Tuesday, December 18, 2012

CAO Theme Song

Gibberish and a whole lot of pointless activity. I finally found a song that is worthy of being the theme song of our Critical Areas Ordinances (CAOs). See the YouTube video link at bottom of post. If you watch the video very closely, you can almost make out Fralick, Miller, Pratt, Rosenfeld, and Stephens cavorting with glee over having rammed the CAOs through.

According to a report about the song on National Public Radio,
In November 1972, Italian pop star Adriano Celentano released a song that hit No. 1 in his home country, despite the fact it wasn't performed in Italian.
It also wasn't performed in English.
In fact, it wasn't performed in any language at all.
The song, called "Prisencolinensinainciusol," was written to mimic the way English sounds to non-English speakers.
"Ever since I started singing, I was very influenced by American music and everything Americans did," [Celentano] tells Guy Raz, host of weekends on All Things Considered, through interpreter Sim Smiley.
"So at a certain point, because I like American slang — which, for a singer, is much easier to sing than Italian — I thought that I would write a song which would only have as its theme the inability to communicate," he says. "And to do this, I had to write a song where the lyrics didn't mean anything."
"Prisencolinensinainciusol" is so nonsensical that Celentano didn't even write down the lyrics, but instead improvised them over a looped beat. When it was first released in 1972, Celentano says no one noticed it. But that didn't stop him from performing it several years later on Italian television. The second time was the charm: it immediately became No. 1 in Italy, as well as France, Germany and Belgium.
But is that really what American English sounds like?
"Yes," he says. "Exactly like that."
To us, it just sounds like the CAOs. Below are a few more select quotes from various parts of just the General Section (emphasis added).
Regarding the Reasonable Use Exception
The burden of proof is on the applicant to provide adequate information for the director to make a finding of compliance with the requirements of this subsection (D). 
Who Needs to Undergo Critical Area Review?
Critical Areas. This section outlines the process for reviewing projects to identify Critical Area requirements that apply under SJCC 18.30.110 through 18.30.160 (Critical Area regulations). Unless exempt under SJCC 18.30.110, prior to removal of vegetation or site disturbance, all development activities and vegetation removal requiring a project permit or development permit, review or approval under other sections of County Code, must undergo this review. Prior to approval, sufficient information must be provided to demonstrate compliance with SJCC 18.30.110-160. Any illegal degradation of protected Critical Areas must be mitigated and if mitigation is not completed prior to issuance of permits, a financial guarantee must be provided.
Are Current Uses Protected?
Uses and activities may be continued, replaced with other uses or activities, or relocated, provided, any required project or development permits are obtained, and there is no increase in the magnitude of adverse impacts to water quality or the functions and values of critical areas. Relocation of any use or activity in this area shall be reviewed as a provisional use.
Who decides whether your existing uses or activities may be increasing the "magnitude of adverse impacts to water quality or the functions and values of critical areas?" Short answer -- not you!


  1. If only our council could get down like that!!! The best way to distract from what is happening is to shake it, baby, shake it!!!!
    CAO Dance Party!!!!!!!!

  2. This is sorta scary, grant funded chorus lines led by incoherent entertainers.

    As a form of passive civil disobedience, let's all bring along bags of popcorn to a council session and sit there and munch.

    No food or drink allowed. I know. Get out the twist-ties.

  3. If you saw "Slumdog Millionaire", the closing scene was a Bollywood production dance number called "Jai Ho". I would love to see a local version of this starring S. Buffum and K. Loring!

  4. Do the "Friends" have a member/donor list published somewhere? I'd like to know which of the candidates are on that list.

  5. The FOSJ have gone radio silence on members years ago. Does anyone really belong to that outfit anyway? I mean we all get their glossy puff pieces in the mail whether we want to or not.

    So, a few things. If you go to their Facebook page they switched off the names of who "Likes" them so you can't tell who their friends are. They took down all the fun photos of the All Species Ball. But that's OK, all that got downloaded long ago for future frivolity. Heh.

    Anyway, there was an annual puff piece back around 2004 that listed all members, its a downloadable PDF. Google for it.

    And of course the famous example was then FOSJ president Robert Crosby, temporarily "stepping down" so he could "step up" and serve as Alan Licther's campaign manager. Roger, then resumed his official FSOJ duties as soon as the election was over.

    Want to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest wouldn't we?

    Of course this time around, the gloves are off, they are desperate, out for blood ... must ... keep ... control ... at all costs ... or ... all is lost .... uhhhh ...

  6. If you bring suit against FOSJ and you can come up with a good plausible reason, you might be able to get their member list through a discovery motion.

    Short of that it's a Watergate deal.
    Or a Wikileaks deal with an insider.

  7. Just look for the bumper stickers, then follow them home. Then do a google map search, then look up the property on the county website, search the tax records, then do a information request on the property and the owner. .....Then wait for the new CAO to take affect and see how it all works out.

  8. Or just look in the nearest pear trees, perhaps. According to the song, they tend to roost there at this time of year with binocs in hand to keep an eye on all us miscreant humans.

  9. If you want their membership list just throw some money their way. It's all they want. They'd sell their sister, mister.

  10. FOSJ really damaged a large number of people's peaceful existence with their guest house fiasco.

    I was always hoping these people would get together and sue them with the nastiest bunch of attorneys they could hire. And then each and every member of FOSJ would be served at say 2am.

    Not Vivian, of course.

  11. Mike Kaill in the current Journal outlined the continuing problem and legitimate concern with runoff from the streets of Friday Harbor. Perhaps just about the only environmental impact of any magnitude in SJC.

    So maybe Mr. Ehrmantraut, with his intimate knowledge of the new CAO, can enlighten us as how he and his Commission crafted a resolution to this long and persistent problem.

    Forget the cop-out big guy that it's not County, It's FH. You could have called joint meetings, you could have done something PRODUCTIVE!

  12. Does the TH or anybody know who the large grant to FOSJ, salmon recovery, came from?

    A letter or several letters might be in order giving a basis for the grantee to track exactly how these funds are spent.

  13. At least one of the grants to FOSJ was from the State Recreation and Conservation Office. Ramrodded by Tina Whitman, this grant for a shade under 100K of which FOSJ kicks back 17,730, is for the removal of "historic" log loading metal pipes on Blakely Island in a claimed fish forage area.

    These pipes look innocent to me, and it is difficult to believe they are stopping any kind of fish activity. Take a look yourself and Google: Blakely Island Forage Fish Habitat Restoration.

    This is taxpayer money from a State that claims it is broke, for a project of very little significance. A person might wonder if FOSJ has some kind of inside rubber stamp.

  14. Now if that was a pre-Columbian garbage dump (AKA "midden") it would be listed on a secret classified database, subject to a Tower of Babel of archaeological rules and laws, large buffers and loud calls for Federal intervention to protect fragile antiquities.