GETTIN’ OFF 4X4 Off-Road Club – May 14 Meeting Minutes

2012-2013 Officers: President: Terry, VP: Brian B, Treasurer: Don, Secretary: Paul E.
Meeting Time & Location: Every 2nd Tuesday at 7, Antonella’s Ristorante, 1701 Park Avenue, San Jose , CA 95126 (408) 279-4922. 
Website http://gettinoff4x4.net
7:00 Buffet Dinner $10: Salad, Pasta, Pizza, Bread, Soft drinks. To help Antonella’s cover the cost of hosting our meeting in the patio dining area, members are encouraged to enjoy the buffet dinner or order from the menu. 

7:30 Meeting Start

WELCOME, REPORTS and ANNOUNCEMENTS

President –  Terry: No special announcements, other than noting Gary had to go to the hospital due to issues with his foot healing properly. Our best wishes and prayers go out to Gary for a full recovery. See you soon, Gary !
Vice President – Brian: Present. Announced his son Albert was accepted with a substantial scholarship into a music major program at ? (sorry Brian, I forgot the name) and will be having an organ and harpsichord recital in El Cerrito very soon. Brian will send an email with all the info, times, etc. Congratulations Albert !
Treasurer – Don:  Brought T-shirt box, for Rahul.
Secretary – Paul: Call to action on the RTP. Email the governor & your local state legislators. Info below.
Members Attending –  Brad, Don, Aaron, Rahul, Brian, Terry, Eric, Roger, Paul, Alicia.
Guests – Matt.
GENERAL NEWS & PENDING BUSINESS
1) Award points for member participation. Chris created a spreadsheet to tally points for club activities attended. Award points will begin to tally July 1. Plans are to award a winner once per quarter, and an overall winner for the year. Awards may include dinners at Antonella’s, club dues, gift cert’s to Harbor Freight Tools, etc.
2) We opened the meeting for any new nominations for club board members for the 2013-2014 term. No new nominations were proposed. A simple aye/nay voice vote was taken to elect those previously nominated, which consisted of the current board. The current board was re-elected.
3) Don gave Rahul his official GO 4×4 Club T-shirt. Ask Don if you would like a club T-shirt and/or patch.
4) Gov Brown just announced his 2013-14 Budget. It proposes to remove California from the nationwide Recreational Trails Program (RTP). Don Amador, who is the Northern Calif. consultant to Cal4 on natural resources, wrote briefly on this, at: http://thegeneralsrecreationden.blogspot.com/2013/05/ca-trail-users-alert-ask-gov-brown-to.html. Email the governor & your local state legislators to say NO way. I sent emails to Gov Brown and my local representative.
5) Vehicles or 4×4 stuff for sale? Post items at go4x4club@yahoogroups.com. Enter a new Subject line for each listing.
VEHICLE PAINS & PROJECTS
1) Paul E – Heard rattle sound near transfer case when idling. Thought it might be a loose bearing race in the transmission, kinda sounded like it. Holding the muffler with a gloved hand stopped the rattle. Phew! Was actually the cat. conv. coming part inside. I don’t like more rattles than necessary, so had the cat & muffler replaced at Joe’s at Calabazas RV. Contrary to popular lore, the cat itself was only about $160, not too bad. Maybe this will get me off the ‘gross-polluter’ list at smog check time. Each replacement cat now has to be registered with the State Of CA ARB, in triplicate paperwork!
2) Brad – belt issues, but motor running sweet.
3) Rahul – New axle & lockers installed ! Ford 8.8 in rear, D30 up front. ARBs f/r, 4.11 ring & pinion. Ready to rock ! (not roll)
4) Don – Two new “meats” (tires)
5) Eric – (re-?) painting rock rails.
RECENT RUNS & ‘Chances to Lock Axles’:
1) April 20 : Adopt-A-Trail / Sourgrass up Hwy 4. Great turnout on this run ! Work was mostly draining big puddles off the trail surface, not much trimming or litter pick-up needed. Terry invited the Lock and Load club to join us, but none came. There was no snow on the trail, but plenty up the highway at Slick Rock, where some of us went afterward. Kudos to Alane for navigating the TJ over all the trails ! Don camped overnight there and met a few of the Joaquin Jeepers, who are the adopters of Slick Rock trail. Photos: http://4door4x4.smugmug.com/Off-Road-Trips-1/Sourgrass-Adopt-A-trail-April/29028708_7L8MQ8
UPCOMING RUNS – New dates & places announced !
1) May 18 – Hollister Hills. We meet at the obstacle course area at the Upper Ranch about 9 am. Get the upper ranch gate code from the lower main entrance station. Bring a lunch. Don & Matt expressed interest. Do send out an email to the club if you are going !
2) June 15 – Slick Rock or Barney Riley. Your trail leaders will be Brian & Paul, as Terry is booked-out in June. Slick Rock is a full one day trip, while Barney Riley is best as an overnight (June 14-15 or 15-16).
3) July 26-27 or 27-28 – Shaver Lake Area. This is a Pre-run for the BBQ run in August. We’ll check out access for camping & trailers, and some of the shorter routes up there. A good place to camp with trailer access is where the Cal4’s High Sierra Poker Run is based. Our club has not been to Shaver Lake area for a long time.
  • The room pricing at Cal-Neva Lodge turned out to be a bit higher than preferred ($80-$100+). Members thought regular camping would be just fine, per tradition. Shaver Lake does have accommodations too, but they are no cheaper than Cal-Neva Lodge.
  • Unfortunately Deer Valley, Barrett Lake, Strawberry Pass, & most of Pardoe and others remain closed up by Eldorado National Forest. Some trails now closed might re-open for summer 2013)
4) Aug (15) 16,17,18 – BBQ Run. Shaver Lake Area. Campsite & routes to be run are tbd, based on the Pre-Run in July.
  • If you happen to be in the northwest Tahoe area, there are several good trails up there.
  • Chris W had mentioned he may lead a proper Rubicon Run from Loon Lake. Hopefully this still can take place. Jeep Jamboree is Aug 8-11. Jeeper’s Jamboree is ?.
5) September: Lyle and Randy are planning a trip to Colorado and/or Moab. Superb wheeling if you can get about a week off.
6) Early Oct: could swap with the Shaver Lake / Colorado runs.
7) Nov: Adopt-A-Trail. Hwy 4, Sourgrass Route and/or Panamint Valley.
8:30 PM: Meeting adjournment.
Next meeting: June 11.
Chime-in if I missed something !
Paul E

Meeting date change!

No meeting December 11 this year. Our December meeting is now merged in with the Toys for Tots & Holiday Dinner run on December 8. Please contact Terry for more details if intending to visit.
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Agenda for tomorrow’s meeting

GETTIN’ OFF 4X4 Off-Road Club – Tues Oct 9 Meeting Agenda

2011-12 Officers: President: Terry, VP: Brian, Treasurer: Don, Secretary: Paul E.

Meeting Time & Location: Every 2nd Tuesday at 7, Antonella’s Ristorante, 1701 Park Avenue, San Jose , CA 95126 (408) 279-4922

7:00 Buffet Dinner – $10. Chicken Pasta, Spinach Salad, Pizza! To help Antonella’s cover the cost of having our meeting in the patio dining area, all members are encouraged to enjoy the buffet dinner offered each month. You may also order from the main menu too! 

7:30 MEETING START

GENERAL NEWS & PENDING BUSINESS

1) New Gettin-Off 4WD Club Web. NOW ACTIVE as you can see!

2) Member list distribution. Pending…Terry, Don & I to create soon.(ed: my bad, I need get it going again)

3) SPOT Location Beacon. Brian will bring to meeting.

4) Stuff for sale? Post related items for sale to the group. Enter new Subject text for each new listing.

VEHICLE PAINS & PROJECTS

1) Paul – New rear yoke install seems ok, no noise / vibration.

RECENT RUNS & ‘Chances to Lock Axles’:

UPCOMING RUNS and EVENTS

1) Oct 9-12 – Moab, once again! NOTE DAT E CHANGE- No news seen from Lyle on yahoogroups. Leaving or Left Tues, Oct 9. Stay or camp ‘Moab Daves’ to save $. Lyle & Randy organizing. Fantastic place to wheel.

2) Oct 12-14  – Eastern Sierra, Mammoth Lakes area:

Option A: See emails Sept 26 Oct 2 for full details.

Friday drive up to Mammoth. Saturday, Deadman Pass to 11000 ft (26E201); & perhaps Devil’s Postpile Nat. Monmt. Afternoon run up to Laurel Lakes(28E201), southeast of Mammoth. Sunday, we lock-up on Wheeler Ridge Mine Rd. (http://www.gbr.4wdtrips.net/4×4/wheeler.html) & spoiler alert:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ym6Z8Dj87KA. Sunday afternoon: head home, or for Monday: run trail up to Bristlecone Pine Forest or Sweetwater Mountains. Lots of camping & motels in Mammoth Lakes area.

Option B: Mike Gill & I and ??? may opt to run the Sweetwater Route & Bode Hills, among others, Sat & Sunday.

3) Oct 27 or Nov. 3 Adopt-A-Trail – Sourgrass route, Hwy 4 protocol.

4) Nov. 21- 25 Turkey Trot to Panamint Valley.

5) December: Toys for Tots & Holiday Dinner Run.

6) Thinking way ahead here, February 2013 will be Terry’s 20th, & last, run to Death Valley. In 2014, (or sooner?) Terry plans to have a desert run but perhaps not to DV or Panamint, to try other trials, and it will be in April, with better & more predictable weather.

 

Save Our Trail news

Big issues in California are: (bold=newly noted)

1) Closing of 42 Eldorado NF trails by the Forest Service for all of 2012 and into 2013, due to a lawsuit from the Center for Sierra Nevada Conservation, Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Some sections of trails re-opened in July. Continue to write Eldo NF and federal legislators.

2) Voting of Calif. Senate & Assembly to take $10-$31 Million from Calif OHV Trust Fund. Gov Brown partial vetoed, only approved $7M, and limited grants to $10M for next fiscal year. After all this mess, another debacle is where another $54M state park funds were found: $21M from state parks entrance fees, and $33M from the OHV Trust Fund collections. Surprisingly, I heard Senator Simitian (D-Palo Alto) stated the $33M from OHV sources should go directly back into OHV, not state park general funds.

3) Johnson Valley – 29 Palms Marine Base Expansion. Would be sad to see this area permanently closed. Write your national Assembly & Senate members. June 14, 2012: My federal Rep. Pete Stark (Demo, very liberal) wrote me back in an email stating “…I will be sure  to keep your thoughts in mind if future provisions regarding the Johnson Valley Off Highway Vehicle Recreation Area comes before the House.” Sept 9: Senator Feinstein finally wrote back to me in what appears to be a form letter directed to OHV and pro-access folk. Letter was just forwarded letter to everyone. It also talked about her new Desert Protection bill, S138.

4) OTHERS:

a. Inyo NF wants to open new some routes and keep most existing routes but the antis have already begun suing the NF. Was just there! Lot of trails.

b. Plumas NF wants to close nearly all of the routes they have; the local counties now suing Plumas NF.

c. Cal4Wheel, BRC, and a Forest (logging) group recently filed a “friend of the court” appeal to the US Supreme Court that states the Roadless Rule (that Clinton signed just days before he left office) is unconstitutional. This has been going on for years. The supreme court just decided it will not hear the appeal, the Clinton era Roadless Rule will stand as law, at least for many years. Greenie’s are gloating. Halloween costume idea: “Gloating Greenie”.

d. Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit – Travel Management final planning underway now – something going here, not sure of details, info on NF web is poor. Anyone know about this? We’ve all run many routes around Lake Tahoe -great family runs & views. Last year one of my favorite routes near Oneida Rd. was closed, but this year it was open! hurray! In the 2012-13 LTBMU annual public newspaper “4-Wheeling” is actually noted with a photo & caption, as a legitimate public recreation activity along with fishing, hiking, swimming, boating, camping, wildlife viewing, etc., at Lake Tahoe.

e. Pacific Legal Foundation has just sued Tahoe NF for cutting forest routes by two-thirds (2400 to 800 miles).  BRC and Cal4Wheel supporting the lawsuit. What a shame all this bs & $$ has to be spent on this mess.

f. East Bay Regional Park Dostrict in Alameda & and Contra Costa is attempting to influence how OHV Trust Fund-purchased land, next to Carneg ire SVRA for OHV future expansion, will be developed. Just like Hollister SVRA expansion – many threats of litigation from NIMBYs & anti’s. Many OHV interests have strongly encouraged EBRPD to “stay away”. Much has been happening last few weeks regarding public comment; see Cal4 & BRC websites, & http://thegeneralsrecreationden.blogspot.com/.

g. Contact me (Paul E) if you are interested in the political realities of why Little Sluice Box was ‘filled-in’.

h. Dan Lungren is a friend of OHV recreation. Consider supporting him  now for re-election, in this hotly contested race.

There are several previous emails on these issues which contain additional action items & contacts.

Paul E

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– Eric