This issue of The Ventana recounts some of the history surrounding the
founding of the Chapter and the Group. It is the story of people with a vision
who set out to provide a sharper focus on environmental activism on the Central
Coast and succeeded in achieving a great deal.
It is by no means a comprehensive narrative of the environmental battles fought,
won or lost, but instead a tribute to the fulfillment of a dream that has touched
all our lives.
Enjoy the old photos, remember old times, and strengthen your resolve to carry
on the fight to preserve and protect this beautiful area. I hope especially readers
under 40 will be inspired to increase their activism and continue the tradition.
Perhaps learning how the Chapter functioned in the early days will inspire creativity
in members today.
Special thanks to the following people who expended a great deal of effort in
locating buried photos, recalling old battles, and scouring shaky memories to
recall who the heck the people were in the photos. Thanks go to Rod Holmgren,
Corky Matthews, Lois Robin, Kirk Smith, Joyce Stevens, Gabrielle Stocker, Dave
Bockman, Chris Broadwell, and Gil Galbreath. (I hope I didn’t forget anyone.)
While I’m thanking folks, I would also like to acknowledge the generosity
of Mingzhi Wei who donated a 19-inch computer monitor to the Ventana staff. This
larger monitor is a big help during the layout process, enabling us to see more
of the page at one time. Thank you, Mingzhi.
Read about the last 40 years, and get ready to deal with the increasing pressure
on the environment which will occur in the next 40.