Carnegie Forever Endorsement of John Roberts for EBRPD Director Seat for Ward 2

Posted by on October 31, 2016 under Press, Uncategorized, Updates. This post currently has no responses.

If you are a voter in EBRPD’s Ward 2 of: Piedmont, parts of Oakland, or mid-Western Contra Costa including Orinda, Lafayette, Canyon, Moraga, Rheem Valley, Rossmoor or part of Walnut Creek, you have in your ballot a chance to vote for Mr. John Roberts to the opening Director seat at EBRPD.

It was not long ago on July 16, 2013, when the EBRPD held a board meeting to consider the matter of the Alameda/Tesla property purchased from the State of California by the CA OHV Division of State Parks.  This property, as many of you already know, is West of theCarnegieOHVParkand was purchased with off-highway funds in the 1990s and has been the subject of much controversy in recent years. The EBRPD, in that July 2013 meeting attended by many Carnegie supporters, heard from many groups on both sides of the issue. Yet the EBRPD has kept this property on its master plan and continues to mention it in its agenda. This despite the fact that on October 21 The Carnegie Expansion Master Plan got final approval inSacramento. It would not be a bit surprising if the same people that have kept this OHV property on EBRPD’s master plan, try to prevent it from going forward once again.

EBRPD is extremely restrictive of mountain bike access in our parks. In general, “personal conveyances” are allowed on tracks more than 8 feet wide only with few exceptions and not at all in some parks. This overly restrictive policy puts riders and others at risk and disregards the public’s interests.

The leading candidates for the EBRPD Director seat include endorsees of the current Board, such as a former park district supervisor as well as a former board committee member both with long histories of close ties to the management that has gotten us to this juncture. We can’t allow the same transgressions to be repeated in the future.

We can send a strong signal to the EBRPD by supporting John Roberts who is also running for the seat. He is a family man with a long career in financial governance and is a long time off roader. He frequentsEastBayparks on mountain bikes with his children and is passionate about increasing access to our parks. He is a lifetime member of AMA, the BRC, District 36, BTCEB, CORVA, and FOJMP.

You can learn more about him at www.JohnRobertsDemocracy.com/recreation and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100013483359151

If you are a Facebook user “share” his profile with friends, and write on his timeline so he can get the votes.

Finally, a voice for off-roaders!

Carnegie History Made: The Expansion and New Master Plan Approved

Posted by on October 27, 2016 under Events. This post currently has no responses.

On this day the California Off Highway Motor Vehicle Commission voted UNANIMOUSLY to approve the new Park Master Plan and also the Alameda/Tesla Expansion project.

After numerous administrations and Deputy Directors over the years along with support from Carnegie Forever, Inc. the commission directed by Ted Cabral passed the motions. Now we can say “Job Well Done” to all the staff and riders who patiently gave their attention and efforts to see this project through.

There will be many days of planning ahead and the users will have a chance to work with the park staff to get the new area opened for recreation.

Special thanks must go out to Park Superintendant Randy Caldera. He made a promise to us that he would see this plan through to completion. He did; it worked!

Out appreciation is hereby also expressed to the OHV Division and Commission, the Carnegie Park Staff and all the OHV recreation organizations for supporting us.

Dave Duffin, Pete Krunich, Mark Speed, Diana Tweedy for:
Carnegie Forever, Inc.

Park Staff and Park Users Working Together

Posted by on January 18, 2016 under Events. This post currently has no responses.

‘Straw Boss” and Carnegie SVRA Superintendant Randy Caldera ran a crew of OHV Leadership groups repairing a section of the park on Sunday January 10, 2016. Straw and seed placed in the area behind the workers in the photo will mix with the abundant rain this year to restore these damaged areas.

The crew was prepared rain or shine for the project and dry mild weather greeted them.

 Carnegie SVRA maintenance personnel transported the straw with trucks and all terrain vehicles.

 AMA District 36 President Jerry Fouts provided lunch and soft drinks for the workers.

 This was yet another example of a successful project using Park Staff and park users working together for a better Carnegie State Vehicle Recreation Area.

 Thank you from all the people in the photo.

 SPECIAL NOTICE: Carnegie General Plan and Expansion Project to be voted on finally at an OHV Commission Meeting at the Tracy City Hall on Friday February 5thstarting at 8:30 AM. After 15 years of dedicated effort from the State and the Carnegie users the plan will put in front of the Commission for approval. We hope a huge number of Carnegie supporters will attend. Our adversaries will surely try to pack the room with their opposition; come early to get a seat! See the info below:

 http://carnegiegeneralplan.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/FEIR/Notice_Feb_4-5-2016_Comm_Tour-Meeting%20rev.%201-13-2016.pdf

 Dave Duffin

Carnegie Forever, Inc.

Happy 2016 and Volunteer Day

Posted by on January 5, 2016 under Events, Press, Updates. This post currently has no responses.

Greetings and Happy New Year to all the dedicated Carnegie users. 2016 will be the year the California OHV Commission finally meets to rule on the Environmental Impact Report and the New Master Plan for the Park. There may be a Commission meeting in February and we will be the first to let you know if Carnegie is on the agenda.

Park Superintendant Randy Caldera has issued a request for rider support at a work day at the park in the Los Osos area. There will be a meeting at MotoMart on Sunday January 10th at 9:00 AM. Riders and workers will proceed to new trail areas and the workers can have a chance to make suggestions about the use of the area affectionately known as Petey’s Playground by many long time riders. See the poster below.

See you all on Sunday!

Dave Duffin, Board Chairman

Carnegie Forever, Inc.

RED ALERT-Livermore City Council Meeting on Mon 5/18

Posted by on May 12, 2015 under Uncategorized. This post currently has no responses.

The Preliminary General Plan and Draft Environmental Report (EIR) for our park’s expansion are on the agenda of the Livermore City Council. Let’s show up in big numbers and demand to be heard on behalf of our recreation rights.

Please attend this meeting and let your friends, especially those who live or work in Livermore, to attend also.

Livermore City Council Meeting

Monday May 18th, 2015 at 7:00 PM

3575 Pacific Avenue, Livermore, CA 94550

Come early to get seats-last City Council meeting was standing-room only.

If you can’t attend, send a message to your city officials listed here: http://www.cityoflivermore.net/citygov/council/default.asp

OK here we go. Finally the years of research, meetings, more research and more meetings are reaching a conclusion about the new Preliminary Carnegie Master Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Report which when approved, will eventually open the gate to the additional 3,100 acres purchased in the 1990’s.  Please be aware that the people who tried to close Carnegie 4 years ago have NEVER given up and will be flooding State Park administrative offices with emails and opposition letters. We MUST outdo them. Here are the steps to finally getting this done.

If you can’t attend the meeting in person, below are some other things you can do.

  1. Send a support letter or email before June 29th to: http://www.carnegiegeneralplan.com/DEIR-comments

In a simple statement, document your approval for the plan.

Block implementation of any specific items that will take place over many years and have to get environmental approval after additional user input. We HAVE to get our foot in the door and see this project approved after waiting and supporting it for over 15 years.

  1. Be informed. Below are frequently asked questions and answers:

http://www.carnegiegeneralplan.com/faqs

Our generation has a challenge to get this new recreation area open for future generations. It is our civic duty and when accomplished it will prove our mettle and make those who end up using the new park for years to come proud of our efforts.

 

We hope to have your support and we thank you for it.

Dave Duffin, Board Chairman

Carnegie Forever Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carnegie Forever Attended the AMA D36 Awards Banquet on January 31, 2014

Posted by on February 4, 2015 under Uncategorized. This post currently has no responses.

Carnegie Forever Attended the AMA D36 Awards Banquet on January 31, 2014

On Saturday evening January 31st a table with Carnegie’s Alameda Expansion support petitions, was set up outside the banquet hall at the Placer County Fairgrounds in Rocklin, CA. Jerry Fouts, D.36 President, gave us 4 tickets (admission + dinner) for some of the Oasis for Kids guys to attend and work. Paul Wolfson’s son, John, who was there for an award, also helped these 10 year olds sign up over 300 supporters from Northern California. These signed forms and others collected previously at MotoMart and at the Riders’ Appreciation Day, will be submitted to the CA OHV Commission and the Governor’s Office to help get the Alameda Expansion approved and opened for use.

Signing the petition is Eric Lueder, a CA OHV Commissioner, helped by Marius and Stephan.

Jones Hall at the Placer County Fairgrounds was filled with racers and families.

Jerry Fouts (Carnegie rider and D36 President) presented the top AMA award, the Jim Hutzler Service Award, to Jill Patterson for years of service to the AMA and the riders and racers ofNorthern California.

Motocross Legend and AMA Hall of Fame Member Bob “Hurricane” Hannah (blue shirt center) was the guest of honor and helped draw the winning ticket for the KTM 380 auctioned off by Dave Pickett (left of Hannah) the D36 Legal Affairs Officer to help fund his legislative projects.

The kid in the middle and the kid on the right had their trophies but the kid on the left did not. The kid in the middle tells his buddy “don’t worry, you can SHARE mine”. Now you all know why we have to expand Carnegie; it’s for them.

By: Dave Duffin, for Carnegie Board of Directors

 

 

News From Carnegie SVRA – January Saturday 17, 2015

Posted by on January 19, 2015 under Events. This post currently has no responses.

At Carnegie SVRA on Saturday January 17, 2015

 Carnegie Superintendent Randy Caldera presented the latest developments at the park to a group of riders and representatives of AMA, CA 4WD, and Carnegie Forever Directors. The information included the status of the new master plan for the park, timetable for the plan’s introduction to the CA OHV Commission and the latest park land management projects.

 A major future project might be moving the ATV Track to an area above the maintenance yard.

Randy and his staff stayed on the scene at MotoMart after a slide presentation to answer additional questions. Randy, Jeremy and Dale have developed the trust and cooperation of the Carnegie riders. They also provide the professional help needed to see the additional 4,000 acres – The Alameda-Tesla Expansion – come to fruition.

AMA District 36, MotoMart and Carnegie Forever are in the process of collecting thousands of signatures on a petition of support for the Carnegie expansion project. You can sign the document at MotoMart, the AMA D.36 Awards Banquet or at the Oakland Supercross January 24 in the pits near the Carnegie/Hollister vendor tent. The petition will be presented to the CA OHV Commission and to Governor Jerry Brown.

By: Dave Duffin, for Carnegie Forever Board of Directors

RIP – CHUCK OLIVER – 1942 TO 2014

Posted by on January 9, 2015 under Uncategorized. This post currently has one response.

On Christmas Day 2014 Chuck passed away after a long battle with cancer. He leaves behind his daughter, Emily Oliver, and his spouse Diana Tweedy who is a Board Member of Carnegie Forever. Chuck and Diana both supported Carnegie and attended countless meetings over the past 4 years to improve and defend our park and prepare for the future. 

We are indebted to Chuck. Perhaps he can pull some strings for us up in Heaven where he surely resides.

THANKSGIVING TIME AT CARNEGIE

Posted by on November 21, 2014 under Uncategorized. This post currently has no responses.

Let’s make an effort to show our appreciation to the hard working Carnegie Staff who provide security and improvements to our park.

When we show up, the crew at the gate greet us and the facilities have been cleaned and prepped in the early hours before we arrive. In the event of a need for medical attention we know a crew of Rangers will be on the scene in minutes with ability to treat injuries and if need be get an injured rider the proper care.

 Always take the time to give a wave to the Rangers and maintenance crews as they drive around the park taking care of the toilets, trash and roads. Introduce yourselves to them and give a handshake for a job well done.

The friendliness and cheerfulness of the staff has improved markedly over the past few years and it is much appreciated by users who almost LOST Carnegie 4 years ago.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Carnegie Forever Board of Directors: Diana Tweedy, Mark Speed, Mark Martinez, Pete Krunich, Dave Duffin

 

 

Carnegie SVRA Rider Appreciation Day Sunday October 19 2014

Posted by on October 25, 2014 under Uncategorized. This post currently has no responses.

 

           Carnegie SVRA Rider Appreciation Day Sunday October 19, 2014

Carnegie was open to all attendees free of charge for the 3rd Annual event sponsored by the Carnegie SVRA Staff directed by Superintendant Randy Caldera. Over 30 displays from Cycle Dealers, tire companies, and all types of rider accessories for bikes and riding gear were on hand. Also attending were Carnegie Forever, Inc and AMA District 36 represented by Jerry Fouts, President. A ticket given at the entrance entitled attendees to win prizes donated by vendors.

Also attending were Bob Elliott (Chairman of the San Joachin County Board of Supervisors) his wife Debbie and their granddaughter. They were greeted by C4E member and KTM Team Rider, National Enduro, Enduro Cross and X Games Champ, Kacy Martinez who singed autographs for visitors to the C4E booth.

 Working the C4E (Carnegie Forever) booth were Pete Krunich, Ole and Sherry (pictured) Stortruen. These three (and many others) have given their time for over 10 years as members of our riders organization. 8 youngsters volunteered and helped take our petition to expand the park around the display area all day. We will bring the signed petitions (thank you D36) to the OHV Commission this Spring of 2015 to help get the new master plan certified and the opening of the new park on track.

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