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As everyone knows our state is in a major budget crisis. The governor has a plan to cut out a major asset to the state: the California Conservation Corps. I am organizing a march/rally in its support at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, at the on the state Capitol. We will assemble at Crocker Park off Third and N in Sacramento. The CCC has changed the lives of thousands of young adults in the course of its 30-year reign. The program gives education to our youth and exceptional job training and placement. Since the beginning corps members have put in thousands upon thousands of volunteer hours. This fire season alone the corps saved California $37.9 million. The corps also assists many agencies including Caltrans, CHP, USFS, water resources and more, saving the state more. The jobs done by this program are some of the downright dirtiest, back-breaking jobs imaginable. The corps clears streams in freezing weather. They build trails for access to some of the most beautiful areas in the state. One of the most important services of the CCC is its response to fires, floods, earthquakes, oils spills and any other natural disaster. They stand in the front line of floods to protect our homes. They rehabilitate burnt hillsides to prevent erosion and pick up the rubble after an earthquake. Get involved by going to http://www.thepetitionsite.com/65/ help-save-the-CCC and lending your helping hand. You can also go to www.save-the-ccc.org or www.ccc.ca.gov for more information. Remember the rally/march on Feb. 18. Save that date. Michael J. Ice Auburn