X-Message-Number: 22799
Date: Sat, 08 Nov 2003 19:31:09 -0500
From: Paul Antonik Wakfer <>
Subject: Re: CryoNet #22786 - Cryonics zoning in Boca
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>Message #22786
>Date: Fri, 7 Nov 2003 09:08:54 EST
>Subject: Cryonics zoning in Boca
>Dear Cryoneters,
>I am very disappointed about the Planning and Zoning recommendation vote of 6 
>to 0 which will be recommending to the city council that they reject the 
>zoning of the Suspended Animation research facility in Boca Raton.  
>Like many of you, I wrote letters to all the city council people, the mayor, 
>and the city manager, requesting their support of the cryonics facility.  

>While it was not possible for me to make the 6 hour trip to Boca for the 
>last night, I agonized over whether my presence might have made a difference 
>somehow, a "tipping point" for the group dynamics of the hearing.  
>It turns out it would not have.  Even what surely was articulate and 

>compelling testimony by Bill Falloon, David Shumaker, and Ben Best, surely 
among our 
>most competent advocates, was a non-issue to the P and Z board.  
>How could a lease--a five year lease--have been signed without securing the 
>zoning requisite?  In a brief call I had with Bill Falloon on Wednesday, he 
>said basically, "We thought we had this fixed."  Evidently, the additional 

>controversies of Ted Williams and perhaps the CI issues have regenerated 
>resistance to cryonics in Boca.
I find it incredible that those in charge of choosing a location for the 
facility would not use the lessons of history and get written approval 
of their planned activities before signing a 5 year lease! After all, it 
is not as if this whole situation had not already occurred before and 
not been successfully finessed.
In 1993, when Mike Darwin and I set out to find a home for Cryovita 
Labs, BPI, and the newly formed company 21st Century Medicine, which 
would replace our somewhat clandestine operation in Colton California, 
and provide full cryonics and research capabilities, this was also 
coming on the heels of a great deal of media publicity surrounding Alcor 
(after the court case involving the Dora Kent affair). In fact, that is 
why Saul laid low and mostly I was the "front" man of the operation 
(beside also being its chief funder at that time). To get around the 
problem, I did a lot of leg work examing the zoning by-laws of many 
nearby municpalities and Mike drafted an excellent letter of application 
to the zoning officers asking for approval. The beauty of the letter was 
that it described all the activities necessary without ever actually 
referring to anything which clearly stood out as relating to cryonics. I 
still have a copy of the original in my Word Perfect folder and here it is:

1220 E Washington St #24
Colton, Ca 92324
TEL:(909)824-2468 FAX:(909)824-8259

May 11, 1993

Mr. Scott Murphy, Associate Planner
City of Rancho Cucamonga
10500 Civic Center Drive
P.O. Box 807
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91729

Dear Mr. Murphy,

     21st Century Medicine (21st) is a newly formed biomedical research 
and development company with an interest in locating within the Inland 
Empire and particularly in the city of Rancho Cucamonga. We are 
attracted to Rancho Cucamonga because of the city's environment and the 
availability of commercial/industrial property at a reasonable cost.

     21st Century Medicine's research and development activities will 
include the following areas:

1) Canine deep hypothermia/circulatory arrest research aimed at 
extending safe surgical time for cardiac and neurosurgical procedures.
2) Solid and liquid state organ preservation for improved storage times 
for transplantable organs and the CNS (employing rabbits, dogs, and 
cadaveric tissues).
3) Cardiopulmonary/cerebral resuscitation research (employing dogs, rats 
and rabbits) aimed at improving survival for victims of sudden cardiac 
4) Interventive gerontology employing lifespan studies to evaluate the 
effect of caloric restriction and drug therapy on lifespan and disease 
in mice.

     The above research will be conducted in a contained facility which 
will emit no sounds or odors and thus would have no "nuisance" effects 
on neighbors.
     I am writing this letter in order to determine the following:

1) Which kind of zoning will be required for this facility?
2) Is any kind of conditional use permit (CUP) or special use permit 
(SUP) required?

     I would further note that we either have, or will have prior to the 
start of operations, all necessary state, county and federal licenses.  
For example, we have the United States Department of Agriculture license 
necessary in order to use animals for research, we have a contract with 
a medical waste hauler for disposal of medical waste, and we will have 
all appropriate hazardous materials permit(s) for compressed gases (such 
as oxygen) and our small amounts of laboratory chemicals, from San 
Bernardino County.

     I would greatly appreciate a written response as soon as possible 
since we would like to begin seeking to lease or purchase a facility 


Mike Darwin,
Director of Research

Note that there was nothing stated in this letter which was not fully 
truthful. However, it used language which would appear non-contentious 
to those in office. The key was also to get approval without the need 
for any CUP or SUP which generally require public hearings (as well as 
costing a lot of money just to try and which is not refunded if you 
fail!). We had already applied to the zoning department of Loma Linda 
(which was our first chose because of its proximity to LLU) and given up 
when told our operation would require a CUP.

Because our request for approval was fully truthful and we obtained 
*written* permission, once it came out later that we were associated 
with cryonics, the Rancho Cucamonga officials knew that there was 
nothing they could legally do to eject us from their community. All that 
they could do and did do was to scrupulously and rigorously enforce the 
existing health, fire, etc bylaws. This causes us a few problems, but 
they were not insurmountable. The other thing that was in our favor was 
the the State of California had already been forced to accept cryonics  
as a legitimate disposition of "dead" bodies, by the results of the 
Alcor court decision. This was the reason why I never understood the 
logic behind Alcors's decision to leave one state which was now *safe* 
for cryonics (because all the work which *they* did and move to another 
state which had not yet fully given permission (at least not through a 
ruling of the courts). It is also the reason why both the 
cryopreservation and long term care operations associated with CryoCare 
were determined to remain in California.

>I will clear my calendar no matter what to be at the real decision making 
>meeting in Boca in January.  In talking with Falloon, he seemed to think this 
>would be the more important meeting, and we will have a meeting with cryonics 
>supporters in the afternoon of the meeting date to get organized.
While I greatly hope that it is not so, I think that chances are now 
extremely slim that approval will be obtained. It is time for Suspended 
Animation, Inc to look elsewhere for a location and to recover as best 
they can by subletting the building that they have. I would suggest that 
serious thought be given to California and specifically to Rancho 
Cucamonga which does permit all the activities involved. In particular 
there is the building sitting their right now which has two specially 
designed concrete silos to keep large dewars completely safe from any 
environmental assault. The current tenants of the building (Critical 
Care Research, Inc - CCRI) have no use for those silos and dewars and 
could probably benefit by having their operation elsewhere. Since the 
purpose of SAI (as I understand it) is the effective consumation of what 
I began as the Prometheus Project over 7 years ago, given the right 
arrangements I even would make myself available to join in their efforts 
which I am still 100% behind. The only reason that I have been out of 
the cryonics research picture for the last few years is because I found 
it impossible to work with some of the people involved, at least partly 
because of what I perceive as irrational and deceitful interfaces with 
me. In the future, it is my intention to get all understandings up front 
and in writing *before* I expend my money, time and my honor. With the 
current change in cooperative spirit between the various organizations, 
I also expect (and certainly hope as always) that there will not be so 
much political infight, flaming and back-stabing as there has been in 
the past.

>The parasites...excuse me...regulators...seem to have gotten out of control 

>in multiple venues as of late.  From the SEC ruining Martha Stewart, to idiots
>in Michigan regulating CI, to attorneys general attacking WalMart, to NASD 

>jerks causing Rudi Hoffman untold grief over an administrative oversight, to 
>Boca Raton zoning board...
Actually, they have always been "out of control", it is just that 
recently it has hit "closer" to you and many others so that you have 
begun to understand how serious and distorting of reality these 
regulator actions really are. Now what you really need to understand is 
that the nature of government itself (whether democratic or not) is at 
the very heart of the problem and that it is this method of social 
structure and organization which must be changed if any solution to the 
problem is to be accomplished in a stable and enduring fashion. See the 
Self-Sovereign Individual Project at: http://selfsip.org for details.

>We must develop a more effective "parasite control" in our society, or the 
>real producers of goods and services will be swamped with despair.
This simply cannot be done in our modern "democratic" society. For a 
proposed solution, see my Self-Sovereign Individual Project at: 

>The "Atlas Shrugged" fiction could become a reality.
To a certain extent, it already has, and it is becoming increasingly so 
as time goes on. The major problem with that scenario, however, is the 
impossibility of a small group of people (even as many as 100,000), 
however rational, brilliant and productive they might be, being able to 
carry on a technologically advanced society such as currently exists. 
There is simply too much division and specialization of labor for that 
to be realistically possible. This was a major flaw in Rand's book. But 
then it was only a fictional paradigm for illustrative purposes, and it 
succeeded brilliantly at that.

>Best Regards to all...except regulators...
Good! Just as in my sig lines, "MoreLife for the rational"!

--Paul Wakfer

MoreLife for the rational - http://morelife.org
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