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    Default 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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    Default 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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    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



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    Lightbulb 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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    Exclamation 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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    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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    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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    Default 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:
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    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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    Default 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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    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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