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Please email your comments on the Carnegie SVRA Preliminary General Plan/Draft EIR (General Plan /DEIR) before the June 29, 2015 deadline.

Your comments can be emailed to CarnegieDEIRcomments@gmail.com.

You can view the documents at www.CarnegieGeneralPlan.com.

Following is a sample comment letter that you can use to prepare your personal email.

To OHMVR Carnegie SVRA General Plan:

The Carnegie SVRA Preliminary General Plan and Draft EIR do not protect the sensitive resources in the expansion area, also referred to as the Alameda-Tesla property or Tesla.  The General Plan and DEIR may provide Carnegie SVRA the maximum flexibility to develop OHV use in the existing DEIR and expansion area anyway that they desire, but it deprives the public of needed specific information about the proposed plan and its impacts. It makes a mockery of the CEQA process.

The General Plan and DEIR do not describe the project in sufficient detail; this deficiency is significant because the General Plan and DEIR specifically state that further environmental review is not required if future projects are found to be consistent with the General Plan and DEIR.  (GP 1-7; DEIR 1-2)  The General Plan does not accurately describe Existing Conditions (Chapter 2); there is no mention that a Critical Linkage Habitat Corridor runs directly through Tesla and there are no pictures of the extensive damage from OHV use in Carnegie SVRA.  (GP Chapter 2) The DEIR concludes there will be no significant impacts from converting 3,100 acres of agricultural grazing and natural resource conservation land to OHV use is not supported by evidence or analysis (DEIR Chapter 3); you only need to compare the damaging impacts from OHV use at the existing Carnegie SVRA to prove that DEIR is not credible.  The General Plan and DEIR attempt to substitute vague and un-measureable guidelines for required mitigation; the DEIR states that no mitigation beyond best management practices and unenforceable guidelines is required (DEIR Chapter 3). The DEIR does not consider any non-OHV use alternatives and the cumulative impacts from the existing Carnegie SVRA on the unique Corral Hollow ecosystem. (DEIR Chapter 4 and 6)

Opening the 3,100 acre Tesla expansion area to OHV use will result in irreparable damage its sensitive resources which include California Red-Legged Frog, California Tiger Salamander, Western Pond Turtle, Yellow-legged Frog, Western Spadefoot Toad, Golden Eagle, Tule Elk, Alameda Whipsnake, Townsends Big-eared Bat the historic Tesla town site and coal mine, significant features from indigenous cultures, and much more.   The Tesla expansion area is not suitable for damaging OHV use.  I oppose the expansion of Carnegie SVRA into the Tesla expansion area.  The General Plan and Draft EIR should not be approved or certified as written and need to be revised and recirculated for public review with the entire expansion area designated as a permanent preserve area with No-OHV use allowed.

(Name, address, email)

CSVRA Public Comment Period Extended to June 29, 2015

Carnegie SVRA has extended the public comment deadline to Monday, June 29, 2015 on the Preliminary General Plan/Draft EIR (PGP/DEIR).  The official notice is copied below.

We still need your comments on the PGP/DEIR submitted by the new June 29, 2015 public comment deadline.  It is important to identify the failures of the CSVRA plan and inadequate environmental review. All comments, even if brief, are important to document issues and opposition the plan.

Thank you for your help to Save Tesla Park!

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From: Carnegie SVRA General Plan [mailto:CarnegieGP=parks.ca.gov@cmail1.com]

On Behalf Of Carnegie SVRA General Plan Sent: Monday, May 11, 2015 7:26 AM

Subject: CARNEGIE SVRA PRELIMINARY GENERAL PLAN AND DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT—PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD EXTENDED THROUGH JUNE 29TH

CARNEGIE SVRA PRELIMINARY GENERAL PLAN AND DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT—PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD EXTENDED THROUGH JUNE 29TH

The Preliminary General Plan and associated draft environmental impact report (Draft EIR) for Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA) are being circulated for public review and comment.

The original comment period of 45 days has been extended by three weeks to provide additional time to review the documents. Comments will now be accepted through June 29th.

The 2011-2014 Habitat Monitoring Systems Report for Carnegie SVRA is also now available. These documents may be viewed online at http://www.CarnegieGeneralPlan.com/document-library.

Comments on the Preliminary General Plan and associated Draft EIR can be submitted electronically at http://www.CarnegieGeneralPlan.com/DEIR-comments, or by e-mail at carnegiedeircomments@gmail.com.

Written comments should be submitted no later than June 29th, 2015, to the following address:

California Department of Parks and Recreation Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division c/o AECOM, attn. Carnegie SVRA General Plan 2020 L Street, Suite 400 Sacramento, CA 95811

Hard copies of the Preliminary General Plan and Draft EIR may be reviewed at the following locations during normal business hours:

Carnegie SVRA 18600 W. Corral Hollow Road Tracy, CA 95376 Carnegie SVRA Sector Office 15751 Tesla Road Livermore, CA 94550
Tracy Public Library 20 East Eaton Avenue Tracy, CA 95376 Livermore Public Library 1188 South Livermore Avenue Livermore, CA 94550
California Department of Parks and Recreation OHMVR Division Headquarters 1725 23rd Street, Ste. 200 Sacramento, CA 95816

CSVRA Releases Preliminary General Plan and EIR for Public Review – submit comments by June 8, 2015 deadline

Do you want this 6.13.13.croppedCarnegie SVRA released on April 23, 2015 the Preliminary General Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Report for the existing SVRA and expansion into Tesla for a 45 day public comment period.  The comment deadline is June 8, 2015.

Incredibly, the Draft EIR concludes that there are NO significant impacts from ongoing operation at Carnegie AND from opening 3,100 plus acres to all types of OHV recreation and NO mitigation is required beyond General Plan guidelines and best management practices. Violation of Air Quality standards was the only area impact found to be potentially significant, but there was no feasible mitigation.

Carnegie SVRA has structured the Preliminary General Plan and Draft EIR as a vague non-specific document to try to gain “policy” approval. Having not been able to get environmental approval to open the Tesla park land (referred to as the Alameda – Tesla expansion area by the state) in two prior EIR attempts in 2000 and 2004, Carnegie SVRA is now trying to get their foot in the door with “policy” approval to open Tesla to OHV use and then, based on the vagueness of the General Plan and DEIR, be able to expand OHV use over time in piecemeal fashion, never completing required environmental assessment of the entire project and its direct, indirect and cumulative impacts and never mitigating its impacts through avoidance.

We need your help to submit comments on the Preliminary General Plan and DEIR by the June 8, 2015 deadline.

The documents, and the Notice of Availability, may be viewed online at http://www.CarnegieGeneralPlan.com/document-library.

Written comments should be submitted no later than June 8, 2015, to the following address:

California Department of Parks and Recreation Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division, c/o AECOM, attn. Carnegie SVRA General Plan, 2020 L Street, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95811

Comments can be submitted electronically by e-mail at carnegiedeircomments@gmail.com, copy to dan.canfield@parks.ca.gov

Hard copies of the Preliminary General Plan and Draft EIR may be reviewed at the following locations during normal business hours:

  • Carnegie SVRA Sector Office 15751 Tesla Road Livermore, CA 94550
  • Carnegie SVRA 18600 W. Corral Hollow Road Tracy, CA 95376
  • Tracy Public Library 20 East Eaton Avenue Tracy, CA 95376
  • Livermore Public Library 1188 South Livermore Avenue Livermore, CA 94550
  • California Department of Parks and Recreation OHMVR Division Headquarters 1725 23rd Street, Ste. 200 Sacramento, CA 95816

 

 

CSVRA Releases Preliminary General Plan and EIR for Public Review

Carnegie SVRA released on April 23, 2015 the Preliminary General Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Report for the existing SVRA and expansion into Tesla for a 45 day public comment period.  The comment deadline is June 8, 2015. The documents, and the Notice of Availability, may be viewed online at http://www.CarnegieGeneralPlan.com/document-library.

Written comments should be submitted no later than June 8, 2015, to the following address:

California Department of Parks and Recreation Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division c/o AECOM, attn. Carnegie SVRA General Plan 2020 L Street, Suite 400 Sacramento, CA 95811

Comments can be submitted electronically by e-mail at carnegiedeircomments@gmail.com.

Hard copies of the Preliminary General Plan and Draft EIR may be reviewed at the following locations during normal business hours:

Carnegie SVRA 18600 W. Corral Hollow Road Tracy, CA 95376 Carnegie SVRA Sector Office 15751 Tesla Road Livermore, CA 94550
Tracy Public Library 20 East Eaton Avenue Tracy, CA 95376 Livermore Public Library 1188 South Livermore Avenue Livermore, CA 94550
California Department of Parks and Recreation OHMVR Division Headquarters 1725 23rd Street, Ste. 200 Sacramento, CA 95816

For more information go to http://www.carnegiegeneralplan.com/announcements/20

 

 

 

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