The State Parks Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division (OHMVR) has posted notice of a February 4th and 5th hearing on the Proposed Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) and General Plan for the expansion of the Carnegie off-road-vehicle area into Tesla Park. This is one of our last chances to save one of eastern Alameda County’s most beautiful open spaces.
OHMVR did not release the documents to the public when they provided the 30-day notice of the hearing; the FEIR is now available online at carnegiegeneralplan.com/document-library, though the Draft General Plan will not be released until spring. Remember, the Draft EIR implausibly concluded there were no significant impacts from the existing Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area or from opening up Tesla to off-road-vehicle use. Rather than address the inadequacies in the Draft EIR identified by extensive comments from the public, environmental organizations, and public agencies, it appears OHMVR plans to ram through approval of the Carnegie expansion plan that will destroy Tesla as we know it.
Years of work to save Tesla Park has been building up to this final stage of the EIR process. Please help us continue to fight. Here’s what you can do:
1) Attend the public hearing on February 5th!
WHEN: Friday, February 5, 8:30 AM
WHERE: Tracy City Hall City Council Chambers, 333 Civic Center Plaza Tracy, CA 95736
2) If you can’t attend the hearing in person, please write to Assemblymember Catherine Baker and Senator Steve Glazer. Thus far neither representative has supported Tesla preservation or helped protect Tesla in any way.
Please send separate emails to:
- Assemblymember Baker: Assemblymember.Baker@assembly.ca.gov
- Senator Glazer: Senator.Glazer@senate.ca.gov
Here is a sample letter. Please personalize it to explain why Tesla Park preservation matters to you!
Dear [Senator Glazer/Assembly Member Baker]:
I am asking for your help to permanently preserve the Tesla Park land. Tesla is in your district in eastern Alameda County. Tesla has numerous sensitive cultural and biologic resources important for our region. It is a vital wildlife corridor. It contains threatened and endangered species. It is the location of the historic Tesla town site and mine. It is productive cattle grazing land. Creating a nearly 5,000 acre off-highway vehicle park on the outskirts of Livermore by expanding Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area and opening Tesla to off-highway-vehicle use will forever damage Tesla’s unique resources.
We all share a responsibility to preserve this important open space for future generations. Please support preservation of Tesla and do everything you can to change state policy so that this unique and irreplaceable natural landscape is permanently protected.
[Your name, address]
Read more about the campaign to save Tesla Part at teslapark.org.