How does a hidden fund get started and who made the decisions?
The California Off-Highway Vehicle Community welcomes the quick response from Governor Jerry Brown to investigate financial irregularities and a hidden slush fund within California State Parks.
In a prepared statement, California OHV leaders expressed disappointment, but were not the least bit surprised that the problem exists.
OHV leadership has made repeated efforts over the past few of years to draw attention to the theft of OHV funds under the guise that dire conditions are forcing the closure of recreational opportunities in order to save what parks management has described as distressed quiet parks.
OHV leadership is asking that the OHV program, a national model and one with absolute fiscal clarity, be restored completely.
The OHV program is the most successful division of State Parks and responsibly provides recreational opportunities to millions of Californians. OHV recreation is also critical to the rural economy of the state.
OHV leadership noted they are not amused by the protestations of former Director Ruth Coleman that she had no idea the problem existed. Certainly, her career as a budget expert spanning more than two decades is a matter of record. "The buck stops someplace…we hope that is where the investigation will begin."
OHV leadership welcomes the scrutiny and looks forward to participating in the process and restoring the state OHV program to its national prominence.