Eblast: August 15, 2016

  • Joshua Tree Solar Farm – video broadcast TOMORROW in JT
  • Soda Mountain Solar – comment deadline 8/22/16
  • MBCA Desert Wise Living fall lecture 9/24/16  
  • Joshua Tree Airport Solar Farm - Appeal Hearing decision
    • Broadcast live via videoconference at the JT Burke Government Center tomorrow, Tuesday, August 16th, starting at 1:00PM.

Hear each of the three Appellants will have 3 minutes each to speak, the developer NextEra’s 5 minutes in defense of the project, and the Supervisors vote and final decision. The public will not be given opportunity for additional spoken comment.

(NOTE: This special BOS meeting will NOT be available on the internet via a link – only at the Burke Center videoconference.)

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Susan Luckie Reilly

MBCA Founder Celebrates 100th birthday - June 22, 2016


Susan's 100th birthday party was held on June 22nd at the Oasis Visitor Center of Joshua Tree National Park.  Most of MBCA's Directors were able to attend to honor Susan's legacy for the Park and the Morongo Basin.  Ruth Rieman read a birthday message to Susan from MBCA (see below) and Park Superintendent David Smith promised Susan continued, dedicated stewardship of the Park in the future.  David presented Susan with a "Susan Luckie Reilly doll," which is clothed in a Park uniform.

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Eblast: August 1, 2016

NEXT TUESDAY - OPPOSE JOSHUA TREE AIRPORT SOLAR FARM

REMINDER:
NEXT TUESDAY - OPPOSE JOSHUA TREE AIRPORT SOLAR FARM
August 9th; 10:00 AM (open session begins) – 2:00 PM
Supervisors Appeal Hearing
 
Attend via videoconference: Bob Burke Government Center,
6427 Whitefeather Road, Joshua Tree – just East of the Courthouse.
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Eblast: July 30, 2016

SPARC/ RECE Workshop - August 4th, Thursday

THERE IS AN IMPORTANT COUNTY RENEWABLE ENERGY MEETING THIS THURSDAY!

SPARC/ RECE Workshop - August 4th, Thursday

DRAFT Renewable Energy and Conservation Element (RECE)
* San Bernardino Co. Planning Commission Study Session Workshop
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: ATTEND VIA VIDEOCONFERENCE at the County Government Burke Center - 6427 White Feather Road, JT
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Eblast: July 16, 2016

  • Sand to Snow National Monument Collaboration Workshop
  • Joshua Tree Community Plan meeting with San Bernardino County representatives
  • Joshua Tree Airport Solar Farm BOS Appeal Hearing
  • Soda Mountain Solar BOS Hearing
  • Dollar General: JT Downtown Business Alliance loses in State Court of Appeal

Here is a quick review of important meetings for several issues that have been on our radar for the past months. Would love to see you at these meetings to ensure the public interests are well represented – especially those aligned with MBCA’s mission!

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Eblast: July 11, 2016

  • Soda Mountain Solar Project Meeting, August 23
  • Big Bear Xeriscape Tour, July 16
  • Susan Luckie Reilly 100th birthday

Soda Mountain Solar Energy: SB Co. Supervisors decide on Aug. 23rd

MBCA and our conservation partners are urging San Bernardino County Supervisors to deny approval for the Soda Mountain Solar Energy Project. It is important the Supervisors hear from constituents with strong objections to approving the Soda Mountain Solar Energy Project – prior to the Supervisors next regular meeting on August 23rd when a decision will be made.

 

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Eblast: July 11, 2016

  • Soda Mountain Solar Energy: SB Co. Supervisors decide on Aug. 23rd
  • Big Bear Lake Xeriscape Garden Tour
  • MBCA Founder Susan Luckie Reilly celebrated

 Soda Mountain Solar Energy: SB Co. Supervisors decide on Aug. 23rd

MBCA and our conservation partners are urging San Bernardino County Supervisors to deny approval for the Soda Mountain Solar Energy Project. It is important the Supervisors hear from constituents with strong objections to approving the Soda Mountain Solar Energy Project prior to the Supervisors next regular meeting on August 23rd when a decision will be made.

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Eblast: June 7, 2016

  • Pumped Dry: The Global Crisis of Vanishing Groundwater - June 8
  • Salton Sea Action Committee's Ex-Officio & Stakeholders Meeting - June 9
  • Emeritus Director Susan Luckie Reilly celebrates her 100th Birthday!
  • Public Meeting: Land Use in the Johnson Valley Area
  • Soda Mountain Solar: SB Co. Supervisors to decide future

I have several events you may want to consider attending and put into your calendars. Also, I have a correction to the previous E-Blast related to water projects.
 
Pumped Dry: The Global Crisis of Vanishing Groundwater
Wed., June 8th, 6-8p.m. / Furstworld – 8528 Desert Shadows Rd., JT * FREE
*Note: Parking limited. Please carpool from: 62040 Grand View Circle, JT (in town).  Find out more on Transition Joshua Tree’s Events webpage.
 
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Eblast: June 4, 2016

  • Joshua Tree Airport Solar: Next Era solar project on 115 acres
  • Alta Mira Gated Community Housing Project: 248 homes on 105.24 acres
  • Proposed Dollar General Store goes back to court
  • Camp Rock Solar / Camp Rock Road, Lucerne Valley
  • Cadiz Valley Water Conservation, Recovery and Storage Project ("Cadiz")
  • Eagle Mountain / JTNP Boundary Study
  • YV High School student Julia Martinez receives MBCA support
  • MBCA celebrated Emeritus Director Esther Herbert
  • 2016 Desert Wise Living Landscape Tour a great success!

Things are warming up now finally after a cool May, eh? Hope your swamp coolers are serviced and ready to go for the summer ahead!
 
There are several updates to long-standing campaigns and issues, also a new problematic solar project in Lucerne Valley. I believe the public interest in these issues and the willingness to respond are one of the Morongo Basin’s greatest assets. We want to continue to live in a healthy environment and there are definitely threats nipping at our heels that call for our attention and deserve a response!
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Eblast: April 20, 2016

  • 6th Desert Wise Landscape Tour
  • Eagle Mountain Boundary Study

We have two quick messages for you today.

First, of course, we encourage you to attend the 6th Desert Wise Landscape Tour this weekend.  It looks like the weather will be just perfect for the two days – clear, in the mid-70s, and not too windy!  If you haven’t yet registered for the Tour, either register online by 5:00 PM this Friday, April 22, or register in person at one of the following locations on Saturday or Sunday.  Although the sites span the Morongo Basin on both days, there are more West End sites on Saturday, and more on the East End including Twentynine Palms on Sunday.  

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