COUNTY SUPERVISORS INCREASE OVERSIGHT OVER RENEWABLE ENERGY

The involvement of San Bernardino County in the oversight of renewable energy is growing. Dan Stork says it shows up in two places on today’s Board of Supervisors’ meeting…
Two items on the consent agenda of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors meeting for November 19 relate to renewable energy projects. One item approves a Memorandum of Understanding with the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management; U.S. Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service; California Energy Commission and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, establishing that the County of San Bernardino will cooperate and coordinate with the above agencies in preparation of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP). Over half of the 22 million acres that will be affected by DRECP lie in San Bernardino County. The other item approves a $566,000 consulting contract with Pacific Municipal Consultants to prepare a Renewable Energy and Conservation Element for the County General Plan over the course of the next 15 months. There are no discussion items on the agenda that are of specific interest in the Morongo Basin. The meeting, whose public session begins at 10 a.m., can be attended remotely at the County Government Center in Joshua Tree, and can be viewed through the County’s web site via its County Direct service.

STATE WATER BOARD TAKING INPUT ON SEPTIC PROHIBITION

The State Water Resources Control Board will accept comments on a Basin Plan Amendment for the Colorado River Basin Region. The amendment includes the septic prohibition in Yucca Valley. Comments on the amendment should be sent to commentletters@waterboards.ca.gov and must be received by noon November 27. The Basin Plan Amendment can be viewed at a link in this story at Z1077FM.com

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL AND PLANNING COMMISSION IN JOINT MEETING TONIGHT

The Yucca Valley Town Council and Planning Commission will meet together tonight, followed by the Council on its own. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says this is a busy session, including plans for more medians and sidewalks…..
The Yucca Valley Town Council will hold a special joint session with the Planning Commission starting at 6 p.m. tonight in the Yucca Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center. During the joint session, the Council and the Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the General Plan Update and the draft environmental impact report. Immediately following the joint session, the Town Council will hold its regular meeting. Among the items on the consent agenda, the Council will be asked to approve a contract with Honeywell for heating and air-conditioning, and will receive the budget report. On the action agenda, the Council will be asked to approve a $2.8 million contract that would install—with some modifications—medians, curbs, gutters, and sidewalks along Highway 62 from Apache Trail to Palm Avenue. Following an update of the Town’s procedural guidelines manual, the Council will be asked to approve a spay-neuter voucher system. Finally, the Council will go into closed session to discuss recruiting a Town Manager.

COMPLIANCE POSTERS AVAILABLE AT TWENTYNINE PALMS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

The Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce reminds employers that they are required by law to post a compliant employment poster in a conspicuous place in the workplace where all employees and applicants can see it. The Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce offers these posters at a discounted rate to its members. To order a poster, download the order form at 29chamber.org and mail it, with a check to the Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce, 73484 29 Palms Highway, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277.

SCHOOL BOARD TO DISCUSS AB 1266 TONIGHT

On the agenda for the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education are individual school plans, mileage allowances for administrators, AB1266 information, and more. Dan Stork has the list of issues…
The November 19 meeting of the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education begins with a closed session at 5 p.m. on discipline and bargaining issues. At 5:25, the Board begins a work/study session on field trips and on the Single Plans for Student Achievement from Joshua Tree and Oasis Elementary Schools, and Yucca Valley and Black Rock High Schools. The regular open session at 7 p.m. will adopt those four plans. Yucca Mesa Elementary School and Twentynine Palms Junior High School will be recognized for academic achievement. Assistant Superintendent Doug Weller and legal counsel will present information on the controversial School Success and Opportunity Act, AB 1266. The action agenda returns to authorization of mileage stipends of $400 per month to the Directors of Maintenance and Information Technology, continued from the previous meeting. Also scheduled are approvals of Board policies on use of copyrighted materials, school plans and site councils, food allergies and special dietary needs, District mission, vision, philosophy, and comprehensive plans. Review items to be presented for a reading cover certain policies related to special education, reimbursement of expenses, and the bids process.

TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION CODE UPDATE SESSION #29 TONIGHT

With nothing being scheduled for it to decide, the Twentynine Palms Planning Commission will confine itself to studies at its meeting tonight. The agenda of the Twentynine Palms Planning Commission for November 19 consists of two study session discussions. The first is a discussion by the Commission of city projects. The other is yet another discussion of the Development Code Update (number 29 in the series). The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in City Hall on Adobe Road.

BIGHORN-DESERT VIEW WATER AGENCY LOOKS AT HOW TO GET THE COUNTY OUT THE WATER BUSINESS

The Bighorn Desert View Water Agency Board meets in a special session. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the Board will discuss how to get the County out of the Landers water business……
The Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency Board of Directors meets in Special Session at 6 p.m. tonight. The Board is expected to receive the 2012/2013 Financial Audit, and in response to a petition drive from Landers residents served by County water, the Board is expected to direct staff to investigate what it would take to relieve the County from having to provide water service in Landers. Also tonight, the Board will consider a minor contract, a change order, and adopt a Code of Conduct for themselves. It all takes place in Cherokee Trail under the old water tower in Landers.

TWENTYNINE PALMS ART GALLERY HOLIDAYS ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR THIS SATURDAY

The Twentynine Palms Artists’ Guild will hold a Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair this Saturday, November 23, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., inside and on the patio of the Historic Twentynine Palms Art Gallery, located at 74055 Cottonwood Drive in Twentynine Palms. This annual event is a fundraiser for the gallery that is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Spokesperson Mita Barter said, “The Fair is a great place to meet local artists and craftspeople.” All items are handmade. Choose from candles, dolls, wooden toys, fabric arts, soaps, ornaments, jewelry, scarves, jams and marmalades, ceramics, photography, drawings and paintings, cards, baked goods and gift baskets. This year the Gallery welcomes back Barbara Kisner with her delightful wood, gourd and fabric holiday creations. Coffee, tea, muffins, hot cocoa, soda, chili and chili dogs will be available for purchase. All proceeds go directly to the Gallery. For more information call Barter 760-221-6817

NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL HALL OF FAME

Yucca Valley High School is looking for nominations to the school’s Hall of Fame. Reporter Taylor Thacker tells you how to propose someone for the honor…..
The Yucca Valley High School Hall of Fame committee is currently accepting nominations for the Third Annual Yucca Valley High School Hall of Fame ceremony to be held in June. The Hall of Fame honors YVHS graduates or individuals who are actively involved, either past or presently, with YVHS student athletes. To be nominated, graduates must have graduated 10 years ago or more and must have participated in at least one sport while in high school. You do not have to be a YVHS alumni to be eligible. The nominee must be a good role model for students and be willing to be present for the induction. Nomination forms may be downloaded from the Yucca Valley High School website at www.yvhs.net. The deadline for nominations is Friday January 10. For more information call 760-365-5534.

COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS PANCAKE BREAKFAST SATURDAY

The Morongo Basin Chapter of The Compassionate Friends will be holding a pancake breakfast fundraiser at the Yucca Mesa Community Center Saturday, November 23, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Baked goods and gift items will be available for purchase. Opportunity tickets will be available for four gift baskets. All monies raised will support the Morongo Basin Chapter of The Compassionate Friends, a support group for parents who have experienced the death of a child. The group meets monthly on the second Wednesday at 4:30 pm in the Helen Gray Educational Center on the campus of the Hi-Desert Medical Center. For more information, please contact chapter leader, Kristin Martin at 760-250-7295.