Johnson Valley News 11/14/2019

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• Reminder, the Homestead Valley Community Council (HVCC) meets this Monday, November 21, at 3:00 p.m. in the Flamingo Heights Community Center,

Dawn Rowe plans to meet with us again. Your comments and questions are
always welcome. Fire guys are always invited, but may have other

The address for the Flamingo
Heights Community Center: 55977 Perris Rd. just off Hwy 247, two blocks
west of La Copine Restaurant.


Looking back, this time last year Homestead Valley communities still
doubted the Policy 4.10 would ever see the light of day, protecting us
against industrialization in the Renewable Energy and Conservation
Element in the County General Plan. A huge turnout of concerned citizens
had attended a  meeting in San Bernardino, but our then-Supervisor
Ramos had ditched, which postponed the Policy 4.10 vote.

the unpleasant news was percolating of the massive territorial
annexation into County Fire Protection Zone 5 and the tax levied on
every parcel. But some folks never heard about it, until they opened
their tax bills this year and started asking, “What the ––––?” Amazing.
Their bills arrived OK, but those who received protest notices that
looked like junk mail had junked them.

Johnson Valley was
holding our collective breath until getting the news at last, that
former JV resident Ed Warren and his family had escaped the Paradise
holocaust, had “gone through hell to get out”.

Seems like only yesterday.

The Supervisors finally ok’d Policy 4.10; we hope its teeth look sharp enough.

Once again, we see fires burning, with this year’s added disruption of blackouts (for public safety!).

you ever have the feeling that rural communities, rural taxpayers and
ratepayers get overlooked while urbanites in San Bernardino and
Sacramento decide how we should live, well, you are not alone. But the
Thanksgiving season always comes around again; give thanks for quiet,
dark skies, and space, the ultimate luxury of the desert.

• Some dates to mark on your December calendar:

>Medicare Local Help Meeting at the Community Center, Thursday, December 5, 1:30 p.m. See the flyers at the Center for more information.

>Holiday Dinner,Saturday, December 7,
5:00 p.m. at the Community Center. Delicious spiral-cut ham, potatoes,
green beans, sweet potatoes, Christmas cookies and ice cream. 10.00 per
person, kids 12 and younger 5.00.
JVIA General Meeting follows, all invited!

>Christmas Dinner & Music at the First Baptist Church of Johnson Valley, 50636 Golden Ray Rd., Saturday, December 14, 5:00 p.m. No charge.

>New Year’s Eve BYO Party at the Community Center, Tuesday, December 31, starting at 8:00 p.m. Bring your own drinks and snacks. No charge.


Every chance we get, we spread the word, JVIA really-really-really
needs to recruit more helpers to make and serve breakfast to our guests.

Volunteer a few hours on a Saturday morning, by joining one of
the breakfast crews! Cooks and pancake cooks, servers, dishwashers, or
cashiers – each makes an important contribution to the continuing
success of the Association.

Saturday Breakfast supplies a steady
flow of income to ensure the Community Center remains open, and
reserves depleted by emergency purchases can be replaced. Johnson Valley
neighbors, weekenders, and visitors come to eat and often stay to

Even out here in the back of beyond, we can brag about
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.

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

The 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).

If you check out the online Food Handler Training and Test FAQ, you may be surprised how easy it is. See

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

our new members of the Johnson Valley Improvement Association, you will
receive the Johnson Valley Journal six times a year.  If you signed up
too late to get on the mailing list, we have extra copies in the lobby
of the Community Center.

You will find 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.

• See the new information handout about activities in the Center and the Garden next door, 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 all 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 Annual Oktoberfest 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
compliments, and shows up in the latest photos/

Garden visitors, please e-mail pictures to me at

The Community Center is available for your event, too! Planning a birthday, anniversary, or wedding?

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.

riding and 4-wheeling around the desert – be sure your guests know
where they are, and can find their way home. Supply them with a map,
your phone number, and a compass can help. We know this sounds like OHV
101, but newbie off-roaders and newcomers to the desert can get turned
around easily, separated from friends, and be unable to tell rescuers
where they came from. It happens.

Planning an early start?
Everyone welcome to come by the Community Center between 7:00-10:00 a.m.
for the Saturday Breakfast. Enjoy a hearty breakfast with a never-empty
coffee cup. Large breakfast, only 6.00! Small breakfast, 4.00. Coffee
only? 1.00.

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.
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 robo-calls.

Betty Munson

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