The Belle of the Ball
Carnegie Forever members Diana Tweedy and Dave Duffin attended an “EmergencyMeeting” of the CA OHV Commission on Monday morning March 14 in Sacramento.The commission wanted to publicly present the news that the State Budget Committeeswant to take $10-20 million dollars from the OHV Trust Fund. This amount is on top ofthe $120 million that has already been borrowed over the last 3 years.
Tweedy and Duffin addressed the Commission stating the need to keep these fundswhere they are because the OHV Division of the State Park system is user funded. Otherspeakers represented the entire OHV community including the AMA, BRC, CarnegieForever, cycle dealers, state park vendors, National Forest service, 4 WD clubs, etc.
The Commission moved to draft a letter stating the need to leaving these funds wherethey are because of the public trust that collected them as opposed to public taxes.
Many speakers presented a voice of overwhelming support and were well received.Perhaps the person who received the best response from the Commission and theaudience was 12 year old Brooke Murphy of San Jose, who captured the hearts ofeveryone at the Ballroom of the Double Tree Hotel in Sacramento. She is pictured afterthe meeting with Commission members and AMA leadership members. Her contributionto this mess – a $1million dollar smile and the importance of protecting kids OHV rights.