MBCA Receives Communication Award

Local journalist Lauren Ell (www.laurenellofthehidesert.com) honored MBCA with an “Excellence in Online Communication” Award at an event staged at the Cali Greens Café in Yucca Valley on October 22, 2016.  Lauren spoke of MBCA’s regular “Eblast” communication to its supporters, containing detailed and timely information about issues of conservation in the Morongo Basin. 

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MBCA President Sarah Kennington accepted the award on behalf of the Board of Directors. 
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Resources for Waste and Recycling

A valuable source of information for waste and recycling issues is the San Bernardino County Solid Waste Management page.

Thanks also to the Town of Yucca Valley for this list of Morongo Basin recycling centers.

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Off Road Vehicles Comment Letter

January 2016

On January 22, 2016, MBCA submitted a detailed comment letter to the BLM about the proposed changes to the West Mojave Plan (WEMO), arguing against the Plan Amendment, particularly the preferred Alternative 3, as it "threatens our quality of life, property values, tourism economics, and public land conservation values by legalizing OHV riding on thousands of miles of dirt roads throughout our Morongo Basin and other area communities in the West Mojave."  Further, the letter demonstrates how the BLM's plan flies in the face of the federal Small Tract Act with its intent to provide a comfortable framework for residential desert communities.

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MBCA sends Comment Letter on Eagle Crest Transmission Line Environmental Assessment (EA)

MBCA, as part of a coalition of 7 other organizations and scientists, has sent a detailed Environmental Assessment Comment Letter to the BLM State Director Jerome Perez opposing the Eagle Crest Pumped Storage project and requesting a full Environmental Impact Study (EIS) instead of the planned and less comprehensive Environmental Assessment (EA) on the Transmission Line. It provides a thorough and detailed record of all the stages of insufficient analysis that have been completed for this project.  

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Nov. 3 Planning Commission Meeting Commentary

November 6, 2016
Commentary on November 3rd Planning Commission Meeting
MBCA Board member Pat Flanagan shares her impressions of the Community Plan portion of the Planning Commission Meeting:
 
The desert and Joshua Tree were presented at the end of the Workshop, following maps from the Valley and Mountains communities. The order was a plus because we had the chance to see how the other communities (Community Plans not mentioned) were treated. If they had any issues we didn't hear about them, except from Lucerne Valley. The presenters used an app that allowed the viewer to see maps in more detail as they were discussed by the planner. 
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County Community Plans - Joshua Tree

November 6, 2016
Commentary on November 3rd Planning Commission Meeting
MBCA Board member Pat Flanagan shares her impressions of the Community Plan portion of the Planning Commission Meeting:
 
The desert and Joshua Tree were presented at the end of the Workshop, following maps from the Valley and Mountains communities. The order was a plus because we had the chance to see how the other communities (Community Plans not mentioned) were treated. If they had any issues we didn't hear about them, except from Lucerne Valley. The presenters used an app that allowed the viewer to see maps in more detail as they were discussed by the planner. 
 
Early on Commissioner Smith asked if these maps were meant to change the zoning without going back to the community. We were assured by Planning Director Terri Rahhal that they are not zoning maps. (Nevermind that they show zoning and the zoning is different from the zoning in the Community Plan) I think I also heard Director Rahhal say they were not really land use maps either. If true who knows what they are except "necessary to be used to do land use modeling and environmental analysis for the Countywide Plan."
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County Renewable Energy and Conservation Element

The San Bernardino County Planning Commission will receive information from staff about the Renewable Energy and Conservation Element (RECE) on Thursday, November 3, 9:00 AM.
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Eblast: October 26, 2016

  • Eagle Mountain Still at Risk
  • Send Email to BLM by Nov. 6

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Eblast: October 31, 2016

County Planning Commission Meeting
  • Draft Renewable Energy and Conservation Element (RECE)
  • Community Plan Workshop (Land-Use Map)
IMPORTANT COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING 
WHEN: Thursday, November 3, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
                  (break for lunch 12-1:30)
WHERE: San Bernardino & Joshua Tree (videoconference)
  • SB Co. Govt. Center - 385 N. Arrowhead Ave., 1st Floor, SB
  • Burke Co. Govt. Center, 6427 White Feather Rd., Joshua Tree
The meeting this Thursday will include a Public Hearing for the Draft Renewable Energy and Conservation Element (RECE) followed by a Community Plan Workshop. Both topics are especially important to Joshua Tree & Lucerne Valley. (Planning Commission Mtg Agenda.) 
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MBCA Opinion Piece in Hi Desert Star

Read MBCA's editorial published in the Hi Desert Star on October 29, 2016.  It describes the problems with the County Supervisors' decision about the Altamira Housing Development and the lawsuit that has been filed by Joshua Tree residents. 

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