Johnson Valley News 11/21/2019

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Saturday, December 7,
mark the date! Come enjoy the luscious spiral-cut ham with potatoes,
green beans, sweet potatoes, home-baked desserts and Christmas cookies
with ice cream.

Bring your guests, family and friends, only 10.00 per person, kids 12 and younger 5.00.

open at 4:30 p.m. at the Community Center, dinner is at 5:00.
Announcements and the JVIA General Meeting begin about 6:00; everyone is
invited to stay. (Door prizes, after).

Saturday, December 14,
all are invited to enjoy favorite Christmas music and a delicious feast
at the 1st Baptist Church of Johnson Valley, starting at 5:00 p.m. No

If you have not visited the church before, you go up
Larrea Rd., past the Community Center to the end, turn left onto Golden
Ray Rd. You will see the church right ahead. Plenty of parking.


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


Tom Murphy of The Red Brennan Group informs us the Board of Supervisors
tabled discussion of the Fire Tax as two of the supervisors were
missing last Tuesday. He does not know when it will be on the docket

You may recall, in response to the outcry from residents
affected by the tax, the Board recently modified the motion presented by
County Fire.

The motion originally called for a three percent
increase in the FP-5 tax, to $161.98, in addition to placing the tax on
the roll for the next fiscal year. The special tax was to remain on the
rolls forever with the potential for a three percent increase each year.

continued, “Affected residents, roused by this blatant attempt to
circumvent their Constitutional rights, fought the expansion in both the
political and legal arena over the course of the year.

Rather than grant the three percent increase, the Board held the line at the current fiscal year charge.

The motion, as amended by the board, “Directs the CEO and interim Fire Chief to explore funding mechanisms to pay
for fire and emergency services in San Bernardino County that must be put to voters by January 1, 2021, and return to
the Board within 90 days to discuss those funding alternatives.”
But they haven’t.

asks, “What did county residents actually gain in their effort to
assert their rights? The supervisors decided not to extract an
additional $4.72 from county residents.

decided to place an illegal tax on the roll that was imposed in
violation of the California Constitution. The board members then “gave”
voters their rights by approving an unenforceable promise that would put
a County Fire funding mechanism on a ballot by 2021 – two tax years
down the road.”

Our consensus is, we believe the county would
like nothing more than to “study the problem” and hope we run out of
steam and everything settles down.

If you wish to get the latest updates on this issue from The Red Brennan Group, they are at
1508 Barton Rd, #118
Redlands, CA 92373
(760) 810-5830

Tom Murphy e-mail :

writing and e-mailing the Board of Supervisors. This tax is
unconstitutional and unfair on many levels. County Fire budget
shortfalls must address spending as well as raising income.

-Dawn Rowe, our 3rd District Supervisor (in support of her efforts to get this to a vote of the taxpayers)
-Robert Lovingood
-Josie Gonzales
-Janice Rutherford
-Curt Hagman
All are at
385 N. Arrowhead Avenue, 5th Floor
San Bernardino, CA 92415-0110


The ordinary rotation of locations would have the meeting on the third
Monday in December in Yucca Mesa. So many special events for December
have been planned in all four of the communities that the Council
decided to skip this one, and continue on Monday, January 20, in Belfield hall in Landers.

The main issues under discussion wil no doubt be unresolved … the County Fire Tax, the Hauled water ban among them.

• Johnson Valley Improvement Association owns and operates the Community Center.

• The time you spend on Saturday morning as a volunteer working the breakfast translates into a donation to JVIA.

• Saturday Breakfast proceeds are a mainstay keeping the doors of the Community Center open for everyone,

• A cook and pancake cook, servers, dishwasher, and cashier make up each crew. Extra servers may be helping on big weekends.

Our volunteer crews take food handler training and test (available
online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to take at home or at the Center).
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 Food handler certificate is good for three years
(anywhere in this County).

Resident or weekender, you can sign up for a particular week, or put
your name on the call list as a backup when you are available.

to manager Kim Abramson for more details or a tour during breakfast to
see how it all works, 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.  The next issue
mails the last week of 2019. Extra copies are available 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.


The new information handout about activities in the Center and the Paul
Van Hook Desert Dreams 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 invited to scheduled activities and special 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.
-Card Club: Pinochle on Tuesdays, noon-4:00 p.m. Beginners welcome.
-Quilting: Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
-Hobby Club: Wednesday, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

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 February 17.

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta 2020 will be Saturday afternoon, May 2. No General Meetings those two months.

JVIA 11th Annual Oktoberfest with lots of craft beers and ciders, and a German buffet, Saturday. October 10, 2020.

will find the Garden next to the parking lot. The property was
purchased by Paul Van Hook and donated to JVIA in 2015. The new entry
gate created by JVIA member Tim Morton opens during special events.

day, you may enter from the road that crosses the property on upslope
side This remaining open stretch of the original Old Woman Springs Road
is preserved here and enhance with whimsical small buildings, OK Corral
and a fountain.

The garden encompasses many drought-tolerant
trees and plantings, with underground irrigation, all becoming
well-established after over four years of care from the JVIA Garden

Landscaping includes donated boulders and artifacts
from homesteading days; a main attraction is the G-scale garden railway.
The huge layout can run four trains simultaneously on different tracks.
The railway operates during the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta. Oktoberfest, and
other times when weather permits and the crew are all available.

unusual sight is the one-man airplane built by former JVIA president
and officer Ed Warren. Mounted on the gearbox of an antique windmill and
mounted on a derrick built and raised by volunteers. It turns into the
wind and even attracts attention from low-flying aircraft.

purchase of commemorative bricks and direct donations support the
continuing success of the Garden, a unique accomplishment.

Garden visitors, if you take photos, please e-mail some to me at for possible use in the Johnson Valley Journal or on

the Garden and the Community Center are available for your event, too,
if you are planning a birthday, anniversary, or wedding.

Center is heated and air-conditioned, with an A-rated kitchen you may
use if needed. You are asked for a donation for rental, and to leave the
Center as you found it. Call Betty Munson, 760-364-2646, please leave a

It’s turning colder, but a little rain makes great riding conditions.

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.

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.

CLASS OFF-ROADING: The Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Area north of
Hwy 247 offers lots of trails for every kind of vehicle, complete with
amazing views and varied terrain. World-famous as the venue for the King
of the Hammers racing week, you can ride the same boulder-strewn
Hammers canyons– if you dare. Or, cruise  the sandy trails, where the
high-speed Ultra 4 vehicles make such astounding times.

south of the Hwy 247, the best way to head out is to go straight down to
the highway on the community dirt 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.)

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.

SLOW DOWN ON LARREA ROAD. Please take care,
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 if you want me to call you back. Because of robo-calls
and endless scams,  I no longer assume I see a real name on Caller ID.

Betty Munson

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