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 We highly support Yucca Valley PD's Grant request. Many of us enjoy recreating in the Yucca Valley area. Yucca Valley's Law Enforcement staff does an amazing job protecting residents from illegal off-highway vehicle use, in addition to enforcing WEMO laws on public lands. We are appreciative of their efforts to make public lands a place that can be enjoyed by everyone. ORV WATCH KERN COUNTY, Steering Committee, Jan Alford, Jon Rogers, Sandi Tardiff - 3/18/14

  We are writing to express our enthusiastic support of the Yucca Valley Police Department's application to the OHMVR grant program.  We work very closely with the OHV Law Enforcement team through frequent email and phone conversations, community meetings and public forums.  In all of our 10 years as an organization, we have never had better relations with law enforcement nor have we been able to work with such competent, professional, effective and responsive law enforcement personnel. The OHV team is out in the field every major holiday weekend protecting our private and public lands from OHV damage and trespass.  In addition, the team deploys electronic message boards at major intersections, produces Public Service Announcements and makes contact with literally hundreds of riders to inform them of the law and encourage them to recreate responsibly. We expect that this level of service will continue with the new Sheriff's Captain Dale Mondary.

The Morongo Basin suffers from widespread OHV abuse of public and private lands.  The Bureau of Land Management has shown to be incapable of providing sufficient law enforcement to protect area wilderness areas, the Poste Homestead Natural and Cultural Area, BLM lands and National Park Service lands. Calls to the Sheriff's dispatch are often frustrating to local residents since many of the dispatchers have not been briefed on the relevant laws, often discourage reporting and attempt to transfer calls to the California Highway Patrol, an agency which does not enforce OHV laws.

As we move into the next grant cycle, we support increased funding for the following:

o More personnel hours for the OHV team especially on holidays including:  
   President's Day, New Years, Christmas, Thanksgiving, and the Fourth of July.
o Public Service Announcements (PSA)s on Z107.7 on the holidays mentioned
   above.  The PSA used last year is the best text developed to date and should
   continue to be employed.
o Electronic message boards deployed on each of the major holiday weekends at
   the corners of Highways 62 and 247, Highway 62 and Utah Trail, and Amboy Road
   and Utah Trail.
o Coordinated and cooperative law enforcement operations between the Yucca
   Valley Sheriff's Department and the Barstow Bureau of Land Management. This
   includes both agencies patrolling together so that they can respond to
   jurisdictional issues associated with the checkerboard land use pattern of adjacent
   private and public properties in the Morongo Basin.  In addition, the agencies
   conduct joint "sting operations" at "hot spots" during holiday weekends including:
   Gold Crown, Landers, Yucca Mesa, Copper Mesa, Sunfair Dry Lake, Wonder Valley,
o On-going training for Sheriff's dispatchers so that they are conversant with the
   relevant laws regarding illegal OHV activity including trespass, property
   destruction and County Ordinance 3973.  Sheriff's dispatchers should not direct
   callers to the California Highway Patrol.
o Quarterly public meetings with local residents take place in Wonder Valley and
   Landers with Community ORV Watch and the Alliance for Responsible Recreation
   and facilitate communication and coordination between law enforcement and local
   residents.
o Reprint and distribution of the OHV Multi-Agency brochure is an essential
   part of the outreach and education campaign to control illegal OHV activity in the
   Morongo Basin.
o Confiscation of unpermitted and unregistered vehicles has been an effective
   tool for addressing illegal OHV activity in the Morongo Basin.  These vehicles can
   be found at The Palms Café in Wonder Valley and liquor stores and markets in the
   Landers area.

It is essential that the Yucca Valley Police Department grant be increased to address the crisis of illegal OHV activity in the Morongo Basin.  We are losing the battle against illegal OHV activity in our area and desperately need increased funding and law enforcement. The Sheriff's department has shown their ability to respond to the problem, interface with and be responsive to local residents and organized groups and has to deal with severely limited funding for their activities.

Please indicate receipt of this email.  As currently configured, the process by which the public can comment on grant requests through the OHMVR is unnecessarily complicated, involves numerous steps, includes outdated hyperlinks and needs overhaul so that the public can easily choose a single button to submit their comments.

Thank you for your consideration of our comments. D'Anne Albers, Almut Fleck, Victoria Fuller, Peggy Kennedy, Philip M. Klasky, Eve Vykydal, Terry Weiner, Community ORV Watch Steering Committee - 3/26/14

 We are writing to express our enthusiastic support of the Yucca Valley Police Department’s application to the OHMVR grant program.  We work very closely with the OHV Law Enforcement team through frequent email and phone conversations, community meetings and public forums.  In all of our 10 years as an organization, we have never had better relations with law enforcement nor have we been able to work with such competent, professional, effective and responsive law enforcement personnel. The OHV team is out in the field every major holiday weekend protecting our private and public lands from OHV damage and trespass.  In addition, the team deploys electronic message boards at major intersections, produces Public Service Announcements and makes contact with literally hundreds of riders to inform them of the law and encourage them to recreate responsibly. We expect that this level of service will continue with the new Sheriff’s Captain Dale Mondary.
 
The Morongo Basin suffers from widespread OHV abuse of public and private lands.  The Bureau of Land Management has shown to be incapable of providing sufficient law enforcement to protect area wilderness areas, the Poste Homestead Natural and Cultural Area, BLM lands and National Park Service lands. Calls to the Sheriff’s dispatch are often frustrating to local residents since many of the dispatchers have not been briefed on the relevant laws, often discourage reporting and attempt to transfer calls to the California Highway Patrol, an agency which does not enforce OHV laws.
 
As we move into the next grant cycle, we support increased funding for the following:
 
• More personnel hours for the OHV team especially on holidays including:   
   President’s Day, New Years, Christmas, Thanksgiving, and the Fourth of July.
• Public Service Announcements (PSA)s on Z107.7 on the holidays mentioned
   above.  The PSA used last year is the best text developed to date and should
   continue to be employed.
• Electronic message boards deployed on each of the major holiday weekends at
   the corners of Highways 62 and 247, Highway 62 and Utah Trail, and Amboy Road
   and Utah Trail.
• Coordinated and cooperative law enforcement operations between the Yucca
   Valley Sheriff’s Department and the Barstow Bureau of Land Management. This
   includes both agencies patrolling together so that they can respond to
   jurisdictional issues associated with the checkerboard land use pattern of
   adjacent private and public properties in the Morongo Basin.  In addition, the
   agencies conduct joint “sting operations” at “hot spots” during holiday weekends including:
   Gold Crown, Landers, Yucca Mesa, Copper Mesa, Sunfair Dry Lake, Wonder Valley,
• On-going training for Sheriff’s dispatchers so that they are conversant with the
   relevant laws regarding illegal OHV activity including trespass, property
   destruction and County Ordinance 3973.  Sheriff’s dispatchers should not direct
   callers to the California Highway Patrol.
• Quarterly public meetings with local residents take place in Wonder Valley and
   Landers with Community ORV Watch and the Alliance for Responsible Recreation
   and facilitate communication and coordination between law enforcement and local
   residents.
• Reprint and distribution of the OHV Multi-Agency brochure is an essential
   part of the outreach and education campaign to control illegal OHV activity in the
   Morongo Basin.
• Confiscation of unpermitted and unregistered vehicles has been an effective 
   tool for addressing illegal OHV activity in the Morongo Basin.  These vehicles can
   be found at The Palms Café in Wonder Valley and liquor stores and markets in the
   Landers area.
 
It is essential that the Yucca Valley Police Department grant be increased to address the crisis of illegal OHV activity in the Morongo Basin.  We are loosing the battle against illegal OHV activity in our area and desperately need increased funding and law enforcement. The Sheriff’s department has shown their ability to respond to the problem, interface with and be responsive to local residents and organized groups and has to deal with severely limited funding for their activities.
 
Please indicate receipt of this email.  As currently configured, the process by which the public can comment on grant requests through the OHMVR is unnecessarily complicated, involves numerous steps, includes outdated hyperlinks and needs overhaul so that the public can easily choose a single button to submit their comments.
 
Thank you for your consideration of our comments. Almut Fleck, Victoria Fuller, Peggy Kennedy, Philip M. Klasky, Eve Vykydal, Terry Weiner, Community ORV Watch Steering Committee - 3/26/14

 I would like to comment on OHMVR grants on behalf of the California Off-Road Vehicle Association.
Yucca Valley Police Department Law Enforcement   As the city of Yucca Valley has no legal OHV opportunity, it is hard for me to recommend giving any grant money to this agency.  Open some legal routes or areas, then support them with grant money. Ed Stovin - 4/7/14