By Chris Gralapp
Rebecca Hermosillo, candidate for the District 1 Supervisorial seat, met with Bennett Valley residents on June 21 to discuss important issues affecting the future of our valley. Our current supervisor, Susan Gorin, will be retiring at the end of her term in 2024. The primary election is scheduled for March 2024.
BVCA Vice President Chris Gralapp presented Ms. Hermosillo with a packet of informational materials including a copy of the Bennett Valley Area plan, the document that guides protections for BV. She explained the importance of the Plan, how residents worked hard for its implementation as a safeguard, and the necessity to prevent its erosion.
BVCA President Moira Jacobs discussed the potential of a Bennett Valley Conservancy, and of the grazing cooperative that the Grange is instigating in Bennett Valley.
Craig Harrison addressed the issues surrounding marijuana cultivation, and the difficulties it poses in BV. He reinforced the concept of Exclusion/ Inclusions Zones as viable alternatives to indiscriminate permitting.
Bennett Ridge was represented by two residents, who described the devastating fire issues they underwent, and vagaries of the water table they experience, as pertains to fire danger, in addition to their disagreeable view of a big marijuana grow site down on Wellsprings.
Ms. Hermosillo listened carefully, asked incisive questions, but made no commitments. We encourage residents to continue conversations with her about Bennett Valley and countywide issues of concern.