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Published on Nov 3, 2011
Douglas Deitch, Executive Director-Monterey Bay Conservancy criticizes the Coastal Commission for it's negligence and lack of due diligence and professionalism in respect to the staff performance in the Commission's 2009 amendment of the existent Local Coast Plan ground water protections contained in Gary Patton's 1987 County Well Ordinance. http://www.pogonip.org/ord.htm This ordinance had required County declaration of a "ground water emergency" in Santa Cruz County continuously since 1998...until the Coastal Commission allowed it's amendment and Local Coastal Plan change at this meeting in 2009 at the behest of the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors.
Mr. Deitch also repeats his allegation of fraud in the application and $16 million Coastal Conservancy funding of the Land Trust of Santa Cruz's application for funding and acquisition of the 488 Watsonville Wetlands property and asks that some official Coastal Commission investigation be commenced in this matter... http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/ci_1... which Mr. Deitch also characterizes as a "food security matter" caused by ground water overuse and decimation. Mr. Deitch also accuses both the California Coastal Commission and Coastal Conservancy of being intentionally negligent and complicit in the "greatest environmental catastropy, "unremdiable", in the history of the Monterey Bay Region..."