Liz Writes Life 9-19-17

September 19, 2017

Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

It was nice to enjoy the beginnings of autumn, last week, with the mornings turning cooler. Several folks reported frost or 30 degrees here in the valley, but 36 degrees was the lowest at our place. The actual fall equinox is this Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. The light drizzle on Monday morning and more predicted rains this week will, hopefully, continue to cool the fires. The numbers of firefighters have already been reduced by nearly half in our local Salmon-August Complex.

Now is the iffy time for our gardens. The chance of frost increases after a drizzle or rain. Then warmer daytime temps are forecast for the next week. So it comes down to what we want to protect or may continue to pump out goodies for us. Our concord grapes are ripe and have more flavor after September cold nights. Some nice-sized pumpkins have turned orange and the sunflowers look like they are mature. The end-of-garden-season is upon us.

I counted the 2015 and 2016 jars of tomatoes and decided I must use those up and won’t can tomatoes this year. I do need to get three more batches of Green Tomato Sweet Relish made this week. We ate the last of the second crop of corn. It was pretty light, but I did freeze three more pint bags for winter enjoyment.

I ran into Jeanette Harris at Mean Gene’s last week and we chatted garden. Her pickup was filled with pumpkins (I noticed a watermelon or two as well). She was going to set up their pumpkin wagon – making it officially fall. Jeanette said the strawberries didn’t produce very well this year or else something was eating them. We have both noticed fewer bees this year. I know some beekeepers lost their hives last winter and that isn’t good.

Then Jeanette said the raspberries at their U-Pick or We Pick Berries (at their California Heritage Farms on Eastside Road) were still producing. I love raspberries and hadn’t gotten over there in August, so I decided to go pick berries on Saturday and ended up with four pounds. Not bad. Oh, it seems to be an off-year for blackberries as they are small and not plentiful.

POW

Scott Valley Protect Our Water will hold its meeting on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 at the Fort Jones Community Center. Time is 7 p.m. Bring a dessert to share, if you can.

FlixxFest

The Jefferson Stat FlixxFest begins this Thursday, Sept. 21 and runs through Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. It is hosted by The REC in Fort Jones and a whole bunch of films will be shown. On Sunday, the venue moves to the Avery Memorial Theater in downtown Etna for several hours of children’s films. For more info and to purchase tickets call 530-468-2888.

The real bias

Sure was great to hear that the last part of the biased civil lawsuits brought against Siskiyou Co. Clerk Colleen Setzer and Sheriff Jon Lopey were dropped. The last few cases of action were actually thrown-out by the judge “with prejudice,” which means the same complaints can’t be brought again.

A big thank you goes to our county supervisors, who stayed the course in fighting this intimidating and evil civil suit.

It was brought by 10 Hmong residents, pushed by ACLU, who recently bought unincorporated land in Siskiyou County. The lawsuit named Jesse Vang and nine co-plaintiffs, who claimed they were subjected to election improprieties and discrimination. Pier 5 is a law firm in San Francisco that pled their case. Pier 5 specializes in legal action in behalf of cannabis producers. Yep, you get the picture of the real bias.

The suit was brought last September 2016 after the Secretary of State Alex Padilla’s office asked Sheriff Lopey to provide protection to his investigators, when they began checking residents’ addresses on the voter fraud issue. County Clerk Setzer had noticed an unusual number of new voters were using addresses from unincorporated areas where there were no homes or even infrastructure to build homes. Following state election code mandates, she reported her concerns to the CA. Sec. of State’s office, which then handles these situations. The really sad part was that Sec. Padilla acted as if Siskiyou acted on its own. It had not. His office was the lead agency investigating voter fraud.

Numerous news articles by state-wide and national newspapers slammed Siskiyou County for racism and bias against the Hmong. To make matters worse, the Hmong suggested Siskiyou Sheriff Lopey only targeted them when taking out illegal marijuana grows. That was not the case as there are other ethnic and, even, white people that are busted.

I asked Sheriff Lopey how he felt – being exonerated. This is what he said:

It is very satisfying to know we have a federal court and judges that still uphold the rule of law and support a local jurisdiction’s right and obligation to protect its citizenry. Judge Mendez looked at the facts and evidence and rejected the lies, emotions, and suppositions of illegal drug traffickers.

When this lawsuit started (alone with the SAM lawsuit that followed) there were well-financed groups that literally attempted to stop us from enforcing the law and they further wanted to harm the county fiscally by filing these lawsuits, banking on the supposition that the huge profits from illegal drug trafficking could be leveraged to corrupt us or influence a lack of action.

The big winners are the county leaders, whose courage and determination to fight this illegal drug trade prevailed, but more importantly the greatest recipients of this decision are the great citizens of Siskiyou County harmed the most from this illicit drug trade.  Additionally, our environment, water, and other natural resources will be better protected and our children better safeguarded from the proliferation of illegal cannabis.

Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Check out her websites: Pie N Politics.com and Liz Bowen.com or call her at 530-467-3515.

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