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  We are stunned that Yucca Valley PD is requesting so few funds. YV PD promotes safe, responsible off-roading while at the same time, demonstrating commitment to rural residents plagued by illegal off road riders. They deserve more funds and should have asked for more. ORV WATCH KERN COUNTY - 3/27/15


  Community ORV Watch protecting private and public lands from off-road vehicle abuse www.orvwatch.com Date: March 22, 2015 To: The State of California Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division Re: Support for the Yucca Valley Police Department’s Grant Application We are writing to express our strong support the Yucca Valley Police Department’s application for a significant increase in funds to address the rise in off-road vehicle (ORV) abuse of our private and public lands. Our local Sheriff’s Department is overwhelmed by complaints by residents due to ORV trespass on County Service Area (CSA) roads, private property trespass, excessive noise and dust, and trespass on public lands off-limits to motorized recreation. These problems are more pronounced during holiday weekends when the Morongo Valley experiences an invasion of ORVs from the urban areas of Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside. In addition, our communities are left defenseless when when large ORV events, such as the King of Hammers and the Dumont Dunes become gathering places for literally thousands of ORVs and a concentration of law enforcement. The Barstow Bureau of Land Management agency, by their own admission, cannot provide protection from ORVs and therefore the responsibility of protecting our rural communities lies heavily on our local Sheriff’s department. Riders who trespass on wilderness areas, Desert Wildlife Management Areas and public lands off-limits to ORVs also trespass on private property and CSA roads in an area that is a checkerboard of private and public lands. Our local Sheriff’s department has been working cooperatively with the local community through public meetings and timely and constructive response to the community’s concerns. As we move into the next grant cycle, we support increased funding for the following: • More personnel hours for the Sheriff’s 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 and articles in the local newspapers during times when the community is inundated with ORVs on holidays • 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 adjacent private and public properties in the Morongo Basin. In addition, with additional funding the agencies can 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. Sincerely, D’Anne Albers Almut Fleck Victoria Fuller Peggy Kennedy Philip M. Klasky Eve Vykydal Terry Weiner Community ORV Watch Steering Committee - 3/29/15


  Yucca Valley is one of those communities near legal OHV open areas and other OHV opportunities on designated trails. Yet riders continue to go wherever they please disturbing the peace of residents and destroying both public and private lands. I fully support this grant request and specifically I support the following: Additional patrols during the holidays. Use of electronic message boards to direct riders to Johnson Valley. Public Service Announcements (PSA)s that inform the public about the relevant laws. The confiscation of vehicles involved in illegal activity. Sheriff's department's continued interaction with the public and their cooperation with Community ORV Watch. Please fully fund this grant and in particular the OHMVR should be encouraging agencies to develop guidelines for confiscation of vehicles when riders are out of control and causing damage and disturbing the peace of rural neighborhoods such as Yucca Valley. Jenny Wilder - 4/3/15


  I strongly support this grant and the help the Yucca Valley PD and Sheriff provide to the beleaguered residents of the Morongo Valley. Karen Schambach - 4/3/15


  I support the Yucca Valley Police Department's law enforcement grant request. This organization has done a good job in the past of using resources wisely to protect area residents from illegal and irresponsible ORV activities. Kim F Floyd - 4/5/15


 I support the grant request from the Yucca Valley Police Department, they have worked with the community to address continued widespread ORV abuse in the Morongo Basin. They have added additional patrols during holidays and record PSA’s on the local radio station letting riders know there will be increased enforcement. They use electronic message boards to direct riders to Johnson Valley during holiday weekends. I support the confiscation of vehicles involved in illegal activity, no registration or stolen. I look forward to the Sheriff's department's continued interaction with the public and their cooperation with Community ORV Watch. Our sheriff’s department has made a positive difference in our community but needs funding to continue to deal with the ever increasing ORV use. Victoria Fuller - 4/5/15


  There is widespread abuse by ORVs in the Morongo Basin.   I support the grant request by the Yucca Valley Police Department to enable them to control this unlawful and rowdy behavior. In addition: • Confiscation of vehicles involved in illegal activities, • Additional patrols during the holidays, • Use of electronic messaging board direction riders to Johnson Valley, • Informing the public about the laws that affect ORVs by Public Service Announcements. All of these actions would be very helpful and much appreciated by the community. Cordially, Ernest Goitein - 4/5/15


  With obvious rise in OHV use in this area and community, the funds the police department are applying for seem miniscule to me. To cover so many miles and acres, the cultural resources and sensitive environmental habitats, etc., and the wilderness areas that area at risk; let alone the private property trespass, I wholeheartedly support their request not only for the educational aspect but hopefully citations and stiffer fines, to curb the illegal use of public lands and private property trespass. Diana Palmer - 4/5/15


  I support the Yucca Valley police department's application for a grant to provide OHV enforcement, education and search and rescue operations in Yucca Valley and the surrounding Morongo Basin communities. Thank You. S. O. Toscani - 4/6/15


  I support the Yucca Valley police department's application for a grant to provide OHV enforcement, education and search and rescue operations in Yucca Valley and the surrounding Morongo Basin communities. Thank You. S. O. Toscani - 4/6/15


  I support the Yucca Valley Police Department's application to provide funding for OHV enforcement, education and search and rescue operations in Yucca Valley and the surrounding Morongo Basin communities. Thank You. S. O. Toscani - 4/6/15


  I support the Yucca Valley Police Department's application to provide funding for OHV enforcement, education and search and rescue operations in Yucca Valley and the surrounding Morongo Basin communities. Thank You. S. O. Toscani - 4/6/15


  My husband and I support the grant request from the Yucca Valley Police Department. The Deparment is in great need to address widespread ORV abuse in the Morongo Basin. The Morongo Basin area has evidenced much illegal activity during the holidays - the grant funding will allow much needed additional patrols during the holidays times. Also important is education to avoid conflicts - additional funding can support the use of electronic message boards to direct riders to Johnson Valley, as well as Public Service Announcements (PSA)s that inform the public about the relevant laws. When all else fails, we support the confiscation of vehicles involved in illegal activity. Above, all we appreciate the Sheriff's department's continued interaction with the public and their cooperation with Community ORV Watch. With additional resources we are hopeful illegal activity will be curtailed! Sarah Kennington - 4/6/15


  I was trying to get my comments on the Public Comments page with not a lot of luck. I decided I would use email to express my views on the ORV topic. I support the grant request from the Yucca Valley Police Department because they are in great need to address widespread ORV abuse in the Morongo Basin.  • We need additional patrols during the holidays. • We support Public Service Announcements (PSA)s that inform the public about the relevant laws. • We support the confiscation of vehicles involved in illegal activity.  • We support the Sheriff's department's continued interaction with the public and their cooperation with Community ORV Watch. Thank you for your considering these points. Perry Hoffman - 4/6/15


  On behalf of the Desert Protective Council, I am writing in support of the Yucca Valley Police Department's  law enforcement grant request to the OHMVR Division.   The Desert Protective Council is a member of the Alliance for Responsible Recreation and through our own camping and hiking visits to the Morongo Basin Area and through on-the-ground reports of our colleagues and local residents, we are aware of the need for additional law enforcement dedicated to enforcing the local laws and the county ordinances related to Off-Road Vehicle use.   We believe that with funding from the OHV Trust Fund, the Yucca Valley police department will be better equipped to ensure the safety of citizens and to protect the peace and quiet of neighborhoods and help preserve the natural and cultural resources of the area.   We support the Yucca Valley Sheriff's cooperative efforts with the community and with local groups such as Community ORV Watch.  Thanks very much for your time consideration, Sincerely, Terry Weiner - 4/6/15


  I support the grant request from the Yucca Valley Police Department because they are in great need to address widespread ORV abuse in the Morongo Basin. Please put my name on the list supporting this measure. Kim Stringfellow - 4/6/15