SB767, a measure that would allow the state to sell the Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA) Alameda-Tesla Expansion Area for conservation purposes, cleared its first hurdle last week.

The Natural Resources and Water Committee of the State Senate held a hearing on April 9. The committee passed the measure on a 6-2-1 vote. Aye: Stern, Allen, Caballero, Hertzberg, Jackson, Monning; Noes: Jones, Boregeas; Abstain: Hueso.

Senator Steve Glazer introduced the measure. It was co-authored by Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan.

Current state plans would add 3,100 acres in the Tesla area to the 1,575-acre Carnegie Off-Road Vehicle Park. Both sites are owned by the State. The General Plan and Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for Carnegie SVRA were approved. Lawsuits have been filed challenging the authority of the Off-Road Vehicle Commission to certify an environmental impact report and approve a general plan, as well as the adequacy of the EIR.