Save Earl Warren Showgrounds
By Deb Finnegan
On Thursday (11/21) at 4:00 p.m., the board members of Earl Warren Showgrounds are hosting a public meeting to discuss changing their mission statement to remove equine facilities. This will make it easier for the Board to develop the property to exclude equestrians or make it much smaller and less desirable.
The agenda includes discussing a strategic plan where the non-equestrian board members want to change the showground's official mission statement to eliminate the words "maintains a first-class equestrian facility."
As part of the equestrian community, we are against making this change.
The current mission statement reads:
"The 19th District Agricultural Association and manages Earl Warren Showgrounds as a financially self-supporting entity that maintains a first-class equine facility, promotes and supports agricultural resources, provides facilities for community events, meetings, and emergency response, and furthers the goals and objectives of the Association and the State of California."
The new proposed mission statement is:
"It is the mission of the 19th District Agricultural Association to serve as stewards of our community asset known as the Earl Warren Showgrounds, providing a multi-use event center that contributes opportunity for community connectivity, learning and growth, entertainment and recreation, and a safe place when emergency strikes, while honoring and reviving our agricultural and equestrian heritage."
Join the meeting and help us keep equestrian facilities!
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