Johnson Valley News 4/18/2018

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• Jon Bush, master glassblower at the Hot Glass Ranch in Lucerne Valley, has announced a seconds and clearance sale this Saturday, April 21, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Jon and his crew do fantastic glass work. Buy now for dazzling birthday and Christmas presents; treat yourself to one-of-a-kind treasures! There may be vases, mugs, plates, bowls, wine glasses, margarita glasses, perfume bottles, ornaments; I can’t remember all the things we have seen there! Colors and clear glass, too,  beautiful.

From Johnson Valley go west toward Lucerne Valley on Scenic 247 to Post Office Road. Turn right, go to 11180, on your left. Park beside the road, walk through the gate and along the drive at the right of the house. Behind it, you will see the workshop/showrooms. Come early for the best selection.

4.10 on 4.26 at 9:00
• REMINDER: you can comment to the County Planning Commission on the controversial Policy 4.10 on Thursday, April 26.

Policy 4.10 of the Renewable Energy and Conservation Element(RECE) for the County Plan defended our unincorporated desert communities against destruction by industrial solar.

But at the Board of Supervisors hearing last August, Policy 4.10 and its sub-policies were removed for further study.

Now we see two options:
Policy 4.10 for Community Values or
Policy 4.10 for Industrial Developers

At Monday’s meeting of the Homestead Valley Community Council, Pat Flanagan suggested we present our individual comments as choices for the Planning Commission, rather than irate blasts like we feel like sometimes doing.

In your comments you might recommend the Commission to vote for the original Policy 4.10:
-to vote for local benefits over remote benefits
-to vote for clean air over dust storms
-to vote for water for life or water to waste
-to vote for local energy use or remote energy use
-to vote for scenic desert vistas or industrialized views
-to vote for the Reality version 4:10 over the Fantasy Community Compatibility Report version 4:10.

You might ask in your own way, do you stand behind the residents or the developers?

Find both versions of Policy 4.10 on

The meeting starts 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, speak, or hand in a written comment.

• ANOTHER REMINDER: have you marked your calendar – Johnson Valley Cinco de Mayo open house, Saturday afternoon, May 5, between 1:00 and 5:00 p.m.

Admission, 10.00 per person, includes a free margarita, your choice of carne asada beef, chicken or pork tacos, rice and beans, and two salsas from the Taco Grill between 2:00 and 4:00, the dessert bar, and a free sombrero while supplies last.

The Margaritaville Bar and the Desserts Bar will be inside the building, the Taco Stand alongside on the east.

Everyone welcome! Bring your own lawn chairs if you wish. Watch the model trains run in the Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden (weather permitting) while you enjoy your margaritas.

• If you own property in Johnson Valley, you should have received your invitation to this free Community Resource Fair on Saturday afternoon, June 9th. Open house from 1:00-5:00 p.m. plus a free picnic of hot dogs and hamburgers.

For those who rarely visit, our large number of weekenders, and newcomers to Johnson Valley, now you can make connections and get referrals, meet business owners and organizations in person or get handouts and literature.

Coming out to work on the cabin? Need remodeling work? Find good offroading trails? Need local numbers to call? Schools? Want updates on regulations that affect you and your property values?

We are out in the back of beyond. But JVIA, formed as a community support organization, now enters its 60th year, and we have found resources.

Please RSVP to me, before May 15, So we can be sure to have enough food and supplies on hand!

• Speaking of JVIA, it built and maintains the Johnson Valley Community Center for everyone to use. A major source of revenue to maintain the building and pay overheads comes from the income made from our Saturday Breakfasts.

We traditionally would have a regular crew  – Crew chief cook, pancake cook, dishwasher, at least two servers and a cashier – volunteering for one Saturday each month. In a month with five Saturdays, the crews would take that week in rotation.

Now we scramble to make up crews for the first Saturday and the fourth Saturday, and we are often shorthanded the other weeks due to illness or vacations.

To volunteer for a few hours each month, the County requires you have a Food Handlers certificate to be sure we know how to avoid food-borne illnesses and keep the customers happy. The training is online, takes about two hours, followed by a multiple-choice test, mainly common sense stuff. Not rocket science.

You pay 22.00 online by credit card (reimbursed by JVIA), do the tutorial, take the test, and print your certificate to display in our kitchen, with a wallet-size copy for yourself, good for three years.

Since this system has been in operation and Joanna Wright has been our certified Kitchen Manager, when the Health Department has inspected our kitchen and building, we have always received an A rating. Joanna’s license will expire soon. A volunteer familiar with our systems must also train and take a test, good for five years.

So, no volunteers for Saturday crews, no training for Kitchen Manager, no more Saturday Breakfasts. We have reported this dwindling of volunteers over and over, at JVIA meetings, in the Journal and elsewhere, with little response. One day our guests will arrive to find the kitchen closed, no hot breakfast, only coffee and store-bought pastries. One day they may arrive to find a Closed sign on the door.  A pity, after 60 years!

• In the meantime, the septic tank at the Community Center must be replaced and will cost almost $4.000. We already have some donations toward this expense, but if you can add to the kitty for this, it will be much appreciated!

You can make a secure credit card donation by PayPal on, or mail a check made to JVIA, memo septic tank, to
50567 Quailbush Rd.
Johnson Valley CA 92285

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

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!

Ask about using the building for your personal events, also. Call or e-mail me for open dates and times. No rent, we just ask for a donation and clean-up, to leave it as you find it.

The Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden next to the parking lot is open
to visitors for free. Alert: kids love the model trains, but they should not enter the train layout, it can be easily damaged.
The plants and trees are doing remarkably well after such a dry winter, stroll around and enjoy!

The trains run when the crew is available, and the weather smiles on us. The train crew are members of the Garden Committee, which volunteers to cook breakfast on the third Saturday. They also have been making breakfast burritos on the first Saturday. Ask the cashier when you come in if the trains can run that day.

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.

As always, take it easy on our dirt 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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