Where do our Friends go when they leave us?
That's not an existential question, but one about networks and common tactics. We already know that Stephanie Buffum came from the hardball Center for Biological Diversity and is the former Mrs. Kieran Suckling, but what about some of the people who have left the Friends. Where are they now?
Before Kyle Loring, the Legal Director of the Friends was Amy Trainer. She is now the Head of the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin (EACWM), where she's making life unbearable for some people in Northern California. Like the Friends, EACWM doesn't let facts get in the way of their efforts to destroy people, small business, and agriculture.
Some people feel that Trainer/EACWM are testing strategies that will be deployed here in the very near future, so if we want to see where we are headed, have a look at OysterGate. It's about a small oyster farm in Point Reyes National Seashore. In 1962, Congressman Clem Miller wrote and introduced a bill for the establishment of Point Reyes National Seashore to protect a shoreline region from residential development. Miller's vision included the continuation of the historic ranching and oyster farming in the area along with the preservation of the grasslands and open scenic vistas. The mix of commercial and recreational uses was the reason the area was designated a National Seashore rather than a National Park. In 2010, all of the park's beaches were listed as the cleanest in the California.
Regardless of Miller's intent or of the park's spectacular environmental health, Trainer/EACWM, in conjunction with corrupt government officials and bad science, have had it in for a small oyster farmer in the park. Trainer and EACWM's tactics have even been too extreme for the typically eco-friendly California Democratic Party, as Senator Diane Feinstein has sided with the oyster farmer. Doesn't matter, though. Trainer and EACWM keep pounding away.
Have a look at the videos below (and the linked article here). Think of what is happening in Pt. Reyes when the Friends send out misleading emails saying, "Shouldn't we protect at least 9% of our shorelines?" The Friends never mention that our proposed CAOs will designate 100% of our shorelines as critical. The Friends never mention how much shoreline is already in parks or otherwise protected here (about 20%-25% of shoreline parcels are in a natural or conservation land use designation).
Every move by the Friends and Gang Green is calculated to position us for the next move ... and then the next ... and the next. Thank you, Friends, may I have another? There will never be an end until we are all driven out, like the Drakes Bay Oyster Farm.
NOTE: The video screenshot that was posted here from ABC News was causing scripting errors to some users, so it was taken down. However, you can still access the video by going to this link. To see the second video (OysterGate Scandal), just click on the image below.