This email was sent out by Amy Granat at Cal-4.
The language of the assemblies proposed budget that wipes out 40% of OHV funding for the grants program that supports OUR recreation.
It already passed the Assembly Budget Committee – Amy was there. This is the language in the report to the Conference Committee, including an acknowledgment of a ‘typo’ that appeared in the description of the item at the Assembly budget Committee hearing last week. The ‘ongoing’ notation indicates that this will NOT be a one-time thing – it will continue on and on every year.
3. Off Highway Vehicle Trust Fund (Department of Parks and Recreation)
The Senate did not hear the issue.
The Assembly approved a reduction of $27 million from the Off Highway Vehicle
Trust Fund for the Off Highway Vehicle support program. When approved, the
agenda cited that this reduction was a 20 percent reduction to the program.
However, because the reduction was calculated for the wrong fund amount, this cut
represents a 40 percent reduction for the support program. This amount will be
transferred to the General Fund (ongoing).
We must ACT NOW to save the OHV program!
The Issue: On Friday, February 18th, the Assembly Budget Committee voted to take $27 million out of the OHV operating budget. This would NOT be a loan, and would continue unstopped year after year. It would result in closures and cut-backs to the California OHV Parks – Carnegie, Clay Pit, Heber Dunes, Hollister Hills, Hungry Valley, Mammoth Bar, Oceano Dunes, Ocotillo Wells and Prairie City. The Snow Grooming program and State Sno-Parks will also be greatly affected or closed. In addition, the Governor is proposing to take $21 million more from the OHV program. This could be the end of the OHV program as we have enjoyed it for the last 40 years.
This Wednesday, February 23rd, the Conference Committee will meet in the State Capitol to iron out difference between the State Assembly and Senate Budget Committees. We have to influence the following Conference Committee members through our elected legislative representatives: Senator Leno, Vice Chair; Senator Lowenthal, Senator Negrete McLeod , Senator Huff, and Senator Emmerson, and Assemblyman Blumenfield.
What can you do: ACT NOW! and contact your legislative members ASAP. Find your representatives here, and use the speaking points below, or add some of your own: http://www.legislature.ca.gov/legislators_and_districts/legislators/your_legislator.html
These are the updated members of the Budget Conference Committee that will be meeting tomorrow and Thursday that will determine the fate of the OHV program. If you are in the district of any of these people, please contact their offices ASAP.
Senate Members (Democrats – 3 Members):
Senate Members (Republicans – 2 Members):
Assembly Members (Democrats – 3 Members):
Assembly Members (Republicans – 2 Members):
280 Hemsted State Capital
Suite 110 Room 6031
Redding, CA 96002 Sacramento, CA 94249-0002
Please send this to all your friends, networks, clubs and forums. This is a serious issue, and only we can make a difference. Thanks, Amy Granat