Adelanto Police Department
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 reviewing this grant, it is sad that the Adelanto GP which according to the description for need brings in 30,000 visitors. Well that is no longer the case. This GP is moving out of the city as of next year, thus the need for all these services are not valid. We know there is local OHV uses by the local residents, but there is no justification as to how many folks if any come from down below to recreate in Adelanto. El Mirage 25,000 acre area is patrolled once in a while by San Bernardino Sheriff, but not Adelanto Police, that being outside of their jurisdiction. Our law enforcement grants are very limited and should be provided to those agencies that have OHV opportunity. It is not clear if the City Adelanto provides OHV recreation in their jurisdiction , tolerates it or has a ban on OHV. That is not clear in this grant. That they should get some money I would agree, but $150,000 is over the top, not when you have federal agencies getting half that and with almost 1/2 million visitors. Something does not add up. [Ed Waldheim "OHV activist for access to public lands for all" - 3/27/10]
I would like to comment on the Adelanto Police Dept Law Enforcement grant. In reviewing, I like the emphisis on rescue and injured riders. What I am not sure about is the high amount of the grant, some of the prices for equipment and an event discussed in the text. The Adelanto Gran Prix is mentioned as having a need for law enforcement. It has been anounced that this event will no longer take place. In looking at some of the equipment to be purchased, I see a cost of $250 for tie down straps for two duel sport motorcycles. As a motorcycle rider, I know the best straps are by Ancra and cost about $25 a pair. They certainly last more than a year. Also shown is $1125 for 10 pairs of boots. How many people are you buying for? It is not mentioned in the application. I believe this grant should be funded, just that some of the costs should be looked at to be sure they are real. [Ed Stovin, CORVA - 3/27/10]