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  • #21
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    Contacts: Rob Hallwachs,

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    Contacts: Rob Hallwachs, (213) 217-6450; (213) 324-1255, mobile
    Bob Muir, (213) 217-6930; (213) 324-5213, mobile
    June 13, 2007
    TO REDUCE ITS CARBON FOOTPRINT, METROPOLITAN
    ADVANCES SOLAR POWER GENERATION TO HELP TREAT WATER

    Installation will reduce carbon emissions by 2.5 million pounds annually,
    while cutting district’s greenhouse gas emissions, power costs
    Metropolitan Water District is looking toward the sun to help generate the power needed to treat water—one of several options the agency is exploring to reduce its carbon footprint.
    “This demonstrates how serious we are about addressing our carbon footprint,” said Metropolitan -Chairman Timothy F. Brick, after MWD’s Board of Directors Tuesday authorized design work on a solar-powered generation plant at the district’s Robert A. Skinner Water Treatment Plant near Temecula in southwest Riverside County.
    “This is the first of a series of actions on numerous fronts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from our operations and lessen the impacts to state and regional water supplies,” Brick said.
    Potential actions include investigating installation of wind power generating plants along Metropolitan’s 242-mile-long Colorado River Aqueduct, which passes through wind farms near Palm Springs; increasing the district’s hydroelectric generating capacity beyond the MWD’s existing 16 plants; and expanding its number of hybrid fleet vehicles.
    Metropolitan General Manager Jeff Kightlinger said the action is an initial step toward possibly installing solar power generating facilities at all five MWD water treatment plants.
    “In addition to its environmental benefits, solar will help reduce power costs as our plants are retrofitted to treat water with ozone gas,” Kightlinger said. “Ozone provides greater water quality benefits, but also requires substantially more electric power. Solar power will help us cut those costs.”
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    Action at Tuesday’s board meeting authorized $625,000 for design work on a six-acre solar collection field at the Skinner plant that would generate up to 2 million kilowatt-hours of electricity a year. In 2006, the plant consumed more than 11.1 million kWh of electricity, at a cost of nearly $1.4 million.
    Plans call for the facility, costing an estimated $9 million, to employ a tracking system that allows the panels to follow the sun’s path from east to west and produce 25 percent more power than fixed panels.
    “Once the solar generators are installed and operational at the Skinner plant, Metropolitan would indirectly reduce carbon emissions by nearly 2.5 million pounds annually,” said Gordon Johnson, the district’s chief engineer. “In addition, we expect to realize up to $5 million in rebate incentives from the California Public Utilities Commission over the first five years.”
    Johnson said the solar-generating facility is expected to pay for itself in eight to 10 years or sooner, as the solar generation facility would operate during peak demand periods when electricity costs are the highest.
    Metropolitan’s board action is the first under the district’s Energy Management Program. Initiated last fall, the program looks to aggressively pursue viable opportunities to develop renewable energy projects and seek available state and federal financial incentives.
    Johnson said Metropolitan’s program is consistent with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s California Solar Initiative and state legislation, which have established a statewide goal to create 3,000 megawatts of new, solar-powered electricity by 2017.
    “Integrating solar-powered generating facilities into the region’s water supply system is a logical way to combine the need for energy with long-term sustainability, which is Metropolitan’s hallmark,” said MWD board Vice Chair Marcie L. Edwards, who also serves as general manager of the Anaheim Public Utilities Department.
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    The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a cooperative of 26 cities and water agencies serving 18 million people in six counties. The district imports water from the Colorado River and Northern California to supplement local supplies, and helps its members to develop increased water conservation, recycling, storage and other resource-management programs.

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    • #22
      Senate Committee to Decide on

      Senate Committee to Decide on California Spay & Neuter Bill
      Sportsmen's calls must be made before July 11!


      July 2, 2007 (California)



      A senate committee is expected to vote next week on a bill that will mandate the spaying and neutering of dogs in California. Sporting dog owners should contact senators today to protect the right to breed quality hunting dogs.



      Assembly Bill 1634, which requires dogs over six months of age to be spayed or neutered, will be heard by the Senate Local Government Committee on July 11. The committee is expected to vote that day. The bill, sponsored by Lloyd Levine, D-Van Nuys, exempts only licensed breeders and a handful of purebred animals that meet rigid qualifications. It provides no protection for sportsmen who hunt mixed breed dogs or want to breed their accomplished companions.



      “Assembly Bill 1634 has gained momentum and must be stopped before it deals a devastating blow to sportsmen who hunt with dogs,” said U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance vice president for government affairs Rob Sexton. “It will wipe out the breeding of sporting dogs that do not meet strict criteria and will cause unnecessary financial hardship on middle and low income sportsmen who will be forced to spay and neuter their animals.”



      Assembly Bill 1634 will also cause an unintended health concern for dogs and the public. There is a risk that individuals who do not comply with the new law will stop taking their dogs for veterinary care. Although the bill does not mandate that veterinarians report violators, some will fear citations and forego vet visits. As a result, the dogs will not receive regular inoculations that protect the animals and the public from disease.



      Take Action! The Senate Local Government Committee hearing is July 11 in Room 112 in the State Capitol Building in Sacramento. California sportsmen who cannot attend should contact their senators using the Legislative Action Center and voice opposition to AB 1634. It is particularly important to make calls today if your senator is on the Local Government Committee (see list below).



      Sen. Local Government Committee Member
      Party-Hometown
      Phone

      Sen. Gloria Negrete McLeod, Chair
      D-Montclair
      (916) 651-4032

      Sen. Dave Cox, Vice-Chair
      R-Roseville
      (916) 651-4001

      Sen. Tom Harman
      R-Costa Mesa
      (916) 651-4035

      Sen. Chrisine Kehoe
      D-San Diego
      (916) 651-4039

      Sen. Mike Machado
      D-Sacramento
      (916) 651-4005




      The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance is a national association of sportsmen and sportsmen’s organization that protects the rights of hunters, anglers and trappers in the courts, legislatures, at the ballot, in Congress and through public education programs. For more information about the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance and its work, call (614) 888-4868 or visit its website, www.ussportsmen.org.

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      • #23
        California Sportsmen Stop Bill

        California Sportsmen Stop Bill to End Dog Breeding
        Sportsmen's pressure pays off in California


        July 11, 2007 (California)

        (Sacramento) - California sportsmen have derailed legislation that would have outlawed the breeding of accomplished sporting dogs and eventually made it impossible to breed and own hunting dogs.



        On July 11, AB 1634 was pulled from the Senate Local Government Committee agenda after the bill’s sponsor, Assemblyman Lloyd Levine, D-Van Nuys, realized it did not have enough support to pass. The bill, which cannot be considered again during this legislative session, requires dogs over six months to be spayed or neutered. It provides exemptions only for licensed breeders and a handful of purebred animals that meet rigid qualifications. It provides no protection for sportsmen who hunt over mixed breed dogs.



        Assembly Bill 1634 will cause unnecessary financial hardships on middle and low income sportsmen who will be forced to spay or neuter their animals.



        “Sportsmen’s pressure on California lawmakers has helped protect hobby breeders and hunting interests, but the fight is not over” said Rob Sexton, USSA vice president for government affairs. “Assemblyman Levine has vowed to spend the next six months garnering support for Assembly Bill 1634. Sportsmen must be prepared to continue the fight in 2008.”



        The USSA worked with key national and local sportsmen’s groups and dog organizations to drum up grassroots action and defeat the measure. California Houndsmen for Conservation, California Outdoor Heritage Alliance, Masters of Foxhounds Association of America and PetPAC are among the organizations that helped raise awareness, motivate hunters to action, and raise funds to defeat the bill.



        In 2006, the USSA worked with California sportsmen to protect hunting interests by blocking a bill that threatened hunting dog competitors and field coursers. Three years earlier, it worked with partners in the state to defeat legislation that would have banned bear hunting, fox hunting, rabbit hunting, raccoon hunting and more.



        The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance is a national association of sportsmen and sportsmen’s organization that protects the rights of hunters, anglers and trappers in the courts, legislatures, at the ballot, in Congress and through public education programs. For more information about the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance and its work, call (614) 888-4868 or visit its website, www.ussportsmen.org.

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        • #24
          California Sportsmen Stop Bill

          California Sportsmen Stop Bill to End Dog Breeding
          Sportsmen's pressure pays off in California

          July 11, 2007 (California)



          (Sacramento) - California sportsmen have derailed legislation that would have outlawed the breeding of accomplished sporting dogs and eventually made it impossible to breed and own hunting dogs.



          On July 11, AB 1634 was pulled from the Senate Local Government Committee agenda after the bill’s sponsor, Assemblyman Lloyd Levine, D-Van Nuys, realized it did not have enough support to pass. The bill, which cannot be considered again during this legislative session, requires dogs over six months to be spayed or neutered. It provides exemptions only for licensed breeders and a handful of purebred animals that meet rigid qualifications. It provides no protection for sportsmen who hunt over mixed breed dogs.



          Assembly Bill 1634 will cause unnecessary financial hardships on middle and low income sportsmen who will be forced to spay or neuter their animals.



          “Sportsmen’s pressure on California lawmakers has helped protect hobby breeders and hunting interests, but the fight is not over” said Rob Sexton, USSA vice president for government affairs. “Assemblyman Levine has vowed to spend the next six months garnering support for Assembly Bill 1634. Sportsmen must be prepared to continue the fight in 2008.”



          The USSA worked with key national and local sportsmen’s groups and dog organizations to drum up grassroots action and defeat the measure. California Houndsmen for Conservation, California Outdoor Heritage Alliance, Masters of Foxhounds Association of America and PetPAC are among the organizations that helped raise awareness, motivate hunters to action, and raise funds to defeat the bill.



          In 2006, the USSA worked with California sportsmen to protect hunting interests by blocking a bill that threatened hunting dog competitors and field coursers. Three years earlier, it worked with partners in the state to defeat legislation that would have banned bear hunting, fox hunting, rabbit hunting, raccoon hunting and more.



          The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance is a national association of sportsmen and sportsmen’s organization that protects the rights of hunters, anglers and trappers in the courts, legislatures, at the ballot, in Congress and through public education programs. For more information about the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance and its work, call (614) 888-4868 or visit its website, www.ussportsmen.org.

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          • #25
            Public Open House Scheduled Aug. 18 For ...

            Contacts: Tim Skrove, (951) 313-6617, mobile
            Bob Muir, (213) 217-6930; (213) 324-5213, mobile
            August 10, 2007
            PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE SCHEDULED AUG. 18 FOR MAJOR
            PIPELINE CONSTRUCTION PROJECT IN MISSION GROVE AREA
            The public is invited to learn more about a major Metropolitan Water District pipeline construction project set to begin next month along Alessandro Boulevard in the Mission Grove area of Riverside at a special open house Saturday, Aug. 18.
            The event will be held at the headquarters of Western Municipal Water District, 450 E Alessandro Boulevard, from 9 a.m. to noon.
            Representatives from Metropolitan and local water agencies will be on hand to discuss the construction of the pipeline, an eight-foot diameter drinking water line that will ultimately provide an additional 150 million gallons of treated water each day to homes and businesses in western Riverside County.
            Because of the pipeline’s size, Metropolitan anticipates there will be traffic disruptions along Alessandro Boulevard during construction between Northrop Drive and Sycamore Canyon Boulevard, including detours, reduced speeds and left-turn restrictions. However, two lanes of traffic in each direction will be maintained and customer access to all local businesses will be preserved. Other issues to be discussed include construction methods and schedule, as well as Alessandro road improvements.
            Guests at the event also are invited to tour Western’s Landscapes Southern California StyleSM garden, which provides valuable information on water-saving plants and landscapes suited for Southern California’s climate.
            Metropolitan plans to construct the pipeline in two phases, with the first phase along Alessandro to Cactus Avenue being done under a $39.3 million contract awarded to the W.A. Rasic Construction Co., of Bell Gardens. The work, which will proceed east along Alessandro and then south in right of way adjacent to Interstate 215 to Cactus Avenue, is expected to be completed in 12 months.
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            Additional information on the pipeline project and open house is available by contacting Tim Skrove, Metropolitan’s senior government affairs representative for the area, at
            (951) 313-6617 or at tskrove@mwdh2o.com. Project information also is available at www.perrisvalleypipeline.com.
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            The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a cooperative of 26 cities and water agencies serving 18 million people in six counties. The district imports water from the Colorado River and Northern California to supplement local supplies, and helps its members to develop increased water conservation, recycling, storage and other resource-management programs.
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            • #26
              Gov. Schwarzenegger Urged to Veto

              Gov. Schwarzenegger Urged to Veto California Lead Ban Legislation
              Sportsmen's immediate action needed, contact governor today!

              September 14, 2007 (California)



              California sportsmen must call on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to veto a bill that will impose a lead ammunition ban and put the future of hunting in jeopardy.



              Assembly bill 821, sponsored by Assemblyman Pedro Nava, D-Santa Barbara, is a poorly-worded bill that targets big game and varmint hunters and threatens to ban all lead ammunition. Inconclusive science that identifies lead as a detriment to the endangered California condor led to the bill’s introduction. The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance joins the California Department of Fish and Game in opposing AB 821.



              “Decisions such as this that will significantly impact wildlife and hunters should be made by wildlife experts, not politicians,” said Rob Sexton, U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance vice president for government affairs. “The experts understand that there are many factors cited that contribute to the California condor’s decline. Even the state’s Condor Recovery Team, which is charged with implementing a plan to improve condor numbers, opposes the meat cleaver approach embodied in AB 821.”



              Recent research shows that a lead ban will result in as many as 25 percent of hunters walking away from the sport due to the high cost and limited availability of alternative ammunition. Conservation programs for every species in the state depend on hunters’ license and tax dollars. Enacting AB 821 prioritizes the recovery of condors at the expense of all other California wildlife.



              “Assembly bill 821 is frankly unnecessary. For more than a century, hunters have been America’s premier conservationists and they respond well to voluntary measures to improve wildlife,” said Sexton. “Educating sportsmen about the need to bury animal carcasses and remains to prevent potential lead ingestion is a smart first step.”



              Assembly Bill 821 passed the Assembly on May 14 by a vote of 42 to 32. It passed the Senate on Sept. 4, by a vote of 23 to 15.



              Take Action! California sportsmen should call Gov. Schwarzenegger today and urge him to veto Assembly Bill 821. The governor can be reached by phone at (916) 445-2841. Fax letters to (916) 445-4633. Use the Legislative Action Center at www.ussportsmen.org to prepare your letter today.
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              • #27
                Bill Will Stamp Out California's Firearms

                Bill Will Stamp Out California's Firearms Industry

                California sportsmen must contact the governor today!
                September 14, 2007 (California)

                Sportsmen and firearms enthusiasts in California should ask Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to veto a bill that will force firearms manufacturers to abandon the California market.

                Manufacturers of sporting arms including Smith & Wesson, Glock, Beretta, SigArms and Kahr Arms, among others, will be driven out of California if Gov. Schwarzenegger signs AB 1471. The bill, introduced by Mike Feuer, D-West Hollywood, will mandate that any new models of pistols sold in the state have the gun’s make, model and serial number engraved on the firing pin and one other place on the gun so that, in theory, the information will be imprinted on any cartridge casing fired by the gun.

                A recent state-funded study recommends that such action not be taken, calling the patented sole-source technology “flawed.” Further, a peer-reviewed study from 2006 demonstrates the technology is unreliable and can easily be defeated in mere seconds using common household tools. While the bill drives up the price of sporting arms by an astronomical $200 per gun, it does not help deter crime. Criminals will file away the markings or simply replace them with unmarked firing pins.

                Lawrence Keane, senior vice president of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, says that product selection available to law-abiding consumers in California will be nearly eliminated if the bill becomes law.

                “Many manufacturers have already told the legislature that they will have to abandon the California market because they cannot afford to incur the substantial costs associated with complying with microstamping legislation, which would include purchasing very expensive equipment and patented technology and completely redesigning their manufacturing processes, plant and equipment,” said Keane.

                Assembly Bill 1471 passed the Assembly on May 29, by a vote of 44 to 31. It passed the Senate Sept. 6 by a vote of 21 to 17.

                Take Action! California sportsmen should call Gov. Schwarzenegger today and urge him to veto Assembly Bill 1471. Don’t let the government stamp out California’s firearms industry. The governor can be reached by phone at (916) 445-2841. Fax letters to (916) 445-4633. Use the Legislative Action Center at www.ussportsmen.org to prepare your letter today.
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                • #28
                  TRAFFIC DETOURS STARTING FOR PIPELINE
                  CONSTRUCTION PROJECT ON ALESSANDRO BOULEVARD


                  Traffic detours have been placed along Alessandro Boulevard in the Mission Grove area of Riverside as construction gears up for a major water line along the thoroughfare, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California announced.
                  Over the next four to six weeks, there will be intermittent detours and traffic controls along Alessandro Boulevard between Mission Grove Parkway and Sycamore Canyon Boulevard, as work begins on the Perris Valley Pipeline, said Tom Campbell, Metropolitan’s project manager.
                  When completed, the eight-foot-diameter drinking water line will provide an additional 150 million gallons of treated water each day to homes and businesses in western Riverside County.
                  Once preliminary construction work is completed in early November, final traffic detours and controls will be established and remain in place until next summer, Campbell said.
                  “These detours will move two lanes of eastbound and two lanes of westbound traffic onto the south side of Alessandro Boulevard to accommodate the installation of the pipeline in the northern portion of the roadway,” Campbell said. “In addition, there will be reduced speed limits and restrictions on left turns off of Alessandro Boulevard during the construction period. However, access to all businesses through the construction zone will be maintained.”
                  Metropolitan is constructing the pipeline in two phases, with the first phase along Alessandro to Cactus Avenue being done under a $39.3 million contract awarded to the W.A. Rasic Construction Co., of Bell Gardens. The work, which will proceed east along Alessandro and then south in right of way adjacent to Interstate 215 to Cactus Avenue, is expected to be completed by August 2008.
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                  Additional information on the pipeline project is available by calling the project hotline at (951) 776-2626 or by visiting the project Web site, www.perrisvalleypipeline.com.
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                  The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a cooperative of 26 cities and water agencies serving 18 million people in six counties. The district imports water from the Colorado River and Northern California to supplement local supplies, and helps its members to develop increased water conservation, recycling, storage and other resource-management programs.
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                  • #29
                    California Bans Lead Ammunition

                    California Bans Lead Ammunition

                    Lead ammo ban will drive hunters out of the field

                    October 19, 2007 (California)



                    California has enacted a lead ammunition ban that will drive hunters out of the field and prove a detriment to the wildlife it was supposed to help.

                    On Oct. 13, over sportsmen’s objections, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed AB 821 to prohibit lead ammunition in the California condor’s range. Biologists contend the ingestion of lead from carcasses shot during hunting season is a threat to the endangered bird; however, outlawing the ammunition was a drastic and unnecessary step.

                    “The lead ban ignores sportsmen’s century-long track record as stewards of wildlife and denies them the chance to make a difference,” said Rob Sexton, U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance vice president for government affairs. “It was a meat cleaver approach to a problem that could have been resolved by a regulation mandating that sportsmen dispose of animal carcasses after a hunt. Couple that requirement with an education campaign aimed at hunters and the state would not have put a quarter of its conservation funding at risk.”

                    Sportsmen pay the lions share for all conservation, including endangered species program, through license fees and tax dollars. That is $93 million in California. Unfortunately, it is estimated that as many as 25 percent of California hunters will walk away from the sport due to the high cost and limited availability of alternative ammunition. If hunter numbers decline, so will the funding source for wildlife programs, including condor recovery.
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                    • #30
                      Students From 46 Southland High Schools Build Boats

                      STUDENTS FROM 46 SOUTHLAND HIGH SCHOOLS BUILD BOATS
                      FOR METROPOLITAN WATER DISTRICT’S SOLAR CUP PROGRAM


                      Boat-building launches seven-month program in engineering, resource management
                      WHAT: Hundreds of students from 46 Southland high schools build identical, one-person hulls they will take back to their schools and equip with solar panels, batteries and steering for Metropolitan Water District’s Solar Cup event in May, 2008.
                      WHEN: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov 10 and Nov. 17; teams are split between two dates
                      WHERE: Three Valleys Municipal Water District, 1021 E. Miramar Ave., Claremont; Los Angeles County Thomas Guide page 571, 6-F
                      VISUALS: Hundreds of students from high schools in Los Angeles, Ventura, San Bernardino, Riverside and Orange counties nail, screw and glue-together marine-grade plywood to build 16-foot-long single-seat hulls for world’s largest solar boat competition; teams will spend seven months equipping boats.
                      Click on the links below for short video from last year’s boat-building event:
                      High Resolution Video Low Resolution Video
                      BACKGROUND:
                      Solar Cup is a seven-month program of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and its member public water agencies, in which teams of high school students build and race solar-powered boats. With 46 teams and nearly 900 students participating, it is the world’s largest solar boat program/event at either high school or college level.
                      Click here for additional background, video and photos of the 2007 event.
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                      • #31
                        Forty-six Southland High Schools On Board For

                        FORTY-SIX SOUTHLAND HIGH SCHOOLS ON BOARD FOR
                        METROPOLITAN WATER DISTRICT’S SOLAR BOAT PROGRAM


                        Nearly 900 students to participate in seven-month program
                        Teams from 46 Southern California high schools have launched Metropolitan Water District’s 2008 Solar Cup™ program in which students build, equip and race solar-powered boats, learning hands-on lessons in engineering and natural resources management on the way to the May 18 finish line.
                        Now in its sixth year and the world’s largest solar boat competition, Solar Cup involves nearly 900 students from schools in Los Angeles, Riverside, Ventura, Orange and San Bernardino counties. Teams are sponsored by Metropolitan’s member water agencies; Metropolitan sponsors the seven-month education program and the three-day Solar Cup competition.
                        Solar Cup has been widely hailed as a creative, innovative way to impart practical application of textbook lessons. Over the years, students have credited Solar Cup with helping them determine their career path and their decision to go to college. In addition to teaching future leaders about California’s water supplies and protecting natural resources, Metropolitan hopes the program will lead Solar Cup alumni to the possibility of working in Southern California’s water industry.
                        “This year, our state’s and region’s serious water-supply shortage has been incorporated into Solar Cup by requiring that each team produce a public service water-conservation message,” said Metropolitan’s General Manager Jeff Kightlinger.
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                        • #32
                          Defamation Suit Brought Against America's Leading Anti-

                          Defamation Suit Brought Against America's Leading Anti-Hunting Group

                          Defamation Suit Brought Against America's Leading Anti-Hunting Group

                          January 10, 2008
                          The nation’s most vociferous opponent of hunting and all outdoor sports is being sued in a California court for defamation.



                          According to court records, Center for Earth Concerns de Costa Rica founder Karin Hoad partnered with the Humane Society of the United States to establish and maintain her organization. HSUS provided $35,000.00 yearly to help operate the shelter, and in 1994 increased the amount to $50,000. Hoad claimed she ran the facility for 12 years with HSUS support. The facility, rehabilitated abandoned and injured domestic animals.



                          The suit claims that after 12 years of working within this agreement, the HSUS and its top leaders publicly stated that she “murdered” domestic animals. According to court documents HSUS also urged people to stop contributing to the Costa Rica facility.



                          Hoad filed suit in California Superior Court in San Diego in November seeking $15 million in damages, alleging defamation, criminal defamation and conspiracy to defame. Defendants include the Humane Society, HSUS President Wayne Pacelle, HSUS CEO Andrew Rowan and HSUS officer Roger Kindler. On December 5, the Humane Society moved to remove the case to the U.S District Court on the grounds that the defendants live in DC.
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                          • #33
                            Weekend Advisory Solar Cup Preview: 43 High School

                            May 1, 2008
                            WEEKEND ADVISORY
                            SOLAR CUP PREVIEW: 43 HIGH SCHOOL TEAMS
                            TO GATHER SATURDAY FOR BOATS’ TECHNICAL INSPECTIONS

                            Inspection precedes qualifying events at Lake Skinner
                            WHAT: Forty-three Southland high school teams gather for technical inspection of their
                            solar-powered boat entries in the three-day Solar Cup event later this month at
                            Lake Skinner near Temecula. Boats will be inspected and weighed; skippers will
                            be weighed and Red Cross swim-tested. Cal Poly Pomona School of Engineering
                            students and professors will offer teams technical advice.
                            WHEN: Saturday May 3, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.,
                            WHERE: Three Valleys Municipal Water District, 1021 E Miramar Ave., Claremont
                            (Los Angeles County Thomas Guide 6-F)
                            VISUALS: First public look at the engineering and design of the 43, 16-foot-long boats that
                            will compete in 2008 Solar Cup. Boats’ unique propeller and rudder
                            configurations are unveiled. Many teams varnish the wooden hulls; others paint
                            their boats elaborately. Students being weighed and given swim tests.
                            PARTICIPANTS:
                            Solar Cup teams from high schools in Anaheim, Banning, Burbank, Camarillo,
                            Chino Hills, Covina, Diamond Bar, Downey, El Monte, Fullerton, Hacienda
                            Heights, Inglewood, Lake Forest, La Puente, Lynwood, Long Beach,
                            Los Angeles, Menifee, Mira Loma, Moreno Valley, Murrieta, Pasadena, Perris,
                            Pomona, Rancho Cucamonga, Riverside, Rolling Hills Estates, San Dimas,
                            San Fernando, San Gabriel, San Jacinto, Santa Ana, Temecula, Thermal, Upland,
                            Valinda, Ventura and Wildomar; managers of Metropolitan Water District’s Solar
                            Cup program and May 16-18 event.
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                            • #34
                              Nation’s Largest Solar-powered Boat Race

                              Contact: Rob Hallwachs, (213) 217-6450; (213) 324-1255 cell
                              May 15, 2008
                              WEEKEND ADVISORY FOR MAY 16-18
                              NATION’S LARGEST SOLAR-POWERED BOAT RACE LAUNCHES FRIDAY FOR
                              THREE DAYS OF COMPETITION AT LAKE SKINNER
                              Forty-one high school teams and 850 students from throughout Southland
                              in exciting conclusion to seven-month Metropolitan Water District program
                              WHAT: Metropolitan Water District’s Solar Cup competition featuring 41 teams of Southland high school students racing single-seat solar-powered sculls. Weekend attendance numbers several thousand.
                              WHEN: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday May 16-18. Friday focuses on qualifying inspections, Saturday features 1.6-kilometer endurance competition using solar-collection panels, Sunday is highlighted by 200-meter sprint races and awards ceremony.
                              WHERE: Lake Skinner (Riverside County Thomas Guide page 930, 4-D). Take I-15 to Rancho California Road, Temecula. Go northeast 10 miles to main gate.
                              MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES:
                              Boats are colorfully painted or varnished for “Hottest-Looking Boat” trophy; teams often wear matching outfits. Student interviews on importance and fun of program. Student-made 30-second water-conservation videos (Beta b-roll). Reporters, photographers and camera crews can be taken onto the lake for competition close-ups. Reporters may pilot a solar-powered boat by prearrangement. Team interviews at launch ramp arranged for morning news programs as early as 6 a.m.
                              PARTICIPANTS:
                              Solar Cup teams from high schools in Anaheim, Banning, Burbank, Camarillo, Chino Hills, Claremont, Covina, Diamond Bar, Downey, Duarte, El Monte, Fullerton, Hacienda Heights, La Puente, La Verne, Lake Elsinore, Lake Forest, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Menifee, Mira Loma, Moreno Valley, Murrieta, Pomona, Rancho Cucamonga, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Dimas, San Fernando, San Gabriel, San Jacinto, Temecula and Upland, plus managers of Metropolitan Water District’s Solar Cup program and the May 16-18 event.
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                              • #35
                                Long-Awaited Book on Premier Game Fish Painter Stanley

                                Long-Awaited Book on Premier Game Fish Painter Stanley Meltzoff Now Set for Fall Release


                                LA JOLLA, Calif., USA (Sept. 16, 2009) --- The first comprehensive book on the life and work of acclaimed artist Stanley Meltzoff has finally gone to print. Stanley Meltzoff – Picture

                                Maker was nearly done when Meltzoff passed away in 2006 and the project was put aside.

                                Now, angler and IGFA historian Mike Rivkin has completed the job in a lush oversized format. Two distinct versions will be available for holiday delivery.

                                Fans of game fish art will have no difficulty in recalling Stanley Meltzoff. He was the first artist to realistically portray all the major game species in their natural habitats, and today his body of work remains the very best of its kind. Born in Brooklyn in 1917, Meltzoff received a classical education in the arts before joining The Stars and Stripes U.S. Army newspaper as an illustrator during WWII. Later, he taught at the prestigious Pratt Institute in New York before becoming one of the leading commercial artists in the country.

                                Meltzoff paintings have graced the covers of Field and Stream, Scientific American, The Saturday Evening Post, and many other publications. Among his most famous work was the cover of the iconic 1976 AT&T bicentennial phone book, of which more than 176 million were distributed nationwide.

                                In 1960, Meltzoff completed a groundbreaking series on striped bass for Sports

                                Illustrated that made him an instant celebrity in the sporting press. During a hugely productive second career, his renderings of billfish, bonefish, tarpon, and tuna served to define the genre while generating awestruck accolades from every quarter. His death in 2006 at age 89 stilled a brush that may never be equaled.

                                Stanley Meltzoff – Picture Maker (Silverfish Press) includes nearly 190 color plates of

                                the artist’s work throughout his career, plus lively narratives from both Meltzoff and co-author Rivkin. The deluxe edition ($89) will be limited to 500 copies and include a signed-and-numbered bookplate, vintage Meltzoff poster, and game fish art catalogue from the early 1980s. An un-numbered trade edition ($50) will also be available.

                                Co-author Mike Rivkin is a past president of the venerable Tuna Club of Santa

                                Catalina Island and has authored four widely-acclaimed books on the history of big-game

                                fishing. His Big-Game Fishing Headquarters: A History of the IGFA (IGFA Press) was judged among the finest outdoor books of 2005. Rivkin lives in southern California where he continues to fish the Pacific waters nearby.

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                                Publicist Note: Co-author interviews with Mike Rivkin and a limited number of review copies are available to qualified media. For more information, please visit www.silverfishpress.com or please contact Mike directly at scmcorp@sbcglobal.net



                                PR Counsel/contact: Pete Johnson, Johnson Communications, Inc.

                                Scottsdale, Ariz., USA

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                                  California Sporting Dog Enthusiasts Rack Up Wins

                                  California Sporting Dog Enthusiasts Rack Up Wins
                                  10/16/09



                                  As the California legislative session ended with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signing and vetoing multiple bills, the sporting dog community came out as clear winners. California sportsmen saw the governor sign two bills that strengthen protection for sporting dog owners while vetoing two bills which could have negatively impacted sporting dog breeders.

                                  “This has been an important year for sporting dog owners in California and across the nation,” said USSA Director of State Services, Evan Heusinkveld. “While we have concerns over some of the governor’s decisions regarding firearms, we are pleased that he made the right call for the sporting dog community.”

                                  “The California Outdoor Heritage Association was pleased to work with USSA and our other partners to strengthen the legal protections for hunters using dogs in the field, as well as to protect hunting dog breeders from burdensome legislation,” stated Mark Hennelly, Vice President of the California Outdoor Heritage Alliance (COHA).

                                  Gov. Schwarzenegger signed both Assembly Bill 1423, sponsored by Assemblyman Tom Berryhill (R- Modesto), and Assembly Bill 1442, sponsored by the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife. AB 1423 adds field trials and dog training activities to the list of things that cannot be interfered with and AB 1442 makes it illegal to remove a collar from a hunting dog without the owner’s permission.

                                  Meanwhile, on Sunday, Gov. Schwarzenegger vetoed Assembly Bill 241, California’s version of the “puppy mill” bill craze that has swept the nation this year. The bill, authored by Assemblyman Pedro Nava (D- Santa Barbara), would have arbitrarily limited the number of animals any person may own or possess at one time for commercial breeding purposes and could have severely damaged or put out of existence many law abiding sporting dog kennels. In addition, the Governor vetoed Assembly Bill 1122, authored by Assemblyman Ted Lieu, which would have prohibited the sale of dogs on certain public properties.

                                  The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance (USSA) also recently reported on the blocking of Senate Bill 250, a mandatory spay/neuter measure, representing yet another big win for California sportsmen and sporting dog owners.

                                  Collectively, these legislative victories will assure a healthy sporting dog community in California.

                                  The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance (USSA) and key partners such as COHA, Masters of Foxhounds Association of North America, National Animal Interest Alliance, National Rifle Association, California Rifle and Pistol Association, and Pet Pac worked aggressively to protect the interests of sporting dog owners.
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                                    California’s Mixed Bag on Firearm Bills

                                    California’s Mixed Bag on Firearm Bills
                                    10/16/09



                                    California sportsmen and other gun owners were dealt a mixed bag as Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed one anti-gun bill, but signed another into law.

                                    The governor signed Assembly Bill 962 that requires firearms dealers to keep a registry of all handgun ammunition buyers while banning mail order and Internet sales. The legislation will place an enormous burden on small businesses and, according to some estimates, will cost California at nearly $3 million annually in lost sales taxes and over $600,000 in increased operating costs for state agencies.

                                    “We believe this is a terrible decision by the Governor,” stated Bud Pidgeon, U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance president and CEO. “This will not solve the problem of crime, but will seriously harm the rights of law abiding sportsmen and other citizens of California.”

                                    The decision by Gov. Schwarzenegger to sign AB 962 was particularly ironic given his veto of Senate Bill 41. That bill would increase paperwork for firearms retailers by requiring additional documentation on all firearm sales. The governor indicated that SB 41 was overly burdensome and would not provide value for law enforcement.
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