Friends of Jawbone
See attached comment letter. [ORV Watch Kern County - 3/11/13]
I am writing to comment on the current grant application of the Friends of Jawbone (FOJ) number 77-0450674. I have seen the previous work product of FOJ made through the funding of the grant program and believe that this is some of the best-spent money in the grant program. Projects are thoughtful, well-designed and expeditiously completed by dedicated staff.
The areas proposed for projects in the current grant have a very high recreational value to users of the west Mojave, so proper levels of maintainance are essential to ensuring that these areas are not closed due to degradation that is preventable through maintainance.
I am not sure that the portable toilets are an essential part of the grant, so I would request the applicant to provide a logical nexus between the toilets and the maintainance of the areas.
Also, I think it is important for the OHV seriously consider the request for funding a project coordinator, as well as asking the applicant to draft a description of the processes used to coordinate the work. These are currently done mostly as volunteer work by the very-dedicated Mr. Ed Waldheim, but the time has come for a transition to occur to a paid coordinator with a work plan. Thank you for your consideration. [Mark Algazy, Esq. - 3/20/13]
I whole-heartedly support the subject grant applications and hope that they will be fully funded. These guys are doing a fantastic job maintaining enormous trail systems at a minute fraction of the cost of comparable SVRA's. We need more partnerships like Friends of Jawbone, El Mirage and the CTUC!!! [Phil Pulley - 3/27/13]
I love the idea of education for the kids. As a teacher, I can appreciate the need to expand the knowledge of the kids, and help them be safe in the process.
Your grant appears to focus on the 4th and 5th graders within the Mojave School District. Although this is the closes district, and makes the most sense, you claim that you'll have between 1,000 and 10,000 kids bused in for this. Knowing the district, and if you could get 100% participation, I'm not sure there are that many 4th and 5th graders.
Also, I don't mean to gripe, but the teacher pay @$85 per day is even lower than what the state is trying to do. You will most likely need at least two teachers per trip (more, depending on the number of students), so I'm not sure if you've thought it out completely.
I would really like to see this move forward, but I think you need to re-evaluate your goals and expectations. [Charles Stewart - 4/1/13]
I have a couple more questions regarding my review of the grants.
It looks like the Friends of Jawbone and Friends of El Mirage are the same people as they refer to each other in some of the grant write-up and have the same contact people, so to reduce the number of emails, I have combined these questions.
My husband and I spend a lot of time riding in the Jawbone area. I want to start by saying we like the Friends of Jawbone maps sold in the store. However, if I am reading this correctly, the OHV grant appears to be paying for these maps. It seems to be a bit of "double dipping" to use our grant funds to buy these and then turn around and sell them to us...
G12-04-13-G01 vs. G12-04-13-S02
One shows "project manager" vs "project coordinator" positions that run/manage the project. One is at $42/hr while the other is at $57/hr for what appears to be the same job within the same group. Although the $42/hr seems a bit high, clearly seems to be overpaid?
G12-04-13-G01 vs. G12-04-13-R01
a. Both have a line to purchase a Toyota 4x4 truck. Both grants are for Friends of Jawbone. Is this a duplication error or are you trying to buy 2 trucks?
b. On -G01, there is a line for the "use of" a toyota 4x4 truck. Almost seems like you are trying to pay to "use" the truck that you're buying on the other grant.
c. There are multiple lines for fuel and/or maintenance costs. We use a straight cost to cover all of those items, based on the use. For charitable orgs, its at 0.14/mi, while business use is at 0.565/mi. Since most of these seem to be toyota trucks, would this not be the correct way to track these? I may be overthinking it since this is what I do for the government...
G12-04-13-S04 vs G12-04-13-S02
a. We have project managers, lead programmers, and lead designers doing similar software on base. They are typically GS6 to GS9's. Top pay for them is about $40/hr. Rates seem high.
b. Owlshead program (seems like it could be a help, but I don't use Garmin...) appears in both grants. Looks like a duplication of effort.
c. I see costs for ArcGis, which we use out here. Great program and I clearly see the need, no question. Just a note that I am aware of additional grants that are available from them directly for groups like yours. I believe grant information is still available on thier website. It may help off-set some of these direct costs.
Sorry for all the questions, but with my background, its what I do. I think what you guys do is really great, but I believe its our job as the payers of the green sticker tags to make sure we are spending it wisely and that we don't duplicate services across these grants!! [A. Herrera - 4/1/13]