Johnson Valley News June 1st, 2018

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• We still hear sighs of relief over the hoped-for outcome of the Planning Commission meeting on Thursday, May 24.

The Policy 4.10 of the Renewable Energy and Conservation Element for the County Plan held the stage. Would the commission vote for the original version supporting the communities in their efforts to hold off massive industrial solar fields, or the watered-down-to-nothing version supporting the developers?

Read some quotes from the e-mail interchange among citizens who witnessed the day in person:

“For now let us take a deep breath. Planning Commission is behind us. A 4-0 vote was truly a victory.”

“Thanks to everyone who showed up and commented.”

“It was a ‘well coordinated’ action. Coordinated not by means of strict strategic planning … but by connection of kindred mind and spirit. Nothing pertinent comes to mind that wasn’t addressed by someone and even ‘our adversaries’ gave us points to rebut as they made their own points of opposition.”

“I counted 49 speakers in all from various desert communities in favor of original Policy 4.10.”

“We had such a great turn-out. Everyone did a spectacular job! I was truly proud of how everyone came together from all over our desert to protect our rural communities.
“Seems like these developers would get the hint someday the folks out here don’t just roll over and go away.”

“…a great community effort…”

“…we were witness to a complete and total lack of knowledge about the desert and its communities…”

“…we need to thank God, bask in this victory, and prepare for the currently unscheduled hearing on Policy 4.10 before the Supervisors.”

“We will need all of our resources circled on that day too.”

So, to all who spent time and gas money on our behalf, congratulations!

• Reminder: No First Saturday Dinner or General Meeting at the Community Center tomorrow, June 2nd,  as we prepare for the Johnson Valley Landowners event on June 9th. We will also limit the Saturday Breakfast on June 9th to pastries, orange juice, and coffee. Cooks will be working hard enough all afternoon.

UPDATE: TOMORROW, June 2, John Sullivan has stepped up again to head the kitchen crew, so we will have a full breakfast for everyone, 7:00-10:00 a.m.

• Over 100 Johnson Valley property owners have responded to the invitation to come to the Landowners Jamboree, Saturday, June 9.

Many are bringing guests, too, for this picnic and resource fair – open house between 1:00-5:00 p.m.

The first ever event of this kind at the Community Center, we hope we will be organized, as well as ready to feed all those folks! Three grills will be working; hooray for our Johnson Valley cooks!

• Starting today, the Landers Thrift Shoppe now opens every Friday from  noon-4:00 p.m, and Saturday 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. So stop by and get some bargains!

Located in Belfield Hall, 58380 Reche Rd., it’s only minutes away from Johnson Valley. All proceeds go toward the support of Landers Community Association, a fellow member organization of the Homestead Valley Community Council.

• On June 13th at 5:30 p.m., “Desert Bighorn Sheep: Wilderness Icon” feature in the next 2nd Wednesday Lecture Series hosted by the Morongo Basin Historical Society.

Presented by Mark Jorgenson, author and retired Superintendent of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, you’ll learn about the natural history of this elusive resident of our harsh desert environment.

Donation, 5.00. Come early, seating is limited. Book signing to follow.
Hi-Desert Nature Museum, 57116 29 Palms Hwy, Yucca Valley.

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.

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

The Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden next to the parking lot is open to visitors for free. Be sure to keep an eye on the kids.  They should not enter the train layout, it can be easily damaged.

The trains run when the crew is available, and the weather smiles on us.

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.

We always ask you to slow down on the community roads. People do live here; noise and dust travel a long way.

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

Betty Munson

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