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Regarding the LCSO application for a state grant to patrol OHMV activity in Lake County. As an off-road enthusiast I am aware that the majority of off roaders are legal law abiding citizens safely enjoying our sport.

With the dangerously rising gang and crime activity in Lake County we prefer that our LCSO resources be concentrated on such activity instead of diverted to off-roading where crime is rare. Patrolling off road areas would amount to a waste of tax-payer funds from a near bankrupt state while Lake county crime catapults.

Gangs, vandalism, recent robberies and murders should be the primary focus of LCSO over street patrol and off-roading should be left alone as an individual freedom.  [Craig Stankiewicz - 3/6/13]


I have reviewed the 2013 grant application for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Palmdale Station OHV enforcement team. This is per the published request in the 2/27/13 issue of the Antelope Valley Press.  I fully concur with the application and hope it will be funded for another year.

As background, I live in a rural area, sparsely populated and with rolling foothills in a community named Juniper Hills, about 10 miles south of Palmdale, CA. Unfortunately, it is also a favorite area for dirt bike motorcycle riders who have been a major problem here for decades.  My experience is that many of these riders have no respect for private property and will eagerly destroy signs, fences and vegetation. Some have even threatened violence when residents have asked them to not trespass. When the Palmdale ORV enforcement team started patrolling this area in 12/2009, the trespassing and destruction of property problems were nearly eliminated and continue at a low level to this day thanks to the continued monitoring by our Palmdale deputies.  I am sure that local and out of area dirt bike riders would quickly return to this area if law enforcement is reduced or eliminated. That is why the ORV enforcement patrols must continue. [John Parsons - 3/7/13]


I have reviewed the 2013 grant application for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Palmdale Station OHV enforcement team. This is per the published request in the 2/27/13 issue of the Antelope Valley Press.  I fully concur with the application and hope it will be funded for another year.

As background, I live in a rural area, sparsely populated and with rolling foothills in a community named Juniper Hills, about 10 miles south of Palmdale, CA. Unfortunately, it is also a favorite area for dirt bike motorcycle riders who have been a major problem here for decades.  My experience is that many of these riders have no respect for private property and will eagerly destroy signs, fences and vegetation. Some have even threatened violence when residents have asked them to not trespass. When the Palmdale ORV enforcement team started patrolling this area in 12/2009, the trespassing and destruction of property problems were nearly eliminated and continue at a low level to this day thanks to the continued monitoring by our Palmdale deputies.  I am sure that local and out of area dirt bike riders would quickly return to this area if law enforcement is reduced or eliminated. That is why the ORV enforcement patrols must continue. [John Parsons - 3/7/13]


I oppose the grant request made by the Los Angeles County Sheriff, reference #G12-03-10-L01.  The City of Santa Clarita has a balanced budget.  The City of Santa Clarita has over 15 Million Dollars in reserve.  The City Of Santa Clarita is purchasing parcels of land inside and outside its borders for a “green belt”.  The grant application says there are “ large number of registered OHV’s in the Santa Clarita Valley”.  The grant application further states there are “excellent riding areas” in the Santa Clarita area.  It also states the “community borders hill and open space areas that are attractive to OHV enthusiasts”.  There has been no effort by the City of Santa Clarita or Los Angles County to provide any OHV opportunity in this area.  The City of Santa Clarita has the funds in the reserve budget to give the “large number of registered OHV’s” a place for recreation.  The City and County choose not to provide a place for OHV recreation.

In a recent communication Sergeant Ronald Olfert advised that complaints regarding OHV riders in the Santa Clarita area are “way down”.  If this is the case why the need for the grant and why was this not mentioned in the Grant Application.  The pay of a Los Angeles County Sheriffs Sergeant on OHV duty is $95.32 per hour or $762.56 for only one 8 hour shift.  Many of the residents in the City of Santa Clarita would consider this amount very generous for a weeks pay.  It is unconscionable that this amount of money is paid for this duty out of OHV funds.

The City of Santa Clarita does not provide any OHV opportunity and if it considers the illegal use of OHV’s in the area such a high priority, then the City of Santa Clarita has the funds in the budget to fund the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Off Highway Unit without taking grant monies away from communities that welcome and provide OHV opportunities. [Charles Varner - 3/26/13]