Johnson Valley News 11/03/2017

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• Next Saturday, November 4th,  the annual Johnson Valley Turkey Dinner kicks off the holiday season with everyone’s favorite feast.

The menu includes salad, turkey and stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, yam casserole and green beans with bacon. For dessert, pumpkin pie or apple pie!

We’ve heard it many times, “Better than any restaurant!” Only 10.00 per person, kids 12 and under, 5.00. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Dinner is at 5:00. Skip lunch.

Everyone is invited! Bring your friends – you do not have to be a member of the Johnson Valley Improvement Association to enjoy every event at the Community Center!

Stay a while after dinner for the JVIA General Meeting and hear what’s been happening. No meeting last month because of Oktoberfest, so we have some catching up to do.

• Enjoy breakfast this Saturday, November 4th between 7:00-10:00 a.m. at the Johnson Valley Community Center, and do some early bird shopping at the Hobby Club Boutique Table. Then take a quick trip over to Landers Belfield Hall and shop the Arts & Crafts Show between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Find unique gifts by desert artists, vintage items, that one-of-a-kind treasure for yourself.

Belfield Hall is only minutes away from Johnson Valley; from Larrea Rd. turn right onto Scenic 247, go about 10 miles, turn left onto Reche Rd., go about 3 more miles, past the Post Office, it’s on your left.

• Two councils, appointed by our County Supervisor James Ramos to give feedback from his constituents, agree in general on the current Countywide Plan program: it will not work for us.

The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) represents nine unincorporated communities: Pioneertown, Yucca Mesa, Landers,  Joshua Tree, Flamingo Heights, Desert Heights, Wonder Valley, Morongo Valley, and  Copper Mountain Mesa.

The Lucerne Valley-Johnson Valley MAC represents two more.

In the middle is the Homestead Valley Community Plan for Yucca Mesa, Landers, Flamingo Heights and Johnson Valley.

So many actions for residents to take charge of – many that we already do with little reaction from the County. So many recommendations for more committees, more alliances, more activists, for which we have neither the population nor the involved citizenry. So many proposals by urban planners who cannot fit these communities into the urban mold, or shape us with the urban cookie cutters.

It will be web-based, though many of us do not access the Internet. Portions of the existing plans may be scattered into the General Plan and challenging to find. How will developers and County Land Use Services know when or if the prescribed local actions have been carried out?

The two MACs and the Homestead Valley Community Council have the same issues with these action plans, why not update our 2007 Community Plans and add more enforcement?

Too many questions here, a common failing with huge plans made by people who do not have to work with them.

The MB MAC invites you to discuss these issues at a town hall meeting next Monday, November 6, at 5:00 p.m. in the Joshua Tree Community Center, 6171 Sunburst St. a short distance north of Hwy 62 (Twentynine Palms Highway).

You can see the plan for your community two ways:
Online: www.countywideplan/com/EIR.
Print on paper: at the Joshua Tree Government Center, 63665 Twentynine Palms Highway

Then come to the Town Hall and try to make sense of it.

The comment period ends on November 20.

Betty Munson

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