LA Times reporter David Kelly has contacted Ken Peil to get some background on Phil Klasky. Ken being the good fellow he is, CC’ed the email to me to see if I had anything to contribute. The following email was sent last night.
I understand that you are looking for background on Philip M. Klasky. I’m thrilled to help.
My name is Dan O’Brien, I am a 58 year old resident of Twentynine Palms. I am a Vietnam Era Vet. A 27 year resident. I am proud of my town and the Morongo Basin. I am also a responsible off-road vehicle enthusiast.
I became aware of Mr. Klasky right before San Bernardino County Ordinence 3973 was passed. His group, Community OHV Watch was instrumental in its passage. Many of us in the off road community have since banded together in an attempt to nullify or at least soften the more draconian and unconstitutional aspects of the ordinance. We have struggled to the point where we are today on the threshold of making a fair and equitable change to the ordinance that will bring it into line with the Right of the People to Peacefully Assemble on their own property. Klasky is using any and every issue he can exploit to prevent this fair and equitable change to Ordinance 3973.
Klasky is an extreme environmental activist and social provocateur. His wackiness often blends right into the desert, as do those that chase UFOs and talk to their imaginary friends. He has taken it upon himself to rid the Mojave Desert of Recreational Off-roading at the expense of the truth. See info here and here
I run a community blog that has been on line since 2001. I have posted scores of articles concerning Phil Klasky. I keep a close tab on his activities and often report them to my readers.
There is no such thing as the “Poste Homestead,” there is a “Chadwick Hog Ranch.” Yes the fabled “Poste Homestead” is in reality an abandoned Commercial Hog Farm used to feed pigs garbage from the Military bases that were here during the 1950s and up until 1970s, when Garbage feeding of hogs became illegal. The area surrounding the abandoned hog farm is a legal “Limited Use” OHV Area and is crisscrossed with legal OHV Trails See Here.
Mr. Klasky would have you believe that he is saving a “Natural and Cultural” area when in fact it is not, never has been and the BLM themselves refuse to officially recognize it as such. Thousands of hogs, dropping millions of tons of hog manure over the area for 20 plus years has obliterated any “natural” or for that matter “cultural” significance, unless of course he plans to make a monument to desert horticulture. In that case the failed Jaboba Farms 10 miles to the west of the property would better serve the purpose and be in an area protected from Off Road riding.
Long before 2005 when Mr. Klasky bought his weekend cabin (as he does not live in the area and in fact lives in the Bay Area) the area we are talking about was a legal riding area. And before that was the stomping grounds of General Patton. Even before Patton the land was throughly sifted by Depression Era Miners looking for the pot of gold. Trails abound and any pristine desert was long ago obliterated. At the East edge of the area is an active salt mine to the West is the community of Wonder Valley.
Mr. Klasky is using the Los Angeles Times as he always does, when he is in a political bind. He must have powerful friends there. As he always seems to get someone to print a puff piece supporting his fabrications. A vote is coming up at the San Bernardino Board of Supervisors that is not going to go his way and wants you to strum the heart strings of old ladies and others who have no idea that this guy is selling snake oil.
Klasky and his core group of Bay Area intelligentsia came to our area in 2005 and from the very beginning have tried to change the area to suit their idea of Utopia. They have infiltrated our community boards and social clubs and have wrecked havoc on the Social structure of our community. They knew what they were buying into from the beginning. It is sort of like the guy who buys a house near an airport and complains about the Jet Noise.
The area is a remote rough and tumble community of 2nd, 3rd and even 4th generation desert folk that have used the dirt roads and trails as modes of transportation since the model “T”. Off Roading is a way of life.
Mr. Klasky has a long history of protesting Nuclear power, the UC Regents, Livermore Labs and yes even stomps on the flag when it suits him. He is just never satisfied unless he has some corporation or group to vilify for his own twisted sense of purpose, He is a publicity Whore. Never seen a camera he wouldn’t force his way in front of, or a reporter he wouldn’t corner until he got the guy to quote him.
He forced us to organize ourselves to fight him. And fight we have.
To help the reporter flesh out the story, I figured I would let my readers have a chance at letting David Kelly know how they feel about Mr. Klasky. You can contact David Kelly here.
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