Letter: MBCA Supports EV Charging Stations in Joshua Tree

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MBCA Supports EV Charging Stations in Joshua Tree

The Special Districts Department of San Bernardino County is applying for a grant to install electric vehicle charging stations at the Joshua Tree Community Center. MBCA has submitted an enthusiastic letter of support for the project to Frank Haggard, Recreation Supervisor of the Special Districts, based in Joshua Tree. 
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Light Trespass Ordinance Update and Deadline

The deadline for comments in support of the revised Light Trespass Ordinance for San Bernardino County is Friday, June 18. Send them to: [email protected]

We have revised our recent News item on this subject with new video footage. The presentation video (one hour) now includes post-presentation interaction of our presenters with the Commissioners, and we now have the full video of the meeting including timestamps for public comment via video from the Joshua Tree Government Center and for an oppositional presentation by a Newberry Springs resident. All these links and information are here.
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Plant Spotlight: Mojave Aster

A delightful native wildflower for Morongo Basin is the Mojave Aster (Xylorhiza tortifolia).  Featuring pale purple daisy-like flowers, Mojave Aster blooms from March to May in our area. After flowering, it often dies back but will return the next year. It can also reseed and form new plants in your garden. 
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Eblast June 10, 2021

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  • Light Trespass Workshop follow-up
  • AB 1139 is defeated!
  • Virtual Landscape Tour
 
 
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Status of San Bernardino County Light Trespass Ordinance

Several MBCA Directors were involved in creating and delivering a presentation to the San Bernardino County Planning Commission on behalf of the Third District Dark Skies Committee on May 27, 2021. This YouTube link contains the Committee's presentation, including some Q&A with the Commissioners. The entire Light Trespass Ordinance Workshop can be viewed here. At 1:27 in this full video, a presentation with an opposing viewpoint is presented by Ted Stimpfel of Newberry Springs. At 1:56 public comments from the Joshua Tree Government Center begin. 

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AB 1139 Net Metering Bill Fails

The Net Metering bill AB 1139 that would reduce benefits for home solar failed to pass a June 2 California Assembly vote. MBCA joined many organizations in March to oppose the bill. Several renewable energy industry news groups have provided information and commentary on the bill and the vote, including PV TechSolar Power World, and PV Magazine. While it is "off the table" for now, the bill could be reintroduced in January 2022.
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Kahlena Alcantar Receives the Ruth Denison Scholarship

Kahlen_Alcantar_with_Steve__Denison.jpegYucca Valley High School graduate Kahlena Alcantar has been awarded the 2021-22 Ruth Denison Conservation and Environmental Scholarship from MBCA. Kahlena will be studying Marine Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She has volunteered locally with the Mojave Desert Land Trust and the Wildlands Conservancy and is pictured here with MBCA President Steve Bardwell. We wish Kahlena the best as she pursues her education and career goals!
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Eblast May 25, 2021

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  • Attend Light Trespass Workshop
  • Virtual Landscape Tour
 
 
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Letter: MBCA Encourages Desert Conservancy - AB 1183

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