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Reporter sues MLPA officials, state agencies over arrest
Dan Bacher
David Gurney, an independent film maker from Fort Bragg, is suing officials from the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative and state agencies in Mendocino County Superior Court over his arrest for recording and speaking at a "work session" in Fort Bragg on April 20, 2010. "California’s open meeting laws guarantee that citizens and members of the press have a right to keep track of what goes on in a public process, and assures they will not be harassed at public meetings," said Gurney and his lawyer Peter Martin in a news release. "Yet the Marine Life Protection Act Initiative, funded by the secretive Resources Legacy Fund Foundation, often had secret, unrecorded meetings, changed the rules of their process at whim, and abided only by the laws of their own choosing." The defendants in the complaint include the California Department of Fish and Game, California Natural Resources Agency, Eric Bloom, Ken Wiseman, Eric Poncelet and the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative. Since the MLPA process was privatized by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2004, the initiative has openly violated numerous state, federal and international laws. Just some of the many laws violated under the initiative, funded by the shadowy Resources Legacy Fund Foundation, include the Bagley-Keene Open Meetings Act, the California Public Records Act, the American Indian Religious Freedom Act and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Gurney is seeking a permanent injunction that will prevent further violations of Bagley-Keene, Constitutional and other laws by the MLPA Initiative, as well as damages suffered in the arrest. "Interestingly, the California Attorney General's Office has declined routine service of papers in the complaint, possibly forcing attorneys to initiate default proceedings against the state," the press release noted. MLPA officials, in their bizarre conception of marine "protection, have completely taken oil drilling and spills, water pollution, military testing, corporate aquaculture, coastal development and all other human impacts on the ocean other than fishing and gathering off the table in the so-called marine protected areas that are created by the initiative. These marine protected areas also do absolutely nothing to stop the collapse of Central Valley chinook salmon and other anadromous fish populations imperiled by massive water exports out of the California Delta and declining water quality. Below is the complete press release:

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