Eblast May 25, 2021

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  • Attend Light Trespass Workshop
  • Virtual Landscape Tour
 
 
Attend Light Trespass Workshop
MBCA Board members, along with other members of the community, will make a presentation during a workshop held by the San Bernardino County Planning Commission. This ordinance would replace the existing Glare and Outdoor Lighting section of the Development Code.
 
Below are some of the relatively small differences between the existing and proposed lighting regulations:
 
  • The existing ordinance is complaint driven, meaning a complaint must be lodged to begin action by code enforcement to address non-complying lighting. The proposed ordinance would mandate that existing exterior light fixtures comply with the new ordinance within a 2-year time frame (an extension of up to one year may be applied for).
  • All exterior lighting must utilize LED technology. The current code was written before the widespread adoption of LEDs. Lighting intensity is currently measured by the metric of how much light an incandescent bulb produces. The mandate for LEDs will save energy, therefore money, while at the same time reducing greenhouse gas emissions. A positive step towards addressing climate change.
  • All LEDs must utilize warmer color lights. A maximum color temperature of 3000 degrees Kelvin must be employed. No longer will the harmful blue-toned lighting be allowed. This revision will serve to protect the health of humans and wildlife.
  • The antiquated means of establishing light trespass by observing the shadow cast by a yardstick will be replaced by the use of a light meter. Smart phones have an app for that!
  • The use of string lighting will be allowed subject to certain limitations.
 
The existing and proposed lighting ordinances may be found within the February 2021 staff report for the Planning Commission.
 
The workshop will be held on Thursday, May 27, 2021 between 1:00 and 3:30. The Commission will meet in-person in San Bernardino at:
 
County Government Center
Covington Chambers
385 N. Arrowhead Avenue, 1st Floor
San Bernardino, CA 92415
 
Video conferencing facilities will also be available to view the workshop and make public comments at the following locations:
 
Bob Burke Government Center
63665 Twentynine Palms Highway 1st floor
Joshua Tree, CA 92252
 
High Desert Government Center
15900 Smoke Tree St
Hesperia, CA 92345
 
It is hoped that this workshop will serve to provide answers to some of the questions and concerns expressed by the Planning Commission and the public during the February hearing.
 
I encourage attending to let your voice be heard in support of the safety, security and health of our communities while protecting and enhancing our dark-night skies! Written comments will be accepted until June 18, 2021.
 
Virtual Landscape Tour
Production of the 2021 Virtual Landscape Tour is nearly complete! We are very enthusiastic about the content and the production quality of these videos. We have again employed this virtual format due to health concerns, however with the flexibility of timing to film the sites, we have been able to show them at their best! We will send out a notification shortly with a link to the videos. In the meantime, again enjoy the 2020 Virtual Landscape Tour.
 
MBCA continues to be active and involved in commenting-upon and addressing the multitude of issues affecting the Morongo Basin. We welcome your support and involvement!
 
Sincerely,
Steve Bardwell
 
Your MBCA Board:
 
Steve Bardwell, President David Fick, Vice President Laraine Turk, Secretary Cathy Zarakov, Treasurer   Pat Flanagan, Director Meg Foley, Director Brian Hammer, Director Janet Johnston, Director Sarah Kennington, Director Mike Lipsitz, Director Arch McCulloch, Director Ruth Rieman, Director
 

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