Fort Bragg Planning Commission Denies Permits for Hare Creek Center

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On January 28, 2015, the Planning Commission adopted a resolution to adopt (approve) the Mitigated Negative Declaration for the proposed Hare Creek Center in a 3 (in favor) to 1 (opposed) vote. The Planning Commission did not adopt a resolution to approve the permits for the project in a 2 (opposed) to 2 (in favor) vote. Due to the tied vote, the resolution did not pass, and therefore the Planning Commission denied the development permits for the Hare Creek Center.

Hare Creek Center rendering

Hare Creek Center rendering

Either or both of these decisions may be appealed to the City Council. Anyone may appeal the decision to approve the Mitigated Negative Declaration or the decision not to approve the development permits to City Council within ten calendar days of the decision by the Planning Commission. To appeal either or both decisions, a person must submit an appeal form with the appeal fee of $1,000 to the City Clerk by 5:00 PM Monday, February 9, 2015.

Fort Bragg Coastal Trail Soft Opening

Coastal Trail opens January 31

Ft Bragg LogoEnjoy a historic moment with your friends and family as the Fort Bragg Coastal Trail softly opens on January 31. Experience the luscious views which have been unavailable to the public for over 100 years.
While the parking lot will be open and fences taken down, repairs are still needed to the cable stairs to the beach, so people are asked not to circumvent that barrier.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMendocino TV recommends that restroom facilities are added to both ends of the trail. While there is currently a portable potty at the beginning of it, there is a need for facilities on both ends.
Additionally, we request that bicycle riders equip themselves with a bell or otherwise alert pedestrians they are approaching as we witnessed several near misses. There is a gravel surface bike trail alongside the paved trail that bikers should use and people walking need to stay off of.
Take advantage of this glorious weather and experience Fort Bragg’s new jewel for yourself.

January 28th 2015 Fort Bragg Planning Commission

On January 28, 2015, the Planning Commission adopted a resolution to adopt (approve) the Mitigated Negative Declaration for the proposed Hare Creek Center in a 3 (in favor) to 1 (opposed) vote. The Planning Commission did not adopt a resolution to approve the permits for the project in a 2 (opposed) to 2 (in favor) vote. Due to the tied vote, the resolution did not pass, and therefore the Planning Commission denied the development permits for the Hare Creek Center.

Hare Creek Center rendering

Hare Creek Center rendering

Either or both of these decisions may be appealed to the City Council. Anyone may appeal the decision to approve the Mitigated Negative Declaration or the decision not to approve the development permits to City Council within ten calendar days of the decision by the Planning Commission. To appeal either or both decisions, a person must submit an appeal form with the appeal fee of $1,000 to the City Clerk by 5:00 PM Monday, February 9, 2015.

Mendocino TV’s Amy Katz Interviews Ft Bragg Community Development Director Marie Jones about the Hare Creek Shopping Center

Mendocino TV will broadcast live the upcoming Planning Commission meeting Wednesday, January 28th at 6pm, at the Dietrich Center.

January 26th Ft Bragg City Council Meeting

Citizens criticize City Council Old Coast Hotel decision

Watch the Fort Bragg City Council January 26 meeting as well over 20 citizens ripped into the City Council for their recent approval of a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to purchase the historic Coast Hotel on behalf of the Mendocino Coast Hospitality Center for offices and 5 transitional housing units to benefit homeless and mentally ill people.
Other highlights include:
• A presentation by Ortner Management Group on the services they provide for mentally ill adults
• Prioritization of local projects to receive additional CDBG funds
• Fee Updates for Planning & Building Services
• Status update on Public, Education & Government (PEG) Television Access services

Remember you can also still watch the January 12 City Council meeting when the Old Coast Hotel public hearing was held and the decision to proceed was made.

Marie Jones on Hare Creek Shopping Center

Mendocino TV’s Amy Katz Interviews Ft Bragg Community Development Director Marie Jones about the Hare Creek Shopping Center

Mendocino TV will broadcast live the upcoming Planning Commission meeting Wednesday, January 28th at 6pm, at the Dietrich Center.


At issue is the proposed Hare Creek Shopping Center. A great deal of public outcry on both sides of the proposal has inundated the MCN list serve. We’ll be following it closely and keep you informed as each bit of information arises on Mendocino TV.

Medicine Buddha Mandala in The Union Lumber Company Store

Buddhist Monks Bless Coastal Community

 

center for spiritual living logo    If you have always wanted to witness this ceremony, you may now view it, Friday January 23rd. Mendocino TV will show the complete video of the creation and destruction of the mandala. Located at the rear of The Union Lumber Company Store. This movie will show at 5pm, 6pm & 7pm.There will be a $5 entrance fee.

A thrilling spiritual and cultural event was held in the heart of Fort Bragg. Tibetan Monks performed a blessing for our area with the ancient sand mandala ceremony. The venerable monks of Sera Jey Monastic University in Southern India brought with them the sacred practice of Tibetan sand mandalas to share with our community. They spent three days at the Mendocino Center for Spiritual Learning Gathering Place at the Company Store in Fort Bragg where they created, and subsequently destroyed, a Blue Medicine Buddha Mandala on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, December 27, 28, and 29.

The Medicine Buddha Mandala is a Tibetan Buddhist tradition involving the creation and destruction of mandalas made from colored sand. A sand mandala is ritualistically destroyed once it has been completed and its accompanying ceremonies and viewing are finished to symbolize the Buddhist doctrinal belief in the transitory nature of material life.

A mandala is thought to bring the manifestation of the healing energy of all enlightened beings to the area where it is being constructed. Simply viewing a mandala is believed by Buddhists to be enough to change one’s mind stream by creating a strong imprint in touch with the timeless ideal of all-encompassing compassion, as is represented in the mandala itself. As a result of this imprint, one may be able to find greater compassion, awareness, and a better sense of well-being.

The monks performing the ritual were;

Geshe Lobsang Dorje
Geshe Sonam Wangyal
Geshe Lobsang Donyo
Venerable Sangye Wangchuk
Venerable Lobsang Chopel
Driver: Mr. Gyatso Chopel
Sonam’s brother/translator before dissolution ceremony: Mr. Tseten Phuntsok

sjmubannerDonations are appreciated by Sera Jey Monastic University, which provides education and support for monks and youth in India who are living in exile from Tibet. http://www.serajeymonastery.org/
All donations are tax-deductible. For more information, please contact Rev. Tanya Wyldflower at 964-1458 or Rachel Archuletta at racheletta@gmail.com