County Planning Commission Defers Decision on Light Trespass Ordinance

At their February 4th meeting, the four San Bernardino County Planning Commission members present (Weldy, Stoffel, Haughey, Gongora) voted to defer any decision on the recommendation to adopt the proposed Light Trespass Ordinance. They will schedule a Workshop on the issue at a future Planning Commission meeting. Commissioners had many concerns that Land Use Services staff were unable to answer to their satisfaction. More background and links can be found in the first article of our February 1 Eblast or our January 31 News Update
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EBlast February 1, 2021

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  • Light Trespass Ordinance to be Considered by County
  • Video of MBCA Annual Meeting Available
  • Virtual Landscape Tour
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New Light Trespass Ordinance on Planning Commission Agenda

Ten years after the start of Morongo Basin community efforts to improve the San Bernardino County lighting ordinance, the Planning Commission will hold a hearing on a revised “Light Trespass” ordinance on February 4. (Meeting details and documents can be found here.) The revision would replace the earlier “Glare and Outdoor Lighting” section of the Development Code with updated and improved language focused on light trespass. In the Land Use Services staff report you can read both the existing and proposed ordinances and additional background and context.
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DRECP Status Still Uncertain

This recent LA times article provides a great deal of background on myriad aspects of environmental concern related to energy development in the California desert. It explores federal and state political aspects as well as commentary from environmental non-profit groups, particularly as they relate to the previous administration's last-minute draft revision to California's Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan.  
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EBlast January 16, 2021

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  • Joshua Tree Candidacy as Threatened Status
  • Draft EIS for Amendment to DRECP Issued
  • Federal Energy Policy in Southern California
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Proposed Reduction in Protected Lands in the DRECP

MBCA has kept our supporters informed since its inception about California's Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP). While we deemed its final land protections not ideal but acceptable (after eight years of intense debate and input), the current federal administration is seeking to reduce those protected lands. 
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MBCA Joins Request for Desert Conservancy Legislation

MBCA has joined 13 other conservation-minded organizations in requesting California Assemblymember James Ramos carry legislation to establish a desert conservancy program in the Wildlife Conservation Board, whose primary purpose is to approve funding for wildlife habitat protection, restoration and wildlife-oriented public access projects. With increased desert tourism and the effects of climate change, additional attention is needed for California deserts. Learn more about the request in the coalition letter sent January 12, 2021.
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Letter: Group, Request Desert Conservancy Legislation

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EBlast December 1, 2020

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  • Joshua Tree Candidacy for Threatened Status
  • Desert Tortoise Candidacy for Endangered Status
  • Countywide Plan / Repeal of Community Plans
  • Stagecoach Solar
  • XPressWest Wildlife Crossings
  • Stinknet Invasive Plant!
  • Virtually Attend MBCA Board Meetings
  • Check the MBCA Calendar for Online Events
  • Support MBCA through Amazon Smile
 
 
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MBCA Opposes Stagecoach Solar in Lucerne Valley

The latest large-scale solar development proposed for a problematic desert location is Stagecoach Solar, proposed for the Lucerne Valley area. In this case we are pleased that many of our concerns about the project on behalf of east desert residents are mirrored by the two desert-area County Supervisors, District 3 Supervisor Dawn Rowe and District 1 Supervisor Robert Lovingood. 
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