Following The Independent’s report last week that an agreement was reached to preserve Tesla Park, a state budget bill containing provisions to protect the 3,100-acre site near Livermore from the use of all-terrain vehicles as a site was passed by the state legislature and sent to the governor.
The bill – SB 155 – passed 68-8 in the Assembly and 28-9 in the Senate on September 9. He replaced a measure from Tri-Valley Assembly member Rebecca Bauer-Kahan who was heading for a vote last week. Bauer-Kahan’s bill would also have protected Tesla Park.
Once Governor Gavin Newsom signs the bill, the law will keep Tesla Park under the jurisdiction of the State Department of Parks and Recreation, making it independent from the Carnegie State Vehicle Recreation Area, where all-terrain vehicles are permitted.
All-terrain vehicle enthusiasts have wanted the state to expand the Carnegie site to the Tesla Park area for years. The issue sparked litigation and a previously vetoed Bauer-Kahan bill that would have sold Tesla Park to environmentalists.
The newly passed law will place $ 29.8 million from the State General Fund into the Off-Road Motorized Vehicle Trust Fund for off-road enthusiasts and organizations to find an alternate location. Bauer-Kahan’s bill, AB1512, had set aside $ 9 million.
One location under consideration is Henry W. Coe State Park in Morgan Hill.
The deal had already been made between Newsom, state lawmakers and parks and recreation officials with about a week before the legislative session to preserve Tesla Park.