EARLY VOTING STARTS IN SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

Election Day is still four weeks away, but San Bernardino County voters began showing up to vote yesterday (Monday, October 5) at the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters office in San Bernardino.

Early voting sites opened Monday and vote-by-mail ballots will be arriving in voters’ mailboxes over the next few days.

In addition to early voting, options to beat the election day crowds include mailing in or dropping off ballots. According to the California Secretary of State’s Office, since 2012, more than half of all votes in a general election have been cast by mail.

Vote-by-mail ballots began going out Monday; those voting early will also have their votes counted early.

“Those will be the first results you see after 8 p.m.” when polls close on Election Day said a spokesman.

Ballots can also be cast from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. October 26 through October 30 at Yucca Valley Town Hall, Twentynine Palms City Hall, and the Joshua Tree library.

YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETS: PROJECTS, POLICIES AND PROGRAMS

The Yucca Valley Town Council will hear several updates about various projects, policies, and programs at its meeting tonight. Managing editor Tami Roleff fills in the agenda…

At tonight’s meeting of the Yucca Valley Town Council, the council will hear an update from the Chamber of Commerce, get an update about the upcoming election, and hear about ongoing capitol improvement projects in the town. The council will also review the town’s public arts policy before sending it to the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Commission to develop final recommendations. And finally, the council will hear an update on COVID-19. Tonight’s meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the Yucca Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center, or residents can watch it online at yucca-valley.org.

TWENTYNINE PALMS UNVEILS PROPOSED NEW PARK

There was a steady and enthusiastic crowd Twentynine Palms residents Saturday morning at the location for a new park at Sullivan and Adobe Roads. A beautiful desert morning showcased the unveiling of concept plans for the park the result of  a series of public meetings held to gather information on what residents wanted in a new park.

Darin Viera of architects Mithun, Hodgetts, Fung, was on hand to show visitors the giant park plan drawn with color codes on the sand in a large area off the parking lot. Large, posted displays gave even more detail. The city is applying for Prop 68 funding for the park, estimated to cost some $8 million. Park and Recreation staff handed out materials, Pioneer Days buttons and serve free tacos.

Anchored by an expanded Theatre 29—with expanded seating from 95 to 165—the park plan calls for an outdoor concert and festival area with a covered stage pavilion and adjoining picnic area under shade. A series of walking paths and natural and finished running trails wind among a sculpture area, nature trail, and demonstration gardens. The park would also feature tennis and basketball courts, soccer, sand volleyball, a multi-generational playground, children’s play area, and even a kite flying hill. Another highlight is a proposal for a bicycle flow course and riding trail.

The plan now goes to the state; the city hopes to hear whether the grant is approved in early 2021.

TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION TO TAKE UP ACCESSORY DWELLING UNITS

The Twentynine Palms Planning Commission meets tonight. Sara Snyder reports on what’s on tonight’s agenda…

Up for discussion at tonight’s regular meeting of the Twentynine Palms Planning Commission is a development code amendment for accessory dwelling units or ADUs. Last year, the state adopted regulations that requires local jurisdictions to allow ADUs on single-family, multi-family, or mixed-use properties, provided that basic building standards are met. ADUs are secondary dwelling units which have cooking facilities, their own access, and are on the same parcel as the main living quarters. The planning commission will then forward its recommendations for amendments to the development code to the city council for adoption.

JOSHUA TREE ROTARY TO HOST CANDIDATES FORUM; QUESTIONS SOUGHT

The Rotary Club of Joshua Tree will host a candidate forum on Monday, October 12 via the Zoom platform. Candidates for seats on the Copper Mountain College Board of Trustees and District 5 on the Board of Directors for Joshua Basin Water District have been invited. A moderator will read questions relative to either Copper Mountain College or Joshua Basin Water District. Each candidate will have the opportunity to answer the question. The community is being asked to send questions for consideration to jtrotary@yahoo.com. Deadline to submit questions is Friday October 9. For more information and to receive the Zoom link, please contact the Rotary Club of Joshua Tree at jtrotary@yahoo.com

This candidate forum is a community service for the citizens of the community. The Rotary Club of Joshua Tree does not and cannot endorse any candidate. It is meant to inform our community and create and opportunity for community building; it will not be a debate.