By Leo T. Bergeron
Siskiyou Daily News
Letter to the Editor
May 21. 2012
Montague, Calif. — Back on April 8, 2008, I spoke before the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors urging them to begin what is known as the “Coordination Protocols” which by federal and state laws require that the county have a seat at the table in all actions to implement plans by bureaucracies that affect Siskiyou County. I even ran an ad in the Siskiyou Daily News in May 2008 urging the use of “Coordination.”
Instead of the County Board of Supervisors implementing “Coordination” in 2008, Jim Cook didn’t even promote the process until the next election cycle, four years later, and now claims all the credit for “Coordination” in Siskiyou County. Yet no “Coordination” meetings have been held between the county and the state and federal bureaucracies about the Klamath River dams. You have to have the actual meetings to make it work.
We have a wolf that has wandered into Siskiyou County with the possibility of wolves coming down in the future. There are “Coordination Protocols” that can be used to protect Siskiyou County citizens, livestock and wildlife from these wolves. We presented such a plan on May 8, 2012 at the board of supervisors’ meeting.
No action was taken and my supervisor didn’t even speak during the hearing. How long do we have to wait for Siskiyou County to realize it has the law on its side?
It took four years and an election cycle for my supervisor to realize he could use “Coordination” to save the Klamath River Dams. Are we going to have to wait for another four years for him to realize that it can and should be used to protect us from the threats of wolves?
I want to be better off four years from now and that’s why I support Brandon Criss for county supervisor.
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