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Is your favorite off-road area near San Diego open?

UPDATE: Corral Canyon in Cleveland National Forest is currently open.
UPDATE: Ocotillo Wells is open for riding and camping.
All BLM areas are still open for riding and camping.

It is always a good idea to check with the appropriate agency prior to heading out:
Corral Canyon: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/cleveland/recreation/ohv/recarea/?recid=78497&actid=68
Ocotillo Wells: http://www.ohv.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=1217
BLM El Centro Field Office: https://www.blm.gov/office/el-centro-field-office

NEWS FLASH!! SDORC Lost Lizard Fun Run 2021 is a go!

Save the date: The BLM has approved our date of November 13, 2021. It will be at the Superstition Mountains OHV Area.

Click here for details and pre-registration.

San Diego Off-Road Coalition has been selected as the winner of the 2021 Best of Lakeside awards in the category of Outdoor Recreation!

President’s Message

August Update

Legislation
This month we will talk about State legislation and all the events that are reappearing. Our legislative coalition is closely watching three bills right now. Our own bill, AB232 has one more committee to be heard (Senate Appropriations) and we expect it to move through, be signed and become law. This bill will make it so that if your state does not recognize California off-road registration, then California does not recognize yours. We hope this bill will make the three states that do not recognize California’s to change their ways.

We are supporting SB227, Brian Jones’ red sticker bill. This bill will allow formerly red sticker bikes to continue to be registered in California. This will not allow them to be used on public land, unless they are in a race. It looks like the fee for these registrations will be $63 per year. It looks very likely that this bill will go all the way and get signed into law.

We are very disappointed that AB1512 is moving so easily. This is the bill that would have State parks “dispose” of the land purchased some 20 years ago to expand Carnegie SVRA. The language in this bill has been introduced each year since 2017 and has yet to become law. It has only the Senate Appropriations committee and then will go to the governor. Two years ago, a similar bill was vetoed by Gov Newsom, so it is possible the bill will die again. Our lobby group will be asking the governor to veto this again.
Bill SB433 would allow the California Coastal Commission to enforce their actions with higher fines. We don’t like what this could do in Oceano Dunes SVRA.

Oceano Dunes
Speaking of Oceano Dunes, while the lawsuits wait to be heard, Friends of Oceano Dunes has several fundraisers planned to help offset the cost of defending this much-loved park. Friends of Oceano Dunes (FoOD) and Rugged Radios are raffling a Polaris General XP. This raffle ends Sunday Sept 19 at midnight, with the winner being announced Friday Sept 24 at 5:00 pm. There will be a FoOD BBQ July 24 at Clovis Rodeo with an auction, raffle, BBQ and Tiki Bar. They are also hosting a Golf Tournament August 28 in Lemoore, Calif. Click here for details.

Other events
Other events coming include Jeeps at San Diego Duckfoot Brewery August 22, Jeep Bash Sept 11 at Bolsa Chica State Beach, Sand Sports Super Show September 17-19 in Costa Mesa, and Off-Road Expo October 9-10 in a new location in Ontario California. SDORC will try to attend SSSS and Expo.

Lost Lizard Fun Run
SDORC’s own Lost Lizard Fun Run will be taking place this November 13 by Superstition Mountain. Pre-entry will get you a discount, t-shirt and easy signup the day of the event. The event will have five checkpoints along a 20-mile loop. Each checkpoint will have playing cards for you to draw (best five card stud, second best and worst hand get special prizes) and a game to play that earns raffle tickets for our big drawing. We are inviting several food vendors and an ice cream truck which will give a free scoop to anyone in uniform (think Boy or Girl Scouts and any branch of military). Many make it their first trip to the desert in the season, so please join us for the fun and help us keep the desert open. Click here to Pre-register.

Ed Stovin

July Update

Legislation
The world of California off-road politics has slowed down quite a bit lately. That is good for us, as most news in our world is bad news. There is a little action in Sacramento. There are two bills we strongly oppose this year, SB799 and AB1512. In a surprise move, the author of SB799, Glasier, withdrew his bill. This means it will no longer be considered this year. We are in the first year of a two-year legislative cycle, so it is possible this bill will come back next year. If it does, it will surface at the same place it is now, that is, it will have passed its house of origin (Senate) and will head to the Assembly. Why did this take place? It is likely that the proponents of closing half of Carnegie SVRA are putting their eggs in the basket of AB1512 (Rebecca Bauer-Kahan). I don’t know if one author is better than the other, but Rebecca Bauer-Kahan received a perfect report card from the Sierra Club last year. The two bills we support, AB232 and SB227 are out of the houses of origin and will be heard in committees in the other houses soon.

Cleanups
We believe strongly in area cleanups because they help our areas and send a strong message to land managers that area users care about the areas. The easiest way to manage an area is when it is closed… something we never want. So, we sponsor and partner in cleanups. We are talking about cleaning Otay Mountain Truck Trail this September. We have seen trash along the trail and shooter trash on the east side. At our Lost Lizard Fun Run, we do a cleanup. We also have cleanups at Painted Gorge and trail trimming and cleaning at Corral Canyon. Both of these may take place this winter. Details will be released as soon as we know.

Lost Lizard
Our big fundraiser is the Lost Lizard Fun Run and will be this November 13 at the end of Wheeler Road by Superstition Mountain again. This is a very fun event for both beginners as well as experienced off-roaders. We have five checkpoints and each has a playing card for you as well as a game to win raffle tickets. Best five card stud poker hand wins a prize, as well as second best and worst hands. Chris Boyer from the DSC morning radio show on KGB 101.5 will announce the raffle prizes. We have a fun route planned, great prizes and a friendly vibe in the desert. Pre-registration is now open on sdorc.org and we have a had a number of entries already. Pre entry saves you money, gets you a t-shirt and saves time at the event. At signup you just give us your name and we hand you your bag.

We still have our radio show on KCBQ AM 1170 at noon on Sundays. You can also hear older shows here. We talk about off-road politics, racing and general off-roading topics. If you would like to sponsor some shows, let us know at info@sdorc.org and we will get you set up.

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