SB 767, a measure that would allow the state to sell the Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA) Alameda-Tesla Expansion Area for conservation purposes, passed out of the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife (WPW) Committee on a 9 - 4 vote.
Nancy Rodrigue of Friends of Tesla Park, commented, "This was a tough committee, but we got them to support 767."
The next hearing is scheduled for July 3 in front of the Assembly Accountability and Administrative Review Committee.
State 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.
Off-road vehicle advocates say the area expands recreation opportunities for the growing number of users of dirt-bikes. Unless the plans were changed, all Terrain Vehicles and other motorized vehicles would be allowed to use the trails on the Tesla site.