TO: LOCAL CLUBS, CLORV, ORBA, ASA, CORVA, AMA D-36, AMA D-37 Off Road, SDORC, Cal4WD, CORVA
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am pleased to introduce Coyote Canyon Citizens Association via home
We do, in fact, have road and recreation rights. The right to travel is a constitutionally protected right held by everyone; including off-roaders, motorcyclists, byclists, horseback riders and hikers. The right to travel a public road is a lawfully protected right. The freedom of association, protected under the First Amendment, protects our right to travel as a group and our right to recreate as a group. The right to enter and remain in a public place for a lawful purpose is protected under the Fourteenth Amendment. Our right to access and use the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, and other state parks established under the Recreation and Public Purposes Act for multi-use recreational activities, is protected under U.S. and state law. The Department of Parks and Recreation is mandated under U.S. and state law to operate these parks as multi-use recreational parks for use and enjoyment by the American public.
Public records substantiate: The Division of Parks, predecessor to the Department of Parks and Recreation, identified and mapped the road through Coyote Canyon as a public road in 1933, established Coyote Canyon as the northern Gateway to the new park, and employed the Civilian Conservation Corps to reconstruct the road from Anza to Borrego Springs. The Department of Parks and Recreation identified and mapped the road as a public road in 1974 that could and would be used as the primary access road from Anza and Borrego Springs to proposed parkland in Coyote Canyon, in Riverside County.
Despite the law, their knowledge of the law, their knowledge of our rights, and their knowledge that most roads that traverse the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park are public roads, officials employed by the Department of Parks and Recreation continue to deprive us of our road and recreation rights.
The Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, like all other state parks, is open to everyone. When deprived of our rights, we can act to recapture our rights and obtain monetary compensation for deprivations of our rights.
Coyote Canyon Citizens Association will challenge as unlawful: Blockage of Coyote Canyon/De Anza Road. Prohibition against public travel and maintenance of public roads that traverse the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Summer closure of Coyote Canyon and public roads and trails that traverse the canyon. Prohibition against free-range horseback riding in the park and State Wilderness Areas within the park. Reclassification of the vast majority of the park as State Wilderness.
Coyote Canyon Citizens Association will seek damages and penalties through litigation on behalf of all members for deprivation of their right to travel; and deprivations of other lawfully protected rights. Preparation for litigation will commence when membership reaches 7,500.
Membership in Coyote Canyon Citizens Association is limited for practical reasons. At this point in time, I would like to give members of the motorized, on-road and off-road community first shot at obtaining monetary compensation for deprivations of their rights. It almost goes without saying that money in the pockets of your members is a good thing for them, their local and state clubs, and the off-road business industry.
Iím passionate about my road and recreation rights. And I know that you and your members are, too.
The law is on our side. Please introduce home
to your members, member clubs and business associates, and give them the opportunity to recapture their road and recreation rights, obtain monetary compensation for deprivations of their rights, and put the Department of Parks and Recreation on a short leash.
Thank you for your past and present defense of our road and recreation rights!
President and Director of Operations
Coyote Canyon Citizens Association