Will the County of San Bernardino truly stand behind their claims of support for residents of rural communities who have been confronted in recent years with one after another ill-suited development projects? The answer will become evident at this Thursday’s 9AM Planning Commission Meeting in San Bernardino. The single agenda item is the Renewable Energy Conservation Element (RECE) section 4.10. Read the original version and the staff-recommended revision and see how unprotected the revision leaves us. The original version prohibits large scale renewable energy development in rural desert communities; the revised version simply benefits energy developers.
In MBCA’s May 21, 2018 official comment letter to the Planning Commission, we strongly defend the original version of RECE 4.10. Our rationale is supported by extensive citations from County documents that show how the revised language is in contrast to earlier County stances on development in rural areas.
Show your support with your presence at the Planning Commission Hearing, either in San Bernardino or at one of the two remote videoconferencing sites. To join us on a FREE bus to San Bernardino provided by MBTA, RSVP to email@example.com no later than 1PM on TUESDAY, MAY 22. Meet at 7AM on THURSDAY, MAY 24, at the County Government Building in Joshua Tree, 63665 Twentynine Palms Highway, at the intersection with Whitefeather Road, for the bus ride to San Bernardino.
Other links and details on the videoconferencing sites in Joshua Tree and Hesperia can be found in our May 18 Eblast.
Again, we urge desert residents to attend the meeting in San Bernardino or at the remote videoconference sites in San Bernardino or Hesperia for a show of solidarity against the RECE 4.10 revision by Land Use Services staff.
Did your experience on the Desert-Wise Landscape Tour inspire you? What did you learn? Do you have new ideas for developing your own landscape or for becoming more water-wise?
Share your feelings and thoughts about your Tour experience in a short essay. In conjunction with local businesses, we are offering the following gift certificate prizes.
1st place = $200 gift certificate to Unique Nursery (Yucca Valley, CA)
2nd place = $150 gift certificate to Cactus Mart (Morongo Valley, CA)
3rd place = $100 gift certificate to Cactus Mart (Morongo Valley, CA)
Write an essay of 150-300 words (not counting the title, if you choose to have one) to describe your experience and/or comment on how you will apply what you learned on the 2018 Desert-Wise Landscape Tour.
Send us your inspirational essay as a Word document or PDF or just type the text into an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday May 21st.
MBCA will inform and announce the winners by Wednesday, May 30th.
MBCA Directors and Advisors will judge the essays on the strength of their connection with the experience of the Tour and the Desert-Wise theme of this program.
Monday, May 21 is the last day to register to vote in California's June 5 election. Find instructions on how to register online or through the mail at this website.
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