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I am pleased to announce that the Board of Directors and the Managing Director of CORVA have joined Senator Bill Morrow in endorsing Coyote Canyon Citizens Association.

The course of action proposed by Coyote Canyon Citizens Association is predicated on the fact that we have road and recreation rights; and when deprived of our rights, we can act to recapture our rights and obtain monetary compensation for deprivations of our rights.

The California Department of Parks and Recreation is mandated under U.S. and state law to manage the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, and other state parks established under the Recreation and Public Purposes Act, for multiple-use recreation.

The public has the right to recreate in these parks - at any time on any day.

The right to travel, including the right to travel a public road, is a constitutionally protected right.

The fact that a public road traverses a state park does not negate the public's right to travel the road by foot, horseback or highway legal vehicle.

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. Monetary compensation per member could be significant.

A lawsuit of this magnitude has the potential to set a statewide precedent, force the State Legislature to put the department on a short leash, and make it easier - statewide - to recapture our road and recreation rights.

The Internet allows instant, statewide communication. I encourage you to join Coyote Canyon Citizens Association, help rally the troops, and take an affordable shot at recapturing your rights, preserving these same rights for future generations, and obtaining monetary compensation for deprivations of your rights.

The whole scoop can be found on our website - CoyoteCanyonCitizensAssociation

Keith Pullman
President and Director of Operations
Coyote Canyon Citizens Association
 
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