We are preparing for the next steps in the work to preserve Tesla. At this time the OHMVR Division plans to release the Final EIR this Fall. We will need to provide further comments on the Final EIR when released and at the subsequent public hearing. We will start fundraising again for the next stages of the CEQA process. And, with the support of the County of Alameda, City of Livermore and LARPD, we will continue to press for a change in State policy to designate Tesla as a non-OHV use preserve. You can help by letting our new State legislators, Assembly Member Catherine Baker and Senator Steve Glazer, know that we need their help to permanently preserve Tesla.
The June 29th comment deadline for the Carnegie SVRA Draft EIR and Preliminary General has passed. In addition to hundreds of comments from individuals, at least 11 public agencies and 25 community organizations also submitted substantive comments on the proposed project to expand Carnegie SVRA into the sensitive Tesla park land. Thank you for your help on DEIR comments! Your commitment to Save Tesla Park drives us forward.
Alameda County Board of Supervisors and Livermore City Council recently voted to support Tesla preservation. The County and City now join the Livermore Area Recreation and Park District (LARPD) opposing Carnegie expansion and calling for non-OHV uses for Tesla. The support of local public agencies is important as we work to have State Parks preserve Tesla for non-OHV use.
- Supervisor Strongly Object to Carnegie Park Expansion DEIR, June 25, 2015, Independent News
- Livermore Council Votes to Oppose Off-Road Expansion, May 21, 2015, Independent News
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)
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!
From: Carnegie SVRA General Plan [mailto:CarnegieGPfirstname.lastname@example.org]
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.
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|