May 2004

Earth Day
Over 700 people visited the More Mesa Preservation Coalition booth on Earth Day! It was an extremely successful event. As well as talking to hundreds of people, we collected 75 additional names to be included in our data base of concerned community members. Check out photos in the Special Events section to get a sense of the wonderful Earth Day spirit we encountered.

Concert For The Coast
The Concert for the Coast will be held on May 15th at Anisq’ Oyo’ Park in Isla Vista, from 12:00 to 5:00. This event is sponsored jointly by the Isla Vista Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation and the Shoreline Preservation Fund. The purpose of the concert is to raise awareness of local issues. Happily, this year the organizers have selected More Mesa as their focus! Because of this, we will be able to bring our message to a large number of people who may not be aware of the issues. In addition, proceeds of a raffle, held concurrent with the concert, will be donated to the More Mesa Preservation Coalition. Please enjoy the day and help More Mesa at the same time.

West Nile Virus
Cases of West Nile Virus have been reported in California, and very close to home. A dead crow infected with West Nile Virus was found on April 21, 2004 in Ventura County. Since many of you are frequently out on More Mesa, and it is home to numbers of crows, it is important to report any similar instances. If you run across a dead crow, do not handle it, but definitely note the location and report that information immediately to the California Department of Health Services at this link or phone 877-WNV-BIRD. Also, to find out how to protect yourself and our community in the presence of West Nile Virus, visit Senator Barbara Boxer’s Web Site here.