MilesTones-Looking Over The Shoulder

The website, has grown considerabley with heavy traffic. News editors are picking up and publishing many of the breaking stories here, which they are free to do. The story, “Incredible Veteran’s Day Parade in Antioch,” really hit a responsive chord. It was published all over the world, including the newspaper, U.S.A. Today. The Great Chicken Trial of Brentwood (along with the follow-up stories) was listed in the top stories of 2010 by The Press in Brentwood. Editor Rick Lemyre makes it clear that this doesn’t mean most “important” but most ‘interesting and unusual,” which MilesTones is all about.

Tom Barnridge in his column in The Contra Costa Times (1/2/11) called the event of the famous chickens, Henny and Penny;  “Our favorite controversy” (of 2010). He even mentioned the cranky neighbor who complained that the “chickens poop 1000 times a day!” (which is a lot of .....ah forget it!)  prompting Mr. Bandridge to ask, “We wonder who did the counting?” Yep, that would take a lot of backyard surveilance. Anyway,  Henny and Penny were pleased by Mr. Barnridge’s mention.

Countdown To Chicken Verdict!

The minutes are ticking by before this evening's meeting of The Brentwood City Council where the deciding vote will be cast to determine the verdict for Henny and Penny, the famous hens from Brentwood, who are setting on their perches anxiously. 

The dispute that will be finalized at 7 PM in the Council Chambers will be the final decision as to Henny and Penny being able to stay in their backyard home or be evicted on the complaint of a neighbor who declares that the gentle hens poop 1000 times a day and she could carry it in on the soles of her shoes which would cause a multitude of diseases for society at large.

The home of the neighbor is behind a tall fence and the hens are in a coop in their own backyard which, of couse would be quite a feat to project the poop bombs from their coop, through the wires, across the lawn and up and over the fence to the backyard of the neighbor.  That is bull_ _ _ _ er...chicken._ _ ahh never mind!

The story of the plight of the hens has been picked up world wide and spotlighted on television news. Cathy Taibbi gave her take on the uproar (and over the fence) in her columns in The Examiner and Allvoices web news sites, which are also quoted around the world. Here are the links to her stories:

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Exclusive Release! Text of Hens Defense at The Great Chicken Trial of Brentwood

This Tuesday, February 9th, two famous hens will face the final vote before The Brentwood City Council which will determine their future. The hearing will take place in the Council Chambers beginning at 7. Henny and Penny, the defendants, found themselves caught in a web of bureaucracy over a housing issue which brought them before the council January 26th. A passionate defense was given for the hens. The council dead-locked with two votes for the hens and two against. One councilman who was absent will cast the deciding vote at the February 9th meeting.  Henny and Penny will again be present. Area TV news broadcast portions of the trial and defense. An avalanche of requests poured in...well...actually release the text of the entire defense of the hens to the public at large.  You will see the unabridged, unedited text as given below....

Text of Chicken Defense Presented by MilesTones Before The Brentwood City Council on January 26, 2010
Honorable Mayor Bob Taylor, distinguished members of the Brentwood City Council, Citizens of The Great City of Brentwood. On behalf of Henny and Penny, who are watching these proceedings with interest, we thank you for putting the issue of the chickens on the rooster...ROSTER!  They are chickens of upstanding character who get up early and go to work, producing pure organic eggs.

Updated: Great Chicken Trial Leaves Hens Out On A Limb--MilesTones Feature

The Great Chicken Trial of Brentwood took place before the Brentwood City Council last night. A packed chambers witnessed the historic event along with media.  The defendants, Henny and Penny, were present, even though in confinement. The two chickens became the focus of world wide attention after a neighbor raised her wings in attack-mode and complained about the hens before the City Planning Commission. It was then sent over to be heard by the City Council for what was to be a final hearing and decision. However, there were pullet surprises...

Anticipation filled the chambers as the chickens were brought into the room to face the charges lodged against them. Kimberly Kennedy, the hen whisperer, escorted them in along with her daughter, Alexa. Council members leaned forward behind the great desk (forward behind?) to study the objects of that case carefully to determine if the hens had a criminal look or attitude. 

Attendees were impressed by the decorum of the hens who were orderly, polite, clucked softly and dressed properly with little skirt diapers. It was also observed that Henny and Penny were attentive to personal hygene and had been shampooed, making them look very feminine and chick...CHIC!.

The Council discussed if chickens should be legally allowed to dwell in a residential area backyard and how many square feet the backyard should be for people who keep chickens.

MilesTones UPDATE! Chicken Trial Moves To Final Round January 26th

The Great Chicken Trial of Brentwood is nearing its final hearing in what has been described as the REAL 'Trial of the Century' (not OJs in his Brentwood, but the one here in the East Bay of Northern California). The incident started over a young woman who kept two hens in her backyard, which outraged a neighbor who charged the hens with poop-bombing HER yard which would bring fatal diseases into her house and throughout the neighborhood...

The dispute was heard before the Brentwood planning Commission during the week of January 4th, which spurred newspapers and internet news sites to send reports of the trial around the world, making the chickens famous, even though their names were with-held due to their ages.         

At the same time, a similar case was brought in Oakland where the hens won...YES!...and resulted in Oakland declaring itself a "Chicken Friendly City." As reported by the Contra Costa Times (1/10/10), since the declaration was passed, the sounds of saws and hammers can be heard in the backyards of Oakland as everyone is now building chicken coops. Yes! Power to the chickens!

The Brentwood case first went before the City Planning Commission and having passed that hurdle, is now scheduled for the final round of the dispute before the Brentwood City Council Meeting on Tuesday evening, January 26th, presided over by Mayor Bob Taylor.  There will probably be many ruffled feathers to smooth during the caged proceedings.

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