Before a packed room of family and supporters all grateful for some good news, a shy teenager accepted one award and acknowledgement after another for his quick-thinking that saved a young woman’s life. Reporter Heather Clisby was there…
On May 27, his fourth day as a lifeguard at a Marine Base pool, 16-year-old Daviahn Thrasher rescued a woman who had suffered a seizure while swimming. At last night’s Twentynine Palms City Council meeting, Thrasher was the man of the hour and accepted awards from the San Bernardino County Fire Department, Supervisor Dawn Rowe, and the City of Twentynine Palms. As Thrasher’s parents and family beamed, each speaker offered letters of recommendation for any future job or college applications the young man might pursue.
The council discussed an application for a vacation home rental in Indian Cove neighborhood. Though the Planning Commission had received four appeals by neighborhood residents, the commission rejected those appeals and asked the council to approve the application, which they did so unanimously.
Concerned local resident Alex Garcia brought up the idea of capping off the number of VHRs allowed in the City. Mayor Joel Klink concurred, noting that there are over 600 in Joshua Tree, thus limiting available housing to residents. The Council agreed to revisit a VHR limit at a future meeting. The city now has over 100 registered VHRs in the city and about 70 of those are active.
The council easily approved Resolution 2009 which would send a request to Governor Gavin Newsom to allow the city to re-open remaining businesses such as hotels, bars, gyms, nail salons, movie theaters, youth sports, public pools, massage parlors, and tattoo shops.
The next two city council meetings will be cancelled due to the summer holidays. The next meeting is scheduled for July 28.