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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Declaration of Independence MODEL. DO NOT USE MY STUFF.


LIFE



Certain species of animals, plants, insects and other organisms, including microorganisms, are not allowed into California. For those that are allowed, an import permit and/or health certificate or phytosanitary certificate may be required to legally enter into the state of California.

cdfa.ca.gov/plant/pe/transport_animals_plants.html

To get an import permit, health certificate or phytosanitary certificate growers have to have inspections of their nurseries.  If someone sends plant material into California that has not been inspected, the plant material might bring in bacteria, fungus or other living organisms (like insects) that could severely damage California's crops, like oranges and lemons.  If the crops are damaged, people would lose their jobs.  No jobs means no money for food, shelter or medicines.  This could cost people their lives.

LIBERTY



California has a "Basic Speed Law." This law means that you may never drive faster than is safe for current conditions. For example, if you are driving 45 mph in a 55 mph speed zone during a dense fog, you could be cited for driving "too fast for conditions."

https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/pubs/hdbk/speed_limits

I appreciate it when law enforcement officers give tickets to people who are driving in an unsafe manner (such as too fast on a wet road)  because I know that I am safer on the roads.


PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS



The [Pitkins Bridge and Rain Rocks Rock Shed] project was programmed in the 2004 State Highway Operation and Protection Program with $24,039,000 of construction funds for the 2007-2008 fiscal year.  This project will be funded through the Makpr Damage Restoration Program (201.130) of the 2006 State Highway Operation and Protection Program, which adopted total construction funding of $34,461,000 for teh 2009-2010 fiscal year.  The project has been assigned the Project Development Procession Category 4B.


http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/projects/pitkins/feir_web.pdf



One of the places where I am most happy is driving up Pacific Coast Highway 1 at Big Sur.  The new Rain Rocks Rain Shed will divert rocks in a landslide (which happen there almost every year) over the road, potentially saving human lives. However, before the project could move ahead, an environmental study had to be completed to make sure it would not have a negative effect on the environment of the area.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Declaration of Independence - Natural Rights of Man


LIFE


I grow a group of plants called brugmansias.  The common name is "Angel's Trumpets."  I have friends all over the world who grow these, and they grow easily from cuttings.  In California it is hard to find colors in nurseries other then yellow or white, but my friends in the Southeast United States grow them in pinks, salmons, peaches and oranges.  In the fall they cut back their plants and sell parts of the branches as cuttings for other growers to root.  I would like to order some cuttings from my friends, but I know California has laws about bringing plant materials into the state.  I think I'd better find out if it's legal to bring these in.

Here is what I learned on the California Food and Agriculture site:


Certain species of animals, plants, insects and other organisms, including microorganisms, are not allowed into California. For those that are allowed, an import permit and/or health certificate or phytosanitary certificate may be required to legally enter into the state of California.

cdfa.ca.gov/plant/pe/transport_animals_plants.html

That's disappointing.  It means I probably cannot order from my friends unless they have a permit (and most of them don't).  But I understand the reason for this law.

To get an import permit, health certificate or phytosanitary certificate growers have to have inspections of their nurseries.  If someone sends plant material into California that has not been inspected, the plant material might bring in bacteria, fungus or other living organisms (like insects) that could severely damage California's crops, like oranges and lemons.  If the crops are damaged, people would lose their jobs.  No jobs means no money for food, shelter or medicines.  This could cost people their lives.