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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.

SECURE BALLOT DROP OFF, VOTING LOCATIONS

The City of Twentynine Palms and the Town of Yucca Valley say they have seen a huge increase in mail-in and drop off voting. There are 24-hour ballot drop off boxes located at the Twentynine Palms City Hall (6136 Adobe Road) and Yucca Valley Town Hall (57098 29 Palms Highway). The boxes are bolted securely into cement designed with security features and under 24-hour video surveillance. Ballots are picked up regularly.

Ballots can also be delivered in person to the Registrar of Voters office in San Bernardino (located at 777 E. Rialto Avenue) on or before 8 p.m. on Election Day. Its hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. There is also a 24-hour mail ballot drop box available at the office location.

Voters can also vote in person, beginning Monday, October 26 through Friday, October 30 at the Joshua Tree Community Center, (6171 Sunburst Street in Joshua Tree). Hours for early voting are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  

Designated polling places in Twentynine Palms are Desert Congregational Church, (5688 Sunrise Road) and First Baptist Church (6414 Split Rock Avenue), for the election on November 3.

In Yucca Valley, polling places are at Desert Hills Presbyterian Church (56750 Mountain View Trail), Yucca Mesa Community Center (3133 Balsa Avenue), and the Flamingo Heights Association Building (55977 Perris Street).

The polling place in Joshua Tree is at Fire Station #36 (6715 Park Boulevard).

A voter’s polling location can be found on the back of the voter information guide.

An official ballot drop box is in front of the Yucca Valley Town Hall. Tami Roleff photo

COUNTY SUPERVISORS TO TALK TRASH IN SPECIAL MEETING TOMORROW

The county board of supervisors will be “talking trash” at a special wastewater water education workshop at 9 a.m. tomorrow in San Bernardino. The only agenda item concerns solid waste management and will look at its elements, including landfill operations and life expectancy; financing; safety enhancements; franchise water hauler and waste disposal agreements; and new legislation. Tomorrow’s proceedings will once again be open to the public, as will be the video conferencing center in the County Government Building in Joshua Tree. In all cases, facial masks and strict social distancing will be required.

DEPUTY AT FAULT IN 2013 TWENTYNINE PALMS DEATH ACCUSED OF FORCE AND LOOTING

A former Morongo Basin Sheriff’s deputy is suspected of unlawful use of force and being in possession of stolen property. On June 1, Deputy Erdem Gorgulu, who was assigned to the Central Station, assisted San Bernardino City police with an in-progress looting call at a Big 5 sporting goods store on Highland Avenue. While inside the business, Gorgulu contacted Juan Martinez, 28, and allegedly beat him with a baseball bat before placing him in custody for looting, burglary, and committing a felony while on bail. Another deputy saw Gorgulu’s arrest and believed his actions were unwarranted and unethical, and notified the Sheriff’s watch commander. An investigation was launched, and Gorgulu was placed on administrative leave two days later. During the investigation, deputies learned that Gorgulu may have committed other crimes; a search warrant found stolen property from the Big 5 store in Gorgulu’s personal vehicle. Gorgulu was fired from the Sheriff’s Department on August 24. He had been a Sheriff’s deputy for 11 ½ years. Erdem Gorgulu was charged Wednesday with assault with a deadly weapon, assault by a public officer, filing a false report, and petty theft.

While serving as a deputy in the Morongo Basin, Gorgulu was involved in a crash that killed a man in Twentynine Palms. On April 30, 2013, Gorgulu was driving his patrol car without lights or sirens at 100 miles per hour eastbound on Highway 62 as he responded to a non-emergency call about 7:30 p.m. As he approached Encelia Avenue in Twentynine Palms, a Toyota Camry driven by Luc Van Bui, 64, entered the intersection and Gorgulu’s patrol car T-boned the car. Luc Van Bui was killed in the crash. His family sued the county, the City of Twentynine Palms, and the Sheriff’s Department, and was awarded $3.75 million in 2015 for his death.

SEVERAL ITEMS AFFECTING MORONGO BASIN ON TOMORROW’S SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS AGENDA

At tomorrow’s regular 10 a.m. meeting of county supervisors in San Bernardino, the board will consider several items relevant to our Morongo Basin. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us what is on the agenda…

Supervisors are expected affirm an updated contract with the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, stipulating that only those cities, including Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms, that comply with Fair Housing Rules will be eligible for HUD funds.

In what is all but certain to be the final nail in the coffin of the proposed Joshua Tree Solar Farm at the former site of the Joshua Tree Airport, supervisors will rescind all related approvals for the project which became mired in court challenges.

And at an end-of-meeting public hearing, supervisors will consider a handful of updates and clarifications to the County Development Code sections on recreational cabins, camping, landscaping, signs, community gardens, and short-term rentals.

And finally, the board will approve the appointment of Kevin Cole to the Twentynine Palms Cemetery District Board.

The public may survey tomorrow’s supervisors’ meeting online or at the county government building in Joshua Tree where comments may be made via live video link. Based on guidance from the California Department of Public Health, the Governor’s Executive Order and Office and the San Bernardino County Public Health Officer:

(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 and kept with the meeting record; (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. All comments received prior to the end of the meeting will be provided to the Board of Supervisors after the meeting and kept with the meeting record;

(4) If attending the meeting in person, facial coverings are required and seating in the board chambers is limited to maintain appropriate social distancing.

(5) Any person interested in viewing or addressing the Board during a Board approved meeting 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.