View Full Version : Save Johnson Valley - Sign this petition

01-15-2013, 03:30 PM
This is from my buddy Kurtuleas on the Pirate Board. I have already signed - please help us even if you have never been to Johnson Valley.

Thanks, Bebe

Cliff Notes:

Sign this petition, have everyone in your household sign it, and SHARE the link with as many people as possible:

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/pet...ublic/5r0C7Xw4 (https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/save-johnson-valley-ohv-area-be-fiscally-responsible-stop-29-palms-marine-base-expansion-keep-public/5r0C7Xw4)

Keep reading for more info:

While this petition is only for Johnson Valley, the effects could be HUGE for the entire OHV industry. The reason for this is that MANY politicians are currently looking at and involved in the expansion of 29. ALL politicians care about is NUMBERS. We have been telling them the OHV community is massive, and now we have a way to prove that.


If we get that, the White House MUST respond to the petition.

Here's the press release from CMRC. I am on the Sub committee CMRC has for JV

1,000 Signatures a Day Needed to Help Save Johnson Valley

January 15th, 2013: JOHNSON VALLEY, CA: In the ongoing effort to Save the Johnson Valley OHV area, a new campaign has emerged to raise national awareness regarding the expansion of the 29 Palms Marine base onto public lands. Volunteers have created a petition on the White House.gov site (http://petitions.whitehouse.gov) with the hope of receiving formal recognition from the White House regarding The Johnson Valley OHV area. The White House has committed to responding to any petition that receives 25,000 or more signatures within a 30 day time frame.

The petition specifically requests the White House to deny any request by the 29 Palms Marine Base to withdraw land from The Johnson Valley OHV area and use it for base expansion purposes. The title of the petition specifically requests the White House to: “Save the Johnson Valley OHV Area. Be fiscally responsible. Stop 29 Palms Marine base expansion. Keep public lands open.” This petition will need roughly 1,000 signatures a day to be eligible to receive a response from a White House representative.

"We have made great strides forward in our fight to Save the Johnson Valley OHV Area” said Jeff Knoll, Off Road Business Association (ORBA) representative. “There was an amendment passed by Congress and signed into law by the President last month that requires the Marines to further investigate the economic impact the loss of this public land would have on multiple communities, but we need to do more", Knoll explains.

The amendment's passing grants some reprieve from the Marine’s expansion initiative, however, it does not stop the expansion. In fact, the Secretary of the Navy is expected to release a formal Record of Decision any day announcing the Marines desire to move forward with existing expansion plans. The Marines current preferred plan means expanding the world's largest Marine Base by 160,000 acres, roughly the size of Singapore, and the public would lose over 100,000 acres of public land forever. Those opposed to base expansion argue that the expansion will cost tax payers millions and will have a negative financial impact on surrounding communities in the high desert.

“We are hoping with this petition to raise the level of national discussion on this issue.” Said Dave Cole, founder of the King of The Hammers, a popular and growing motorsport event held annually in Johnson Valley. “1,000 signatures a day is an aggressive goal, but we’ve already submitted more than 22,000 letters directly to the Marines opposing base expansion, so we are confident we have the voices to make it happen. They just need to make themselves heard.”

The petition has from January 15th to February 14th to gain the necessary signatures required to receive a formal response. The full petition is available at https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/pet...ublic/5r0C7Xw4 (https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/save-johnson-valley-ohv-area-be-fiscally-responsible-stop-29-palms-marine-base-expansion-keep-public/5r0C7Xw4) The petition will be searchable once it has reached 150 signatures. To learn more about the efforts to Save Johnson Valley, please visit: Save The Hammers (http://www.savejohnsonvalley.org)

01-15-2013, 03:38 PM
Still waiting on my confirmation e-mail opening my account so i can sign the petition. Once I get that I guess I will slide on over to the deport Piers Morgan petition also.

01-15-2013, 03:39 PM
Done. I was number 975. Still need a lot more signatures people.

01-15-2013, 04:05 PM
Don't normally sign up for that crap, but worthwhile cause. Signed.

01-15-2013, 04:12 PM
1167. Signed !

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06 H3
01-15-2013, 04:17 PM
doing it right now...

01-15-2013, 05:01 PM

Thanks Bebe!

06 H3
01-15-2013, 05:30 PM
Alright it's done, when my brother gets home ill have him do it along with my friends his friends and my family.

BW_Hummer H3
01-15-2013, 06:10 PM

01-15-2013, 06:43 PM
I'm number 2004!!!

01-15-2013, 06:48 PM
Not bad for one day. Keep it up guys!

01-16-2013, 01:15 AM
Not bad for one day. Keep it up guys!


anyone going out to 2013 KOH?

01-16-2013, 01:45 AM
Rox and I are racing!!!! Team #1903 Carnage Queens - Production 1000 UTV Every Man Challenge Thursday Feb 7th. We are at 117 Rugged Rd. in Hammertown. Expect all you locals to come and help Pit :)

Green 1
01-16-2013, 07:22 AM
I signed it .

01-16-2013, 02:32 PM
signed :thumbs: #5940

01-16-2013, 09:47 PM
Hopefully this doesn't throw a wrench into the works: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/01/15/why-we-re-raising-signature-threshold-we-people

01-16-2013, 11:33 PM
I'm in.
January 16, 2013
Signature # 7,141

However........They are making it harder.

Overwhelmed by Petitions, White House Announces New Signature Threshold

Perhaps because they have grown tired of dealing with calls for forced deportations (http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/01/09/piers-morgan-deportation-petition-gets-official-white-house-response-hint-he-wont-be-deported/),
state Pokemons (http://betabeat.com/2013/01/white-house-removes-petition-for-state-pokemon-because-seriously-this-is-getting-old/), and secession (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/12/secession-petition_n_2463385.html), the signature threshold for the “We the People (https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/)” petition
website has been raised to 100,000, up from 25,000, according to the official White House blog (http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/01/15/why-we-re-raising-signature-threshold-we-people).

“Starting today, as we move into a second term, petitions must receive 100,000 signatures in 30
days in order to receive an official response from the Obama Administration,” writes White House Director of Digital Strategy Macon Phillips.
“This new threshold applies only to petitions created from this point forward and is not retroactively applied to ones that already exist,” he adds.
The announcement is most likely a response to the fact that November and December 2012 saw an explosion in growth on the site:
Approximately 2.4 million new users joined, 73,000 petitions were created, and 4.9 million signatures – and email addresses — were registered.

01-17-2013, 01:26 AM
I think they did this because they didn't like the subjects of most of the petitions.

06 H3
01-17-2013, 05:44 AM
I'm with Dave...if they don't wanna accept it they will make it as tough as possible for us. Doesn't surprise me one bit

01-17-2013, 03:04 PM
This petition was filed right under the cutoff, it was posted right after midnight before the change.

01-17-2013, 03:48 PM
Hopefully we blow way past the 25,000 mark anyway.

01-18-2013, 04:59 PM
I signed it. I gotta say: I like the basic underlying idea of having a way to get issues directly in front of the government if you can gather enough support for an idea.

01-18-2013, 05:31 PM
11,724 signatures so far. If you haven't signed it we need your signature in the next couple of weeks.

01-18-2013, 05:40 PM
Signed it!