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May 16, 1996

Honorable Judge William L. Gordon

Presiding Judge, Santa Barbara County Superior Court

1100 Anacapa Street

Santa Barbara, CA 93121

Your Honor:

The Montecito Emergency Response and Recovery Action Group (MERRAG) has received and reviewed the interim final report entitled Preparedness for Disasters forwarded by Spencer Boise, Foreman of the 1995-1996 Santa Barbara County Grand Jury. In the transmittal from Mr. Boise we were requested to respond to the specific Finding 5 and Recommendation 5a of the report.

At the past meeting of MERRAG, the members discussed this request and unanimously instructed me to forward this letter of appreciation for the Grand Jury's recognition and support. We do feel that our group offers a good model for providing community emergency services for other unincorporated areas of the county. With nearly nine years of experience we would encourage other residents and organizations to attend one of our regular monthly meetings to learn more about MERRAG.

We appreciate the opportunity to comment on this Grand Jury report.

Respectfully submitted,

Edwin J. Hallenbeck

MERRAG Chairman, 1996

c: Spencer Boise, Foreman