Working to promote public participation in the Local Coastal Program Updates
Our Cities and the County are at the first stages of updating policies and processes
for managing Mendocino’s coastal zone. As we embark on this effort, the public demands
a science based, community driven process that ensures environmental sustainability,
social equity, and practical Local Coastal Program revisions. To achieve sustainable
best-governance processes and equitably balance our needs for a healthy environment,
social justice and efficient/effective performance, these revisions must be rigorously implemented
with clear accountability in regard to coastal management agencies and stakeholders.
For years, consumers, small businesses and non-profit organizations have been at the forefront of innovation when it comes to installing solar systems, rain catchment and gray-water recycling, zero waste programs, cooperatives, community gardens, volunteer fire departments and emergency services, communal and co-housing, alternative education, art and music collaboratives, etc; all examples of valuing the planet’s health, social equity and personal needs in a sustainable and equitable fashion.
Sadly, while often voicing support for climate action, too often government officials have been slow in practice to adapt and embrace a culture that balances planet, people and government outcomes in a sustainable fashion. Too often what citizens see, is the spectacle of government leaders unveiling grand climate action plans, but then failing to follow thru with concerted, diligent action to accomplish the objectives of those plans.
That has to change. Climate change and sea level rise are rapidly reshaping our coastal areas. The adverse impacts of climate change are exerting massive forces on people, infrastructure and the environment all along Mendocino’s coastal zone.
Over the course of the multi-year Local Coastal Program update process, the Grassroots Institute will demand government agencies managing the update process be transparent to ensure maximum public awareness and that the public be fully engaged in shaping the policies and implementation that ultimately govern coastal zone management.
The path of science based assessment and full public engagement is not easy, but it is the only one that provides any hope for practical success.
To submit a comment or ask a question about the county LCP process email Julia Krog: email@example.com
To join the GRI Mendocino Vision LCP group fill out the form at the bottom of this page and select "Mendocino Vision"
Get caught up:
Meeting with Coastal Commission Staff
May 17th, 2023: CA Coastal Commission Staff made a presentation regarding grants awarded to the City of Fort Bragg, the City of Point Arena, and Mendocino County to assess the impacts of Climate Change and Sea Level Rise on Mendocino’s coast. You can find notes here.
Meeting with City Staff
Fort Bragg City Staff and Noyo Harbormaster joined us on March 2nd to talk through the Cities LCP and how it will engage with the County's process. (Notes coming soon)
Meeting with County Staff
On December 3rd we hosted a meeting with county and city staff to discuss the LCP plan. Watch the recording or read through the notes here.