CA OHV COMMUNITY PLACED ON DEFCON ONE ALERT STATUS THRU WEEKEND
After the California Budget Conference Committee’s discussion today about the fiscal future of the CA OHV Program, the Recreation HQ is issuing its first DEFCON ONE ALERT.
Folks, the Committee postponed a vote to steal the money today but will be meeting between now and over the weekend until they decide how much money they want to take from the OHV Trust Fund. I heard from one government staffer who witnessed bogus testimony from the California Legislative Analyst’s Office staff about how they have a right to steal dedicated funds. This person said it was the most embarrassing display of bad government they had ever seen.
HQ believes these proposals to steal money from the OHV Program is a gross violation of the public trust and betrays both the spirit and intent of SB742. How can they ever ask the OHV community and OHV leaders to work with them in a collaborative manner if they do this? Nobody I know will ever trust them including me.
This DEFCON ONE ALERT is being issued because HQ believes that both the Grants Program (trails, restoration, law enforcement, and safety) and the Division (SVRAs, grant staff, scientists, other professionals) are now both equally at risk (before they had just talked about gutting the Division side of the program).
HQ is asking that you share this information with your local county supervisors, sheriffs, FS, BLM, and other grant recipients and ask them to contact the Budget Conference Committee Members AND their own Assembly members, State Senators, and Governor to petition them to honor the OHV Trust Fund. It will be the rural counties and users that get hurt the most if the OHV Trust Fund is sacked.
Key Budget Conference Committee Contacts
Bob Blumenfield - Chair Dem-40 (916) 319-2040 Assemblymember.Blumenfield@assembly.ca.gov
Felipe Fuentes Dem-39 (916) 319-2039 Assemblymember.Fuentes@assembly.ca.gov
Diane L. Harkey Rep-73 916) 319-2073 Assemblymember.Harkey@assembly.ca.gov
Jim Nielsen Rep-2 (916) 319-2002 Assemblymember.Nielsen@assembly.ca.gov
Nancy Skinner Dem-14 (916) 319-2114 Assemblymember.Skinner@assembly.ca.gov
Mark Leno – Vice Chair (916) 445-4722 Senator.Leno@senate.ca.gov
Bill Emmerson Rep-37 (916) 327-2187 Senator.Emmerson@senate.ca.gov
Bob Huff Rep-29 (916) 651-4036 Senator.Huff@senate.ca.gov
Alan Lowenthal Dem-27 (916) 327-9113 Senator.Lowenthal@senate.ca.gov
Gloria Negrete McLeod Dem-32 (916) 445-0128 Senator.McLeod@senate.ca.gov
HQ thanks all of you who have already sent in letters and made phone calls. However, we urge you to keep the pressure on through the weekend. Please share this information with your local elected officials. HQ will also be sending in additional letters and making phone calls over the next few days.
Thanks for your service!