MBCA President Bardwell Featured in Podcast on Dark Skies

MBCA President Steve Bardwell shares the story of the years-long effort to improve San Bernardino County's regulations on lighting with 90 Miles from Needles podcast host Chris Clarke and local night sky photographer Mitch Miller. The episode was recorded during an art show with a night sky theme at MazAmar Art Pottery in Pioneertown. The 46-minute podcast is available here.
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MBCA Supports Chuckwalla National Monument In Person!

Among the more than 700 people who attended the BLM public hearing on the proposed Chuckwalla National Monument in Indio on June 14 were a number of MBCA Board members. Dozens of public comments were made to the BLM, emphasizing the many environmental, cultural, and climate change advantages to conserving about 627,000 acres of desert land in southeast California. The Bird Singers of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians performed, and Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent Jane Rodgers received enthusiastic applause! A detailed report on the meeting can be found at the Protect Chuckwalla website.

Pictured below are MBCA Board member Pat Flanagan, Steve Bardwell, and Sarah Kennington; Pat and Sarah with Friends of Big Morongo Canyon Preserve Executive Director Kevin Wong; and the Bird Singers performance.

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MBCA Addresses Supervisors on Latest STR Study Conclusions

At their June 11 meeting, County Supervisors are set to receive the latest consultant report on Program 4, the Short-Term Rental study initiated by the state housing agency. MBCA has reviewed the report and is concerned that "the requirements of the Program 4 Study have not been satisfied." MBCA's June 11 letter specifies our concerns and states our expectation to continue "participating in the ongoing process of preparing the Program 4 study and view the current report as another step towards that end."
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Eblast: June 10, 2024

  • Short Term Rental Report to be ‘Received’ by Board of Supervisors
  • Chuckwalla National Monument
  • Light Trespass Ordinance update
  • Rooftop Solar On-The-Ropes in California
  • ‘I Thought They Were Protected’ Film Screening
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Desert Sun Op-Ed Points to Cadiz Exploitation

A June 9 opinion article in the San Bernardino Sun points to the continuing irresponsible actions of the Cadiz corporation in seeking to pump precious desert water from a key aquifer in the Mojave Desert. Their recent efforts to gain approval for their project within the Latino community is pointed out in particular as exploitative. Click our tag Cadiz below to find many past reports about the Cadiz water project.
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MDLT's Seed Bank Highlighted on National News

The desert receives overdue attention with the CNN network's video presentation about the impressive desert natives seed bank created by the Mojave Desert Land Trust. Read the article or watch the short video. Desert biodiversity is an essential element in climate change resilience and ecosystem balance.
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MBCA Supports Joshua Tree Community Center Improvement Grant

Joshua Tree's County Service Area 20 submitted a grant for improvements to the Community Center facilities that would "reduce the impacts of extreme heat, build community resilience, and strengthen the Joshua Tree community's vulnerability to heat." MBCA's letter supports the proposed improvements that include new outdoor cooling technology, drought-tolerant native landscaping, shade trees, community art, and more.
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Letter: Support Joshua Tree Community Center Improvement Grant

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MBCA Joins Statewide Advocacy for CEQA

MBCA is among 109 organizational allies requesting that the state legislative bodies and the Governor protect and preserve the California Environmental Quality Act. The letter is presented in response to special interests seeking to scapegoat the Act as an impediment to progress in California, particularly in housing development. Within the letter are many examples of data proving the successes and value of the Act to environmental justice, climate change, preservation of species and ecosystems.

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MBCA Addresses County Supervisors on Housing Issues

At the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors meeting on April 23, MBCA again addressed the gaps in progress on the County's housing needs. Our letter was submitted to point to problems and contradictions with the San Bernardino County (SBC) General Plan Annual Progress Report and the Housing Element Summary. Among issues of concern are differing language between official documents about County growth, lack of progress on the Development Code Update, and lack of progress on Program 4, the study intended to examine and analyze conditions surrounding the lack of affordable housing and STR growth.  
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