Eblast: January 20, 2024

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  • Plan to Attend MBCA’s 55th Annual Meeting February 3 !
  • County Misrepresents Reality in Program 4 STR Impact Study
  • County Misrepresents Reality in Program 4 STR Impact Study
  • Darker Skies Ahead with Light Trespass Ordinance Now in Effect
  • Support Lake Tamarisk in Addressing Air Quality Threats
  • Mark your Calendar for the 2024 Desert Wise Living Landscape Tour
 
 
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MBCA Provides Comprehensive Critique of Program 4 STR Report

MBCA reported on December 17 about our response to the flawed Program 4 report commissioned by the County. The report concluded, "The County could not find clear and empirical data that indicates that short-term rentals (STRs) have a substantial impact on the availability of long-term, rental housing options in the unincorporated Mountain and East Desert communities."

We are now providing the full 62-page response letter that details what MBCA believes are fallacious arguments, inappropriate conclusions and inferences, and overlooked past County corroborations of the problem. Some new data arrays are also presented. 

Read the full "MBCA STR Letter" document.

The Center for Biological Diversity also submitted a letter of concern in December.

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Supervisors Deny Flamingo 640 Glamping Project

In a 3-2 vote on December 19, San Bernardino County Supervisors denied RoBott Land Company's appeal of the Planning Commission's earlier denial of their "campground" project in Flamingo Heights. MBCA's December 17 comments summarize the many concerns voiced by hundreds of area residents. All of the related documents are included on the County's page for this agenda item, including the video of the meeting. (Here is a timestamped list of the video of the Flamingo 640 Agenda Item). Supervisor and Chair Dawn Rowe introduced a substitute motion to replace Supervisor Hagman's motion to send the project back to the Planning Commission. Supervisors Cook and Baca joined Rowe in the majority decision to deny the RoBott Land Company's appeal. Extensive details can also be found on the Save Our Deserts FH 640 page.
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County Will Delay Presenting STR Report to Supervisors

On December 14, MBCA sent to Supervisor Dawn Rowe and County staff a detailed critical analysis of the recently-released Short Term Rental Technical Memorandum prepared by consultant firm PlaceWorks. MBCA's extensive evaluation, summarized here,  refutes the PlaceWorks study conclusion that “The County could not find clear and empirical data that indicates that short-term rentals (STRs) have a substantial impact on the availability of long-term, rental housing options in the unincorporated Mountain and East Desert communities.” Our conclusions are also supported by a letter from the Center for Biological Diversity. MBCA's full analysis will be made available here soon. 

On December 15, MBCA President Steve Bardwell received communication from Land Use Services Planning Director Heidi Duron that the Short Term Rental PlaceWorks report scheduled to be on the Supervisors’ December 19 agenda will be postponed until the January 23 meeting “to allow for additional time to evaluate and address your comments.”
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Eblast November 8, 2023

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  • Attend County Virtual Meeting on Short Term Rentals
  • Flamingo 640 to be Heard by Board of Supervisors
  • Landers Eco Dome Project
  • Ongoing Threats to Rooftop Solar
  • Desert Wise Living Landscape Tour Videos Now ReleasedItem 1
 
 
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MBCA Comments on Landers Eco Dome Project

Covering multiple areas of concern, MBCA has submitted two comment letters challenging the Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration/Initial Study (MND/IS) and in opposition to the granting of a Conditional use Permit (CUP) for this "Eco Dome Campground" project in Landers. One letter notes both the inappropriate designation as a campground, and the inaccurate characterization of the "Eco Domes" as related to the Integratron, a totally unique historic building that has nothing but the shape in common with the proposed domes. The second letter, which includes illustrations, cites many other concerns about the project, including likely negative effects on the community related to noise, dust, traffic, wildlife corridors, and impaired views. 
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Letter: Comments on Eco Dome Project in Landers

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Letter: Comments on Eco Dome Project in Landers - 2

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Easley Solar Project Comments Emphasize Dust and Environmental Justice

MBCA's October 23 comment letter about the proposed Easley Solar Project near Lake Tamarisk and Desert Center explains how the proposal will add to the already excessive dust problems in current projects nearby, affecting residents' health and violating concepts of environmental justice. Additionally and critically, undisturbed desert land provides carbon sequestration that has far more value and far less harm than scraping more desert for industrial scale solar. 
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Letter: Easley Solar Project

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