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WEDNESDAY, JULY 16, 2008

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RIVERSIDE COUNTY SUPERVISORS VOTE TO OPPOSE GREENPATH
SCHOOL BOARD HEARS THE PRICE OF STUDENT MEALS IS GOING UP
EDISON WANTS ANOTHER 20% RATE HIKE
RETIRED SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR JOHN COLE RUNNING FOR TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL
2 WOMEN ARRESTED IN TWO SEPARATE INCIDENTS
YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION MET LAST NIGHT, WE HAVE A REPORT
RED CROSS OFFERING PROFESSIONAL CPR/AED CLASS SATURDAY *
MBTA BOARD MEETS, TAXI ORDINANCE EXPECTED TO BE ADOPTED *
HI-DESERT WATER TO HEAR ANNUAL REPORT
JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT EXPECTED TO REDUCE PLANNED RATE INCREASE
JOSHUA SPRINGS HIGH SCHOOL CHEERLEADERS HOLD "SUPPER BOWL" TONIGHT *

RIVERSIDE COUNTY SUPERVISORS VOTE TO OPPOSE GREENPATH
ANOTHER COUNTY SAYS NO TO THE CONTROVERSIAL GREEN PATH NORTH PROJECT, A SET OF HIGH-TENSION TRANSMISSION LINES THAT WOULD CARRY POWER FROM THE SALTON SEA TO CONSUMERS IN LOS ANGELES. THE PROJECT COULD BRING HIGH-POWER ELECTRICAL LINES ON HUGE METAL TOWERS RIGHT THROUGH PRISTINE AREAS OF OUR DESERT. RIVERSIDE COUNTY SUPERVISORS ANNOUNCED THEIR OPPOSITION TUESDAY, SAYING THE CONSTRUCTION COULD HARM FRAGILE HABITATS AND ENDANGERED SPECIES THERE. THE RIVERSIDE SUPERVISORS PASSED A RESOLUTION URGING THE LOS ANGELES DEPARTMENT OF WATER AND POWER TO PURSUE ALTERNATE ROUTES FOR THE PROJECT. "THE TROUBLE IS THEY CALL IT A GREEN PATH," SUPERVISOR MARION ASHLEY SAID. "IT IS JUST ONE HECK OF A GREEN PATH, WIPING OUT SWATHS OF SAN BERNARDINO AND RIVERSIDE COUNTIES' CONSERVATION HABITATS." H. DAVID NAHAI, THE UTILITY'S GENERAL MANAGER, SAID THE DWP WILL HOST ITS FIRST COMMUNITY WORKSHOP SATURDAY AT YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL FROM 10 A.M. TO NOON. THE UTILITY WANTS TO MINIMIZE IMPACTS TO THE ENVIRONMENT AND PRIVATE LANDOWNERS, HE SAID. THE UTILITY HAS MAPPED SIX POTENTIAL ROUTES TO CHOOSE FROM, ALL OF THEM TRAVERSE SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY AND THREE OF THEM WOULD CUT INTO RIVERSIDE COUNTY, SCOOPING AROUND JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK. ONE ROUTE WOULD THEN GO UP INTO THE MORONGO BASIN, WHILE THE OTHER TWO WOULD FOLLOW NORTH ALONG INTERSTATE 10 PAST BANNING.

SCHOOL BOARD HEARS THE PRICE OF STUDENT MEALS IS GOING UP
THE MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL BOARD HEARD THE COST SCHOOL LUNCHES ARE GOING UP AT THEIR MEETING LAST NIGHT. REPORTER DAN STORK WAS AT THAT MEETING AND FILES THIS REPORT.... LUNCHROOM PRICES IN THE MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT WILL BE GOING UP NEXT YEAR. THE BOARD OF EDUCATION APPROVED AN INCREASE IN STUDENT MEAL PRICES OF 25 CENTS, TO $2 FOR ELEMENTARY STUDENTS AND $2.50 FOR SECONDARY. ADULT MEALS WILL GO UP BY 50 CENTS, TO$3.50. ALA CARTE PRICES WILL RISE BY AS MUCH AS 30%, BUT HEALTHY ITEMS WILL INCREASE BY ONLY A PENNY. ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT MICHAEL WALKER AND NUTRITIONAL SERVICES DIRECTOR STEVE DOWNEY TOLD THE BOARD THAT THE INCREASE IS DRIVEN BY COST INCREASES IN FOOD, FUEL, AND LABOR. ALSO, NUTRITIONAL SERVICES IS REQUIRED BY LAW TO PAY FOR ITSELF AS A SEPARATE BUSINESS. WALKER ALSO SHOWED THE BOARD PLANS FOR TURNING THE HOME EC CLASSROOM INTO A CULINARY ARTS FACILITY, WHERE STUDENTS CAN LEARN RESTAURANT SKILLS. THE NEW CLASSROOM IS SCHEDULED TO BE READY FOR USE BEFORE JANUARY 2009. ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT TOM BAUMGARTEN DESCRIBED A TEACHERS’ WORKSHOP, SPONSORED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE EDUCATION AGENCY, TO BE HELD ON THE MARINE BASE ON AUGUST 11TH AND 12TH. IN OTHER BUSINESS, THE BOARD AUTHORIZED HEALTH SERVICES AND BRAILLE INSTRUCTION FOR SUMMER SCHOOL, AND APPROVED THE FORMAL GROUNDWORK REQUIRED FOR EMERGENCY TEACHING PERMITS THAT MIGHT BE NEEDED FOR THE COMING SCHOOL YEAR.

EDISON WANTS ANOTHER 20% RATE HIKE
CHECKED YOUR ELECTRICAL BILL LATELY? NOW EDISON WANTS YET ANOTHER 20% IN RATE HIKES. A HUGE SPIKE IN NATURAL GAS COSTS MIGHT RESULT IN RATE INCREASES OF MORE THAN 20 PERCENT FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON CUSTOMERS NEXT YEAR. THE UTILITY WILL SUBMIT A RATE-HIKE REQUEST TO THE STATE REGULATORS NEXT MONTH. STATE REGULATORS ARE EXPECTED TO RULE ON THE REQUEST BY DECEMBER, WITH NEW RATES IMPLEMENTED IN JANUARY. EDISON HAS ALSO REQUESTED FROM STATE REGULATORS A 16 PERCENT INCREASE TO ITS OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE BUDGET. THE REQUESTED INCREASE OF THE OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE BUDGET HAS BEEN CRITICIZED AS EXCESSIVE BY RATEPAYER ADVOCATES.

RETIRED SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR JOHN COLE RUNNING FOR TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL
A FAMILIAR NAME WILL BE ON THE BALLOT FOR 29 PALMS CITY COUNCIL THIS YEAR. FORMER TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL AND LONGTIME SCHOOL DISTRICT ADMINISTRATOR JOHN COLE HAS ANNOUNCED HE IS THROWING HIS HAT INTO THE RING. REPORTER KARL GARDNER TALKED WITH THE FATHER OF FORMER 29 PALMS MAYOR AND COUNCIL MEMBER KEVIN COLE... LONG TIME 29 PALMS RESIDENT AND RETIRED SCHOOL DISTRICT ADMINISTRATOR JOHN COLE HAS ANNOUNCED HIS BID FOR A 29 PALMS CITY COUNCIL SEAT. COLE, WHO RETIRED LAST YEAR AFTER 41 YEARS WITH THE SCHOOL DISTRICT, SAID THAT HIS YEARS OF PUBLIC SERVICE COUPLED HIS LONG TIME RESIDENCY, SPURRED HIS DECISION TO RUN. COLE CONTINUED BY SAYING, HE’S LOOKING TO BE HELPFUL, IN GUIDING THE CITY DURING SOME UNCERTAIN TIMES.

2 WOMEN ARRESTED IN TWO SEPARATE INCIDENTS
2 AREA WOMEN FOUND THEMSELVES BEHIND BARS SATURDAY MORNING IN SEPARATE ARRESTS, ONE FOR HAVING SEXUAL CONTACT WITH A MINOR AND THE OTHER FOR MAKING TERRORIST THREATS. SHERIFF SPOKESWOMAN VERA MARTINEZ SAID THAT AROUND 3 AM, SHERIFFS DEPUTIES RESPONDED TO A FAMILY DISTURBANCE CALL IN THE 2400 BLOCK OF AVALON IN YUCCA VALLEY. DURING THE CALL, DEPUTIES ARRESTED 57 YEAR OLD DEBRA MARTINEZ, WHO LISTS HER OCCUPATION AS A "VICTIM’S ADVOCATE", FOR MAKING THREATS TO ANOTHER FAMILY MEMBER. DEBRA MARTINEZ WAS BOOKED INTO THE MORONGO BASIN JAIL FOR INVESTIGATION OF MAKING TERRORIST THREATS AND HELD ON $50,000 BAIL. LATER THAT MORNING, DEPUTIES ARRESTED 30 YEAR OLD CHRISTINA LINDSAY AT AN UNKNOWN LOCATION FOR SUSPICION OF HAVING SEXUAL CONTACT WITH A 13-YEAR-OLD GIRL. CHRISTINA LINDSAY WAS BOOKED INTO THE MORONGO BASIN JAIL FOR INVESTIGATION OF LEWD OR LASCIVIOUS ACTS WITH A CHILD UNDER 14, AND HELD ON $100,000 BAIL.

YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION MET LAST NIGHT, WE HAVE A REPORT
THE YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION MET LAST NIGHT IN REGULAR SESSION. A QUESTION ABOUT HOME DEPOT CHAIN LINK FENCING WAS TABLED, FOR AT LEAST THE THIRD TIME, AND A DELAY FOR A HOUSING DEVELOPMENT NEAR MACHRIS PARK WAS HEARD. REPORTER TAMI ROLEFF WAS THERE AND FILES THIS REPORT... FOR AT LEAST THE SECOND TIME, THE YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION TABLED THE ISSUE AT LAST NIGHT’S MEETING OF WHETHER CHAIN LINK FENCING IS APPROPRIATE TO SURROUND THE DETENTION BASIN BEHIND HOME DEPOT. THERE WAS NO INDICATION OF WHEN—OR IF—THE PLANNING COMMISSION WILL DECIDE THE ISSUE. IN OTHER BUSINESS, THE COMMISSION APPROVED A VARIANCE IN THE SET BACK FOR A GARAGE AT 58228 BUENA VISTA DRIVE, AFTER SOME DISCUSSION ABOUT EASEMENTS—WHICH WAS LATER CALLED IRRELEVANT TO THE ISSUE AT HAND. FINALLY, THE COMMISSION APPROVED A ONE-YEAR EXTENSION FOR A TRACT MAP PROPOSAL THAT WOULD SUBDIVIDE A 90-ACRE PARCEL INTO 17 SINGLE-FAMILY LOTS LOCATED EAST OF MACHRIS PARK, SOUTH OF SANTA BARBARA DRIVE, AND ON BOTH SIDES OF INDIO AVENUE.

RED CROSS OFFERING PROFESSIONAL CPR/AED CLASS SATURDAY *

MBTA BOARD MEETS, TAXI ORDINANCE EXPECTED TO BE ADOPTED *

HI-DESERT WATER TO HEAR ANNUAL REPORT
THE HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT BOARD WILL GET THEIR ANNUAL REPORT TONIGHT. SEWAGE GRANTS, PLANS AND DESIGNS ARE ALSO ON THE AGENDA. REPORTER KARL GARDNER HAS MORE... THE ANNUAL REPORT ALONG WITH REPORTS AND COMMENTS FROM STAFF AND BOARD MEMBERS, TOPS THE WARREN VALLEY BASIN WATER MASTER MEETING, BEING HELD THIS AFTERNOON AT HI DESERT WATER DISTRICT OFFICES, 55439 29 PALMS HIGHWAY STARTING AT 5:30. IMMEDIATELY AFTER, THE HI DESERT WATER DISTRICT BOARD CONVENES, WITH A $75,000 GRANT APPLICATION TOWARDS SEWAGE TREATMENT FIRST UP ON THE AGENDA. NEXT THE BOARD WILL RECEIVE AN UPDATE ON THE CAPITAL REPLACEMENT PROGRAM, AND PRE DESIGN OF THE SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT. LASTLY THE BOARD WILL CONSIDER THE 2008 – 2009 WASTEWATER BUDGET. REPORTS AND COMMENTS BY DIRECTORS AND STAFF, CLOSES OUT THE OPEN PORTION OF THE MEETING. A CLOSED SESSION FOLLOWS TO EVALUATE THE PERFORMANCE OF GENERAL MANAGER ED MUZIK.

JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT EXPECTED TO REDUCE PLANNED RATE INCREASE
LOWERING A FUTURE RATE INCREASE AND CHANGING THE SEVERANCE PAY FOR THE GENERAL ARE ON THE AGENDA FOR TONIGHT’S JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT BOARD MEETING. REPORTER DAN STORK TAKES A CLOSER LOOK... THIS WEDNESDAY’S MEETING OF THE JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS WILL TAKE UP SEVERAL ITEMS WITH A FINANCIAL IMPACT, BEGINNING WITH A RECOMMENDATION TO REDUCE THE PLANNED INCREASE FOR NEXT YEAR FROM 6% TO 3%. THE BOARD WILL ALSO CONSIDER RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SEVERAL ENGINEERING STUDIES TO BE DONE BY DUDEK & ASSOCIATES, INCLUDING A WASTE WATER TREATMENT STRATEGY. ANOTHER RESOLUTION REVISES THE RATE FOR THE SALE OF WATER TO OTHER WATER AGENCIES. A FINAL, 2-PART RESOLUTION WILL DEAL WITH APPROVING A MERIT RAISE FOR GENERAL MANAGER JOE GUZZETTA, AND APPROVING AN INCREASE IN THE SEVERANCE PAY PROVISION OF HIS CONTRACT. THE CLOSED SESSION OF THE MEETING STARTS AT 6 PM ON JULY 16TH, WITH THE OPEN SESSION TO FOLLOW AT 7.

JOSHUA SPRINGS HIGH SCHOOL CHEERLEADERS HOLD "SUPPER BOWL" TONIGHT *

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