Eblast: April 13, 2016

  • Joshua Tree Airport Solar Farm: Planning Commission hearing - April 21st
  • Alta Mira Gated Community Housing Project: 248 homes on 105.24 acres
  • National Park Service completes Eagle Mountain Boundary Study


I hope you can clear your schedules to take in the conservation-oriented events coming our way in coming days. Several critically important meetings for projects MBCA has been monitoring now require our attention. Of course, we can’t do “it all,” but hopefully you can find time to participate. We DO make a difference. Our presence and vigilance are being called on this spring to educate the community and decision makers!
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Eblast: April 5, 2016 (2)

  • National Park Service completes Eagle Mountain Boundary Study
  • Altamira Gated Community Housing Project: 248 homes on 105.24 acres
  • SPARC Forum, Phase 2
  • MBCA Events Calendar

National Park Service completes Eagle Mountain Boundary Study

The National Park Service has completed the Eagle Mountain Boundary Study Including Possible Withdrawal Environmental Assessment (boundary study/EA). The document reflects the comments and concerns shared with the study team during public scoping in Summer 2015. The NPS received approximately 11,000 comments during the scoping period. Last August, many MBCA members & supporters participated in this process. We have another opportunity now!
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Eblast: April 5, 2016

Desert Wise Living LANDSCAPE TOUR 2016

Desert Wise Living LANDSCAPE TOUR 2016
MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Saturday, April 23nd & Sunday, April 24rd
 
Tour 22 residential and demonstration gardens and landscapes throughout the Basin – guaranteed to inspire and delight! This year, the Tour is over two days – with a different set of locations each day. Both days are included in your registration.
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Eblast: March 21, 2016

Altamira Housing project: MEETING RESCHEDULED TO THURSDAY March 24th!

Alta Mira Housing project: MEETING RESCHEDULED TO THURSDAY!

WHEN: Thursday, March 24th – 9:00 am
WHERE: Joshua Tree County Government Center (videoconference)
 
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Eblast: March 15, 2016

  • Alta Mira Housing project: IMPORTANT MEETING THIS THURSDAY!
  • Update on Joshua Tree Airport Solar Field Project (NextEra)
  • SPARC Forum – Phase 2: Community Outreach
  • San Bernardino County Renewable Energy & Conservation Element

Alta Mira Housing project: IMPORTANT MEETING THIS THURSDAY!
We’ve just learned about an important SB Co. Planning Commission meeting.
WHEN: Thursday, March 17th – 9:00 am
WHERE: Joshua Tree County Government Center (videoconference)
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Eblast: March 10, 2016

  • SPARC Forum – Phase 2: Community Outreach
  • San Bernardino County Renewable Energy & Conservation Element
  • 2016 MBCA Desert-Wise Living Landscape Tour: April 23 & April 24
  • CELEBRATING THE THREE NEW DESERT NATIONAL MONUMENTS

MARK YOUR CALENDARS…

 SPARC Forum – Phase 2: Community Outreach
WHEN:  Wednesday, March 16, 6 pm to 8 pm  
WHERE: Joshua Tree Community Center, 6171 Sunburst Avenue, Joshua Tree
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Eblast: February 6, 2016

  • MBCA’s 47th Annual Meeting and Local Energy Symposium a Success!
  • Great news for future of rooftop solar and net metering: CPUC ruling
  • 2016 MBCA Desert-Wise Living Landscape Tour: April 23 & April 24
  • Joining Forces: Plant to Paper Project - The Veterans Initiative in the Arts
  • Stop the Tower Campaign

WEMO OHV Travel Management Plan opposed


We’re off with a strong start in 2016!

Thanks to those who attended MBCA’s 47th Annual Meeting and Local Energy Symposium: Is Community Choice Aggregation the smart renewable energy option for the Morongo Basin on January 23rd. The program, co-sponsored by MBCA and the California Desert Coalition (CDC) featured Bill Powers, engineer and founder of the San Diego Energy District Foundation; Woody Hastings, the Renewable Energy Implementation Manager for the Center for Climate Protection in Santa Rosa; & Barbara Boswell, the Director of both Choice Energy and Finance Departments for the City of Lancaster.
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Three New National Monuments in California Desert

President Obama  Protects 1.8 Million Acres 


On February 11, 2016, President Obama designated three new national monuments:

  • Sand to Snow (in our own backyard)
  • National Trails
  • Castle Mountains
A BIG THANK YOU to the many MBCA members and supporters who wrote letters and appeared at events to support this.
Read about the new Monuments in this LA Times article and a Q&A document from the Department of the Interior .  It has detailed
information about the process leading to this action and what it means for each new  Monument.
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Eblast: January 20, 2016

MBCA’s 47th Annual Meeting & Program
Sat., Jan. 23rd, doors open 11:30 12 for lite lunch
Meeting & Program: 12:00-3:00pm
Location: Yucca Valley Community Center, 57090
Twentynine Palms Highway

 The Local Energy Symposium seeks to answer the question, “Is Community Choice Aggregation the smart renewable energy option for the Morongo Basin?” Our speakers will explain how several California communities are using the Community

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Eblast: January 13, 2016

  • Morongo Basin Conservation Association’s 47th Annual Meeting
  • Local Energy Symposium asks the Question: Is Community Choice Aggregation the Smart Renewable Option for our Communities?
 
Saturday, Jan. 23, 11:30-3:30pm. Reception from 11:30 to 12:00 includes a lite-lunch.
Location: Yucca Valley Community Center, 57090 Twentynine Palms Highway, Yucca Valley, CA 92284
 
In conjunction with the California Desert Coalition (CDC), MBCA will present a Local Energy Symposium following a brief Annual Meeting. Presenters will share how other California communities are using the Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) structure authorized under California’s Assembly Bill 117 to buy green / renewable energy for their own citizens and ask the question: 
Is Community Choice Aggregation the Smart Renewable Option for the Morongo Basin?
 
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