Interesting, Kera, that you chose to go to print with Strickland's comment-- without taking this federal archaeologist to task for not following through on his official duty to register and protect a Native American rock art site. Indeed, you were in possession of his emails to me containing such assurances well before your deadline. Extremely sloppy journalism on your part--as was was your baldfaced assertion that I claimed we got it into the National Register of Historic Places. The federally-accessible, CA University System database it was to be recorded into, but that you couldn't find, is not publicly accessible, or so I was told by Strickland. But no, it was not the National Register; I made no such claim to you, nor did I ever say so anywhere in my Kickstarter materials.
Breschini? God only knows why he's walking it back now. 6 weeks ago he had been enthusiastically chatting up my find with Tom "Little Bear" Nason. This according to Tom, who congratulated me for getting it protected--and he of all people would be in a position to know.
The pattern of obfuscation here (particularly MoCo Planning Commissioner Keith Vandevere's snick-and-run comments, no longer anonymous, I suppose I should at least thank the Weekly for that) is a familiar theme in Monterey County politics. There is this pernicious kind of protectionism hereabouts, a Scorched-Earth Obstructionism if you will, one that seems to allow ample room for backdoor deals among cohorts and chums. The vicious attack response I've provoked in announcing my simple art project, might lend credence to the longstanding rumor floating around about multiple other ancient cultural sites down in the Tassajara area being deliberately kept out of the MoCo Master Plan in the mid 1980's.
Readers may rest assured that I'll be probing around for more sites, and that the protection issue won't be going away so easily this time.
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