June 19, 2011

High-Speed Rail Information Meeting

This week the California High-Speed Rail Authority is hosting three public information meeting about the Fresno-Bakersfield section of the high-speed rail route. This is your chance to learn about how the high-speed rail will impact Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park. These are the last public meeting about the Fresno – Bakersfield section of the route scheduled for 2011.

If you live near Allensworth or Bakersfield please make time to attend one of these important meeting. The California High-Speed Rail could have a big impact on Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park, this is the time for us to let the Rail Authority know we care about the park.

Tuesday, June 21
Time: 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Where: Allensworth Elementary School
            3320 Young Road
            Allensworth, CA 93219

Wednesday, June 22
Time: 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Where: Fruitvale Jr. High
            2114 Calloway Drive
            Bakersfield, CA 93308

Thursday, June 23
Time: 5:00 to 7:00 pm
Where: Fresno (TBD)

Stephen Hill, Sr.

June 10, 2011

Save Our State Parks Rally & Expo

The Save Our State Parks Rally & Expo will be held on North Steps of the State Capitol.

           8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. Expo

          10 a.m.-11 a.m. Press Conference/Rally

          11 a.m.-2 p.m. Expo

We invite you to Join the California State Parks Foundation in Sacramento on June 21 and show your support for California’s 278 state parks! Be part of our Save Our State Parks Campaign rally, where we will urge state policymakers to not make our state parks just a memory and then stop by our Expo to learn more about each of the 70 state parks planned for closure.

At the expo you will be able to speak with representatives from organizations throughout the state that have joined the Save Our State Parks campaign. You will be able to learn more about work being done to stop park closures, increase volunteer efforts and raise awareness, and find out ways in which you can help!

We hope you will join us! For more information, please contact us at advocacy@calparks.org.

Linsey Fredenburg-Humes
Grassroots Manager
California State Parks Foundation

June 06, 2011

AB 1077 Passed in the Assembly

Conway AB 1077 from CA Assembly GOP on Vimeo.

On Thursday, June 2, 2011, after the third assembly reading, California Assembly Bill 1077 passed in the assembly 47 – 25 votes. During an hour long debate Assembly Minority Leader, former Tulare County Board of Supervisors member, Connie Conway spoke out again the bill stating that it would set a dangerous precedence that takes away local land use authority.

The bill would prohibit development within 2 ½ miles of Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park in a manner that would be incompatible with the historical cultural, or recreational significance of the park. The bill would also require a feasibility study be preformed to consider the state park for designation as a National Historic Landmark.

The bill was also read for the first time in the Senate on Thursday, June 2, 2011.

Please let the Committee on Appropriations know that you support Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park and AB 1077 by sending your letters of support to:

Honorable Wilmer Amina Carter
Assemblymember, 62nd, District
California State Assembly
State Capitol, Room 2136
Sacramento, CA 95814

Stephen Hill, Sr.

June 04, 2011

2011 Juneteenth Celebration

Come travel in time, back to the first decade of the twentieth century to discover what life was like in the all black town of Allensworth, California. Joint the Friends of Allensworth Cooperating Association and the California Department of Parks and Recreation as we celebrate Juneteenth, "… a day on which honor and respect is paid for the sufferings of slavery. It is a day on which we acknowledge the evils of slavery and its aftermath. "

Enjoy speakers, live music and a puppet show featuring Colonel Allensworth. The on stage entertainment is only part of the Allensworth Juneteenth experience. When visiting the restored homes and businesses make sure to stop by the Singleton General Store and Post Office, where Josephine Triplett, Friends of Allensworth docent and descendant of the Hall family, will share the childhood adventures of her mother Gemelia and her aunts Alwortha and Ethel.

What:   Annual Juneteenth Celebration

Where: Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park

When:  Saturday June 11, 2011 from 10am to 4pm

Cost:    Passenger vehicles - $8.00

             Bus with up to 24 passengers $50.00

             Bus with 25 or more passengers $100.00

For more information contact Friends of Allensworth President Thomas Stratton at tomten@pacbell.net or 530-949-2168.

Stephen Hill, Sr.