California Riders - Can You Help?
Posted February 19, 2002 - 07:45 PM
Posted February 19, 2002 - 08:04 PM
Our cause will compete for my time at work, home, soccer practice, kids school, etc, and Adelanto this weekend.........but I will help where I can.
I am around a computer most of the day, and I have full access to lots of computers, including Web and mail servers on the net if needed.
Posted February 20, 2002 - 10:57 PM
While I'm not heavy on free time, I'll volunteer to help out somehow. If all you need is a few phone calls and emails, I think even my lazy ass can handle that. I even know a few dirtbikers out here in the 909 so perhaps I can enlist others as well.
Well, at least I'm brash enough to ask anyway... In fact, one of 'em is in the next cubicle over and I know he loves his bikes...yo scotty...
Posted February 21, 2002 - 05:28 AM
Anything will help, an email, a phone call, or a letter. You can cut and paste the example below
in an email, or letter, or even in a phone call.
I think it's important to start with your State Assemblyman, sent him/her an email and follow up with a call. It only take a few minutes...
One of the current vacancies belongs to the Speaker of the Assembly. Within the next few days I hope to have a couple names of OHV individuals who are trying to win appointments to the commission. When I can verify this we will need to begin to
lobby hard on their behalf.
Dear Assemblyman XXXX
I am writing as an off-highway vehicle enthusiast to express my concern, and to bring to your attention, a troubling
situation that exits on the California State Off-Highway Vehicle Commission. One of the Commissioners,
Mr. Paul J. Spitler happens to also be the Executive Director of the California Wilderness Coalition.
The California Wilderness Coalition is vehemently opposed to OHV activities, and have filed numerous
lawsuits in an attempt to stop or greatly curtail OHV activities on State and Federal lands.
On February 8, 2002, the California Wilderness Coalition filed a lawsuit against the U. S. Forrest Service
over OHV activities at the Rock Creek OHV area within the El Dorado National Forrest near Georgetown.
On February 12th, four days after filing the lawsuit, Mr. Spitler sat on the State OHV Commission
and VOTED on a $560,000.00 Grant Fund request from the U. S. Forrest Service for the Rock Creek OHV area within the El Dorado National Forrest near Georgetown.
I am outraged to Mr. Spitler is a member of the OHV commission and involved in this obvious conflict of interest.
I am requesting that your office please help to restore some integrity to the OHV Commission. Individuals such as
Mr. Spitler do not serve the interest of the OHV community or bring balance the commission. His appointment was
an obvious attempt sabotage the interests of the OHV community.
I am also requesting that you help ensure that future appointments to the OHV Commission come from within the OHV
community or industry. I will be contacting you regarding appointment opportunities as they become available.
I would appreciate a response in this regard.
Posted February 21, 2002 - 08:51 AM
Link to Desert Vipers Web Site
It takes 30 seconds to sign the online petition, so let's flood them with TT signatures !
Posted February 21, 2002 - 03:37 PM
You have my home email. Just let me know what I can do.
Sent email to Assemblyman Tom Harman and Gray Davis (yes, he is supposed to represent ALL of us!). Also a printed letter to Ca Senator Ross Johnson (he has no publicized email address). All on this specific subject, expressing outrage and suggesting specific solutions-VERY IMPORTANT. I know there will be others. Keep us posted.
Guys in states other than Ca, stay tuned. The enviro circus is coming to your town soon!
Posted February 21, 2002 - 06:29 PM
Post the addresses and I will write letters, 3 minutes of my time to help keep our sport alive is more than worth it.
Posted February 21, 2002 - 06:52 PM
the State Senate:
the Governor's Office
You should be able to get phone numbers or an email link at these sites.
Posted February 22, 2002 - 12:34 PM
Thanks to you guys I had no idea the OHV commision members were that conflicting. Sheesh!
I am glad to fight for our freedom to ride-Off road.
Posted February 22, 2002 - 07:51 PM
For starters copy and paste the above letter into an email and send it to your Assembleman, State Senator, and to the Governor.
Only takes a few minutes...
And have everyone you know do the same thing, friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, whoever.
Doesn't matter if they ride OHV's or not, we just need numbers...
Posted February 23, 2002 - 06:59 AM
Posted February 27, 2002 - 07:31 PM
I have copied and paste the letter. I will be sending out the letter to the names noted. If there are others that I should send the letter to, please email me at MikeAPG@aol.com with who they are.
Keep up the fight !!!