San Diego Town Hall meeting with Congressman Duncan Hunter & Calif BLM Mike Pool
Several folks from this thread/BB attended.
I appreciate the strong support of JF!!!!
This is a cut/paste I typed & posted on a couple BB's:
This morning I attended the above town hall meeting. This meeting was scheduled so that discussions could be expressed to Congressman Duncan Hunter & California State Director of BLM, Mike Pool. The focus on the agenda was to openly talk with these officials concerning San Diego's off road issues/concerns. However, these officials were expecting that there would be mention of Johnson Valley OHV & the Marine Corps potential expansion of its Twentynine Palms facility. There were several people who addressed these officials with JV concerns that were outside the initial meetings agenda.
Not to take away from San Diego's important items of discussion, but some of us were in a unique position to have the ear of some favorable officials and we didn't want to let this opportunity pass us up. Being this was the case, and they were open to hear our concerns, the Congressman wants to formulate a hopeful resolution concerning the potential takeover of Johnson Valley/Hammers by the Marine Corps.
This is only my opinion, but it seemed that if he (Mr. Hunter) had it his way - JV OHV would remain as it is today & that the Marine Corps would look into other options.
California State Director of BLM, Mr. Mike Pool, mentioned that the Marine Corps was not initially aware of the great importance that Johnson Valley OHV has to the off road community. However, the Marine Corps has recently been informed of this great importance.
Mr. Hunter was very supportive of the off road community and mentioned that he will be meeting with the Marine Corp Commandant to discuss this issue. Furthermore, he mentioned that Congressman Jerry Lewis will be part of this ongoing issue since the land JV is on, is in Mr. Lewis' district.
During this meeting I addressed the officials and provided a copy of a Petition concerning JV. This petition was started by Tam, and she deserves high recognition for taking the initiative to start this and follow thru. Over the course of approximately two days, this petition generated ~1,000 signatures, of which, several of them contain valuable comments that these officials will take into consideration during their decision making process.
Another item that was discussed is that there will be an organized guided tour of Johnson Valley for some of the officials. Who all attends, has not been determined, but you can expect that we want this to happen soon and to provide the Congressmen a better perspective of The Hammers and it's great importance to the off road community.
Another item we will be providing to Congressman Hunters staff (specifically, Mr. Michael Harrison) is some photos of JV showing it's unique terrain and some specific map locations of the photos we provide. Basically, what areas these photos were taken and how they make JV such a valued place for us. The gears are already turning to provide this information to the Congressmans staff.
There are other issues that arose, and I don't want to discount other concerns that were discussed. If I've made some minor errors - feel free to correct me.
Concerned JV OHV Supporter