Letter: MBCA Addresses the County’s Housing Element Inconsistencies and Short-Term Rentals

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Letter: MBCA and Center for Biological Diversity Address the County on STRs

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Letter: MBCA Joins Coalition to List Western Joshua Tree as Endangered Species

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Eblast June 1, 2022

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  • Fish and Game Commission to consider Joshua Tree Listing
  • Protect Rooftop Solar!
  • Comments due on San Bernardino County Housing Element
  • Short Term Rental ordinance amendments
  • Landscape Tour was a success
  • Stagecoach Solar project put on hold
 
 
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Plant Spotlight: California Buckwheat

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California buckwheat with Russian sage in the background. Photo by Stacy Doolittle
An outstanding small shrub for Morongo Basin landscapes is California Buckwheat, a native which is likely to volunteer in your yard. Long-lived creamy white flowers eventually turn into attractive rust-colored seed heads. It is attractive all year long. 
Eriogonum Fasciculatum var. polifolium is the grey-leafed variety we see in the desert, and according to Calscape is sometimes available in nurseries. (See our native plant nurseries for potential sources.) It is also easily grown from seed. 
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Buckwheat at Mojave Desert Land Trust demonstration garden. Photo by Stacy Doolittle.
Virtually pest-free and able to withstand long period of times without water, buckwheat is used for slope stabilization and as low hedges. 
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MBCA Letter on Alta Loma x Sunset Proposed Housing Project

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News of this proposed Alta Loma and Sunset Avenue housing project in Joshua Tree was received on short notice and the deadline for comment is today, but we are publishing our our letter of concern sent today to the County planning staff. You will find in it a summary of our concerns about issues ranging from water use to native plant removal. 
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Letter: MBCA Supports Future Desert Protection Legislation

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Letter: MBCA on Alta Loma and Sunset Housing Project

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Eblast May 24, 2022

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  • Save the Western Joshua Tree
 
 
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MBCA Releases Statement and Video on Short Term Rentals

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In a May 14 press release, MBCA published a position statement about the short term rental crisis in the Morongo Basin. In addition, MBCA announced the release of an 8-minute locally-produced video it commissioned, intended to show decision-makers how residents and businesses have been negatively affected by the STR-triggered housing crisis. 
 

A HUGE THANK-YOU TO THE 476 PETITION SIGNERS AND 133 COMMENTERS. THE SUPERVISORS AGREED TO A 45-DAY HIATUS ON APPROVING NEW STR APPLICATIONS THROUGH THIS URGENCY ORDINANCE.

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