COUNTY APPEALS ROWE DECISION TO STATE SUPREME COURT

San Bernardino County will ask the state’s highest court to let Supervisor Dawn Rowe remain on the board while it appeals a superior court judge’s ruling that her appointment was “null and void” and must be rescinded. The county plans to file a petition with the California Supreme Court after an appellate court denied its request to let Rowe stay while the appeal moves forward.

Dawn Rowe

The county is appealing a judge’s ruling that said the process used to fill the 3rd District supervisor’s seat violated the state’s open-meeting law. The judge also ordered that the appointment be rescinded, giving Gov. Gavin Newsom a chance to pick a new supervisor.

I.E. United, the political advocacy group that sued over the appointment, said the appellate court’s ruling is clear. “She is no longer supervisor,” it said. “She is not supposed to be sitting in any official capacity at all.” 

The county’s position is that Rowe is still supervisor until the board rescinds her appointment, which could happen at its next meeting, January 28, at the earliest.

The appellate court’s decision comes two months before the March 3 election, in which Rowe is running for the 3rd district seat against five other candidates. If a candidate wins more than 50 percent of the vote in March, he or she would win. If none gets more than 50 percent, there would be a November runoff between the top two candidates. If the governor appoints someone to the seat, the appointee would serve until the winning candidate is sworn in in December.

Z107.7 SAYS GOOD-BYE TO PAT MICHAELS

Monday, January 20, is the last day for Z107.7’s long-time, on-air personality Pat Michaels. As we say good-bye, managing editor Tami Roleff has a final interview…

“I’ve been with the radio station for about, most of my life, actually, all of it.”

Long-time on-air personality Pat Michaels started at Z107.7 when he was 18 years old, and has worked every shift, from afternoon drive, nights, and now the Morning Show with Gary Daigneault. During his 20-plus years in radio, he’s gone to Los Angeles, Flagstaff, and the Coachella Valley, but he’s always come back to Z107.7, this last time for seven years. But now he says it’s time for a new chapter.

“My wife and I both have jobs where we can pretty much go anywhere and do our jobs online. We have two grandchildren now. We want to spend more leisure time, more travel time, more fishing, boating. Time is very precious. More time to enjoy life. It’s not about the money and things; it’s about time.”

While Pat Michaels is looking forward to the future, he will miss his friends in the Morongo Basin.

“I’ve enjoyed every single moment. My co-workers are like family to me; it’s not work. It’s like a reunion.”

And we have all enjoyed listening to Pat and will miss him greatly.

“Don’t be sad! It’s just another chapter in the book of Pat Michaels.”

Good luck in writing the next chapter in the book of Pat Michaels.

TWENTYNINE PALMS CEMETERY BOARD APPOINTS INTERIM GENERAL MANAGER

Emily Helm Facebook photo

Just days after the Twentynine Palms Cemetery board of trustees fired its general manager for alleged embezzlement, it hired a part-time interim manager Friday. A statement from the board says it hired Emily Helm of Twentynine Palms, who has “35 years of proven administrative, communications, planning abilities, and customer service skills. She currently works part-time at Copper Mountain College in Joshua Tree as an administrative assistant and has been in that position since September 2016.” The cemetery’s former general manager, Stacey Lee, 50, who was fired Sunday, January 5, is accused of embezzling $17,000 from the cemetery district. She is being held at the Central Detention Center on $50,000 bail.

THREE PEOPLE RECEIVE MINOR INJURIES IN SUNDAY CRASH IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Three people received minor injuries in a two-vehicle crash Sunday evening. About 6:50 p.m., Morongo Basin Ambulance responded to a traffic collision on Lear Avenue and Barnes Road in Twentynine Palms. A 60-year-old man and 57-year-old woman were in one vehicle, and a 29-year-old man in the other vehicle, all received minor injuries. They were all taken to Hi-Desert Medical Center by Morongo Basin Ambulance.

MORONGO BASIN MAC MEETS TONIGHT, WILL FOCUS ON WATER

The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council gathers this evening for its usual monthly meeting and the agenda includes a presentation on a coveted resource here in the high desert: water. Reporter Heather Clisby has the details…

Tonight, the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council will kick off this new decade with a closer look at water. Tom McCarthy of the Mojave Water Agency will present “Water and the Morongo Basin: Past, Present and Future.” The 20-minute presentation will focus on this crucial resource and how we can protect it.

The agenda also includes the usual public safety and community service updates from fire departments and law enforcement, plus reports from each regional representative of the Council.

Tonight’s meeting will be held at the Joshua Tree Community Center at 6171 Sunburst Ave and begins at 5:30 p.m.