Legal Alert! CA Prop 40 Vote NO!
Posted February 14, 2002 - 08:48 AM
Are you aware of California Proposition 40? It is on the California
March 5 ballot.
It looks like a $4.3 billion (Cost in 25 years) state version of
CARA. This proposition is in addition to the proposition 12 funding
approved in the year 2000 election (some of you may remember
Villaraigosa praising the benefits of this spending measure in Sierra
Club sponsored advertisements).
The Director for the Anza Borrego Foundation announced that this was
the perfect time to leverage trust moneys for matching funds and buy
up ranches. He claimed the aging ranchers no longer wanted their
lands and their heirs were wanting to sell. The importance of habitat
acquisition contiguous to USFS and other public lands was
stressed. When asked how much of Proposition 40 money was designated
specifically for trails: there is none.
Now, they want more money.
The advertisement campaign promoting the proposition on the
television is called "Our Land Our Water." Their website is
The program looks like a "winner" because they combine the issues of
toxic waste, air and water pollution, and endangered "open" space.
The money generated (bonds to be paid by tax revenue) would be spent
buying property and cleaning up contaminated and depredated
Brief information appears to provide cities with about $220,000, and
about half of the bond is slated for land acquisition in the
10,000-20,000 acre parcel range (not land in city's). The sponsor of
the TV advertisements is The Nature Conservancy, the same group that
will benefit most from having tax dollars to purchase more land and
create more "prescriptive Wilderness." The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
is a multibillion dollar corporation dedicated to purchasing land and
holding it in trust until it can be granted (for a price) to the
I doubt if you will find any TNC land holdings that are dedicated to
off-highway recreation uses.
You need to ask yourself,
"Are you willing to hand tax dollars over to a multibillion
corporation, just to allow them to keep you and your choice of
motorized recreation off the land?"
The issue is slated to be on the California March 5 ballot.
You can register to vote up to two weeks before the election.
Get out and tell your friends and recreation associates to register
and vote against proposition 40.
Reply: folks-remember, these are the same folks who want to use your green sticker money to help close down riding areas. more taxes and registration funds to stop YOUR activities. don't be fooled by clean this and safer that. it is about controlling your ability to recreate in the way THEY want you to play.
Posted February 14, 2002 - 03:11 PM
Let's all get out the word and VOTE!
If you don't vote, you can't bitch!
Posted February 14, 2002 - 09:00 PM
P.S. did I spell knowledge correctly?