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VACATION HOME RENTALS DOMINATES TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETING

The Twentynine Palms City Council heard from numerous residents during last night’s meeting on the topic of vacation home rentals, with the great majority in support of the city’s current ordinance. Reporter Heather Clisby was there…

Mayor Daniel Mintz presided over the council meeting. Heather Clisby photo

Last night’s Twentynine Palms City Council meeting was a continuance of the discussion on the pros and cons of vacation home rentals (VHR) and if the current city ordinance is effective.

But first, Dr. James Danoff-Burg, director of conservation at The Living Desert, gave a presentation on the explosion of the raven population, how they are threatening our desert tortoises, and what locals can do to deter them.

The Living Desert’s Director of Conservation Dr. James Danoff-Burg presented on how the explosion of the raven population is threatening the desert tortoise. Heather Clisby photo

The city’s Parks and Recreation Department is now distributing free PPE equipment to all local business owners. Interested parties can go to Help29.com to register and arrange for pick-up.

The council approved the purchase of two lots at $25,000 each to be used for Project Phoenix parking.

There was high praise for City Manager Frank Luckino as the council discussed his contract amendments. The position is not on an automatic scale and must be reviewed. While there were some notable increases (base salary – 2.5 percent, cost of living – 2.7 percent), Luckino did not request retroactive pay. Mayor Pro Tem Karmolette O’Gilvie commented, “I think we’re getting a whole lot more than we’re paying for.”

But the bulk of the two-hour meeting focused on the city’s vacation home rental ordinance, in place since February 2015. (Councilmember Joel Klink recused himself from the discussion as his son is considering becoming a VHR owner in the city.) The city has 114 VHRs with 16 permit applications pending.

Eric Menendez, director of operations for the Desert Beacon, addressed the council in support of VHRs. Heather Clisby photo

Residents addressed the council in person and via numerous letters read aloud by Mayor Daniel Mintz and City Clerk Cindy Villescas, most in favor of the current policy, with some dissenters from the Indian Cove neighborhood. Councilmember McArthur Wright inquired about the notification letter that residents receive within a 300-foot radius around the property while Councilmember Steven Bilderain suggested the council might consider a policy that disallows “clusters” of VHRs in close proximity to one another. Mayor Mintz stated that the council will review the ordinance at a later date and, in the meantime, request an updated VHR map and stats on how the rise of VHRs have affected the local hotel/motel business.

VHR owner and local resident, Heidi Oldridge, spoke in support of the city’s current VHR ordinance. Heather Clisby photo

TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL TO CONSIDER A LIMIT ON VACATION HOME RENTALS

The Twentynine Palms City Council will meet tonight (March 9) to consider parking solutions for Project Phoenix, employment contract amendments for City Manager Frank Luckino, and possible limits on vacation home rentals in the city. Reporter Heather Clisby has the details …

Tonight (March 9), the Twentynine Palms City Council will gather to address several agenda items. The meeting will kick off with a presentation by Dr. James Danoff-Burg on the Living Desert Zoo and Garden Community Conservation.

The council will discuss the purchase of two properties within the borders of Project Phoenix to be used for parking. Both properties would be purchased for $25,000 each plus closing costs, not to exceed $55,000.

Contract amendments for City Manager Frank Luckino will also be discussed. The personnel committee consisting of Mayor Daniel Mintz and Mayor Pro-Tem Karmolette O’Gilvie has recommended adjustments totaling over $13,000.

After much input from residents, the council will, once again, take up the issue of vacation home rentals (VHR), weigh pros and cons, and consider a “cap” or limit on the number of VHR permits issued. The city currently has 114 active VHRs (primarily in the Hanson Tract) with 16 permit applications pending.

Tonight’s meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 6136 Adobe Road, and is available for livestreaming and on-demand at the City’s website, 29palms.org.

TWO SHORT-TERM RENTAL GUESTS ARRESTED IN YUCCA VALLEY

Two Los Angeles-area men were arrested Saturday, February 6, after one of them kicked in the door of a home near the short-term vacation rental where they were staying in Yucca Valley. Deputies were called to the 54900 block of Yucca Trail in Yucca Valley about 7 p.m. Saturday because neighbors said the men were breaking into their homes. One of the men, identified as Nijad Aslanov, 30, was high on drugs, had kicked through the dead bolt of the front door of the home, and started yelling at the residents. Nijad Aslanov was arrested for investigation of felony vandalism and was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $25,000. The second man, Asif Ahmadzada, 29, was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance, cited, and released.

YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL: VACATION RENTAL COMPLAINTS, JOSHUA TREE REGS

The Yucca Valley Town Council met last night to discuss complaints surrounding short-term vacation rentals and a special order regarding the Western Joshua Tree. Reporter Joshua King has more details…

A central focus of last night’s meeting was to discuss a report of 60 complaints lodged towards the town’s short-term vacation rentals since December 1, 2017. The majority of complaints concerned excessive noise, overflowing trash, and trespassing. The Town Council received and filed the report after hearing public comments from multiple sides, with the majority of speakers raising concerns about the impact of short-term vacation rentals on the local community, criticizing the Town for not providing enough information to the public in this area.

Following, the Council adopted an urgency ordinance to enact emergency regulations regarding the Western Joshua Tree. The special order allows the Town to issue “take” permits for a maximum of 450 Western Joshua trees; take permits may only be issued for residential and public works project purposes, not commercial or industrial, or any other use type.

In other business, Kimberley Balch was re-appointed to serve on the 2020-2021 Youth Commission. The Town Council had to amend its ordinance regulating who could serve on the youth commission, since Balch was attending a Low-Desert school remotely during the 2020-2021 school year, and not at a Yucca Valley school. The council also re-appointed Clint Stoker and Brad Napientek to the Yucca Valley Planning Commission and Jeri Melby and Ed Keesling to the Parks and Recreation Board.

YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETS: JOSHUA TREES AND SHORT-TERM RENTALS

The Yucca Valley Town Council will meet tonight for the first time since December. The council will be asked to re-appoint a student to the Youth Commission, and to re-appoint members to the Parks and Rec Commission, and the Planning Commission, Reporter Joshua King says the Council will also hear a report on short-term vacation rentals and be asked to pass an ordinance regarding Joshua trees…

Following the appointments of members to the town’s Youth, Parks and Rec, and Planning commissions, the Yucca Valley Town Council will hear a report on short-term vacation rentals. Next, the council will be asked to approve an urgency ordinance that will enact emergency regulations for the take of Joshua trees due to the special order by the California Fish and Game Commission listing the trees as a candidate for threatened species. Tonight’s meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the Yucca Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center, or view it online at yucca-valley.org.

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