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AANR Sends Letter To CA Department of Parks and Recreation

It is the policy of AANR Government Affairs to keep our members informed of activities we would like help with. The area of the AANR Advocacy/ GAT section will soon grow to cover any activities of interest to our members about AANR /GAT National and Regional activities. We will be updating the progress on these and other activities as they are resolved or tabled.

Below is a letter to California Department of Parks and Recreation, Chief Tony Perez.

We are asking our members to email:
California State Park & Recreation Commission
P.O. Box 942896
Sacramento, CA 94296
FAX: (916) 654-6374
Louis Nastro, Assistant to the Commission
E-MAIL: LNastro@parks.ca.gov <mailto:LNastro%40parks.ca.gov>

Send a copy to:
California Department of Natural Resources
Natural Resources Agency
1416 Ninth Street, Suite 1311
Sacramento, CA 95814
FAX: (916) 653-8102
E-MAIL: secretary@resources.ca.gov <mailto:secretary%40resources.ca.gov>

or attend the meeting:
DATE: Friday, December 10, 2010
TIME: 9:00 a.m.
LOCATION:
Old Town Theatre
4040 Twiggs Street
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
San Diego, California

WHAT SHOULD YOU SAY?
When you write or talk:
A)Know your facts first please read the letter before corresponding.
B) Be polite.
C) Be known. Give your name and address. If you are a California
resident or a frequent visitor to California, be sure to point
that out. Anonymous letters have very little impact.
D) Be focused. Keep your correspondence brief and on target.
E) Be positive. Remember that we’re trying to ENCOURAGE the Parks
Department to do something. Please do not take a scolding tone.
F)Ask the Park service to consider creating areas set apart for nudity.

This is the same meeting NAC has requested their members to attend, we need to all start working and supporting each other. It doesn’t matter if you are a  nudist that goes to public lands  or to private parks, we are all working toward the same goals of preserving our nude areas and trying to expand new ones.

Letter to Chief Perez

December 6, 2010

Chief Tony Perez

Department of Parks and Recreation

1416 9TH Street Ste 1413-7

Sacramento, CA 95814

Subject: Areas for nude use within CA Parks and Recreation

Action requested

VIA FEDERAL EXPRESS

Dear Chief Perez,

We appreciate this opportunity to write to you as the Government Affairs Chair and the Executive Director for the American Association for Nude Recreation. You may remember that Erich met with you and members of the Department, along with Alonzo Stevens and Steve Hubbard in October 2009.

During the meeting, one of the topics discussed was the history of the “ban” on nudity within the state parks system. Commensurate with the lawmaking that gave rise to that rule, was a directive that the Department designate some areas for nude use. (I.E. “Except in areas that the department shall designate, nudity is prohibited within California…)

Then-Director Russell Cahill’s response to the charge to create such areas, was to issue the memorandum which we have discussed on many, many occasions. With the determination made by a California appeals court that Director Cahill’s approach was not formal law in the case that the Naturist Action Committee filed, we are wondering what the Department’s plan is for fulfilling the original intent that areas be created.

We realize that it is a challenging time for all state government agencies, particularly the Park Service within California. We have a number of financial and volunteer resources that we would like to discuss making available to assist in making an arrangement work. We believe any step towards creating areas set apart for nudity would usher in an entirely new level of sharing and cooperation.

At the same time we ask you to understand the position that our Association is in. As you well know, we refrained from joining and financing the litigation that was brought against the Department over San Onofre beach. While we believe it was appropriate to do this, it has left many of our members demanding answers from its leadership about what a restrained approach accomplished. Many are pressing us to press the Department for answers about whether any areas for clothing optional use will ever be forthcoming.

We have suggested that members write to your Department directly to convey their hopes and frustrations. During the next few weeks, you may receive a number of these communications. Our letter is offered in the hopes that, together, we can move forward to finding workable solutions rather than fanning embers.

We realize that the new administration coming in January may have their own agenda on this issue but we are requesting your acknowledgement of this letter and your thoughts on our next steps toward working together with your department to achieve our goal of having designated nude use areas, and continue to foster a cooperative working relationship between our association, and its members, and your department.

We look forward to your reply and continue to support our common goal of public access for all visitors to California State Parks.

Erich Schuttauf, Esq.                                     Dave Graber

Executive Director                                        Government Affairs Chair

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8 Responses to AANR Sends Letter To CA Department of Parks and Recreation

  1. Bernie Lewis says:

    First of all I wish to thank AANR for this letter to CA Department of Parks and Recreation.
    I hope AANR will be attending the meeting tomorrow along with The Naturist Action Committee
    and others. It is time for the CA Parks and Rec. Department to designate parks and beaches
    for nude recreation. I hope for your success.

  2. Csaba Pardy says:

    I’d volunteer security services for such area..Pete

  3. Gary Spangler says:

    Dear Chief Perez, I encourage you to make available to the many families who enjoy clothing -optional recreation areas for that purpose. I believe doing so would attract more out-of-state visitors to California and foster better relations with the thousands of folks who enjoy family nude recreation. Thank you

  4. SanOSleuth says:

    The last post contained over 30 comments regarding the matter of San Onofre with hopes that the AANR would doe something about it. I don’t speak for just myself when I say it is a pleasure to hear that the AANR took the public input into consideration with respects to their recent communications with the California State Department of Parks and Recreation.

    Now question from here is how can the public and members get a hold of a copy of this letter and POD for additional verification this action took place? Second to that, why is their little commentary on this initial action? This is most certainly a big step for the AANR, yet there are only 3 comments dating December 9 within a short time period of 3 hours? What happened to this post and why did we all not receive word of it until now…a month later?

    Please keep in mind, a copy of this page has been printed for all organizations including reference within my site, SanOnofreBeach.org. I hope you learn how important this topic is to the people of San Onofre State Beach and that you will take additional steps to be sure all AANR members receive a copy of this blog with regards to your recent standpoint in helping us out. Thank you for your consideration! We appreciate all of your hard work to secure the benefits and enjoyment of nude recreation!!

    ~ SanOSleuth
    http://SanOnofreBeach.org

    • AANR says:

      The letter posted on the blog is an exact copy of the original which is also on the Government Affairs News page at http://www.aanr.com/nudist-government-affairs. The news that AANR sent such a letter and a link to view it was in the December 9 issue of AANR’s email newsletter, the E-Bulletin. You can read the archived issues on the aanr.com home page if you do not receive it. A copy of the letter was also in The Bulletin, AANR’s monthly publication.

  5. SanOSleuth says:

    Second Post Attempt:
    Previous: January 18, 2011 at 8:43 pm
    The last post contained over 30 comments regarding the matter of San Onofre with hopes that the AANR would doe something about it. I don’t speak for just myself when I say it is a pleasure to hear that the AANR took the public input into consideration with respects to their recent communications with the California State Department of Parks and Recreation.

    Now question from here is how can the public and members get a hold of a copy of this letter and POD for additional verification this action took place? Second to that, why is their little commentary on this initial action? This is most certainly a big step for the AANR, yet there are only 3 comments dating December 9 within a short time period of 3 hours? What happened to this post and why did we all not receive word of it until nowOa month later?

    Please keep in mind, a copy of this page has been printed for all organizations including reference within my site, SanOnofreBeach.org. I hope you learn how important this topic is to the people of San Onofre State Beach and that you will take additional steps to be sure all AANR members receive a copy of this blog with regards to your recent standpoint in helping us out. Thank you for your consideration! We appreciate all of your hard work to secure the benefits and enjoyment of nude recreation!!

    ~ SanOSleuth
    http://SanOnofreBeach.org

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  7. Cal Gallo says:

    What is happening with this dispute? Will be ever get our Clothing Optional beach back. The beach has degraded in quality and trash is not picked up regularly since they drove the responsible nudist out. This has significantly changed the demographic is my opinion for the worse.

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