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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Latest on Altamira Housing Project

Thursday, March 24, 2016 - The Planning Commission meeting about the Altamira project was again cancelled and rescheduled for Thursday, April 7.  Read the Z107.7 story for a summary of the residents' commentaries and the action of the Commission on March 24.

Thursday, March 17, 2016 - The teleconferenced County Planning Commission meeting about the Altamira housing project was rescheduled to Thursday, March 24th at 9:00 AM.  Due to a traffic accident that resulted in a downed power pole, the Joshua Tree Government Center could not provide videoconference service that had been set up.  About 40 residents who appeared at 9 AM to make public comments about the project waited about an hour until this rescheduling decision was made.

More background on Altamira

The link below is a series of recent detailed emails from MBCA Vice President David Fick, trying to make sure the San Bernardino Planning Staff fully inform the Planning Commission about the overwhelming number of concerns in the Joshua Tree and Morongo Basin communities about the Altamira Gated Community Housing Project.

NOTE:  Several links to web documents and videos are highlighted in blue in this PDF document, but to open them you must go back to this page, using the the links listed below, which are in the sequence they are found in this document, with comments to help you identify them. 

Click here to read David Fick's series of emails to the County Planning Department 

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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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End of Bobcat Trapping

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August 5, 2015 - a Red-Letter Day!   MBCA along with thousands of supporters are celebrating the California Fish and Game Commission's vote to enact a statewide ban on bobcat trapping.  Many MBCA supporters wrote letters and the number of letters in support of the statewide ban was over 25,000, which certainly helped sway the vote.  Thank you!

Here are links to some of the articles describing the victory:

Hi Desert Star (Stacy Moore)

KCET ReWild (Chris Clarke)

Los Angeles Times (Louis Sahagun)

Sacramento Bee (Alexei Koseff)

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