Access Alerts - California Association of 4WD Clubs, Inc. for 05/23/2013 http://t.co/9N6FvlDV1a
The OHV commission meeting last week was well attended by the public. Also in attendance was the new director of the California State Parks. It has been many years since a state parks director has attended an OHV commission meeting. His comments on the future of state parks were very refreshing and positive. He stated that it is his goal to manage all segments of state parks; OHV, historic, general recreation, preservation, and boating and waterways with the same enthusiasm and dedication for each element. He was not only positive about OHV recreation in general, but had specific examples of places and activities that he had witnessed that left him with a positive feeling of OHV.
The commission now has a full complement of membership. The membership seems diverse yet leans OHV positive. We look forward to working with the new commission moving forward as we work together to implement the directors visions.
From the OHMVR Division:
Why is it important to get involved with the grants?
There are several reasons to be aware and involved with the grants that are awarded each year by the state OHMVR Division to local and federal agencies and other groups in support of OHV recreation. The grants may be for law enforcement, maintenance projects, educational projects, and even new trails.
A California senator's decision to quit and jump to Chevron Corp. has sparked questions about whether he should have negotiated for that job while in a position to help the company politically.
Former Sen. Michael Rubio (D) resigned Friday to work as manager of California governmental affairs for Chevron (E&ENews PM, Feb. 22). He had been chairman of the state Senate's Environmental Quality Committee when he accepted the oil company position.
Reprinted from Greenwire, Monday, February 25, 2013
The abrupt departure of California state Sen. Michael Rubio (D) has scrambled the push to reform the state's premier environmental protection law.
On Friday, when Rubio was expected to introduce a bill to overhaul the California Environmental Quality Act, he instead announced he was resigning to take a government affairs job at Chevron Corp., throwing a wrench into negotiations that had been in the works for months.
Under CEQA, developers must assess the environmental effects of any project that requires a state or local permit. Rubio had favored a method of revamping the 1970 law to reduce lawsuits that had deeply divided environmentalists and developers.
With his resignation, it is unclear what will happen to the push, which spurred other lawmakers to come to CEQA's defense with a flurry of bills.
An investigation that began in July 2012 regarding the under-reporting of OHV and State Parks funds was concluded recently. California Deputy Attorney General Thomas M. Patton writes in his report that, "This investigation has yielded no evidence that any OHV monies were ever intentionally hidden."
CA4WDC is formulating a response to this issue. Visit this link to view the full reports and other information regarding the investigation: