CSPA campaign to defeat the striper deregulation bill

This is the group who we need to support and help out to fight the Stripper Bill

http://www.calsport.org/

CSPA is getting ready to mount the campaign to defeat AB 1253, the striper deregulation bill, in committee. From our assessment, this is NOT a sure thing given the make up of the current committee.

We've been in contact with our connections at the assembly. According to our sources, the bill will not be heard in committee until April 14th at the earliest. The posted date of the 30th is in error.

That means CSPA has the time to:
1. Organize a fierce letter writing campaign (I should have that out by this weekend including sample letters, who to write, addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses.
2. Concentrate our efforts on who we believe to be swing votes in the committee. We will identify those people when the letter campaign document is circulated.
3. Arrange for some expert testimony as to the fact that the striper is not a significant predator of either delta smelt or chinook salmon. We have three experts we're in touch with. We will have to solicit funds to pay for their costs.
4. Arrange for our own (CSPA) and other organizations testimony, both written and oral. (Again, because this is an ongoing thing, we need to be funded to do this, otherwise we'd be on the dole since so much work time is lost.)
5. Encourage the general angling public to attend the committee meeting. We encourage those that belong to organizations such as CSPA and CSBA or other fishing groups to wear their hats, shirts, jackets.
6. Provide guidelines on the procedures for people addressing the committee. We want to PACK the committee room!

It is important that we kill this bill in committee. If it gets to the floor the effort becomes much more massive and costly. Because of the current make up of the Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee, this is NOT a slam dunk deal!


Sign up for the CSPA weekly newsletter, action alerts and advisories by logging on to http://www.calsport.org and entering your e-mail address in the self enrollment box. You manage your own account and you can unenroll at any time.

Check in at the CSPA website for mid-week news where an advisory or alert is not warranted. http://www.calsport.org

Consider becoming a member of CSPA. Memberships start at $30. Membership information can be found at http://www.calsport.org/howto.htm
Here is a link to a sample letter that you can send to committee chair, Jared Huffman and, if you are a resident of any of the committee member's districts, a second letter to that committee member.


http://www.calsport.org/cSPA3-18-09a.htm


Sample letter #1

Dear Assembly member __________________,

As a California angler, voter and taxpayer, I strongly oppose passage of AB 1253, the bill to delist and remove support of the striped bass as a California game fish.. Please vote this bill down when it comes before you as a member of the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee.

Sincerely,

Your name
Address including zip code (important)

Sample letter #2

Dear Assembly member __________________,

As a California angler, voter and taxpayer, I strongly oppose AB 1253, the bill introduced by Assembly member Fuller, intending to delist and remove support of the striped bass as a California game fish.

The striped bass, a fish legally introduced to the State by the California Fish and Game Commission, established itself as one of the state's premier game fish and coexisted in harmony for over 130 years with the state's native fishes. Even in the 1930's when the striped bass population was believed to exceed 12 million adult fish and the species was fished commercially, the fish did not impact the state's salmon stocks or the health of the delta's fisheries including the delta smelt and the longfin smelt.

The striped bass fishery along with the chinook salmon, steelhead, delta smelt, longfin smelt, American Shad, green sturgeon, white sturgeon fisheries only began to decline with the operation of the State Water Project and the Central Valley Project in the late 1960's. As exports have increased, the populations of all of these fishes has crashed to all time historical lows with the delta smelt now on the endangered species list, the longfin smelt threatened, the chinook salmon run the lowest in history. The current striped bass popluations is also at historical lows.

The striped bass is a fish of legend and has been a part of California's angling heritage for 130 years. AB 1253, a bill sponsored by a number of water districts is an obvious attempt to transfer the blame of the decline of California's once great fisheries to one of the species that made the California Delta one of the greatest fisheries on earth instead of their insatiable demand for larger and larger amounts of delta water. They realize that if the delta's fisheries can be destroyed, it is one less reason to obstruct the draining of the delta for subsidized agribusiness farming.

Please vote this bill down when it comes before your committee. If passed, it will do nothing to restore California's once great fisheries and will cause the destruction of one of California's greatest game fish.

Sincerely,

Your name
Address including zip code (important)

Below is the most current information we have on the committee members and their addresses.

Assembly Water Parks and Wildlife Committee
Chair

Jared Huffman (D)
State Capitol
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249-0006
Tel: (916) 319-2006
Fax: (916) 319-2106
Assemblymember.Huffman@assembly.ca.gov 6th Assembly District Marin headlands including Sausalito, Novato, Petaluma

Vice Chair (And AB 1253 Sponsor)

Jean Fuller (R)
State Capitol, Room 3098
Sacramento, CA 95814
916-319-2032,
916-319-2132 fax
Assemblymember.Fuller@assembly.ca.gov 32nd Assembly District

Bakersfield, Frazier Park, Kern River Valley, Ridgecrest, Taft, Tehachapi

Members


Joel Anderson (R)
State Capitol
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 319-2077,
(916) 319-2177 fax
Assemblymember.Anderson@assembly.ca.gov 77th Assembly District Eastern San Diego area, part of the Imperial Valley

Juan Arambula (D)
State Capitol
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249-0031
(916) 319-2031
(916) 319-2131 Fax
Assemblymember.arambula@assembly.ca.gov 31st Assembly District Firebaugh, Mendota, San Joaquin, Fresno, Selma, Sanger, Reedley

Tom Berryhill (R)
State Capitol Room # 3141
Sacramento, CA 95814
916-319-2025
916-319-2125 fax
Assemblymember.Berryhill@assembly.ca.gov 25th Assembly District Calaveras, Tuolumne, Mono, Mariposa, and Madera counties, eastern portion of Stanislaus County

Bob Blumenfield (D)
State Capitol
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249-0040
Tel: (916) 319-2040
Fax: (916) 319-2140
Assemblymember.Blumenfield@assembly.ca.gov 40th Assembly District Canoga Park, Winnetka, Reseda, Northridge, Van Nuys

Anna M. Caballero (D)
State Capitol, P.O. Box 942849 Sacramento, CA 94249-0028 Tel: (916) 319-2028
Fax: (916) 319-2128
Assemblymember.Caballero@assembly.ca.gov 28th Assembly District Morgan Hill, Gilroy, Salinas, Watsonville, San Juan Batista, Soledad, San Lucas, Bradley

Nathan Fletcher (R)
State Capitol, Room 2111
Sacramento, CA 95814
916-319-2075, 916-319-2175 fax
Assemblymember.Fletcher@assembly.ca.gov 75th Assembly District San Diego area

Alyson Huber (D)
State Capitol
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249-0010
Tel: (916) 319-2010
Fax: (916) 319-2110
Assemblymember.huber@assembly.ca.gov 10th Assembly District Elk Grove, Plymouth, Jackson, Lodi, Ione, Sutter Creek, Woodbridge

Bonnie Lowenthal (D)
State Capitol
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249-0054
Tel: (916) 319-2054
Fax: (916) 319-2154
Assemblymember.Lowenthal@assembly.ca.gov 54th Assembly District Long Beach

John A. Perez (D)
State Capitol
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249-0046
Tel: (916) 319-2046
Fax: (916) 319-2146
Assemblymember.John.Perez@assembly.ca.gov 46th Assembly District

East Los Angeles
Florence-Graham
Huntington Park
Los Angeles
Maywood
Vernon

Mary Salas (D)
State Capitol, P.O. Box 942849 Sacramento, CA 94249-0079 Tel: (916) 319-2079
Fax: (916) 319-2179
Assemblymember.Salas@assembly.ca.gov 79th Assembly District National City, Chula Vista, Coronado, Imperial Beach

Mariko Yamada (D)
State Capitol
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249-0008
(916) 319-2008
(916) 319-2108 fax
Assemblymember.Yamada@assembly.ca.gov 8th Assembly District Benica, Vacaville, Fairfield, Dixon, Davis, West Sacramento, Rio Vista