Nov 24, 2011
By Liz Bowen
The following article by Tim Hearden published in the “Capital Press” shows exactly why I and others are circulating a petition to Recall District 5 Supervisor Marcia Armstrong.
I have heard Armstrong make comments in opposition of the EIR and EIS on Klamath dam removal, which sounds like she is against it. But her comments in the following article make me a bit confused — she apparently only comments, but neither opposes or supports? Our point exactly — We need a Supervisor who is NOT afraid to oppose the federal and state governments on their environmental statements.
Someone at the county level has continued to make sure “coordination” does NOT move along correctly. Armstrong has taken at least 4 workshops on “coordination.” It truly is not that difficult to understand, although it is a process that must be followed correctly. Siskiyou County has consistently not followed it correctly.
Then, of course, Jeff Fowle will support Armstrong. Fowle was apppointed to the Siskiyou Co. Planning Commission by Armstrong. It was initially this Commission that persecuted a local businessman, Keith Darrah, when he paved his parking lot. The Commission should have seen through the outrageous decisions made by the County’s Planning Director, Terry Barber.
Armstrong and other County Supervisors voted to support the Planning Commission’s decision against Darrah and has now spent over a quarter of a MILLION dollars on private lawyers in a unique judicial procedure against Mt. Shasta businessman Darrah — who has been out of business for 3 years! I sat through much of the kangaroo court judicial procedure. The county didn’t have a leg to stand on. The supervisors sat as judge and jury and will, of course, rule in their favor.
The Supervisors must entice and encourage business in Siskiyou County — not spend taxpayer dollars persecuting and destroying businesses. We have heard and seen other complaints.
Only problem: Keith Darrah, the businessman, has now sued the County of Siskiyou, Planning Director Terry Barber, and a previous county supervisor, LaVada Erickson.
The Supervisors continue to spend money on a situation that should have been taken care of by the Planning Commission.
Regulations and codes are instituted to bring business into compliance — not persecute or destroy the business. Barber continues to be out-of-control favoring some businesses over others, but the Planning Commission and the Supervisors do not have the Constitutional fortitude to do the RIGHT thing. Barber needs to be fired!
Here is our Notice of Intent letter to Recall Supervisor District 5 of Siskiyou County, Marcia Armstrong.
Grounds for the proposed recall are as follows:
Supervisor Armstrong has neglected telling concerned citizens vital information regarding new attacks upon property rights, water rights or intrusive state and federal regulations. She has failed to aggressively defend her constituents’ property and water rights; and has discouraged our efforts to defeat these devastating issues.
Supervisor supported the Environmental Impact Report in 2009 for the Watershed-Wide Permit Program with California Department of Fish and Game and Siskiyou Resource Conservation District designed to fatally compromise and usurp our water rights.
Supervisor voted with the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors to enact a Siskiyou County Ground Water Management Ordinance, which includes the adjudicated watershed of Scott Valley in violation of AB 3030, which states: (groundwater) plans cannot be adopted in adjudicated basins …. The state may use this action against Siskiyou County residents with groundwater.
Supervisor Armstrong has known about the Coordination process of bringing state and federal agencies to the table with the county since 1996, when she participated in writing the Siskiyou County Comprehensive Land and Resource Management Plan. She attended at least three Coordination seminars between 2007 and 2011. Supervisor Armstrong has been negligent in utilizing this tool.
District Five citizens desire a supervisor who upholds the Constitution to protect her citizens.