Oh yes. Absolute perfection.
And still I rise. Or sit. Or kneel.
Oh yes. Absolute perfection.
And still I rise. Or sit. Or kneel.
I posted this on Facebook today:
One year ago, I showed up at Carlsbad City Council as an thirty-year resident who had finally had it with the way this city was being manipulated by outside developers. The final straw was the possibility that a monstrosity of a concrete mall was to be built on Agua Hedionda Lagoon. NO WAY, I thought. I didn’t even have a speech written when I pushed my way through the crowd, but I knew it was time to step up and speak up. That was the night I spoke about “not being impressed by men in fancy suits with fake tans.” I may have walked in to those hostile chambers alone, but walked out with the new and lasting friendship of a tribe of hundreds and hundreds who soldiered on to save the lagoon as we’re saving Carlsbad, one council seat at a time. Much love, appreciation, and gratitude to our TRIBE.
Yes, the lagoon is safe FOR NOW. But there will always be the threat of over-development and that’s why we stand vigilant, never again complacent to the machinations of our self-serving local government.
Here’s my speech in its entirety:
“First, I’d like to make a brief observation; other than the farm workers at the strawberry fields, Caruso’s soft focused Utopian propaganda video had no people of cultural diversity represented. Kind of crazy, right? I mean, when you really think about it? What’s that all about?
[This refers to a video shown by Caruso Affiliated. Big bucks in play here.]
Mayor and council, I need to make myself particularly clear.
I’m not impressed by fancy suits and ‘healthy’ fake tans.
My family and I are vehemently opposed to the development of Agua Hedionda.
Agua Hedionda is a sensitive resource and ecosystem that needs to be saved and protected and restored, NOT built upon and destroyed.
I love to shop and I don’t want Nordstrom built on the lagoon when we have a perfectly good mall that needs the promised renovation.
No matter what or how we were duped in 1986 and 2006, that should not mean this deception should continue.
For thirty years, I’ve watched you and other councils systematically destroy land and native habitats in Carlsbad.
This needs to stop.
Enough is enough.
My family and I vehemently oppose all building on Agua Hedionda.
Enough is enough.
Leave it alone.
Shame on you Mayor and City Council.
Shame on you all.
And finally, Mr. Blackburn, we met privately about the pet store in the Westfield mall that sells puppy mill dogs and you PROMISED me that when the mall was renovated and all the stores were closed, that store would be gone and wouldn’t be allowed back. But it’s still open. You promised and I feel betrayed.
Do the right thing, would you?”
More to read…
“I don’t care what you think about me. I don’t think about you at all.” ~ Coco Chanel
Yes, my darling Coco said that, and it’s one of my favorite quotes.
Did you know that I used to be so shy that I’d never speak up in class or voice an opinion or even HAVE an opinion because it might somehow be the wrong one?
I used to be so afraid of what people thought about me.
It was a lot of wasted time, worrying about other people and their opinions.
And today? I don’t really care so much. (A little, but not too much.)
This was a life lesson I wish I’d learned decades ago. Sigh.
If you know me NOW, I’m positive you’re shaking your head in disbelief, but it’s true.
I dunno, maybe it was all the animal protests and wolf activism I’ve been involved in that changed me, but I’ve developed such a LOUD VOICE that some actively wish it would be quiet once in a while (like tugboat man) but there are things that need to be done and things that need to be said—and I’m silent no longer.
Which is a really strange segue to where I’m going with this post—like life, it’s a journey of sorts.
I’m working with her on a couple of projects here in Carlsbad, and she’s FIERCE, y’all.
Maybe I admire her so much because it took me so long to discover my own power and my own voice.
If you aren’t already following her blog, here’s the link…
…and a snippet of her bio so you’ll get to know Cori:
I am a three-time Women’s World Longboard Champion (2000, 2001, 2010), Women’s Longboard Pipeline Pro Champion (2009), and two-time ASP North American Champion (2008, 2009). From late 2001 to 2005, I went on sabbatical from competition, surfing in only two events from 2005 to 2007. I returned officially to longboard competition in 2008 to win the Linda Benson Roxy Jam at Cardiff, California. I ceased competing altogether after boycotting the ASP World Tour in 2011.
In 2012, I co-founded the nonprofit, The Inspire Initiative, “to enrich and empower women of all ages through participation in surfing while emphasizing education, media literacy, and building a core community of leaders that will effect positive change in the world.” I am interested in using The Inspire Initiative to develop creative, non-competitive spaces through which to explore surfing’s potential as a complicated force for the physical liberation of women and girls around the world.I have chosen to use my platform as a world class athlete to create positive social impact in and around persistent gender disparity, homophobia, the impacts of consumer culture, and other important social and environmental issues in and around surfing and sports in general. I have written various articles addressing these issues that have been published in The Inertia, The Guardian, The Surfers Journal, and elsewhere, and have been a keynote speaker at multiple local and international conferences and events.
In 2013, I spearheaded a successful international campaign against Roxy that made visible the growing concern and pushback against the hyper-sexualization of elite female professional surfers, a problematic issue that continues to require attention and activism.
In 2015, I accepted an invitation to become an ambassador for Surfers for West Papua, a “solidarity and awareness-raising campaign aimed at exposing Indonesia’s brutal oppression and on-going occupation of West Papua.”
She gets shit done, you guys.
GETS. IT. DONE.
Saw this last night on Funny or Die and had to share.
I’ve been so busy working on the campaign to #savecarlsbad #nolagoonmall #notincarlsbad that I haven’t been paying enough attention to blogging. All the info is at http://www.citizensfornorthcounty.org if you’re interested in how a group of concerned neighbors are fighting to save our lagoon from bad city leaders and their outside billionaire developer friend.
Angel Boy and preggy DIL are here and I prepared a delicious Vegan Veggie Pot Pie for dinner last night; took pics and was gonna share the recipe, but it’ll have to wait until there’s a lull in the action around here.
A quote about the real meaning of Thanksgiving from my secret crush…Jon Stewart
“I celebrated Thanksgiving in an old-fashioned way. I invited everyone in my neighborhood to my house, we had an enormous feast, and then I killed them and took their land.”
Have you noticed that I’ve been absent from the blogosphere for a few days?
Were you wondering what’s happened to Princess Rosebud?
Did I go on a shopping spree that spiraled out of control?
Nope, no out-of-control purchases, although I did attend a Chanel trunk show and walked away empty handed, but only because the earrings I desired were clip on and not meant for my pierced ears.
The truth is that I was/am joining forces with other like minded community activists to FIGHT a mega mall development that would, if allowed, forever destroy our precious sensitive wetlands.
With help, I rescued a cat from a boarded up, condemned home.
I wanted to write a post about all of this, but when I opened WordPress, I was greeted with YET ANOTHER CHANGE TO WRITING, EDITING, PUBLISHING TOOLS.
WordPress, I simply cannot take these changes right now.
It’s not necessary to tweak the format.
And where’s the button to SAVE my work? That teensy little word with the blue line under it isn’t USER FRIENDLY.
The whole format is NOT user friendly.
P.S. To add insult to injury, tugboat man is again delayed; won’t be home until AFTER Thanksgiving. UGH.
Because he doesn’t have a REBLOG button that I could find, The Matticus Kingdom gave me express permission to copy and paste.
The subject is important. The words, raw and beautiful, drip tears of outrage.
Here’s his post and if you don’t already, follow him!
The walls and black scars, full of screaming metal, crept across the land,
A progressively greedy excess without permission, balance or order,
And the ancestral paths of the pack were cut and buried asunder,
Forcing them to wander further away from the shifting sand,
To provide their families with food and sheltered dens,
Under the disdainful, entitled, glare of fearful men.
We are supposed to be knowledgeable and civilized,
And should be mindful of our encroachment,
Change our behavior and sentiment,
To achieve the ultimate prize,
And coexist peacefully,
As it should be.
Instead, we condone shooting coyotes with paintballs…
Is that really who we have become?
This is a great article in the San Diego Free Press about the corruption going on my little beach town. We are #CarlsbadStrong
Carlsbad Referendum Signatures Stun Caruso, City Council Pals
By Richard Riehl
It must have been quite a shock for L.A.’s Caruso-affiliated executives to see the stack of signed petitions delivered to the Carlsbad city clerk’s office last Thursday. The 9,000 signers of the referendum petition are calling for a public vote on the developer’s plan for a lagoon-view shopping center, as promised in the title of the initiative, Measure to be Submitted Directly to the Voters.
When the Carlsbad city Council unanimously approved his plan on August 25, Caruso had already spent nearly $3 million on signature gatherers and a blizzard of glossy, full-color mailers to persuade 20,000 Carlsbadians that his plan to build a shopping mall was all about saving the Strawberry Fields.
The day after the council voted, a grassroots group, Citizens for North County, announced its plan to launch a referendum drive. Caruso had to redouble his marketing campaign. But this time his mailers, accompanied by daily prime time TV ads, featured headshot photos of and quotes from all five city Council members, as well as the owner of the Strawberry Fields. Each repeated the lie that signing the referendum would destroy the Strawberry Fields, despite the promise of Prop D to preserve them, passed by voters in 2006. The Caruso mailer included a detachable, postage-paid card to return to the city clerk for signers of the referendum to have their names withdrawn.
About 700 signers chose to do so. Caruso relied on the confusion caused by his two dishonest campaigns to “Save the Strawberry Fields,” the first by signing an initiative, the second by refusing to sign a referendum, to keep residents from signing anything. Heads he wins, tails we lose.
While the strange bedfellows of big-money and elected officials urged us to turn down our right to vote, the citizen-led referendum drive soldiered on, relying on social media to generate hundreds of volunteers to station themselves in city parks and other public places to collect 9,000 signatures in 30 days on a paltry $9,000 budget. That’s 300 signatures a day at a dollar apiece.
It took 90 days for Caruso’s professional signature gatherers to snag 20,000 signatures. With a $3 million budget, that amounts to only 222 signatures a day at $150 each.
I couldn’t help but wonder why the city Council not only refused to put the Caruso plan up for a vote in a special election, but even to delay their decision for 30 days to enable residents to be more fully informed. The August 25 meeting was packed with dissenters. You’d think elected officials would be more responsive to their constituents.
That made me curious about campaign contributions, so I went to the city’s website, where I found, among Mayor Matt Hall’s financial supporters, the name of James Ukegawa, the man you see posing in the Strawberry Fields on Caruso’s mailers and in his TV ads. He’s identified as a “Carlsbad Strawberry Company Farmer” on the mayor’s filing form, stamped by the city clerk on July 30, 2014. Ukegawa’s $5,000 contribution is dated June 7, 2014.
The “Strawberry Company Farmer” is identified on Michael Schumacher’s campaign finance filing as the “Owner of Aviara Farms.” He made two contributions to Schumacher’s campaign, one for $2,500 on September 12, 2014, the other for $1,760 on October 29, 2014.
Mayor Hall and Council member Schumacher had $9,260 good reasons between them to support their favorite constituent.
As I perused the many other contributions to the campaigns of these two candidates, I noted the number of out of town real estate companies, building and construction firms, and for some unknown reason, the special generosity of the executives of the Rancho Santa Fe Grand Pacific Resorts. I’ll leave that mystery to an investigative reporter, if there are any left after the collapse of print journalism.
The willingness to accept significant contributions from out of town businesses shows the hypocrisy of elected officials who blame “outside interests” for the success of a referendum drive. Click here to find the city’s web page disclosing campaign contributions.
The San Diego County Registrar of Voters has 30 days, not including weekends, to validate the referendum’s signatures to see if there are 6,523, the magic number that will force the city Council to either hold a special election or put Caruso’s plan on the ballot in the 2016 general election.
A few years ago, Carlsbad boasted of a $50 million reserve fund, I’m guessing it’s grown substantially since then. The city says the cost of a special election would be $500,000. Mayor Hall says it would be a waste of money. Considering what’s at stake, I’d say it’s a bargain.
After his 30-year career in public education, Richard Riehl began his second life as a freelance journalist, beginning as an op-ed columnist for San Diego’s former daily newspaper, North County Times. During the 2008 Presidential campaign he edited the Huffington Post’s daily, Roadkill: OffTheBus’s Ongoing RoundUp of the Awkward, the Ugly, and the Just Plain Weird. His articles have appeared in the San Diego Reader’s BlogDiego, Carlsbadistan-Taming The Wilds of Carlsbad-by-The-Sea, and the OsideNews.com. Check out his blog at The Riehl World (theriehlworld2.blogspot.com), email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, and follow him on Twitter, @RichardRiehl.
A few thousand sleeping giants have awakened; where we were once snuggled into eight-hundred thread count sheets and fluffy duvets, drinking our ginger-kale smoothies on the way to yoga or an awesome surf sesh, we are WIDE AWAKE.
This is democracy in action!
We’ve come together as one voice, a tribe of local citizens who say…
NO F***ING WAY.
It’s time for a change.
It’s time for a REVOLUTION.
Power to the people.
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.
I have never been more proud to live here.
All the Davids took on Goliath and we WON.
What am I talking about?
In my not-so-little-anymore coastal town of Carlsbad, a mega-developer (Rick Caruso is the billionaire Republican developer and the dad of the “hot”– but not really hot — debate guy). who owns a mega-yacht tried to work his way around the normal processes for development (with the blessing of our mayor and city council) to build a mega-mall on Agua Hedionda Lagoon.
Agua Hedionda is a sensitive ecosystem that feeds into the Pacific Ocean.
Read more HERE “…I’m not impressed by men in fancy suits with fake tans.”
And HERE: Something Sorta Stinks in Carlsbad
Great article: http://www.kpbs.org/news/2015/aug/11/agua-hediona-8515-plan-sidesteps-ceqa/
No matter how much I love to shop at Nordstrom, NO WAY.
A movement was born to fight the onslaught of questionable tactics with subverted and suppressed democratic processes — the very opposite of transparency — while dozens of citizen volunteers stepped up to spread out throughout the city from dawn to dusk to acquire signatures for a referendum to overturn the Caruso initiative and put the mall development to a vote OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE.
On Thursday, we met in the library parking lot and marched as a group to Carlsbad City Hall to deliver boxes and boxes of signed petitions.
We were stalked the whole way by Caruso goons and his campaign lawyer — that guy lurking behind the fence in the black suit and mirrored sunglasses.
It was a moment I’ll never forget when one of our leaders announced the tally; more than nine thousand signatures, well above the sixty-five hundred needed (ten percent of the registered voters.)
Strong arm tactics and million dollar TV and print ad campaigns didn’t deter our citizen warriors.
WE DID NOT GIVE UP
WE WILL NOT GIVE UP
WE ARE STRONG
WE ARE CARLSBAD STRONG
The collective whoops and yells were caught on video. This is one of many, and much thanks to one of my son’s best friends, Bryan Snyder:
You say you want a revolution? Well, you just got one.
Power to the people!
Mother Nature knows.
A single drop of water in a lake radiates energy to become larger and larger circles.
Isn’t that what social media is all about?
Isn’t this the beauty of it?
We share a thought or a joke or a (cat) picture with our friends and followers who in turn share with their friends and followers — and the circle multiplies.
And if we share a compassionate mindset, an awareness of being more caring and kind, each of us has within us the potential to influence and change the world to make it a better place.
We took this video during a camping vacay to Northern California.
Mother Nature’s Perfect Concentric Circles of Energy
Sometimes it takes more than words to effect change.
Sometimes ACTION is the answer.
I need your help
Not for myself, but for Dearborn Wolf Sanctuary.
Simply stated, here’s his mission:
”We rescue wolves and wolf-hybrids that are unwanted, abused, etc. We give them a loving home with three acres to run and play, and all the food they can eat.”
I received an email this morning that touched my heart. (Tugboat man and I have kind of adopted Dearborn Wolf Sanctuary. His love and caring for the abused and neglected wolves and wolf-hybrids is an example of pure altruism.)
“I hate to bother u you have helped me so much and been so kind I really need help this month I had to pay $1000 for meds I’m flat broke I have no money for food for them so if u know anyone please send them to my page I use to 2 to 5 donations a month tell face book made me change my page I have about a week worth of food then they will be out they never been with out food since I started this sanctuary 15 years ago take care me.”
We can all relate to the fear of not having enough to eat, right?
Please extend a little compassion in action by donating some dollars to help him feed his wolves. Sacrifice your daily latte, any amount will help this worthy cause. If we all pitch in just a little — that’s all it takes to make a difference.
Flood his page with likes and follows! Dearborn Wolf Sanctuary Facebook Page:
1. Please donate. You can either send a money order or check to…
Dearborn Wolf Sanctuary
31 Cox Creek Lane
Cascade, Montana 59421
2. Please spread the word to your own circle of influence. Just a click or two will help his animals get the food they need to survive.
3. I’m also asking for help to create a GoFundMe for him. I’ve never done it before; if anybody would like to work on a more sustainable form of support, I’d love to join forces.
P.S. Join me in donating and I’ll send you a gift, a GENUINE Princess Rosebud seashell necklace! Email your address to email@example.com and I’ll pop it in the mail.
I’m writing this missive while suffering from a broken wrist which is causing me a certain amount of pain, but I need to make sure you realize why I won’t be spending any money at your store, and why I’m encouraging everyone I know to boycott Walmart.
A Kemptville Walmart employee was terminated for calling police about a dog locked in a hot car.
I join with my fellow animal advocates to ask all animal lovers to write Walmart’s head office and let them know you won’t shop in their stores until this has been rectified.
702 SW 8th Street
Bentonville, AR 72716-8611
Email Investor Relations or call 479-273-6463
**Also please share on Facebook and Twitter @Walmart #Walmart.
If we all speak up, our individual voices become even more powerful.
This employee was doing the right thing and should be honored for this humane act and revered as a wonderful and compassionate role model — not fired — and, geez, what was the legal basis for termination, anyway?
I hope this employee has found a wonderful attorney and sues Walmart for wrongful termination.
This is exactly the kind of employee I would hire if I had a job opening.
What the heck is wrong with you, Walmart?
P.S. This was typed with one hand.
(If anyone wants to start a fund for the employee, please let me know and I’ll contribute)