NAC Update
CALIFORNIA
San Onofre State Beach

June 1, 2008

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PUBLIC OPINION

LAW AND POLICY

INFORMATION FOR NATURISTS

FROM FRIENDS OF SAN ONOFRE BEACH

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DATE: June 1, 2008
SUBJECT: California: San Onofre State Beach
TO: Naturists and other concerned citizens

Dear Naturist,

This is an Update from the Naturist Action Committee. NAC is making you aware of recent developments, favorable and unfavorable, that are part of a serious threat in the state of California.

A VERY BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE SITUATION

As detailed in the NAC Action Alert of May 21, 2008, Ruth Coleman, Director of California’s Department of Parks and Recreation, has abruptly terminated the Department’s application of the Cahill Policy to clothing-optional portions of San Onofre State Beach in San Diego County. The Cahill Policy has been used successfully for decades as a management tool for clothing-optional areas within California State Parks.

The specious justification being given by CA Parks for the selective revocation of Cahill at San Onofre State Beach is that doing so will eliminate illicit sexual activity that occurs primarily on an adjacent military beach. The recision of the Cahill Policy would pave the way for park rangers to issue citations for simple nudity on the State Beach under Title 14, Section 4322 of the California Code of Regulations.

For a more detailed history of the situation and specifics of the Cahill Policy, please refer to the NAC Action Alert of May 21. You will find it on NAC’s Web page:
www.naturistaction.org Look under “ALERTS.”


NAC THANKS YOU FOR WHAT YOU’VE BEEN DOING!!

In its NAC Action Alert of May 21, the Naturist Action Committee asked for your specific action in sending correspondence to CA Parks Director Ruth Coleman, opposing the revocation of the Cahill Policy at San Onofre. Your response has been overwhelming. Thank you!

Many hundreds of you have copied NAC on your correspondence. The quality and thoughtfulness of what you’ve written is gratifying. And the volume has been impressive. Director Coleman’s office in Sacramento reports a significantly “increased work load” as a direct result of your letters, faxes and e-mails.

IMPORTANT: CONTINUE CONTACTING THE CA PARKS DIRECTOR

If you have not yet contacted the CA Parks Director, it’s not too late. We won’t repeat the full details here, but you can find information on contacting the Director (and suggestions for what to say) in the NAC Action Alert of May 21, 2008. You will find the Alert on NAC’s Web page: www.naturistaction.org Look under “ALERTS.”


WHAT HAS NAC BEEN DOING?

The Naturist Action Committee took swift action at the onset of this situation and is continuing that action.

  1) NAC has submitted to CA Parks a formal request for an administrative stay on implementation of this abrupt change in policy.

  2) NAC has made multiple Public Records requests for documents pertaining to this situation and the administrative action surrounding it.

  3) NAC has retained a specialized lobbyist to assist and advise in the area of regulatory procedure.

  4) NAC has retained an attorney specifically for this matter and has begun the process that will ultimately result in civil action against the State of California and the Department of Parks and Recreation.

  5) NAC continues working closely with Friends of San Onofre Beach, the local user group. Together, NAC and FOSOB staged a rally at the beach on May 24. Together, NAC and FOSOB met face-to-face with CA Parks officials on May 29.


WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

Rangers had been told to begin “educating” beachgoers, starting June 1. The initiation of that exercise has been delayed by the insignificant period of a day. The issuing of citations for nudity in the traditional clothing-optional area was initially set to follow after 30 days. Now, CA Parks has delayed that action to commence after Labor Day.

Of course, neither of these is a meaningful or acceptable response to the concerns of naturists.


WHAT IS NAC ASKING YOU TO DO?

  1) Stay informed. NAC will continue to issue Action Alerts, Advisories and Updates on this issue as circumstances require. Look for them.

  2) If you haven’t already done so, write to the Director of the California Department of Parks & Recreation. It’s not too late.

  3) THIS IS IMPORTANT! Keep going to the beach at San Onofre, and keep using it in the traditional clothing-optional manner. CA Parks is attempting to intimidate beachgoers into simply evaporating. We must NOT allow that to happen!

  4) If you are approached by a ranger on the beach or in the parking area, make a detailed note of the encounter, including the date, the time, the ranger’s name and what was said. E-mail your account to:
sanonofre@naturistaction.org
Do not be combative or confrontational, but you may make it quite clear that you are taking notes.


MORE INFORMATION AND RESOURCES

Additional information and links are available, along with this NAC Update on the web site of the Naturist Action Committee.

  
www.naturistaction.org

Select "Alerts" and find this NAC Update under Current Updates.


PLEASE HELP NAC TO CONTINUE HELPING NATURISTS!

NAC is committed to the defense of traditional clothing-optional use of public land. Not surprisingly, hiring lawyers and lobbyists is a very expensive part of such a necessary defense. NAC does not have a membership roster on which it can assess dues. NAC relies entirely on the voluntary support of people like YOU.

Won’t you please send a generous donation to:

   NAC
   PO Box 132
   Oshkosh, WI 54903

Or call toll free (800) 886-7230 (8AM-5PM weekdays) to donate by phone using your MasterCard, Visa or Discover Card. Or use your credit card to make a convenient online donation:
www.naturistaction.org/donate/

Thank you for choosing to make a difference.

Naturally,

Allen Baylis
Board Member
Naturist Action Committee

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Online Rep. Dennis Kirkpatrick  -
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