Court ruling delayed
As the 90-minute open-court hearing concluded, Ochoa stated he would make a ruling “in a couple of weeks,” but that he wanted to meet with the plaintiffs and attorneys in his chambers. The closed-door session, which lasted about 45 minutes, ended with Ochoa instead ordering a Mandatory Settlement Conference set for June 24, with the understanding that the conference could last for several days.
June 24 conference closed to the public
The court-ordered Mandatory Settlement Conference is closed to the public, which means miners cannot attend, but only plaintiffs named in the lawsuits and their respective attorneys.
If the state, stage agencies, environmentalists and miners can’t arrive at a settlement, then Ochoa could either hand down a ruling or set another court hearing.
The ‘fully mitigate’ clause:
PLP President Jerry Hobbs said the most troubling requirement in the state legislation is a clause that requires the CDFW to “fully mitigate,” all significant disturbances from suction dredge mining, which even the California Environmental Quality Act does not address.
“It’s impossible to fully mitigate every significant impact from dredging or any other method of mining — whether it’s some turbidity in the stream, the sound of the engine or stepping on a twig or moving dirt,” Hobbs said “Even the California Department of Fish and Wildlife officials have admitted they can’t ‘fully mitigate’ or comply with Senate Bill 1018.”
Hobbs alleges that the language was deliberately included in the bill to prevent dredgers from ever getting back in the water.
“And yet, the state continually argues it’s not a prohibition,” he said.
Treasure Seekers Weekend Event
The Treasure Seekers of San Diego County are partnering up with the Julian Mining Company for a great event this weekend, May 31 and June 1, to present the Julian Gold Rush Days. Event hours are from
10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Tracy Turner, vice president of the Julian Chamber of Commerce, stated that the Julian Gold Rush Days is a great opportunity to turn back the clock and give visitors an idea of what Julian was like in the early days”.
In the winter of 1869, a former slave Fred Coleman discovered gold in a creek just outside of Julian. It set off a frenzy of gold seekers. Over 800 prospectors from all over headed to Julian to search for gold. The first producing gold mine was the Washington Mine in 1870. Within days, over 40 other claims were registered. Gold can be found in and around Julian and also on the back side called Banner Grade. Some of us have claims there and still enjoy the search and find.
The event will take place in Wynola, just before Julian. if you come by the way of Ramona. If this is your route, don’t forget the egg ranch for jumbo eggs, and Dudley’s Bakery for your fresh baked breads and other souvenir items.
Plenty of parking and free admission too. Events planned are tomahawk throwing, gold panning, candle dipping, gold mine tours, special train ride, gold tours at Smith Ranch, performances by the Julian Doves & Desperadoes, and fun for the whole family.
We will be presenting free gold panning for kids, and a metal detecting hunt which is also free for the kids. They will be able to keep all the finds from both hunts. We will also have gold panning items for sale.
There will be plenty of arts and crafts, markets with food and drinks. We will be there also to promote our organization as well as the Gold Prospectors Association of America and have will promote GPAA memberships at a fantastic discount.
Treasure Seekers of San Diego (TSS) will hold their monthly chapter meeting on Wednesday, May 7th at the Joslyn Senior Center located at 210 Park Ave., Escondido CA 92025. The doors open at 6:00 pm. Click Here for a Map.
Main Points of Discussion
Guest Speaker: TBA
Finds of the Month: Bring in your Finds of the Month. This is what you have ‘found’ during the last month and falls into three categories.
- Gems and Minerals
- Metal Detecting
Show off what you have done in the last month and there is a prize for the winner of each category.
Items available for purchase at the meeting:
- TSS Claim Guides – $20.00 per guide with proof of your TSS membership card.
- TSS Dowsing Rods – $25.00 per set.
- TSS Bags of Gold Pay Dirt
- 3 Sizes To Choose From
- The $25 & $50 bags have pickers in them.
Monthly Opportunity Drawings at the meeting:
- Door Prize Drawing (Free ticket for coming)
- 50/50 Drawing ($1.00 per ticket)
- Gold Nugget Drawing ($1.00 per ticket)
- Table Drawing ($1.00 per ticket)
Quarterly Grand Prize Drawing (June 2014 Meeting):
The Treasure Seekers of San Diego County’s official newsletter is called Finders Keepers and is published monthly. It contains information about the organization, interesting articles, as well as good information about Gold Prospecting & Treasure Hunting. The links below are for the newsletters published during 2014. Each newsletter is a PDF file and when you click on the link it will open up in a new browser window for you to read. If you would like to save a copy to your local computer, simply right-click the link and select “Save Link As”.
I hope you enjoy them and may your prospects be Golden.
In order to read the newsletters you will need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader or a compatible PDF reader installed. Click the Adobe link below if you need to install it.
Countdown to the court hearing on dredging. It will be at the Superior Court of California, County of San Bernardino, Rancho Cucamonga District Court 8303 Haven Avenue, Rancho Cucamonga CA 91730. This case is about much more than suction dredging for gold. This case is about all methods used by miners to recover minerals.
This hearing will be held on May 1st 2014 and we can expect a decision by the end of May.
1st location: Escondido Transit Center and Park n Ride
700 W Valley Parkway–Escondido, CA 92025
PARKING IS FREE;
*DEPARTURE TIME IS 5:30 AM (BUS LEAVES AT 5: 30)*
2nd location: Temecula Park n Ride/ Mountain View Community Church
26201 Ynez Road–Temecula 92591
PARKING IS FREE;
*DEPARTURE TIME IS 6:15 AM* *(BUS LEAVES AT6:15)*
Destination: Superior Court of California, County of San Bernardino, Rancho Cucamonga District Court
8303 Haven Avenue–Rancho Cucamonga CA 91730
Arrival time 7:15-7:30 (without bad traffic delays)
Return Trip: The charter cost is figured with us leaving at or before 2:00 pm. Once the hearing is over we should all meet outside the courthouse and then prepare to get on the bus for the return trip. The bus and driver will be onsite while we are in the court and we will take a roll call before leaving.
The charter bus is a “luxury” school bus probably with bench style seats. *There is no bathroom on the bus.*
The general plan is for our bus load of people to arrive, get into the courthouse and get a seat in the correct courtroom. This way the judge will see we support the rights of miners and mining in California and the United States of America. We may only be able to stand outside the courtroom or in the halls of the courthouse.
Email (email@example.com) or give me a call, Aaron Klapka 760-484-7803 or Contact Chester Nowicki 760-747-1165 (TSSD) please.
Tell a friend and get the word out however you can. Thanks very much.
The annual elections were held at tonight’s April general meeting of the Treasure Seekers of San Diego County. There were two positions open for election (President & Treasurer) and there were 143 members & visitors in attendance to participate in the vote.
By popular vote, Chester Nowicki was re-elected as President and Jerry Goldstein was re-elected as Treasurer. Both positions carry a two year term.
Congratulations to both of them and we look forward to seeing the organization continue to grow.
Here are some pictures from two TSS Outings way back in February 2008… fun times!
The pictures are displayed using our new Gallery Tool which displays the pictures in a Pinterest type format. If you click on one of the pictures, it will open a picture viewer that allows you to easily browse through the images.
The Treasure Seekers of San Diego County visited their first group of second graders at a San Diego school last month to do our Gold Rush Presentation. It went great, the kids were awesome, and we got a write up in the school’s newsletter.
Soille San Diego Hebrew Day School
Many thanks to our dedicated members for giving the children a lesson about the California Gold Rush. Robert Cook, Jerry Goldstein, Jim Mears, Chet Nowicki and Michele Silva.