We are happy to announce that, after many years of working to protect Tesla Park from being turned into an off-road vehicle park, an agreement has been reached between the legislature, Governor Newsom’s office, and State Parks to preserve Tesla as a non-motorized vehicle park. The agreement was part of a budget trailer bill that allocated $18.5 million from the state general fund to repay the Off-Highway Fund for the land value plus $2.4 million for costs associated with planning the former Carnegie Park expansion into Tesla. An additional $11.5 million will be allocated to develop another, more suitable, property as an off-road park, with another $1 million going toward transitioning Tesla into a non-motorized vehicle park. This is a huge win-win for all! The legislation is now on the Governor’s desk awaiting his signature.
FOV has worked closely with Friends of Tesla Park to realize this goal. Numerous letters were submitted, board members participated in many legislative committee hearings, made calls and sent emails urging passage of legislation to preserve Tesla. Thanks to all of our supporters who joined in this effort. Special thanks are due to Celeste Garamendi and former FOV Board member Nancy Rodrigue, who spearheaded the fight to save Tesla. Thanks also to Assemblymember, Rebecca Bauer- Kahan and State Senator Steve Glazer, our local state representatives, for carrying legislation to protect Tesla and for their hard work behind the scenes to make this agreement a reality.
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