To: California Ocean and Coastal Community
From: Amber Mace, Executive Director California Ocean Protection Council and
Brian Baird, Assistant Secretary for Ocean and Coastal Policy
Date: May 19, 2010
Subject: “Lessons Learned from California’s Marine Life Management Act (MLMA)” final report – Now available
Dear California Ocean and Coastal Community,
The Lessons Learned from California’s Marine Life Management Act (MLMA) final report is now available. The report was completed by a consultant project team over the last 18 months and reflects the valuable input of numerous scientists and stakeholders. The report assesses lessons learned about the implementation of the MLMA and provides recommendations to direct future MLMA efforts by the California Department of Fish and Game, California Fish and Game Commission, and California Ocean Protection Council.
The final report and background about the project can be accessed from the MLMA lessons learned project page on the OPC website: www.opc.ca.gov/webmaster/ftp/project_pages/mlmall/FINAL%20MLMA%20LL%20Report%205-18-10.pdf.
Thank you for your interest in helping to improve the protection of California’s ocean and coastal resources.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) process, funded by the shadowy Resources Legacy Foundation, is one of the most egregious examples of corporate greenwashing in California history…. Read more (Blogs.Alternet.org)
The date is set August 28th for the Take A Stand Two at Albion Harbor. We want the Tribes to come and dance and play drums or whatever they think would be good for them to do. We want to show that we stand together against the MLPA’s invasive process. I need help to put all this together but it is an election year so we need to make this political and well advertised no holds bared. I would like to invite Black Horse Blues Band back and I am trying to get one really famous dude and think I have a good shot at it. Then one more band so three and hopefully the tribes will do some traditional dance and song for us all to enjoy.We need to pressure all the politicians to be there and we need TV coverage this time. Please pass this on!
From Michael A Carpenter
An official from Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative announced today that he would finally allow the filming and audio recording of “work sessions” of the widely-contested process…. Read more (IndyBay.org)
Who: All interested members of the public
What: Invitation to provide new information and/or comments on the Regional Profile of the North Coast Study Region (California-Oregon Border to Alder Creek in Mendocino County) for discussion during the MLPA Blue Ribbon Task Force meeting on May 3-4, 2010
When: Submissions are requested no later than April 19, 2010 for compilation and distribution to the MLPA Blue Ribbon Task Force. Members of the public submitting information and/or comments in writing will also have the opportunity to provide verbal comments directly to the MLPA Blue Ribbon Task Force during special public comment periods at the May 3-4 meeting.
Where: The regional profile is available to view in two ways:
How: The public is encouraged to review the regional profile and submit written comments. Key information to include when submitting comments:
– Identify the specific section(s) on which you are commenting and/or providing supplemental information
– If you wish to provide verbal, in-person comments at the May 3-4 meeting
Written comments should be submitted by April 19, 2010 in one of three ways:
1. Email to MLPAComments@resources.ca.gov
2. Fax to 916.653.8102 (Attention: MLPA Initiative)
3. Postal service to MLPA Initiative
c/o California Natural Resources Agency
1416 Ninth Street, Suite 1311
Sacramento, CA 95814
The California Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative has published the Regional Profile of the North Coast Study Region (Alder Creek to the California-Oregon Border) at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/mlpa/ncprofile.asp, which provides background information to be used during the MLPA Initiative’s marine protected area planning process. The MLPA Blue Ribbon Task Force (BRTF) has allocated part of its May 3-4 meeting to receive feedback from the public on the content of the regional profile.
North coast communities and members of the public are invited to review the regional profile and provide new information and/or comments that would help inform marine protected area planning, address inaccurate data or statements, and/or highlight important information already included within the regional profile. The BRTF will receive comment on the regional profile by section; therefore, commentators should clearly state to which section of the profile their comments relate, so the information can accurately be brought into the discussion at the appropriate time during the meeting.
All new information and/or comments provided for the May 3-4 meeting will not be incorporated into the regional profile, but rather will be compiled into a “regional profile public comments” document. This information will be distributed to the BRTF, MLPA North Coast Regional Stakeholder Group, and the public through the MLPA website. Content of submissions will not be edited, so please be sure to submit information as you would like to see it printed in the compilation; clearly define any terms, abbreviations or acronyms with which the general public may not be familiar. Please provide references to support statements whenever possible.
Members of the public who submit written comments will also have the opportunity to provide verbal comments during the May 3-4 BRTF meeting. Speakers will be identified in advance of the meeting, and spokespeople for common topics will be identified. When submitting comments by April 19, please indicate whether you would also like to provide verbal comments to the BRTF during its May 3-4 meeting. There will be a general comment period for members of the public who did not submit written comments; their speaking time may be less than that allocated for scheduled speakers.
A spokesperson for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative on May 13 told David Gurney, an independent journalist who was arrested for filming a public MLPA meeting on April 21, that he can’t film “work sessions” of the controversial process…. Read more (IndyBay.org)
Diane; can you please pass this on to as many people as you can eveyone fell free to pass it on Thanks Mike, We are in the starting phase of planing for the second annual TAKE A STAND CONCERT last year it took six weeks from start to finish. This year we have learned a lot and have more time to plan. I am sending this e-mail out to all interested parties.We need help to make a day on the Albion river come together with song food and drink.I would like to bring the community together California Tribes and tribal interests. This is going to be a great day with camping available and a chance for sport fishers to fish and dive and share there catch with there fellow neighbors. I am asking anyone who would like to get involved with this to e-mail me and let me know how you would like to help. We need everything we can get donations to volunteers this is going to be a great success so please get involved and help make history. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to have a lot more political involvement this time with the politicians that are pushing this hopefully they will come and break bread with us.
Who: MLPA North Coast Regional Stakeholder Group (NCRSG)
What: Fourth meeting
When: Thursday, May 20 at 8:00 a.m. (the NCRSG work groups will also hold work sessions on Wednesday, May 19)
Where: Elk Valley Rancheria Community Center
2332 Howland Hill Road
Crescent City, CA 95531
and on the day of the meeting via simultaneous webcast at
(Direct link here)
Note that two public access locations will be set up on May 20 with a connection to the meeting for the public to view and participate remotely (does not include work sessions), one each in Eureka and Fort Bragg:
Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center
921 Waterfront Drive, Room 211
Eureka, CA 95501
C.V. Starr Community Center
300 South Lincoln Street
Fort Bragg, CA 95437