The following legal notice appeared quietly in today’s Herald:
NOTICE OF INTENTION TO CIRCULATE INITIATIVE PETITION ENTITLED PRESERVE FORT ORD OPEN SPACE ACCESS AND STATEMENT OF REASONS Notice is hereby given by the persons whose names appear hereon of their intention to circulate the petition within the County of Monterey for the purpose of placing an initiative measure on the ballot of a special election. A statement of the reasons of the proposed action as contemplated in the petition is as follows: The reason for the proposed initiative is to modify and enforce the Fort Ord Reuse Plan to protect essential access points to the recreational areas of Fort Ord and preserve the quality of open space and habitat in approximately 540 acres located on the north and north west sections of the former military base. These areas, containing significant oak woodlands, shall be protected as or re-designated as open space/recreation: (1) an area originally designated as a community park in Seaside south of Gigling Road at 7th Avenue, (2) an area north of Intergarrison Road known as Whispering Oaks in unincorporated Monterey County, (3) the Marina Community Park south of Intergarrison Road in unincorporated Monterey County, and (4) sections of the Eucalyptus Road Planning Area in unincorporated Monterey County near Gigling Road and 8th Avenue. Signed by the following registered voters of Monterey County: __________________________________ /s/ Jason Campbell 3/22/13 /s/ Chris Mack 3/22/13 /s/ Luana Conley 3/22/13 /s/ Michael Salerno 3/23/13 Published MARCH 27, 2013
We say quietly because we’ve seen no news stories about a Ft. Ord Initiative and there’s no mention of the filing on the Keep Ft. Ord Wild website. We haven’t seen the text of the Initiative, so we don’t know by what legal mechanism it will seek to accomplish its goals. Yet, in spite of knowing no more about this than what we’ve read in the filing above, we’re going to go out on a limb and predict that should this Initiative make it to the polls, we’re going to see one very hotly contested election.
Star Lilies (Toxicoscordion fremontii) blooming in profusion on the former Ft. Ord.
March 28, 2013 Update: Full text of the Initiative now available. Download it here.