The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of the Morongo Basin at three locations Monday. Managing editor Tami Roleff 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:
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 59077 Yucca Trail in Yucca Valley, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.;
Belfield Hall, 58380 Reche Road in Landers, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.;
and the Joshua Tree Community Center, 6171 Sunburst Avenue, 10 to noon.
Two men are in jail following a traffic stop on Monday (April 12). Around 3:30 p.m., Sheriff deputies conducted a traffic stop near Grand Avenue and Antelope Trail in Yucca Valley where they identified Robert Thomas, 41, of Landers as the driver of the car. According to deputies, Thomas was driving on a suspended license and had several misdemeanor warrants for his arrest. The passenger of the vehicle, Jason Neal, 40, of Joshua Tree, also had a felony no-bail warrant out for his arrest. After a field sobriety test, deputies determined that the driver, Thomas, was under the influence of drugs. Thomas was detained and found to be in possession of a billy club weapon. Both were arrested and booked into the West Valley Detention Center where Robert Thomas is being held in lieu of $250,000 bail and Jason Neal is being held without bail.
Humanitarian Emergency Lifeline Project (HELP) has a drive-thru fresh food box giveaway today in Landers. It will be at Homestead Valley Park, 1340 Belfield Blvd, and begins approximately 9:30 a.m. This food giveaway is every other Thursday.
A vote on basic service charges and water consumption rates was at the top of the agenda at last night’s Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency meeting and public hearing in Landers. Reporter Mike Lipsitz was there and tells us what it means for ratepayers in Landers and Flamingo Heights…
In Landers last night, directors at the Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency passed the proposed rate changes. A prop 218 public hearing preceded the vote with about 10 members of the public participating, about half of those joined remotely via Zoom.
In order to stop the increase, the water district would have had to receive protest letters from 50% plus one of its customers objecting to the rate increase. Only one letter of protest was received. It came from a senior with concerns that her bill would become unaffordable. As it turns out, this customer’s bill would decrease under the new rates.
The new rates go into effect almost immediately and will be adjusted annually on January 1 for the next five years. With the new rates, most residential water users in Landers and Flamingo Heights will see a reduction in their water bill. Agricultural and commercial users, which account for much greater per capita consumption, will see significant increases in their water charges. Whether or not the new rates will have any effect on the recent proliferation of illegal pot farms remains to be seen.
When directors of the Bighorn Desert View Water Agency meet at 6 p.m. tonight (Tuesday, April 13), they’ll be looking at water rates and listening to ratepayers. Here’s reporter Mike Lipsitz with the details on tonight’s meeting and public hearing…
Back in February, residents of Landers and Flamingo Heights served by the Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency received notice the water district was looking at changing rates. For the heaviest water users, the board is looking to increase basic service charges and redo the rate structure by linking water consumption rates to specific customer classes. Those whose primary use of water is agricultural are expected to pay the highest rates by far. Those who use the least amount of water are expected to see their bills go down if the new plan is instituted. Tonight’s public hearing gives ratepayers an opportunity to speak out on the proposed rates. Whatever the board decides, it is expected to be bundled in a five-year plan.
Members of the public and board wishing to participate remotely should use the teleconference line through ZOOM at 669-900-6833 or use the link below to join the webinar: