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Don Amador

OHVers Rock the House at East Bay Park's 1st Public Meeting


OHV Leaders from Carnegie Forever and AMAD36
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The Recreation HQ wants to salute the 40-50 off-roaders who showed up to the East Bay Regional Park District’s 1st public meeting for the District’s Master Plan. OHV leaders and enthusiasts respectfully engaged the District staff and other stakeholder groups during the meeting and at various data collection sites/discussion tables.
HQ estimates that approximately 300 people crowded into a hall that had seating for about 110 people. This meeting was in Oakland and it gave OHVers in Contra Costa and Alameda Counties the chance to let the District know about the agency's lack of OHV opportunity. The District is 112K acres and contains 65 parks. However, not one square foot of parkland is designated for OHV use by the over 28K registered non-street legal OHVs in their jurisdiction.
HQ wants to STRONGLY urge all OHV enthusiasts to attend the remaining public meetings in Concord, Oakley, Fremont, Dublin, and Richmond. The level of your participation will help decide if the District provides future OHV recreation and if they will back-off their current effort to prohibit OHV recreation on the Tesla property at Carnegie SVRA.
Here is BRC Alert with list of meeting sites and sample letter
Here is BRC News Release on Public Meetings with link to formal BRC comment letter
Finally, feel free to check for updates with my good friends at the Carnegie Forever Facebook page
This is your opportunity to participate in the public planning process. I hope to see a lot of you at the upcoming meetings.

 

Original author: Don Amador
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Don Amador

Alliance Between East Bay Parks and Eco-Activists to Ban OHV Use at Tesla


 

Some HQ readers will remember that on July 2, 2012, the BRC issued a news release regarding the advocacy role of East Bay Regional Parks District regarding their demands for “passive use” of the Tesla Property.

June 2, 2012 BRC News Release with info

http://www.sharetrails.org/news/2012/07/02/bay-area-land-agency-advocates-passive-use-adjacent-state-ohv-park

That concern prompted HQ commander and BRC western rep, Don Amador, to file a Public Records Act request on the District to see if there has been any pressure from local Eco groups and the adjacent land owner – Celeste Garamendi – to influence the District to try ban or restrict OHV use on the Tesla Property.
The District recently responded to the PRA with a lot of documents. HQ is still reviewing the information, but what we have seen so far is that there was a concerted effort by Celeste Garamendi in early 2007 to pressure the District to include the Tesla property in their 2007 General Plan map which would then drive the District’s current general planning process which has public meetings in Sept. 2012.
In the Celeste March 19, 2007 letter to District Board Member, Ms. Wieskamp, you will notice her desire to create political momentum …”a change in policy direction for the property [Tesla] will have to evolve from outside of the OHV Division.”
Celeste Garamendi March 19, 2007 Letter and other correspondence with the District

http://www.sharetrails.org/uploads/East_Bay_RPD_2007_CEQA_Concerns0001.pdf

Not only was Celeste et al successful in getting the District Board to approve the 2007 General Plan Map which now includes Tesla, but has been successful in getting Assemblymember, Joan Buchanan, State Senator Mark DeSaulnier, and State Senator Loni Hancock to write a June 8, 2012 letter opposing OHV recreation on the Tesla Property.

June 8, 2012 Buchanan, DeSaulnier, and Hancock Letter

http://www.sharetrails.org/uploads/Buchanan_Carnegie_6-8-12.pdf

Thankfully we have a very active OHV Commission and on July 16, 2012, OHV Commissioner, Diana Perez, countered the Buchanan letter with a well written response to Secretary Laird.

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Don Amador

DEFCON ONE ACTION ALERT - Fight Efforts by Greens and East Bay Parks to Ban OHV at Tesla



***Sept 8 - CORRECTION - The BRC Sample Letter is citing data from the 2007 SPOA report (not 2009 as is in the sample letter)  The data is from the 2007 SPOA, Table 133, pages 162-163.  Sorry for any mixup.  *******************************

This is a DEFCON ONE Action Alert from HQ. As many of you already know, far-left anti-OHV groups led by Save Tesla Park and PEER have been collaborating with East Bay Regional Park District to prohibit OHV use on the new Tesla property at Carnegie SVRA.

You must attend the District’s public meetings which start next week throughout Contra Costa and Alameda Counties. You must also send in a comment letter and also go on their Master Plan blog/forum and post comments as well. (links to Master Plan, blog, forum, etc. in alert below)
BRC has issued an alert today with contact info, a sample letter, and overview.

BRC September 6 - Carnegie/Tesla Alert and Overview

http://www.sharetrails.org/alerts/2012/09/06/extreme-environmental-groups-collaborate-with-east-bay-region-park-district-to-impose-closureagenda-on-propose

Be watching for a formal and detailed BRC comment letter. Also, the OHV Commission has placed this issue on their agenda for the Sept. 15 meeting in Placerville. HQ will be there.

Original author: Don Amador
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Cal4Wheel

Be the first to register for Molina

The guys from TrailGear enjoy the obstacle course at the 2012 Molina

Event is May 10-12 at Hollister Hills, SVRA

The tank traps and mud pits are waiting for this year's Molina Ghost Run participants to come out for another great weekend of fun, friends and food. Our annual Molina event one of Cal4wheel's fundraisers, and includes three levels of runs on Saturday, camping for the weekend, a dinner on Saturday night, a great prize drawing, and really good wheeling.

Registration for the event is only $45 per vehicle, so you have no excuse to click here and register right now.

For more information about the event, visit this link

(Originally posted by Suzy)
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Cal4Wheel

Substantial fee increases proposed for Imperial

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released a draft Business Plan for the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area (ISDRA). The Business Plan calls for an increase in the weekly permit fee from $25 to $40 when purchased off-site. On-site weekly permits are proposed to be $70. The annual permit fee is proposed at $180. BLM intends to implement the fee increase on September 1, 2013.

The proposed public review and comment period has been limited to less than 3 weeks ending at 8:00 a.m. on November 5th.

The complete Business Plan is available at:
http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/elcentro/recreation/ohvs/isdra/dunesinfo/docs/isdrabp.html

Please go to the Action Center for more information about how to participate in the public comment process. At a minimum we urge you to use the alert system to send an email to the BLM asking for an extension on the comment period.
Original author: John
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