Candidates Plead Their Case
On Wednesday, October 3, there was a great turnout if mainly by all the six candidates running for three open seats on the Newberry Community Services District (CSD),in alphabetical order Steve Miller, Vickie Paulsen, Robert Shaw, Robert Springer, Ted Stimpfel, and Jack Unger.
After the opportunity for each candidate to tell us a little about themselves,there were four questions listed on the schedule of which all candidates had forewarnig. The questions and answers to these questions were generally political in nature
The question producing the most caustic answer was "As a team, Directors often do not unanimously agree on an issue. If you are on the minority side of an issue; can you agree to disagree? After the vote is taken, how would you treat the issue?"
Association Letter Disregarded
If there was any doubt that small water users are really considered unter menschen by government agencies like the Mojave Water Agency, that doubt evaporated with the publication of “Watermaster’s Lodging of Letters Received from Parties from the Baja Subarea Related to Status Conference of October 12, 2018”, our Association letter being conspicuously missing from that document.
That letter, sent to the Watermaster before the deadline for such communication, enunciated the concerns of small water users, the majority of members of our Association. The letter supported the court ramp-down of water usage by large users as the only mechanism that thus far has had at least a potentially positive effect on serious water level drops resulting in well failures, consequent property abandonment, and a great deal of anxiety for the less-advantaged in our area.
The Return of the Countywide Plan
On Tuesday September 11, 6 to 8 P.M. at the Newberry Community Center, 30884 Newberry Rd., there will be another Countywide Plan presentation where Newberry Springs residents and businesses can express their opinions on draft plan goals, policies, and actions as well as the proposed new land use maps and other maps/tables related to such things as growth in population, housing, and employment. The Countywide Plan, a fork of the 2010 Countywide Vision continues to be a vision mainly for unincorporated areas like Newberry but can have significant impact on incorporated areas as well.
Local Mini-Sahara Moved
7/25/2018 - This week contractors removed much of the sand that was mounding, not only on Mountain View Road, but on residences directly opposite the Stace solar facility, one of which was being progressively buried by that sand. There had been a warning notice from San Bernardino County Code Enforcement to the owner of the facility to clean up that errant sand some months ago, threatening civil or criminal prosecution, but it still took some months for the owner to respond to that warning.
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