I Just sent this to my State Senator, Dave Cortese:
SB799 and AB1512 seem to be a hot item right now.
Dave has supported OHV (Off Highway Vehicle) recreation. Specifically he helped with Santa Clara Motorcycle County Park (ie, MCP or Metcalf)
These bills are another in a long and expensive list of attempts of wealthy landowners to close or compromise an important State Park; Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area.
Previous bills were to sell off a piece of property, the ‘expansion area’ that was acquired decades ago to meet the needs of the local OHV community.
As the area has grown, the needs of our communities have changed. Years of study and public outreach has lead to the plan for the expansion area to be largely open space and an interactive experience accessed by OHV.
There is no opportunity at the current park for the largest growing segment of OHV’s, the family oriented UTV or ‘Side x Sides” The expansion are will also allow for remote camping access for the disabled, something that doesn’t exist elsewhere in the bay area.
Despite the fact that as a state park, Carnegie SVRA must meet the highest standards for environmental management, the supporters of the bill have misrepresented this as an area destroyed by OHV and had called for elimination of any OHV activity.
The approved General Plan, when implemented, will continue to conserve this area to this same standard of the existing 1500 acre park.
Additionally, this latest version leaves the cost of administration the expansion area undefined. Dare I call it an “unfunded mandate”? The legislation seems irresponsible, fiscally and environmentally.
More so, this a veiled give away to Garamendi/ Connolly disguised as a conservation area. Remember, the land is already funded as a state park. In reality the bill would just help their elk hunting business, their grazing opportunities, and their egos.
Please stop these elitist rich folks from trampling on the access of the general public.
Bud, the owner, is on on the "CA Mission 12 moto safety committee" as is Tim, one of our critical admins, and a moto instructor. Some of their activities are here https://www.bayarearidersforum.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=145
Bud was largely behind AB-51, the lane splitting bill. They have a big concern, as should we all, about folks driving cars with "autopilot".
Anhow, I try to keep hot button issues in front of our membership. Some real questions are about Carnegie, Pismo, and the Green/ Red Sticker program.
I try to stay current and will post what I can here somewhere here https://www.bayarearidersforum.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=63
or in "Riders Rights"...
The main BARF site addy is https://www.bayarearidersforum.com/forums/index.php
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Here is a list of the Transportation Committee members along with their city of residence and state capitol phone number. If you live or work near one of these committee members, that would be a good place to start. The bill is AB 232 by Assemblyman Gallagher. This bill will simply adjust California's long-held policy of reciprocity for OHV registrations vis a vis other states. Until last year every state that had an OHV registration system would honor the registration from residents of other states when they visited to recreate in another state. Last year Arizona, Utah and Idaho began changing their policy and began to require any non-resident of their state to first obtain an out-of-state OHV visitor permit for their vehicle before they could operate an OHV in the state. In other words, they are dropping the reciprocity that has ALWAYS existed for motor vehicle registrations between states. A California OHV registration (green sticker) will no longer be accepted as legal in those 3 states. This bill will simply change California's OHV statute to continue to allow reciprocity ONLY for residents of those states that recognize CA OHV registration as legal in their state. Visitors from states that do not recognize the CA green sticker will be required to purchase a CA OHV Visitor Permit in order to operate their OHV in CA. Visitors from states that continue to recognize the CA OHV registration will continue to be able to operate in CA with only their home state OHV permit.
Here is the list of Transportation Committee members we need to contact, and contact your own Assemblymember as well.
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This special commission meeting reviews the Oceano Dunes District Public Works Plan and recommends a course of action that will be taken on behalf of the OHMVR Commission. This is an opportunity to hear a full report from State Parks on the Public Works Plan, and will help the public write their comments on the plan. Access the documents here: https://www.oceanodunespwp.com/en/documents/draft-eir It's important for all off-roaders that care about the future of Oceano Dunes to call into this meeting.
Please read the letter sent to Governor Newsom about Carnegie SVRA, and how CORVA is fighting to get the truth out about the Carnegie SVRA expansion area.
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California State Parks today announced a three-phased reopening plan for vehicular use at Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA) and Pismo State Beach (SB), starting Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. Vehicular access to all state park units was closed in March to prevent visitation surges and help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
In recent months, State Parks has worked with local and state officials on a phased and regionally driven approach to increase access across the State Park System where compliance with state and local public health ordinances can be achieved. The phased-reopening plan for Ocean Dunes SVRA and Pismo SB is designed to support a safe and healthy environment for employees, visitors and natural resources such as the endangered Western snowy plover and California least tern. Though the first phase is expected to begin October 30, specific datesfor phases two and three have yet to be determined. Updates on all aspects of the phased-reopening plan will be posted on the Oceano District’s Twitter and Facebook social media accounts, and park unit webpages – ohv.parks.ca.gov/OceanoDunes and parks.ca.gov/Pismo.
“Public safety during COVID-19, the protection of natural resources and providing recreational opportunities at Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area and Pismo State Beach are priorities for California State Parks,” Director Armando Quintero said. “We thank the public for their patience as this is the first time in the history of the department where safety measures such as vehicular access closures, full closures and cancellation of reservations have been implemented at such as large scale in response to a pandemic.”
Below is a summary of the three-phased reopening plan for Oceano Dunes SVRA and Pismo SB:
Scheduled for Friday, October 30
Date to be determined.
Date to be determined: State Parks expands day-use opportunities and camping inventory as environmental conditions allow and in alignment with state and local public health orders.
Drivers are advised that the dunes and topography changed during the closure of the park unit, creating unfamiliar terrain. All drivers are being asked to drive with care and provide shorebirds and pedestrians plenty of space as they enjoy the park. The speed limit on the beach is 15 miles per hour.
Visitation and physical distancing will be monitored at Oceano Dunes SVRA and Pismo SB and if unsafe conditions develop, access may be restricted again. The public is reminded to plan ahead, maintain the proper physical distance, avoid crowds and wear face coverings and limit the group to people from the immediate household. For additional OHV COVID-19 tips, please visit www.parks.ca.gov/SafetyTips.
As the department works to restore vehicular access at Oceano Dunes SVRA and Pismo SB, visitors will notice some maintenance activity to prepare for public access. Activities will include Air Pollution Control District wind fence and restoration projects, critical facility maintenance activities and emergency access maintenance which may require the use of heavy equipment.
Located along California’s coastline in San Luis Obispo County, midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, Oceano Dunes SVRA and Pismo SB receive more than 2.2 million visitors annually for off-highway vehicle recreation, surf fishing, camping and other coastal recreation activities. Both units are adjacent to each other. The SVRA is popular for the unique experiences it provides to visitors, such as beach camping, OHV recreation and a myriad of aquatic activities. This popular destination is also home to the endangered Western snowy plover and the California least tern.
Article Source: https://www.parks.ca.gov/NewsRelease/980?fbclid=IwAR0zQITrwMx0LbZcTJeYXiHwOnDWwl6ZtoqC_jBTZPn2REZ3OCn63S2I7A8
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Update on Forest Service Closures
The USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region announces that current closure orders and fire prohibitions in California have been extended. This decision will be evaluated daily, taking fire and weather conditions into account. The fire prohibition includes building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, or stove.
Nine National Forests (NF) in California remain closed: Angeles NF, Cleveland NF, Los Padres NF, Inyo NF, Klamath NF, San Bernardino NF, Sequoia NF, Sierra NF, and Six Rivers NF. This decision will continue to be reviewed daily.
Nine other National Forests may be open to varying degrees. Visitors should contact the following National Forests for more information on their status: Eldorado NF, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, Lassen NF, Mendocino NF, Modoc NF, Plumas NF, Shasta-Trinity NF, Stanislaus NF, and the Tahoe NF. For additional questions, please contact your local National Forest.
We need your help! The Yolo County Parks and Recreation Division is determining whether to develop a NEW OHV park in Yolo County. They also want to enhance existing trail riding opportunities. With the support of the CORVA Board of Directors we want to know what you think about the potential of a new park and increased riding opportunities. The survey is not a sales or solicitation, your responses are anonymous and remain confidential. Thanks very much for your participation!
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The California Coastal Commission is meeting on Thursday, July 9th to deliberate 3 items relating to Oceano Dunes SVRA. Because this is a virtual meeting via Zoom, it is easy for many to participate and have your voices heard.
Step #1: https://www.coastal.ca.gov/meetings/agenda/#/2020/7
Oceano Dunes items are all on Thursday, items # TH9a, TH10a and TH11a. Make sure to click the Thursday tab and scroll down to link to the information about these items, including staff reports and recommendations.
Step #2: https://www.coastal.ca.gov/meetings/request-testimony/thursday/
Sign up to speak via remote testimony. There are a number of questions to answer, then the Coastal Commission staff will send you a personal link via email to enter the meeting next week. This can be done on your phone, tablet or computer.
Coastal Commission staff are unlawfully targeting the park trying to change the nature and purpose of this SVRA enjoyed by off-roaders and paid for solely by off-roaders. They want to mandate unnecessary measures that would make use of the park by motorized vehicles impossible and unenjoyable.
Coastal Commission staff have ignored non-motorized areas like Guadalupe Dunes, where extensive conservation measures can easily be implemented, instead are engaging in discriminatory proposals against off-roaders by targeting Oceano Dunes SVRA.
Conservation measures undertaken by State Parks and paid for by off-roaders' money (literally from our pockets) have been very successful. Expansion or additional conservation measures must be undertaken in other areas, like Guadalupe Dunes and not target our pockets or our park!
Why does the Coastal Commission staff propose creating a virtual wildlife conservation area in the middle of an SVRA? So they can illegally steal money from the OHV Trust Fund, a fund paid solely by off-roaders.
This is taxation without representation! Off-roaders pay for everything at this park, but Coastal Commission staff are proposing stealing the money from our pockets to pay for their efforts to close the park for no better reason than dislike of off-road recreation.
Please, DO NOT waste this opportunity to voice your opinion