WOMAN RESCUED FROM TEETERING CAR ON YUCCA GRADE THIS MORNING

A woman had to be rescued early this morning after her car went into a ditch in the Yucca Grade. Shortly after 5:30 a.m., a woman driving eastbound on Highway 62 going up the Yucca Grade drove off the side of the road, with her car perched precariously over the ditch. Yucca Valley fire fighters had to stabilize her Chevy Volt so that she could get out of the car. The woman suffered minor injuries and was taken to Hi-Desert Medical Center.

COUNTY SUPERVISORS APPROVE $4.8 BILLION BUDGET, STILL SHORTFALLS

It’s the time of year when bodies at many levels of government grapple with budgets for the following fiscal year. Tuesday, San Bernardino County announced approval of a balanced budget for 2014-2015. Reporter Dan Stork describes how that is to be achieved…
The $4.8 billion San Bernardino County budget for the fiscal year starting July 4 was described as “balanced,” despite the projection that expenses will exceed revenues by $21 million. The County release that announced approval of the budget by the County supervisors at their Tuesday meeting explained, “The budget fills the gap mainly through anticipated concessions from labor union members. If for any reason those concessions do not materialize, the only alternative will be to make deep and drastic cuts to other county programs, primarily law enforcement.” The announcement went on to give some specifics on problem areas in the budget. “The budget leaves 84 percent of the recently built 1,392 High Desert Detention Center expansion unstaffed and unused. There are also $65 million in county assets–-vehicles, computers, etc.—that are beyond their useful life and there is no funding to replace them. The budget manages to build up county reserves, but reserves will only be at 13.8 percent, which is well below the 20 percent mandated by County Policy. ”

TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION INVITES THE PUBLIC, THEN PLODS THROUGH SIGN CODES

Last night, the Twentynine Palms Planning Commission met to discuss the City’s sign code, largely excluding the public who were specially requested to attend. The meeting was billed as an opportunity for the Planning Commissioners to review the city’s sign code and make any necessary changes. Even though the public had been invited to come and give their input, the meeting was mainly just a lengthy discussion between the Planning Commissioners. The discussion was very tedious and focused mainly on the details of certain chapters of the sign code. Even though many citizens made comments and requests, such as how the lack of signs makes businesses look abandoned, or the request to make “A-Frame” signs legal, no major action was taken on any section of the sign code. Many other items of interest to the citizens attending, such as pedestrian signs, off-site signs, and projection signs, were tabled and will be brought up at later meetings.

JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT BOARD MEETS TONIGHT, PUBLIC HEARING ON AVAILABILITY CHARGES

The Joshua Basin Water District Board meets tonight. Reporter Taylor Thacker says among items if interest on the agenda is a public hearing…
The Joshua Basin Water District will have their regular meeting on Wednesday, June 18, starting at 7:00 p.m. During this meeting, the Board will have a public hearing to consider the water availability charges for the 2014/2015 fiscal year. They will also adopt operating and capital budgets, appoint general manager Curt Sauer as the labor negotiator, and more. This meeting takes place at the Joshua Basin Water District at 61750 Chollita Road in Joshua Tree. For more information call 760-366-8438.

COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BOARD MEETS TOMORROW IN CLOSED AND OPEN SESSIONS

The Board of Trustees for Copper Mountain College will hold two special meetings Thursday (June 19) morning. The first meeting is a closed session at 10 a.m. and is a continuation of the meeting from June 12, in which trustees will discuss the employment and appointment of a superintendent/president. The trustees will go into an open session at 11 a.m., and will be asked to approve a resolution setting the election date of November 4 for the two board seats up for re-election. The meetings will take place in the president’s office at Copper Mountain College in Joshua Tree.

MORONGO VALLEY COMMUNITY SERVICE DISTRICT MEETS: COMPENSATION, BUDGET, AND A FIRE LEVY

The June 18 Morongo Valley CSD meeting will deal with a variety of mostly financial matters. Reporter Dan Stork says it includes general manager compensation, next year’s budget, and the fire levy…
The June 18 meeting of the Morongo Valley Community Services District Board of Directors starts at 7 p.m. at Covington Park. The meeting begins with a presentation by Captain Rarey. On the business agenda are: presentation of the one-year compensation package for General Manager Donna Munoz; adoption of a preliminary budget for the coming fiscal year; the Annual Fire Suppression Assessment Levy; adoption of a spending limitation, per state law; an agreement between the Morongo Valley Fire Department and CalFire for three years of dispatch services; and presentation of a review copy of the fire department’s 2013 annual report.

TWENTYNINE PALMS CHAMBER INSTALLATION AND MIXER TOMORROW

The Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual installation event and summer mixer Thursday, June 19, at 6 p.m. at the Fairfield Inn and Suites in Twentynine Palms. The Chamber will thank the outgoing board members, welcome incoming board members, and recognize those that made a difference in Twentynine Palms. The public is invited, and light refreshments will be available. For more information, call 760-367-3445.