SB 1316 (Glazer) will change state law to allow the State Parks Department to dispose of the 3,100 acre Alameda-Tesla Expansion Area (also known locally as “Tesla Park”) in order to permanently preserve the land if it is determined by the Department to be in the public interest. Proceeds from any such sale would be returned to the OHMVR Division.
SB 1316 does not require that the Department make a determination to dispose of the Alameda-Tesla Expansion Area, but it permits it. Then, in the future, there could be a decision that disposal of the Alameda-Tesla Expansion Area is in the public interest.
SB 1316 provides a path forward to resolve this long standing local controversy in a way that is wise and fair – by recognizing the preference for local control to preserve an irreplaceable natural and cultural native landscape in Alameda County as a legacy for future generations, by using local open space mitigation funds to purchase the land to ensure preservation, and by returning proceeds from any sale to the OHMVR Division for use in another area that wants OHV recreation.
Please support SB 1316. Go to your State Senator’s and Assembly Member’s legislative web site and enter your support for SB 1316 on line.
Tesla Park West Ridge to Mount Diablo
One reason why we need to protect Tesla
More Bay Area Legislators have joined the call encouraging State Parks to act on the Alameda County Altamont Landfill Open Space Committee buy-back opportunity to purchase Tesla Park in a July 20, 2017 letter.
We strongly support this proposal as a way to permanently preserve Tesla Park.
Please help build more legislative support for this sale/purchase proposal. Get your Legislator to sign on if they have not already, and thank them for taking this important step to protect Tesla Park with no OHV use.
Based on recent amendments to SB 249 in the Assembly, Friends of Tesla Park determined that on balance we could not longer support of the bill.
Our work to Save Tesla Park continues undeterred through our litigation challenging the the EIR and General Plan and continued advocacy with policy makers, including through the purchase opportunity presented by the Altamont Landfill Open Space Committee.
Why SB 249 is needed.
SB 249 (Allen) which will extend the OHMVR program and reform some governance and resource conservation elements of the program passed the Senate in early June and its first Assembly hurdle at the Assembly Water Parks and Wildlife Committee on July 11, 2017.
SB 249, which has been amended several times, still faces fierce opposition from the OHV lobby which has fought to block any correction in fuel tax transfers and improvements in natural and cultural resource protection requirements.
In August, SB 249 will next go to the Assembly Appropriations Committee and then on for final passage and signature in September.
Watch for updates on the bill.
Help protect the vital Tesla wildlife corridor and reform the State off-highway vehicle program
Tell your Legislator to support SB 249 by Tuesday May 30, 3017
Carnegie SVRA – Why we need to protect Tesla
Why Support SB 249?
Our work to preserve Tesla Park from the expansion of damaging off-road vehicle use at Carnegie SVRA proves how critical it is to reform the State Parks OHMVR program. SB 249 will provide: improved environmental protections; appropriate oversight and accountability through the State Parks Department; and fairer and more transparent allocation of fuel tax transfers.
For more information on SB 249 (Allen):
Call or email your State Senator by Tuesday May 30, 2017 and urge them to support for SB 249.
Contact information for some local area State Senators:
If you don’t know who your state senator is, look it up here: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov
Please call or email your State Senator by Tuesday, May 30, 3017 and urge them to support SB 249.
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