisors as we address the complex issues that this catastrophe presents. We have lost the luxury of time for study and planning. Prompt action is crucial to protect our residents, animals, infrastructure, homes, businesses, natural resources, and recreational industry. Our Sheriff’s departments are over tasked, and underfunded to meet the demands that a mismanaged forest has created.

In 2013, the Fresno County Board of Supervisors passed and adopted the RESOLUTION REQUESTING a STATE OF EMERGENCY IN FRESNO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA DUE TO DEGRADED FOREST CONDITIONS AND IMMINENT THREAT FROM CATASTROPHIC FIRES AND EXTREME DROUGHT. This resolution states that, “It is the responsibility and within the scope of authority of the Board of Supervisors of Fresno County to exercise powers necessary and proper to protect public safety, health, and the economic prosperity of the inhabitants of the County pursuant to the provisions of the constitution of laws of this State;” The Board of Supervisors follows with a request that a state of emergency be declared in and around the County’s forest communities.

On October 21, 2014, the Madera County Board of Supervisors passed and adopted the RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF SUSTAINABLE FOREST POLICIES. “It is the responsibility and within the scope of authority of the Board of Supervisors of Madera County (“County”) to exercise powers necessary and proper to protect public safety, health, and the economic prosperity of the inhabitants of the County pursuant to the provisions of the constitution of laws of this State;” The Board of Supervisors follows with a request that a state of emergency be declared in and around the County’s forest communities.

In April, 2015, the Concerned Citizens of Central California spoke before the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors about the urgent need to pass an EMERGENCY RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF SUSTAINABLE FOREST POLICIES. “It is the responsibility and within the scope of authority of the Board of Supervisors of Mariposa County to exercise powers necessary and proper to protect public safety, health and economic prosperity of the inhabitants of the County pursuant to the provisions of the constitution of laws of this State.”  The Concerned Citizens of Central California request that the Board of Supervisors declare a State of Emergency in and around the County’s forest communities.

The residents of Fresno, Madera, and Mariposa Counties, whose health, safety and welfare you have sworn to protect, do now call upon you, the members of all three County Board of Supervisors, to act promptly and decisively to protect your counties against further destruction. As our Federal and State agencies have failed us, in preventing this emergency, local action becomes the only logical solution.

 We are asking for the County Supervisors to schedule a meeting, as promptly as can be organized, including all three Boards of Supervisors, the Fresno, Madera, and Mariposa County Sheriffs, all appropriate County agencies, the United States Forest Service, Cal Fire, P.G. & E., So. Cal Edison Co. and the residents and businesses, to discuss the implementation of measures, to protect our public and private lands and communities from further damage. Mountain residents will be happy to assist in organizing this event.

 In conclusion, we will work with the Supervisors and Sheriffs in this process unless they are unwilling to work to take action to protect the citizen’s health, safety, welfare, and prosperity. Meaningless political resolutions, statements, and posturing without action is no longer tolerable. Further actions are planned to take place to ensure that the people representing our communities are there to serve the best interests of the people.

 Thank you,

 Concerned Citizens of Central California

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