To add insult, those of us that drove hours and hours to attend this meeting, were informed that ONLY 2 Minutes were allowed for public comment. LAO feels this was very unprofessional, considering the seriousness of the topic at hand.
AMA District 36 was taken aback when a “motion” was presented to oppose, as it was assumed it would be a “tabled” item based on comments that appeared at the end of a 6 page letter addressed to Dan Canfield at State Parks, from Alameda County Planning Department which said – “the County believes the DEIR contains numerous inadequacies, and therefore Alameda County cannot support the project unless the stated concerns are addressed.”
Voting today, without allowing response to “stated concerns” seem very premature, and thus the county made this decision which I believe is problematic, and political. Language in some of the documents the county supplied, identified additional input from the public to be incorporated into the comments, yet, voted anyways.
Of interest, on the Agenda today, it stated this:
Agenda Item #34: Community Development Agency – Conduct a public hearing to consider the information presented in the draft comment letter on the Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA); take public testimony; direct staff to incorporate additional concerns raised during the hearing into the letter, as appropriate; and authorize the Board President to sign a finalized comment letter opposing the California State Park’s proposal to expand Carnegie SVRA.
This was not done.
Since they voted, I guess none of the additional concerns raised during the hearing was important, and the voted to sign it without adding in any new information provided in testimony. The bottom line is this, I believe that a decision was made to oppose before any of us walked into the Supervisors Chambers.
We are NOT done with this at all, and lots of steps still to be taken to get the new Carnegie properties open. Remember, the State owns the property………………………………. And is also the lead agency in this process, not the other way around. Legal Counsel at the meeting made that abundantly clear to the Supervisors.
Thanks to the OHV organizations and representatives to came and testified today.
Dave Pickett AMA District 36 Legislative Affairs Officer