Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility
Oceano Dunes Off-Roaders Notch Court Victory in Long Running Feud With Regulators
TLBBHMAP3-U010ALB5ANM-348f959abae2-512-300x300-1
By Jim Jakobs, Digital Producer
Published 3 years ago on
February 4, 2021

Share

The Sacramento County Superior Court ordered the California Air Resources Board to release more than 40 documents it had refused to provide in response to a ‘Friends of Oceano Dunes‘ Public Records Act request made in 2019.

The ‘Friends of Oceano Dunes’ is a non-profit corporation created to preserve camping and off-highways vehicle recreation at the Oceano Dunes State Vehicle Recreation Area.

“They (CARB) have the next 30 days to provide those documents,” says Friends of Oceano Dunes president Jim Suty tells GV Wire℠.

At issue, Suty says, are discussions his organization claims were held behind closed doors by the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District, the California Department of Parks and Recreation and other state agencies regarding required dust control measures.

“They were not making decisions in the public view.” – Friends of Oceano Dunes president Jim Suty

“They were not making decisions in the public view,” says Suty. “We as taxpayers are pretty appalled by this closed door private meeting with political activists in key state positions, making determinations that will impact us.”

Suty says his group will also seek to recoup their legal fees of approximately $50,000.

CARB in an email to GV Wire℠ says, “CARB is evaluating its options in response to the court’s ruling on this routine records suit and has no further comment at this time.”

Current Park Operations

Suty says the the dunes are open for day use activity.

“There’s active discussions ongoing about whether it can be opened up for more use, including OHV (off-highway vehicle) camping, and we’re waiting for that determination, says Suty.

Oceano Dunes is one of several off-highway vehicle areas administered by the California Department of Parks and Recreation. A state website also describes the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area as a place for visitors seeking recreational activities such as swimming, surfing, surf fishing, camping and hiking.

Draft Public Works Plan

The California State Parks Department has prepared a ‘Draft Public Works Plan‘ and associated draft environmental impact report for the dunes area. It outlines future proposed development and wildlife habitat management projects.

The state parks department says the plan will comply with the California Coastal Act. It is available for review at www.oceanodunespwp.com/en/documents/draft-eir.

Comments are due by March 2.

[activecampaign form=25]

DON'T MISS

Sacramento Gave Homeless Camp a Lease as an Experiment. Here’s What Happened.

DON'T MISS

Merced Supervisors Accused of ‘Triple Crown Race’ of Failures Amid Talk of Closing Fire Stations

DON'T MISS

Teacher Appreciation Week Surprises That Educators Will Love

DON'T MISS

A Mission of Mercy, Then a Fatal Strike: How an Aid Convoy in Gaza Became Israel’s Target

DON'T MISS

Walberg Era Begins With a Charge to ‘Revolutionize’ Bulldogs Basketball

DON'T MISS

California Man Sentenced to 40 Years to Life for Fatal Freeway Shooting of 6-Year-Old Boy

DON'T MISS

16 Clovis Students Rewarded With Scholarships for Their Resilience

DON'T MISS

Dr. Green Thumb’s Is Open. Sweet Flower Debuts Saturday in Fresno Cannabis Rollout.

DON'T MISS

Reacher Star Alan Ritchson Calls Donald Trump a ‘Rapist’

DON'T MISS

Community Leaders Call for Transparency in Fresno Superintendent Search

UP NEXT

Merced Supervisors Accused of ‘Triple Crown Race’ of Failures Amid Talk of Closing Fire Stations

UP NEXT

Reacher Star Alan Ritchson Calls Donald Trump a ‘Rapist’

UP NEXT

Oakland Officials Vote to Include ‘San Francisco’ in Airport’s Name

UP NEXT

Several Writers Decline Recognition From PEN America in Protest Over Its Israel-Hamas War Stance

UP NEXT

US Consumer Sentiment Falls Slightly as Outlook for Inflation Worsens

UP NEXT

Tennessee Lawmakers Send Bill to Ban First-Cousin Marriages to Governor

UP NEXT

Instagram Blurs Nude Messages to Protect Teens, Fight Sexual Extortion

UP NEXT

Harvard Again Requiring Standardized Test Scores for Those Seeking Admission

UP NEXT

After Fong Ruling, a ‘Bitter Pill to Swallow’ for US Senate Losers Katie Porter & Barbara Lee?

UP NEXT

Wife of Julian Assange Says Biden’s Comments Mean Case Could Be Moving in the Right Direction

A Mission of Mercy, Then a Fatal Strike: How an Aid Convoy in Gaza Became Israel’s Target

5 hours ago

Walberg Era Begins With a Charge to ‘Revolutionize’ Bulldogs Basketball

16 hours ago

California Man Sentenced to 40 Years to Life for Fatal Freeway Shooting of 6-Year-Old Boy

17 hours ago

16 Clovis Students Rewarded With Scholarships for Their Resilience

18 hours ago

Dr. Green Thumb’s Is Open. Sweet Flower Debuts Saturday in Fresno Cannabis Rollout.

19 hours ago

Reacher Star Alan Ritchson Calls Donald Trump a ‘Rapist’

19 hours ago

Community Leaders Call for Transparency in Fresno Superintendent Search

19 hours ago

Israeli Settlers Rampage Through a West Bank Village, Killing 1 Palestinian and Wounding 25

22 hours ago

US Intelligence Finding Shows China Surging Equipment Sales to Russia to Help War Effort in Ukraine

22 hours ago

From Tragedy to Triumph: The Land Before Time Litter’s Journey

23 hours ago

Sacramento Gave Homeless Camp a Lease as an Experiment. Here’s What Happened.

When Sacramento changed its plan to demolish a homeless encampment on a vacant lot on Colfax Street, instead offering the homeless occupants...

3 hours ago

3 hours ago

Sacramento Gave Homeless Camp a Lease as an Experiment. Here’s What Happened.

4 hours ago

Merced Supervisors Accused of ‘Triple Crown Race’ of Failures Amid Talk of Closing Fire Stations

4 hours ago

Teacher Appreciation Week Surprises That Educators Will Love

5 hours ago

A Mission of Mercy, Then a Fatal Strike: How an Aid Convoy in Gaza Became Israel’s Target

16 hours ago

Walberg Era Begins With a Charge to ‘Revolutionize’ Bulldogs Basketball

17 hours ago

California Man Sentenced to 40 Years to Life for Fatal Freeway Shooting of 6-Year-Old Boy

18 hours ago

16 Clovis Students Rewarded With Scholarships for Their Resilience

19 hours ago

Dr. Green Thumb’s Is Open. Sweet Flower Debuts Saturday in Fresno Cannabis Rollout.

MENU

CONNECT WITH US

Search

Send this to a friend