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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.

Daviahn Thrasher accepts a Meritorious award from San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief Scott Tuttle and Captain Jay Dimoff for his quick-thinking as a lifeguard. Thrasher saved a young woman’s life when she experienced a seizure and fell below the surface. Heather Clisby photo
Supervisor Dawn Rowe also honored Daviahn Thrasher. Heather Clisby photo
Mayor Joel Klink with Daviahn Thrasher Heather Clisby photo

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.

Jim Krushat weighed in on the matter of Vacation Home Rentals in the City. Heather Clisby photo

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.

Paul Portis, organizer of the recent Black Lives Matter protest in the City, thanked the City and community for “a peaceful, loving event.” The protest was also attended by several council members. Heather Clisby photo
Recreation Program Supervisor Jon Beard retires and accepts an honorary plaque from Mayor Joel Klink. Heather Clisby photo

The next two city council meetings will be cancelled due to the summer holidays. The next meeting is scheduled for July 28.


Tonight, the Twentynine Palms City Council gathers to discuss, among other things, a contested application for a vacation home rental and re-opening more businesses in the city. Reporter Heather Clisby has the details …

The Twentynine Palms City Council will kick off tonight’s meeting honoring a young hero. Daviahn Thrasher, a 16-year-old lifeguard whose quick-thinking saved a women suffering a seizure while swimming at Lincoln Military Housing on Wednesday, May 27, will be recognized.

The council will host a public hearing regarding an application for a vacation home rental (VHR) in Indian Cove neighborhood. While there have been appeals by residents, the Planning Commission denied those appeals and is recommending the council do the same and grant the application to Heidi Graybill.

The council will discuss and likely approve a resolution requesting that Governor Gavin Newsom allow for additional businesses to reopen in the city. As of June 3, Twentynine Palms has had 10 cases confirmed of COVID-19 with zero deaths. The council cites economic stress to owners of hotels, bars, gyms, nail salons, massage parlors, and tattoo shops.

The meeting takes place at City Hall, 6136 Adobe Road, starting at 6 p.m. The event can also be live-streamed and will be available on-demand at the city’s website, 29palms.org.


On Tuesday night, May 5, the Twentynine Palms Planning Commission held its regular meeting on-line. Reporter Hilary Sloane has the specific details of that meeting…

The Twentynine Palms Planning Commission held a virtual meeting Tuesday. Video screenshot

The Twentynine Palms Planning Commission met online Tuesday, May 5. After hearing public comment for and against a short-term vacation rental in the Indian Cove neighborhood at 6784 Pine Spring Avenue, the commissioners granted the owner a rental permit. Indian Cove is a 450-home residential area with seven permitted vacation rentals and one pending. Three residents objected to noise, traffic, trespassing, the number of vacation rentals in the area, and described short-term rentals as hotel use. The planning commission reminded the residents that vacation rentals are residential properties that are not considered hotels. The Commission made a note to continue to stop unpermitted rentals and suggested to the public that there is a process for changing the development code if they want to eliminate short-term rentals in neighborhoods.

The commissioners then reviewed the removal of development fees from properties adjoining National Park Drive between Cactus Drive and Mara Drive. The fees for specific plan development, road development, and processing fees were added before the requirements were completed through state grants and local monies. The commission approved the amendment to waive the fees.


Tuesday night, May 5, the Twentynine Palms Planning Commission will hold its regular meeting online. Reporter Hilary Sloane has the agenda details…

At the May 5 regular meeting, the Twentynine Palms Planning Commission will consider appeals to deny a vacation home rental application at 6784 Pine Spring Avenue.

Commissioners will also consider removing the requirement that owners must live on the property if they rent out accessory dwelling units to conform with state law. 

In addition, the commission will consider eliminating development fees on properties adjoining National Park Drive to Mara Avenue, Inn Avenue, and Cottonwood Drive.

View this meeting on demand on May 5 at 5 p.m. by going to the Twentynine Palms website at www.29palms.org. Or Live Stream on the city’s website by clicking on the Meeting Agendas link.


At tomorrow’s regular 10 a.m. meeting of County Supervisors in San Bernardino, the board is expected to approve a $303,000 contract with Morongo Basin Unity Home to provide domestic violence intervention and shelter services through June 2021. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells about another agenda item concerning Short Term Vacation Rentals…

The board will hold a public hearing and likely vote on a number of amendments to the County Code relating to Short Term Vacation Rental Accessory Dwelling Units. Land Use Services is recommending the updates, all of which are less restrictive, in order to more closely align county regulations with those of the state.

Because the governor’s stay-at-home order prohibits public participation in person anyone may watch and participate in tomorrow’s meeting electronically.

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) You may observe the live stream of the board meetings at http://www.sbcounty.gov/Main/Pages/ViewMeetings.aspx;

(2) To comment on a specific agenda item, submit your comment via U.S. mail, email or online by 8 a.m. the day of the board meeting. Submit comments to the clerk of the board at: BoardMeetingComments@cob.sbcounty.gov or online at http://www.sbcounty.gov/cob/publiccomments/default.aspx. Comments will be placed into the record at the meeting.

(3) If you are watching the meeting live stream and wish to make a general comment or comment on a specific agenda item as it is being heard, submit comment of 250 words or less to the clerk of the board at http://www.sbcounty.gov/cob/publiccomments/default.aspx. Efforts will be made to read the comments into the record as time permits. Comments received after an agenda item will be made part of the record if received prior to the end of the meeting.

(4) Comments may also be submitted via U.S. mail to: San Bernardino County Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, 385 N. Arrowhead Ave, 2nd Fl., San Bernardino, CA 92415