Resnicks apologize, plan to donate land to SLO County

June 24, 2016
Stewart and Lynda Resnick

Stewart and Lynda Resnick

Statement from Lynda and Stewart Resnick

As the owners of Justin Vineyards & Winery, we try to instill in our local team a neighborly spirit, environmental responsibility and entrepreneurial independence, but when we learned of the terrible situation at our Sleepy Farm Road property, not to mention our poor reputation within the community, we were ashamed and are sorry.  We were asleep at the wheel.

Over the last few days, we’ve been conducting an internal review of the project and learned that while genuine efforts to meet county ordinances were made, unfortunately, there were absolutely unacceptable lapses of judgment. We’ve also talked to local residents to better understand the issues and our standing within the Paso Robles community and found that our actions are an embarrassment, and for that, we take full responsibility.

We are horrified by the lack of regard for both neighbor and nature that has been exhibited, especially the removal of native oak woodlands, and we hope that the community will accept our deepest and most sincere apologies and find it in their hearts to forgive us. We want to make things right, starting now.

Deforestation by Justin Vineyards

Deforestation by Justin Vineyards

We have already been in active and positive discussions with the San Luis Obispo County planning and building leaders and shared our plan to donate this 380-acre parcel of land at Sleepy Farm Road, and we’re actively exploring the best possible ways to make that happen, in addition to looking for other conservation opportunities in the greater Adelaida area.

As part of this preservation, we will ensure that all necessary steps are taken to conserve this land in cooperation with county and local officials. Also included in this re-mitigation process will be the implementation of immediate sedimentation and erosion control measures; the elimination of our pond project and restoring it to its natural grade; implementing measures to permanently protect oak woodlands from being removed on at least 100 acres of our property; and planting 5,000 new oak trees across our properties.

These actions are just the beginning of our commitment to being a better, more engaged neighbor, a true steward of the land, and a local voice that lives up to the spirit of Paso Robles. We want to walk arm-in-arm with our neighbors to ensure the future of sustainable farming in the region.

We know that proof of this will be in our actions, not just our words, and we look forward to working together to earn the support and trust of the Paso Robles community.

 


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76 Comments

  1. tomsquawk says:

    it’s all a load

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  2. rockhound1965 says:

    Oh, I can see several local Land Use Planners and Land Surveyors ALL over this. Especially in this economy. I cannot name a single business with any connection to that market who would down his money.
    There is CERTAINLY not a single politician who has said NO to the Resnicks. Not a one.

    (9) 13 Total Votes - 11 up - 2 down
  3. freshair says:

    The devastation made the LA Times, putting the Resnicks to shame: http://lat.ms/295bNsq

    (18) 22 Total Votes - 20 up - 2 down
    • ThomasAquinas says:

      Explain to me why the contractors have NOT been named in this investigation? Do the contractors have no responsibility in this? This should show how Dan Dow is involved with these issues. Dow has joined the “good ole boys club”, he was always a member, now he’s a player. Seems his silence and strong friendship with Gibson is “a coming out party” for the Hill campaign…..

      (10) 22 Total Votes - 16 up - 6 down
      • Perspicacious says:

        You aren’t very smart. Dow has nothing to do with any of this and YOU know it. Your vendetta against Dow is foolish and obvious. What is your problem? Friendship with Gibson? You are on drugs! Fool.

        (2) 16 Total Votes - 9 up - 7 down
        • ThomasAquinas says:

          I’m impressed! You figured all this out by yourself? How do you know of Dow’s involvement and intentions? I’ve got no vendetta with Dow, it’s his office, which he fought a election to obtain, that hasn’t fulfilled the responsibility.

          Real quick here, follow closely, who’s to blame in a auto accident, the driver or the car? Take your time, times up. It’s the driver, sorry it was a tough question.

          The last statement, ” your on drugs” really explains and tells me a lot about you. For a person who uses an anonymous pen name, you’re pretty brave, congrats. Have a nice day….

          (4) 8 Total Votes - 6 up - 2 down
      • easymoney says:

        They most likely will be made to take the fall for lax code enforcement.
        The long help policy by code enforcement of only responding after the horse is long gone from the corral, is playing out all over the county. These folks got caught because their behavior was so blatant and visible.

        (6) 10 Total Votes - 8 up - 2 down
        • ThomasAquinas says:

          Mr Easy, the Resnicks are snakes, but they’re not alone in this. Many people have had a hand in the land. Engineers, contractors architects also have rsponsibilty. Expose the entire team, make the public aware so they have the ability to make choices in the future. From Frank Meacham and Bruce Gisbon to the “fella” hauling the trees. It is a group party….

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