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Johnson Valley News 3/4/2017

Reinstate your right to have water brought to your property by a licensed hauler from a certified source.

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WEAR THE GREEN
• Advance on St. Patrick’s Day – this Saturday, March 4, the feast in Johnson Valley can’t be beat.

You get tasty corned beef and cabbage with potatoes and carrots, with some fine desserts for a finale. If you have been to our Corned Beef Dinner before, you’ll remember the Guinness cake; this year Linda Walsh plans to make a Mardi Gras cake, too. Why not? Add a little Bourbon Street to the traditional Irish – sure, and it’s a fine meal ye’ll be gettin’ for a tasty low price: 7.00 per person; kids 12 and under only 4.00.

Everyone welcome! Wear some green to get in the mood at the Johnson Valley Community Center. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Dinner is at 5:00.

If you have not been to the center before: On Hwy 247 look for the red Johnson Valley sign between mile markers 21 and 22, turn onto Larrea Rd. (paved), go up 1-3/4 miles to Quailbush Rd. and you have arrived!

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YOUR PERSONAL MEMORIES IN THE GARDEN
• While you are here, check out the new JVIA fundraiser program. You can add a laser-engraved brick with a message or memorial to the Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden next door to the Center.

This program raises funds to help continue the success of the Community Center and the desert demonstration garden with its model railway. You can help by purchasing a brick to honor your children, commemorate loved ones, remember a special friend or pet, promote your business, or mark a special event in your life. The donation requested for a 4×8” brick, 50.00, 100.00 for an 8×8” brick, plus 10.00 for your custom design.

See all the custom design and type options in the brochure enclosed in your Journal, or see it in the lobby of the Center along with a sample brick.

Your engraved bricks will be placed in the walkway leading to the pavilion and be an integral part of the design of the Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden. Take a stroll across the parking lot if you have not already seen the progress of the garden landscape and the expansion of the model railway. And the little fruit trees ​are ​now coming into flower.

Brochures and order forms will always be available whenever the Center is open; always from 7:00-10:00 a.m. during our Saturday Breakfast. Or send an e-mail or give me a call to find out all the details, 760-364-2646 (leave a message).

Get in on the first order: we plan to send it in ASAP, since production takes 2-4 weeks.

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REAL DATE OF SALAD LUNCHEON!
• Just call me calendarly-challenged. Got it wrong in the Journal, got it wronger in the e-mail, it is Saturday after next, March 11th! Sorry for date confusion again. If you don’t trust me to get it right yet, call Joanna, 760-364-2207.
Ladies bring a salad or dessert to share at noon in the Community Center, and weekenders and newcomers are welcome! Casual dress, no charge. Fun and fine weather forecast (mid-70’s, would you believe it?).

MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW
While you’re at it, mark down Saturday, April 1, for the ​JVIA ​ No Fooling Ham Potluck Dinner; Saturday, April 29, for the HVCC Poker Run finale and Ice Cream Social in Johnson Valley; and ​Saturday, May 6​ , for ​the JVIA  Cinco de Mayo Fiesta.

Told you first: ​any other events being scheduled for Saturdays in spring…well, we invited you first to Johnson Valley’s. And I have the dates right! Watch for details.

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FIELD TRIP TO THE PALMS SPRINGS AIR MUSEUM
• Guys, you can take a fascinating field trip on Saturday, March 11, while the ladies go to the luncheon. The Morongo Basin Historical Society has arranged a special visit to the Palm Springs Air Museum, meeting at 10:00 a.m.

Some of our members had a guys-day-out not long ago and went there; said the docents really knew their onions and they enjoyed the visit enormously.

I will e-mail the flyer right after this with all the details. Of course, ladies can go, too, but they’ll miss the luncheon. Decisions, decisions.

CALICO HISTORY
Also forwarding the MBHS flyer for the next 2nd Wednesday Lecture. “Calico Strikes,” March 8.

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HAVE YOU WRITTEN YOUR LETTER?
Mail a signed personal letter to Assemblyman Obernolte supporting AB 366 and 367, to reinstate your right to have water brought to your property by a licensed hauler from a certified source. We may need to write in support again as the bill travels through legislative channels and byways.

Here’s the info his office sent about the bills, in case you did not see it :​ Last year, the Governor signed into law Senate Bill 1263, which prohibits the permitting of a single home or cabin where the source of water supply is hauled water. That bill was retroactive in nature, ultimately rendering the land worthless by taking away California landowners’ ability to build on land located in areas without adequate water infrastructure. Assembly Bill 366 would exempt property owners of existing parcels from this law and allow them to build on their property, even if legally obtained hauled water is the listed source of water.

“This bill [AB 366] is vital to protect those property owners who purchased land before the provisions in SB 1263  take effect. My constituents and other rural Californians should have the right to build a home on their own land,” said Assemblyman Obernolte. “It’s unreasonable for the state to punish these landowners for having property that isn’t connected to a municipal water system.”

Assemblyman Obernolte also introduced AB 367 which focuses specifically on ensuring a home destroyed by fire is allowed to be rebuilt.
“Last year my district was devastated by the Blue Cut Fire,” Assemblyman Obernolte said. “This bill is crucial to allow homeowners who rely on hauled water to rebuild their home if it is tragically destroyed by a fire.”

​Why write? THE BAN HURTS JOHNSON VALLEY. Denying building permits unless you drill a well discourages many newcomers from buying property at all. The increase in the number of wells drilled by current landowners was startling – a trend with unpredictable but possible ​adverse outcomes for the aquifer. And well owners are up the creek if well failure or power failure occurs. Who will bring water if water haulers are gone? The County? The State? The California Legislature? The prospect of piped-in water to a community so sparsely  ​populated and widely scattered has to be described as dim. Dividing astronomical bonded indebtedness among us has to be described as a dim prospect, also.

The “health reasons” often cited as the reason for banning hauled water won’t hold water, so to speak. Do town folks want to drive ​everyone out of the rural areas? What other motiv​es​ can you suggest for a ban so stupid and counter-productive in a State which encourages, no, requires us to conserve water? (Those who rely on hauled water are proven to be much more frugal in their use of water than well owners or those on a pipeline.)

Now that the formerly unwritten County ban is set down in writing by the State, every rural resident must get into this. So add your support to the letters for Obernolte now.

If you have a personal story of being denied a building permit, or a concern with what will happen to the value and/or sellability of your property, or what will happen when water haulers are all out of business, tell him!

Mail to:
Assemblyman Jay Obernolte,
State Capitol Office: Room 4116,
Sacramento, CA 94249.


By the way, if you have been denied a building permit or lost a prospect for buying your property because of this situation, let me know even if you have no written proof. I will forward the info to people 
​to whom it may be useful.

 

Betty Munson

 

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