Saturday, August 11, 2007
Only YES MEN need apply
Pete Nichols, the predatory litigious Baykeeper doesn't want Dennis Mayo on the state’s Marine Life Protection Act’s Statewide Interest Group because he is not m-o-d-e-r-a-t-e enough. Why do I suspect that if it was Greg King, why that would be perfectly fine because his brand of (Earth First) extremism is politically aligned with Nichols and therefore perfectly reasonable? "Not moderate enough" is code word for "doesn't agree with me."
Dennis, after all, has been an advocate for fishermen's rights, including advocating for a couple dozen surf fishermen to be allowed to keep their permits which allow them to *!GaSp! drive on the beach to get to the surfline where they cast their nets. Can't have THAT! Can't have any contrary fishermen's advocates weighing in on a process that will regulate fishermen. That would just ruin everything.
He's also been around here a whole heck of a lot longer than Pete Nichols, and has a much deeper perspective on the issue than the man who wants to tell everyone else what to do while he prepares for his next lucrative lawsuit/extortion atttempt.
Local man's nomination to state's marine group receives support
McKinleyville resident Dennis Mayo received a boost of support this week in his effort to secure a nomination for membership on the state’s Marine Life Protection Act’s Statewide Interest Group.
The state’s MLPA program aims to better conserve marine resources for their long-term sustainability while enhancing outdoor recreation and ocean research opportunities along the coast.
The Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District Board of commissioners voted unanimously Thursday night during its regular meeting to support Mayo for the post.
The Statewide Interests Group will consist of 12 to 15 members who will be appointed by the MLPA executive director and other officials, according to the California Department of Fish and Game.
According to DFG’s Web site, SIG selections will be made to achieve a diversity of stakeholder perspectives, expertise and geography and its members will be charged with providing a forum for better communication between the MLPA officials and stakeholders.
SIG members will not actually negotiate or decide issues outside the public sessions of the task force, according to the nomination guidelines.
The nomination deadline was noon Friday and the first SIG meeting is scheduled for Aug. 30.
Harbor District Commissioner Dennis Hunter said Mayo, who wasn’t at Thursday’s meeting, showed he was a dedicated member of the district’s Strategic Planning Committee.
“He is very dedicated and very enthusiastic and I think he would be a good representative,” Hunter said.
Although Mayo received support from all of the commissioners present — Commissioner Mike Wilson was absent — several members of the public attending the meeting weren’t keen on Mayo’s endorsement.
Melvin McKinney and Diane Beck both told the commissioners that they felt Mayo doesn’t belong on the SIG because they said he has advocated against the MLPA.
Humboldt Baykeeper Program Director Pete Nichols, who also opposed the district backing Mayo, said he would prefer to see someone on the SIG who was more moderate.
Reached by phone Friday, Mayo indicated he was surprised by the comments, but said he believes he is the right guy for the job.
“I find it very surprising that Nichols would feel that way since I spoke with him personally at a recent Northcoast Environmental Center dinner and had the understanding that we were on the same page,” Mayo said. “I was looking forward to working with him on this issue.”
While he said he has opposed certain protected areas, he is supportive of the process and wants to see decisions made based on science.
On April 13 the California Fish and Game Commission adopted regulations to create marine protected areas designed for the Central Coast of California, which was the first of five regions to be considered for the state under the Marine Life Protection Act
The second phase of the program, which the new round of members is being selected for, has identified the North Central Coast Study Region as next in the process.
For more information on the MLPA, visit the DFG Web site at www.dfg.ca.gov/mrd/mlpa/
The Arcata Eye has a story on this this week, too, but I don't see it online. I'm a little sad to see Jennifer Savage trying to make an issue out of Mayo leaving "conservation" out of the Humboldt Bay Harbor and Conservation District or whatever the hell it is... I guess Harbor District isn't good enough. She's a better writer than that. Eh - maybe it was just that she quoted people who made snarky remarks, I'll have to read it again.
(Jennifer adds: "I did not make an issue of Dennis neglecting to include (twice) the "Conservation" part of the "Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District"; it was brought up more than once by people commenting at the Bay District meeting. I reported it. Just to clarify.
In a related note, we at the Eye (and also the Journal, I notice) use the term "Bay District" as it seems more accurate than the more oft-used "Harbor District." That bothers some people, but makes sense to our readers." Thank you, Jennifer.
Now I have to ask, though - if leaving the word "conservation" out of the Harbor District's name implies an agenda - doesn't changing it to "Bay" do the same? In light of the politicking that's been going on? Or is making an issue of either just part of the divisive insanity that has taken hold here.