The other side of the story of Senate bill 1316 printed by the Independent on August 18th But don’t believe everything you read in the Independent (our adversary)

SB 1316, a bill designed to enable the state to sell the 3100-acre Tesla Expansion Area of the Carnegie State Recreational Vehicular Area (SRVA) for open space purposes, has been making its way through the Legislature.

A hearing was scheduled in the Assembly Appropriations Committee on Aug. 16, after landing in the Committee Aug. 8.

The bill passed the Senate floor 24-13 on April 30. It cleared two Assembly policy committees in June on 5-2 and 8-6 votes.

State Sen. Steve Glazer, whose district includes the Valley, and Assemblymember Catharine Baker were co-authors of the bill.

Baker agreed to an amendment of the bill to address concerns raised by several members of the committees through which it passed. They were worried that the state would not receive enough money for the property to make the Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) fund whole again, replacing the money spent on acquiring the property for SRVA expansion.

The amended bill prohibits the Department of General Services (DGS), the state’s business manager, from selling the property if the proceeds from the sale are less than the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) paid for the expansion, that is, $9 million.

The DPR acquired seven pieces of property between 1996 and 2000 to create the 3100 acres. However, with increases in property value and inflation, “it is unclear if the OHV fund is truly being kept whole with this amendment,” noted an Assembly Appropriations Committee staff member, who wrote a summary report about the bill.

The bill would require DGS to sell the expansion area only to a local agency or nonprofit organization for use as a park, or other open space use.

The Altamont Landfill Open Space Advisory Committee sent a letter in support of SB1316. The committee has funds for acquisition of open space lands in eastern Alameda County as a result of a legal settlement in connection with expansion of the Altamont Landfill. The Committee, composed of representatives from Alameda County, the City of Livermore, the City of Pleasanton, and the Sierra Club, decides which properties receive funding.

Glazer is quoted in the Appropriations Committee report as saying the expansion area contains important cultural and biological resources. The expansion plans have been litigated for about 20 years, and it would be better to sell the land for conservation purposes, said Glazer.

Baker said in a prepared statement, “We will learn soon enough if the bill makes it to the Governor’s desk, but SB 1316 has already played a good role in furthering the conversation between both sides of the issue on how we find a solution for the property that avoids years of costly litigation.”

The bill is supported by 32 agencies and organizations, and opposed by four motorcycle and ORV groups.

Among the supporters are the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, the Alameda County Resource Conservation District, Center for Biological Diversity, City of Livermore, EBRPD, Friends of Livermore, Friends of Tesla Park, Friends of the Vineyards, Greenbelt Alliance, LARPD, four chapters of the National Audubon Society, the Nature Conservancy, Sierra Club California, Society of American Indians, and Tri-Valley Conservancy.

The other side of the story is that the bill died. Governor Brown’s office made it known that he would not support (veto) the bill. It didn’t move out of the last committee.

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SB 1316 did not pass through committee

Good news! SB 1316 did not pass through committee. The administration was not supportive of the bill and it died in committee. It would have been vetoed by Governor Brown if it moved forward. Our letters and phone calls must have worked. I got this from Carnegie Forever on Facebook.

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Carnegie SVRA Again in Jeopardy!

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Carnegie SVRA Again in Jeopardy!

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Another Attack on Carnegie

CARNEGIE SVRA UPDATE

As many of you know, Senate Bill 1316 – Glazer (D) is working its way through the legislative process.

This bill is to undermine the new property known as Tesla/Alameda of which OHV Trust Funds purchased nearly 20 years ago, and it’s goal is to take it away from us and either sell it or turn it into Open Space for non-motorized recreation.

WE NEED YOUR HELP TO STOP THIS

We need YOU get engaged: NOW!  ESPECIALLY folks that live in Alameda, Contra Costa or San Joaquin Counties. This is CRITICAL as you are local constituents/residents within the Carnegie SVRA area.

We would like ALL D36 members to do this, even if you live elsewhere. Quantity Counts!

Your letter of OPPOSITION IS CRITICAL at this stage.

You can call, write or fax your simple letter to your elected State Senator & Assembly person. The more of us that do this, the more impact we will have to stop this nasty bill.

Be professional and keep short and simple and to the point.  Example:

Name Address

Please note that my family is in strong OPPOSITION to Senate Bill 1316. We urge you to not support this bill as it harms my family from being able to recreate at Carnegie State Park in Alameda County with my family and friends.

Thank you,

Joe & Jane Rider Family

Of course, personalize the letter if you want. Name your children, use Family Recreation, Outdoors, and if you want that you vote, and Trust Fund money paid for this lane, you waited 20 years for this, etc. If married, that person or a friend can send in a letter. Spread the word to OHV folks you know. Add a CC to Governor Jerry Brown State Capitol, Sacramento, CA

Below is how you can find your legislator easily and fast. It brings up BOTH your Senator and Assembly person by entering your street address. That’s it….

TAKE ACTION NOW!

Find Your Representative Here

And

Contact Governor Brown Here

HELP US HELP YOU PROTECT OUR RIGHTS TO RIDE AT CARNEGIE. Do nothing, and we lose it………..

Brought to you by District 36 See: http://ama-d36.org/carnegie-svra-again-in-jeopardy/

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A Study by US Department of Commerce finds that Motorized Recreation is a Major Economic Engine

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The latest issue of the American Motorcyclist had this article inside:

“A landmark study by the U.S. Department of Commerce states that outdoor recreation contributed $373.7 billion to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product in 2016, accounting for 2 percent of the nation’s GPD”

The study that came out in February concluded that outdoor recreation’s contribution  to GNP is larger than mining and extraction of oil and gas.

Motorized recreation – including motorcycles and ATVs – accounted for $59.4 billion of the output with recreational vehicles accounting for $30 billion of that total.

Boating and fishing came in second at $38.2 billion; hunting, shooting and trapping accounted for $15.4 billion. The equestrian industry accounted for about $12 billion. And backpacking, climbing and other activities made up $10 billion.”

So that is it in a nutshell. Our sport has a positive input on the economy. We are ahead of all the other outdoor activities, including horseback riding and backpacking which was dead last. Tell that to the politicians who want to put in more hiking and horseback riding trails and take away our OHV trails. Think of the Board of Directors of the East Bay Regional Parks District…

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A CALL TO ACTION FOR ALL CARNEGIE RIDERS

Red alert they want it all and they want it now: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB1316

They are hard at work trying to pass SB-1316  in an unrelenting effort to take away the Alameda/Tesla Expansion and sell it to some unnamed agency (EBRPD?) for less than fair market value.  They want to add Section 5090.42 to the Public Resources Code.

5090.42. (a) Notwithstanding Sections 11011 and 11011.1 of the Government Code, the department may dispose of the portion of the Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area known as the “Alameda-Tesla Expansion Area,” which encompasses approximately 3,100 acres in the County of Alameda, to permanently preserve that land for conservation purposes by sale of a perpetual recorded conservation easement deed restriction or fee title, if the department, after holding public hearings on the matter and in consultation with stakeholders, determines that disposing of the land is in the public interest.

(b) (1) If the department determines that disposing of the land is in the public interest, the Department of General Services may sell the land or otherwise dispose of the land pursuant to this authorization upon any terms and conditions and subject to any reservations and exceptions that the Department of General Services deems to be in the best interests of the state.

(2) The Director of General Services may transfer the land to a local agency for less than fair market value if the local agency agrees to use the land as a park or for another open-space purpose, in which case the deed or other instrument of transfer shall provide that the property interest would revert from the local agency to the state if the land is used for a purpose other than as a park or another open-space purpose during the 25 years after the transfer date.

(3) For purposes of this subdivision, “open-space purpose” means a use of the land’s natural resources that is consistent with a conservation purpose, including preservation of native biological diversity, wildlife habitats, and cultural resources, enjoyment of scenic beauty, and nonmotorized public recreation.

(c) Any revenue from the disposition of the land shall be deposited in the fund for the purchase, by the department, of land for off-highway vehicle recreation.

They are at it again. The instigators, Mark Connolly and his wife, Celeste Garamendi (Friends of Tesla); have a nine thousand acre cattle ranch bordering Carnegie. Celeste tried to get the East Bay Regional Park District to take over the Alameda/Tesla expansion for non-motorized recreation. The regional park did not have the money to purchase our land and now they want to sell it for less than current market value.

Carnegie SVRA is located on Tesla-Corral Hollow Road between Tracy and  Livermore and shares its northern border with the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Our neighbor is Superfund Site 300 and is situated on 7,000 acres in rural foothills approximately six miles southwest of downtown Tracy and 15 miles southeast of Livermore

Garamendi and Connolly  want to take away our small 3,100 acre expansion. They have lined up congressional support to make new law because their challenge to the Environmental Impact Report for the Alameda/Tesla expansion was failing. They didn’t get what they want in court and so they just use their political muscle to get the law changed. They have offered up this legislation aimed at only this one issue.

The Senate bill  is directed specially at taking away the Alameda/Tesla expansion and making it into a non motorized vehicle park. They have their personal priorities but there are only one or two off road vehicle recreation areas within a hundred miles in the Bay Area; while there are thousands and thousands of miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding.   East Bay Regional Park District maintains and operates a system of regional parks which is the largest urban regional park district in the United States.

From the East Bay Regional Parks Districts website: “As of 2015, EBRPD spans 120,000 acres with 65 parks and over 1,200 miles (1,900 km) of trails. Some of these parks are wilderness areas; others include a variety of visitor attractions, with opportunities for swimming, boating and camping. The trails are frequently used for non-motorized transportation such as biking, hiking, and horse riding.”

The board of directors at EBRPD all equally despise the concept of off road vehicle recreation. Their mission is to expand their park lands as much as possible. In fact they have the Alameda/Tesla expansion on a map for future acquisitions. There have been discussions between the board of directors and Garamendi about taking over our land for non-motorized recreation. Like they need it! See: https://carnegiejournal.com/2012/09/16/the-carnegie-battle-rages-on-as-the-east-bay-regional-park-district-includes-the-alamedatesla-property-in-their-master-plan/

Let’s look at their arguments the primary ones being ecological and cultural lack of diversity along with unacceptable water and air quality.

That is all well and good but Superfund Site 300 released hazardous materials in the mid to late 1940s (Thorpe et al. 1990). There is also evidence that localized spills, leaking tanks and impoundments, and landfills contributed VOCs, fuel  hydrocarbons, metals, and tritium to the unsaturated zone and groundwater in the post Navy era. The Livermore site was placed on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency National Priorities List in 1987. (Livermore Site Environmental Restoration Project)

 

Aside from a few dangerous chemicals in their water supply the Site looks like a pretty appealing place for wildlife. The hazards are all invisible and they presumable leak out into our property which is right across the road from the facility.

Carnegie is surrounded by a Superfund site on one side and cattle ranching on the other side with the hillsides around Carnegie suffering the damage done by the ubiquitous cattle ranching contributing to the dry summertime erosion along Tesla/Corral Hollow Road.

With development and roads expanding all over Livermore; it is getting harder and harder for wildlife to survive. Maybe that is why there are so many endangered and rare species in Carnegie and on the Alameda/Tesla expansion.  We ride on trails that are like roads that go through the hillsides. They are not impervious surfaces like asphalt  and don’t impact the quality of the environment like cattle.

Why is Carnegie devoid of the ecological devastation around us? We only have to look on the other side of our border to see the damage.  Our neighbor’s cattle pollutes the water  with cattle dung, the air with CO3 and they trample down and eat everything growing out of the soil. Their poop does not contain the seeds of native grasses and leave the land without biological diversity. But they are in court challenging the the EIR because they say that they are trying to protect biological diversity in our land. Now they are using their connections to change the law.

Can you say hypocrites? They obviously don’t care about the environment (they sell permits to kill elk on their property). Why do they want take our land and turn it into a conservation area? I wonder if they hope to acquire it eventfully; maybe to off set the damage done on their nine thousand acres. Who knows….

Our land is so magnificently full of ecological and cultural diversity that a bill introduced in the Senate, Senate Bill 1316 …-Tesla Expansion Area.(2017-2018) to permanently preserve that land for conservation purposes, as specified, if the department determines that disposing of the land is in the public interest.

The Alameda/Tesla expansion doesn’t need to be made into a conservation park and turned over to someone else. It already is already designed to be an ecologically sound park with trails and areas designed for the propagation of ecological and cultural diversity. The New General Plan focuses on our adversaries’ comments and criticisms to make it conform to their standards.  They admit that the Alameda/Tesla Expansion was legally purchased with OHV Trust Fund money but now they want to take it away from us and change it into a conservation area.

This is after an environmental impact statement was approved and they went to court to stop the Alameda/Tesla expansion from opening. They must be losing or why would they try to change the law. It was also done to us a few years ago when they stole almost a million dollars a year from the OHV Trust Fund and put it into the General Fund on an annual basis. Can you say highway robbery? And they are trying to do it to us again.

They are spreading their lies on the internet and speaking to  congressional representative like Senator Glazer and assembly member Baker. Garamendi and Connolly are members of a very political influential family in California and there seems to be no limit to their attempts to take away our public park..

Talk about the pot calling the kettle black…  and they are opposed to opening our Alameda Tesla expansion for the impact it will have on cultural and ecological diversity and the impact on the air quality.

Let’s take a look at the impact of cattle ranching on the environment compared to the impact of a few trails where we ride our bikes on the weekend.

The 2006 report Livestock’s Long Shadow, released by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, states that “the livestock sector is a major stressor on many ecosystems and on the planet as a whole. Globally it is one of the largest sources of greenhouse gases (GHG) and one of the leading causal factors in the loss of biodiversity, while in developed and emerging countries it is perhaps the leading source of water pollution.”[1] Removing all U.S. agricultural animals would reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 2.6%.[2] (In this and much other FAO usage, but not always elsewhere, poultry are included as “livestock”.) A 2017 study published in the journal Carbon Balance and “Management found animal agriculture’s global methane emissions are 11% higher than previous estimates based on data from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change..] According to production data compiled by the FAO, 74 percent of global livestock product tonnage in 2011 was accounted for by non-meat products such as wool, eggs and milk.[5][not in citation given] Meat is also considered one of the prime factors contributing to the current sixth mass extinction.[6][7][8][9]”

“All agricultural practices have been found to have a variety of effects on the environment. Some of the environmental effects that have been associated with meat production are pollution through fossil fuel usage, animal methane, effluent waste, and water and land consumption. Meat is obtained through a variety of methods, including organic farming, free range farming, intensive livestock production, subsistence agriculture, hunting, and fishing.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Environmental_impact_of_meat_production

They talk about Tesla Park as if it was already a conservation area. But there is no Tesla Park; nor has there ever been. There used to be a coal mining town called Tesla.

“The environmental impact of the coal industry includes issues such as land use, waste management, water and air pollution, caused by the coal mining, processing and the use of its products. In addition to atmospheric pollution, coal burning produces hundreds of millions of tons of solid waste products annually, including fly ash,[1] bottom ash, and flue-gas desulfurization sludge, that contain mercury, uranium, thorium, arsenic, and other heavy metals.

The environmental impact of mining includes erosion, formation of sinkholes, loss of biodiversity, and contamination of soil, groundwater and surface water by chemicals from mining processes. Besides creating environmental damage, the contamination resulting from leakage of chemicals also affects the health of the local population.[1]”  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Environmental_impact_of_mining

 

The Tesla mine was never properly shut down to minimize its impact on the surrounding hills and the water supply. It is still releasing toxic substances into the water. At one time the coal was used by the Carnegie Brick factory and there was a big kiln dug into the hillside.

In addition, the toxic products of burning coal; coal residue was dumped in the hills. The heavy metals which our neighbor sought to control with lawsuits aimed at shutting down our park was caused by these mines and not by off highway vehicles. If internal combustion engines create hazardous heavy metals, all our lakes and streams in this country would be polluted with over  263.6 million (over a quarter of a billion) registered passenger vehicles in the United States in 2015. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passenger_vehicles_in_the_United_States

So here we go again with a statute that requires stakeholders (our neighbors) to comment on the need to create an conservation area on our land with no off highway vehicles allowed. We have to remember that we as riders are stakeholder and we need to submit our own comments.

We also have to write or e-mail our state representative and tell them to vote against the senate bill because it is an attempt to get around the safety net that is already in place to make sure that off highway vehicle recreation is not a hazard to the environment. The procedure for getting our expansion approved goes the entire nine yards with public comment and severe restrictions on the way that we can use our property. A big portion of it is kept free of trails to preserve the environment. No trails are allowed above streams or in the wildlife corridor with many other restrictions to preserve the cultural and ecological treasures of this wonderful piece of property. What is the beef?

 

Don’t let our enemies’ lies go undetected. It might be too early yet, but you can find your state representatives and write to them opposing SB-1316 Off-highway vehicular recreation: Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area: Alameda-Tesla Expansion Area.(2017-2018) bill. You can find your candidates’ e-mail addresses here. http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/

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THE 2018 NAHA NITRO HILL CLIMB NATIONALS COMES TO CARNEGIE ON APRIL 13th to the 15th; AND DON’T MISS THE LAST HILL CLIMB PUT ON BY THE HORNE FAMILY AT CARNEGIE ON MARCH 17, 2018

Carnegie in the pits

The North American Hill Climbers Association (NAHA) is the most prestigious organization in the sport of hill climbing in America. The NAHA is an organization of professional hill climb competitors and events held primarily in the western United States. The best hill climb athletes and bikes compete over a five race series. The events are generally run on ungroomed uphill runs, with some hills over one thousand feet in elevation change. The nitro national series is coming to Carnegie April 13th – 15th  2018. See: http://www.nahahillclimb.org/

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“The series kicks off the pro hill climb season at Carnegie on Harrison Hill which has been considered one of nature’s most formidable vertical challenges. This will be the first time in half a decade that anyone has been allowed to attempt this world renowned hill.  According to some of the competitors most of the riders will never ever see the top.

For the thousands of individuals and families who come to Carnegie State Recreational Vehicle Park, an afternoon conquering the hills atop their off road motorcycles is pure fun. Some call it heaven on earth especially in the winter time when there is plenty of traction. Our best hill climbers will most likely be showing the outsiders the way to the top of Harrison.

“The big deal for competitors on Sunday is the return of Harrison’s Hill, a 600-foot climbing event that at its steepest is a perilous 65-degree incline that most conquer in less than 60 seconds”, said Skip Horne, the former owner of Skip’s at Carnegie, the park’s concessions stand and also a former event sponsor (the Horne family’s last event will be at Carnegie on March 17th).

Horne said. “Back in the 1970s, it was first climbed by a guy named Bill Harrison. Some  years ago, it was closed off (by state park officials) because we used it too much. Now, with a new regime, we can use it again. It’s an awesome hill.”

“This is like something you see at the X-Games,” said Harold Waddell the defending champion.

Qualifying will begin at 9am on Saturday and the National will run from 9am-5pm on Sunday. The country’s best Nitro-burning motorcycle riders will make their way to this event from all parts of the country.” This is going to be an incredible event,” said  multi-time Hill climb World Champion Kerry Peterson. It has been said that more than 200 riders are expected to attend as they chase after over $100,000 in cash and prizes in the series.

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This will be our chance to show off our best Carnegie riders. They are the ones who know the Carnegie terrain most intimately even if they have never attempted to climb this particular hill. They have proven to be some of the best hill climbers in Northern California and are mostly long time Carnegie riders. You can’t ride at Carnegie without being exposed to the most gnarly hills on the west coast. They say that if you can ride Carnegie you can ride anywhere. Come and watch some of our best riders try to beat the national champions.

 

For the opening round of the NAHA RacerX Suzuki Hillclimb Nationals, Adult tickets are $15, Kids 7-12 are $10 Kids 6 and under are free. Gates open at 7am on both Saturday and Sunday. About N.A.H.A.: The North American Hillclimbers Association is a non-profit membership organization whose events are sanctioned by the American Motorcyclist Association.

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http://www.carnegiehillclimb.com/rule-book/ The Horne family is celebrating their 20th and last year promoting hill climbs at Carnegie.  This hill climb and verticross event is scheduled for March 17, 2018. It will be a one day event but if it rains on Saturday it will be rescheduled for Sunday. See:  https://www.facebook.com/carnegiehillclimb/

This is the result of the ending of a family dynasty. The Horne family has done this for a long, long time. Most folks don’t remember a time before Skip Horne was synonymous with competitive hill climbing at Carnegie. They will all be dearly missed.

 

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Kacy Martinez wins the 2017 Hare Scrambles Championship and Gets Ready for the 2018 EnduroCross Championship

Kacy Martinez sets her sights on capturing a first-ever AMA EnduroCross Championship aboard the KTM 150 XC-W, while also competing in the full AMA Big 6 Grand Prix Series aboard the KTM 250 XC-F. https://www.motosport.com/blog/profile-kacy-martinez-off-road-champion

Her father, Mark Martinez, is her greatest fan with the exception of her husband, Travis Coy, who races at the same high level. In the beginning her father took her riding at the local riding areas near where they lived in Northern California (Carnegie). She started riding when she was just a young girl and rode with her father and then with other young people. It wasn’t long before her father signed her up for cross country races as she got better and faster. From there she took off like a streak of lightening and has won multiple off road championships in the women’s professional class.

It never ends:  With her and her teammates third place finish at the International Six Days Enduro and fresh off her first-ever AMA National Hare & Hound Championship, Kacy Martinez will shift gears and set her sight on the EnduroCross championship. Here is the video of X Games EnduroCross event that she won

We wish Kacy the  best in the coming year. She has never let down her fans and she appears to be invincible. She has learn t to overcomes almost all obstacles that she encounters: A good example right here is how she passed the lapper with patience, and aggression where it counts.

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