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ACR-99 Native Sons of the Golden West.(2017-2018)

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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 99


Introduced by Assembly Member Bigelow
(Coauthor: Assembly Member Gallagher)
(Coauthor: Senator Berryhill)

June 05, 2017


Relative to the Native Sons of the Golden West.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


ACR 99, as introduced, Bigelow. Native Sons of the Golden West.
This measure would honor the Native Sons of the Golden West as integral to the successful preservation of California’s history.
Fiscal Committee: NO  

WHEREAS, The Native Sons of the Golden West is a fraternal organization that adopted as its founding mission the preservation of California’s history; and
WHEREAS, For the last 142 years, the thousands of members of the Native Sons of the Golden West have worked diligently, volunteering their time and resources, to carry out its mission; and
WHEREAS, The Native Sons of the Golden West works closely with administrators of the California State Park system on many restoration projects; and
WHEREAS, The Native Sons of the Golden West has acquired, reconstructed, restored, and preserved buildings and sites of statewide historical significance in virtually every county in the state without the use of tax dollars, including Sutter’s Fort in Sacramento, the Custom House and Colton Hall in Monterey, Rancho Petaluma Adobe in Petaluma, San Pasqual Battlefield in Escondido, Mission San Antonio de Padua in Jalon, Bale Grist Mill in the County of Napa, and other structures and sites, many of which have become the backbone of the California State Park system; and
WHEREAS, The Native Sons of the Golden West lobbied for, and then constructed, the James W. Marshall Monument at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park in the County of El Dorado, the Bear Flag Monument in the County of Sonoma, the Pioneer Monument in San Francisco, and the Pioneer Monument at Donner Memorial State Park in the County of Nevada; and
WHEREAS, Since 1890, the Historical Landmark Committee of the Native Sons of the Golden West has dedicated more than 1,200 historical landmark plaques in California, and those numbers increase annually; and
WHEREAS, The Native Sons of the Golden West continues to fulfill its mission of preserving the history of California through placement of historical landmark plaques throughout the state, lobbying and advocating for the preservation of historical resources, holding an annual historically themed Fourth Grade Essay Contest, and allocation of funds through its Historical Preservation Foundation; and
WHEREAS, The Native Sons of the Golden West has dedicated itself to humanitarian causes throughout its history, including by providing homes for orphans through the mid-20th century, and since then by contributing more than $5.7 million through its charitable foundation to the University of California, San Francisco, Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, and Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento to help children from all social and economic backgrounds who are born with cleft palate and other craniofacial anomalies; and
WHEREAS, The Native Sons of the Golden West provides support, time, funding, and resources statewide to countless local nonprofit organizations for the benefit of California communities; and
WHEREAS, The Native Sons of the Golden West has been governed by the precepts of “Friendship, Loyalty and Charity” since its founding and is open to all native-born Californians, 18 years of age or older, including men and women of all ethnic backgrounds: now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate thereof concurring, That the Legislature honors the Native Sons of the Golden West as integral to the successful preservation of California’s history over the past 142 years; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.