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Don Amador

OHV and Nature Can Coexist at Carnegie/Tesla?


The Recreation HQ would like to give an update on the East Bay Regional Park District’s planning effort and how their narrative has apparently softened a bit when it comes to new OHV use on the Tesla property which is part of Carnegie SVRA.

I thought the Bay Nature article below did a pretty good job of weaving through the concept that managed OHV recreation and resource protection are not mutually exclusive and can and do co-exist on many state and federal lands.

Oct. 15 Bay Nature Article

http://baynature.org/articles/can-off-roading-and-nature-coexist/

What appears to be a new era of cooperation between the District, OHMVR, and user groups would not have happened without thousands of OHVers and their families showing up at various public meetings and sharing their views both verbally and in writing with District staff and board members.

I believe the various letters from OHV groups including BRC’s documents obtained by a public records act request had helped illustrate to the District that it was engaged in a less than robust quasi-CEQA process with unclear goals and objectives.

HQ Blog with Orig. BRC CEQA Concerns and Overview

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OHV Commission and Users Continue Fight with East Bay Parks


The following East Bay Regional Park District response (Sept. 13) to one of HQ’s longtime friends, Scott Sinclair, shows a high level of arrogance, ignorance, and callous against OHV recreationists in general, Carnegie SVRA staff, and proposed OHV use at the Tesla property which is part of Carnegie SVRA.
EBRPD Response to Scott Sinclair

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

*Note their response did not address the March 2007 tour and two April 2012 tours with Save Tesla Park advocates. BRC found out about those tours via our public records act request. BTW – did any OHV groups get invited to the May 11, 2012 tour? I also believe if you look at the District’s own “surveys” you will find them to be biased or slanted to achieve a certain result.

Their response only further highlights the need for OHV users to attend the upcoming meetings

in Concord (TONIGHT), 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.

The OHV Commission recently voted unanimously to challenge the District Board’s effort to ban OHV use on our Tesla property. It is important to note that even the “environmental appointees” voted strongly in favor of the OHV commission telling the District to butt out!

Again, here is BRC Alert with list of meeting sites and sample letter http://www.sharetrails.org/alerts/2012/09/06/extreme-environmental-groups-collaborate-with-east-bay-region-park-district-to-impose-closureagenda-on-propose

Here is BRC News Release on Public Meetings with link to formal BRC comment letter http://www.sharetrails.org/news/2012/09/10/recreation-group-cites-east-bay-parks-violation-sunshine-laws

Also, feel free to check for updates with my good friends at the Carnegie Forever Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/groups/CarnegieForever/permalink/10150997989856599/

See you in Concord tonight!
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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.

 

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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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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.

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