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Alameda County Sheriff's Office

 District 36 Motorcycle Sports Committee is pleased to support BOTH grant submissions on behalf of our While District 36 supports Law Enforcement Grants, at large – It cannot fully support this grant as submitted without modification.

Alameda country does NOT provide any kind of facility for OHV recreation to take place in a legal, safe, and controlled area such as Metcalf Cycle Park in Santa Clara County. See page 1, LE item 1. Perhaps EBAY Parks District could assist for a MOTORIZED park acquisition, as it is clear one is needed.

Additionally, scarce OHV scarce funds should not be used for drug related LE actions. Funding for this should come from the DEA or other sources..
Review ACS comments in Item 4 Deployment of Personnel. D36 applauds these efforts for narcotics eradication, but OHV funds should be used for OHV activity.

Within Item 1 on page one, it was indicated that equipment would be needed if Carnegie should close to the public, and with the latest information from the Courts, this will NOT be the case. Thus the Grant should be REDUCED to reflect no purchases of motorized vehicles, trailers, etc  within the Section 5 Equipment Purchases in the amount of $47,947.00

Special Events/Carnegie. It is noted within the Grant Application that LE service is provided at N/C to the State when a special event takes place. This is good, as I believe the grant indicated the In-Lieu portion of monies the Sheriff gets already comes to the OHV portion of the Sheriffs program, and is a good use of the money as indicated on page 4, section 9 Counties Only. D36 thanks the county for putting OHV money into OHV LE staff and process.

District 36 and its thousands of member families encourage the Alameda County Sheriff to approach the Alameda County Board of Supervisors and request consideration of a facility within the country boundaries OTHER that Carnegie SVRA. Based on the Grant request(s) it is clear this county needs some kind of facility for youth & family OHV recreation opportunity closer to the population density they serve. May I suggest a site visit to Santa Clara Parks & Rec and the program they have in place.

District 36 WILL support any efforts Alameda county may put forth about acquisition of an OHV facility.

District 36, et al, would also like to make a comment about the Sheriffs Office, and the disappointment that D36 and its members share as we were unable to find ANY kind of support letter or positive media coverage from the Alameda Country Sheriffs Office IN SUPPORT OF STATE PARKS and the huge effort the OHMVRD, as well as the public undertook in the continued effort to secure the park remaining open for the user supported program and the SVRA itself.

It is clear from the Grant Application that this facility is a VERY important part of the community, and to lose if for Alameda County Residents that choose OHV as their recreation, it could possibly increase illegal OHV activity within Alameda County. Responsible OHV recreation, and a legal place to recreate is paramount to this county, and the riders all over the state to come here to recreate.

Thank you for accepting my comments on behalf of our membership. AND PLEASE, understand that D36 has ALWAYS supported LE grants that make good sense for the OHV community. [David Pickett - 4/5/10]

 Every single Law Enforcement grant should have a commitment and focus to catch the "Willfully Ignorant" visitor.  We see every day folks doing what ever they want and they feel immune  because it is their feeling "there is no one around to catch me"    That has to change.  Yes, we have Green Sticker Violations, sound violations, and other normal day to day violations that by now should be all in compliance.  It is the "Willfully Ignorant " that does not abide by the rules of the areas they ride in, i.e. "Stay on Designated Trails " "Respect Private Property"   "Know the rules of area you are riding in "  be it Forest Service, BLM, City and County.  All of us can put pressure on the "Willfully Ignorant" but it is Law Enforcement that needs to focus their talent to those that want to ruin it for everyone.  We can not let them rule our destiny or how we are being portrait in the eyes of the public and government elected officials.   
The other area of grave concern is our children, we need to make sure that all children 16 and under on Quads have the proper certification. We need to make sure that they are properly dressed to ride, no tank tops, tennis shoes and short pants.   Parents need to be told of their responsibility in the strongest possible manner, ticket.  

Thank you all for working this very difficult issue.   [Ed Waldheim "OHV activist for access to  public lands for all" - 3/28/10]

 In the project description it is stated that the project is for equipment purchases:

“For this proposed project, the Sheriff’s Office is requesting funds for the purchase of three Polaris Rangers and transport trailers to further our abilities to monitor the rural areas of the county.”
The entries for Staff and Others (training) should not be a part of the Project Expenses. Even though they are not requesting Staff or Others (training) funding, the labor funds are being used as Matching Funds.
Thank you for considering my comment. [Bruce Brazil - 3/3/10]