Outgoing Administration Votes For Mine Zoning

In a secret meeting away from City Hall
BY: DAVID FLORES

The outgoing La Paz administration quietly and very sneakily, hours before leaving office, approved the much opposed open pit mine just north of town in the Sierra La Laguna mountain range. On Sept. 21 while the La Paz city hall was under siege by picketing union workers who hadn’t been paid, the city council members met at La Posada hotel and approved the mine.

For the first few days the lawmakers and the interim mayor interviewed by the press denied everything.

Then someone leaked more accurate information and the protests began outside city hall. Next, someone leaked the document itself and protesters chased the lawmakers, who narrowly escaped from the crowd. They could have been lynched.

Protestors poured in from Todos Santos, Cabo San Lucas, and San Jose. They even briefly disrupted flights out of the San Jose airport in an attempt to get international attention.

But because the protestors managed to close off city hall with their pickets, the sneaky city council people couldn’t get in to register the documents they signed, and the deal was not completed.

It appears that the people have won this round.

There will be more legal battles of course, the mine interests won’t go away, but after Sunday’s administration change over, they will now need to “persuade” a whole new set of bureaucrats. But they can afford it, there is a lot of money to be made in mining. Let’s just hope we elected a less persuadable team this time.

The entire state congress is calling for a trial for those who signed for the mine. People are hoping the state congressmen will punish the city councilmen but those people are all in hiding. They might even be in San Diego by now. If they’re smart.

Yes, this was a close call. The mine already had the federal permits, and all they needed to start digging was this zoning law changed.

This is far from over, as the Canadian mining company is not going to give up and go away. We can only hope that the incoming administration has even a tiny bit more integrity than our outgoing crew. ,

The outgoing La Paz administration quietly and very sneakily, hours before leaving office, approved the much opposed open pit mine just north of town in the Sierra La Laguna mountain range. On Sept. 21 while the La Paz city hall was under siege by picketing union workers who hadn’t been paid, the city council members met at La Posada hotel and approved the mine.

For the first few days the lawmakers and the interim mayor interviewed by the press denied everything.

Then someone leaked more accurate information and the protests began outside city hall. Next, someone leaked the document itself and protesters chased the lawmakers, who narrowly escaped from the crowd. They could have been lynched.

Protestors poured in from Todos Santos, Cabo San Lucas, and San Jose. They even briefly disrupted flights out of the San Jose airport in an attempt to get international attention.

But because the protestors managed to close off city hall with their pickets, the sneaky city council people couldn’t get in to register the documents they signed, and the deal was not completed.

It appears that the people have won this round.

There will be more legal battles of course, the mine interests won’t go away, but after Sunday’s administration change over, they will now need to “persuade” a whole new set of bureaucrats. But they can afford it, there is a lot of money to be made in mining. Let’s just hope we elected a less persuadable team this time.

The entire state congress is calling for a trial for those who signed for the mine. People are hoping the state congressmen will punish the city councilmen but those people are all in hiding. They might even be in San Diego by now. If they’re smart.

Yes, this was a close call. The mine already had the federal permits, and all they needed to start digging was this zoning law changed.

This is far from over, as the Canadian mining company is not going to give up and go away. We can only hope that the incoming administration has even a tiny bit more integrity than our outgoing crew.