Big Turnout of OHVers to Support Carnegie SVRA/Tesla
The Recreation HQ wants to commend all of the OHVers who attended the “standing room only” public meeting in Pleasanton last night to review the preferred concept for the Tesla property at Carnegie SVRA. I did a head count and there were approximately 300 people in attendance with the vast majority of them in support of OHV use on Tesla.
Park Staff Talks with OHVers About Plan
As you know, a small number of hard-core anti-OHV members of the extreme environmental movement (including one of the SVRA’s next door neighbors) have conspired with the East Bay Regional Park District -- in a fraudulent disinformation campaign -- to ban OHV use on the Tesla property that was purchased in the 1990s with OHV Trust Fund monies for dedicated motorized use. They had joined with the Sierra Club to try and overrun the event with protesters, but they were outnumbered 6 or 7 to 1.
Preferred Concept Highlighted by Planning Staff
This much needed expansion would provide multiple-use OHV trails (ATV, ROV, 4WD, and dirt-bike) on the new property. The current 1,500 acre riding area at the SVRA would remain for mostly ATV and dirt-bike riding.
Tesla Will Provide Trails for ROVs
4WDs Will Also Have Trails at Tesla
I especially enjoyed seeing a large number of youth riders who attended the meeting with their parents to support new OHV opportunities on the Tesla site.
Chris Carter Talks with AMA- D36's Dave Pickett About the Project
HQ also wants to give a shout out to Chris Carter and his leadership team at Motion Pro for attending the meeting in support of the project. Chris continues to be an inspiration to me and many other land-use advocates because of his over 30 years of unparalleled support for the fight.
HQ will be reviewing the preferred concept (which appears to be a good compromise between OHV access and resource protection) and will share our comments on the proposal in the next week or two. I will work with BRC’s HQ on an alert that may help you in crafting your own comments in time to meet the December 13, 2013 public comment deadline.
Link to Carnegie SVRA General Plan Preferred Concept
Thanks again to all of you who took time out of your busy schedule to attend the meeting!
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