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CORBA eNews for July 30, 2009

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CORBA/IMBA Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day
last year in Malibu Creek State park.
This year the event will be held on Saturday Oct. 3.
See story

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Urgent News

Governor signs budget, many State Parks expected to close

On July 28th, the governor signed a revised Fiscal Year 2009-2010 state budget, based on the package of bills sent to him by the legislature on July 24. In using his blue-pencil veto authority, the governor exacted an additional $6.2 million cut to the state park system, bringing the total General Fund cut to $14.2 million. It is expected (and referenced in the Governor's budget summary) that more than 100 state parks will be closed. This represents more than one third of California state parks. A list of parks to be closed is not expected until Labor Day. The extra $6.2 million taken from state parks was part of approximately $500 million the governor struck from the budget after it had been passed by the legislature.

More news on this issue: State parks are looking for sponsors to help keep the parks open. Read the story from the Los Angeles Times. For timely updates on the situation with our state parks, visit the California State Parks Foundation budget update web page.

Take Action! Send a message in support of keeping the parks open to your state representatives using this online form. It will only take a minute or two of your time.

CORBA's Fat Tire Fest: October 25, 2009

Less than 3 months until CORBA’s Fat Tire Fest – the biggest MTB event in Southern California! Get ready for awesome advanced, intermediate, and beginner rides. New kids’ rides and events. Bring the whole family. Ride, Eat, Win!

The FTF Committee is looking for volunteers for this year’s event. Email us at Interested in Sponsoring or exhibiting? To secure your spot & maximize your FTF benefits, contact us at

Upcoming Recreational Rides

Check the CORBA Calendar for the ride description, details on difficulty level, directions to trailhead, changes, more rides, etc.

Thursday, July 30
• 5:00 pm -8:00 pm : Valley MTB rides
• 6:00 pm -8:30 pm : Sullivan Canyon MTB ride
Sunday, August 2

Tuesday, August 4
• 5:00 pm -8:00 pm : Valley MTB rides
• 6:45 pm -8:45 pm : Top of Reseda -intermediate MTB ride

Wednesday, August 5

Thursday, August 6
• 5:00 pm -8:00 pm : Valley MTB rides
• 6:00 pm -8:30 pm : Sullivan Canyon MTB ride

Saturday, August 8
• 9:00 am -11:00 am : Beginner MTB ride- Sycamore Canyon

Tuesday, August 11
• 5:00 pm -8:00 pm : Valley MTB rides
• 6:45 pm -8:45 pm : Top of Reseda -intermediate MTB ride

Wednesday, August 12

Thursday, August 13
• 5:00 pm -8:00 pm : Valley MTB rides
• 6:00 pm -8:30 pm : Sullivan Canyon MTB ride
Tuesday, August 18
• 5:00 pm -8:00 pm : Valley MTB rides
• 6:45 pm -8:45 pm : Top of Reseda -intermediate MTB ride

Wednesday, August 19

Thursday, August 20
• 5:00 pm -8:00 pm : Valley MTB rides
• 6:00 pm -8:30 pm : Sullivan Canyon MTB ride

Recent Trailwork

June 6 - National Trails Day at Portuguese Bend Nature Reserve in Rancho Palos Verdes.

CORBA's Palos Verdes committee and REI cosponsored the June 6 National Trails Day event in the Portuguese Bend Nature Reserve. The trail workday attracted 71 volunteers. Mountain bicyclists made up 20 percent of this great turnout. Volunteers cleared weeds and nonnative plants from two long singletrack sections that were narrowed from the overgrowth. Bicyclists also removed about 20 feet of rusted pipe, which was a former cattle barrier. The pipe had been overhanging the trail at eye level for decades. Volunteers also enjoyed lots of morning goodies and coffee, as well as a lunch after their toils.

Why do Trailwork? If you've ever wondered this, take a look at this article in the Summer 2008 issue of Terra Times to learn more about why it's important. Visit the CORBA Trail Crew page for more information and links to photos of past events.

Other News

Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day - Saturday October 3.

In conjunction with the IMBA's Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day event, CORBA will be having a fun ride at Malibu Creek State Park at 9:00 am. The ride will be followed by a barbecue. Kids must have their own bikes and helmets. All ages are welcome! If your Kids are too young to ride, feel free to bring a bike trailer or trail-a-bike and tow them along. These can be your own kids, nieces, nephews, friends kids, neighbor's kids... There will be a few different ride options for different age groups. Feel free to participate even if you don't have any kids to bring.

Childhood obesity in the United States has reached an all-time high. Experts say that the current generation of U.S. children could actually have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. IMBA and CORBA believe mountain biking can help reverse this trend. We need your help to get kids back on bikes. Please RSVP to Hans at if you plan on attending.

Not sure how much your kids will love this? You can view photos from the 2008 event in our photos gallery.


Beware of illegal marijuana growers on public lands

Last week the Law Enforcement Rangers, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept., CA State Parks and CAMP eradicated three different marijuana cultivation sites. Two of the sites were on State Park lands and one was on NPS lands in the Zuma/Trancus area. A total of 3,509 plants were pulled. All of the fertilizer and rodenticide was removed. Unfortunately, there was a lot of trash and debris in the sites that could not be removed. Rangers will attempt to go back and clean up the site at a later date.

The cultivation season is from April through November. During this time, don't hike or ride alone. Please avoid hiking off trail. Bring a radio or phone with you. Make sure someone knows where you are going to hike/ride. If it doesn’t seem safe, leave the area.

Here are some warning signs to watch for. Old stands of chaparral with well traveled trails that don’t seem to go anywhere. Drip irrigation lines leading from streams into brush. Unusual trash: piles of seedling cartons, food cartons, drinking water containers, sleeping bags, tents, propane tanks. Hikers in camouflage who seem unusual (without the usual hiking gear), walking along road sides or off trail. The same vehicle often parked at roadside pull outs, especially at dawn or dusk. Duffel bags of food or supplies left at roadside pull outs.

If you come across something off trail that seems suspicious, report the trail and GPS coordinates (if you have them). If you notice a suspicious vehicle, jot down the make and license number. Call the info into Angeles Dispatch 661 723-3620.

This is a difficult problem to deal with. Be assured the safety of our park visitors is a priority.

    Darcy MacDonald

    Law Enforcement Branch Chief
    Santa Monica Mountains Nat'l. Rec. Area
    401 W. Hillcrest Dr. Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

New on the CORBA Website

Free Mountain Biking Skills Clinic

Saturday August 1 is the next skills clinic.

The CORBA free skills clinic is held on the first Saturday of every month at Malibu Creek State Park.

Mountain biking is a lot like tennis or skiing. Just a few minor adjustments in technique can make a huge difference in your control and proficiency. If you want to get better faster, you need to know the fundamentals of mountain biking technique. Whether you're just  getting into mountain biking or have been riding for years, you'll learn some valuable tips from our Introduction to Mountain Biking  skills class that is offered each month. Check out our Skills Clinic web page for all the information. After the clinic, see photos of your new skills on the CORBA web site that you can share with your family and friends!

Monthly Beginner Ride

CORBA holds a recreational bike ride for beginners the second Saturday of every month, a week after the Skills Clinic. This is the perfect opportunity for the clinic attendees to practice their new skills! But you don't need to attend the Skills Clinic before you come on this ride; everyone is welcome. This is a great ride for first-timers to the CORBA recreational rides. The ride leader will go over the basics of riding a mountain bike along the route. Check the Calendar for details.

Support CORBA

Join or Renew your membership today on our membership web page.

Join Our Team! Do you have any ideas about mountain biking recreation in the L.A. region? Would you like to apply your skills and manage projects that contribute to the sport and lifestyle that you love? Is there an advocate in you? We are recruiting motivated individuals who work well with others. Send an email to or come to a monthly Members Meeting to find out more about what we do and how you can help. Check the calendar for the next meeting.

Other simple ways to support CORBA

(Click on the links above to get more details!)

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