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Yucca Valley Police Department

Preliminary Application Comments


 I am writing in support of the grant application for funds to enforce much needed ORV laws in my area. These agencies have an excellent track record of educating the public on responsible recreation and the fair and effective application of the law.

Living in a desert community, it is imperative for our law enforcement to have vehicles that are readily available for use in ORV abuse. Patrol cars cannot properly pursue in soft sanded areas and often get stuck in the process, giving the pursuer the upper hand.

I live in Yucca Valley adjacent to an area favored highly by off roaders. I personally make minimum one call per week to dispatch over their excessive speeding and destruction of private property. From an environmental view, I have witnessed the deterioration of the area in just a few months; joshua tree roots are slowly being exposed by the continual loops and local brush serves only as soft padding as they carelessly trample over them with ease. This is not made from out of towners but locals. They are the ones that come out on a daily basis and take over this area that also hosts many trails used by horse riders, joggers, and occasional photographers.

I cannot give enough gratitude for the hard work and time these man and women of law enforcement make and I no longer feel helpless living on my own land. This grant would give them more protection with proper vehicles and give us more relief.

I thank you for your time and giving me the opportunity to speak on such an important issue that effects my personal life and the safety of my community. [Lisa Valen - 4/6/09]



 I understand that the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department/Yucca Valley has applied for funds to enable them to enforce Off Road Vehicle laws.

I support their application for funds. I live in a rural area of Joshua Tree and it is upsetting what ORV users do. They drive at high speeds, make great noise, and raise dust. The great majority have no consideration for others. I live adjacent to Joshua Tree National Park and they sometimes even cut through the fence and ride into the park. It appears they can act with impunity.

Please help us by supporting the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Dept/Yucca Valley application for funds. [Dave Theriault - 4/6/09]


 I have read the State Parks OHV grant applications for the Moreno Valley Police Department for Law Enforcement and Restoration. While the work of the Moreno Valley police and the restoration project are worthwhile, they do not benefit OHV recreation in the area. OHV money should be spent in ways that promote and protect OHV opportunity and I don't see how funding these grants can help OHV recreation. [Ed Stovin, CORVA - 4/5/09]



 I would like to express my support for the grant funding application by the San Bernardino County Land Use Services/Code Enforcement dept. This agency has been doing an outstanding job educating OHV riders on where the legal OHV areas are while protecting private properties from unauthorized use. Their roving patrols have been held in various locations across the county and have proven successful in encouraging responsible OHV use with a combination of education and enforcement. Their funding is greatly appreciated.

Thank you for the opportunity to provide comment. [David Van Voorhis - 4/3/09]



 I own a cabin on  5 acres in Morongo Valley that my parents homesteaded in 1955. I have seen many quad runners from the neighborhood drive across the pipe lines that cross these 5 acre properties, up and down the side roads and then across private lands. The owners and riders of these vehicles do not know where public and private lands are and I would venture to guess that they seldom care.

We have stewarded this land for over 50 years and will continue to do so. We support any and all efforts made on behalf of good desert stewardship. These lands contain resource values that desert residents hold dear. We do not want to eliminate all ORV uses, but  these uses must be contained in appropriate locales that protect the surrounding areas for the plants, animals, hydrology, geological features and the pure aesthetics that the desert has to offer. [Caroline Brown - 4/2/09]



 Re: Support for San Bernardino County Code Enforcement Grant Application and Re: Support for San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department/Yucca Valley Grant Application

I am writing to support the grant application for funds to enforce ORV laws in my area. These agencies have an excellent track record of educating the public on responsible recreation and the fair and effective application of the law.

California is experiencing significant budget cuts and ORV enforcement is entirely dependent on these grants to continue to protect private and public lands from ORV abuse. [Jeffrey Wells - 4/1/09]



 Re: Support for San Bernardino County / 
   Re: Support for San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department/
         Yucca Valley Grant Application

I am writing to support the grant application for funds to enforce ORV laws in my area.  These agencies have an excellent track record of educating the public on responsible recreation and the fair and effective application of the law.

Both local ORV and weekenders are pretty much brought under control with these grant funds. Ordinance # 3793 does indeed work and protect personal property, native plants and all the wildlife in the desert. I have personally seen wonders done in controling illegal OHV violaters. However, more must be done or the desert will be severely destroyed for future and present generations.

California is experiencing significant budget cuts and ORV enforcement is entirely dependent on these grants to continue to protect private and public lands from ORV abuse. [Ben Holstrom - 3/31/09]



 I wanted to write and lend my support of law enforcement keeping off-road vehicle from running wild. I live in the sleepy town of Yucca valley and i can tell you there is much abuse of BLM and private land here. The ORV are ruining the desert. Even a moderate wind storm produces more dust and demonstrates the level of erosion these people create.& Every time i walk in the desert i can see new trails and trash from these inconsiderate abusers. Please defend the desert. The damage they are doing will take hundreds of years for the desert to repair.

Please help us. [Shelley A. Currie - 3/30/09]



 OHV usage needs strict law enforcement control. Pls. begin now. [Gary Hoyt/Boulevard - 3/29/09]



 Hello. My name is Brendan Hughes and I support the Yucca Valley PD's grant application for law enforcement funding. Law enforcement resources are critical for the protection of private and public property in the face of increasing illegal and abusive OHV activity. I believe this grant application should be fully funded. [Brendan Hughes - 3/30/09]



 Link to comments from Sherry Hall [3/26/09]


 Living in the unincorporated area of S.B. county, I have had SO MANY frustrations of ORV abuse on the easement leading to Yucca Mesa Avenue. Since this dirt road goes up a hill, I can not see if there is a parade of ORVs racing up on the other side below & have nearly been hit as we both come to meet at the top. Or if I were wanting to walk on this road, I might not be able to jump aside in time. These riders feel it is their right to use my easement for their own entertainment. I have NO POLICE willing to patrol this area since my requests have been consistently brushed aside.

Nevertheless, I mention here my support for the San Bernardino County Code Enforcement Grant Application and the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department/Yucca Valley Grant Application. As long as there IS a budget for enforcement THERE IS HOPE for help with this issue... YES WE CAN!!!! [Olivia de Haulleville - 3/30/09]



 I do not want my tax money going to this. There is already adequate law enforcement in my area. I consider this an extreme over-reaction. The Marine base expansion is going to cause much more damage than a couple of scooters running around.

From my perspective I see street legal vehicles ie: jeeps and pick-up trucks as more of a problem than ORV's. [Rick Sayers - 3/30/09]



 RE: Support for San Bernardino County Code Enforcement Grant Application and Support for San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department/Yucca Valley Grant Application

The Society for the Protection and Care of Wildlife (SPCW) supports the above two grants which if funded will allow the continuation of enforcement of ORV laws in much of the California Desert. Both of these agencies have excellent reputations and track records educating the public on responsible recreation and fair and efficient enforcement of the laws.

Due to significant budget cuts, ORV enforcement by these two departments in the County of San Bernardino will not happen. They are enitirely dependent on these grants to protect desert wildlife, private and public lands.

If you need clarification please do not hesitate to contact me. [H. Marie Brashear - 3/30/09]



 Please support the San Bernadino County Sheriff's Department, and Yucca Valley grant application. California is experiencing many budget cuts and is dependent on these funds to protect private and publics lands from ORV abuse. [Nancy Leventhal - 3/30/09]



 I support the work of the San Bernadino law enforcement grants. They do superior work in the community. [Barbara Maron - 3/30/09]


 Re: Support for San Bernardino County Code Enforcement Grant Application and Re: Support for San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department/Yucca Valley Grant Application

I support the grant application for funds to enforce ORV laws in my area. These agencies have an excellent track record of educating the public on responsible recreation and the fair and effective application of the law. I get about 8-10 ORV riders every weekend in my area stirring up dust and vandalizing vacant houses on my street in Flamingo Hts (police reports have been made).

After my neighbor Beth Osborn was taken to the hospital after falling, the only people in this area who could see the lights from the ambulance were the ORV riders on Tahoe St on the next block. Soon after she was gone began 3 burglaries upon her empty house began. Now the new owners of that house at 898 Delgada Ave have also been robbed and their windows broken in back. The police report was made a few months ago.

California is experiencing significant budget cuts and ORV enforcement is entirely dependent on these grants to continue to protect private and public lands from ORV abuse. IF these code enforcers are not backed by this state, then it will result in people having to shoot the offenders, which I quite agree with. How else will they learn? [Ms BJ Renton - 3/29/09]



 Re: Support for San Bernardino County Code Enforcement Grant Application and Re: Support for San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department/Yucca Valley Grant Application

I am writing to support the grant application for funds to enforce ORV laws in my area. These agencies have an excellent track record of educating the public on responsible recreation and the fair and effective application of the law.

I've attended several meetings, where I've found EDUCATION is the primary need, following up is a critical part, and ENFORCEMENT is a VERY necessary strategy in assuring our deserts are not destroyed, mutilated and eroded by off road vehicles. Enforcement has included the education of owners of over 80,000 vehicles, possibly a ratio a 3 to-one-owner, but still an overwhelming task to educate via mailing of 2,000 a week. Still hasn't allowed for the necessary spreading and educating of the thousands of people who don't LIVE here, but only VISIT. Their ignorance is overwhelming. I've also found it takes practically an army to educate and passing the word that we citizens don't appreciate their abuse of OUR space or the interference with our right to our own peace and freedoms!

There were several ORVs in my immediate area abusing the ordinances of time (normal business hours) hearing noises at 1 a.m. or 2 a.m., living alone and knowing I must defend my rights or die trying isn't an option for me. Only seeing lights and hearing the vehicles thrashing through my night and disrupting my sleep and peace wasn't a confrontation (as others have had) I looked forward to having. When these neighbors were given EDUCATION and RESTRICTIONS, and confrontation from local authorities, these nighttime noises ceased for awhile.  I had to dial 911 to report them.

There is ONLY ONE enforcer in our area, including thousands of square miles and we much need MORE than just one. With the commercials in which the governor entices people to come to California and with HIS significant budget cuts, ORV enforcement is entirely dependent on these grants to continue to protect private and public lands from ORV abuse. The Mojave is a large place and it will take an army as we see it to be able to address these issues. PLEASE help us protect and preserve these rights and areas.

Thank you for your time. [Judy Van-Ruggles - 3/29/09]



 Re: Support for San Bernardino County Code Enforcement Grant Application and Re: Support for San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department/Yucca Valley Grant Application

I am writing to support the grant application for funds to enforce ORV laws in my area. These agencies have an excellent track record of educating the public on responsible recreation and the fair and effective application of the law.

There are people that are this minute breaking the laws made to protect peace and polluting. My neighbor has made four or five new exits from their house that go over the line into private property. their incessant noise and clouds of dust plague the area and this is including other riders. We need this grant to protect dangered animals and our way of life that we hope to keep peaceful and healthy.

California is experiencing significant budget cuts and ORV enforcement is entirely dependent on these grants to continue to protect private and public lands from ORV abuse. [Suzanne Ross - 3/30/09]



 Re: Support for San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department/Yucca Valley Grant Application

I am writing to support the grant application for funds to enforce ORV laws in my area. These agencies have an excellent track record of educating the public on responsible recreation and the fair and effective application of the law. I live in a rural community Rim Rock near Pioneer town and I am over run with strangers thinking my land is an off road park. Any help regarding this would be helpful.

(Write about your own experiences with ORV abuse here)

California is experiencing significant budget cuts and ORV enforcement is entirely dependent on these grants to continue to protect private and public lands from ORV abuse. If I can make a contribution please tell me where. [Ron andd Cecilai House - 3/30/09]


 Community ORV Watch of the Morongo Basin is a grassroots organization of residents and businesses dedicated to protecting private and public lands from off-road vehicle (ORV) abuse in the Morongo Basin. We have worked closely with the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department (SD) to protect private property and the quality of life in our communities. We have grown from a small group of neighbors to over 300 members due to the extent of the ORV problem in the Southern California desert region.

We are writing to express our enthusiastic support for the application by the SD for an OHMVR grant. Due to the efforts of Captain Donny Miller, Lt. Dale Mondary and Sgt. Rick Collins, the Morongo Basin has experienced increased enforcement of laws pertaining to ORV activities.

We meet regularly with the SD and San Bernardino County Code Enforcement (CE) to engage in joint efforts to protect our communities. SD officers work cooperatively with their counterparts in CE and with federal rangers through multi-agency meetings. SD staff are professional and accessible and attend public conferences and meetings.

On major holiday weekends, the SD has been over-whelmed in areas where ORVs congregate to engage in illegal activities. Not all complaints from residents can be addressed due to limited funding and the prioritization of other calls for service. With additional support, the SD can expand its capacity to respond to the particular challenges associated with ORV trespass and damage to businesses and private property.

We have found that public education must go hand-in-hand with enforcement. The SD's plans to educate the public through public service announcements, outreach to the schools and local ORV vendors, distribution of brochures and the deployment of road side electronic message boards directing riders to designated ORV areas will make a significant contribution to public safety and the protection of private and commercial property.

We believe that the SD will use grants funds to improve our quality of life, increase the public safety and reduce conflicts between ORV riders and residents. We urge you to grant their request in full. Please feel free to contact us with any questions regarding this recommendation. [Brahm Elmendorp, Victoria Fuller, Sherry Hall, Bob Harris, Phil Klasky, Mary Riggs, Eve Vykydal - 3/11/09]