Town of Yucca Valley Community Update September 2016

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Town of Yucca Valley Community Update
September 2016 

Back to School!!

Wake up the kids, make lunches, check homework or get it from the dog….get the kids to school on time…and then off to work!   Pick up from school, head to practice, get homework done, make dinner, get ’em to bed…collapse and get ready to start again. Many know that routine as it becomes a daily fixture between September and June. We are fortunate to live here in a community that helps many families that are doing just that through affordable housing, minimal congestion and travel times, a close-knit community and many friends and family in the same boat. As schools start and routines begin, we want to welcome you to another edition of the Town of Yucca Valley’s Community Update. Whether you are a resident, business owner, visitor or part of our basin family, we are privileged to serve you. As you will see through the information below, there is a lot happening in Yucca Valley this fall. We invite you to stay engaged with your Elected Officials and with Town Staff as new decisions are considered and made with the simple goal of keeping the Town of Yucca Valley as a great place to live, work, and play. As always, we appreciate your participation and feedback at any time. Visit the Town’s website for contact and additional information at or feel free to stop by Town Hall to say hello.
Curtis Yakimow – Town Manager
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Yucca Valley Places Measures Y and Z on November Ballot for
Voter Consideration
Measures Y and Z would maintain general town services and lower the cost of sewer system for residents.

On August 2, 2016, the Yucca Valley Town Council voted unanimously to place two local measures on the November 2016 ballot for voters’ consideration to address local needs. For the past year, members of the Citizens for Lower Sewer Costs Committee, and other community members, have been working with the Town to identify and evaluate potential local revenue options to lower the cost of the sewer system for residents and to address Town service needs.

After careful consideration, the Citizens for Lower Sewer Costs Committee concluded that the best option available to the community to address these issues was local revenue generation and recommended that the Town Council place one measure to lower the cost of the sewer assessments and a separate measure for essential Town services on the November 2016 ballot.

Measure Y, the Essential Town Services Measure will provide local funds that are protected by law from the state, for local Town services, including public safety and streets and pothole repair. The Town Council outlined potential spending priorities for the Town Services Measure if it passes in a separate resolution. The priorities are:
  • Maintaining neighborhood safety, police patrols and 911 response.
  • Maintaining and repairing existing neighborhood streets and roads.
  • Maintaining the Town’s quality of life basic programs.
Measure Z, the Sewer Assessment Reduction Measure is a special purpose local sales tax measure that would require by law that all measure funds are spent locally in Yucca Valley to reduce the assessment costs of the sewer system. If approved, the sewer measure is designed to equitably reduce the costs of the sewer assessment for all phases by up to 30% per year.

Both Measures Y and Z require fiscal accountability procedures, independent annual audits and a citizens’ oversight committee with reporting to ensure the funds are expended in accordance with the voters’ intent.

For more information visit the Town of Yucca Valley’s website.
Learn more about the Town’s November Ballot Measures
The Town of Yucca Valley is committed to ensuring that Yucca Valley voters are informed about the upcoming Town ballot measures this November. Over the course of the next few months, the Town will be holding educational workshops for voters to understand the issues, understand the measures, ask questions and get answers about Measures Y and Z. Between now and November, the Town will hold an informational session prior to each Town Council meeting, from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The first two are scheduled for September 6th and September 20th at 5:00 pm in the Yucca Room at the Community Center. Also, if you would like to schedule an educational meeting or sit-down with your particular group, please contact Town Clerk Lesley Copeland at , or call her at (760) 369-7202 ext. 226 to schedule a time.

The Town’s informational webpage on Measures Y and Z can be found  here
Mayor Continues “Coffee with the Mayor” Meetings
Yucca Valley Mayor, Robert “Bob” Leone invites the public to attend his popular “Coffee with the Mayor” series this month on Wednesday, September 28th at 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Join Mayor Leone for coffee and an informal discussion on items of interest in the community. Coffee with the Mayor is held on the fourth Wednesday of each month  in the Mesquite Room at the Town’s Community Center Complex. Dialog with your local elected officials is highly encouraged.
Community Services Department- Upcoming Events and Activities
Hi Desert Nature Museum- Brown Bag Lecture 

Species by Feces

September 15, 2016 at 12:00 p.m.
Presented by Stefanie Ritter M.S.
                Explore the fascinating world of scat and other animal excretions.  Even a walk in your own backyard can become an exciting wildlife adventure that takes you through all the levels of the food chain.  Lose the repulsion about poop and start to appreciate its storytelling qualities.  Join Stefanie Ritter, Museum Programs Supervisor and resident biologist of the Hi-Desert Nature Museum, at this month’s Brown Bag Lunch Lecture where she will present a wealth of information on the topic of natural science.
Bring your lunch, bring your friends, or just bring yourself to the Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum.  This monthly presentation features fascinating speakers who present topics of special interest for high desert residents. The lectures start at 12:00 p.m. Admission is $5 per person but is free for Museum Members. Complimentary beverages are served. For more information, contact the Hi-Desert Nature Museum at (760) 369-7212 or visit the Museum’s website and on Facebook.
Hi-Desert Nature Museum- Scheduled Maintenance Closure September 29th; Reopens on September 30th with “Joshua Tree National Park: The science laboratory in your backyard”.
The Hi-Desert Nature Museum will be closed on Thursday, September 29th for annual maintenance as well as installation of its next exhibit.  On Friday, September 30, 2016 the museum will reopen with “Joshua Tree National Park: The science laboratory in your backyard”. This exhibit will celebrate the National Park Service centennial with focus on Joshua Tree National Park.  An opening reception will be held on Friday evening at 5:00 p.m. featuring keynote speaker Michael Newland from Sonoma State University at 7:00 p.m.  He will introduce the audience to the archaeology in Joshua Tree National Park.  The exhibit will be on display through December 17, 2016.
Finally, don’t miss the last chance to see the “Framed: Step into Art” exhibit at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum, ending on Saturday, September 24, 2016.  An interactive and educational experience, this exhibit has been well received by children and adults alike.
Yucca Valley Senior Club and Town of Yucca Valley Recreation Department to Host “Show & Shine” Car Show and 50’s Dance on October 8, 2016
The Yucca Valley Senior Club has joined with the Recreation Department and the Morongo Basin Car Club to host an afternoon of mid-century nostalgia at the Yucca Valley Community Center.  The event will take place on October 8, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and will feature a Show & Shine Car Show with awards presented by the Senior Club, live entertainment and dancing, raffle prizes, 50’s costume contest, free refreshments, “movie stars” and much more!  This event is free to the public through generous sponsorship by the Senior Club.  For more information call the Town of Yucca Valley Community Services Department at 760 369-7211, Monday through Thursday from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. or visit the Town’s website.
Yucca Valley Animal Shelter and Animal Care and Control
“All You Need is Love” Cat-A-Palooza! 
The Cat-A-Palooza” Adoption Event will run from September 3-10, 2016! The Cats will be performing “All You Need Is Love”. Adoption fee is $20.00 and includes vaccines and spay/neuter services.

The Animal Shelter is located at 4755 Malin Way, just off of Skyline Ranch Road.  The shelter is open Tuesday – Saturday from 12:00PM to 5:00PM.  The shelter can be reached at 760-365-3111. View the shelter’s adoptable pets on
Parks Division News, Repairs and Improvements
The Parks team has been preparing the parks for the fall season. At the Community Center soccer field, the turf received new seed and top dressing. The fence also received topper protection treatment for a safer playing area.

Paradise Park received new fall plants and Essig Park’s turf was aerated for the fall season.

Yucca Valley Public Safety
Upcoming Neighborhood Watch Meeting- September 26th
Public Invited!   
Streets Division Update
Prior to the start of the new school year, the school crosswalks and advisory warnings were repainted for higher visibility for drivers to be aware of students walking to and from school.

Code Compliance Update
Illegal dumping continues to be an ongoing challenge. Citizens are helping by promptly reporting any sightings of individuals who use our open space for illegally discarding unwanted items and trash.

Capital Improvement Projects
2016-2017 Town Side Slurry Seal:
The annual Town wide slurry/cape project consisted of installation of slurry/cape seal, hot mix asphalt repairs and replacing street striping, markings and legends on designated streets and the Park & Ride parking lot.
Status: Work was completed on August 2, 2016. The project was accepted by Town Council on August 16, 2016.
Traffic Signal Backup Systems:
The project consists of construction of an uninterruptible power supply/battery backup system providing emergency power to the traffic signals at the intersection in the event of a power outage. There are two project locations: Palomar Ave/Yucca Trail and Joshua Lane/Yucca Trail.
Status: On August 16, 2016 the Town Council approved Plans and Specification and authorization to advertise for construction. The project is out for bidding.
Private Land Development Activity
Sage Estates, Tract Map 17862: 
The project consists of a 105 single family residential unit subdivision at the southeast corner of Sage Avenue and Golden Bee. The Tentative Tract Map was approved by the Town Council on September 15, 2009.

Status: Construction is continuing.
O’Reilly Auto Parts Site Plan Review, SPR 01-16:
The application is for the construction of 8,550 square feet of commercial retail space, parking, landscaping, and storm water management. The property is located on the northwest corner of 29 Palms Highway and Grand Avenue and is further identified as APNs: 595-081-12 and 595-081-13.
Status: The project is scheduled for Planning Commission review on September 27, 2016 at 6:00PM in the Yucca Valley Community Center Yucca Room.
Conditional Use Permit 02-95 Amendment #1, Time Warner Cable:
The application is for a 1,337 square foot addition to an existing 1,092 square foot unmanned communications hub. The project is located at 6720 La Contenta Road and is further identified as APN: 601-201-40. The original Conditional Use Permit, CUP-02-95, was approved by the Town Council on April 6, 2995.
Status: The Planning Commission approved the CUP Amendment at their meeting of August 09, 2016.
Conditional Use Permit 01-13 Gottlieb Prescott Center:
The original CUP was approved by the Planning Commission at their meeting of July 9, 2013. The project is located at the southwest corner of 29 Palms Highway and Prescott Ave.

At their meeting of August 9, 2016 the Planning Commission approved the request of a three year extension of the CUP approval.

Tract Map 16587:
The final map was approved by the Town Council on March 7, 2007. Project is located at the Northeast corner of Acoma Trail and Zuni Trail.
Status: Ten (10) single family homes permits were issued in August 2016, and six (6) homes are under construction.

Tract Map 16471:
The original final map was approved by the Town Council on August 28, 2006.

Project is located at the east side of Palm Avenue, south of Twentynine Palms Highway.
Status:Three (3) single family residential permits were issued in August 2016, and three (3) homes are under construction.
Town of Yucca Valley | 760-369-7211 |
57090 Twentynine Palms Hwy
Yucca Valley, CA 92284

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