Cerrito Peak Mansion

City, Developer Sued Over Approval of Proposed Cerrito Peak Mansion

by Jack McCurdy

Synopsis:   A suit has been filed against the city of Morro Bay and developer Dan Reddell to stop the construction of a 5,632-square foot mansion atop little Cerrito Peak based on claims the project’s approval violated a multitude of laws and that the city engaged in an “admitted pattern and practice of abuse of the law” and of excluding information from the public.

The city of Morro Bay and developer Dan Reddell, owner of Bayshore Realty in Morro Bay, have been sued over the City Council’s approval of the development of a 5,632-square-foot mansion atop little Cerrito Peak, a suit that was expected in light of the California Coastal Commission staff’s strong legal objections to the project. But the scope, depth, and ethical allegations of the charges in the suit go far beyond the question of whether the development meets legal requirements.

Besides the charges of violating a whole range of laws, codes, and statutes in approving the project, the suit accuses the city of:

—Engaging in an “admitted pattern and practice of abuse of the law.”
—Having “intentionally exclud(ed) information and data about the existence and location of public resources.”
—Doing so “with the explicit intention of benefiting the developer at the public’s expense.”
—Engaging in a “frank and explicit exclusion of data and the prioritization of economic benefit of the property owner to the detriment of the public” and “a pervasive disregard for the law and the city’s duties to protect public property and welfare.”
—Failing to recognize that “information is the heart of an accountable decision making process. To this end, the law requires that every decision must be based on conclusions, or findings, and findings must be supported by evidence — by data and information — in the record.” And the suit contends the city failed to reveal such information.

The suit, filed by Save the Park, a nonprofit local citizens organization, asks the San Luis Obispo Superior Court to issue an injunction to prevent any start on the development until the suit is settled. Most property owners surrounding Cerrito Peak reportedly support the suit. Contributions on the suit’s behalf can be made to Save the Park by contacting Nicole Dorfman.

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Stewardship Council

Notice of Public Board Meeting

The Pacific Forest and Watershed Lands Stewardship Council Board of Directors will hold a public meeting on:

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

Tsakopoulos Library Galleria
West Room
828 I Street
Sacramento, California

The full agenda with additional information can be found on our website.
The order of the action items is subject to change.

There will be opportunity for public comment at the board meeting. Comments may also be submitted in advance at info@stewardshipcouncil.org. All public comments are shared with the Board of Directors.

For additional information, please call (866) 791-5150, send an e-mail to info@stewardshipcouncil.org, or submit written requests to: Pacific Forest and Watershed Lands Stewardship Council, 15 North Ellsworth Avenue, Suite 100, San Mateo, CA 94401.


15 North Ellsworth Avenue
Suite 100
San Mateo, CA 94401

(650) 344-9072 phone
(650) 401-2140 fax



The Stewardship Council protects and enhances watershed lands and uses, and invests in efforts to improve the lives of young Californians through connections with the outdoors.

Core Values



Take a look at this petition and consider signing it. A show like this has the ability to destroy many cultural, as well as historic sites.

Late last week the SAA Board was informed that there are two TV series planned that promote and glorify the looting and destruction of archaeological sites. They are American Diggers and Diggers. The first is scheduled for Spike TV and the other for National Geographic TV. As past SAA President Bob Kelly wrote in a recent e-mail in response to American Diggers,“This shameless and shameful program will glorify and promote the mindless destruction of archaeological sites in the U.S.”

SAA and other groups, such as SHA, have already prepared and sent strong letters condemning both of these programs to the production companies, networks, and others. Copies of the SAA letters can be found on the SAA website (http://bit.ly/w2MHJM, and http://bit.ly/wzT7IA). The letters provide details on why we are so concerned. Up to this point Spike TV has not responded to the public outcry. Leadership of National Geographic, however, has indicated that, while they are unable to stop the showing tomorrow on such short notice, they will place a disclaimer into the show that speaks to laws protecting archaeological and historic sites. They are also willing to enter into discussions with the archaeological community to determine how to raise awareness of the impacts of the use of metal detectors for treasure hunting. We will advise you of developments in this area. Continue reading “DIGGERS”

Santa Maria River Watershed Total Maximum Daily Load

Please find the attached agenda item notice for the March 15, 2012 Central Coast Water Board Hearing for the Santa Maria River Watershed Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for Fecal Indicator Bacteria (FIB).
See our Calendar for more meeting location etc.


All documents will be available online via the agenda link by February 29, 2012.  You can also view the documents now via the TMDL project pages at: http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/centralcoast/water_issues/programs/tmdl/docs/santa_maria/fib/index.shtml.


Please call or email Shanta Keeling if you have any questions.
Water Resources Control Engineer
Central Coast Water Board
895 Aerovista Place, Suite 101
San Luis Obispo, CA  93401
(805) 549-3464
(805) 788-3516 fax

Earth Wisdom

Earth Wisdom
A California Chumash Woman
By Yolanda Broyles-González; Pilulaw Khus

256 pp. / 6.00 in x 9.00 in / 2011
Pilulaw Khus has devoted her life to tribal, environmental, and human rights issues. With impressive candor and detail, she recounts those struggles here, offering a Native woman’s perspective on California history and the production of knowledge about indigenous peoples. Readers interested in tribal history will find in her story a spiritual counterpoint to prevailing academic views on the complicated reemergence of a Chumash identity. Readers interested in environmental studies will find vital eyewitness accounts of movements to safeguard important sites like Painted Rock and San Simeon Point from developers. Readers interested in indigenous storytelling will find Chumash origin tales and oral history as recounted by a gifted storyteller.

The 1978 Point Conception Occupation was a turning point in Pilulaw Khus’s life. In that year excavation began for a new natural gas facility at Point Conception, near Santa Barbara, California. To the Chumash tribal people of the central California coast, this was desecration of sacred land. In the Chumash cosmology, it was the site of the Western Gate, a passageway for spirits to enter the next world. Frustrated by unfavorable court hearings, the Chumash and their allies mobilized a year-long occupation of the disputed site, eventually forcing the energy company to abandon its plan. The Point Conception Occupation was a landmark event in the cultural revitalization of the Chumash people and a turning point in the life of Pilulaw Khus, the Chumash activist and medicine woman whose firsthand narrations comprise this volume.

Scholar Yolanda Broyles-González provides an extensive introductory analysis of Khus’s narrative. Her analysis explores “re-Indianization” and highlights the newly emergent Chumash research of the last decade.

In the world of book publishing, this volume from a traditional Chumash woman elder is a first. It puts a 20th (and 21st) century face, name, identity, humanity, personality, and living voice on the term Chumash.



The tiłhini (northern Chumash) word for sea/ocean is cpasini.

The Nine Sisters are a string of hills that partially run through San Luis Obispo. They are geologically noteworthy for being volcanic plugs.  The Nine Sisters (sometimes called the Seven Sisters) Morros Morro Rock is in the foreground. The Nine Sisters are, west to east: Morro Rock (no climbing access), Black Hill, Cabrillo Peak, Hollister Peak (no access, private property), Cerro Romauldo (restricted access), Chumash Peak (restricted access), Bishop Peak, Cerro San Luis (San Luis Mountain), Islay Hill.