Bill Monning Under the Persimmon Tree at HML

Friends,
I had the honor of being interviewed by Magnus Toren  at the Henry Miller Library last Sunday as part of the “Under the Persimmon Tree” series. I provide the link to the HML where you can find the Under the Persimmon Tree section and click on to the interview.  We discussed a wide range of history including UFW, IPPNW, Global Majority, family, Big Sur , etc 
If you suffer from insomnia, this will help you get to sleep!
Thank you, Magnus and you will find some other interesting interviews as part of the series. 
www.henrymiller.org  or google Henry Miller Library
Salud, Paz, Justicia
Bill

While not a Persimmon Tree, I can envision a story teller assembling a crowd here to tell some of the stories of Monterey Peninsula.

Tourist Tuesday, 8/27/19 — Emergency Response hampered by tourist traffic at Bixby Bridge

Today, I am going to forego my planned post on the “Invisible Costs of Tourism” to talk about a very real cost that many of us have been warning about for some time — that is traffic jams at Bixby and the impact on emergency response times. These costs are not monetary, they are to life and limb. I admit, I am biased. I lost my leg in an auto accident, and nearly lost my life. I am VERY aware that in emergency responses, time is a critical factor.

Medical Emergency on Highway One hampered by tourist traffic jam and road construction at Bixby Bridge.

There was a head-on collision at Big Creek yesterday, with several people injured, one critically. The CHP dispatcher wrote this:

12:07 PM8[24] A27-014 HEAVY TRAFF AT BIXBY / DOWN TO 1 LN / REQ 1141 BE ADVSD

Fortunately, Big Sur Fire is south of Bixby. Thankfully, Chief Matt Harris, and his supportive volunteer board is cross-training ALL volunteers not only for fire fighting, but for cliff-rescue as well as EMTs. They needed both for this incident, as is often the case. These are the men and women we count on, who are also there for our tourists. Please consider a donation to: http://Bigsurfire.org It is a completely voluntary organization dependent on donations and grants.

For the critical patient, our military neighbor, Fort Hunter Liggett, sent a medical helicopter. He was not able to land at Big Creek due to fog, so he landed at the Hermitage. Big Sur Fire, MCSO, AMR met him there and transferred the patient from the ambulance to the helicopter. Good job all, and I probably speak for the entire coast when I wish the patient a speedy and full recovery.

I would just like to note that all of these people involved are professionals, only one of which is not paid. Marcus Foster, and Big Sur Fire, I hold you in great regard. Thank you.

I should add, that in addition to the traffic problems at Bixby, there is currently road construction going on in the area which exacerbates the problem.

Photos by Brendon Shave:

Marcus Foster of Big Sur Fire

Two cars went off Big Creek Bridge

I originally erroneously reported Bixby Bridge, as that is line 4, but it appears it is actually Big Creek.

What we all feared has finally happened. One patient in critical condition.

Incident: 00163 Type: Trfc Collision-1141 Enrt Location: 59080 Sr1 Loc Desc: SR1 AND BIG CREEK Lat/Lon: 36.067317 -121.595201 

Detail Information
12:52 PM16[40] [Notification] [CHP]-PER S2, INQ W/ UNIT IF WE ARE GOING TO NEED AN EVIDENCE TOW [Shared]
12:50 PM15[39] [Rotation Request Comment] 1039 CALIFORNIA 424-8615
12:49 PM14[38] PER MTRY COM, STARTING A HELI FOR 1 CRITICAL PATIENT / FIRE 97
12:41 PM13[33] 1039 27-L2, VIA LL
12:39 PM12[31] A27-014 VEHS LANEDED ON ANOTHER RD, ACCESSIBLE
12:39 PM11[30] A27-014 REQ 2 1185 FBS
12:38 PM10[29] A27-014 2 VEH 1181 AT THIS TIME / STILL ASSESSING
12:07 PM9[25] 1039 MONTCOM / LINE 24
12:07 PM8[24] A27-014 HEAVY TRAFF AT BIXBY / DOWN TO 1 LN / REQ 1141 BE ADVSD
12:03 PM7[22] [Notification] [CHP]-[17] SV WENT INTO ONCOMING TRAFFIC TO PASS VEHS AND HIT HEAD ON W/ THE NISS [Shared]
12:02 PM6[18] THE NISS WAS FORCED OF THE ROAD THROUGH A GATE AND OVER THE CLIFF INTO A DITCH
12:01 PM5[17] SV WENT INTO ONCOMING TRAFFIC TO PASS VEHS AND HIT HEAD ON W/ THE NISS
11:58 AM4[5] 14 FRM BIXBY BRIDGE
11:57 AM3[10] [Appended, 11:59:38] [2] TWO VEHS WENT OFF BRIDGE
11:57 AM2[9] [Appended, 11:59:38] [1] NEAR BIG CREEK BRIDGE
11:56 AM1[4] ONE VEH LANDED ON A CLIFF, OTHER ONE LANDED ON A ROAD NR THE BOTTOM OF CLIFF
Unit Information

Vehicle over cliff — Big Sur

Sunday morning update: The driver of the vehicle has not been found and the search was called off as of 10 pm last night.

Here is an update:

Detail Information.
7:13 PM12[32] B27-068 1097 W/H70 NEG VISUAL ON VEH – UNK IF OCCPD
6:52 PM11[28] [Rotation Request Comment] 1039 CALIFORNIA TOW HD 831-424-8615
6:45 PM10[25] [Notification] [CHP]-PER MTYCOM/ NOW POSS WATER RESCUE / STATE PARKS 97 / SUBJ IN WATER WAVING THEIR ARMS / UNK IF FISHERMAND OR OCCPT OF THE VEH / COAST GAURD IS STARTING [Shared

Incident: 00367 Type: Trfc Collision-1141 Enrt Location: 55000 Sr1 Loc Desc: SR1 Lat/Lon: 36.125445 -121.637867 

Vehicle over Cliff about 100 ft down — this is near Esalen.

Detail Information
6:26 PM6[15] H70 ABOUT TO LIFT OFF, WILL ADVS ETA WHEN IN THE AIR
6:25 PM5[13] 1039 AIR OPS, ENRT NOW
6:23 PM4[10] MONTEREY COMM HAS FIRE ENRT, REQ H70 IF AVAILABLE
6:15 PM3[6] 1039 S4/ CPD
6:14 PM2[3] RED VEHICLE

5-minute plan in case of Wildfire


Hello Everyone,

The Community Association of Big Sur (CABS) in cooperation with the Big Sur Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will, from time to time, send useful information to you from PG&E and the California Fire Foundation concerning emergency power shutoffs and possible wildfire related planning and preparation.  See the first such notice below.

CERT is comprised of your local neighbor volunteers and was formed after the 2008 Basin Complex Fire.  You may learn more about Big Sur CERT by visiting our web site HERE (bigsurcert.org).  The information from PG&E will also be posted in the Announcements section of this web site as will official announcements from related agencies during any future emergency or disaster.

CERT is able to provide this information to you through funding received from PG&E through the generosity of the Community Emergency Response Volunteers (CERV) of the Monterey Peninsula.  You may visit CERV’s web site HERE (cerv501c3.org)._____________________________
 In 2018, California had one the deadliest and most destructive fire seasons ever with over 1.8 million acres burned. We are working now to better prepare our communities for wildfires and disasters. One focus has been to increase the access to safety information that gives our residents what they need to plan and prepare.  CERV is working with Big Sur CERT and Pacific Gas & Electric Company on this, and we hope it makes all of the difference in keeping everyone safe.

People are being asked to prepare a Five Minute Plan to evacuate their homes immediately and watch for Red Flag Warnings. Evacuation orders means you have to leave right away to avoid getting stuck. Preparing a Five Minute Plan gets your family ready to go quickly once you are ordered to leave.

There are steps that must be taken in order to be able to leave in 5 minutes.

• Mark evacuation routes on map
• Plan where to go if you can’t come home
• Put together an emergency supply kit
• Explain plan to children
• Practice leaving your home in 5 minutes
 
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Arleen’s Slide

From Jasmine Horan: “Those of you that drove the south coast during the road closures or slides, likely knew Arleen. Most likely she made you laugh and smile more than once. Sad to learn she passed away of cancer, but happy we have a slide named after her to remind us to give thanks for what’s in front of us because you never know what’s around the corner. Thank you for all the warm smiles and welcome greetings.
RIP Arleen.”

The Spirit of Wild Places

My latest article for Voices of Monterey Bay http://VOMB.org is out. Here are the first two paragraphs.

I’ve been enchanted with the spirit of wild places most of my life. I went backpacking to the top of Mount San Jacinto when I was 9, long before the tram was built. My family and I took a weeklong mule trip to the high country camps of Yosemite when I was 10. We camped every summer when I was growing up. I grew up as a Girl Scout and wild places were very much part of my life. We were taught to pack it in, pack it out, just because … well, what else would one do? Long before there was a “leave no trace movement,” it was what we were taught and what we did.

This upbringing probably contributed to my love affair with Big Sur. It was a natural extension of my wildness education in many of the most beautiful places in California and the West. I learned to water ski on Big Bear Lake and hike in the Sierras. We traveled to Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons, and other wild places of the West. I wish others had the opportunities that I did. Sadly, most of these places are overcrowded and overrun now. The experience is not quite what it was. The wildness is becoming harder and harder to find.

One can find the rest of the article here: https://voicesofmontereybay.org/2019/08/22/the-spirit-of-wild-places/

Enjoy.