Alternative facts

Alternative facts spread to marine sanctuary debate

BY JOHN FITZRANDOLPH

Clones of Kellyanne Conway seem to be popping up right here in San Luis Obispo County.

To wit, Conway is a “counselor” to the recently inaugurated chief executive (Donald Trump), and besides her skills at masterminding political spin, she is the architect of the concept of “alternative facts” — to the uninitiated, these are blatant untruths. Continue reading

SLO Supervisors oppose

Supervisors oppose Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary proposal

BY PETER JOHNSON

Following a contentious hearing that lasted most of the day on Feb. 7, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to oppose the formation of a Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary off the coast of SLO and Santa Barbara counties. Continue reading

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Letter from Julie Packard: Support to begin designation process for Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary Read chumash-nms-designation-support-letter_monterey-bay-aquarium

On behalf of our Executive Director (Monterey Bay Aquarium) Julie Packard, please accept the attached letter urging that NOAA begin the designation process for the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary. The nomination was accepted by NOAA in October 2016, and it would be a valuable addition to the National Marine Sanctuary System.

Julie Packard
A leader in ocean conservation and education, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is considered by many to be the best in the world. Behind that reputation is a fantastic staff with remarkably diverse skills, all dedicated to earning and keeping that honor. Julie Packard is Executive Director and Vice Chair of the Aquarium’s Board of Trustees more .

Petition

Protect California’s Central Coast!

Create a National Marine Sanctuary

area in needCalifornia’s Central Coast is an area of extraordinary biodiversity. Endangered whales, dolphins, sea otters, seals, pelicans and other wildlife thrive here, feeding on rich nutrient upwellings. The new Chumash National Marine Sanctuary would stretch from Gaviota, near the recent oil spill, to Cambria, terminus of the Monterey Bay NMS. Sanctuary status for this area would prohibit oil development, seismic testing, dumping of agriculture wastewater, and other threats. Comprehensive ecosystem management would ensure the health of the marine habitat.

Sign the Petition