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  • August 18, 2021 5:19 PM | CORVA Administrator (Administrator)

    California Legislative Alert

    AB 1512 (Bauer-Kahan) Off-highway vehicular recreation: Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area:  Alameda-Tesla Expansion Area

    AB 1512 is in the Senate Appropriations Committee Suspense File to be heard on Thursday, August 26th, Upon Adjournment of Session

    The Off Road Vehicle Legislative Coalition is comprised of several statewide or regional organizations of OHV enthusiasts.  Our coalition has reviewed AB 1512 and strongly opposes this bill.   AB 1512 would deny opportunities for local Bay Area residents, including the elderly and disabled and motorized recreation enthusiasts.

    • It will set a precedent, allowing for the sale of any State Park where neighboring property owners seek relief from a perceived “wrong” in that Park.
    • There are legislative and institutional processes in place to dispose of State Parks properties. These processes were deliberate in their development to ensure careful consideration of all factors before these assets would be sold or redesignated.  AB 1512 seeks to do an end run around these institutional processes. 
    • Opposition to the Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA), whether the expansion property or the current park, is a local issue. Statewide legislation is an abuse of legislative resources. Consider that this is the fifth year in a row such legislation has been introduced, and it still is directed at a single State Park.
    • SB 249 (Chapter 459, Statutes of 2017) outlines specific processes and standards for State Vehicle Recreation Areas such as Carnegie, that exceed the standards for other State Parks. The proposed conservatorships would not be required to meet these high standards nor be required to be accessible to the California public.
    •  Carnegie SVRA meets the standards established for an urban park. Elimination of this resource is in direct conflict with this standard.

    Contact your Senator and Governor Newsom NOW to oppose AB 1512

    Senate Appropriations Committee List:

    SENATE APPROPRIATIONS Committee

    Member

    District

    Party

    Room

    Phone

    Portantino, Anthony (Chair)

    25 

    5050 

    916 651 4025 

    Bates, Patricia (Vice-Chair)

    36 

    3063 

    916 651 4036 

    Bradford, Steven

    35 

    2059 

    916 651 4035 

    Jones, Brian

    38 

    4088 

    916 651 4038 

    Kamlager, Sydney

    30 

    4062 

    916 651 4030 

    Laird, John

    17 

    4040 

    916 651 4017 

    Wieckowski, Bob

    10 

    4085 

    916 651 4010 

    Senate Appropriations Committee Social Media

    Senate Appropriations Committee Social Media

    Legislator

    Dist

    Party

    Facebook

    Twitter

    Portantino, Anthony (Chair)

    25

    D

    https://www.facebook.com/portantino/

    https://twitter.com/Portantino

    Bates, Patricia (Vice-Chair)

    35

    R

    https://www.facebook.com/patbatesca/

    https://twitter.com/senatorpatbates

    Bradford, Steven

    35

    D

    https://www.facebook.com/BradfordforSenate

    https://twitter.com/SteveBradford

    Jones, Brian

    38

    R

    https://www.facebook.com/senbrianjones/

    https://twitter.com/senbrianjones

    Kamlager, Sydney

    30

    D

    https://m.facebook.com/SenSydneyKamlager/ 

    https://twitter.com/sydneykamlager

    Laird, John

    17

    D

    https://www.facebook.com/SenatorJohnLaird/ 

    https://twitter.com/SenJohnLaird

    Wieckowski, Bob

    10

    D

    https://www.facebook.com/bobwieckowski

    https://twitter.com/BobWieckowskiCA

    Don’t know who your senator is?  http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/

    If your Senator is not on the committee list above, please contact Senator Toni Atkins, Senate President Pro Tempore, and Governor Newsom; tell them of your OPPOSITION to AB 1512.

    Contact Senator Atkins and the Governor NOW to oppose AB 1512.

    Senator Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) – President Pro Tempore

    Capitol Telephone: (916) 651-4039; E-Mail: senator.atkins@senate.ca.gov

    Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/SDToni/

    Twitter:  https://twitter.com/SenToniAtkins

     

    Governor Gavin Newsom

    Telephone: (916) 445-2841; E-mail:  https://govapps.gov.ca.gov/gov40mail/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GavinNewsom/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/GavinNewsom\

  • July 02, 2021 12:19 PM | Butch Meyner

    I Just sent this to my State Senator, Dave Cortese:

    SB799 and AB1512 seem to be a hot item right now.

    Dave has supported OHV (Off Highway Vehicle) recreation. Specifically he helped with Santa Clara Motorcycle County Park (ie, MCP or Metcalf)

    These bills are another in a long and expensive list of attempts of wealthy landowners to close or compromise an important State Park; Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area.

    Previous bills were to sell off a piece of property, the ‘expansion area’ that was acquired decades ago to meet the needs of the local OHV community.

    As the area has grown, the needs of our communities have changed. Years of study and public outreach has lead to the plan for the expansion area to be largely open space and an interactive experience accessed by OHV.

    There is no opportunity at the current park for the largest growing segment of OHV’s, the family oriented UTV or ‘Side x Sides” The expansion are will also allow for remote camping access for the disabled, something that doesn’t exist elsewhere in the bay area.

    Despite the fact that as a state park, Carnegie SVRA must meet the highest standards for environmental management, the supporters of the bill have misrepresented this as an area destroyed by OHV and had called for elimination of any OHV activity.

    The approved General Plan, when implemented, will continue to conserve this area to this same standard of the existing 1500 acre park. 

    Additionally, this latest version leaves the cost of administration the expansion area undefined. Dare I call it an “unfunded mandate”? The legislation seems irresponsible, fiscally and environmentally.

    More so, this a veiled give away to Garamendi/ Connolly disguised as a conservation area. Remember, the land is already funded as a state park. In reality the bill would just help their elk hunting business, their grazing opportunities, and their egos.

    Please stop these elitist rich folks from trampling on the access of the general public. 

  • June 27, 2021 7:33 PM | Butch Meyner

    Bud, the owner, is on on the "CA Mission 12 moto safety committee" as is Tim, one of our critical admins, and a moto instructor. Some of their activities are here https://www.bayarearidersforum.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=145

    Bud was largely behind AB-51, the lane splitting bill. They have a big concern, as should we all, about folks driving cars with "autopilot". 

    Anhow, I try to keep hot button issues in front of our membership. Some real questions are about Carnegie, Pismo, and the Green/ Red Sticker program.

    I try to stay current and will post what I can here somewhere here https://www.bayarearidersforum.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=63

    or in "Riders Rights"...

    The main BARF site addy is https://www.bayarearidersforum.com/forums/index.php

  • April 08, 2021 6:02 PM | CORVA Administrator (Administrator)

    Call-in information: (712) 775-8968 | Access Code: #104206

    ANNOUNCING THE 2021 CORVA ANNUAL MEETING MAY 24th!

    All CORVA members are invited to join us for our Annual Meeting to be held by Conference Call on May 24th at 7:00pm. We will be electing members of the Board of Directors in the following positions: President, Secretary, Vice President of Land Use and Public Policy, and Vice President of Sales and Marketing. All members in good standing are encouraged to vote, and may run for office. Nominations may be submitted before or during the Annual Meeting. ALSO - please nominate the individuals and clubs most worthy of our annual CORVA awards! Forward your nominations to 

    info@corva.org. Awards will also be decided during the Annual Meeting.

    Download Annual Awards Criteria

    CORVA will be holding a preliminary meeting to talk about the most important issues facing off-road recreation on April 26th. More info please contact Amy Granat: info@corva.org

    We Need Your Help AGAIN to Save Carnegie SVRA!

    Follow the instructions below

    Alert_ORVLC SB 799-AB 1512_Sen NRW-Asm WPW_4-8-21

  • March 11, 2021 3:14 PM | CORVA Administrator (Administrator)

    Access for All, Oceano Dunes SVRA Peaceful Demonstration

    The Pismo Beach Chamber of Commerce has joined with outdoor enthusiasts to support Oceano Dunes SVRA! Please join everyone on March 14th, from 2:00 to 4:00pm at Oceano Dunes. See all event information here: https://www.pismochamber.com/events/details/access-4-all-oceano-dunes-peaceful-demonstration-194

    Join CORVA in supporting AB 232/ sponsored by Assemblymember Gallagher and help bring back equity for off-road recreationists who visit other states.

    Contact the legislators listed to express your support.

    Here is a list of the Transportation Committee members along with their city of residence and state capitol phone number. If you live or work near one of these committee members, that would be a good place to start. The bill is AB 232 by Assemblyman Gallagher. This bill will simply adjust California's long-held policy of reciprocity for OHV registrations vis a vis other states. Until last year every state that had an OHV registration system would honor the registration from residents of other states when they visited to recreate in another state. Last year Arizona, Utah and Idaho began changing their policy and began to require any non-resident of their state to first obtain an out-of-state OHV visitor permit for their vehicle before they could operate an OHV in the state. In other words, they are dropping the reciprocity that has ALWAYS existed for motor vehicle registrations between states. A California OHV registration (green sticker) will no longer be accepted as legal in those 3 states. This bill will simply change California's OHV statute to continue to allow reciprocity ONLY for residents of those states that recognize CA OHV registration as legal in their state. Visitors from states that do not recognize the CA green sticker will be required to purchase a CA OHV Visitor Permit in order to operate their OHV in CA. Visitors from states that continue to recognize the CA OHV registration will continue to be able to operate in CA with only their home state OHV permit.

    Here is the list of Transportation Committee members we need to contact, and contact your own Assemblymember as well.

     Laura Friedman  (Chair)  Glendale  916 319 2043
     Vince Fong  Bakersfield  916 319 2034
     Marc Berman  Palo Alto  916 319 2024
     Jordan Cunningham  San Luis Obisbo  916 319 2035
     Tom Daly  Anaheim  916 319 2069
     Laura Davies  Laguna Niguel  916 319 2073
     Mike Gipson  Carson  916 319 2064
     Ash Kalra  San Jose  916 319 2027
     Alex Lee  San Jose  916 319 2025
     Jose Medina  Riverside  916 319  2061
     Adrin Nazarian  San Fernando Valley  916 319 2046
     Janet Nguyen  Huntington Beach  916 319 2072
     Patrick O’Donnell  Long Beach  916 319 2070
     Chris Ward  San Diego  916 319 2078
     Buffy Wicks  Oakland  916 31915
     Transportation  Committee  916 319 2093
      

    Time to comment on the proposed Public Works Plan for Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area.

    Find the report here

    Comments need to be sent by March 18th to: OceanoDunes.PWP.EIR@parks.ca.gov

    Important Coastal Commission Meeting on March 18th to consider phasing out off-road recreation from our beloved state park!

    Please review all information for the meeting on the follow site: 

    http://www.coastal.ca.gov/meetings/agenda/#/2021/3

    Click on the "Special Meeting March 18th" Agenda Item to sign up to speak during the meeting. Also,written  comments may be submitted to the Coastal Commissioners by 5:00pm March 12th sent to the following email address: OceanoDunesReview@coastal.ca.gov

    Contact your legislators and ask them to support Oceano Dunes SVRA!

    Especially if you live in the LA Area and Central Valley, your legislators need to hear from you now! Find the contact info for your legislator here: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/

  • February 09, 2021 6:57 PM | CORVA Administrator (Administrator)

    A special Oceano Dunes OHMVR Commission meeting has been called for February 18th, 2021.

    Please click on the orange box below to learn how to join the meeting.

    A special OHMVR Commission meeting has been called for February 18th, 2021. Please see the information linked on how to join the meeting. View Information

    This special commission meeting reviews the Oceano Dunes District Public Works Plan and recommends a course of action that will be taken on behalf of the OHMVR Commission. This is an opportunity to hear a full report from State Parks on the Public Works Plan, and will help the public write their comments on the plan. Access the documents here: https://www.oceanodunespwp.com/en/documents/draft-eir It's important for all off-roaders that care about the future of Oceano Dunes to call into this meeting.

    CORVA fights for the rights of off-roaders and all the SVRA's! 

    Please read the letter sent to Governor Newsom about Carnegie SVRA, and how CORVA is fighting to get the truth out about the Carnegie SVRA expansion area. 

  • January 15, 2021 8:25 AM | CORVA Administrator (Administrator)

    50 Years of CORVA

    Celebrate 50 years of CORVA keeping California's OHV trails open with this limited edition 50th Anniversary Tee from CORVA Business Partner Off The Grid Surplus. Designed by APOC Design, this tee will be one for the history books! This is a PREORDER, so please select either Pick Up or Ship at checkout. If you can not make it out to King of The Hammers, we will mail the T-Shirts to you within 3 weeks after KOH, make sure you select "Ship" at check out.


    PREORDER YOURS TODAY!! 




    Going to KOH? Come Join Us!

    CORVA 50th Anniversary Party King Of The Hammers 
    OFF THE GRID BOOTH #48

    HammerTown USA, Johnson Valley OHV
    Wednesday, 02/03/2021
    4pm - 7pm

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  • October 21, 2020 9:04 AM | CORVA Administrator (Administrator)

    California State Parks today announced a three-phased reopening plan for vehicular use at Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA) and Pismo State Beach (SB), starting Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. Vehicular access to all state park units was closed in March to prevent visitation surges and help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

    In recent months, State Parks has worked with local and state officials on a phased and regionally driven approach to increase access across the State Park System where compliance with state and local public health ordinances can be achieved. The phased-reopening plan for Ocean Dunes SVRA and Pismo SB is designed to support a safe and healthy environment for employees, visitors and natural resources such as the endangered Western snowy plover and California least tern. Though the first phase is expected to begin October 30, specific datesfor phases two and three have yet to be determined. Updates on all aspects of the phased-reopening plan will be posted on the Oceano District’s Twitter and Facebook social media accounts, and park unit webpages – ohv.parks.ca.gov/OceanoDunes and parks.ca.gov/Pismo.

    “Public safety during COVID-19, the protection of natural resources and providing recreational opportunities at Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area and Pismo State Beach are priorities for California State Parks,” Director Armando Quintero said. “We thank the public for their patience as this is the first time in the history of the department where safety measures such as vehicular access closures, full closures and cancellation of reservations have been implemented at such as large scale in response to a pandemic.”

    Below is a summary of the three-phased reopening plan for Oceano Dunes SVRA and Pismo SB:

         Phase One

         Scheduled for Friday, October 30

    • Day Use Hours: Both park units will be open daily from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. for day use by visitors who can walk, bike or drive in with a “street legal” vehicle (e.g. jeeps or trucks).
    • Vehicle Access:
      • “Street legal” vehicles, such as jeeps and trucks, will be allowed on the dunes.
      • “Green Sticker” off-highway vehicles (OHV) will remain temporarily prohibited from entering the park at this time. Staff will monitor conditions and operations to determine when to restore “Green Sticker” OHV activity.
    • Visitation: As the State of California continues to protect Californians from the COVID-19 pandemic and for the protection of natural resources, the daily allowed number of “street legal” vehicles will be temporarily limited to 1,000 per day, for both park units. While State Parks does not anticipate this operational change to impact visitation since this is considered the off-season, over the next few weeks there may be instances where the maximum allowance of vehicles will be met and no further vehicles will be allowed to enter the beach due to the temporary capacity requirement.
    • Camping:
      • Oceano Dunes SVRA: During the initial reopening phase, no overnight camping opportunities will be provided at Oceano Dunes SVRA (beach camping area). Staff will monitor conditions and operations over the next few weeks to determine when to restore these experiences. The public is advised that when campgrounds reopen, they will do so at a reduced and limited capacity (100 sites) to support a safe and healthy environment for employees, natural resources and visitors.
      • Pismo SB: On September 21, developed campgrounds at Pismo SB reopened to visitors. Reservations are required. To book your reservation, please visit www.ReserveCalifornia.com
    • Reservations: Since the campgrounds at Oceano Dunes SVRA will not reopen at full capacity, the number of prior reservations in the system would exceed the reduced inventory under the phased reopening plan of the SVRA. In order to give everyone fair access to available camping, State Parks needs to restart the booking process at zero reservations. The department apologizes for the inconvenience as it continues to address operational considerations during COVID-19. Reservation cancellations and refunds will be automatic. As such, visitors do not need to take any action. Affected reservation holders will be contacted by ReserveCalifornia via email. Phase two of the phased-reopening plan will include the date new reservations can be made for Oceano Dunes SVRA.
    • Events: Special event applications are not being accepted at this time for both park units.
    • Concessions: These services will continue to be temporarily closed.

         Phase Two

         Date to be determined.

    • Vehicle Access: “Green Sticker” OHVs will be allowed on the dunes.
    • Visitation: The daily allowed number of “street legal” vehicles will continue to be temporarily limited to 1,000 per day, for both park units.
    • Camping: A total of 100 camping sites at Oceano Dunes SVRA will be become available to the public.

         Phase Three

         Date to be determined: State Parks expands day-use opportunities and camping inventory as environmental conditions allow and in alignment with state and local public      health orders.

    Drivers are advised that the dunes and topography changed during the closure of the park unit, creating unfamiliar terrain. All drivers are being asked to drive with care and provide shorebirds and pedestrians plenty of space as they enjoy the park. The speed limit on the beach is 15 miles per hour.

    Visitation and physical distancing will be monitored at Oceano Dunes SVRA and Pismo SB and if unsafe conditions develop, access may be restricted again. The public is reminded to plan ahead, maintain the proper physical distance, avoid crowds and wear face coverings and limit the group to people from the immediate household. For additional OHV COVID-19 tips, please visit www.parks.ca.gov/SafetyTips.

    As the department works to restore vehicular access at Oceano Dunes SVRA and Pismo SB, visitors will notice some maintenance activity to prepare for public access. Activities will include Air Pollution Control District wind fence and restoration projects, critical facility maintenance activities and emergency access maintenance which may require the use of heavy equipment.

    Located along California’s coastline in San Luis Obispo County, midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, Oceano Dunes SVRA and Pismo SB receive more than 2.2 million visitors annually for off-highway vehicle recreation, surf fishing, camping and other coastal recreation activities. Both units are adjacent to each other. The SVRA is popular for the unique experiences it provides to visitors, such as beach camping, OHV recreation and a myriad of aquatic activities. This popular destination is also home to the endangered Western snowy plover and the California least tern.

    Article Source: https://www.parks.ca.gov/NewsRelease/980?fbclid=IwAR0zQITrwMx0LbZcTJeYXiHwOnDWwl6ZtoqC_jBTZPn2REZ3OCn63S2I7A8

  • September 25, 2020 1:06 PM | CORVA Administrator (Administrator)
    Please download CORVA's latest ORIA here. This is an online-only issue of the ORIA packed with valuable information! Please look at the ads and help support our wonderful business sponsors who are critical to the success of keeping public land open for off-road recreation. 

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    Rocky Mountain ATV/Race Gas have generously offered to send all our new and renewing members a $25.00 coupon on purchases made through their extensive website: www.rockymountainatvmc.com

    In order for our CORVA members to receive this generous offer, we need you to opt-in to receive their offer. Please go to: https://corva.org/rocky-mountain/ to opt-in immediately to receive a Rocky Mountain ATV $25.00 credit!

    Board of Directors Conference Call

    Join us on Monday at 7:00pm for our monthly CORVA Board of Directors Conference Call.

    Call-in Information:

    Phone Number: (712) 775-8968
    Conference Code:
     104206


    Update on Forest Service Closures

    The USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region announces that current closure orders and fire prohibitions in California have been extended. This decision will be evaluated daily, taking fire and weather conditions into account. The fire prohibition includes building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, or stove. 

    Nine National Forests (NF) in California remain closed: Angeles NF, Cleveland NF, Los Padres NF, Inyo NF, Klamath NF, San Bernardino NF, Sequoia NF, Sierra NF, and Six Rivers NF. This decision will continue to be reviewed daily.

    Nine other National Forests may be open to varying degrees. Visitors should contact the following National Forests for more information on their status: Eldorado NF, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, Lassen NF, Mendocino NF, Modoc NF, Plumas NF, Shasta-Trinity NF, Stanislaus NF, and the Tahoe NF. For additional questions, please contact your local National Forest.

  • September 02, 2020 4:00 PM | CORVA Administrator (Administrator)

    We need your help! The Yolo County Parks and Recreation Division is determining whether to develop a NEW OHV park in Yolo County. They also want to enhance existing trail riding opportunities. With the support of the CORVA Board of Directors we want to know what you think about the potential of a new park and increased riding opportunities. The survey is not a sales or solicitation, your responses are anonymous and remain confidential. Thanks very much for your participation!

    To start the survey, click the link below.   https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YC_CORVA

    CORVAS FIRST PROMO

    Running now until midnight September 15. Has your CORVA membership lapsed? Have you been thinking of becoming a member but just haven’t pulled the trigger yet? Head to our site and click the Become A Member button and you’ll be able to also select one of four of our #isupportoffroadrecreation License Plate Frames  . Normally $10 it’s yours for FREE for becoming a member! Applies to new or lapsed memberships only and not the Lifetime. We get a lot of people signing up at the annual shows and due to those all being cancelled we thought we’d come to you!


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