SHITZU MIX FOUND IN YUCCA VALLEY

SHITZU MIX FOUND IN YUCCA VALLEY

Male Shiztu mix, white fur

Found near: Valley Vista Ave. in Yucca Valley

Call: Natalie 909-233-1893

PITBULL FOUND IN JOSHUA TREE

PITBULL FOUND IN JOSHUA TREE

Female Pitbull, grey & white.

Found near: Sunset Rd. & La Crescenta in Joshua Tree

Call: Ty 310-990-6942

MARINE ACCUSED OF FELONY ASSAULT IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

A Twentynine Palms Marine was arrested Monday, accused of assault. Deputies were called to the 73300 block of Sunnyvale Drive in Twentynine Palms about 2 a.m. Monday morning for a disturbance. Deputies determined that Ainsley Clift, 24, armed herself with a pistol with the intent of shooting the victim. The victim was able to disarm Clift, but Clift then found a knife and chased the victim out of the house with the knife. When deputies arrived, they filed a search warrant and during a search of the home, found numerous weapons inside the home that were not compliant with California law, as well as possible explosives. Ainsley Clift was arrested on suspicion of assault and booked into the Morongo Basin Jail. She was released about 11 p.m. on $50,000 bail. Ainsley Clift is a corporal assigned to 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion at the Combat Center in Twentynine Palms.

CITY OF TWENTYNINE PALMS TO FREEZE ALL PAY RAISES IN JULY

Last night’s meeting of the Twentynine Palms City Council resulted in some tough decisions in light of the COVID-19 economic reality. Reporter Heather Clisby has the details…

the Twentynine Palms City Council and administrative staff wear face masks during the meeting. Video screenshot

The Twentynine Palms City Council gathered last night to hear presentations from the U.S. Census and the County Fire Department before facing necessary budget changes in light of COVID-19.

Doug Hassett from the U.S. Census presented an updated status on census participation. Thus far, California is at a 59.8 percent self-response rate and Twentynine Palms is at 48.6 percent. Due to COVID-19 inhibiting outreach, many of the response deadline dates have been moved from summer to fall.

San Bernardino County Fire Chief Dan Munsey offered a detailed review of what a repeal of FP5—the annual $157 parcel fee—could mean for the City’s fire protection. The FP5 tax brought in $9.5 million last fiscal year for the South Desert region that includes the Morongo Basin. Munsey stated that a repeal of FP5 could result in shuttered fire stations, increased emergency response times and staff reductions.

County Fire Chief Dan Munsey discussed the impact that repealing FP-5 would have on the fire department at the Twentynine Palms City Council meeting. Video screenshot

The council approved the use of community development block grant funding so the city can then allocate the $102,000 to local food banks stretched thin by the COVID-19 economic crisis.

And facing a loss of TOT (bed tax) and sales tax revenue due to the shutdown, the council reviewed proposed changes to budgets for fiscal year 2020-2021. After some discussion, council members resolved to give step raises only (no merit and no cost-of-living) to city employees through the end of June. In July, all pay raises will be frozen tentatively for 12 months. The council will re-visit the issue come September.

The council voted not to cancel but instead, officially postpone the city’s summer day camps until the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention removes restrictions on group gatherings.

Kary Minatrea addressed the Twentynine Palms City Council. Video screenshot

The council voted to temporarily stop adding to the city’s post-retiree benefits trust fund though this will not affect any current retiree or their benefits.

YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION GETS DEVELOPMENT UPDATES

The Yucca Valley Planning Commission met last night to discuss updates to some current town developments. Reporter Joshua King has more details…

First on the agenda was a request to grant a waiver for a garage that was built too close to a property line at 6040 Carmelita Avenue in Yucca Valley. The request was approved unanimously due to the topographical layout of the site and lack of impact on neighboring properties. Following this agenda item, commissioners decided whether or not to adopt a threshold and guidelines for Vehicle Miles Traveled, or VMT, in accordance with state law. VMT are defined as “the amount and distance of automobile travel attributable to a project” and as the most appropriate metric to evaluate a project’s transportation impacts. The threshold and guidelines of VMT per capita were established. These guidelines are part of a state-focused approach to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from vehicle miles traveled.