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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MOVES ON DERELICT PROPERTIES

The Twentynine Palms City Council spent most of last night’s meeting taking on neglected properties that have become terrible eyesores. Reporter Heather Clisby has details….

Last night’s Twentynine Palms City Council began their meeting by welcoming a new Code Enforcement Officer, Chris Giunta. Just in time too, as the City is actively tackling properties that are abandoned.

Chris Giunta, the City’s new Code Enforcement Officer, greets the Council. Giunta recently moved to Twentynine Palms from Maryland, where he held the same position. Heather Clisby photo

interim Code Enforcement Officer Shawn Kilpatrick presented three different cases during the meeting. In the first case, regarding an abandoned fire-damaged building on Adobe Rd., the Council unanimously declared the property a “Public Nuisance and a Dangerous Building” despite the property owners lawyer pleading for more time. Councilmember Daniel Mintz noted that the owners have received 10 warnings over 23 years and gone through four code enforcement officers. The owners have 45 days to demolish or rebuild.

Shawn Kilpatrick, who retired as the Palm Desert Code Compliance Officer, lent the City a hand in dealing with a number of dangerous buildings, until a new officer could be hired. Heather Clisby photo

The action was repeated with another abandoned property on Adobe Rd., known as “the Church” by vagrants. Matthew Finnegan argued against the resolution as many homeless reside on the property. Equally passionate pleas were made from neighbors who have tired of the trash, noise and drug activity. The Council again resolved to declare the property a “Public Nuisance and a Dangerous Building” and the owners were given the same 45-day window to resolve.

Another property, 6609 La Luna, was demolished in September 2019 costing the City more than $21K. The Council voted unanimously for the amount to be paid by the property owner as a supplemental tax within 10 days.

Last Friday, San Bernardino County sent a letter to Governor Gavin Newsom requesting that he consider re-opening less populated sub-regions of the County with low COVID-19 infection rates. Communities named in the letter include Needles, Big Bear and the Morongo Basin.

San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters, Bob Page, gave a remote presentation that illustrated the many secure ways that residents can cast their ballot in the days leading up to November 3. The County has set up 72 official ballot drop-off boxes and there will be 210 polling places on the day of the election.

San Bernardino County Registrar Bob Page gave a remote presentation on the upcoming election process. Heather Clisby photo

Info about how to vote:

https://www.sbcountyelections.com

To track your ballot, register here:

https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/ballot-status/wheres-my-ballot/

STATE LAUNCES NEW EARTHQUAKE PREPAREDNESS CAMPAIGN

The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) announced the launch of a public awareness campaign October 1, to educate all California residents about the State’s earthquake warning system: “Earthquake Warning California.” A new campaign, “Don’t Get Caught Off Guard,” will provide Californians with the tools, resources, and information they need to be ready for an earthquake. Reporter Andrew Dieleman has the details…

Governor’s Office of Emergency Services announces Don’t Get Caught Off Guard” education and awareness campaign through “Earthquake Warning California.”

The “Don’t Get Caught Off Guard” education campaign will deliver messages to Californians through advertising channels including digital, social media, and broadcast; as well as outreach to community and industry organizations to increase awareness of available earthquake technology. The multilingual messages use relatable situations while delivering a serious message encouraging individuals and their families to have tools at the ready to alert them as soon as an earthquake is detected. Building upon the success of California’s first-in-the-nation earthquake warning system, the “Don’t Get Caught Off Guard” education campaign will be sustained through 2022 with an optional one-year extension.

“California is proud to have the first statewide earthquake warning system and now to spread the word broadly about this new innovative, life-saving system,” said Cal OES Director, Mark Ghilarducci. “Cal OES’s leadership facilitated making warnings publically available. The public can now have moments of warning before previously unexpected natural disasters. It is changing the world of mitigation and emergency management.”

Last year’s enacted budget included a $16.3 million one-time General Fund to finish the build-out of the Earthquake Warning California system on the backbone California Integrated Seismic Network (CISN), including finishing seismic station installation, adding GPS stations to the network, and improving telemetry. The CISN provides the ground motion data needed to estimate the magnitude, location and expected shaking of an earthquake and produce a ShakeAlert® warning. California Governor Gavin Newsom’s budget this year includes an additional allocation of $17.3 million, supported by a one-time loan of the same amount from the School Land Bank Fund, for full operation and maintenance of the system. The General Fund budget also calls for launching a public education campaign to remind Californians that seconds count when warning mobile device users in the area before the ground starts shaking.

The “Don’t Get Caught Off Guard” campaign multilingual creative approach uses relatable situations while delivering a serious message encouraging individuals and their families to have tools at the ready to alert them as soon as an earthquake is detected by ground sensors. The broadcast advertising features a combination of humorous, unexpected, and unprompted scenes of real people caught off guard and encourages people to use Earthquake Warning California resources to give them extra time to protect themselves in an earthquake.

For example, a :30 second broadcast commercial presents an unsuspecting woman posing for a beach photo suddenly doused by an ocean wave, a child playing a piano teetering off the bench onto the floor, and a man falling through the ceiling at a construction site.

In another :15 second segment, a shaken fizzy drink erupts on a young man, and a senior is startled when a butterfly flutters out of a greeting card. The ads and other digital assets can be viewed at the Earthquake Warning California website, earthquake.ca.gov.

“Don’t Get Caught Off Guard” encourages audiences to learn more about earthquake preparedness by visiting the website, which includes instructions to download the free MyShake App, or enable Android Earthquake Alerts and WEAs on smartphones. The website also provides the opportunity to sign up for ongoing news and information, participate in virtual public presentations, and download industry-specific informational resources.

The campaign features statewide advertising delivering messages directed to diverse audiences. Over nearly two years the campaign budgets more than $420,000 for ethnic television (Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, and Vietnamese). There is more than $1 million dedicated to general market television advertising. Roughly $2.3 million will be directed at digital advertising, which includes digital, social, and audio streaming.

The campaign will also enlist business and civic groups, government agencies, policymakers, charitable institutions, faith-based organizations, and social services to deliver messages to families, staff, members, and followers. Industry and audience-specific toolkits are available for download in multiple languages on the Earthquake Warning California website.

The announcement comes in advance of the Great California ShakeOut and International ShakeOut Day, which takes place on Thursday, October 15. Following COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, organizations such as schools and employers, as well as individual families, are encouraged to hold a ShakeOut drill on or around October 15. Last year, 10.8 million California residents participated in the Great California ShakeOut.

“Through broad messaging and targeted outreach launching in October, we believe organizations in all parts of the state will be motivated to help millions of residents take earthquake preparedness steps,” said Ghilarducci. “Education, utilities, first responders, public safety, transportation and others can play a vital role in preventing injuries and minimizing the risk of other hazards in the case of the next Big One.”

“Through broad messaging and targeted outreach launching in October, we believe organizations in all parts of the state will be motivated to help millions of residents take earthquake preparedness steps,” said Ghilarducci. “Education, utilities, first responders, public safety, transportation and others can play a vital role in preventing injuries and minimizing the risk of other hazards in the case of the next Big One.”

To learn more about earthquake preparedness, the MyShake App, WEAs, Android Earthquake Alerts, and the latest earthquake warning news and information, visit: earthquake.ca.gov.

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY REGISTRAR EXPLAINS VOTING BY MAIL

On May 8, Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order directing that every registered voter receive a vote-by-mail ballot prior to the November 3 election. The U.S. Postal Service recently sent out post cards with tips about voting by mail. California residents may be confused by the postcard, since it was not written specifically for California, and may have information that is not applicable to our state. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more information from the county’s Registrar of Voters about voting by mail in California…

“The state is requiring that the county mail a ballot to every registered voter. Given the concern about how quickly the post office can return a ballot, there is more than one option on how a person can return a ballot.”

Bob Page with the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters told county supervisors that ballots will be delivered to the post office starting October 5, and voters can expect to receive their ballots by October 13.

Once they receive their ballot, there are several options for returning it.

“Put it in the mail. Drop it off in person at our office in San Bernardino. We will have 70 secure ballot drop boxes throughout the county. We will have probably about five off-site early vote site locations throughout the county. The can come to any polling place, not have to wait in line and just drop off that completed ballot.”

Page said there is one major requirement for mailing a ballot.

“If they do decide to put it in the mail, the ballot has to be postmarked on or before November 3, which is election day.”

Voters may either return the ballot by mail to their county election official;

If you use a mail ballot, you must sign the return envelope, and your signature must match the signature on your voter registration card on file with the county registrar of voters.

All valid vote-by-mail ballots are counted. The Post Office recommends that voters return their ballots at least a week before the election.

https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voter-registration/vote-mail

VOTE BY MAIL IN CALIFORNIA

The U.S. Postal Service recently sent out post cards with tips about voting by mail. California residents may be confused by the postcard, since it was not written specifically for California, and may have information that is not applicable to our state. Ernest Figueroa has more information about voting by mail in California…

On May 8, Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order directing that every registered voter receive a vote-by-mail ballot prior to the November 3 election. Voters may either return the ballot by mail to their county election official; return it in person to a polling location; drop it off at a county ballot drop box; or give it to someone to return on their behalf. Voters may also go to the polls to cast their vote instead of using the absentee ballot. If you use a mail ballot, you must sign the return envelope, and your signature must match the signature on your voter registration card on file with the county registrar of voters. All valid vote-by-mail ballots are counted. The Post Office recommends that voters return their ballots at least a week before the election. More information is available at the link below.

https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voter-registration/vote-mail

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY CLOSE TO MOVING INTO LESS RESTRICTED COVID-19 TIER

Last month, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a color-coded system that tracks counties by the number of COVID-19 cases recorded each day, and the percentage of positive cases out of the total number of tests administered. San Bernardino County is in the Purple tier, with the most restrictions. However, managing editor Tami Roleff says the county is moving closer to moving into the Red tier, which will allow more businesses to re-open…

In this color-coded system, “getting into the red” is a very positive development, since it will allow personal care services, gyms, movie theaters, and indoor restaurants to re-open. Schools in Red Tier counties are also permitted to provide students in-person instruction. San Bernardino County currently averages 175 cases per day; to move into the Red tier, it needs to average 153 cases per day. In addition, the county’s positivity rate has declined from around 10% at the beginning of the month to 7.3% today, which is below the 8% mandated by the state to re-open. The key now is to continue this steady rate of decline since the numbers must be maintained for 14 straight days. Residents are urged to get tested (the more people tested, the lower the county’s positivity rate is), avoid large gatherings, maintain social distance, and wear a face covering.