In an effort to close California’s significant budget gap, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has significantly cut funding to the state park system. This is forcing the California State park system to propose closing several state parks, including Fremont Peak State Park, which is where the FPOA Challenger telescope lives.
This closure, if it stands, would be a significant blow to amateur astronomy and to astronomy education in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The Fremont Peak Observatory is maintained by over a hundred amateur astronomers who serve the entire region, providing educational opportunities including viewing opportunities, classroom visits, participation in scientific research projects, internships for community college students, lectures, and educational projects and activities. Local schools from elementary classrooms up through community colleges use the resources provided by FPOA.
In a letter to members FPOA president Doug Brown asks for help to:
draft appeal letter templates for distribution to our members and customers, draft media releases,
or make effective contact with representatives and media