San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department
Preliminary Application Comments
On behalf of CORVA and myself, I cannot completely support the Law Enforcement grant request submitted by San Joaquin County.
There are elements in this grant request that do deserve funding, but the significant problem with the application has to do with the amount of funding requested by the county, and the proportion to legal OHV opportunities supported by the County. San Joaquin County has simply asked for too much money.
Also, I noticed that San Joaquin County does not cite any partnerships or cooperative agreements with OHV groups, organizations or clubs. If there is a problem with illegal OHV recreation in the county, it makes sense to contact the many OHV groups, organizations or clubs that exist and form partnerships to help solve the problem. But it seems that San Joaquin County has partnered with volunteer pilots, air patrols...everyone but the groups that are dedicated to solving this problem.
I would support a minimum of funding for San Joaquin County, along with the admonition that they seek cooperation with local OHV users, and create programs that directly educate OHV users. Appearances at parades, air shows and the like will not help solve the problem as explained in the application. [Amy Granat, Northern Director, CORVA - 3/28/09]
Link to comments from Don Amador, Western Representative, BlueRibbon Coalition, Inc. 3/23/09