Four-Ten Hearing Postponed
November 6 - Much to the chagrin of about a hundred proponent attendees, the vote on Policy 4.10 of the Renewable Energy Conservation Element, which has the potential for protecting communities from unwanted utility scale development in close proximity to rural residential areas, was summarily postponed by a unanimous vote of the four supervisors present, James Ramos absence obviously related to his campaign for the State Assembly. The risible reason for the postponement was that there should be five supervisors present for such a momentous decision.
When we first entered the chambers the layout looked a little strange. At least twenty-five percent of the seating had been reserved for county bureaucrats although one would definitely wonder why. The reserved seating of course made the attendance standing room only for numbers of the supporters of Policy 4.10 some of whom were elderly.
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.
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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