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El Dorado County Sheriff's Department

 My thanks to the El Dorado Sheriff’s Office (EDSO) for submitting this detailed Law Enforcement grant. The education and enforcement services provided by EDSO LEOs is equally as important as their visibility on the trail – both work together to drive compliance.
 
I have some small adjustments to suggest in the Proposed Project Section (note that many of these points are repeated in the Project Cost Estimate worksheet’s Project Description rows):
* Citing the unreleased, unapproved Rubicon Trail Master Plan (draft RTMP) is problematic, since the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors refused to certify this document. I recommend citing the data’s source outside of the draft RTMP, since the sources of data are generally respected, but the draft RTMP is not
* Please check with County Counsel to clarify the status of the roadway, as I understand it, County Counsel has repeatedly stated that this is a public highway through El Dorado Count, and not a ‘county roadway’ or ‘non-maintained county road’ as noted in several places in this grant request. The actual legal difference is unclear, but County Counsel has been VERY specific in his wording, and I suggest that this grant request should leverage that.
* Please also check with County Counsel as to the specific dimensions of the roadway – this is undefined in most places, though 50 feet has been used as a guideline for some time. Before finalizing this grant, it would be great to have updated and double-checked information. I have also heard reference to 25’ on either side of the centerline which would be 50’ in total.
 
I also have some small corrections to suggest in the LE Certification Section:
* Citing the unreleased, unapproved Rubicon Trail Master Plan (draft RTMP) is problematic, since the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors refused to certify this document. I recommend citing the data’s source outside of the draft RTMP, since the sources of data are generally respected, but the draft RTMP is not
* Though Spider Lake was indeed closed due to concerns of POTENTIAL contamination, the tests made to verify this concern were inconclusive, and subsequently found to be similar to other high-country lakes (see attached Rubicon Trail Foundation White Paper that dispels this mythical contamination: “no real (contamination) pattern exists and that test samples were well within accepted limits”).
* Please check with County Counsel to clarify the status of the roadway, as I understand it, County Counsel has repeatedly stated that this is a public highway through El Dorado Count, and not a ‘county roadway’ or ‘non-maintained county road’ as noted in several places in this grant request. The actual legal difference is unclear, but County Counsel has been VERY specific in his wording, and I suggest that this grant request should leverage that.
* Winter trail use is not limited to snowmobiles – the Rubicon Trail is open year-round, and hardy 4x4 enthusiasts visit even in deepest winter
* Please clarify your intention for grant-matching – it states that this will be done to a 25% level with in-lieu funds, but I suspect based on figures discussed elsewhere that the actual number is larger than 26%.
 
I definitely appreciate the challenge of enforcing laws in such mixed jurisdiction, and respect the work that EDSO has done with State Parks LEO, ENF LEO, and the CHP to refine a general operating agreement. Further, I respect the research towards next steps in potentially unifying enforcement in the area, and will support this as the logical next step to more consistent enforcement. In the meantime, I definitely agree that EDSO deputies assigned to the Rubicon Trail should “focus enforcement activities on violations that involve health and safety; issues along with violations that impact the surrounding environment.” While I understand that registration and insurance (in the case of street-registered vehicles) are necessary, I hope that EDSO will give higher-priority to enforcing issues relating to health, safety, and resource damage.
 
Generally, I support this grant, and celebrate EDSO’s stated intention to provide for a regular, scheduled, patrol during weekends and holidays throughout the busiest summer months, additional patrols on random midweeks, and additional patrols during the night-time hours, including overnight patrols. EDSO management will have to be very pro-active in tracking these shifts to ensure that committed resources make it to the trail, as I recall that past grant cycles have had some question about commitments vs. delivery. While I understand that calls received in transit between the EDSO station and the Rubicon Trail can shift priorities in real-time, we simply *must* get these officers to the trail where they can be most effective with OHV-related education and enforcement. I doubt this will be a problem during the upcoming grant cycle, because EDSO’s Rubicon-related patrol and management staff have been on this beat long enough to identify the challenges and work through them to allow a high level of service and consistent delivery.
 
EDSO has already delivered on its commitments to build a Rubicon-capable patrol vehicle with public funding and get LEOs on the trail for some shifts in the past few years, and EDSO officers have worked well on the trail, displaying appropriate levels of both social and professional interaction with a wide variety of trail users. This is a modest grant request with specific commits and budgets, and I’m looking forward to seeing EDSO officers on the trail this year. Accordingly, I support this law enforcement grant. [Randy Burleson - 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]


 The following are my comments for the OHV Grant funding request:
 
I fully support having law enforcement on the Rubicon Trail.
 
But, I do have some concerns about the OHV Grant funding request.
1. It appears that the 2 deputies will patrol the Rubicon 3 days a week. How are they each going to rack up 40 hours a week on the Rubicon in 3 working days?  
2. Travel time to and from the entrance of the Rubicon should be considered as normal patrol and not be paid by OHV funds.
3. Why would the 2 deputies be working overtime?
4. How was the estimate of 889 gallons of fuel arrived at? The section of the Rubicon that will be patrolled is only 12 miles long.
 
ITEM 3. Describe the frequency of the patrols
Patrols by 2 deputies would be conducted during times of high use of the Rubicon Trail, generally on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, between the holidays of Memorial Day and Labor Day.
 
ITEM 4. Deployment of Personnel
The project is requesting monies to provide for 2 deputies working on overtime for a total of 80 hours per week along with described additional patrols. The deputies would be assigned as a 2 man patrol unit, using the specially equipped Rubicon Patrol vehicle. The project is also requesting monies to pay part time for a Sheriff’s Sergeant for approx. 10 hrs week to provide for scheduling and maintenance of equipment and files.
 
ITEM 2. Project Coverage
The Rubicon Trail in El Dorado County includes approximately 12 miles on designated non-maintained county roadway.
 
Thank you for considering my comments. [Bruce Brazil - 3/7/10]