It’s official we are up for a vote in the California Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water on June 25th, 2013 at 9:30 A.M. in Room 112 in Sacramento.  We need everyone to now contact Senators included on the committee (listed below) via letters, emails or phone calls by June 25th to ensure that AB 1213 becomes law. To expedite the process we have provided the following letter to use as is or personalize. If you prefer to phone please use the suggested talking points at this page: http://projectbobcat.org/how-you-can-help/.

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Senator [NAME]
Member, California Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water

Re: AB 1213, The Bobcat Protection Act

Dear Senator [NAME]:

I’m writing to express my strong support for bill AB 1213, the California Bobcat Protection Act of 2013, which would provide important safeguards for an irreplaceable component of California’s natural heritage. Bobcats, as predators of rodents and other small mammals, play a critical role in maintaining the health of our ecosystems.

I believe that the health of our economy is linked to healthy ecosystems and to the strong environmental and natural resource protections we enjoy in our state. Our vibrant tourism industry supports almost one million Californian jobs, brings many millions of visitors to California every year, and depends in large part upon the protection of open space and the wildlife that need such space to survive.

Current law places virtually no limits on the number of or locations where bobcats can be trapped in California.  A rise in bobcat pelt prices driven by demand from China and other overseas markets has led to a sharp increase in bobcat trapping in California. This year, just outside of Joshua Tree National Park, numerous bobcats were trapped and killed when the animals crossed the park boundary. These bobcats were part of what makes places like Joshua Tree and our state overall so special, and are treasured by residents and visitors alike. Allowing the unlimited trapping of bobcats for the commercial gain of a few individuals is senseless and outdated.  These bobcats should be protected for their own sake, and are also far more valuable to California alive in the wild, than as commodities to be trapped, killed, skinned and exported for the private profit of a few.

AB 1213 will ban trapping around JTNP and directs the Commission to ban it around other parks through a rulemaking process. The bill would prohibit trapping on private land without landowner permission. The bill will also raise license fees so that trapping is no longer subsidized by the state.

Accordingly I urge you to support AB 1213.

Thank you,

[YOUR NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE AND/OR EMAIL]

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Please copy letter to: Brendan Cummings at bcummings@biologicaldiversity.org and to info@projectbobcat.org.

Project Bobcat would like to encourage those available to travel to Sacramento on the week the committee meets to help lobby the Senate. If you are interested in doing so please contact us at info@projectbobcat.org so we can help coordinate ride and lodging sharing while in Sac.

Please encourage your friends/relatives who live in Senate districts to make the calls/emails directly to their Senator. If you are calling yourself be short, polite, let them know you are from the area most affected by the bill and urge them to vote for it.  We want people to feel pressure from within their district, and interest and support from outside, but not annoy them.  In contrast, if you live in the Morongo Basin area please be firm with Senator Fuller’s office as she is our district Senator and most likely NOT supportive of this bill.

Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water:

MEETS: Natural Resources and Water meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 9:30 A.M. in Room 112.

JURISDICTION: Bills relating to conservation and management of public resources, fish and wildlife, regulation of oil, mining, geothermal development, acid deposition, wetlands and lakes, global atmospheric effects, ocean and bay pollution, forestry practices, recreation, parks and historical resources.

Senate Committee Members:

Click on the Senator’s name for website and email contact info.

Please note senators often do not provide direct emails or even fax number.  Sometimes there’s simply a form on their website that doesn’t allow for a lengthy letter. Please note that we try to provide as much contact info as possible as available. You can either print & mail your letter or fax a PDF version directly from your computer. Try FaxZero.com to send up to 5 free faxes per day. CALLS WORK TOO!

Senator Fran Pavley (Chair) District 27

State Capitol, Room 4035
Sacramento, CA  95814
Phone: (916) 651-4027

SD 27 incorporates and maintains the eastern portion of Ventura County, which includes the cities of Simi Valley, Moorpark, Thousand Oaks, Agoura Hills, and Westlake Village. It also includes the coastal area extending from Leo Carrillo State Beach to Malibu and on to Topanga Canyon. Additionally, it captures the communities of Calabasas, West Hills and a portion of Santa Clarita in Los Angeles County. It maintains the coastal mountain range and watershed. This district reunites the cities in Eastern Ventura County above the Conejo Grade and combines them with communities in the greater Santa Monica Mountain area and the western San Fernando Valley along the Highway 101 and 118 corridors.

Senator Anthony Cannella (Vice Chair) District 12

State Capitol, Room 3048
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916.651.4012
Fax: 916.445.0773

Located squarely in California’s Central Valley, the counties of Stanislaus, Merced, Madera and San Benito comprise 80%. The remaining portion of the district is located in Monterey County. The city of Modesto provides the district’s largest population center, followed by Salinas, Merced, Madera, Turlock, Hollister and Ceres.

Senator Noreen Evans District 2

1303 10th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-651-4002
Fax: 916-323-6958

California’s Second Senatorial District, encompassing all or portions of the counties of Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Solano and Sonoma. Due to redistricting, she now also represents Marin County in a “caretaker” capacity.  Senate District 2 stretches 10,000 square miles over one third of California’s coastline, and is home to a world-renowned wine industry, California’s beloved and historic giant redwood forests and 55 of California’s treasured State Parks.

Senator Jean Fuller District 18*

State Capitol, Room 3063
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916.651.4018
Fax: 916.322.3304

Bakersfield District Office
5701 Truxtun Avenue, Suite 150
Bakersfield, CA 93309
Phone: 661.323.0443
Fax: 661.323.0446

*FULLER REPRESENTS THE MORONGO BASIN AREA

Senator Fuller represents approximately 850,000 residents of Bakersfield, Barstow, Big Bear City, Bishop, California City, Exeter, Frazier Mountain, Lone Pine, Mojave, Needles, Porterville, Ridgecrest, Rosamond, Taft, Tehachapi, Twentynine Palms, Tulare, Visalia and other areas in the Kern River Valley and in Inyo and San Bernardino counties.

Senator Ben Hueso District 40

State Capitol, Room 2054
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 651-4040
Fax: (916) 327-3522

Includes the cities of Chula Vista, National City, Imperial Beach, Coronado a portion of the City of San Diego, Imperial County and the southern part of Riverside.

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson District 19

State Capitol, Room 5080
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 651-4019
Fax: (916) 324-7544

SD 19 is incorporates Santa Barbara County and a portion of Ventura County. It extends from Santa Maria in the northwest along the 101 corridor and captures Buellton, Solvang, Goleta, Santa Barbara, San Buenaventura, the Santa Clara Valley (Santa Paula, Fillmore, Piru) and Oxnard, Port Hueneme and Camarillo on the southeastern border. It maintains the US-101 transportation corridor throughout the district, as well as the agricultural nexus between the Santa Clara Valley, Oxnard plains, and the Santa Maria area. Due to the resultant odd number of Assembly districts from SD 12, this district’s blend reunites the western portion of Ventura County with much of the rest of the county below the Conejo Grade.

Senator Ricardo Lara District 33

State Capitol, Room 5050
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 651-4033
Fax: (916)-327-9113

Los Angeles County cities and communities of Cudahy, Bell, Bell Gardens, Lynwood, Maywood, Signal Hill, Paramount, South Gate, Vernon, Walnut Park, Huntington Park, and most of Long Beach with portions of the cities of Lakewood and Los Angeles to achieve population equality. To the north this district includes part of the group of Southeast cities of Los Angeles County: Vernon, Huntington Park, Bell, South Gate, Cudahy, Lynwood, and Paramount. The majority of Long Beach is kept with its port, Long Beach City College, and downtown Long Beach.

Senator Bill Monning District 17

State Capitol, Room 4066
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 651-4017
Fax: (916) 445-8081

Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Clara Counties.

Senator Lois Wolk District 03

State Capitol, Room 5114
Sacramento,  CA  95814
Phone:  (916) 651-4003
Fax:  (916) 323-2304
E-mail: senator.wolk@ senate.ca.gov

The Third Senate District includes the cities of Martinez and Pleasant Hill in Contra Costa County; American Canyon, Calistoga, Napa, and St. Helena in Napa County; Benicia, Dixon, Fairfield, Rio Vista, Suisun City, Vacaville, and Vallejo, in Solano County; Davis, Winters, and Woodland in Yolo County; as well as Isleton in Sacramento County.