PUBLIC LANDS FOR THE PEOPLE, INC., a California 501 C-3, non-profit corporation; Gerald E. Hobbs; Patrick Keene; Keene Engineering Co., Inc., a California corporation; Robert Haiduck; Terry Stapp; Dee Stapp; David DeCosta; James Gregory Lee; Mike Holt; Todd Bracken; Shannon Poe; and David Richard,
61. Patrick Keene
is part of a third generation family-owned business that has been serving the mining community in California, the United States, and throughout the world for the past 60 years.
Mr. Keene is Secretary/Treasurer of Keene Engineering Co., Inc. ("Keene Engineering") of Chatsworth, California.
is the largest supplier of small scale dredging and mining equipment in the world.
The Company, as well as many other manufacturers, sells to small businesses and dealers who provide equipment to prospectors and miners throughout California and the United States.
Many of the people who operate suction dredges come to visit California to dredge for gold and work their mining claims.
While doing so, they support local businesses in the process of filling their other needs.
Mr. Keene has been working for Keene Engineering for over 30 years.
Mr. Keene is a member of PLP.
and Keene Engineering
are directly and substantially financially harmed by the passage of SB 670.
65. Most of Keene
Engineering's suppliers, who provided it with components to build suction dredges are profoundly impacted as well.
A number of Keene
Engineering's dealers have contacted the Company, and told Keene Engineering
that they are closing their doors since they cannot economically survive selling just non-motorized equipment such as sluice boxes and gold pans.
70. Mr. Keene is also a small scale independent miner who owns mining claims and estates throughout California.
mining claims are on Federal land in National Forests
in California and on Bureau
of Land Management land in California.
engages in vacuum and suction dredge mining in California, and has permits from DF&G
allowing him to engage in such mining.
has paid DF&G
for these permits.
has spent substantial sums in order to engage in suction dredge mining.
family's income from being able to engage in suction dredge mining.
By not being able to engage in suction dredge mining on Federal land in California, Mr. Keene
, in his
individual capacity, is directly and substantially financially harmed by the passage of SB 670.