Save The Hammers - Save Johnson Valley





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Published on Mar 7, 2012


The Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle area, otherwise known as the Hammers, is slated to be closed to the public. The 29 Palms Marine Base wants to expand and plans on taking most of the area.

Many off-road vehicle enthusiasts have tired of the "Save Johnson Valley" drumbeat. Right now, we have a unique opportunity to make a difference in the political landscape surrounding this issue and we need to re-energize our community to act now.

It is critical that everyone in our community calls your representatives and let them know how you feel about this issue. Budgets for the military are being cut and this will result in base closures. When the idea to take Johnson Valley emerged, it was a post-9/11 time with ever higher military budgets. The winds of change have blown to town and it now makes no sense to expand a base when there are other bases closing. Taking Johnson Valley would take a piece of land that is a revenue producer and make it a revenue consumer. The winds have also blown in King of the Hammers which is a major contributor to the local and nationwide economy. This race was not even a gleam in Dave Cole or Jeff Knolls' eyes yet when the Marines hatched their expansion plans. Now, the economic impact of this race may well be what saves Johnson Valley.

When you meet, talk, write, e-mail, your representative, tell them how this affects you and how you feel about it. Ultimately it is the revenue that is king and that should be a major focus of the comments and discussion to the representatives.


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