Supervisors Postpone RECE 4.10 Hearing

Early in their November 6 meeting, the four San Bernardino County Supervisors present (District 3 Supervisor Ramos was absent) voted unanimously to postpone to a future meeting the public hearing that included consideration of the "revised" Renewable Energy Conservation Element section 4.10. (Read more details in our October 29 update and November 1 EBlast.) They cited concern that Supervisor Ramos should be present because of the large degree to which his district will be affected. 
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EBlast November 1, 2018

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  • San Bernardino County RECE Policy 4.10: Supervisors vote 11.6.18
  • San Bernardino Co. Fire Protection District Service Zone FP-5 expansion
  • MBCA’s 50th Anniversary kick-off event: 1.26.2019
 
 
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MBCA Joins RECE 4.10 Coalition Comment Letter

The County Supervisors will be considering adoption of the Renewable Energy and Conservation Element section 4.10 at their November 6 meeting. MBCA has signed a comment letter with a coalition of organizations and individuals urging the Supervisors to vote for the original version of RECE 4.10 rather than the revised version presented to the Board by Land Use Services. (More details and background can be found in the coalition's May 2018 letter.) Embodying the perspective and wishes of many organizations and individuals across the hi desert, the original version of RECE 4.10 reduces the chance that desert communities will be disadvantaged by a proliferation of large scale renewable energy projects.

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Ord Mountain Solar Project EIR Published

The Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed Ord Mountain Solar Project has been published by San Bernardino County. The 60 megawatt project is proposed next to a rural residential area north of Lucerne Valley. Negative effects on local residents and wildlife (including bighorn sheep and tortoise) are expected if the project were built. Here is a link to the online Notice of Availability, where you can read a summary and see a map.

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National Geographic Reports on the Decline of Joshua Trees

The plight of Joshua trees in the warming desert climate is the focus of an October report by National Geographic. The article describes recent research related to the parallel decline in the health of the trees and of the essential moth whose symbiotic relationship with the trees provides pollination for the trees and food for the moth larvae. Read the full article "Iconic Joshua trees may disappear--but scientists are fighting back." 
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EBlast October 8, 2018

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  • MBCA Candidates Virtual Forum
  • San Bernardino Countywide Plan draft
  • San Bernardino County Fire District Service Zone FP-5: parcel fee
  • Cadiz Inc. groundwater harvesting project: AB 1000 update
 
 
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Letter: Coalition Supports Original RECE 4.10

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Committee Stops Senate Vote on SB 120

Unfortunately, the Senate Appropriations Committee decided not to forward SB 120 for a Senate vote. Supporters believe it would have passed. Read a comprehensive news report about the SB 120 non-vote in the Desert Sun and a shorter overview about the SB 120 vote at Mojave Watch(no longer available). 
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Last Minute Action Against Cadiz Water Project

The Cadiz company's long battle to pump desert groundwater and sell it to coastal cities, and desert protectors' long battle to prevent damage to desert ecosystems will likely come to a head on Friday, August 31, via a vote on California Senate Bill 120. The August 28 Desert Sun article by Sammy Roth includes a quotation from David Lamfrom of the National Parks Conservation Association, stating that passing SB 120 is "the immediate and only opportunity we have to make sure that this project would not cause substantial harm to Mojave Trails National Monument."  Roth's article gives an overall and detailed view of this ongoing battle to preserve precious desert water.

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Eblast2 August 27, 2018

UPDATE: Extended deadline to make calls to stop Cadiz - Friday, Aug. 31st
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