On Nov. 6th, the San Benito County board of supervisors voted 5-0 to approve a lighting ordinance. This caps six months of working with the county, and years of public outreach by Pinnacles National Monument and Fremont Peak Observatory Association. The ordinance, modeled after the Flagstaff one, delineates three night sky protection zones centered on Pinnacles National Monument and Fremont Peak State Park.
The incorporated areas of the county are now drafting lighting ordinances as well. Technical assistance by the US Naval Observatory and media coverage by The Pinnacle newspaper were instrumental in the process.
-- Chad Moore Pinnacles National Monument, California
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