I have copied the BlueRibbon Coalition Action Alert here on my blog. However, I do not agree that non-OHV activities belong in Carnegie or on any part of the Alameda/Tesla acquisition. Carnegie is a State Vehicular Recreation Area which is by law dedicated to ecological sustainable off-highway motor vehicle recreation.
The legislature amended parts of Section 9050.01 of the Public Resources Code in 2008 to add (2) Off-highway recreation includes both motorized recreation and motorized off-highway access to nonmotorized recreation activities.
This was done because it was recognized in the 2006 gas use tax study that mainly fishermen and hunters used off highway access for their sports and paid gasoline off-highway use tax. By law this money is included in the OHV Trust Fund. So, in effect, the amendment allows members of the non-OHV public access to grants and cooperative agreement money from the OHV Trust Fund for off-highway access to existing non-OHV activities. There is no provision in the code for adding non-OHV recreational activities in State Vehicular Recreation Areas.
|CALIFORNIA – UPDATE ON CODE RED ACTION ALERT
Comment on Carnegie SVRA/Tesla General Plan Preferred Concept
Comments Due December 13, 2013Dear Fans of OHV Recreation at Carnegie SVRA,Since many of you were busy enjoying Thanksgiving Day last week and may have not seen our alert regarding a popular OHV site in North/Central California, BRC is reissuing our alert asking you to spend a few minutes to champion responsible OHV use at Carnegie SVRA.As you know, members of extreme anti-OHV groups have been working hard to try and impose their closure agenda on the OHV community and Carnegie’s DPC planning team. Over the last 7 years, those closure advocates have worked with East Bay Regional Parks on a massive and fraudulent disinformation campaign to build political support for an outright ban of OHV use on the Tesla property. They have been making weekly, if not daily, visits to the offices of State Senator Mark DeSaulnier and Assemblymember Joan Buchanan demanding legislation to enact an outright ban of OHV use at Tesla.Link to Carnegie SVRA’s Planning Project http://carnegie.engage-sites.com/preferred_conceptIt is critically important that we counter that smear campaign by sending comments to the SVRA planning team and the aforementioned legislators. Their contact information is listed below.I urge you to send them copies of your comments via both email and snail mail.I know many of you are busy and were not able to attend the public meetings to articulate your strong support of continued OHV use at the existing 1,540 acre Carnegie SVRA and new multi-use OHV activity on the 3,478 acre “Tesla” acquisition property.To help those of you who are short on time, BRC is providing an email letter generator regarding the DPC. Please insert personal information such as; your occupation, your history of visiting the park, what OHVs you plan to utilize at both the current riding area and the new Tesla property. Your letter will be automatically sent from our letter generator to the Carnegie SVRA Planning Team.After creating your comments using our letter generator, please cut n paste your letter into the legislator’s web forms and also print out your letter and send in via U.S. Mail to their office. Feel free to include pictures of your family enjoying OHV recreation at Carnegie SVRA.
Senator Mark DeSaulnier
Assemblymember Joan Buchanan
Please send this out to your own rider or business contacts. Our response will help determine the future of OHV use at both Carnegie SVRA and on the new Tesla property. We must continue to fight hard and never give up!
Thanks for taking time to join in our battle to protect OHV opportunities at Carnegie SVRA!