We have received this letter from the PLP. There has been a takeover of the Board of Directors that has led to uncertainty of the leadership. We suggest to refrain supporting either financially until this is resolved.
August 17, 2016
To all PLP members and supporters,
The Board of directors must inform you of the current situation we are experiencing. We were hoping to have solved this matter sooner. However, it appears this might take longer than we expected so we must inform you now of recent events. Here are that facts:
On July 14, 2016, this board received resignation letters from four of our board members:
- Ray Kender, resigned Secretary
- Barry Wetherby, resigned Director
- Pat Keene, resigned Director
- Duane Platz, resigned Recording Secretary.
On July 21, 2016, a meeting was held at Keene Engineering, unannounced to us and to you as PLP members, and an election was held that supposedly removed the current board members and supposedly placed Ray Kender as interim President. It appears all resigned board members were present.
On July 23, 2016 Ray Kender, without any knowledge or consent from PLP, executed various corporate documents purporting to be an authorized agent of PLP, including the filing of an updated statement of information with the California Secretary of State appointing himself as an officer, director and agent of service of process. Soon after, Mr. Kender under the self-assumed title of “President” presented falsified documentation to the bank that PLP banks with, usurping our corporate bank account. He also changed the locks on our mailbox withholding access of all PLP property from your current board of directors. Acts that this board sees as an improper exercise of corporate authority that Mr. Kender did not, and does not possess.
"The current board of directors has taken steps to ensure that the funds of PLP are preserved by filing a corrected Statement of Information with the California Secretary of State. Unfortunately, because of Mr. Kender’s actions and our attempts to regain access, PLP’s bank accounts have been frozen. This jeopardizes all of our pending legal actions, including our lawsuit against the state over the suction dredge ban, our defense in deferral court of John Godfrey (cited for using a sluice box in a stream), and support for the Minerals and Mining Advisory Council (MMAC) and our newest defense of a suction dredger from the EPA in Idaho.”
Your board of directors is not only fighting for your rights, we are fighting to retain the assets from what we see as fraudulent and improper actions taken by former board members. A criminal report has been filed with the FBI to report this alleged bank fraud and intentional fraud on the State of California.
Your board is an all-volunteer board and we are proud of the progress that PLP has made in the past. We will continue to fight on your behalf in the future! We will give you updates as soon as possible.
Please note our new mailing address:
Public Lands for the People
23501 Burbank Bl.
Woodland Hills ca 91364
Public Lands for the People
- President, Ron Kliewer
- Vice President, Jerry Shodall
- Treasurer, Walt Wegner
- Director, Bill Samarin
- Director/ Raffle Chair, Timothy Eakin