The article in the Oroville Mercury Register about the Indian Health Services” Youth Regional Treatment Center proposed for Honey Rock suggests that if it weren”t for terrified neighbors and vote-pandering politicians, Butte County would have a new source of revenue and jobs. Mary Weston writes only: “Neighbors were concerned the youth would escape and commit violent crimes.” She ignores the fundamental conflict with zoning, community character and historic use of the area, among other very significant concerns.
It is insulting to Congressman Tom McClintock and to the Board of Supervisors to suggest their motive was, as Vivian Meyer and Gordon Andoe asserted in the story, “a political ploy to win votes from neighbors who opposed the site.” The elected officials are better than that. Neighbors” opposition to the Honey Rock site was not based on fear or prejudicial attitudes. If it had been, no one would have taken us seriously. The board supported the integrity of the General Plan and the clear desire of the community to uphold their zoning. McClintock urged that IHS cooperate with the community and local government to find an appropriate site. They shared our belief that better locations in Oroville were available, and that the federal government be accountable to the people they affect. Our rural/small farm neighborhood feels very well served.
IHS refused offers of support from local government and the community for the facility on an appropriate site, and ignored good alternatives. That is why the facility is not being built in Oroville.
— Catie and Jim Bishop, Oroville