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Act now - OHV Fund under assult

Post by aphantomduck » Tue Feb 22, 2011 10:04 pm

We must ACT NOW to save the OHV program!


The Issue: On Friday, February 18th, the Assembly Budget Committee voted to take $27 million out of the OHV operating budget. This would NOT be a loan, and would continue unstopped year after year. It would result in closures and cut-backs to the California OHV Parks – Carnegie, Clay Pit, Heber Dunes, Hollister Hills, Hungry Valley, Mammoth Bar, Oceano Dunes, Ocotillo Wells and Prairie City. The Snow Grooming program and State Sno-Parks will also be greatly affected or closed. In addition, the Governor is proposing to take $21 million more from the OHV program. This could be the end of the OHV program as we have enjoyed it for the last 40 years.


This Wednesday, February 23rd, the Conference Committee will meet in the State Capitol to iron out difference between the State Assembly and Senate Budget Committees. We have to influence the following Conference Committee members through our elected legislative representatives: Senator Leno, Vice Chair; Senator Lowenthal, Senator Negrete McLeod , Senator Huff, and Senator Emmerson, and Assemblyman Blumenfield.


What can you do:ACT NOW! and contact your legislative members ASAP. Find your representatives here, and use the speaking points below, or add some of your own: http://www.legislature.ca.gov/legislato ... lator.html


•The budget proposes only an $11 million cut for 270 State Parks, yet a cut of $27 million is proposed from the OHV division which has only 8 State OHV Parks. This represents less than a 10% cut to State Park operations, but over a 40% reduction to the operating budget of the OHV parks. The OHV Division is a user funded program, taking NO money from the General Fund.
•The State OHV Parks are all about children, offering them opportunities to recreate outdoors. The OHV parks encourage families to go camping, and offer urban residents the chance to enjoy the outdoors in a safe environment. The OHV parks enjoyed a 150% increase in attendance over the last 10 years, which State Parks cannot equal.
•The Law says the OHV division of State Parks should have equal priority among the other State Parks. Budget impacts should be equally shared....yet the State OHV Parks have had $112 million dollars taken over the last 3 years. Now the Assembly proposes to gut the program, favoring less popular State Parks. This is certainly discriminatory, and counter to the law. The OHV community has given more than it's fair share of the OHV Trust Fund. These are dedicated user fees.
•The OHV community has taken legal action for two other attempts of this kind...and the State has lost! We sued you and won $21.5 million. We are willing and able to do this again, and the State will lose even more money before all this is over. We will pursue all legal remedies to stop this action, and stop the discrimination against the State OHV Program and affiliated activities.

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Re: Act now - OHV Fund under assult

Post by Sandcock » Wed Feb 23, 2011 7:32 am

@aphantomduck, thanks for keeping me informed. Letters sent.
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Re: Act now - OHV Fund under assult

Post by crash » Wed Feb 23, 2011 10:32 am

Nice to see that important info is still being posted here.

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Re: Act now - OHV Fund under assult

Post by aphantomduck » Wed Feb 23, 2011 9:55 pm

The Prospectors Motor Cycle Club, as District 37 AMA club, has just donated $ 1000.00 as a start for the legal fees we will likely incure to sue the state over this taking of our funds.

Congrats to the Prospectors and their courage to be the first to donate.

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Re: Act now - OHV Fund under assult

Post by crash » Thu Feb 24, 2011 8:10 am

phantom,

Please make sure that whoever actually does the litigation adds the fact that this is being done "for the good of the public" to the complaint so that all the attorneys fees can be recouped from the state as well. This is how the schmucks at the CBD do it, and it's how we/you/whoever should do it as well! ;)

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Re: Act now - OHV Fund under assult

Post by aphantomduck » Thu Feb 24, 2011 8:15 am

crash wrote:phantom,

Please make sure that whoever actually does the litigation adds the fact that this is being done "for the good of the public" to the complaint so that all the attorneys fees can be recouped from the state as well. This is how the schmucks at the CBD do it, and it's how we/you/whoever should do it as well! ;)
You are right about this.

Its not the first time the Fund has the subject of a lawsuit by the OHV community. The Courts have found twice for the community and required the state to pay legal fees. This was last done in the 1990's.

I would hope that ASA becomes a partner to this potential litigation.

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Re: Act now - OHV Fund under assult

Post by Vincent J Brunasso » Thu Feb 24, 2011 7:52 pm

Ecologic is working the issue in conjunction with the State Parks' attorneys. There should be a game plan soon.

In the mean time, we need to contact our local assembly and senate representatives to make the point that the OHMVR is a self funded program and does not use any general revenue funds for its operation. An ASA email will go out as soon as approved.

As many of you recall, ASA is one of the founding members of Ecologic (page 9 of http://www.glamisonline.org/downloads/Jun05NL.pdf) and continues financial support to this day.
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Re: Act now - OHV Fund under assult

Post by Vincent J Brunasso » Thu Feb 24, 2011 7:55 pm

Click here to take immediate action
http://capwiz.com/amacycle/issues/alert ... ow_alert=1
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Re: Act now - OHV Fund under assult

Post by Vincent J Brunasso » Fri Feb 25, 2011 1:27 pm

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Dear Fellow Duner,
Urgent action is needed to preserve OHV parks in California

On Friday, February 18, 2011, the California Assembly Budget Committee voted to take $27 million out of the OHV operating budget. This would NOT be a loan, and would continue year after year. It would result in closures and cutbacks to the California OHV Parks: Carnegie, Clay Pit, Heber Dunes, Hollister Hills, Hungry Valley, Mammoth Bar, Oceano Dunes, Ocotillo Wells and Prairie City. The Snow Grooming program and State Sno-Parks will also be greatly affected or closed. In addition, the Governor is proposing to take $21 million more from the OHV program. This could be the end of the OHV program as we have enjoyed it for the last 40 years.

This action will likely cut funding to the ISDRA unless we act now.

We have to influence the following Conference Committee members through our elected legislative representatives: Senator Leno, Vice Chair; Senator Lowenthal, Senator Negrete McLeod , Senator Huff, and Senator Emmerson, and Assemblyman Blumenfield.

What can you do:

Click on the link below provided by the American Motorcycle Association providing an easy way for you to fill out a form and ACT NOW! Fill in your zip code and it will bring up a list of representatives for your area.  If you do not reside in California, we still ask that you help us to protect the OHV operating budget. Please contact the Legislators below.

http://capwiz.com/amacycle/issues/al...ertid=29032501

ACT NOW! and contact your legislative members ASAP. Find your representatives below, and use the talking points that follow when you are speaking to them. You may also add talking points of your own.

Contacts:
Senator Mark Leno
(916) 651-4003
http://dist03.casen.govoffice.com/[/url]

Senator Alan Lowenthal
(916) 651-4027
http://dist27.casen.govoffice.com/

Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod
http://dist32.casen.govoffice.com/

Senator Bob Huff
(916) 651-4029
http://cssrc.us/web/29/contact_me.aspx

Senator Bill Emmerson
(916) 651-4037
http://cssrc.us/web/37/contact_us.aspx

Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield
(916) 319-2040
http://democrats.assembly.ca.gov/members/a40/

Talking Points:
  • The budget proposes only an $11 million cut for 270 State Parks, yet a cut of $27 million is proposed from the OHV division which has only eight State OHV Parks. This represents less than  a 10% cut to State Park operations, but over a forty-percent (40%) reduction to the operating budget of the OHV parks. The OHV Division is a user-funded program, taking NO money from the General Fund.
  • The State OHV Parks are all about children, offering them opportunities to recreate outdoors. The OHV parks encourage families to go camping, and offer urban residents the chance to enjoy the outdoors in a safe environment. The OHV  parks enjoyed a 150% increase in attendance over the last 10 years, which State Parks cannot equal.
  • The Law says the OHV division of State Parks should have equal priority among the other State Parks. Budget impacts should be equally shared… yet the State OHV Parks have had $112 million dollars taken over the last three years. Now the Assembly proposes to gut the program, favoring less popular State Parks. This is certainly discriminatory, and counter to the law. The OHV community has given more than its fair share of the OHV Trust Fund. These are dedicated user fees.
  • The OHV community has taken legal action for two other attempts of this kind…and the State has lost! We sued you and won $21.5 million. We are willing and able to do this again, and the State will lose even more money before all this is over. We will pursue all legal remedies to stop this action, and stop the discrimination against the State OHV Program and affiliated activities.
  • KEEP YOUR SAND DUNES OPEN
WE CAN'T DO IT WITHOUT YOUR SUPPORT
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Re: Act now - OHV Fund under assult

Post by HSSC » Fri Feb 25, 2011 9:20 pm

Good Luck. California is on the brink. :roll:

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Re: Act now - OHV Fund under assult

Post by tomjeeps2 » Tue Mar 01, 2011 6:45 am

No meeting since Friday. Possibly this morning, "Upon call of the chair".Check here:
http://www.sen.ca.gov/~newsen/schedules/files.htp

You can also check to see if the meeting will have a video link:
http://www.calchannel.com/

Television Schedule: 02/27/11 - 03/05/11

http://www.calchannel.com/channel/schedule/

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Re: Act now - OHV Fund under assult

Post by Vincent J Brunasso » Tue Mar 01, 2011 8:39 pm

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