With so much work by so many people to prepare for the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division Commission hearing on the Carnegie State Vehicle Recreation Area (CSVRA) Draft Final EIR on February 5th, we wanted to provide an update. As expected, the Commission did not vote, but just took testimony for future action.
Friends of Tesla Park and many supporters spoke at the OHMVR Commission hearing. We achieved our objective to document the broad community opposition to the CSVRA expansion plan into Tesla and the substantive reasons why Tesla is not appropriate for OHV use. Comments focused on the defects in the Final EIR and on the inadequate responses to earlier comments on the DEIR in June.
The Tracy City Council Chambers was overflowing with standing-room only by 8:45 am. The testimony at the hearing did not start until about 10:00 am and closed after lunch at about 3:30 pm. While there were more industry reps, staff, and others in favor of the off-highway vehicle/Carnegie expansion, most did not speak. Tesla had the majority of speakers. About 42 speakers testified for Tesla preservation and in opposition to CSVRA EIR/expansion, and 23 speakers for CSVRA expansion. Friends Organizations represented at the hearing included:
- Ohlone Audubon Society
- Mount Diablo Audubon Society
- Citizens Committee to Complete the Refuge (CCCR)
- Sierra Club
- Center for Biological Diversity
- East Bay CNPS
- Livermore Heritage Guild
- Friends of Springtown Preserve, Livermore
- Friends of The Vineyards
- Friends of Livermore
- Tesla Road Residents Alliance
- Rancher Group
- Society of American Indians, Livermore
- Friends of the Arroyos
- Alameda Creek Alliance
- Save Mount Diablo
- Tri-Valley Trailblazers
- Save the Frogs
- Regional Parks Association
Representatives from four agencies also spoke to object to the EIR including the Livermore Area Recreation and Park District, Alameda County Community Development Agency; Alameda Parks, Recreation and Historic Commission; and Alameda County Resource Conservation District.
At the end of the hearing, the Chair stated that there would be no more hearings; the record was closed and the matter would come back to the Commission for a decision at a public meeting in about six months.
We cannot thank you all enough for the help, excellent work, and expertise. To the organizations who have made saving Tesla a program priority – Thank you. To the group leadership who reviewed the FEIR and prepared a written comment letter – Thank you. To the citizens who attended the hearing in support and to testify for Tesla – Thank you. To our Friends who provide other support – Thank you. This was another important step in the process to Save Tesla.
We will keep you posted on the EIR process. Watch for updates on next steps!