E & B Seeks June 2015 Election Date
Last night at the Hermosa Beach City Council meeting, E & B’s Mike Finch stated that the oil and gas drilling company would like to postpone the election until June of 2015. However, in keeping with their posted schedule, the City Council voted unanimously to move forward with a vote on whether to certify the EIR on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 7pm. We strongly urge you to attend this important meeting to express your views and to inform your city council on where you stand on the certification of the EIR and the timing of the election.
On June 12, 2014 E & B addressed the issue of a November 2014 election in the form of an “Open Letter” by their president, Steve Layton, to the citizens of Hermosa Beach. The letter appeared on E & B’s website and Facebook page. The letter also appeared as a full page advertisement in the Beach Reporter and Easy Reader and finally as a mailer sent to every home in Hermosa Beach.
On June 13th, 2014 Stop Hermosa Beach Oil- Keep Hermosa Hermosa officially responded to E&B’s “Open Letter”
The E&B oil drilling company has finally stepped out from behind their slick ads, expensive mailers, and robo calls. Their announcement today that they want the city to postpone placing the oil drilling project before the voters of Hermosa Beach at the
November 4, 2014 general election clearly shows their hand.
They want fewer Hermosa Beach residents to vote on this extremely important matter.
It’s a well-known fact that general elections attract more voters than special elections. E&B’s wish to delay the vote is a blatant attempt to disenfranchise an estimated 4,000 Hermosa Beach voters. Why? Because they claim to believe that the community needs more time “to review and evaluate” the information. The fact is the residents of Hermosa Beach have been considering and reviewing and evaluating oil and gas drilling in their community for more than 20 years.
The Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR), Cost/Benefit Analysis, and Health Impact Analysis will all be available to the public in July. That gives the residents of this well-educated community more than 3 months to consider and digest their content.
Oil and gas drilling will affect every resident of Hermosa Beach. Everyone deserves the right to be heard. We want to hear from more voters, not fewer voters. Therefore, we strongly disagree with E&B’s attempt to delay the election and disenfranchise thousands of Hermosa Beach voters.