Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
Hello, I currently live in the Santa Clarita Valley. I stumbled across this new program you have and I think it should not be carried out. People ride out in the hills for a good reason. I live next to a hill with a small hiking trail. Kids used to ride dirt bikes there until I told them of a better place to ride. They left and now currently ride at this new spot. I am no longer annoyed of the noise they make. All I want is peace and quite. If you take away their spots more kids will be left at small places near residential areas and on the streets. [SCV Resident - 4/5/10]
I would like to comment on the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Law Enforcement grants for Santa Clarita and Palmdale. It is not clear from the grants if there are any legal OHV areas in the region being patrolled. OHV grants are to be used to enhance OHV opportunity. I understand grants are not to be used in the SVRA’s, like Hungry Valley. I also understand that Drinkwater Flats , and Rowher Flats OHV Park are now closed. So, where are the opportunities that go along with your enforcement work? Together over $285k to patrol and no where to go riding? It is sad that so much abuse takes place and it is no fault of the LACSD that there is little OHV opportunity, but this grant should be considered as one that does not help OHV and should be scored accordingly. [Ed Stovin, CORVA - 4/5/10]
I would like to modify my comments on the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Law Enforcement grants for Santa Clarita and Palmdale. I just exchanged emails with a knowledgeable friend who enlightened me. OHV grants are to be used to enhance OHV opportunity. I understand grants are not to be used in the SVRA’s, like Hungry Valley. It is sad that so much abuse takes place and it is no fault of the LACSD that there is little OHV opportunity, but the Palmdale grant should be considered as one that does not help OHV and should be scored accordingly. Santa Clarita does a good job and should be funded. [Ed Stovin, CORVA - 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]
I'm sorry that I can't support this year's OHV law enforcement grant application submitted for the Palmdale Sheriff's Station.
Because Los Angeles County provides no real OHV use opportunities for its residents, I cannot support funding the "stick" without also funding the "carrot". Currently Los Angeles County's response to resident OHV users is take their activity to another county. As a result, neighboring Kern and San Bernardino counties receive the economic benefits from fuel sales, lodging, food and other supplies.
It is not enough for Los Angeles County to provide OHV enforcement; it must also provide OHV opportunities.
That is why I regularly and actively support OHV law enforcement grant applications for the two above mentioned counties, as well as those submitted by the BLM and the Forest Service. These are the agencies that are providing actual OHV recreation opportunities and, therefore, they should be the ones receiving OHV law enforcement grants.
It pains be to write this because I'm grateful for the support the County has shown me in my advisory role with the BLM. But my own Los Angeles County has got to do better to provide OHV opportunities for residents of the Antelope Valley area. At this time, the need for the limited OHV law enforcement grant money is simply greater elsewhere. [Randy Banis - 3/24/10]
Palmdale Sheriff's along with the rest of the Antelope Valley Sheriff's do not currently understand many of the laws that allow private citizens to use their motorcycles on private property. Unfortunate experiences with your officers on my private property have already confirmed this once before.
Until the officers learn how laws apply to protect private property owners rights, they deserve no more taxpayer funding to pursue OHV riders in the desert.
California continues to spiral out of control from frivolous expenses, increased government regulation, and enforcement policies which drive law abiding taxpayers out of the state. We need a friendly operating state which does not give local or state authorities more power to create potential civil penalties to individuals who are spending quality time with their families doing things they enjoy.
Stay out of our lives and give us our freedom back. Get back to chasing true criminals who rape, burglarize, and continue to terrorize the community through gang participation. Those you seek to chase on your expensive motorcycles will continue to ride their bikes in direct contradiction to your wishes to stop them.
Let your own officers stay off the lands as well since many of them enjoy their time off riding their bikes doing the same thing they seek to prohibit during their working hours.
Stop the nonsense. No more taxpayer grant money. [Colin D. Baird - 3/11/10]