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Sharon Lee Ford
--- On Thu, 8/30/12, Christina Walsh <cwalsh@...> wrote:
From: Christina Walsh <cwalsh@...>
Subject: [ssflcag] Very disturbing to see from PSR
Date: Thursday, August 30, 2012, 9:08 PM
This idea that PSR doesn't want local residents to have a voice and indeed that psr has gone so far as to slander me in efforts to only have the "workgroup point of view" heard. There are many opinions and a vast variety of concerns that people have with regard to the site and it's future and how this cleanup is done. Many views I don't agree with but we all deserve to be heard. For a health organization like PSR to attack us for wanting to be part of this process that affects us directly, is truly mystifying.
I will be at Starbucks West Hills tomorrow a.m. for paper CAG petition signing and these people don't have a right to shut us out.
We all know we are being shut out because of political bullying and we will stand up!
From: Denise Duffield [mailto:dduffield@...]
Sent: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 3:55 PM
To: Raphael, Debbie@DTSC
Cc: Rodriquez, Matthew@EPA; Ingenito, Miriam@EPA; Brausch, Rick@DTSC; Black, Stewart@DTSC; Marxen, Jim@DTSC; William Preston Bowling; william.craven@...;Louise.Rishoff@...
Subject: Petition to Bring Back the SSFL Workgroup
I think it's important that you know that many people down here were disturbed to see the e-mails that Christina Walsh posted on her Yahoo Group indicating that you had met with her yet again, approved her CAG petition, and were working with her on establishing a CAG. We hope this is not true.
I therefore wanted to confirm that you are receiving e-mails from Signon.orgwith the growing number of signatures from a petition to Bring Back the SSFL Inter-Agency Work Group. In just three days, more than 100 community members have signed, many adding personal heart-felt comments. That is twice the number that Walsh got over many weeks for her petition, which she has described as calling for revival of the PPG or creation of a CAG (it is not clear which people thought they were supporting when signing that smaller petition).
You can read the Work Group petition by going to http://signon.org/sign/bring-back-the-santa; by returning to it you will see as more people keep signing it. As the petition indicates, for twenty-two years, the SSFL Inter-Agency Work Group has been the primary source for the public, elected officials and their staffs, and the media, to be updated in a format that provides useful information to community members, many of whom are new to the situation. It also provides a needed mechanism for coordination between the various agencies involved in the cleanup in a public
The signators on the petition to bring back the Work Group also oppose Walsh's proposed CAG as an alternative to the Workgroup. This is in part, because as the petition states, a CAG is a discussion session to review and comment on DTSC response plans and is not an appropriate format for informing the general public in a clear and useful fashion about important developments involving the various agencies. That is the service that the Workgroup has so long provided. Those opposed to the CAG greatly outnumber those in favor.
Walsh implied that you had agreed to a CAG with some cover of having a couple of people from the Work Group on it. Please have no illusions about this. Supporters of the cleanup who now serve on the Work Group, or the PPG for that matter, or otherwise have been loyal to the AOCs, are exceedingly unlikely to participate in any such CAG. It would be viewed as illegitimate and most likely boycotted by all but a small group of people, many of whom who have been trying to disrupt the cleanup.
I hope that Walsh was not accurately representing her meeting with you. But if you indeed you are intending to submit to this individual and in effect reward disruptive behavior by killing off the Work Group permanently and in itsplace establishing a CAG - in the face of a large majority that wants just the opposite - this will not go down well down here. DTSC would be publicly viewed as becoming once again an opponent of the affected community and the cleanup needed to protect them.
are some simple and sensible compromises possible here and the supporters of the cleanup stand ready to productively discuss with you these paths forward. But proceeding as Walsh says you are proceeding would cause a great deal of damage.
Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles
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