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Friends of Giant Rock have been aligning themselves with like-minded organizations throughout the state. Recently we have attended a meeting with property owners/riders in Rosamond whose rights to ride are being attacked by the COW’s. The cow is using the same tactics by which they duped our supervisors into approving an unnecessary ordinance.
We had a respectable turnout for the March 7th ride-poker run-drag race. Forty two daring adventurers and 19 vehicles of various configuration made the grueling run that stopped half way at a custom made, permanent BBQ pit to burn burgers, dogs, burrito’s and carne asada by VP Chris and Mrs. Miller rounded out the grill. Then off to Emerson dry lake for 300ft walked off drag strip. Everyone got in the act and had a great time. From my angle the Nissan v6 rail was hard to beat, Jeeps, buggies, bikes and trucks all gave it a try. The Prez. Lopez sayz thanks to all for a fun safe weekend. Ryan Digner was beat out by grandpa Bob to split half the poke pot with FOGR. Look for another such run with similar, but not the same activities sometime in May.
Feinstein needs input. Act Now!
We need to get on board with this today! Send her email of your usage of Johnson Valley and its value to you and your friends. Also send her an email each time you go out to visit JV, send photos if you have them. Continue until a decision is made.
DIANNE FEINSTEIN STAFF INDICATES JOHNSON VALLEY IS INFREQUENTLY USED BY RECREATING PUBLIC
The Partnership for Johnson Valley urges users of Johnson Valley to email Senator Feinstein's office with a personal message to keep the 189,000-acre multiple-use area as public land
Public Safety Update
At the December 3rd Commission meeting, the Commission and the Division received letters from residents of Wonder Valley describing OHV conflicts and private property trespass. The Division has received additional emails and letters from these reporting parties and from other Morongo Basin residents. The Division’s Public Safety Team (Superintendent John Pelonio and Supervising Rangers Kelly Claar and Vince Anibale) was assigned to investigate the complaints.
Dear Members and Potential Members
There are two cases that FOGR has identified as having potential to turn the heads of county supervisors in favor of changing our SAD ordinance 3973. One case for staging citation 28.0404 and one for written permission needed on private property 28.0403. Both have been tried, found guilty and are currently in the appeal stage.
From: Advocates for Access to Public Lands
As you know, AAPL supports the Partnership For Johnson Valley (PFJV) in
their efforts to save one of the best OHV areas in the California desert.
They have created the petition above to convince Marine officials of the sheer numbers
of JV users who will be harmed by the loss of JV to OHV use.
They have collected 1200 signatures in the first days of the petition and let's double that amount for them!
Part of the Governor’s latest budget proposal is a $90M loan from the OHV Trust Fund to help balance the state budget!
Although we understand that the state is in the grip of the worst budget crisis in history, this loan is not a solution to the problem!
Why? The law requires that this loan must be repaid within 2 years, so all this does is delay a real solution to the budget problem.
Similar tactics have been tried in the past. In recent years the state budget was often balanced by borrowing billions from constitutionally protected trust funds reserved for highway construction and repair of local streets and roads. Local governments united to oppose this borrowing gimmick and the governor and legislature agreed to stay away from borrowing from local government trust funds this year. Unfortunately this commitment does not extend to our OHV Trust Fund.
Apparently Wonder Valley residents don’t feel that our local authorities are capable of handling the multitude of criminal off roaders that harass, intimidate, and threaten the Wonder Valley residents. So some have petitioned the State Parks Department of OHV to intervene. Last Friday three members of State Parks in Sacramento converged on Wonder Valley to investigate and determine what action if any should be taken. Could it be that these trumped up charges are simply not true or highly exaggerated, and maybe even provoked by certain persons jumping out in front of a passing rider.
For Immediate release
January 11, 2009
What was to be a routine meeting to discuss the proposed expansion of the Twentynine Palms MCAGCC chaired by Harry Baker turned into an emotional discussion about the economic impacts the military's proposed expansion would have in Lucerne, Johnson, Yucca Valley and surrounding communities if tourism was removed from the region.
"This is a Route 66 scenario" said one of the business owners concerned about local impacts on tourism that could turn our communities into ghost towns.
Johnson Valley – 189,000 acres of 1986 state designated open access territory for public use. It’s the place we camp, ride, work, live and take for granted that it will always be there. It takes in Means Dry Lake, Melville Dry Lake, Soggy Dry Lake, Anderson Dry Lake, Galway Dry Lake, MDR/MORE coarse A and B, Multiple mining claims, Multiple Motorcycle club coarse, the HAMMERS, multiple organized and non-organized outdoor activities.
The BLM has withdrawn this public land as part of a environmental impact study requested by the US Department of the Navy for expanding Twenty-nine Palms Air Ground Combat Training Center. In two to five years this land we take for granted could be gone, closed to public access and use.
As part of a large group made up of various user groups, we support the need for adequate military training. We must identify for the BLM, the Military and federal legislators the value that this area has for us on all levels. We must make requests for the military to strongly consider expansion to the lands east contingent to the existing base for training needs.
If this effects you or has value to you in any way there are three things you must do.