Salinas, CA – The Monterey County Board of Supervisors expected to get sued when it voted to keep the General Plan initiative off the June primary ballot last week. And it only took initiative supporters a day to file that suit against the county, saying the Board's vote clearly violated the law. The stakes are high - the proposal would set land use policy throughout the county for the next 20 years. But the battle has moved from the initiative's merits straight into the courts.
Pacific Grove, CA – You've heard her voice for years on NPR, reporting from London and across the Middle East - Baghdad, Jerusalem, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan, to name just a few places. In fact, NPR foreign correspondant Deborah Amos only spends about a hundred days at home each year. The rest of the time she's on the road.
Salinas, Calif. – Many Monterey County residents are still furious two days after the Board of Supervisors voted to not place the General Plan initiative on the June primary ballot. One of the initiative's leading backers, LandWatch Monterey County, has already filed suit, saying supervisors broke the law by not putting the measure on the ballot. So what legal ground is the county standing on? KAZU's Ben Adler talks with Monterey County counsel Charles McKee to find out.
Salinas, CA – The fierce battle over future Monterey County land use took a major twist Tuesday night. The Board of Supervisors voted 3-to-2 to not place the proposed General Plan initiative on the June ballot. Initiative supporters had gathered about 15-thousand signatures through the referendum process, and supervisors appeared to only have two choices - adopt the initiative as law, or let the entire county vote. Instead, they did neither. KAZU's Ben Adler reports.