Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas Day Carnegie Update

Because many OHV families will be checking the internet before they open their Christmas stockings and presents today, I wanted to do a quick update on the Carnegie Crisis.

Story in the Contra Costa Times on Carnegie Crisis

I think if you read the entire article, you will find (albeit not clearly stated) that politics and an anti-OHV agenda are behind the suit. Equally outrageous and insulting are when those groups recite their over used, tired, and completely disingenuous phrase in the article that The General has heard all too often…”We have nothing against off-roading. We have nothing against the concept of off-road parks. They've just got to comply with the same regulations as everybody else." That phrase is taken right out of the eco-handbook “How to be an Anti-OHV Activist 101.”

Maybe that “Rodney King” mindset is why environmental interests including Mark Connolly - who has a ranch that borders the park - have fought and objected every step of the way for the last 10-12 years to block the expansion of the park onto the new properties bought with OHV money for OHV use and who is also listed on page one and elsewhere in the suit filed against the park.

Text of Lawsuit Filed Against Park

The article also references an appeal that was filed by the state to try and keep the park open. The General believes the state was successful in getting that appeal into the hands of the court on Thursday. Now I believe it goes before a 3 judge panel that will review the appeal.

I don’t believe much will happen between now and Monday, but hopefully there will be news then on if and when the panel will hear the case and make a decision. That could be a matter of days or several weeks. We should know more next week.

In the meantime, the Recreation HQ wishes you a Merry Christmas.


  1. Had to read way back in your blog to find out I could post a comment. :oP
    Thanks for your hard work and consistent updates, even on Christmas, it is VERY appreciated!! Consider your army one person stronger.
    Semper Fi

  2. Thanks and THANK YOU!

    In the land use wars, I have made a promise to never leave a rider behind and alone on the OHV battlefield even on Christmas. I also owe it to the many OHVers in the armed forces who like to ride dirt-bikes etc. to do my part to make sure they have a place to ride when they come home.

  3. You bring up a good point. I often wonder, as a Marine Corps Veteran, how this can happen in the land of the free. Then I remember the oath I took to defend this country against all enemies foreign AND domestic. Like the saying goes "once a Marine, always a Marine" A different battlefield, but a war none the less. Can't let my brothers and sisters down while they are away, let alone my daughter and friends.
    Semper Fi