Tree Man, Part Duh
The following email arrived from Joey Racano. The quasi-end game of his Tree Sitting Caper. Seems the tree he was sitting in wasn’t even on CSD property so he, uh, wasn’t trespassing . Oops. Arrest that tree for harboring an anti-Tri-W-sewer activist! Oh, wait, we can't. It was cut down in its prime! Call CSI!
~S.L.O. LAW!~ maps vindicate activist!
Before a packed San Luis Obispo courtroom, Judge Charles S. Crandel accepted a D.A. motion to have trespassing charges dismissed against activist Joey Racano for a July 7th, 2005 tree 'sit' in Los Osos, California.
"Your honor, due to new information, we move to dismiss the charges", said Deputy D.A. Nancy Fede.
"So moved", said Judge Crandel, "Mr. Racano, you're free to go".
"Thank you your honor", said I.
"And may I add that I am aware of your career accomplishments and it has been an honor to come before your bench" I said.
Judge Crandel, arguably the numero uno Clean Water Act lawyer in the world before being seated on the bench, was the lead lawyer for alaskan fisherman against Exxon, represented Earthcorps against San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, and represented Ballona Wetlands Action Network against Playa Vista!
"Thank you" he modestly replied.
Also in attendance was world-famous activist Mandy Davis, fresh from war in Antarctica against the Japanese Whaling Fleet on board the Sea Shepherd Society's ship 'Farley Mowat', now back to rejoin the battle for Morro Bay Estuary!
Public Defender L. Anthony Lucero simplified the entire case by demanding official maps of the 'Tri-W' area, which showed -to the surprise of many- the tree in which I perched was not on Los Osos Community Services District property after all.
Last July, the former LOCSD held a phony 'groundbreaking' for a sewer plant that would have brought financial and environmental disaster upon the community of Los Osos. My tree-sit helped garner much-needed media attention to the issue.
The majority of that CSD were recalled in disgrace on Sept. 27th in a razor-thin election! Big fun!
The new CSD has now re-populated committees left intentionally vacant by the former CSD (so they could 'accept' a 135 Million Dollar bid for a 46 Million Dollar project by contractor friends) and, in spite of being attacked by a corrupt Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, are now putting sewer plans through a proper 'vetting' process.
In interviews today with THE BAY NEWS and NEW TIMES, I made clear my responsibility to activists, who must be allowed to exercise constitutional rights of free-speech without fear of incarceration.
Next: ~Litigate, SEWERGATE!~love, your pal Joey xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxooxxoxooxoxo