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!