Support SB 249

To address serious problems with the OHMVR program that we know well working to protect Tesla, a comprehensive policy bill to reform the State off road vehicle program has been introduced by Senator Ben Allen (District 26) – SB 249.

SB 249 addresses resource protection, Division integration with the State Parks Department, misallocation of fuel tax funding, enforcement, and the future sunset and reauthorization. 

Friends of Tesla Park and many organizations in the our alliance support this legislation. We encourage you to support SB 249 and to contact your assembly member and senator to urge that they support SB 249 as it progresses through the legislature.

We need your help! – DONATE to Support Legal Costs to Save Tesla Park

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You have now heard, on November 23, 2016, Friends of Tesla Park, with the Center for Biological Diversity and Alameda Creek Alliance, filed a law suit to challenge the Carnegie off-road vehicle park General Plan and Environmental Impact Report (EIR) that will open the Tesla wilderness to off-highway vehicle (OHV) recreation.  Three other law suits were filed against the project, including by the County of Alameda.

Now, we ask for your financial support to help cover our upcoming legal costs.

Fight to Save Tesla Park continues

Last month, the State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Commission voted unanimously to approve the Carnegie SVRA General Plan and EIR. While this wasn’t unexpected (the Commission is stacked with only OHV advocates), the complete dismissal of the mountains of evidence and comments from scientific experts, local government agencies, conservation groups and individuals was an outrageous abuse.

Tesla’s irreplaceable natural and cultural treasures are just too important to stop fighting to protect them now.

That is why we filed the legal challenge in Sacramento to overturn all Carnegie project approvals.

DONATE to support Legal Costs to fight the Carnegie SVRA General Plan and EIR

Now, we need your help.  

Please DONATE TODAY to help cover legal costs to fight the Carnegie General Plan and EIR. 

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On November 23, 2016, Friends of Tesla Park, together with the Center for Biological Diversity and Alameda Creek Alliance, filed a lawsuit in Sacramento Superior Court challenging the proposed expansion of Carnegie off-road vehicle park into Tesla Park.

“It would be a travesty to allow Tesla’s incredible wildlands, and cultural and historical resources to be destroyed by off-highway vehicles,” said Nancy Rodrigue, a member of the Friends of Tesla Park Steering Committee. “You only have to look at the environmental devastation at Carnegie to know what will happen to Tesla if it is opened to OHVs.”

The lawsuit states that approval of the expansion (which would nearly triple the size of Carnegie to 4,675 acres) and associated environmental documents violate the California Environmental Quality Act by not properly disclosing, analyzing and mitigating negative environmental impacts, including increased hillside erosion, harm to wildlife, and damage to cultural resources. The lawsuit also states that Carnegie is operating in violation of the Public Resources Code and illegal trails must be closed.

Throughout the administrative process, the OHMVR Division and Commission ignored scientific studies and comments from experts, agencies and organizations, urging further analysis and protection of affected wildlife, habitats and cultural treasures.

“This expansion will destroy habitat for rare wildlife and degrade air and water quality for neighboring communities,” said Aruna Prabhala, a staff attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity. “At a time when climate change, drought and urban sprawl are shrinking habitat for wildlife throughout California, the state should be protecting critical open space, not allowing it to be ripped apart by off road vehicles.”

Tesla is a key wildlife corridor and biodiversity hotspot  that has threatened and endangered species, including California red-legged frog, California tiger salamander, San Joaquin kit fox, Alameda whipsnake, Townsend big eared bat, and about 70 other rare species and habitats.

Tesla Park includes 3,100 acres of oak woodlands, grasslands and sensitive habitat for vulnerable animals and plants along rolling hills that drain into Coral Hollow Creek and the Arroyo Seco. In contrast, Carnegie consists of scared hills stripped of vegetation and suffering from erosion. Tesla also holds the historic Tesla coal mine and town site, which is eligible for listing in the National Registry of Historic Places, and sacred Native American ceremonial sites.

Watch for updates, donate to cover legal expenses, and help us continue the fight to save Tesla Park.

Mitchell Ravine in Tesla Park

Mitchell Ravine in Tesla Park

Fight to Save Tesla Park Continues

On Friday, October 21, 2016, the State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Commission voted unanimously (7 to 0) to approve and certify the Carnegie SVRA General Plan and Final EIR. This is disappointing, but not unexpected.

The fight to Save Tesla Park continues – it’s just moving to a new stage 

Tesla’s irreplaceable natural, historic and cultural treasures are too important for today and for future generations to stop the fight to permanently protect them.

That is why we are prepared to file a legal challenge when the OHMVR Division issues its Notice of Determination.  We will also continue to work at the state level to re-designate Tesla as a nature and cultural preserve.

Tesla Preservation has Overwhelming Local Support

Our thanks to the community and local public agencies that are working together to protect Tesla as an important part of Alameda County’s natural and cultural heritage.

We have overwhelming support from local public agencies, community organizations and community members like you for preserving Tesla Park with no damaging off-road vehicle use allowed.

Working together we will continue the fight to Save Tesla Park.

 Public Agencies

  • County of Alameda
    • Altamont Open Space Committee
    • Alameda County Parks Recreation and Historical PResee4fvation Commission
    • Alameda County Agricultural Advisory Committee
  • City of Livermore

Public Officials

  • EBRPD Board Director, Ward 5, Ayn Wieskamp
  • EBRPD Board Director, Ward 3, Dennis Waespi
  • EBRPD Board Vice President, Ward 4, Doug Siden
  • EBRPD Board Director, Ward 6, Beverly Lane
  • Senator Loni Hancock
  • Former Assembly Member Joan Buchanan, Former State Senator, Congressman Mark DeSalunier
  • LARPD Board Member Bob Coomber
  • LARPD Board Member David Furst
  • LARPD Board Member Beth Wilson
  • Livermore City Council Member Laureen Turner
  • Livermore City Council Member Steven Spedowfski
  • Livermore City Council Member Bob Woerner
  • Livermore Planning Commissioner Loretta Kasky
  • Pleasanton City Council Vice Mayor Karla Brown
  • Former Pleasanton City Council Member Cheryl Cook-Kallio, Candidate for Assembly, 16th District
  • Former Livermore Mayor Cathie Brown
  • Former Livermore Mayor John Shirley
  • Former Livermore City Council Member Doug Horner
  • Dublin City Council Member Abe Gupta
  • Former Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti

Community Organizations

  • Audubon California with Ohlone Audubon Society and Mount Diablo Audubon Society
  • Alameda Creek Alliance
  • California Oaks/California Wildlife Foundation
  • California Native Grasslands Association
  • California Sports Fishing Association-CSFA
  • Center for Biological Diversity
  • Citizens Committee to Complete the Refuge – CCCR
  • California Native Plant Society with East Bay Chapter of the California Native Plant Society
  • Friends of the Arroyos
  • Friends of Livermore
  • Friends of Springtown Preserve
  • Friends of the Vineyards
  • Greenbelt Alliance
  • Indian People Organizing for Change – IPOC
  • Livermore Heritage Guild
  • Livermore Hill Hikers
  • Nototomne Cultural Preservation
  • Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility – PEER
  • Regional Parks Association
  • Sacred Sites Protection & Rights of Indigenous Tribes – SPP&RIT, Vallejo
  • Save the Frogs Foundation
  • Save Mount Diablo
  • Sierra Club with SF Bay Chapter of Sierra Club
  • Society of American Indians, Livermore
  • Sustainability, Parks, Recycling and Wildlife Legal Defense Fund-SPRAWLDEF
  • Tesla Road Residents’ Alliance
  • Neighboring East Alameda County Ranchers
  • Tri-Valley Trailblazers

Tesla park ridget top summer looking north to Mt. Diablo