Johnson Valley News 6/14/2019

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• County Supervisor Dawn Rowe plans to be at the HVCC meeting this Monday, June 17.
She can tell us the details on the outcome of the meeting last Tuesday,
concerning that County Fire parcel tax! See the County press release
attached! And thank you if you sent your comments to the Supervisors or
attended the meeting.

Also, a presentation about REACH Air
Medical Services will explain their subscription plans to cover you and
every member of your household if you need an emergency airlift to a
hospital. Also, a plan if you are hospitalized while traveling and need a
lift to a hospital near home. Very affordable, come check it out.

also expects feedback on complaints about unsafe conditions on Hwy 247
plus other news on public safety and State legislative issues (and
updates on the Summer Solstice Fest, see below)

If you have not
been to the Johnson Valley Community Center before, from Hwy. 247, you
turn at the big red Johnson Valley sign onto Larrea Rd. Go 1-3/4 miles
to Quailbush Rd. The center is on your left, 50567 Quailbush.

• The Summer Solstice Fest at Homestead Valley Park is coming! Celebrate the longest day of the year, Saturday, June 22, anytime from 10:00 a.m. till sundown at this fundraiser party.
pizza made from scratch to your order, each slice, 1/4 of a 14” inch
cheese pizza, costs 2.00. Lots of different toppings for you to choose
from – add one topping, 2.50; add two or more, 3.00.

Choose a craft beer, hard or soft cider, ice-cold lemonade, soda or bottled water to go with your pizza, mm-hmm.

eight members of the Mojave Desert Brewers Guild have signed up for the
Brew Demos from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Watch them make their beers,
enjoy any of the craft beers on tap: 4.00 pint.

I am looking
forward to Longest Day Lager, or Raspberry Wheat Beer (so good at our
Oktoberfest). Or should I go for the hard cider?

And there are all kinds of individual snacks, three bands to listen to, kids’ games and face painting.

Homestead Valley Park is on Belfield Rd. between Reche Rd. and Linn Rd. in Landers. Free admission and parking!

of fun in a good cause: raising funds for a PowerPoint projector for
speakers’ presentations at the Homestead Valley Community Council
meetings and use among the four member communities events.


What’s happening next in Johnson Valley? Independence Day itself will
come and go, but the legendary Two Buck Chuckwagon buffet on Saturday evening, July 6,
at the cool Johnson Valley Community Center continues your patriotic
weekend cheer. Enjoy all the traditional red-white-and-blue picnic food
with ice-cold drinks,
hamburgers, hot dogs, sides and dessert bar, all for a donation of only
2.00 per person
yes, 2.00, and kids 12 and under 1.00


If you can volunteer some hours on a Saturday morning, consider joining
one of the breakfast crews! Cooks and pancake cooks needed, plus help
with serving, dishwashing, and cashiering.

JVIA Saturday
Breakfast has been a regular income source since the 70’s when members
began it to raise funds to build the firehouse.

It has operated since then to keep the doors open at the Community Center, and it’s a mainstay.

Saturday Breakfast crews work to Health Department standards; each one
holds a Food Handlers Permit. This requires a few hours of online
training and test,  costing 22.00 by credit card. JVIA reimburses you.

speak from experience, the online tutorial is all common sense, and if I
can pass the test, you can, too. You can use your computer at home, or
use a computer by appointment at the Community Center. The permit is
good for three years and must be renewed like any license.

Now is a good time to see what it’s all about; lower summer attendance, so the pace slows, good for trainees!

For more details, please call me (760-364-2646, leave a message), or call or text Kitchen Manager Kim Abramson (760-492-4555).

p.s. Volunteers also welcome for handyman-type maintenance chores and Journal production every two months!

• Jon Coupal of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association wrote a column entitled, “Measure EE Failure Could be a Turning of Tax Tide.” He explained:

formidable odds, taxpayers scored a significant victory last week
against big progressive interests. Measure EE, sponsored by the Los
Angeles Unified School District, would have imposed a $500 million
annual property tax on all property owners within the district’s

Because the tax was being
advanced by the second largest school district in the nation, its
potential impact was obviously huge. But Measure EE was more than just a
local tax proposal. The outcome of the election was bound to have
ramifications throughout the state, not just in Los Angeles.  That is
why so many political interests were watching the campaign and its
outcome so closely…

Let’s hope he’s
right. Have California non-stop giveaways of our tax money finally
captured voters’ attention? The constant attacks on Prop 13?

If you never sign up for anything, sign up to subscribe to the HJTA newsletter e-mail at

you are not a JVIA member yet, you may join anytime, only 15.00 per
person for the rest of 2019. Application forms are on the lobby desk at
the Center.

New members of the Johnson Valley Improvement
Association, you will receive the Johnson Valley Journal six times a
year. The next issue should arrive early in July.

It contains
news, Association events, photos of wildlife, OHV happenings, history,
and advertisements for businesses willing and able to serve us out here
and on the highway.

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 Association.

this JV NEWS e-mail keeps you up to date including stories and
information published in the weekly community news columns in the
Hi-Desert Star.

If you prefer not to receive these e-mails, reply and say Cancel.
by the Community Center between 7:00-10:00 a.m. for the Saturday
Breakfast with a never-empty coffee cup. Large breakfast, only 6.00!
Small breakfast, 4.00.

 When you are here, pick up your Sidekick
Offroad Map of the Johnson Valley OHV Area across the highway. Miles of
trails, through terrain that’s challenging, or perfect for junior
offroaders learning to ride.

The folding paper Sidekick is 3.00. The silkscreened Bandanna Map is 8.00. Don’t leave home without it!
(Plus, they make great gifts for friends!)

Navigating by GPS? – find your way to the Community Center:
34.3424938     -116.56066880000003.

best way to the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Area using community
roads: go straight down to Hwy 247 on the 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.)

days are getting hotter! Take more water than you think you need, tell
people where you plan to go. Verizon has pretty good cell coverage out
there; ATT not so much. Never go out there alone.

Slow, please,
on the community roads. Lots of blind corners, you can’t see what’s
coming. 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.
Let’s not annoy the folks who live here.

Both JVIA members and non-members are welcome to scheduled activities and special events!

Regularly-scheduled 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.

    –NEW  Quilters: EACH Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

    –NEW  Hobby Club: EACH Wednesday, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Special events:

Homestead Valley Community Council holds regular meetings here three
times a year on the third Monday, at 3:00 p.m. The next are on June 17
and October 21.

     -JVIA Fundraising events:
Oktoberfest on  Saturday afternoon, October 12, with lots of craft beers and cider, and a great German buffet.
Cinco de Mayo Fiesta will be Saturday afternoon, May 2. General Meetings are not held on those months.

Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden, well-established on the land next
to the Community Center parking area, has many drought-resistant shrubs
and trees. Take an early stroll around to enjoy the Orange Jubilee,
Desert Willow, Palo Verde now doing their thing, accent colors in the

Ask the cashier at Saturday Breakfast if the Garden
Railway model trains will run, depends on the weather and if the crew
are available.

-The Community Center and the Garden are great for
birthday parties or anniversary celebrations, family gatherings, or
weddings. JVIA asks for a donation to cover overheads and that you leave
the place as you found it. Check with me for available dates.

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.
(Scroll to the bottom of the website page, click on the JOHNSON VALLEY WILDFLOWERS button)

Betty Munson

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