Concerned dog owners of california



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CONCERNED DOG OWNERS OF CALIFORNIA
is an organization that was put together for the primary purpose of giving dog (and cat) owners an effective way to help manage and direct the legislation that is being directed at us around the state and in various municipalities and to be the arm to develop compelling and appropriate media and materials to achieve our goals.
An effective legislative process involves communication, negotiation and money. In the past some groups have refused to be a part of the legislative process. We think there is a better way. So CDOC was formed as an umbrella group for the State to gather together all of our talents in a focused manner. Those who propose the legislation will always have the advantage over those who merely fight it – so we need to get ahead of the curve on the issues that have given rise to some of the legislation we find so distressing.
Even though numbers in shelters are going down, there is more we can do but we must take a lead. This is everyone’s problem and who better than dog (and cat) people to come up with innovative answers. How do they tell responsible people from backyard breeders?
So what are the specifics?


  • We have to have at least one lobbyist who works for what we need in California. We are all grateful to the AKC for stepping up and paying for a lobbyist to fight AB 1634. But he will go away when their money is gone. We need our own representative – someone who will work with CDOC to guide Club and individual members on how we can become a force in this state and in our local communities.




  • We will prepare media campaigns that can be used and are effective. We will work with existing organizations to prepare educational materials on responsible dog ownership, spay and neuter, and training – in English and Spanish, both written and multi-media. We will work to provide our side with a high media profile so the public and the lawmakers hear both sides of the story and see actual, provable numbers.




  • We will raise money. Our opponents have an annual budget of more than a hundred million (nationally). We need a budget of millions so we need a lot of fund-raising. But like the opposition, we have access to the same tools to generate money. So we need to be active in fund raising from Clubs, pet food companies, pet equipment companies and very importantly, individuals – both “dog” people and the general public who love their animals.




  • As a PAC (Political Action Committee) we can make contributions to the politicians who support responsible ownership of dogs and cats. And we can campaign against those who do not. We will be professional and courteous in dealing with our opponents and the media.




  • We will have a website (www.concerneddogownersofcalifornia.com (also org and net) and www.cdocalifornia.com (and org) to provide up to date (with your help) information, downloadable PDF files, legislative reports, sample letters, etc. We will link to websites with compatible goals.




  • We will work with all groups, UKC, AKC, Agility Groups, Working Dog Groups, the cat organizations so that everyone can have a place at the table.

This will not be an easy undertaking but we think we have a committed core group and we know there are many, many out there who have skills and talents and contacts we can tap to the benefit of all.

So what do you do?
First, contribute money. We are talking about a great deal of money here. If you want to be heard, send us your personal check now. And we need every single Club to participate. So go to your all-breed and breed clubs and spread the word. If they want to hear more, have them call us or email us. We will come to meetings if possible. As soon as we have our seed money, we can begin a bigger individual fund-raising effort to the general public. In about ten days the website will have a PayPal Option.

Checks should be sent to CDOC, 22735 Leonora Drive, Woodland Hills, CA 91367.


AB 1634 is out of Committee. The names of the people on the Appropriations Committee are listed below. Write to those people and point out this is not revenue neutral, it will cost the State of California. Numbers are being put together on what dog show revenues produce in taxes. They will be posted on the website.
If you have ever sold a puppy or kitten or talked to someone about selling a puppy, get them involved. Probably not many of them would have wanted the state to tell them their animal needed major surgery at 4 months of age. Find the sample letters on the many website (www.saveourdogs.com is good) and send them out with lists of their legislators.
Do this same thing in the ten blocks around you. If the legislators are inundated with mail from “regular folks” who are in their district and oppose this legislation, they will listen.
Go to the field offices of your assemblymen and meet with their legislative aides. Take your neighbors. Have the same type of impact (always polite and professional) that we made today. Take materials with you. To copy a slogan we have all heard, this is a “boots on the ground” project and if only a few take part, we will lose.
Please feel fee to contact Bill Shelton, Bruce Schwartz, Carol Esterkin, Jacky Hungerland, Louis Krokover, Cathie Turner or Sharon Shilkoff with questions or suggestions. Going forward together, we can win.
Bill Shelton - coventry.corgi@verizon.net

Bruce Schwartz - bruce@welshterrier.com

Carol Esterkin - cedeardog@yahoo.com

Jacky Hungerland – dr.jacky@prodigy.net

Louis Krokover - LK2NEWDAY@aol.com

Sharon Shilkoff - woodlandgrs@aol.com

Cathie Turner – Cathie@sumbeamgoldens.com

HERE ARE THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE MEMBERS


Mark Leno - Chair

Phone (916) 319-2013

Fax (916) 319-2113

District office

Fax (415) 557-3015

Phone (415) 557-3013

Assemblymember.leno@assembly.ca.gov
Mimi Walters - Vice Chair

Phone: (916) 319-2073

Fax: (916) 319-2173

Laguna Hills District Office

Phone: (949) 457-7333

Fax: (949) 457-7305

San Diego County District Office

Phone: (760) 757-8084

Fax: (760) 757-8087

Assemblymember.walters@assembly.ca.gov


Anna M. Caballero

Tel: (916) 319-2028

Fax: (916) 319-2128

District Office:

Tel: (831) 759-8676

Fax: (831) 759-2961

Assemblymember.Caballero@assembly.ca.gov
Mike Davis

Tel: (916) 319-2048

Fax: (916) 319-2148

District Office:

Tel: (213) 744-2111

Fax: (213) 744-2122

Assemblymember.Davis@assembly.ca.gov
Mark DeSaulnier

Tel: (916) 319-2011

Fax: (916) 319-2111

District Office:

Tel: (925) 372-7990

Fax: (925) 372-0934

Assemblymember.DeSaulnier@assembly.ca.gov
Bill Emmerson (Voted "NO" in B&P Committee)

Phone: (916)319-2063

Fax: (916)319-2163

Rancho Cucamonga District Office

Phone: (909) 466-9096

Fax: (909) 466-9892

Assemblymember.emmerson@assembly.ca.gov
Jared Huffman

Tel: (916) 319-2006

Fax: (916) 319-2106

District Offices:

County of Marin

Tel: (415) 479-4920

Fax: (415) 479-2123

Tel: (707) 576-2631

Fax: (707) 576-2735

Assemblymember.Huffman@assembly.ca.gov


Betty Karnette (No fax numbers listed)

Tel: (916) 319-2054

Tel: (562) 997-0794

Tel: (310) 548-6420

Assemblymember.Karnette@assembly.ca.gov
Paul Krekorian

Tel: (916) 319-2043

Fax: (916) 319-2143

District Office:

Tel: (818) 240-6330

Fax: (818) 240-4632

Assemblymember.Krekorian@assembly.ca.gov
Doug La Malfa

Phone: (916) 319-2002

Fax: (916) 319-2102

Redding District Office

Phone: (530) 223-6300

Fax: (530) 223-6737

Yuba City District Office

Phone: (530) 751-8351

Fax: (530) 751-8379

Assemblymember.lamalfa@assembly.ca.gov


Ted W. Lieu

(916) 319 - 2053

(916) 319 - 2153 Fax

District Office:

(310) 615-3515

(310) 615-3520 fax

Assemblymember.Lieu@assembly.ca.gov
Fiona Ma

Tel: (916) 319-2012

Fax: (916) 319-2112

District Office:

Tel: (415) 557-2312

Fax: (415) 557-1178

Assemblymember.Ma@assembly.ca.gov
Alan Nakanishi

Phone: (916) 319-2010

Fax: (916) 319-2110

Lodi District Office

Phone: (209) 333-5330

Fax: (209) 333-5333

Assemblymember.nakanishi@assembly.ca.gov
Pedro Nava

Tel: (916) 319-2035

Fax: (916) 319-2135

District Offices:

Santa Barbara County

Tel: (805) 564-1649

Fax: (805) 564-1651

Ventura County

Tel: (805) 483-9808

Fax: (805) 483-8182

Assemblymember.nava@assembly.ca.gov
Sharon Runner

Phone: (916) 319-2036

Fax: (916) 319-2136

Victorville District Office

Phone: (760) 843-8045

Fax: (760) 843-8396

Lancaster District Office

Phone: (661) 723-3368

Fax: (661) 723-6307

Assemblywoman.Runner@assembly.ca.gov


Jose Solorio

Tel: (916) 319-2069

Fax: (916) 319-2169

District Office:

Tel: (714) 939-8469

Fax: (714) 939-8986



Assemblymember.solorio@assembly.ca.gov

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