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Old 06-20-05, 08:32 AM   #1
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Mountain Bike Advocacy PAC

For those that mtb in CA. have a look at the below post. I got the info from a SoCal. site. The more help we can get to open up more trail access is always a good thing.

"Mountain Bike Advocacy PAC
Hi all, A group of Marin advocates has created a statewide mountain bike PAC to deal with donations for lobbying and political influence. The two big statewide issues are:

1. A proposed new park bonds act. The way bond acts build support is to earmark pots of money for different interest groups. They become the constituency and preempt opposition to bonds. The last several state park bond acts did not have money for trails. There's a move to get earmarked funding for trails in the next park bond.

2. AB 672 which requires water managers who have watershed lands to have a recreation plan. There are many different watershed managers around the state. Some are friendly to recreation; many are not. They all have different policies. This would require watershed managers to develop a recreation policy with high public involvement. It may not mean trails on all reservoir lands, but it opens up the possibility big time. The bill passed the assembly, and is now in the Senate.

Both are important statewide issues with big implications for mountain bikers and other trail users. The CalBikeVoter project is run by good people.

Here's the announcement. Check out the website. Spread the word Jim Hasenauer

Ladies and Gentlemen, Madams et Messieurs , MTB'ers all

I'm am proud to present

HTTP://WWW.CALBIKEVOTER.ORG ( and .com)

To my knowledge this is the first organized political fundraising and lobbying effort launched statewide in California.

First I want to thank a few people that have helped in getting this idea and website launched in a relatively rapid fashion.

Shaun Reid for the name - seems like a no brainer but hindsight is 20/20. It just rolled off his tongue when we were talking about this effort.

Brent Englund for rapidly fashioning the pages - Remember to promote for your website needs.

Ted Stroll for not giving up the dream.

On the advocacy side of this, Access4Bikes is hosting and collecting the funds raised in this effort and will be sending them to Collective Influence in support of moving AB672 through the California Senate. It is my sincerest hope that this plea to raise money is successful and that Collective Influence helps AB672 prevail.

I am asking for a letter of support from one of the board members of Marin Municipal Water district as well.

Please ask everyone with an advocacy bent, organized club and specifically those with websites and/or email communications to post/send to their friends, members and advocacy leadership.

Alex Burnham - President Access4Bikes of Marin, VP Northern California Mountain Biking Association

http://www.access4bikes.com"

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