JUDGE HEARS ARGUMENTS ON JOSHUA TREE DOLLAR GENERAL LAWSUIT

JUDGE HEARS ARGUMENTS ON JOSHUA TREE DOLLAR GENERAL LAWSUIT

The plaintiffs in the lawsuit against the Dollar General store in Joshua Tree had their day in court Friday. Reporter Dan Stork has the status of the legal wrangling…
The Joshua Tree Downtown Business Alliance had its day in a San Bernardino court on Friday morning. David Fick, one of 11 local residents who attended a hearing on the Alliance’s challenge to a planned Dollar General store on the highway at Sunburst, told us that the presiding judge, Donald Alvarez, asked few questions of the opposing lawyers—John Nolan, for Dynamic Development, and Babik Naficy, representing the Joshua Tree Downtown Business Alliance. The Alliance has challenged the store on grounds that its presence could contribute to urban decay, and that traffic impact has not been adequately considered. Dollar General is a Tennessee-based corporation that calls itself “the nation’s largest small-box discount retailer.” There are about 10,000 Dollar General stores nationwide. Dollar General stores are currently operating in Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms. Another planned unit in Landers was recently granted a minor use permit in an administrative action, after San Bernardino County land use planners received no comments from neighbors on the application for the store. In the Joshua Tree Case, the judge said he will issue a written report. Court observers expect that to happen within 90 days.

2 comments to JUDGE HEARS ARGUMENTS ON JOSHUA TREE DOLLAR GENERAL LAWSUIT

  • Vivian Williams

    It is too bad that a few people or business’s don’t realize that we need some new business and homes to add to our tax basis. The Dollar General store would not be in town so the JT alliance would not be impacted by what dollar general sells. We have been in Joshua Tree, Ca since 1982 and we are really tired of people who don’t pay property taxes here deciding our fate! David Ficke needs to find another occupation rather than being an activist against everything! He needs to go just like Deary!

  • Vivian, I do have a day job (another occupation) and you are in a low information situation. Vivian says “we are really tired of people who don’t pay property taxes here deciding our fate!”. You just described the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors – they don’t pay property taxes in Joshua Tree and they are deciding our fate. The Joshua Tree community raised over $15,000 to cover the capped legal fees by our wondrous CEQA lawyer. There’s little space here for listing the problems of Dollar General, here’s the website for the Joshua Tree Dollar General opposition: http://jtdba.wordpress.com/ I may be an activist, but I’m not against everything. Have you heard of the Joshua Tree NCHR effort?

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