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Clear up Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division dealings 

Nipomo Mesa

The article “State dunes study held up by appeal” (Dec. 30) implies that the state study is part of the “multi-party process for developing a dust control strategy.” It is not. This state’s wind study was not publicly requested nor authorized by either the Board of Supervisors nor the Air Pollution Control District. These agencies represent the other two significant mitigation parties, yet their input is missing in this article.

Balanced reporting is difficult when the state’s OHV misinforms the press. The state’s permit is flawed because it requires CEQA review, and the state OHV is trying to avoid such mandated regulation. In the Dec. 1, 2010, APCD meeting, this proposed wind study wasn’t on the agenda, nor even mentioned. Without an appeal, it would have quietly slipped through the planning department process during the Thanksgiving to Christmas rush, giving no opportunity for public scrutiny.

In December 2006, another appeal to the planning commission stopped the state’s manipulative deal with the county to buy 584 acres of county coastal land at 18.6 cents per square foot, including mineral rights.

The OHV’s dealings need transparency, which this appeal assures.

 

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