4x4Wire is for you, your 4x4 and access issues that interest four-wheelers
You, your 4x4, access issues, places to go and more outdoor topics

Ongoing discussion of recreational and environmental issues for four-wheelers
Ongoing discussion of recreation and environmental issues affecting California

Environmental news and information for recreation advocates
Environmental news and information for recreation advocates

Discussion forums covering a variety of 4x4 model technical issues and general recreation topics
Discussion forums covering 4x4 technical issues and general recreation topics

Recreation Advocate

The OutdoorWire family websites feature news and information affecting outdoor recreation opportunities and access to public lands. 

Election Year Pontification

The Senate is a slow deliberative body that is prone to rhetorical discussion and seldom moves fast on any issue.

The House is a wildcard. They are up for re-election every two years and have a tendency to be more reactive to publicity issues of the day; especially if they can turn it into a vote.

State: (this a California, other states are similar)
Governor: Like the President, they can set an agenda and they do have a number of appointments that can have an impact on access/recreation.

Senate: A dysfunctional body that is prone to rhetorical discussion and little action. They are heavily influenced by special interests and public opinion polls.

Assembly: Another dysfunctional body that is more disconnected from reality than the Senate. They are prone to meaningless discussion and very responsive to special interests.

Mayor: Like the Governor and President, they do set an agenda. Interestingly, they are more in tune with the local economic issues and will seek to protect the county residents from excess liability.

Board of Supervisors: This is a mixed bag with a range of responsiveness. They are very sensitive to actions within their district that translate into economics that translate to votes.

Out of this are a couple of key points. At one level are elected officials that have the ability to set an agenda and place appointments to carry out the agenda.

The second point is the group of elected officials that are more sensitive to the public opinion that can be translated into votes.

In short, the Boards of Supervisors, Assembly, and Representatives are important positions as they are responsive to public pressure.

The Mayor, governor, and president are important as they set an agenda and placed appointees to carry out the agenda.

Out of this, the local Boards of Supervisors are one of the more important positions as they have an influence over federal actions that State legislators do not have.

Federal law requires the agency to consult with local officials on management actions that affect the local economy.

So, build a good relationship with your local Boards of Supervisors; especially in counties where recreation activities occur.  The closer to home your elected official is, the better accountability you will find.  Local elected officials can be motivated by economic impacts and limiting liability.

* Presidents, Governors, and Mayors set broad agendas and appoint staff that significantly impact access.
* At both state and federal levels, Congress/State Legislative bodies are reactive to change and public pressure.  Historically, the U.S. Senate is a slow deliberative bodywhere rhetoric flourishes.
* Local Boards of Supervisors are important because they can influance federal actions and are obligated to consider local economic impact.

And, That's My View.....

Youth All Terrain Vehicles Recalled
Suspected Defective Tire Valves Investigated


No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment

OutdoorWire Websites



Portal page for OutdoorWire Access and Landuse Central Read More


California OHV recreation news and information Read More
MUIRNet News

MUIRNet News

News and information about outdoor recreation Read More


Off road recreation and news and information Read More

TrailTalk Forums

4x4Wire TrailTalk Forums for 4x4 tech information Read More
  • 1

4x4Wire Tech Section

Jeep 4x4 Tech

Jeep 4x4 Tech

Jeep Tech from JeepWire Read More
Toyota 4x4 Tech

Toyota 4x4 Tech

Toyota Tech from 4x4Wire Read More
Mitsubishi 4x4 Tech

Mitsubishi 4x4 Tech

Mitsubishi Tech from 4x4Wire Read More
Isuzu 4x4 Tech

Isuzu 4x4 Tech

Isuzu Tech from 4x4Wire Read More
  • 1