Upcoming Tesla Events

Please join us if you can at one of these three upcoming Tesla Events!

  • Sierra Club, Bay Chapter, Tri-Valley Group
  • Saving Tesla Park
  • Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 7:30 pm
  • Livermore Civic Center Library, 1188 S Livermore Ave, Livermore

Join a presentation by Friends of Tesla Park to learn about the natural and cultural riches of the 3,400 acre Tesla park land in eastern Alameda County that are threatened by the planned expansion of Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA). Learn how off-highway vehicle use will damage the sensitive habitats that support threatened and endangered species, a critical linkage habitat corridor and golden eagle nesting and foraging areas, in addition to irreplaceable cultural and historic resources. See how you can help the work to Save Tesla Park. For information go to http://sierraclub.org/san-francisco-bay/activities

  • Mount Diablo Audubon Society
  • Saving Tesla Park
  • Thursday May 5, 2016, meeting begins at 7:00 pm, presentation at 8:00 pm
  • Camellia Room, Gardens at Heather Farm, 1540 Marchbanks Drive, Walnut Creek

Imagine…a place with incredible natural, cultural and scenic resources located along the Diablo Range in Eastern Alameda County.  Imagine such a place is a Botanical Priority Protection Area of the East Bay CNPS, Critical Linkage Habitat Corridor in the Bay Area Conservation Lands Network, and within an Audubon Important Bird Area. Imagine this place includes sacred sites for indigenous peoples and the historic town site of Tesla.  Now imagine this sensitive native landscape in our area is under imminent threat of being converted to a destructive off-road vehicle park. Join us at our May 5th meeting for a timely presentation about the rich natural and cultural history of Tesla, the threat from the proposed expansion of Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area, and the work of Friends of Tesla Park to permanently preserve the natural wildland referred to as Tesla. For information go to http://www.diabloaudubon.org/index.php.

  • Ohlone Audubon Society
  • Raise Funds for Tesla – Red Carpet Showing of “Pelican Dreams”
  • Sunday, May 22, 2016, 1:00 pm
  • Essanay Silent Film Museum, 37417 Niles Blvd, Fremont

The Ohlone Audubon Society is sponsoring a Tesla Park fundraiser on May 22, 2016, 1:00 pm with a showing of the movie “Pelican Dreams” at the Essanay Silent Film Museum in old town Niles. Proceeds will benefit Save Tesla Park. View this inspiring film about the biodiversity of our Bay Area; meet the filmmaker (who also made “The Parrots of Telegraph Hill”); try for raffle prizes, and more! Be part of this special event which benefits a great cause. Purchase tickets or make a donation at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/save-tesla-park-fundraiser-pelican-dreams-screening-tickets-23531816296

Pelican dreams poster

OHMVR Commission Hearing on CSVRA/Tesla General Plan and EIR expected in Summer

Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA) issued a notice on 3/18/16 stating an OHMVR Commission meeting will be scheduled for the Commission to consider approval of the Carnegie SVRA General Plan/EIR. The OHMVR Commission meeting will be preceded by a 30-day public notice and is anticipated to occur in summer 2016.

Our work is not done.  With your help, we will continue to work through every avenue to permanently protect the Tesla park land.

Watch for updates about next steps in the fight to Save Tesla Park.

The Beauty of Tesla

The Beauty of Tesla

 

Recap of 2/5/16 OHMVR Hearing on CSVRA Final Draft EIR

With so much work by so many people to prepare for the OHMVR (Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division) Commission Hearing on the CSVRA (Carnegie State Vehicle Recreation Area) Draft Final EIR on 2/5/16, we wanted to provide an update. As expected, the Commission did not vote, but just took testimony for future action.

Friends of Tesla Park and many supporters spoke at the OHMVR Commission Hearing commenting on the CSVRA Draft Final EIR. We achieved our objective to document the broad community opposition to the CSVRA expansion plan into Tesla and the substantive reasons why Tesla is not appropriate for OHV use. Comments focused on the defects in the Final EIR and on the inadequate responses to earlier comments on the DEIR in June.

The Tracy City Council Chambers was overflowing with standing room only by 8:45 a.m.  The testimony at the hearing did not start until about 10:00 a.m. and closed after lunch at about 3:30 p.m.  While there were more industry reps, staff and others in favor of the OHV/Carnegie expansion, most did not speak.  Tesla had the majority of speakers.  About 42 speakers testified for Tesla preservation and in opposition to CSVRA EIR/expansion, and  23 speakers for CSVRA expansion.   Friends Organizations represented at the hearing included:

  • Ohlone Audubon Society
  • Mount Diablo Audubon Society
  • Citizens Committee to Complete the Refuge (CCCR)
  • Sierra Club
  • Center for Biological Diversity
  • East Bay CNPS
  • Livermore Heritage Guild
  • Friends of Springtown Preserve, Livermore
  • Friends of The Vineyards
  • Friends of Livermore
  • Tesla Road Residents Alliance
  • Rancher Group
  • Society of American Indians, Livermore
  • Friends of the Arroyos
  • Alameda Creek Alliance
  • Save Mount Diablo
  • Tri-Valley Trailblazers
  • Save the Frogs
  • SPRAWLDEF
  • Regional Parks Association

Representatives from four agencies also spoke to object to the EIR including LARPD; Alameda County CDA; Alameda Parks, Recreation and Historic Commission; and Alameda County Resource Conservation District.

At the end of the hearing, the Chair stated that there would be no more hearings, the record was closed and the matter would come back to the Commission for a decision at a public meeting in about six months.

We cannot thank you all enough for the help, excellent work and expertise.  To the organizations who have made saving Tesla a program priority – Thank you. To the group leadership who reviewed the FEIR and prepared a written comment letter – Thank you.  To the citizens who attended the hearing in support and to testify for Tesla – Thank you.  To our Friends who provide other support – Thank you. This was another important step in the process to Save Tesla.

We will keep you posted on the EIR process.  Watch for updates on next steps!

Below is a photograph of the Tule elk on Tesla – just one of the many reasons why we need to SAVE Tesla.

One REason why we need to SAVE TESLA

Tule elk still on Tesla on September 27, 2015 after August 2015 Tesla Fire

Our work for the last several years has been building for this important hearing!

This key hearing will be in Tracy on Friday February 5th, 2016 starting at 8:30 a.m. We hope you can be there to Save Tesla Park. Also, there are 2 important emails you can send.

At this hearing the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division intends to certify the Final EIR and approve the General Plan for Carnegie SVRA and the Tesla expansion.

Notice of this tour and hearing was recently posted by the State Parks Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division (OHMVR). The tour is on February 4th and the Commission Hearing is on Friday February 5th.

You need to be at the hearing to make a maximum in-person impact to Save Tesla Park:

OHMVR Commission Meeting to certify CSVRA FEIR and approve General Plan:

Friday, February 5, 2016
8:30 a.m. – until adjournment
Tracy City Hall City Council Chambers
333 Civic Center Plaza Tracy, CA 95736 (map)

Why this hearing is so important:

OHMVR has deliberately not yet released to the public the Final EIR and Draft General Plan they intend to approve on February 5, 2016.  Remember the Draft EIR concluded there were no significant impacts from the existing Carnegie SVRA or opening up Tesla to OHV use.  Rather than address the inadequacies in the Draft EIR identified by the extensive comments from the public, organizations and public agencies, OHMVR will ram through approval of the OHV expansion plan that will destroy Tesla as we know it.

You can help now:

  • Attend the public hearing on February 5, 2016!
  • Contact Assemblymember Baker and Senator Glazer.  Thus far they have not supported Tesla preservation or helped protect Tesla in any way.

Assembly Member Baker’s email: aassemblymember.baker@assembly.ca.gov

Senator Glazer’s email: senator.glazer@senate.ca.gov

  • Donate to Save Tesla at www.teslapark.org .  We need funds for experts to review the Final EIR when it is released and for the next steps.

Our work for the last several years to Save Tesla Park has been building for this hearing.  Please help us continue to the fight to Save Tesla Park.

Thank you for all of your time, help and dedication to help permanently preserve the precious and irreplaceable Tesla park land. Your support makes it possible for us to continue the fight. Tesla Park loves you!

Save Tesla Park

2 visions of the future of a culturally, environmentally and historically important part of the world, Tesla Park

 

No significant impacts?