Johnson Valley News 9/21/2018

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• ABOUT THE T-SHIRTS souvenirs for the Johnson Valley 9th Annual Oktoberfest – we cannot reserve sizes in advance now. We will have a variety of colors in the Oktoberfest souvenir T-Shirts and ladies Tank Tops, but quantities are limited. We plan to have them available at the Saturday Breakfast on October 6, for best selection. Possibly sooner.

You can get your admission tickets now for 8.00 per person! Save 33% off the admission of 12.00 per person. After September 28, admission is 12.00.

Pick them up at any Saturday Breakfast, 7:00-10:00 a.m. at the Community Center, or make a secure credit card purchase on


If anybody in Belfield Hall for the meeting of the Homestead Valley
Community Council last Monday had any good opinion about the proposed
County Fire parcel tax – well, they did not speak up.

If anybody
there understood how the “action” plans to replace our Homestead Valley
Community Plan will work, they did not speak up either.

HVCC represents the four Homestead Valley communities of Johnson Valley, Landers, Flamingo Heights, and Yucca Mesa.

invited Chuck Bell, president of the Lucerne Valley Economic
Development Association (LVEDA), to speak about both issues. Our nearest
neighbor to the west, Lucerne Valley shares many of our problems with
the County. Chuck ’s comments kickstarted some lively discussion.

arose about differing info at different public meetings on the fire tax
– notifying all title holders of all the parcels subject to 157.26 per
-what the tax was for;
-how our protests would be counted;
County Fire arrived at a solution to their budget shortfalls that will
lay such a burden on our “severely disadvantaged communities.”

If you own property, you should have received your notification of this new tax plan by now.

For details online, visit

video of Chief Mark Hartwig at the August meeting of the Lucerne
Valley-Johnson Valley MAC is posted on YouTube. He explains the reasons
you need to cough up 157.26 per parcel per year just to maintain our
existing levels of service. Search for Lucerne Valley MAC and click on
Fire Tax Presentation.

Warning! The notification looks like just
another piece of mail. It says “Service Zone FP-5 Expansion” for the
return address. Nothing about a new tax, though the Assessor’s Parcel
Number (APN) appears above your name.  Watch out you have not set it
aside to deal with later! We have heard some have thrown it away.

you get hit with the tax bomb only after you have plowed through a
tedious description of the fire protection district expansion.

Also, no protest form came with the notice. You must download it from and print it yourself.

trigger an election, 25 percent of property owners who control at least
25 percent of the assessed land value would need to file written
protests. To stop the tax, more than 50 percent would have to oppose it
in writing.

Every property owner can submit a written protest. If
two people own a property, each would need to submit a protest to
reflect their views.

Mail your written protest soon, or
deliver it in person at the hearing in San Bernardino on October 16.
Snail mail failure? Too bad.

No access to a computer? Pick up
protest forms at the Johnson Valley Community Center, 50567 Quailbush
Rd. at the corner of Larrea Rd. on Saturday between 7:00-10:00 a.m.

Lucerne Valley, you can get copies at the Chamber of Commerce, the
Lucerne Valley Market & Hardware, and First Foundation Bank.

else can you do? Be sure anyone you know who does not have a computer
and printing capability knows about this. Be sure any property owner you
know who is not a full-time resident takes this seriously and mails in a
protest. Spread the word!

• The HVCC meeting also had some less-than-complimentary things to say about the Community Action Plan idea, too.

on how future planners could be guided by “goals” and “policies”
requiring an army of local volunteers with time and money; and what
happens if the community does nothing.

Chuck Bell advised commenting on this issue, too, as soon as possible. See
Read it all!


September 22, noon to 9:00 p.m.  This event is a family-oriented
fundraiser for the future Playground and to support the Yucca Mesa
Elementary School with classroom grants and to help their annual Science
Camp. It also generates funding to maintain the Yucca Mesa Community
    Entry fee $5.00; 12 and younger free Chili Cook-Off Tasting and Voting $5.00.
locally-brewed craft beers not available in stores, great local bands,
craft, art, and retail vendors as well as non-profit organizations and
Free parking on site; 3133 Balsa Ave., just off Aberdeen Rd.


The Johnson Valley community news column in the Hi-Desert Star in Yucca
Valley usually becomes the basis for the JV NEWS e-mails. A lot of
non-resident members and interested parties do not see the Star.

Johnson Valley Improvement Association publishes the Johnson Valley
Journal 6 times a year, which mails to JVIA members and advertisers.

UP OR RENEW YOUR JVIA MEMBERSHIP. Don’t miss an issue of the Journal!
The early membership campaign for 2019 has begun. See the attached
application form to print. Mail it to Helene, whether you are paying
your dues with a check, or by secure credit card PayPal payment on

pick up an application form at a Saturday Breakfast at the Center,
between 7:00 and 10:00 a.m. and hand it in with your dues to the

If you know friends or neighbors who are not members, let them know about the Association and urge them to join, too.

A MEMBER SPONSOR! Add a donation to your dues. Help rebuild JVIA
reserves depleted by the recent replacement of our old septic tank. Or
earmark a donation toward an almost certain need to replace our
antiquated AC system in the hall soon.

This JV NEWS e-mail in
between Journals keeps you up-to-date, and you get extra info specific
to JVIA members that space restrictions in the newspaper do not allow.
You usually will receive the JV NEWS weekly.

If you do not want to receive these e-mails, just reply and say Cancel.

is welcome to every event at the Center! You do not have to be a member
of the Johnson Valley Improvement Association to join in on scheduled
activities and special events!

Reminder, you can book the Center
for birthday celebrations, family gatherings, weddings. No rent, we ask
for a donation to cover overheads, and that you leave it as you found

You are welcome to enjoy the approximately 2-acre Paul Van
Hook Desert Dreams Garden next to the parking lot. You’ll see
drought-resistant plants and trees, artifacts from homesteader days
donated by the community, and some whimsical decor our garden committee
has created.

Open to visitors for free. Watching sunsets an option.

Railway. Oktoberfest, Saturday, October 13, will see the first fall
running of the G-scale model railway in the Garden on three separate
train tracks! Make sure kids do not enter the train layout; the track
and model buildings are fragile!

When the weather allows, and the crew are all here, the trains usually run on Saturdays, and maybe at other times, too.


Be sure to pick up your Sidekick Offroad Map of the Johnson Valley OHV
Area when you come to the Center. It features a detailed topographical
map, Guide to the original Hammers trails, general information, and
off-road tips.

The folding paper map is 3:00. The silkscreened Bandanna Map is 8.00.

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

going to and from the OHV Area, do not travel on the Hwy 247
right-of-way. A dirt trail parallels it on the north side. Cross the
highway legally and very carefully to get onto any of the community

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

Remember to slow down on our dirt roads. Any vehicle, street-legal or not, going over 25 mph does major damage. Be aware, our tractor and drag volunteers have dwindled away.

Caution! Blind corners! Junior offroaders! Thoughtless speeders.

Remember, people do live here; noise and dust travel a long way. Let’s not irritate the neighbors!

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.

Betty Munson

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