CSUF Fumbles CPRA Request.

frack_aAlmost a month ago I made what I thought would be a simple CPRA  request to discover what the expenses and funding are for tonight’s Fracking Symposium at CSUF. It would have been easier to nail jello to a tree.

Chalk it up to lack of familiarity with the CPRA process or purposefully delaying their response to avoid comment or criticism tonight, CSUF gets a big fail on this one.

Voice of OC covers the story.

voiceFollowing an exchange on Twitter with Voice of OC reporter Nick Gerda this morning, he launched into an investigation of his own. No stranger to CPRA requests, enough sounded fishy about my experience to Nick that he followed up with the university – where he confirmed how poorly business was conducted.

Nick’s story “Who’s Paying For Tonight’s Fracking Symposium?” will give you a thorough view of what has transpired in recent weeks, plus everything is thoroughly documented from the exchange on Twitter, email between me and the university and the ultimate documents provided.

Suspicious philanthropist pays for panelist’s party.

chicken_satayIn pure academia style, a reception was held for panelists, noted guests and other dignitaries at the CSUF Alumni House.

Appetites were whetted on mushrooms with andouile sausage, chicken satay with peanut sauce, spring rolls with pesto and jack cheese, southwestern empanadas, asparagus with proscuitto and crostini with tomatoes, caramelized onions, gorgonzola and honey.

CPRA request means tell me everything.

My extended request to know who this mystery philanthropist might be has yet to be answered. There has been enough hinky stuff going on that I’ve asked an attorney to review the facts and let me know if further action is warranted.

This has been messier than your average frackin’ oil well when it needn’t have been. A similar request to the City of Brea was immediately acknowledged and a full response was in hand in four days. Hats off to Cheryl Balz and her staff for playing by the rules now.

The Symposium starts in thirty minutes.

frackin_bJust enough time to throw a sandwich together, log on to the streaming video site and start taking notes. Odds are that this will be more a hair-splittingquibbling contest between experts, laced with polysyllabic incomprehensible terminology – and I’ll bet there’s not a glossary in the house.

I hope I’m wrong. I hope the folks who have been waiting to get some honest answers to very serious questions are not disappointed. And, having set up the sequel, I’m off to watch the wizards.

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SRO At Brea Citizen’s Fracking Forum.

fracking forum 1The Brea Citizen’s Fracking Forum, held Saturday, July 19th at Brea Congregational Church’s fellowship hall was standing room only. Not surprising considering the snubbing resident’s received from Mayor Murdock at the Council meeting a few days earlier. The audience seemed equally divided among Brea residents, residents of neighboring communities (La Habra, La Habra Heights, Fullerton, Placentia and Yorba Linda) and interested parties from elsewhere in Orange and Los Angeles counties.

Thanks to The Avocado Express, you aren’t missing a thing.

George Edwardz from The Avocado Express, professionally videotaped the entire forum and, with their permission, the full video is available here as well. You’ll find the Fracking Forum to be an informal conversation with experts. Offering their expertise were Dr. Tom Williams, PhD in Geology and Zoology, UCBerkeley; Hollin Kretzmann, Staff Attorney, Center for Biological Diversity and Alexandra Nagy, Southern California Organizer, Food & Water Watch. Their presentations were followed by an equally enlightening question and answer period.

Key questions addressed throughout the Fracking Forum:

  • What are the health risks related to fracking and waste disposal wells near homes and schools?
  • Are there connections to waste disposal wells and earthquakes?
  • Who is responsible for the regulation and oversight of fracking and other extreme extraction technologies?
  • What action can concerned citizens take?

fracking forum crowdThe Fracking Forum was co-sponsored by Citizens for “Stop Fracking Brea”, Food & Water Watch, the Citizen’s Climate Lobby and hosted by the Brea Congregational Church.

(Additional coverage of the Fracking Forum by Nick Gerda, the Voice of OC.)