Johnson Valley News 10/27/2019

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• Mark the date now, to come for the annual Johnson Valley Turkey Dinner on Saturday, November 2, at 5:00 p.m.
traditional feast, (better than any restaurant!) offers you turkey and
all the trimmings, plus apple and pumpkin pies, for only 10.00 per
person; kids 12 and younger, 5.00.

Doors open 4:30 p.m. Dinner is at 5:00.
invite you to stay after dinner, too, for news and announcements at the
General Meeting of the Johnson Valley Improvement Association
(non-members welcome!). This is the first meeting since September, lots
to catch up on!


The October 21 meeting of the HVCC in Johnson Valley, had less
attendance and had to be cut short by the circulation of the
announcement of an emergency community meeting at Sportsman Lodge in
Joshua Tree.

County Supervisor Dawn Rowe described the emergency,
brought about by the State Department of Hospitals informing San
Bernardino District Attorney on October 17, that the Ventura County
Superior Court recommends releasing a re-offending violent sexual
predator in Joshua Tree. This, after Sacramento County refused him. He
will be seeking treatment in the Coachella Valley.

Sheriff John
McMahon, Supervisor Rowe, and the District Attorneys office called the
meeting in Joshua Tree to alert our citizens.

Cpt Trevis
Newport, ordinarily in attendance at HVCC, was to inform them of the
court proceedings and discuss options available. Voicing our opposition
to the court recommendation is likely.

The Board of Supervisors update has contact info to voice our opposition will be sent to you shortly.

Rowe also reviewed the expansion of County Fire Protection Zone 5
(FP-5) to meet budget shortfalls by adding $157 to every parcel’s
property tax bill without your having a say in the matter except by a
protest process designed to fail.
The Board of Supervisors has
repealed the FP-5 expansion, limiting the tax levy to two years while
County Fire works some budget cuts, including addressing new equipment
purchases, sending three people out on a fire truck to answer a medical
emergency, and a new Fire Chief bringing a new perspective on
The idea that had been floated, consolidation by Calfire taking over County Fire, seems unlikely.
HVCC Scenic 247 Committee announced they plan to have the draft Visual
Assessment of the scenic corridor in the hands of County Land Use
Services and Caltrans Landscape Architect by October 28, for their
review and comment.


The few people who did come to the Community Center for yesterday’s
meeting with Ron Koptis and Deania Thorne had a whole lot of questions
answered for them about Medicare options and the UnitedHealthcare
Medicare Advantage plans available in our area.

Is my doctor in the network? What about prescriptions, eyeglasses, chiropractic, acupuncture, hearing aids?

They left flyers at the hall for you. Or call Ron at 760-406-4123 or Deania at 760-406-4124 for details.

• So far, only three people have confirmed they want to bring things to sell in the community Tailgate Swap Meet on Saturday, November 11th. I know they have a lot of good items, but bring and buy does not work very well if only a few bring!

Call me by tomorrow, Saturday, October 26, let me know if you want a space, it’s only 5.00 (bring your own tables if needed).

can set up in the parking lot at the Community Center as early as 6:00
a.m. The Swap Meet operates during the Saturday Breakfast hours
7:00-10:00 a.m.

You and the bargain hunters can have breakfast with a never-empty coffee cup while you are here!

Bargain hunters, we already know one vendor plans to bring lots of
construction materials and supplies! Also, there will be housewares and
collectibles! We’ll let you know ASAP if enough vendors have requested

• Flyers
available now at the Johnson Valley Community Center: how you can apply
for many positions available with the US Census, assisting with the
2020 Census count. Flexible hours, great pay, including paid training!

the Census Bureau must fill thousands of positions across the country,
recruiting starts several months before job offers. Depending on when
you apply, it may be several weeks or several months before hiring
begins in our area.

Apply online at
For more info or help applying, just call 1-855-JOB-2020.


Doc Lawrence sends his friendly reminder he will be in Johnson Valley
this weekend and available for a chiropractic appointment at your home.
Dr. Chris Lawrence, 760-810-2443


Volunteer a few hours on a Saturday morning, by joining one of the
breakfast crews! Cooks and pancake cooks welcome, plus help with
serving, dishwashing, or cashiering.

Saturday Breakfast began as
a fundraiser in the 70’s to build the firehouse. The steady flow of
funds it supplies now ensures the Community Center remains open, and
reserves depleted by emergency purchases can be replaced. Best of all,
Saturday Breakfast allows scattered neighbors and weekenders to meet and

JVIA is proud of our A rating. Our volunteers have
all taken their food handler training and passed the test, available
online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to earn their food handler card.

food employee working in San Bernardino County must have a food handler
card from San Bernardino County, Environmental Health Services only.

training and multiple-choice test take about 1-1/2 to 2 hours and cost
$22. Credit, debit, and prepaid debit cards are accepted. JVIA
reimburses you. Your certificate is good for three years (anywhere in
this County).

Check out the online Food Handler Training and Test FAQ at

Talk to manager Kim Abramson, 760-792-4555, or in person at the Saturday Breakfast, 7:00-10:00 a.m.

JVIA needs you!

our new members of the Johnson Valley Improvement Association, you will
receive the Johnson Valley Journal six times a year. The next issue
should arrive in your mailbox next week.

The JVIA General Meeting
after the first Saturday Dinners is another resource for finding out
what’s happening around here, and what’s happening with the Johnson
Valley Improvement Association.

In between Journals, this JV NEWS
e-mail includes stories and information published in the weekly
community news columns in the Hi-Desert Star, plus additional items of
particular interest to Association members.

If you prefer not to receive these e-mails, simply reply and say Cancel.


• The new information handout about activities in the Center and the Garden next door is available in the lobby.

take one. If you know anyone who may wish to participate or join JVIA,
this will give them an idea of what’s happening around here.

Both JVIA members and non-members are welcome to scheduled activities and special events!

Regularly-scheduled events:

-Saturday Breakfast: 7:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
-Dinner: every 1st Saturday at 5:00 p.m., followed by the General Meeting (except May and October). Non- members welcome. 
-JVIA Board Meeting: Friday following the 1st Saturday, 6:00 p.m. (except this October, scheduled for Friday, October 18th)
-Card Club: Pinochle on Tuesdays, noon-4:00 p.m.
-Quilters: EACH Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
-Hobby Club: EACH Wednesday, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Special events:

Homestead Valley Community Council (HVCC) holds regular meetings in
Johnson Valley three times a year on the third Monday, at 3:00 p.m. The
next is on October 21.

-JVIA Fundraising events:
JVIA 10th Annual Oktoberfest! Saturday afternoon, October 12. with lots of craft beers and cider, and a German buffet.
Cinco de Mayo Fiesta 2020 will be Saturday afternoon, May 2. No General Meetings those two months.

unique steel Garden Gate manufactured, donated, and delivered by Tim
Norton was up for everyone to see by Oktoberfest, and has drawn a lot of
This handsome new entrance, with the Orange Jubilees,
still blooming, make a show in lots of pictures, too. Of course, Court
and Don planned it that way.

THANKS AGAIN to Garden visitors e-mailing pictures to me at
The Community Center is available for your event, too!
and air-conditioned, with an A-rated kitchen. You are asked for a
donation, and to leave the Center as you found it. Call Betty Munson,
760-364-2207, please leave a message.  
The weather holds fine for riding and 4-wheeling around the desert.

an early start? Stop by the Community Center between 7:00-10:00 a.m.
for the Saturday Breakfast with a never-empty coffee cup. Large
breakfast, only 6.00! Small breakfast, 4.00.

Navigating by GPS? – find your way to the Community Center:
34.3424938     -116.56066880000003.

Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Area offers lots of trails for every
kind of vehicle, complete with amazing views and varied terrain.

best way to head out there using community roads: go straight down to
Hwy 247 on the road nearest you. You can cross directly over the highway
legally to the dirt trail running along the north side of Hwy 247.
(Please stay on the dirt shoulders if you travel on the paved Larrea
Road while in or on a green-sticker vehicle.)

Always take water,
tell people where you plan to go. Verizon has pretty good cell coverage
out there; ATT not so much. Never go out there alone.

please, on the community roads. More traffic this season – you can’t see
what’s heading your way, and junior riders are hard to see or hear
around blind corners.

Remember, any vehicle, street-legal or not,
going over 25mph damages dirt roads. Delivery vehicles and the trash
truck do the worst, but OHVs get the blame. Noise can carry, and dust
can drift a long way.

COOL IT ON LARREA ROAD. Please take care,
watch for vehicles, watch for kids playing. Intersections with the side
roads can be hard to see. Ask your guests to be careful, too; we don’t
want their visit ruined.

p.s. Check out BLM campfire and shooting regulations in the Nov-Dec issue of the Journal, mailing next week.

Johnson Valley Community Center
50567 Quailbush Rd.
Johnson Valley CA 92285

From Hwy 247, turn onto Larrea Rd,
go 1-3/4 miles up to the corner of Quailbush Rd.
You see the Community Center on your left.

leave a message, I may not recognize your name or number on Caller ID,
and I rarely just pick up the phone because of robocalls.

Betty Munson

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