FPPC decision clears way for Inyo board to vote on Adventure Trails project

– Inyo County press release

Independence – Inyo County’s County Counsel, Marge Kemp Williams, hereby announces she received an Advice Opinion from the state’s Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) an Advice
Opinion in which Commission staff concluded the Board of Supervisors’ decisions required to be made as part of the Board’s consideration of the Adventure Trails project “will not have a reasonably foreseeable material financial effect on any of the supervisors’ interests.”

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According to Kemp-Williams, “The FPPC’s ruling clears the way for each member of the Board of Supervisors to participate in the decision making process regarding the Adventure Trails project, if
he so chooses.”

Last month, the County rescheduled the Public Hearing for the Adventure Trails project to allow time for the FPPC to provide the County with guidance about the ability of all five members of the
Board of Supervisors to participate in the decision making process.
The Public Hearing for the Adventure Trails project is now scheduled for Thursday, January 22, 2015, at 10 a.m. in Independence at the Independence Legion Hall.

The meeting location was moved from the Board of Supervisors Chambers to the Legion Hall to accommodate what is expected to be
an overflow crowd.

 

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April Zrelak
April Zrelak
7 years ago

Just to get back to basics… Access to open space is wonderful. That is why most of us are here. Environmental Deficit is a clinical diagnosis. Get some quiet time with the rocks, sand, water, vegetation, open skies and wildlife and you will be healthier. The concern for this project… Read more »

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
7 years ago
Reply to  April Zrelak

Electric dirt bikes maybe? Just saying …………..

Wayne
Wayne
7 years ago

If the OHV use is as safe as proponents are saying why is the indemnification from liability required by the State? Project proponents can prove they really believe it is safe and also resolve a lot of that concern by putting their cards and money on the table. The Board… Read more »

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
7 years ago

@ Mr. James, Whew! – quite a mouthful there my friend. I’m not inclined to address each of your many assertions, but I think it’s fair to say that we disagree in a few areas. I’ll make a few comments but try to keep it shorter in the interest of… Read more »

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
7 years ago

I hope the decision makers have been paying attention to the various comments and their votes from the numerous articles posted on this topic. The court of public opinion has clearly been leaning in opposition to this proposal.

Trouble
Trouble
7 years ago

That’s pure baloney Mr. Jones. This measure would pass by overwhelming support by the locals. Where was all the opposition during all the council meetings I attended in Bishop? Only two spoke against this measure. The supervisors would be foolish to believe that.

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
7 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

@Trouble, I came to that conclusion by reading the forum comments and their votes from the various articles on the subject posted on this website. Not everyone is going to travel up or down the valley to attend council meetings. This forum is accessible to all and typically offers a… Read more »

Nick Sprague
Nick Sprague
7 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

I attended the 8/6 meeting at the City Council chambers and did not speak up at that time. Although I had submitted comments during the scoping process – and been to various meetings – I hadn’t fully reviewed the DEIR prior to the August meeting. My intent was to hear… Read more »

Wayne
Wayne
7 years ago

Agenda 21 strongly supports private property and the U.S. Constitution. In rural areas there are rarely adequate easements. Where easements do not exist or are inadequate to cover this type of use or encumbrance it is about actually taking property square footage from our front yards. (Where the existing road… Read more »

Badfinger
Badfinger
7 years ago

The Elitists want Agenda 21 to become the Law of the Land, then all y’all can be taxed to death on the very air you breath, under the guise of Carbon Tax, the question is, What will happen to those that can’t pay ??

Eastside Bum
Eastside Bum
7 years ago

Wayne, agreed. I think the pilot project is going to negatively impact those neighborhoods, who may OR may not have residents that enjoy off highway vehicles, which historically have not been allowed to travel on street legal roads. They key for the supervisors will be to find the constituents (in… Read more »

mtntri
mtntri
7 years ago

The adventure trails advocates have already blighted our area with ugly sign posts and the posts with signs on them do not make a lot of sense. Also I believe they may be illegal posts due to there placement and should be capable of breaking away under impact most sign… Read more »

BobK
BobK
7 years ago

Come on Wayne. You are really reaching now. “Signage will adversely affect the curb appeal”??? Have you been to a trail head in the last 10 yrs. No complaints about those huh?

Trouble
Trouble
7 years ago

Wayne, you think seeing people outside enjoying themselves freely will erode property values? I don’t see it that way at all. I think most visors will have a more friendly inviting opinion of our valley. Hell, right now were mostly known as a speed trap.

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
7 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

If I knew when I bought my house that the neighborhood kids would use nearby unbuilt lots as ad-hoc motocross tracks I would not have bought where I did. I love to ride motorcycles, but when I’m home I trying to relax the last thing I want to hear are… Read more »

Wayne
Wayne
7 years ago

One comment implies in lofty future-tense language that Adventure Trails will resolve our concerns about jobs for our grandchildren. Another comment states it will only allow a few insured off roaders to drive to stores. These are mutually exclusive in that it will take many more than a few to… Read more »

Russ Monroe
Russ Monroe
7 years ago
Reply to  Wayne

Wayne, please, provide any proof, or even a logical argument for: “Regardless of actual changes in OHV use even the presence of such signage will adversely affect the curb appeal and result in erosion of property values over time throughout these neighborhoods.” How is it possible that property values will… Read more »

Nick Sprague
Nick Sprague
7 years ago

Did former 4th District Supervisor Marty Fortney recuse himself from voting on this project during his tenure? It would appear from the Disqualification standards and legal requirements set out by the Political Reform Act (excerpt below) that Supervisor Fortney had a material interest in the project. In fact, several of… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
7 years ago
Reply to  Nick Sprague

Nick, are you joking? How many vacations have you had at Aberdeen’s resort? Unbelievable!

Trouble
Trouble
7 years ago

Aggressive, all this law does is allow a few insured off roaders drive to our stores. All that other National Park and potential impacts stuff you bring up, I summed up above and agian as complete hog wash!

Wayne
Wayne
7 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

Take a look at the photo in the EIR of what the EIR calls the “narrows on Lubken Canyon Road”. The existing right-of-way and easement are inadequate for two way traffic. It is identified as part of a combined use route and to avoid liability must be brought up to… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
7 years ago
Reply to  Wayne

Wayne ,Lubken Caynon Rd. is a all paved road with no traffic problems at all. Just more hog wash in my book.

The Aggressive Progressive
The Aggressive Progressive
7 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

That’s cool man.. I just see everybody that wants this project, only to have a lil more freedom when riding, but I am coming from the perspective that we should embrace the “freedom to be responsible” for what is going on to our MotherEarth! Take a look at our daily… Read more »

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
7 years ago

I give credit to the county for sending this issue off to the FPPC for an opinion. It was the right thing to do. Now, the county can do the right thing again and give consideration to ALL the impacts that will come along with this proposal, not just the… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
7 years ago

From what I understand, the main opposition to this, already got their street taken off the map. All two of them!

The Aggressive Progressive
The Aggressive Progressive
7 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

I don’t know Trouble, I think the opposition to this project has ground to stand on, considering the project is a “pilot project”, information should be made available and the County leaders should have a strong Idea of potential impacts when asked by the concerned citizens, and since it is… Read more »

Charles James
Charles James
7 years ago

What would our grandchildren want? How about a job? How about opportunity to raise a family in an area such as ours without having to work 2 or 3 jobs? How about not having to leave this area to find a decent job or have a decent life? How about… Read more »

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
7 years ago
Reply to  Charles James

You are conflicted Charles. You imply that you want to preserve the beauty and environment that gives us that beauty but want a booming economy to support more people. Those two ideas conflict with each other. To get a booming economy, you have to bring more people to the whole… Read more »

Charles James
Charles James
7 years ago
Reply to  Ken Warner

Ken, I am not conflicted in the least. I completely reject your premise that a “booming economy” (your words by the way, not mine) to support more people in the Eastern Sierra would “directly contribute to the degradation of our environment.” Do I want to give future generations (including those… Read more »

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
7 years ago
Reply to  Ken Warner

Charles James: I’ve been through the cycle too many times. A nice quiet place becomes over crowded and over developed and soon is no longer a nice place to live. The whole of Southern California is an object lesson. The things I saw and did before the developers brought “Prosperity”… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
7 years ago
Reply to  Ken Warner

Ken, on this matter I think you have forgotten the fact that ,thanks to DWP owned land in the Owens Valley, we are 99% land locked. Over crowding will never happen as long as DWP owns the water rights.

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
7 years ago
Reply to  Ken Warner

Trouble: No I haven’t forgotten about LADWP’s land ownership. But if and when the Owens Valley starts being aggressively developed. LADWP will make a fortune selling strategically placed pieces for development. They are just waiting for the right time.

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
7 years ago
Reply to  Charles James

So National Parks are a progressive idea that serve mostly the environmental elitists? I would respectfully disagree. And many of the business owners and their employees who benefit from Yosemite’s 4 million annual visitors would likely disagree as well. According to the NPS, Yosemite brings 379 million dollars to local… Read more »

Charles James
Charles James
7 years ago

Charles O. Jones, Where to begin? Let’s start with your straw-man fallacy pretending to respond to my comments. I did not say– or imply that “national parks are a progressive idea that serve mostly the environmental elitists.” You also use facts about the economic success of Yosemite National Park to… Read more »

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
7 years ago

Yup, all those low income home owners and renters near the Exide battery plant who are arguing for more stringent emissions controls on the plant so they don’t have lead contamination on their properties are the economic elites. And likewise the community surrounding the big Exxon Mobil refinery in Torrance… Read more »

The Aggressive Progressive
The Aggressive Progressive
7 years ago
Reply to  Charles James

Yes our grandchildren would want a future! Take a look at yourself and these inherently flawed institutionalized systems we all participate in, in this society if you want a job with “job security”, you need resource turnover (at unprecedented levels), there is no actual preservation, sustainability or conservation in this… Read more »

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
7 years ago

AG: Well said. The current economy of the East Side could be vibrant and healthy if people didn’t have to work more than one job to survive. A realistic, livable minimum wage would free people from the need to work more than one job and that alone would free more… Read more »