Riverside County Planning Department, OHV Commission
I would like to comment on the Riverside County Planning Department, OHV Commission grant. Last year this grant was funded to help find a place for a legal OHV park. This year several sites have been identified and one promising site is being developed. Riverside should be commended for moving forward. I would like to see this grant be funded to continue to develop an OHV park at Drop 31. [Ed Stovin, CORVA - 4/5/10]
This grant for $205,000 planning money and their match of $1,258.000 dollars is very troubling. It seems that institutional memory is all but gone in Riverside County. They forget that DeAnza cycle park was given money to keep it open. It was closed. We purchased over 1500 acres in San Timoteo Canyon, which to this day should still be owned by the state of California, and we have nothing to show for it. I believe if memory does not fail me, it was 8 million dumped here and literally dumped because we have nothing to show for it. Then we went to a project by Jack Rabbit Trails, and another 2 to 4 million was lost in this project.
So can you please enlighten me exactly what is different this time. Riverside County has milked over 12 million dollars from the OHV program, nothing to show for it, and yet you have the nerve to talk about all the problems of OHV and the need to protect all these self inflicted species you have developed in your county , and that you want peace and quiet for your quality of life. Please look at the history book, You all must take the OHV program as fools because to this point you have shown absolutely no resolve to do anything but take our money.
Where in this dialog between you the Board of Supervisors to get them on board with this and a commitment from them that this will be done?
Frankly I get very upset when city, county and agencies take our money and provide Zero as a result. You all must be laughing at us all the way to the bank.
This grant should be denied unless some very specific goals and expectations are developed and the Deputy Director of OHV program gets personal commitment from the elected board of supervisors in writing , otherwise all bets are off, this is a bad investment for OHV. [Ed Waldheim "OHV activist for access to public lands for all" - 4/4/10]