The Yucca Valley Town Council changed the order of its meeting last night, so that the 15 people who there to speak during public comment wouldn’t have to wait until the end of a four-hour meeting to do so. In the first of a two-part story, Managing Editor Tami Roleff says the speakers tried to persuade the Council members to change their minds about medical marijuana. Tomorrow, the rest of the meeting…
Brian Nicholson, operator of the California Alternative Medicinal Solutions, was one of 14 speakers who asked the Town Council at its meeting Tuesday night to allow the medical marijuana dispensary to reopen.
Residents from across the Morongo Basin pleaded with the Yucca Valley Town Council during its meeting last night to allow the only legal medical marijuana dispensary to reopen. California Alternative Medicinal Solutions, or CAMS, was forced to close its doors December 6 as a result of a Town ordinance passed three years ago that allowed it to operate until then. Lanny Swerdlow, the founder of the Marijuana Anti-Prohibition Project said closing CAMS will put residents in danger. “I would strongly urge that you allow the collective that had been operating here to open up again as soon as possible because patients here are either going to go on the black market or drive down to Palm Springs; they’re not going to go without.” Brian Nicholson, who operated CAMS on Wamego Trail, told the Council there’s been no crime at his dispensary. “I’ve operated for three years with no issues, everything has been great.” Only one resident, Jamie Anderson, urged the Council not to allow the dispensary to reopen. Since the item was not on the agenda, the Council took no action, nor did any council member request that the issue be brought back for a second look.
Get out your secret recipe for chili; a chili cook-off at Copper Mountain College this Friday will end with someone winning a brand new Harley Davidson motorcycle. Managing Editor Tami Roleff will be there…
Your last chance to buy a raffle ticket for a 2013 Harley Davidson Heritage Softail motorcycle is Friday, when the winning ticket will be drawn during a chili cook-off at Copper Mountain College. Entries for the chili cook-off should be dropped off between 4 and 5 p.m. at the Bell Center at the college; judging will begin at 5 p.m., and prizes will be awarded for best chili. The evening will include live music by Spankshaft and last-minute opportunities to purchase a $20 raffle ticket for the motorcycle. Tickets may also be purchased before Friday from Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, and Twentynine Palms Rotarians, at the Z107.7 studio in Joshua Tree, at the CMC Foundation office, Pacific Western Bank in Yucca Valley, Desert Cycle Works, Freedom Motorcycle, and online at cmccd.edu/foundation website. The winning raffle ticket will be drawn at 7 p.m. The winner need not be present to win. If you can’t attend the chili cook-off, listen to the live broadcast at Z107.7 FM or online at z1077fm.com.
The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education meeting was enlivened by protests from representatives of the Morongo Teachers Association. Dan Stork explains…
During the public comment opportunity at the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education meeting, Terri Weitz, the president of the Morongo Teachers Association, protested about the date set for discussion of sunshine items for this year’s collective bargaining discussions. She said that February is too late to begin the discussions that follow selection of issues. Superintendent Cecelia English said she would review the schedule this week. Weitz went on to criticize a purported “sweetheart deal” that would pay administrators a bonus for work done on preparation of certain reports. Certificated employee representative Jason Bolt added his voice to the protest. Assistant Superintendent Tom Baumgarten said that compensation for extra work done last year had been discussed, but no payments had been decided upon or made. In scheduled business, the District received a clean report from independent auditors for its financial records. The Board heard and approved another set of Single Plans for Student Achievement for four schools, and were entertained by the Twentynine Palms Junior High School Choir. In its annual reorganization, the Board selected Ron Palmer to succeed Chris Proudfoot as its president. Other assignments: Karalee Hargrove, legislative representative; Ed Will, representative to the County Committee on School District Organization; Donna Munoz, clerk of the Board.
The Twentynine Palms Water District Board meets tonight. Reporter Taylor Thacker says they will look at both Water and Fire business…
Today, Wednesday, December 18, the Water District and Fire Department will have their monthly meetings. Starting at 6:00 p.m., the Water District will consider and possibly approve the purchase of Wachs Valve Exerciser and the Financial and Utility Billing Contract. Also, the Directors will partake in the election of officers. Immediately following is the Fire Department meeting where they will just discuss the consent calendar and department reports. There are no new agenda items. The public is invited and welcome to attend. Both meetings take place at 72401 Hatch Road in Twentynine Palms. For more information call 760-367-7546.
The Joshua Basin Water District Board will meet tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says among items of interest is a look at new fees for unused water meters…
The Joshua Basin Water District the board will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. tonight in the District office on Chollita Road in Joshua Tree. In addition to election of officers, the board will consider a fiscal 2012/2013 audit report, another rate study, purchase of some computer equipment, and look at charging a fee for pulled and inactive meters. Those possible actions will precede committee reports and a closed session in connection with hiring of a general manager and some legal concerns.
The Hi-Desert Water District Board meets tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff checks that agenda…
The Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors will meet at 6:00 tonight at District offices in Yucca Valley. Among the items on the agenda, the board will elect new officers. Next the board will review the current purchasing policy, and it will be asked to approve the purchase of a new dump truck for $95,000. The Board will then hear an update on the wastewater project, an update on the strategic plan, followed by staff and director reports.