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Fair Affairs 
A 2-Part Spread

Good Neighbor Policy | Walking the Talk?

 

Walking the Talk?
Bud Emerson | Klish Way

 

 

May 6, 2012.

Foreground: the South Overflow Lot (SOL) and the San Dieguito River. Right to North of the River: East Overflow Lot (EOL) with cars. In the fairgrounds itself: the Cirque du Soleil.
Photo Jacqueline Winterer

 

 

Sunday, May 20, 2012, 11 a.m.

Parking in the East Overflow Lot at the fairgrounds on a non-Fair, non-race day. Photo Art Olson

 

Fair Board Update

• The Fair Board has complained that Sandpiper coverage has not been balanced. We have invited them repeatedly to submit copy but until this issue no copy has been submitted.

• The Fair Board members assert that they are scrupulously implementing the terms of the Consent Decree with the Coastal Commission. We have posted their implementation schedule on the Sandpiper website.

• Jacqueline Winterer, President of the Friends of the San Diequito River Valley, commented on this document:

“What becomes evident in the analysis of the Time Line document though, but not noticed in the press, is that the Fairboard undertook a wetland delineation survey of the east (EOL) and south (SOL) lots on March 14, ONE WEEK after the Consent order adopted on March 8, 2012. Concurrently with the wetland delineation survey and availing itself of what it perceives as a business as usual Consent Order authorization, the Fairboard continues to use these lots.

“We have photographs showing that during the months of March, April and May of this year, the period during which the wetland delineation survey is made, the EOL is frequently used for parking, and both lots are subjected to grading and earth piling.

“So now, here is the question: what possible evidence of wetland can survive grading, driving and parking? There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that the EOL and SOL (less so) will be found devoid of wetlands.”

• Lobbyists for all California fairs have introduced a bill in the state legislature “to implement a new governing and oversight structure for the fair network to keep it sustainable.” AB 2345 appears to be written to provide a much more independent commission that would have free and unfettered reign over the management and operation of the California fairs. That would be dangerous precedent to set. It would be highly vulnerable to misuse and abuse of authority, and to personal financial gain and profit for its commission members and staff. In other words, less accountability to the public for government bodies that already lack sufficient accountability. Watch out hens, here comes the fox!


 

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