We’ve all been to Marine World and seen the Killer Whales. They are remarkable animals; beautiful, strong, smart and at the top of the ocean’s food chain. Watching them, whether in a facility, or in their natural environment (for those few fortunate enough to have had that opportunity) is quite an experience. We know them by two different names; Killer Whales &/or Orcas.
Wikipedia offers this: The Killer Whale (Orcinus orca), commonly referred to as the Orca and, less commonly, Blackfish, is the largest species of the dolphin family. It is commonly mistaken as a species of whale. They are found in all the world's oceans, from the frigid Arctic and Antarctic regions to warm, tropical seas. Some killer whale populations feed mostly on fish, including sharks, while others hunt marine mammals such as sea lions, seals, walruses and even large whales. Being the ocean's apex predator with an extremely high intelligence, killer whales hunt prey for "delicacies." Whales have been observed hunting the dangerous great white shark, then only consuming the liver.
Imagine my surprise when I discovered that there’s another ORCA out there, and although predatory in nature, it has nothing to do with nature!
ORCA is a 501c3 (non-profit), started by Sara Wan, one of our CA Coastal Commissioners, with the primary intent of teaching people how to appeal projects to the Coastal Commission! Membership is by invitation only;
You can email your request for membership. If accepted, you will go through two days of training…by Sara Wan herself (only if accepted)! Yep, you got it; Wan, a Coastal Commissioner (the Coastal Commission is a State Agency), will teach you how to oppose a project and appeal it to…her!
Is it just me, or does anyone else see a conflict of interest? Is there no end to the corruption in this State?
At least one local has been accepted and trained by Wan; Mike Ferreira. Lenny Roberts, Committee for Green Foothills Chair, is also a member.
This raises so many red flags for me that I don’t know where to start, so I’ll just put this out there for now and wait for some feedback.