Green Sticker Funds LA County

L.A. County parks to fund fight against illegal off-roading

/This story appeared in the Antelope Valley Press on Tuesday, October

18, 2005./

*By LISA WAHLA HOWARD

Valley Press Staff Writer*

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Los Angeles County has collected money for more than 20 years to build

an off-highway vehicle park, but with $1.6 million in the bank, no parks

have been built because of community opposition.

Meanwhile, illegal off-roading has increased in unincorporated parts of

the county, with limited funding for enforcement, sheriff's deputies say.

With no immediate plans to spend the funds on a park site, the county

Department of Parks and Recreation is proposing to use a portion of the

funds to help combat the illegal OHV use. The fund comes from the "green

sticker" fees paid by OHV users to register their vehicles, along with a

portion of the county's share of the gas tax.

"It's up to the Board of Supervisors to decide how they want to use that

money," said Sussy Nemer, an aide to county Supervisor Michael D.

Antonovich, whose 5th District includes the Antelope Valley. "Parks and

Recreation and the Sheriff's Department got together and agreed that a

portion should be used for enforcement."

County supervisors today will vote on expanding the authorized uses of

the OHV fund to include enforcement and repair of damage caused by the

illegal use of OHVs; previously, the funds could only be used for the

planning, acquisition, development, construction and maintenance of OHV

recreation areas.

"I know for us, it will mean quite a bit to be able to deploy our OHV

team in the unincorporated areas," said sheriff's Deputy Dave Jennings,

a member of the OHV team assigned to the city of Palmdale. "While we've

made a significant impact in the city areas, we're hoping with these new

funds coming available, we'll make the same impact in the unincorporated

areas."

Upon the supervisors' approval, the Parks and Recreation Department

plans to give the Sheriff's Department up to $70,000 per fiscal year.

The Parks and Recreation Department received $177,000 into the fund in

the most recent fiscal year.

Additionally, the Sheriff's Department has applied to the state for more

than $180,000 in grant money available for OHV enforcement. Jennings

will be testifying on Friday to the state parks committee handling the

OHV grants.

With the county parks money, Jennings said he hopes to see the

department purchase two bikes for the Palmdale station to use when

patrolling areas known to be illegally frequented by OHV users. The

county funds would also augment OHV enforcement in the Santa Clarita Valley.

"The majority of our complaints come from Acton and Agua Dulce, but we

won't be focusing entirely on that area," he said. "We also have

complaints from the Lakes and Leona Valley, from the Littlerock,

Pearblossom and Llano areas, and from Juniper Hills."

Last year, the county allocated $200,000 to study the purchase of a

650-acre site between Acton and Palmdale to turn into an OHV recreation

area. Strong community opposition scuttled the plan, however.

"Generally, when they find a suitable location, they do a community

meeting and the community says, 'We don't want one next door to us,' "

Nemer said.

Off-highway vehicle owners can legally ride at Rowher Flats in the

Angeles National Forest in southern Agua Dulce.

lhoward@avpress.com <mailto:lhoward@avpress.com>

Complete BS. The money was collected to help provide areas for OHV riders to use, instead the money will go to have a couple of lazy ass over weight Sheriffs deputies to ride around all day and accomplish nothing. Typical California BS politics. :banghead::banghead:

If any of the funds actually came from the OHV dept. through the OHV Grants Request program, the money MUST be used for the project that the agency requested it for.

If you can, go to the meeting Friday and speak up. The meeting is for PUBLIC input. I went to the one for N. Cal. a couple of weeks ago. Remind the OHV commissioners that the original intent of the Grants Request program is to ENHANCE THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE OHV COMMUNITY.

Ride on

Brewster

CERA

thats bs maybe instead of building a track work with the existing tracks to give the riders with stickers a small discount like 5 bucks or sumtin. i love cali but hate the damn governtment they suck ass

Seems really wrong that they would be allowed to take green sticker fees designated for a park and use it for something else. I wish I could make the meeting and give 'em an ear full!!!!!

they get away with this because, OHV enforcement is seen as part of the mix and when a bureaucrat is faced with making payroll of the local sheriff and police departments vs. fighting city hall and public hate towards anything new like an OHV park or expansion, they simply fold the tent and give all our money to enforcement.

could be worse, look at our DMV fees and that pie chart they have showing only 15% of DMV fees goes to anything having to do with the DMV.

my prediction is green/red sticker fees will increase and the money will go into the state general fund to help pay for California's bloated over unionized over extended commie government.

It is the price of admission to ride our dirt bikes here in hotel California.

What exactly is so hard about planning/buying/maintaining trails and using a budget for what it was meant? Why does it seem that everybody running the OHV programs in this state are ignorant and/or incompetent?

Their all THIEVES! :lol: Maybe if people considered if they opened up a decent places for people to ride instead of this NIMBY attitude there would be less illegal riding. :banghead: I'm sure that Joe Sheriff on his KLX650 is going to catch some kid on a dirtbike. :lol: One day this bloated corrupt government in this state is going to tax us all into the ground. Our Green Sticker funds get pillaged more every year.So whats next, our gas tax not going to fix the roads we drive on? Oh wait that is already happening. :banghead:

dsrt14;

Thank you for your posting. This morning, I forwarded your message to Deputy Director Daphne Greene of the Ca. OHV division. Hopefully she will have time to read it and pass it on to the OHV commissioners before the Friday meeting. She may or may not respond back to me.

It is items like this where OHV funds are misspent that was high lighted in the CA. Auditors report of the OHV Division and Commission.

Keep informed and active!!

Ride on

Brewster

CERA

"It's up to the Board of Supervisors to decide how they want to use that

money," said Sussy Nemer, an aide to county Supervisor Michael D.

Antonovich, whose 5th District includes the Antelope Valley. "Parks and

Recreation and the Sheriff's Department got together and agreed that a

portion should be used for enforcement."

That is an out and out lie!

It is NOT up to the board of supervisors to decide how they want to spend that money! By LAW it must go toward OHV use. :banghead:

Last year, the county allocated $200,000 to study the purchase of a

650-acre site between Acton and Palmdale to turn into an OHV recreation

area. Strong community opposition scuttled the plan, however.

I want that job!

How can I get paid 200K to look for an OHV recreation area only to not have it materalize.

"unincorporated parts of the county......."

If you live in the sticks, its public land, the road is dirt, and its not gated closed, it ought to be far game for riding.

Kalifornia is so :banghead:.

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