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Johnson Valley News 4/11/2018

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CINCO DE MAYO ¡OLE!
• Make plans now to join us for the Cinco de Mayo Open Air Fiesta on Saturday, May 5, from 1:00-5:00 p.m.
The Taco Grill from 2:00-4:00 offers good eats, and the blender runs the whole time.

Get your admission wristbands in the lobby of the Community Center, only 10.00 per person.
This gets you:
-a FREE margarita, soft drink or bottled water!
-Your choice of tacos: carne asada beef, pork or chicken!
-Sides of rice and beans and two salsas!
-fabulous desserts!
-a FREE sombrero while quantities last!

If it’s not too windy or hot, we can stay outside and watch the Johnson Valley scenery. Bring lawn chairs if you want and sit where you please, by the Taco Stand near the side entrance, by Cash’s Golden Falcon Cantina on the old road, or anywhere else in the Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden next to the Center. There’s a horseshoe pitch to enjoy, or just relax in the pavilion, or on one of the park benches, and watch the garden railway, which now can run three trains at a time!

The Margaritaville Bar and Dessert Stand will set up inside the hall, everything else outdoors (fingers crossed!).

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JV OHV SHARED-USE CLOSURE
• Calling all offroaders! Representatives from the Marine Corps and the Bureau of Land Management will co-host a Resource Management Group meeting this Saturday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

The Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center plans a large-scale exercise in August. If you have any questions about the temporary closure of the public lands we share with them, you are welcome to attend.

It’s at the Lucerne Valley Community Center, 33187 Highway 247 East, next to Pioneer Park.

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WHAT HAPPENED TO OUR 4.10 DEFENSE?
• You would think that after nearly a decade of definite statements, backed up by no-nonsense science and predictions (which came true), that our County Supervisors and unelected planners would surely understand us.

We do NOT want the California desert destroyed for the stated purpose of producing and transmitting solar and wind energy long distances to the megalopolis down below.

Our voices fall on deaf ears.

We have neither the numbers nor the money to influence elections that the investor-owned utilities have. Or the unions. Or the out-of-state and out-of-country developers in their gold rush to mine the desert for taxpayer subsidies.

The Renewable Energy and Conservation Element for the County Plan (known as the RECE) could have given us protection against the dreadful economic and physical impacts of this destruction. But at the Board of Supervisors hearing in August, Policy 4.10 and its sub-policies were unceremoniously yanked out of the RECE at the last moment. For further study.

After over seven months of study, the planners have come up with an alternative. Wishy-washy, vanilla pudding language which sounds like developers or unions wrote it themselves, thinking hicks in the sticks cannot spot a con.

And, during the Policy 4.10 “study,” County planners have accepted applications for over 5000 acres of solar projects and a substation, on Hwy 247 north of Lucerne Valley,

Worse yet, we hear the public utilities no longer want to buy energy from new solar developers. They already send it out of state, even pay for it to be taken, and use this overproduction as one excuse to fight the demand for solar panels on rooftops and parking lots, at the point of use.

Speak your mind about the delay, demand 4.10 as originally written!

Terri Rahhal in Land Use Services wrote that the Planning Commission has 4.10 on the agenda on Thursday, April 26, beginning at 9:00 a.m. at 385 N. Arrowhead Ave in San Bernardino.

You can also attend by video conference in the high desert County buildings:
63665 Twentynine Palms Hwy in Joshua Tree; or
15900 Smoke Tree St. in Hesperia.

Go, even if you don’t speak. They do count attendance.

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FIND OUT ABOUT “POLICY 4.10”
• The Homestead Valley Community Council (HVCC) meets on Monday afternoon, April 16, at 3:00 p.m. at the Yucca Mesa Community Center, 3133 Balsa Ave. just off Aberdeen Rd.

The Lucerne Valley-Johnson Valley Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) meets Thursday evening, April 19, at 5:00 p.m. at the Lucerne Valley Community Center, on Hwy 247, just past the firehouse, next to Pioneer Park.

Your participation is always welcome at either of these meetings.

Remember, if you are a landowner or resident in Johnson Valley, Yucca Mesa, Flamingo Heights, Landers, or Lucerne Valley you want to pay attention to these threats to our rural desert lifestyle, their effect on your property values, and your health.

You don’t want to be asking, what can we do about this? after the earth movers begin their work.

Also, hear updates on the recent progress of the campaign for Scenic 247!

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DESERT-WISE LANDSCAPE TOUR
• Register online for the 2018 Desert-Wise Landscape Tour by the Morongo Basin Conservation Association.

Log onto http://www.mbconservation.org/register_2018_landscape_tour
The  Landscape Tour Event Page includes:  what to expect and how to register. Online registrants will receive links for the Tour Book, Directions, and a new Features Chart, for viewing/download/printing.

MBCA requests a donation of $10 per registrant for non-members and $5 for members, with Membership-plus-Tour registrations available.

If you live close by you may choose to register at MBCA’s table at Yucca Valley Earth Day on Saturday, April 21, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Cash, check or debit/credit card will be accepted, and you will receive your Tour Book and Directions.

p.s. Check out all the lectures and meetings on the MBCA Calendar page scheduled in April and May! The Old Woman Springs Ranch Tour has sold out, but there are a lot of other interesting events!

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LANDOWNERS JAMBOREE

• If you own property in Johnson Valley, your personal invitation went into the mail today for this free Community Resource Fair on Saturday, June 9th.

Stay tuned for more information!

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DIRECTIONS
Everyone welcome to the Community  Center; you do not have to be a member of the Johnson Valley Improvement Association to join in on scheduled activities and special events!

Johnson Valley Community Center
50567 Quailbush Rd.
From Hwy 247, turn onto Larrea Rd,
go 1-3/4 miles to Quailbush Rd. The building is on your left at the corner.

The Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden next to the parking lot is open
to visitors for free. Alert: kids love the trains, but they should not enter the train layout, it can be easily damaged.

The trains run when the crew is available and the weather is nice.

Off-roaders navigating by GPS – according to Google Maps, the coordinates for the Community Center are
34.3424938     -116.56066880000003.

When you travel to and from the OHV Area, you can legally cross the highway at any of the community roads, but not travel on the right of way. A dirt trail parallels the highway on the north side. Remember to take it easy, watch out at blind corners.

As always, take it easy on the community roads, let’s not offend the neighbors with noise and dust!

If you come up Larrea Road while in or on a green-sticker vehicle, travel on the dirt alongside the pavement. Plenty of parking at the Center.


Betty Munson

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