Eblast: July 16, 2016

  • Sand to Snow National Monument Collaboration Workshop
  • Joshua Tree Community Plan meeting with San Bernardino County representatives
  • Joshua Tree Airport Solar Farm BOS Appeal Hearing
  • Soda Mountain Solar BOS Hearing
  • Dollar General: JT Downtown Business Alliance loses in State Court of Appeal

Here is a quick review of important meetings for several issues that have been on our radar for the past months. Would love to see you at these meetings to ensure the public interests are well represented – especially those aligned with MBCA’s mission!

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Eblast: July 11, 2016

  • Soda Mountain Solar Energy: SB Co. Supervisors decide on Aug. 23rd
  • Big Bear Lake Xeriscape Garden Tour
  • MBCA Founder Susan Luckie Reilly celebrated

 Soda Mountain Solar Energy: SB Co. Supervisors decide on Aug. 23rd

MBCA and our conservation partners are urging San Bernardino County Supervisors to deny approval for the Soda Mountain Solar Energy Project. It is important the Supervisors hear from constituents with strong objections to approving the Soda Mountain Solar Energy Project prior to the Supervisors next regular meeting on August 23rd when a decision will be made.

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Eblast: June 7, 2016

  • Pumped Dry: The Global Crisis of Vanishing Groundwater - June 8
  • Salton Sea Action Committee's Ex-Officio & Stakeholders Meeting - June 9
  • Emeritus Director Susan Luckie Reilly celebrates her 100th Birthday!
  • Public Meeting: Land Use in the Johnson Valley Area
  • Soda Mountain Solar: SB Co. Supervisors to decide future

I have several events you may want to consider attending and put into your calendars. Also, I have a correction to the previous E-Blast related to water projects.
 
Pumped Dry: The Global Crisis of Vanishing Groundwater
Wed., June 8th, 6-8p.m. / Furstworld – 8528 Desert Shadows Rd., JT * FREE
*Note: Parking limited. Please carpool from: 62040 Grand View Circle, JT (in town).  Find out more on Transition Joshua Tree’s Events webpage.
 
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Eblast: June 4, 2016

  • Joshua Tree Airport Solar: Next Era solar project on 115 acres
  • Alta Mira Gated Community Housing Project: 248 homes on 105.24 acres
  • Proposed Dollar General Store goes back to court
  • Camp Rock Solar / Camp Rock Road, Lucerne Valley
  • Cadiz Valley Water Conservation, Recovery and Storage Project ("Cadiz")
  • Eagle Mountain / JTNP Boundary Study
  • YV High School student Julia Martinez receives MBCA support
  • MBCA celebrated Emeritus Director Esther Herbert
  • 2016 Desert Wise Living Landscape Tour a great success!

Things are warming up now finally after a cool May, eh? Hope your swamp coolers are serviced and ready to go for the summer ahead!
 
There are several updates to long-standing campaigns and issues, also a new problematic solar project in Lucerne Valley. I believe the public interest in these issues and the willingness to respond are one of the Morongo Basin’s greatest assets. We want to continue to live in a healthy environment and there are definitely threats nipping at our heels that call for our attention and deserve a response!
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Eblast: April 20, 2016

  • 6th Desert Wise Landscape Tour
  • Eagle Mountain Boundary Study

We have two quick messages for you today.

First, of course, we encourage you to attend the 6th Desert Wise Landscape Tour this weekend.  It looks like the weather will be just perfect for the two days – clear, in the mid-70s, and not too windy!  If you haven’t yet registered for the Tour, either register online by 5:00 PM this Friday, April 22, or register in person at one of the following locations on Saturday or Sunday.  Although the sites span the Morongo Basin on both days, there are more West End sites on Saturday, and more on the East End including Twentynine Palms on Sunday.  

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Eblast: April 13, 2016

  • Joshua Tree Airport Solar Farm: Planning Commission hearing - April 21st
  • Alta Mira Gated Community Housing Project: 248 homes on 105.24 acres
  • National Park Service completes Eagle Mountain Boundary Study


I hope you can clear your schedules to take in the conservation-oriented events coming our way in coming days. Several critically important meetings for projects MBCA has been monitoring now require our attention. Of course, we can’t do “it all,” but hopefully you can find time to participate. We DO make a difference. Our presence and vigilance are being called on this spring to educate the community and decision makers!
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Eblast: April 5, 2016 (2)

  • National Park Service completes Eagle Mountain Boundary Study
  • Altamira Gated Community Housing Project: 248 homes on 105.24 acres
  • SPARC Forum, Phase 2
  • MBCA Events Calendar

National Park Service completes Eagle Mountain Boundary Study

The National Park Service has completed the Eagle Mountain Boundary Study Including Possible Withdrawal Environmental Assessment (boundary study/EA). The document reflects the comments and concerns shared with the study team during public scoping in Summer 2015. The NPS received approximately 11,000 comments during the scoping period. Last August, many MBCA members & supporters participated in this process. We have another opportunity now!
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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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