More Legislators Support Tesla Preservation Proposal

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.


Friends drops support for SB 249

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.

SB 249 Passes Assembly 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.  

Contact your State Senator to Support SB 249

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.

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Please call or email your State Senator by Tuesday, May 30, 3017 and urge them to support SB 249.

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State studies document OHV getting excess fuel taxes

As documented by the State’s own fuel tax studies, the OHMVR program and OHV expansion is supported by excessive fuel tax transfers that have nothing to do with OHV recreation. The State conducted a study of fuel taxes transferred to the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division in 2007 and 2006 and again in a just released updated study.

The errors in fuel tax transfers are in three main categories: 1) OHMVR gets fuel taxes for “motorized access to non- motorized recreation” (e.g., hiking, camping, fishing, etc.); 2) overestimate of unregistered OHVs in use; and 3) overestimate of street legal 4WD/AWD vehicles engaged in OHV recreation use.  As a result, the OHMVR Division receives more than double the fuel tax that it rightly should based on use. 

With State Parks own surveys showing that OHV recreation is a small fraction of total outdoor recreation use and demand, and attendance at many OHV riding areas such a Carnegie SVRA actually decreasing, as a matter of fiscal accountability, transparency, and simple fairness and balance, the OHV fuel tax transfers need to be corrected.

At the least, fuel taxes associated with “motorized access to non-motorized recreation” should be redirected so that other State Parks and other parks systems rightly receive fuel tax funds to support access to non-motorized recreation. SB 249 starts to correct this boondoggle. 

Carnegie SVRA – Why we need to protect Tesla