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Ventura County Sheriff's Department

 I would like to comment on the Imperial County Sheriff's Office Law Enforcement grant.  Imperial County has a huge amount of off-road recreation with three large open areas and many miles of trails and roads in limited use areas.  Law enforcement is so important in these areas to keep the peace and protect our recreation.  This grant should be funded as fully as possible so that the Imperial County Sheriff’s department can continue to do their work. [Ed Stovin, CORVA  - 4/5/10]

 Law Enforcement $58,000  One of the issues that I have concern with is that I do not see any report by any law enforcement agency City and County what they have done with the "In Lieu " Fees collected by each county. I was given the impression that was a requirement, yet were it it? 
This question should be on every single City and County grant. What have you done with the "in Lieu "   fees your county gets? 
This grant is small given the size of Ventura County. I have to assume this is around Frazier park . Concern is that purchase of 2 motorcycle, 2 quads,  Exactly who will be using these and how often?  To purchase this equipment and only be used a few days a year seems like a waist.  Also how do these get this from location to location?   [Ed Waldheim "OHV activist for access to public lands for all" - 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 would like to comment on the Ventura County Sheriff's Department Law Enforcement grant.  The grant and associated costs seem reasonable and I support this grant.  I see the grant would like to buy Honda CRF450x off-road motorcycles.  I might suggest that other bikes be considered, such as the DRZ400.  The CRF450x is really a great dirtbike, but is not street legal and would greatly limit your area of patrol.  The California Air Resouces Board made it not longer legal to convert off-road bikes to on road, so that cannot be done.  The DRZ400, while not quite as good a dirtbike, is street legal, making it much more versital.  [Ed Stovin, CORVA - 3/27/10]