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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.


The third Monday of the month is the day for most of the monthly distributions of surplus federal food in the Morongo Basin. Sara Snyder has the times and places…

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of the Morongo Basin Monday. The locations and times are:

  • Belfield Hall, 58380 Reche Road in Landers, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.;
  • Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 59077 Yucca Trail in Yucca Valley, 8:30 to 10:30;
  • and at the Joshua Tree Community Center, 6171 Sunburst Avenue, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.;

For more information, call 909-723-1580.


Residents of Landers and the surrounding unincorporated areas can take advantage of free trash, tire and e-waste disposal Saturday, but there’s a catch—drop off is by appointment only. Here’s reporter Mike Lipsitz with details…

Landers Big Cleanup is set for Saturday, October 17 from 8 a.m. to noon at Homestead Valley Park in Landers. Residents of Landers, Flamingo Heights, Yucca Mesa, and Johnson Valley are invited to gather up the tires, desert debris, and e-waste that’s cluttering our communities and dispose of it free but only by appointment. To reserve a drop off time, call County Code Enforcement by Friday, October 16 at 909-266-3477. Face masks and social distancing will be required at Saturday’s cleanup. Hazardous, commercial, and industrial waste will not be accepted. Please do not dump tires at Homestead Valley Park in advance of this event.


The governing board at the Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency will meet for its regular second-Tuesday board meeting at 6 p.m. this evening. The board will hear a presentation of the agency financial audit for fiscal 2019-2020 by an independent certified public accounting firm, and in other business directors will consider changes to the employee handbook.

Public and board wishing to participate remotely may use the teleconference line thru Zoom at 669-900-6833 or

Click the link below to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83161516672?pwd=S2V2V2Jxb3A4SFBBS0hpZXFoc0llQT09

Or Dial: 1-669-900-6833 Webinar ID: 831 6151 6672

Passcode: 272712


San Bernardino County public health officials Sunday reported 140 more people have tested positive for coronavirus, and no new deaths. The county averaged 243 new cases reported per day over the past week. At the height of the last wave, July 19 saw 788 cases per day averaged over seven days, according to the county. In San Bernardino County there are 57,974 confirmed cases, averaging 243 reported per day in the past week. There have been 986 deaths, averaging 3.4 reported per day in the past week.

Here in the Morongo Basin, there are 487 confirmed cases and 29 deaths: Yucca Valley with 243 cases and 23 deaths; Joshua Tree 98 cases and three deaths; Twentynine Palms, 91 cases and one death; Morongo Valley 42, cases and one death; Landers 11 cases and one death; and Pioneertown with two cases.

San Bernardino County is meeting one criteria to move to a less-restrictive tier (positivity rate of 8% or less) but not the other (adjusted case rate of 7.0 or less). When it has met both for two consecutive weeks, it can advance. The state updates numbers and tiers on Tuesdays.

Other statistics released Sunday, October 11, 2020

Hospital survey: 192 confirmed and 52 suspected patients hospitalized Saturday, including 35 confirmed and 9 suspected patients in the ICU, with 25 of 25 facilities reporting. The number of confirmed patients is up 12.9% from a week earlier.

People tested: 685,633 total, up 6,816 from Saturday, averaging 5,313 reported per day in the past week

Resolved cases (estimate): 55,088 total, up 310 from Saturday, averaging 256 per day in the past week

Reopening plan tier: Purple (widespread risk level). Many non-essential indoor business operations are closed.

New cases per day per 100,000 residents: 9.2 as of Tuesday.

Case rate adjusted for testing volume: 9.6 as of Tuesday.

Test positivity rate: 6.4% as of Tuesday.