SUPERVISORS CONSIDER REPEAL OF EXISTING LOCAL COMMUNITY PLANS

The last agenda item at tomorrow’s regular 10 a.m. meeting of county supervisors in San Bernardino is a public hearing on a proposal by Land Use Services. The likely approval of the resolution will essentially free county planners from having to consider community input on development in the unincorporated communities. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more about what is at stake here…

Approval of agenda item 100 tomorrow will amend the County General Plan and approve a Countywide Plan including repeal of existing Community Plans for Joshua Tree, Lucerne Valley, Morongo Valley as well as the communities of Landers, Flamingo Heights, Yucca Mesa, Johnson Valley, and others. The legally binding Community Plans for those areas will be replaced with what are being called Community Action Guides. These “Guides,” according to protests filed by the Morongo Basin Conservation Association with the state attorney general, will rob the county’s unincorporated communities from having a say in future development. They will ask county supervisors to reject the resolution at tomorrow’s public hearing.

The public may survey tomorrow’s meeting online or at the county government building in Joshua Tree where comments may be made via live video link.

The Board of Supervisors’ meetings are open to the public, including the remote site locations, for participation. Public access to the San Bernardino Government Center will be through the west doors, facing Arrowhead Avenue. All members of the public entering the building are required to go through a security scan and visitor health check, which includes a temperature reading. Facial coverings are required in all locations, and standing or sitting in the lobby is not permitted.

The following applies to meetings:

(1) The public may view the Board Meeting live stream at http://www.sbcounty.gov/Main/Pages/ViewMeetings.aspx;

(2) If you wish to make a comment on a specific agenda item or a general public comment prior to the Board meeting, please submit comments via U.S. Mail*, email at BoardMeetingComments@cob.sbcounty.gov or online at http://www.sbcounty.gov/cob/publiccomments/default.aspx. Comments received prior to the start of the meeting will be forwarded to the Board of Supervisors for review;

(3) If you wish to make a comment on a specific item or a general public comment while watching the live stream, please submit comments, limited to 250 words or less, to the Clerk of the Board at http://www.sbcounty.gov/cob/publiccomments/default.aspx. Comments received prior to the end of the meeting will be provided to the Board of Supervisors after the meeting;

(4) If attending in person, facial coverings and a temperature reading are required. Seating in the board chambers is limited. Additional seating with video and audio of the meeting is available in the Joshua Room and the Rotunda, located on the first floor of the Government Center, adjacent to the chambers. (5) Any person interested in viewing or addressing the Board by interactive video (the Board members may see as well as hear speakers) may do so at the Bob Burke Joshua Tree Government Center, 63665 Twentynine Palms Highway, in Joshua Tree.

HOMICIDE DETECTIVES INVESTIGATING FLAMINGO HEIGHTS DEATH

Sheriff’s homicide detectives are investigating at least one death in the Flamingo Heights neighborhood of Yucca Valley. Deputies were called to the 1100 block of Kickapoo Trail at 11:40 Friday morning for a homicide. The Sheriff’s Department has not released any additional information pending notification of next of kin.

DEPUTY-INVOLVED SHOOTING IN TWENTYNINE PALMS FRIDAY

A Yucca Valley man was shot by Sheriff’s Deputies Friday afternoon after he armed himself with a rock. On Friday, October 23, at 4:39 p.m., Sheriffs Deputies were conducting a business check at Tortoise Rock Casino in Twentynine Palms when, Joseph McLaughlin, 30 of Yucca Valley was seen exiting the casino. Deputies recognized McLaughlin as a parolee at large with a felony arrest warrant. Deputies attempted to contact him, but McLaughlin fled across the parking lot and into the desert, failing to obey commands from deputies to stop. When McLaughlin suddenly stopped and reportedly armed himself with a large rock, a deputy-involved shooting occurred. McLaughlin was struck by gunfire and was transported to a local area hospital with non life-threatening injuries. A deputy sustained an injury during the event and was transported to a local area hospital, treated, and released. Detectives from the Specialized Investigations Division – Homicide Detail are conducting the investigation. Joseph McLaughlin will be booked for assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer and his felony arrest warrant upon release from the hospital. Z107.7 news will provide more information as it becomes available.

TRUSTEE CHRIS PROUDFOOT RESIGNS FROM MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

Morongo Unified School District board member Chris Proudfoot announced Friday morning that he is resigning from the school board, effective immediately. Reporter Andrew Dieleman spoke with Proudfoot regarding his resignation and files this report…

Each board member of the Morongo Unified School District represents one of five specific areas of the district. With the recent sale of his home in Joshua Tree, Area 5 Trustee Chris Proudfoot, a 10-year member of the Board, could no longer legally represent the area. Despite working with the County Elections office, Proudfoot said he could not find a financially practical way to maintain a permanent residence in Joshua tree for the remainder of his term.

Chris Proudfoot

“I really wanted to finish out my term, so I’m kind of mad about that. But on the other hand, the financial burden of doing that was going to be pretty extensive. So, at the end of the day, the right thing to do is just pull out [of the board] and let Joshua Tree find a better representative.”

Proudfoot will remain temporarily in the Morongo Basin as he retires from work on the Marine base, but emphasized that the Morongo Basin should be very proud of the professional teachers, employees, and staff running the school district.

MUSD Board President Hillary Slotta told Z107.7 news that the school district plans to appoint a new trustee from District area 5 to complete the final two years of the term. The school district has 60 days from Proudfoot’s resignation date to fill the vacancy.

COUNTY OFFERS ONLINE TOWN HALL ON ADDICTION AND MENTAL HEALTH

A doctor from the San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health will lead an online town hall presentation Tuesday (October 27). Starting at 9:30 a.m., Dr. Jonathan Avalos will explore addiction and mental health conditions as treatable factors in healing social and economic disparities. The town hall is free and open to the public. To register, see:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0pc-Cqqz4oHdWaDgXsR0j45idfH0GYmu9y