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Old 07-20-2012, 06:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Alliance Between East Bay Parks and Eco-Activists to Ban OHV Use at Tesla

Friday, July 20, 2012

Alliance Between East Bay Parks and Eco-Activists to Ban OHV Use at Tesla

Some HQ readers will remember that on July 2, 2012, the BRC issued a news release regarding the advocacy role of East Bay Regional Parks District regarding their demands for “passive use” of the Tesla Property.

June 2, 2012 BRC News Release with info
http://www.sharetrails.org/news/2012...state-ohv-park

That concern prompted HQ commander and BRC western rep, Don Amador, to file a Public Records Act request on the District to see if there has been any pressure from local Eco groups and the adjacent land owner – Celeste Garamendi – to influence the District to try ban or restrict OHV use on the Tesla Property.

The District recently responded to the PRA with a lot of documents. HQ is still reviewing the information, but what we have seen so far is that there was a concerted effort by Celeste Garamendi in early 2007 to pressure the District to include the Tesla property in their 2007 General Plan map which would then drive the District’s current general planning process which has public meetings in Sept. 2012.

In the Celeste March 19, 2007 letter to District Board Member, Ms. Wieskamp, you will notice her desire to create political momentum …”a change in policy direction for the property [Tesla] will have to evolve from outside of the OHV Division.”

Celeste Garamendi March 19, 2007 Letter and other correspondence with the District
http://www.sharetrails.org/uploads/E...ncerns0001.pdf

Not only was Celeste et al successful in getting the District Board to approve the 2007 General Plan Map which now includes Tesla, but has been successful in getting Assemblymember, Joan Buchanan, State Senator Mark DeSaulnier, and State Senator Loni Hancock to write a June 8, 2012 letter opposing OHV recreation on the Tesla Property.

June 8, 2012 Buchanan, DeSaulnier, and Hancock Letter
http://www.sharetrails.org/uploads/B...gie_6-8-12.pdf

Thankfully we have a very active OHV Commission and on July 16, 2012, OHV Commissioner, Diana Perez, countered the Buchanan letter with a well written response to Secretary Laird.

July 16, 2012 Perez Letter
http://www.sharetrails.org/uploads/L...rez_letter.pdf

Stay tuned on this issue as HQ and BRC work to uncover what appears to be unethical actions that may be in conflict with CEQA daylight regulations.
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Old 07-20-2012, 09:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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the Connleys are a family of lawyers that are very poessive of their property boarders.
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Old 07-20-2012, 09:23 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Didn't we (as in OHMVR) pay for that property?

If they want it so bad - we can always sell it to them....right?
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Old 07-20-2012, 09:55 PM   #4 (permalink)
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There is a number of things we can all do to change the course of what's happening in Carnegie. Some of us live in districts where John Garamendi is running for Congress. Well, it's no coincidence in the names, Celeste Garamendi is John Garmendi's sister.

It's certainly appropriate to raise concerns to John Garamendi's campaign about the way the Carnegie issue is being doggedly pursued, and politely ask for his help. His information is here: http://www.garamendi.org/

The other thing we can do is support the staff at Carnegie while they do mandated restoration work. Volunteer your help if needed, make sure the staff at the park know how much you appreciate their hard work.

Then we start lobbying the new Acting Director at State Parks after we let the furor die down a bit. Prudently and politely, make sure that they understand how important our SVRA's are to all of us.

One voice isn't go to accomplish much, but many voices all saying the same thing - that's power!

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