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TomJeeps

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4/21/2009

Lawsuit Announced to Stop Beach Driving From Killing Snowy Plovers in California's Oceano Dunes


OCEANO, Calif. The Center for Biological Diversity Monday filed a formal notice of intent to sue against the California Department of Parks and Recreation over its ongoing authorization of motorized vehicle use at the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area, which is known to result in mortality of wintering snowy ploversa threatened species.



4/15/2009

On Thursday, April 23rd the California Water Quality Control Board is having a public hearing in Rancho Cordova to finalize their decision on closing the Rubicon Trail.

4/1/2009

Join the effort to stop the ban on youth motorcycles and ATVs. The links and letter-generators found on this web site by the Motorcycle Industry Council will help you send an important message to legislators and regulators. Please use them. And please encourage others to visit this site and do what they can, too. http://www.mic.org/stoptheban.cfm

3/8/2009

DIANNE FEINSTEIN STAFF INDICATES JOHNSON VALLEY IS INFREQUENTLY USED BY RECREATING PUBLIC

CORVA and The Partnership for Johnson Valley urge users of Johnson Valley to email Senator Feinsteins office with a personal message to keep the 189,000-acre multiple-use area as public land.

Please take a brief moment to visit Senator Feinsteins email message center located here:

http://feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactUs.EmailMe

Simply complete the fields and leave a brief message. Senator Feinsteins staff has informed the Partnership that they will not accept letter generator type emails.

Please use the above link to leave a personal message. Alternatively, you can fax a letter to Senator Feinsteins Los Angeles office at: (310) 914-7318

The target deadline for this urgent action is Tuesday morning. Printable News Release from PFJV

3/2/2009

Perris Raceway is under attack!!!
A single renter living a mobile home near the track has raised a fuss about the track, the dust and the noise. He has been harrassing the MX track management with calls to the police, fire department and Perris City Council.
The Perris City Council will be addressing these complaints at a meeting this Wednesday, March 4.
The track needs your support.
If at all possible, please come to this meeting at or before 6 PM.
City of Perris 101 N. D Street Perris, CA 92570 Phone: (951) 943-6100
You do not have to be a resident of Perris to support the track.
If you have or work at a local shop, let the employees know. Let the customers know. Another track lost hurts everyone, from the dealer selling a new motorcycle, to the local mexican restaurant, to the convenience store selling ice & sodas.


2/27/2009

BLM Desert District Advisory Council to Meet in Barstow
The Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) California Desert District Advisory Council will participate in a field tour of BLM-administered public lands in the Johnson Valley Off Highway Vehicle Area on Friday, March 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and meet in formal session on Saturday, March 21 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, 2700 Lenwood Rd, Barstow, CA 92311.

More info on our calendar BLM-DAC web page

2/27/09

The Stanislaus National Forest Motorized Travel Management Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) is available for public review with a 60-day public comment period expected to start on March 6, 2009.

NOTICE WEB site

Community Date Location

Arnold, March 11, 2009 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm (Core 6:00-8:00) White Pines Independence Hall 1445 Blagen Road White Pines, CA

Sonora, March 17, 2009 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm (Core 6:00-8:00) Sonora Opera Hall 250 S. Washington St Sonora, CA

Greeley Hill, March 18, 2009 4:00 pm to 9:00pm (Core 6:00-8:00) Greeley Hill Community Club House Fiske Road Greeley Hill, CA

Lodi, March 21, 2009 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm (Core 3:00-5:00) Lodi Grape Festival Grounds 413 Lockeford Street, Jackson Hall Lodi, CA

West Point, To be Determined (March 24 tentative) Community Hall

Modesto, April 4, 2009 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm (Core 5:00-7:00) Stanislaus County Harvest Hall 3800 Cornucopia Way Modesto, CA



2/7/2009

The Inyo National Forest Announces the Release of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Motorized Travel Management
After four years of work and over 25 public meetings and workshops, the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Inyo National Forest Motorized Travel Management Project, formerly known as Route Designation, is now available for a 60-day public review and comment period.

2/1/2009

The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation will be hosting public workshops in four locations around LA County in early February as part of the LA County OHV Dialogue. Workshop dates & info Sign up for alerts from LA County OHV Dialogue

1/31/2009

Please tell the Governor’s to not raid the OHV Trust Fund to help balance the state budget!

Good News. The calls hundreds of you made to your legislators urging them not to borrow $90 Million from your Green Sticker OHV Trust Fund made a difference!! Reliable sources tell us the Governor has offered to borrow only $60 Million, leaving us $30 Million. I bet you would rather not lose any of your $90 Million Green Sticker Fund.
In order to do that we need to keep the pressure on. So Save The Trails has a created an easy way. Please click the below link and in just Two Minutes you can send the Governor a letter telling him to leave our $90 Million Trust Fund alone.. Your letter will be hand delivered to the Governor by CORVA.
This money has funded projects to benefit the environment as well as building and maintaining popular trails enjoyed by mountain bike, horse riding, hiking and OHV use, so everyone should be interested in preserving the Green Sticker OHV Trust Fund.
We want to generate at least 3000 letters in one week. That means we need everyone who reads this to send a letter. Please forward this alert to your friends, your club and anyone else who you think will want to help.

Click here to Send Your Letter to Save your $90 Million Green Sticker OHV Fund

We would also like to deliver letters to every State legislator. If you are interested in helping deliver them please send me an email at Chris@StewardsOfTheSequoia.org
Thanks to Chris Horgan, Stewards of the Sequoia, Division of CTUC 501c3 non-profit for creating this alert.

1/22/2009

Legislative Alert AB-134

CORVA just received notice of this new proposed legislation. This is another effort to legislate OHV safety for the young OHV rider and would impose a $125 fine on a guardian, parent or designated adult who allows a child under 14 to operate an OHV when they cannot safely reach the controls.

CORVA is presently analyzing the text of the legislation in order to fully understand all the potential implications of this bill. We have been aware that a new child ATV safety bill would probably be introduced by Assembly member Blakeslee following the failure of last year's bill.
Look for upcoming communications from CORVA on the legislative front.

Text of bill
(1) Existing law requires the operator of an off-highway motor vehicle to be able to reach and operate all controls necessary to safely operate the vehicle.

This bill would prohibit a parent or guardian of a child who is under 14 years of age, or an adult who is authorized by the parent or guardian to supervise that child, from granting permission to, or knowingly allowing, that child to operate an off-highway motor vehicle in a manner that violates the above-described requirement. By creating a new crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The bill would require a court, upon a 1st conviction, to impose a fine of $125. The bill would also impose fines upon a 2nd or subsequent conviction.

(2) Existing law requires the clerk of a court in which a person was convicted of a violation of the Vehicle Code to prepare within 5 days after conviction and immediately forward to the Department of Motor Vehicles an abstract of the record of the court covering the case in which the person was so convicted.

This bill would expand the Vehicle Code violations that the clerk of a court is required to report to the department to include violations of special regulations with respect to operating a vehicle on public lands, local ordinances prohibiting entry into mountain fire districts, proper supervision requirements for a child under 14 years of age operating an off-highway vehicle, and proper supervision requirements for a child under 14 years of age operating an all-terrain vehicle.

(3) Existing law establishes that specified convictions and violations under the Vehicle Code and traffic-related incidents count as points against a driver's record for purposes of the suspension or revocation of the privilege to drive and that certain other violations do not result in a violation point count.

This bill would expand the list of violations that do not result in a violation point count to include violations of special regulations with respect to operating a vehicle on public lands, local ordinances prohibiting entry into mountain fire districts, proper supervision requirements for a child under 14 years of age operating an off-highway vehicle, and proper supervision requirements for a child under 14 years of age operating an all-terrain vehicle.

(4) The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.

This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: yes.

View AB-134 Printable AB-134 History Status

1/19/2009

Part of the Governor’s latest budget proposal is a $90M loan from the OHV Trust Fund to help balance the state budget!

Although we understand that the state is in the grip of the worst budget crisis in history, this loan is not a solution to the problem!

Why? The law requires that this loan must be repaid within 2 years, so all this does is delay a real solution to the budget problem.

Similar tactics have been tried in the past. In recent years the state budget was often balanced by borrowing billions from constitutionally protected trust funds reserved for highway construction and repair of local streets and roads. Local governments united to oppose this borrowing gimmick and the governor and legislature agreed to stay away from borrowing from local government trust funds this year. Unfortunately this commitment does not extend to our OHV Trust Fund.

The governor is proposing an urgency bill that would authorize this loan. This money is our green sticker money that comes directly from the increased cost of green stickers from $25 to $50. This funding was supposed to go to law enforcement and other essential public safety services as well as improving our program. The public agreed to this fee increase to better fund the program, not to bail out the state budget.

What can you do?

It is urgent that all OHV users get in touch with their state legislators as soon as possible.

Write or Fax a letter to YOUR state senator and state assembly member.

Tell them to stop borrowing to balance the budget.

Tell them the OHV Trust Fund should not be used to balance the budget

Loans like this are just gimmicks and not a solution to the real problem.

We were willing to raise our fees to be able to keep our program operating, we should not become the scapegoats in this budget battle.

During the last election many legislators signed a promise that they would not use borrowing to balance the budget.

Ask your legislators if they signed a "no borrowing pledge", and ask them if they are going to stand by that promise.

Specific points to make are:

Members of the public agreed to a fee increase to support a specific program, but now the revenue generated is being diverted from its intended purpose - a breach of public trust.
Borrowing from state funds that must be repaid does not solve the budget problem, it only defers dealing with the problem to a later date when it will be even more difficult to solve.
Using a trust fund as a revenue source sets a bad precedent. Trust funds are established to protect public funds for specific purposes. This could lead to diversion of funds from other trust funds in the future potentially including even entitlement funds.
The budget crisis must be resolved through a combination of spending cuts and tax increases, not more borrowing.
FAX or email your letter today!!!

To comment to the governor: http://gov.ca.gov/interact

Comment your representatives go here: http://192.234.213.69/amapsearch/framepage.asp

(Enter your home address and then start making calls to your representatives)

It is imperative you do this ASAP

Thanks
CORVA President, Jim Woods
CORVA Immediate Past President Ed Waldheim 760 373 0033
CORVA Past President Steve Kuehl
CERA assistant LAO - Bruce Brazil California Enduro Riders Association


WHO WE ARE
The California Off-Road Vehicle Association (CORVA) is a varied group of outdoor recreationists who are extremely active in promoting the positive aspects of vehicular access on public lands and protecting that right. The group is composed of the owners of "Green Sticker" vehicles such as ATV's, motorcycles, 3-wheelers, trail bikes, and dune buggies, as well as "street legal" 4X4 vehicles, dual sport motorcycles, bajas, and desert racers.

CORVA's main purpose is to work with the land managers for responsible off-highway vehicular access and recreation opportunities. Secondarily, we educate our membership on the constantly changing rules and regulations and promote clean-up and trail maintenance projects. We continue to monitor and lobby the powers in Sacramento

Please visit http://www.corva.org

Jim Colln
VP - Administration

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Is there any real evidence of plover deaths by slow moving vehicles? Even when it was relatively wide open in the sixties and my dad would let his - omygod - unlicensed son drive willy-nilly in an old VW, I never noted any dead birds and we used to visit frequently. Last time I was there, at the beginning of a busy holiday weekend, most beach drivers were moving 10-15 mph and the plover nesting areas were fenced off.

I know my experience is anecdotal, but it's all I have to go on. What say ye? Thanks!
 

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There have been claims of widespread snowy plover deaths, including the one Sierra Club Attorney who said that 67 of 68 plovers hatched there had been killed there (Pismo). No one seems to have presented any actual evidence of this, however. Attorney Mark Massarra has stated that it is their intent to have no vehicles on beaches. There are also currently 3 beaches in the Central Coast area that are closed to people due to litigation by these wonderful folks.
 

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It really just hit me that all this was only over the last 90 days on CORVA's front page, the Oceano Dunes deals is just one more thing we need to deal with, the first item may be part of the motivation. The less we have the more they can take from our fund later, if they do succeed I wonder how many business would fold, and what would happen to the for-closure rates in the area. In 5 to 10 years after all the complainers lose their homes, they'll beg us to come back and give us back what we had for decades, hate to say it I'm getting sick of the drama...TJ:p
 
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