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Morongo Basin Ambulance Association

The Morongo Basin Ambulance Association Education & Safety grant provides a much needed service to the Southern California desert and should be funded as fully as possible. [Ed Stovin, CORVA - 4/1/12]

G 11-04-42-S 01   Education & Safety
This grant is reasonable and you get good recommendation from Rescue 3 Inc.  so I support this grant as it does everything possible to assist those in need out in the desert. [Ed Waldheim - 4/1/12]

I have some serious concerns with the proposed Safety grant application from Morongo Basin Ambulance Assn.
First let me say that I am a lifelong OHV and motorcycle enthusiast and a fan of organized race events.  I fully support the mission of OHMVR Division and am grateful for the Division’s role in supporting and sustaining motorized off highway recreational opportunities throughout California.
The OHMVR Division’s grant process was revamped in 2008 with the passage of Senate Bill 742.  Further definitions and restrictions are defined in the Public Resources Code (PRC).  For example, PRC Section 5090.50 states with regard to Education and Safety grants that a safety grant must “provide safety programs associated with off-highway motor vehicle recreation”.
My concerns are about the proposed use of OHV Trust Fund money for the support of organized race events.  Organized race events are attended by paying attendees, generate a large amount of cash flow for the organizers, and have nothing to do with “OHV Recreation” that the OHMVR Division’s Grants and Cooperative agreement program is intended to support.
I have read the safety grant application for Morongo Basin Ambulance Assn. and while I have no doubt that they provide a valuable and much needed service to organized race events, I do not feel that the OHV Trust Fund should be paying to equip their entire operation.
Simply put, organized motorcycle race events are not and cannot be construed as a form of “OHV Recreation” pursuant to the intent of PRC Code 5090.50.  Any funding to support such organized race events would constitute an illegal use of OHV Trust funds.
Thank you for your consideration. [Jon Baker - 3/23/12]