Rural Fate Again in the Balance

January 19, 2019 - Previously a likely date for the vote on Policy 4.10 of the Renewable Energy Conservation Element (RECE) into the County General Plan was announced as January 29, but the day before yesterday it was announced by Dawn Rowe, the newly appointed Supervisor for the Third Supervisorial District on KCDZ Radio, Joshua Tree, that there would be a special meeting, due to the anticipated absence of Josie Gonzalez at the January meeting, on Wednesday, February 28. This appears as always still to be a chronically moving target, but we will continue to keep you updated.

On May 24, 2018, at the Planning Commission meeting, a large turnout of 4.10 supporters, including Association members, supported the submittal of that policy in its original form to the County Supervisors for approval which would be supportive of the rights of rural residents and landowners to prevent the proliferation of unwelcome installations, especially those in close proximity to rural residential areas like Newberry, having the potential for serious degradation of local health, safety, and quality of life. That support was successful inasmuch as the Planning Commission voted to send the policy in its original protective form to the supervisors.

 Subsequently, at the November 6 County Supervisor Meeting, the vote on Policy 4.10 was postponed, ostensibly because Supervisor James Ramos had been elected to the State Assembly leaving the third district without a supervisor.

It is recommended that members of the Association correspond with County Supervisors to voice their support for the inclusion of Policy 4.10 into the County General Plan. The subject of the letter should be something like "Re: Policy 4.10 of the County's Renewable Energy and Conservation Element"

Association members are also encouraged to attend the Thursday, February 28, 10 a.m. County Supervisors meeting either at the San Bernardino Government Center, 385 N. Arrowhead Ave., San Bernardino, or view the meeting and comment remotely at the Jerry Lewis High Desert Government Center, 15900 Smoke Tree Street, Hesperia. As usual, attendance at the government center is preferable, due to the higher visual impact of crowded board chambers.

The address of the supervisor who you intend to contact, usually Robert Lovingood (1st District) is, San Bernardino County Government Center, 385 N. Arrowhead Ave., 5th Floor, San Bernardino, CA 92415-0110, but the same address applies to Supervisors Janice Rutherford (2nd District), Dawn Rowe (3rd District), Curt Hagman (4th District), and Josie Gonzales (5th District).