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Trees Planted, SB249, Oasis Van

Posted by on March 8, 2017 under Uncategorized. This post currently has no responses.

         Putting Down Roots at Carnegie SVRA on Saturday March 4, 2017

After weeks of torrential rains, the sun finally came out and greeted over 100 volunteers from the OHV community who responded to a call from Superintendent Randy Caldera to help plant 600 trees in the canyon creek bed. Reps from AMA D.36, Carnegie Forever, CORVA, Red Neck Roosters, among others worked with park staff getting the saplings in the ground. Many young helpers now will be able to see these trees grow as they themselves do. Dave Pickett, our AMA Legal Affairs Officer, put trees in while AMA D36 President Jerry Fouts grilled hot dogs to fuel the workers.

               Plan in Sacramento to Destroy the OHV Program in CA

While the new trees started growing at Carnegie, a new plan is growing in the CA Legislature to stunt the OHV Division and its Commission. Dave Pickett our Legal Affairs Officer at AMA D36, dropped news of a legislative bomb ready to go off. A document, labeled Senate Bill 249, is being advanced in Sacramento that will lead to the destruction of our SVRA park system.

It was prompted, among other things, by the recent CA OHV Commission’s unanimous approval of the Carnegie/Tesla Expansion Project and new Master Plan. This vote by the Commission is a call to action for the opposition to make this type of approval process virtually impossible in the future.

Stipulations in SB 249 include:

  1. Having only 2 “OHV friendly” commissioners of the 9-member board
  2. Transferring funds generated by OHV Trust Fund into the General fund
  3. There would be no requirement to repay these transfers
  4. Establish a “science team” to advise the OHV Division
  5. Prohibit expansions until the plans are approved by the “science team”

This bill will be the most serious assault on our time tested, user paid, $20B generating California OHV “Gold Standard”.

Start the letter/email campaign to:

Senator Bob Hertzberg, Chairman, Natural Resources/Water Committee

State Capitol, Room 4038  – Sacramento, CA 95814

Bob.hertzberg@sen.ca.gov

 

             A Request From a 47 Year-Old Non-Profit Called Oasis for Kids, Inc.

This organization needs a new van since the one in use is at 300K miles and needs a lot of maintenance. Here is a photo of the original kids at the Carnegie Cycle Park in 1970 ten years before the land was purchased by the State. They had a chance to meet the reigning MX World Champ Roger DeCoster.

There is a Go Fund Me site established to help get a new van. Perhaps you, our supporters, can help personally and also by sending the funding page to friends. On the funding site, you will see a story and especially a video from “The Man” himself Roger DeCoster urging you to support the campaign. Here is the page, and be sure to click on “updates” for the video from Roger.

https://www.gofundme.com/OFKnewvan

We will have updates on the SB-249 hearings and developments.

Thank you for your attention and help,

Dave Duffin, for Carnegie Forever Board Members Diana Tweedy, Pete Krunich and Mark Speed

 

 

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!

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.