OK Everybody, this is it!
The fate of your Range and Chabot Gun Club will be decided on Tuesday, March 1st, 2016 beginning at 2 o’clock in the afternoon.
We ask you to be there. Early.
The East Bay Regional Park District has made it a little easier this time. They have moved the venue to the Redwood Canyon (formerly known as Willow Park) Golf Course at the north end of Castro Valley, 17007 Redwood Road. The meeting room will hold 300 people and there is way more parking than at the District office. Also, there should be lots more parking along Redwood Road around the golf course and in the Chabot Staging Area by the Christmas Tree farm.
You may want to speak, but the really important thing at this point is that you show up.
Hundreds of you!! Thousands of you!!
The importance of your attendance cannot be emphasized enough!
The people that want to shut us down are already calling on their supporters to attend.
If you love shooting at Chabot, you need to be there.
If you love shooting at the other ranges that are already under siege from some of the same groups that are targeting us, you need to be there.
If you love shooting to train and practice in the defense of your families and our beloved country, you need to be there.
If you are a member of the law enforcement or military communities that train to defend all of us, you need to be there.
If you live within earshot of the range and appreciate what our (legal in all respects) sound signifies, you need to be there.
If you operate a business in Castro Valley or Oakland, anywhere near Redwood Road, that receives the benefit of the 45,000 plus shooters and their families that attend the range (they have to go both ways so that’s 90,000 individuals each year travelling near your restaurants, stores, gas stations and so forth), you need to be there.
If you understand that the East Bay Regional Park District has a responsibility to provide recreation as part of its original intent and ongoing purpose, you need to be there.
The renewal team has done its part.
We have submitted our proposals to continue to meet our environmental responsibilities. Within those plans are expensive but workable procedures that we have already successfully begun to implement in the short term and will continue to upgrade and make permanent for the long haul.
The other issues we face are relatively minor compared to the environment but we are confidant that if we are permitted to, we can meet and exceed our responsibilities there also.
More than 100 professionals, tradesmen and others have volunteered to help the Club.
People are increasing their donations. We should be able to get support from the NRA and CRPA if we receive a lease with a long enough term (10 years is a good start, 25 years is better).
Now it is your turn.
The thousands of mail, email and petition supporters have made a difference. We might have been closed already if it weren’t for those.
Now, it comes down to you who will show up at the March 1st Board meeting.
It will be a zoo, I can promise you, because a democratic republic is a messy way to govern ourselves. Nevertheless, our elected officials need to see our passion, our dedication and our numbers.
You need to be there.
We will be sending along more updates to help us get organized. We are sending this out right away because we want you to have time to take off work, take off school, get the tiny ones a sitter, or do whatever you need to do to get to the Redwood Canyon Golf Coursebefore 2 pm on Tuesday, March 1, 2016.
Please read all of the upcoming alerts, they may announce changes in meeting times or venues.
Let’s all wear some shade of Blue, Chabot’s color.
Please send this alert out to every single person or group in the Bay Area that supports the freedoms we cherish. Talk to all your friends about joining us.
It will be a long day, but if we lose our Range, it will be the beginning of a long night.
See you ALL there.
John M. Maunder
Chabot Gun Club, Inc.
Chabot Gun Club is located at 9999 Redwood Road, Castro Valley, CA 94546.
p.s. Don’t forget to get your families, friends and groups to sign up for updates at keeptherangeopen@