Policy

Fallowing and Ag Pass Programs Adopted by BoS

We are happy to report that the Fallowing Program and the Ag Pass Program both were adopted by the BoS on Tuesday 7-12-2022!

1. Fallowing

The ordinance linked below will go into effect 30 days from today. At that time any operators with permits OR embossed receipts who are voluntarily reducing their canopy for this season will have just 30 days to apply for tax relief based on that reduction.

Here’s the breakdown of the available tax relief:

22-0838 – Cannabis Tax – Fallowing – Ordinance – Where the Fallowed Area consists of a portion of the cultivation site, the applicant or permittee shall be subject to the minimum tax that corresponds to the square footage of the non-fallowed portion of the cultivation site, such that:

– Where the non-fallowed portion of the cultivation site is two thousand five hundred (2,500) square feet or less, the applicant or permittee shall pay the minimum tax amount stated in section6.32.050.B.1.a.

– Where the non-fallowed portion of the cultivation site is over two thousand five hundred (2,500) square feet and up to and including five thousand (5,000) square feet, the applicant or permittee shall pay the minimum tax amount stated in section 6.32.050.B.1.b.

– Where the non-fallowed portion of the cultivation site is over five thousand (5,000) square feet, the applicant or permittee shall pay the minimum tax amount stated in section 6.32.050.B.1.c.

What this means is that if your site is between 5,001 and 10,000 square feet, you must fallow to 5,000 square feet or below to reduce your minimum tax. Someone with 10,000 square feet will not receive a minimum tax reduction if they reduce from 10,000 to 7,500, or even 6,000 square feet for example. Please keep this in mind as you decide what square footage to fallow if you are choosing to take advantage of this program.

The county / MCD will need to provide the public with the required Affidavit of Fallowing for operators to utilize for this process, and we have requested it so everyone who wants to use it can have as much time to prepare for submission as possible.

2. Ag Pass Program

The Ag Pass Program was designed to enable pre-registration for commercial farmers (including cannabis farmers), ranchers and kennel owners to streamline the process for accessing evacuated areas during fire emergencies WHEN CONDITIONS ALLOW. It is NOT a blanket pass to be in an evacuation zone, but it will enable those with passes to enter if and when conditions are safe enough, but prior to a full evacuation order being lifted.

Linked below is the approved program explanation and application (it says DRAFT on the document b/c it was provided to the BoS before adoption). It will be cleaned up and made available so operators can begin submitting their applications in line with the program once it goes into effect 30 days from now. Both of these items are the result of MCA’s advocacy efforts to support the needs of our Members and the community at large. We’re glad to see any steps toward the support of our licensed operators, and believe these programs are definitely steps in the right direction.

We’ll keep you updated once these items are in effect and accepting submissions.

Files can be seen here: https://bit.ly/Fallowing_AgPass

MCA Memo for 7-12 BOS Meeting

Good afternoon,

In advance of Tuesday’s 7-12 Board of Supervisors meeting, MCA has prepared the following memos:

  • Item 3t- Fallowing
  • Item 3w- Restricted Access Ag Pass

Both of these items will be under the Consent Calendar and it is assumed they will be approved by the Board.

If you support our positions, please share that support with the Board of Supervisors. 

To leave any written public comment, first you must CLICK HERE to register with Granicus. Once you have registered, you will be able to sign in and make comments on all agenda items. Moving forward, we will provide links for each agenda item to comment on, so it’s worth your time to sign up now since this is the system the County will be using for submissions.

YOU MUST MAKE AN INDIVIDUAL COMMENT FOR EACH AGENDA ITEM YOU WANT TO ADDRESS. CLICK THE ITEM BELOW FOR THE APPROPRIATE PLACE TO SUBMIT YOUR COMMENT.

If you would also like to make a verbal comment (we recommend it!) on any or all of these items, there are two options.

1. If you would like to leave a message for the Board of Supervisors to be played during the July 12th meeting, you can leave a voicemail comment

 – Call 707-234-6333 and leave a voice message, up to 2 minutes in length, to be played during public expression/public comment, as it relates to the agenda.

– Speak clearly, being sure to state your full name, District #, and which agenda item you are calling for. YOU MUST LEAVE ONE MESSAGE PER AGENDA ITEM. MESSAGES MUST BE LEFT BY 7AM ON THE DAY OF THE MEETING TO BE SAFE.

– Anonymous phone messages will not be played back during the meeting!

2. Join the Zoom Webinar on 7-12-22 and use the “raise hand” feature when Public Comment is called. For details and complete list of the latest available options by which to engage with agenda items, please CLICK HERE  

CLICK HERE to Join Zoom Webinar

Zoom Webinar ID: 874 9537 7503
Zoom Phone Number (if joining via telephone): 1 669 900 9128

Please also feel free to email your District Supervisor with your comments!

Make sure to include the items that you’re writing about in your Email Subject

District 4 – Dan Gjerde gjerde@mendocinocounty.org,

District 3 – John Haschak haschakj@mendocinocounty.org,

District 1 – Glenn McGourty mcgourtyg@mendocinocounty.org,

District 2 – Mo Mulheren mulherenm@mendocinocounty.org,

District 5 – Ted Williams williamst@mendocinocounty.org

All Supervisors: bos@mendocinocounty.org

Thank you for your support! 

-Mendocino Cannabis Alliance

MCA MEMO for 6-21 BOS MEETING

Good afternoon,

In advance of tomorrow’s Board of Supervisors meeting, MCA has prepared the following memo:

  • Item 3W – MCD Report

In addition, we have also included a memo submitted by Hannah Nelson which goes into a deeper explanation of the importance of Local Authorization as it relates to State Provisional Licenses for many applicants currently in the que.

If you support our positions and those of Hannah Nelson, please share that support with the Board of Supervisors. 

To leave any written public comment, first you must CLICK HERE to register with Granicus. Once you have registered, you will be able to sign in and make comments on all agenda items. Moving forward, we will provide links for each agenda item to comment on, so it’s worth your time to sign up now since this is the system the County will be using for submissions.

YOU MUST MAKE AN INDIVIDUAL COMMENT FOR EACH AGENDA ITEM YOU WANT TO ADDRESS. CLICK THE ITEM BELOW FOR THE APPROPRIATE PLACE TO SUBMIT YOUR COMMENT.

If you would also like to make a verbal comment (we recommend it!) on any or all of these items, there are two options.

1. If you would like to leave a message for the Board of Supervisors to be played during the June 21st meeting, you can leave a voicemail comment

 – Call 707-234-6333 and leave a voice message, up to 2 minutes in length, to be played during public expression/public comment, as it relates to the agenda.

– Speak clearly, being sure to state your full name, District #, and which agenda item you are calling for. YOU MUST LEAVE ONE MESSAGE PER AGENDA ITEM. MESSAGES MUST BE LEFT BY 7AM ON THE DAY OF THE MEETING TO BE SAFE.

– Anonymous phone messages will not be played back during the meeting!

2. Join the Zoom Webinar on 6-21-22 and use the “raise hand” feature when Public Comment is called. For details and complete list of the latest available options by which to engage with agenda items, please CLICK HERE  

CLICK HERE to Join Zoom Webinar

Zoom Webinar ID: 811 6160 7360 

Zoom Phone Number (if joining via telephone): 1 669 900 9128

Please also feel free to email your District Supervisor with your comments!

Make sure to include the items that you’re writing about in your Email Subject

District 4 – Dan Gjerde gjerde@mendocinocounty.org,

District 3 – John Haschak haschakj@mendocinocounty.org,

District 1 – Glenn McGourty mcgourtyg@mendocinocounty.org,

District 2 – Mo Mulheren mulherenm@mendocinocounty.org,

District 5 – Ted Williams williamst@mendocinocounty.org

All Supervisors: bos@mendocinocounty.org

Thank you for your support! 

MCA & CCAG Endorse John Hasckak for Re-election to 3rd District Supervisor


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 19, 2022


Mendocino County, CA: On behalf of both the Mendocino Cannabis Alliance and the Covelo Cannabis Advocacy Group, we are pleased to offer our endorsement of John Haschak running for re-election as the 3rd District Supervisor for Mendocino County.

John Haschak exemplifies exactly what it means to be in a leadership position. He listens to his constituency and actively responds to those who contact him. He has done a fantastic job representing the needs of his District since his election in 2018. He is engaged with the community as a current Supervisor, attending local events throughout the County and specifically the 3rd District. He also publishes a monthly newsletter to keep constituents informed. 

Supervisor Haschak supports the cannabis community and listens to the voice of legacy farmers. He makes himself available to hear the needs of the public to help find solutions for complex issues. He has served on multiple Ad Hoc committees including the Drought Task Force and multiple cannabis committees where he is the strongest voice in support of policies and efforts to protect our locally licensed legacy operators. He supports our efforts to develop best management practices in line with our commitment to environmental stewardship. He understands the key role legacy cannabis plays in our local economic development efforts and has committed to working to protect the beneficial contributions of our legacy cannabis community to support the stability of the entire County. 

Supervisor John Haschak has the experience, leadership and dedication to continue to make positive changes for District 3 and the County of Mendocino.  As organizations that represent a wide range of individuals across Mendocino County, we appreciate his commitment to listening to the voice of the people and his courage to advocate for everyone in the County with compassion, dedication, and understanding.

MCA and CCAG are proud to offer our support and endorsement of Supervisor John Haschak for his re-election to represent the 3rd District of Mendocino County.

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About Mendocino Cannabis Alliance: MCA is the premier cannabis trade association in Mendocino County, serving and promoting Mendocino County’s world-renowned cannabis cultivators and businesses through sustainable economic development, education and public policy initiatives. https://mendocannabis.com/

About Covelo Cannabis Advocacy Group: CCAG represents legacy cultivators in and around the Round Valley/Covelo area. By offering support and education, their mission is to empower individuals by working together to build a healthy community. “It’s about the We, not the Me”

Contact: Michael Katz (MCA); Phone: 707-234-5568; Email: michael@mendocannabis.com

Monique Ramirez (CCAG); Phone: 707-354-8406; Email: covelocannabisgroup@gmail.com

MCA Memos for 05-17 BoS Meeting


In advance of tomorrow’s Board of Supervisors meeting, MCA has prepared the following memos:

  • Public Expression – Mendocino Cannabis in Los Angeles (The Emerald Cup and The Woods), an Invitation to LADY BUDS at the Mendocino Film Festival on June 3 and Appeals
  • Item 3t – MCD Report – Where we object to several components of the MCD report and provide recommendations for improvements.
  • Item 4f – Fallowing – Where we offer recommendations to improve the proposed Fallowing Program.

CLICK HERE to review the memos

If you support our positions, please share that support with the Board of Supervisors. 


To leave any written public comment, first you must CLICK HERE to register with Granicus. Once you have registered, you will be able to sign in and make comments on all agenda items. Moving forward, we will provide links for each agenda item to comment on, so it’s worth your time to sign up now since this is the system the County will be using moving forward for submissions.
YOU MUST MAKE AN INDIVIDUAL COMMENT FOR EACH AGENDA ITEM YOU WANT TO ADDRESS. CLICK THE ITEM BELOW FOR THE APPROPRIATE PLACE TO SUBMIT YOUR COMMENT.

If you would also like to make a verbal comment (we recommend it!) on any or all of these items, there are two options.

1. If you would like to leave a message for the Board of Supervisors to be played during the May 17 meeting, you can leave a voicemail comment

 – Call 707-234-6333 and leave a voice message, up to 2 minutes in length, to be played during public expression/public comment, as it relates to the agenda.

– Speak clearly, being sure to state your full name, District #, and which agenda item you are calling for. YOU MUST LEAVE ONE MESSAGE PER AGENDA ITEM. MESSAGES MUST BE LEFT BY 7AM ON THE DAY OF THE MEETING TO BE SAFE.

– Anonymous phone messages will not be played back during the meeting!


2. Join the Zoom Webinar on 05-03 and use the “raise hand” feature when Public Comment is called. For details and complete list of the latest available options by which to engage with agenda items, please CLICK HERE  

CLICK HERE to Join Zoom Webinar

Zoom Webinar ID: 820 5603 6245

Zoom Phone Number (if joining via telephone): 1 669 900 9128

Please also feel free to email your District Supervisor with your comments!

Make sure to include the items that you’re writing about in your Email SubjectDistrict 4 – Dan Gjerde gjerde@mendocinocounty.org,
District 3 – John Haschak haschakj@mendocinocounty.org,
District 1 – Glenn McGourty mcgourtyg@mendocinocounty.org,
District 2 – Mo Mulheren mulherenm@mendocinocounty.org,
District 5 – Ted Williams williamst@mendocinocounty.orgAll Supervisors: bos@mendocinocounty.org
Thank you for your support! 

MCA Memos for 05-03 BoS Meeting


In advance of the 05-03 BoS Meeting MCA has prepared the following memos:

  • Item 3s – Mendocino Cannabis Department
    • We again urge the Board to take a more active role in directing MCD to support local licensees.
  • Item 3z – Economic Development
    • We support the agreement with West Company to provide economic development support to all local businesses, including cannabis businesses.
  • Item 4a – Budget Report
    • We identify that cannabis has contributed nearly $15M to the County in the last few years, nearly $8M MORE than projected, and stress the need to protect those operators generating that essential revenue, and overall economic activity, for the entire county.

CLICK HERE to read the memos!

Additionally, Mendocino County has been declared a disaster area by the Small Business Administration due to drought conditions.  Especially in this context, and because Cannabis businesses are not eligible for programs designed to address this disaster, we urge the Board to expedite both the fallowing program and tax relief for operators continuing their operations. 


Finally, it has been brought to our attention that from the 1150 Provisional state licenses operational in Mendocino County, it is estimated that less than 700 are still engaged in the licensing program.  If this is accurate, that means nearly 40% of folks who had entered the program at the urging of the county to get regulated have fallen out of that process.  Continued inaction by the Board will only lead to more and more of these losses, which will continue to reduce valuable resources for the entire county.  We urge our Supervisors to engage more directly with MCA to course correct the harmful path that our cannabis program is currently on.

If you support our positions, please share that support with the Board of Supervisors. 


To leave any written public comment, first you must CLICK HERE to register with Granicus. Once you have registered, you will be able to sign in and make comments on all agenda items. Moving forward, we will provide links for each agenda item to comment on, so it’s worth your time to sign up now since this is the system the County will be using moving forward for submissions.


YOU MUST MAKE AN INDIVIDUAL COMMENT FOR EACH AGENDA ITEM YOU WANT TO ADDRESS. CLICK THE ITEM BELOW FOR THE APPROPRIATE PLACE TO SUBMIT YOUR COMMENT.

If you would also like to make a verbal comment (we recommend it!) on any or all of these items, there are two options.

1. If you would like to leave a message for the Board of Supervisors to be played during the May 3 meeting, you can leave a voicemail comment

 – Call 707-234-6333 and leave a voice message, up to 2 minutes in length, to be played during public expression/public comment, as it relates to the agenda.

– Speak clearly, being sure to state your full name, District #, and which agenda item you are calling for. YOU MUST LEAVE ONE MESSAGE PER AGENDA ITEM. MESSAGES MUST BE LEFT BY 7AM ON THE DAY OF THE MEETING TO BE SAFE.

– Anonymous phone messages will not be played back during the meeting!


2. Join the Zoom Webinar on 05-03 and use the “raise hand” feature when Public Comment is called. For details and complete list of the latest available options by which to engage with agenda items, please CLICK HERE


CLICK HERE to Join Zoom Webinar

Zoom Webinar ID: 870 9188 1855 

Zoom Phone Number (if joining via telephone): 1 669 900 9128

Please also feel free to email your District Supervisor with your comments!

Make sure to include the items that you’re writing about in your Subject

District 4 – Dan Gjerde gjerde@mendocinocounty.org,
District 3 – John Haschak haschakj@mendocinocounty.org,
District 1 – Glenn McGourty mcgourtyg@mendocinocounty.org,
District 2 – Mo Mulheren mulherenm@mendocinocounty.org,
District 5 – Ted Williams williamst@mendocinocounty.org

All Supervisors: bos@mendocinocounty.org

Thank you for your support! 

MCA Memos for 04-19 BoS Meeting

In advance of the BoS meeting tomorrow, MCA has prepared the following memos and submitted them to the Board of Supervisors. IT IS EXTRA IMPORTANT THAT YOU MAKE COMMENTS TO THE BOS ON THESE ITEMS TOMORROW!

CLICK HERE to read the memos.

If you support our positions, please share that support with the Board of Supervisors. To leave any written public comment, first you must CLICK HERE to register with Granicus. Once you have registered, you will be able to sign in and make comments on all agenda items. Moving forward, we will provide links for each agenda item to comment on, so it’s worth your time to sign up now since this is the system the County will be using moving forward for submissions.


YOU MUST MAKE AN INDIVIDUAL COMMENT FOR EACH AGENDA ITEM YOU WANT TO ADDRESS. CLICK THE ITEM BELOW FOR THE APPROPRIATE PLACE TO SUBMIT YOUR COMMENT.

If you would also like to make a verbal comment (we recommend it!) on any or all of these items, there are two options.

1. If you would like to leave a message for the Board of Supervisors to be played during the April 19 meeting, you can leave a voicemail comment

 – Call 707-234-6333 and leave a voice message, up to 2 minutes in length, to be played during public expression/public comment, as it relates to the agenda.

– Speak clearly, being sure to state your full name, District #, and which agenda item you are calling for. YOU MUST LEAVE ONE MESSAGE PER AGENDA ITEM. MESSAGES MUST BE LEFT BY 7AM ON THE DAY OF THE MEETING TO BE SAFE.

– Anonymous phone messages will not be played back during the meeting!


2. Join the Zoom webinar and Raise your Hand!

– Zoom Webinar ID: 828 8600 1093

Zoom Phone Number (if joining via telephone): 1 669 900 9128

To participate online in Zoom, if you have not already you must first CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD the app.

Then CLICK HERE to learn how to Join a Zoom Webinar.

Meetings are live streamed and available for viewing online on the Mendocino County YouTube page, at https://www.youtube.com/MendocinoCountyVideo or by toll-free, telephonic live stream at 888-544-8306.

The public may also participate digitally in meetings in lieu of personal attendance. Comment may be made via written comment using our online eComment platform or by joining the Zoom Webinar and using the “raise hand” feature when Public Comment is called. For details and complete list of the latest available options by which to engage with agenda items, please visit: https://www.mendocinocounty.org/government/board-of-supervisors/public-engagement

CLICK HERE to learn how to Raise Your Hand.

Please also feel free to email your District Supervisor with your comments!

Make sure to include the items that you’re writing about in your Subject

District 4 – Dan Gjerde gjerde@mendocinocounty.org,
District 3 – John Haschak haschakj@mendocinocounty.org,
District 1 – Glenn McGourty mcgourtyg@mendocinocounty.org,
District 2 – Mo Mulheren mulherenm@mendocinocounty.org,
District 5 – Ted Williams williamst@mendocinocounty.org

All Supervisors: bos@mendocinocounty.org

Thank you for your support! 

MCA Memos for 4-5 BoS Meeting

In advance of tomorrow’s BoS meeting MCA has drafted and submitted memos on the following items:

  • Public Expression – Equity Program Concerns
  • Item 3f – Letters of Support for SB 1074 and AB 2691
  • Item 3m – Chambers Reopening

Click the Link to view the memos: https://bit.ly/MCA_Memos_04-05-2022

If you’d like to make comments on any of these items, we have listed all of the ways we know of to submit Public Comments on our Blog here: https://mendocannabis.com/blog/public-comment-instructions/

Attorneys for Applicants and MCA Present Legal Objection to Denial Threat Letters

On Feb 28, attorney and Senior Policy Advisor to MCA Hannah Nelson submitted a letter to the Board of Supervisors calling out Improper Tactics by the Mendocino Cannabis Program in their Vegetation Modification letters sent out to a reported 35 applicants. In it, Hannah raised several serious concerns with the way the program was being rolled out, specifically the level of evidence requested that is not included in the Ordinance, the shifting of the burden of proof to the applicant, and the very short time period applicants had to respond to information for which they had not been asked in several years of operating.

After these concerns were raised by Hannah and many members of the licensed cannabis community, the Mendocino Cannabis Department held a weekly meeting on Feb 25 where it was made clear in no uncertain terms that not only were they prepared to deny applicants’ permits based on their inability to meet the unreasonable demands, but that no ‘after-the-fact’ documentation, even from ‘licensed professionals’ would be accepted as ‘credible evidence’ that no violations had occurred.

In public comments from MCD it has been expressed that Department staff is currently reviewing responses to the letters to determine what steps to take.  It is our firm opinion that the Vegetation Modification Letter program should be halted immediately, and that MCD should work with stakeholders to both determine how alleged tree removal is addressed and to ensure that applicants have access to a fair appeal process if they are proposed for denial. To this end MCA has joined with the Attorneys of Unnamed Applicants who have received these Vegetation Modification letters, including Hannah, to draft the document linked below which was sent earlier today to Director Kristin Nevedal of the Mendocino Cannabis Department, as well as the Board of Supervisors and County Counsel. The letter explains various objections to MCD’s letters and proposes a collaborative approach to addressing those objections.

It is the sincere hope of the co-signers of this letter that MCD and the County will agree to our recommendations. If, however, MCD and the County continue on this course of action, a more involved response will be required. We are prepared to do what it takes to stand up with, and for, our community.  The immediate threat levied by these letters has led to the need for immediate action.  

CLICK HERE to read the letter.

We will keep you posted as this situation develops, but know that we’ve got your back 100%. #strongertogether

MCA Recap of March 2 Special Meeting on Cannabis

The BoS Special Meeting on Cannabis on March 2 covered a lot of ground. It is currently posted on the County YouTube page (CLICK HERE). A brief recap of each item is below, and MCA will discuss in more detail on a Member only Policy Call Thursday March 10. For those of you receiving this email who are not currently Members, you can visit https://mendocannabis.com/join/ to join up Today and make sure you stay in the loop on all things Mendocino Cannabis!

The Mendocino Cannabis Program (MCD) is now the Mendocino Cannabis Department (MCD). We suggest continuing to use the cannabisprogram@mendocinocounty.org email until you hear otherwise.

You can find the agenda item resolutions and documents that were discussed here: https://bit.ly/BoS_3-2_SpecialMeeting

Here are the items and the outcomes:

Item 3a – Contiguous Expansion Affidavit policy

– This item passed as written. The actual recommendation that passed was not presented in written form in the Agenda so I do not have the exact wording, but will follow up when I can get access to it. Roughly, it was to modify the existing County policy to make the second sentence of item 3 of Exhibit A (available at the agenda items link above) – which is the staff screening to determine if an applicant must be referred to CDFW for a full SSHR – to be a SEPARATE requirement so that if an applicant has the same footprint, but they also have veg removal (any) or tree removal (any, even lawful) or grading (any including pursuant to a grading permit), they must go through a full SSHR referral to CDFW and not just address it later in the Appendix G process.

-We had opposed this course of action in our memo.

Item 3b – Local Jurisdiction Assistance Grant Program – The Board passed the resolution as presented, providing authorization for the Mendocino Cannabis Department Director to change the program in accordance with State law, in consultation with County Counsel, at her discretion.

– The Board requested that any changes be adequately noticed to the Board and the public.

– We had expressed support for expanding the programs, but objected to several identified uses other than Direct Grants to applicants, and so opposed this resolution in our memo (though we absolutely agree that more transparency is needed).

Item 3c – Cannabis Program Name Change- As mentioned above, the Mendocino Cannabis Program (MCP) is now the Mendocino Cannabis Department (MCD). That is all for now.

Item 4a – Fallowing – The Board directed County Counsel to work with the Ad Hoc to develop a tax relief plan that would ideally serve the same purpose as the Fallowing proposal made by Hannah Nelson but without the additional administrative requirements a full program would entail.

– The agreement that tax relief is needed, and that tax relief focused solutions will be the first items evaluated, is a huge step in the right direction.

– We support the direction of this approach (though the devil is always in the details) and will work closely with the Ad Hoc on this item to try and ensure that the most useful program is developed with the least amount of burden for applicants and the County.

– The Notice of Application Stay and Notice of Non Operation for Permit holders still currently contain the poison pill of the loss of local authorization for those seeking to utilize those programs. We believe it is essential that this be revised IN ADDITION to the tax relief measures being discussed.

Item 4b – Appeals – The Board approved the following motion:

direct staff to create an appeal process for cannabis application denials prior to may 3 of 2022, look at options for full cost recovery and look at options regarding the continuing of cultivation while an appeal is being processed and bring back to the Board for direction to finalize process draft an ordinance.

– Any denials in the meantime are completely at the discretion of the Cannabis Program Director. Until an appeals process is in place, an applicant who is denied has the ability to file suit against the County if they believe they have been denied in error.

– We had recommended that no denials be proposed until the Appeals process is fully developed.

Thanks to those who made comments and called in and left messages for the Board leading up to today. Every comment makes an impact, especially in aggregate. At this meeting, the Board mentioned specifically that they are used to hearing from a small group of the same people in verbal comment. As we continue to address these issues moving forward I urge you all to join us in making public comments, leaving voice messages, and speaking up so the Board knows that we all stand strong together with a unified voice. We are making progress, but there’s still a lot more work to do, and more hands (and voices) add strength to our efforts. We are truly stronger together!Much love and respect to you as we continue to navigate these uncharted waters.

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