Here are the final, unofficial results from yesterday’s primary election. Four years ago, voters approved the “top two” system, in which the top two candidates for statewide and congressional offices—regardless of political party—advance to the general election in November. Yucca Valley resident Paul Cook has a commanding lead for the 8th Congressional District. Cook has 57.89 percent of the vote; his next competitor, Bob Conaway, has 19.2. The race is somewhat closer for state assemblyman for District 42; the two qualifying for the November election are Twentynine Palms resident Karalee Hargrove with 38.49 percent of the vote and Yucca Valley resident Chad Mayes with 33.7 percent. State Senator Jean Fuller is running unopposed.
Leaders for other races are: Gov. Jerry Brown for governor with 54 percent, who will face of with Neel Kashkari with 19 percent. San Bernardino County Assemblyman Tim Donnelly lost out with 14.8 percent. For lieutenant governor, Democrat Gavin Newsom will face Republican Ron Nehring; for secretary of state, Republican Pete Peterson will face Democrat Alex Padilla. The race for controller is still too close to call, with less than 3 points difference between Republican Ashley Swearengin, Republican David Evans, and Democrats John Perez and Betty Yee. For treasurer, Democrat John Chiang will face Republican Greg Conlon; for attorney general, Democrat Kamala Harris faces Republican Ronald Gold. Insurance commissioner is Dave Jones and superintendent of public instruction Tom Torlakson.
For San Bernardino County offices, County Sheriff is John McMahon who won with 62.60 percent; District Attorney, Michael Ramos; assessor/recorder, Bob Dutton squeaked by Dan Harp, 50.1 to 49.8 percent; and auditor/controller Larry Walker. In the race for county superintendent of schools, Ted Alejandre won with 55 percent; former Copper Mountain College trustee Rita Ramirez trailed with 29.71 percent.
Nearly 65 percent of the voters approved Prop 41, which authorizes $600 million in bonds for affordable housing to relieve homelessness; and 61.5 percent have approved Prop 42, which requires local governments to provide public access to meetings and records. Voter turn-out in San Bernardino County was 14.76 percent. The next election update will be 4 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday).
The Yucca Valley Town Council passed a $9.4 million budget last night. Managing Editor Tami Roleff was at the busy meeting and files this report on the Council’s actions…..
After recognizing Sue Earnest as the Town’s full-time Employee of the Year, and Chelsea Shirley as the part-time employee of the year, the Yucca Valley Town Council got down to business last night. When Yucca Valley resident and Town Council candidate Ron Cohen suggested the Town could pare an additional $400,000 from the budget, Council Member Dawn Rowe disagreed. “Town staff has already cut the number of employees to the bone, as well as the budget, and if there had been another way to cut the budget further, they would have brought it to our attention.” The Council then passed its $9.4 million budget. The Council also accepted a bid for the Safe Route to Schools project, which will install sidewalks, curbs, and gutters on the west side of Sage Avenue from Highway 62 to the Yucca Valley High School, and replace the radar speed signs at Yucca Valley and Onaga Elementary, and La Contenta Middle Schools for $274,000; and for an additional $89,000, add sidewalks, curbs, and gutters on the east side of Sage Avenue from Onaga Trail to Pueblo Trail. The Council asked staff to put out for a separate bid the project to install a flashing light and crosswalk at Pueblo Trail and Sage Avenue, in the hopes of saving $40,000. There was no reportable action from the closed session meeting about naming a new Town Manager.
Six area veterans were recognized last month for their past and current service to their country. Representative Paul Cook of Yucca Valley held the Heroes of the 8th District Recognition Ceremony in Apple Valley, and recognized more than 50 veterans who served their county on the battlefield and at home as community leaders, emergency first responders, youth advisors, and volunteers. Among those honored in Apple Valley May 27 were Phil Cisneros and Mike Hammer of Twentynine Palms, George Huntington and Dennis Teeters of Yucca Valley. Cisneros served 43 years in the Marine Corps, five terms on the Twentynine Palms Water District Board of Directors, and is a volunteer at the Retired Activities Office on the Twentynine Palms Marine Base. Hammer served two tours in Vietnam, and retired from the Army in 1985; he is currently the chaplain of VFW Post 7264 in Joshua Tree. Huntington served four tours in Vietnam in the Navy, was a member of the Yucca Valley Planning Commission for 14 years, and was elected twice to the Yucca Valley Town Council. Teeters served in Korea for two years before joining the Air Force Reserves for 20 years. He is currently the Captain of the Morongo Basin Emergency Communication Services for the San Bernardino County Fire Department. Honored posthumously was Mac Dube of Twentynine Palms. Dube served 38 years in the Marine Corps, was mayor of Twentynine Palms three times, and was the field representative for County Supervisor Bill Postmus. Allen Pagdilao of Twentynine Palms, who couldn’t make the ceremony in May, will be recognized by Rep. Cook’s office at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Twentynine Palms Eagle Lodge. Pagdilao was a corpsman in the Navy for more than 20 years. After retiring, he started working as a transition service officer for the Disable American Veterans, and is a former commander of the Twentynine Palms DAV Chapter 60.
As a public service, Z107.7 News is publicizing the availability of a wide range of programs that focus on areas of mental and behavioral health. Today, Dan Stork describes School-Aged Treatment Services…
School-Aged Treatment Services (SATS) is a Medi-Cal program of specialty mental health services for children and youth who are Medi-Cal beneficiaries and are experiencing significant impairment from mental health difficulties. The intention is to provide a range of outpatient mental health services that restore or maintain functioning consistent with the requirements for learning, development, independent living and enhanced self-sufficiency. For more information, contact: Desert Mountain Children’s Center, 58967 Business Center Dr., Suites C & D, Yucca Valley, 92284; or call 760-369-3130.
Volunteer training classes for Morongo Basin Sexual Assault Services will start June 17. Volunteers who complete the 52-hour class will become certified crisis intervention counselors, and will help victims of sexual assault. The classes meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays June 17 through July 31. For more information, call 760-369-3353.
The Joshua Basin Water District Board and the Citizens Committee meet together tonight. Reporter Taylor Thacker tells us why…
The Joshua Basin Water District will have a special joint meeting of the Board of Directors and the Citizens Advisory Committee on Wednesday, June 4, starting at 7:00 p.m. At this meeting, the Board will approve the financial report, receive a presentation on the upcoming budget, receive committee reports such as the Hospital Wastewater Project and Solar Project Review Committee, and more. Everyone is welcome to attend. This meeting takes place at the Joshua Basin Water District at 61750 Chollita Road in Joshua Tree.
The Hi-Desert Water District Board meets tonight, Managing Editor Tami Roleff checks the agenda….
The Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors will hold its regular meeting at 6:00 tonight. Among the items on the consent agenda, the directors will be given a financial review of the water district. The Board will review and discuss whether to spread the water district’s allocation of property tax to cover the wastewater project. And the directors will be given an update on the sewer project and the state revolving fund.
Students of La Contenta Middle School will hold their second annual La Contenta Lion Showcase tonight, June 4. Students will perform on stage, display their artwork, showcase their written work, and show off projects. The doors open at 5 p.m. and the show starts at 6 p.m. The Showcase will be held in the school’s multi-purpose room.
Summer hours have gone into affect for the old Schoolhouse Museum in Twentynine Palms. Reporter Diana Jones has the details…
The Twentynine Palms Historical Society has changed its hours for the summer. Effectively immediately, and through September 1, the Old Schoolhouse Museum will be open on Fridays through Sundays from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m. The museum’s library and archives are open for those wishing to do research on Wednesday mornings between 9:00 and 11:30 a.m. For more information, call the museum at 760-367-2366, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Old Schoolhouse Museum is located at 6760 National Park Drive, directly across from the Twentynine Palms Inn.