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Kern County Sheriff's Office

 I am writing to ask your continued support of allowing Kern County Deputies patrol for misuse of OHV 2 wheel and 4 wheel vehicles in and around the Ridgecrest area.  There are an increasing number of OHV users in our area that display no regard for Private Property and continually run the streets of Ridgecrest with no tags which are not street legal. [Ron Ross - 4/1/10]



 I support this year’s OHV Law Enforcement Grant application submitted by the Kern County Sheriff’s Office.

As a school board member for Sierra Sands Unified School District, I have seen the positive interaction with our students and community.

Sierra Sands Unified School District has two schools adjacent to desert riding areas located in Inyokern and Randsburg.

The Kern County Sheriff’s Office provides educational information to our students as well as the community. [Michael Scott - 3/31/10]



 ORV Watch Kern County expresses its firm and enthusiastic support for the Kern County Sheriff's Department application for law enforcement grant monies.
 
Throughout our state, including in Kern County, tensions between illegal ORV riders and private property owners have reached the boiling point.  Furthermore, at an alarming rate, public lands such as the cherished Pacific Crest Trail, which runs through the Tehachapi Mountains, have sustained terrible damage from illegal riders.  Meanwhile, the KCSD has been caught in the middle, facing severe budgetary restraints, between the demands of enforcement (and landowners calls for same) and the realities of limited resources.  Nevertheless, each of the KCSD substations, as well as the main headquarters, have shown creativity, responsiveness, dedication, and determination to make sure the boiling point is cooled down by judicious application of existing law.  We appreciate that; frankly, we believe that the application for funding should involve a request for substantially more grant money than is represented on the preliminary application.
 
One "point of order," however: In paragraph 2 of page two,the Tehachapi Mountains are included in the list of riding opportunities. That, we believe, was an inadvertant error.  There are no "designated riding areas" in the Tehachapi Mountains.  That area should be referenced under areas needing protection and enforcement from ORV incursions.
 
With that proviso, we are proud to support our KCSD request. [ORV WATCH KERN COUNTY, Steering Committee: Jan Shaw Alford, Diana Palmer, Tom Ross - 3/31/10]



 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]