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Carnegie SVRA under threat!

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Senate Bill 767,
which encourages the sale of the Carnegie expansion property, known as
the Alameda-Tesla Expansion Area, has passed the Senate and is scheduled
to be heard July 3 in the California State Assembly Committee on Accountability and Adminstrative Review.

It is critical that riders and their supporters remind their
representatives that the land in question was purchased using funds from
the Off Highway Vehicle Trust Fund, with agreement as to the future
purpose of the land signed by adjacent landowners. Subsequent to the
purchase of the land, extensive work was undertaken to correct previous
neglect and to bring the property up to the high environmental standards
mandated by state law. Instead of recognizing this fact, the bill
instead seeks to deny the OHV community a long overdue opportunity for
increased motorized recreational opportunities.

Two years ago,
the legislature widely supported and passed S.B. 249 (Allen, Chapter
459, Statutes of 2017), which created a series of environmental
responsibilities including monitoring and review for all land overseen
by State Parks and managed by the Off Highway Motorized Recreation
Division. The environmental responsibilities in S.B. 249 go far beyond
what any local county, city or nonprofit is mandated to do or can afford
to provide.

Furthermore, this legislation would set a
dangerous precedent by emboldening local landowners who object to the
location of any state park, preserve or beach to push legislation to
privatize that specific location. Passage of this legislation would
support privatization of public land and hurt many Californians looking
forward to enjoying experiences the Alameda-Tesla Expansion Area will
have to offer upon completion.

State parks should remain for the benefit of all Californians, not just a select few.

AMA members, and indeed, all OHV recreationists must immediately
contact their elected officials and remind them of the agreement that
was made when the expansion properties were acquired. It is also
important to remind them that the program uses no General Fund monies
and is, in fact, based on a user-pay, user-benefit style model. Monies
used to pay for the program include those taxes collected on fuel, SVRA
entrance fees and vehicle registrations (green and red stickers).

The OHV community has long paid its own way and will continue to do so,
as long as these monies are used for their intended purpose.

Now more than ever, it is crucial that you and your riding friends
become members of the AMA to help protect our riding freedoms. More
members mean more clout against the opponents of motorcycling. That
support will help fight for your rights – on the road, trail and
racetrack and in the halls of government.

Join the AMA at americanmotorcyclist.com.

Please follow the AMA on Twitter @AMA_Rights and like us on Facebook.

Senate
Bill 767, which encourages the sale of the Carnegie expansion property,
known as the Alameda-Tesla Expansion Area, has passed out of the final
Senate committee and is now eligible for a vote on the floor. The land
in question was purchased using funds from the Off Highway Vehicle Trust
Fund, with agreement as to the future purpose of the land signed by
adjacent landowners.

Subsequent to the purchase of the land,
extensive work was undertaken to correct previous neglect and to bring
the property up to the high environmental standards mandated by state
law. Instead of recognizing this fact, the bill instead seeks to deny
the OHV community a long overdue opportunity for increased motorized
recreational opportunities.

Two years ago, the legislature
widely supported and passed S.B. 249 (Allen, Chapter 459, Statutes of
2017), which created a series of environmental responsibilities
including monitoring and review for all land overseen by State Parks and
managed by the Off Highway Motorized Recreation Division. The
environmental responsibilities in S.B. 249 go far beyond what any local
county, city or nonprofit is mandated to do or can afford to provide.

Furthermore, this legislation would set a dangerous precedent by
emboldening local landowners who object to the location of any state
park, preserve or beach to push legislation to privatize that specific
location. Passage of this legislation would support privatization of
public land and hurt many Californians looking forward to enjoying
experiences the Alameda-Tesla Expansion Area will have to offer upon
completion.

State parks should remain for the benefit of all Californians, not just a select few.

AMA members, and indeed, all OHV recreationists must immediately
contact their elected officials and remind them of the agreement that
was made when the expansion properties were acquired. It is also
important to remind them that the program uses no General Fund monies
and is, in fact, based on a user-pay, user-benefit style model. Monies
used to pay for the program include those taxes collected on fuel, SVRA
entrance fees and vehicle registrations (green and red stickers).

The OHV community has long paid its own way and will continue to do so,
as long as these monies are used for their intended purpose.

Now is the time to send a message. Begin by clicking Take Action and following the instructions.

Now more than ever, it is crucial that you and your riding friends
become members of the AMA to help protect our riding freedoms. More
members mean more clout against the opponents of motorcycling. That
support will help fight for your rights – on the road, trail and
racetrack and in the halls of government.

Join the AMA at americanmotorcyclist.com.

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2 Responses to Carnegie SVRA under threat!

  1. AMA
    AMA June 26, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    Beautiful area.
    http://www.teslapark.org/?page_id=497

    Reply
  2. AMA
    AMA June 26, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    The land in question was purchased using funds from the Off Highway Vehicle Trust
    Fund, with agreement as to the future purpose of the land signed by adjacent landowners.

    Reply

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