SCHOOL BOARD HOLDS HEARINGS ON DISTRICT ELECTIONS AND AN ELECTION WAIVER

The Morongo Unified School District board will hold two public hearings on the transition to trustee area elections during tonight’s regularly-scheduled meeting. Here’s reporter Andrew Dieleman with the details… The MUSD Board of Education will meet tonight at 6 p.m. at Joshua Tree Elementary School. The board will first meet

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STATEWIDE PRIMARY ELECTION OFFICES UP FOR ELECTION

A handful of offices representing Morongo Basin will be on the June 5th, 2018 primary ballot. The first day for citizens to declare their candidacy and file the required documents is Monday, February 12. Offices up for election include the U.S. Senate seat now held by Dianne Feinstein; the U.S.

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LOCAL DEMOCRATS CLUB MEET SATURDAY

The Morongo Basin Democratic Club will meet two Democratic candidates for the Congressional District 8 seat at its meeting Saturday. Rita Ramirez and Marge Doyle are running in the June primary against incumbent Republican Paul Cook. The 10 a.m. meeting is preceded by an optional $10 buffet breakfast at 9

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CANDIDATE FILING OPENS THIS MONTH, LOCAL RACES GETTING STARTED

The opening date for candidates to file to run for office in California begins Monday, February 12. Congressman Paul Cook has told Z107.7 News that he intends to run for re-election to his seat in District 8. In addition, Republican Cook has at least two challengers: Democrats Rita Ramirez and

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SCHOOL BOARD DISCUSSES TRUSTEE AREA MAPS

The Morongo Unified School District board of education met in open session last night. Here’s reporter Andrew Dieleman with the details… The MUSD Board of Education began in open session with a final audit presentation on tax-payer bond measure O. The Citizens Oversight Committee stated that the board followed community

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL TO DISCUSS BEING A “SANCTUARY CITY”

Does one size fit all? It’s a question becoming increasingly relevant in California as the state begins charting its own path, sometimes in direct opposition to federal desires and expectations. Tonight, one Morongo Basin city–Twentynine Palms–considers the implications. David Haldane reports… If your city is in a sanctuary state, is

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A CAUTIONARY GREEN LIGHT FOR THEATRE 29 EXPANSION FROM THE CITY COUNCIL

Patrons of Theatre 29 may soon have a few more seats to sit in. Reporter David Haldane attended a meeting last night at which the theater’s future was discussed, and filed this…

The expansion of Theatre 29 got a green light tinged with orange at last night’s Twentynine Palms City

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LOOKING BACK AT 2017, AGENCIES STRUGGLE WITH ELECTIONS BY DISTRICT

One of the year’s top stories that will have the biggest impact on residents of the Morongo Basin is the change by a few local government agencies to district-based elections, from at-large elections. In September, the Town of Yucca Valley, City of Twentynine Palms, and Morongo Unified School District all

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THEATRE 29 ELECTS NEW 2018 BOARD, OFFICERS

The board of directors for Theatre 29 held an election for new officers and board members for 2018. Here’s Rebecca Havely with the election results… Theatre 29 elected to their board of directors for two-year terms (2018-2019) Char Childs, Gary Daigneault, Cindy Daigneault, and Lisa Goldberg. They were joined by

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YUCCA VALLEY REQUESTS DEMOGRAPHIC STUDY IN RESPONSE TO ELECTION DEMAND

Like the City of Twentynine Palms and the Morongo Unified School District, and dozens of other government agencies around the state, the Town of Yucca Valley recently received a letter from a Los Angeles lawyer alleging the Town was in violation of the California Voting Rights Act because the town’s

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AT LARGE VS. DISTRICT ELECTIONS SUBJECT OF Z107.7 “UP CLOSE” SHOW TOMORROW

Recently, the City of Twentynine Palms, Town of Yucca Valley, and the Morongo Unified School District have received letters from a Los Angeles lawyer claiming that the government agencies are in violation of the California Voting Rights Act because at-large elections, the attorney argues, discriminate against minority voters by diluting

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL PUTS MARIJUANA INITIATIVE ON THE JUNE 2018 BALLOT

Outgoing Yucca Valley Mayor Merl Abel discussed the vision for Yucca Valley in the next five years during his State of the Town address at last night’s town council meeting. In five years, by 2022, most the town’s major projects will be completed: sewer and the wastewater treatment facility, street

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SCHOOL BOARD GETS NO PUBLIC INPUT ON CHANGING TO DISTRICT-BASED ELECTIONS

Updated 12-7-17 6:30 p.m. to clarify the attorney’s fees.

Morongo Unified School District Board of Education met last night in a special meeting that was the first of two public hearings about the at-large versus district elections. Reporter Eric Knabe fills us in… A handful of residents showed up for

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A STATE OF THE TOWN ADDRESS AT TONIGHT’S YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETING

Tonight’s meeting of the Yucca Valley Town Council will begin with a State of the Town address by Mayor Merl Abel, followed by recognition of California Highway Patrol Lieutenant Eric Robles, who is retiring after 29 years of service. Managing editor Tami Roleff fills in the rest of the agenda…

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SCHOOL BOARD PUBLIC HEARING ON AT LARGE VS. DISTRICT ELECTIONS TONIGHT

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education holds a special public hearing tonight for input on transitioning from at-large to district-based elections. The school district is one of several local government entities threatened recently with legal action should they continue holding at-large elections, which some deem as a violation

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL CAUGHT IN CALIFORNIA ELECTION CHANGE TSUNAMI

What came out of last night’s Twentynine Palms City Council meeting is that a huge wave of change is likely to hit Twentynine Palms soon.

A quiet tsunami sweeping through California. That’s how a Twentynine Palms demographer described the effects of a law requiring cities to transition from at-large to

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL HOLDS HEARING ON DISTRICT VERSUS AT-LARGE ELECTIONS

The Twentynine Palms City Council tonight once again takes up a controversial issue that’s been making its rounds in the Morongo Basin. Reporter David Haldane explains…

If you have feelings about the City of Twentynine Palms transitioning from at-large to district-based elections, tonight is your chance to let them be

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THEATRE 29 REORGANIZING, LOOKING FOR BOARD CANDIDATES

Theatre 29 is soliciting nominations for volunteers who would like to serve on its board of directors. With more information, here’s reporter Rebecca Havely… Early next month the all-volunteer board of directors will be reorganized at Theatre 29. Anyone who is interested in serving a 2-year term on the non-profit,

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WE TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT DISTRICT VERSUS AT-LARGE ELECTIONS

Twentynine Palms, Yucca Valley, and Morongo Unified School District all recently received letters from a lawyer threatening legal action unless they changed the way council and board members are elected, from “at large” elections to “district” elections. The lawyer, Kevin Shenkman of Malibu, argues that “at-large” elections dilute the vote

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YUCCA VALLEY GETS COMPLETED PETITION FOR PRO-MARIJUANA BALLOT PROPOSAL

The Yucca Valley Town Clerk received a completed petition regarding the “Town of Yucca Valley Exemption of State Licensed Commercial Cannabis Operations from Town Prohibition on Commercial Marijuana Activities” from the proponents of the voter initiative. Proponents received approval to circulate the petition among local voters April 9. Yucca Valley

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