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DESIGN BID FOR AQUATICS CENTER APPROVED BY YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL

Last night (January 18), the Yucca Valley Town Council approved bids for the design and geotechnical engineering for the planned aquatics and recreation center. Reporter Jef Harmatz attended the meeting and has a full rundown.

At last night’s regularly scheduled meeting, the council approved a $1.9 million professional service agreement with HMC Architects for design consultation services for the planned aquatics center. They also approved a $134,000 professional service agreement with LandMark Consultants for geotechnical engineering, testing and inspections services for the project. The aquatics center is expected to open in the spring of 2024. During the meeting, council members received a recap of the Yucca Valley Film Festival, which was considered to be a big success and had more than a thousand people attend digitally. Finally, the council received an update on state and county Covid-19 data, which shows a large spike in cases related to the omicron variant. Council members urged residents to get tested and vaccinated at the Community Center at Sportsman Park in Joshua Tree, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

15 ARRESTED, OVER 12,000 MARIJUANA PLANTS AND 92 POUNDS OF MUSHROOMS SEIZED IN WEEK 19 OF COUNTY ILLEGAL GROW RAIDS

15 people were arrested, and 31 illegal marijuana grow operations countywide were shut down, including one in Twentynine Palms, one in Morongo Valley, and two in Yucca Valley, during the nineteenth week of illegal marijuana grow raids. According to Sheriff’s reports, deputies and investigators from the San Bernardino County Marijuana Enforcement Team (MET) served 31 search warrants at properties in Lucerne Valley, Morongo Valley, Yucca Valley, Twentynine Palms, Adelanto, Hesperia, Pinon Hills, Phelan, Fontana, Victorville, Newberry Springs, El Mirage, Upland, and El Monte from January 3 through January 9 as part of Operation Hammer Strike, week nineteen. During this time, investigators arrested 15 suspects and eradicated 122 greenhouses, including 12 indoor locations. Deputies seized 12,370 marijuana plants, 3,361.7 pounds of processed marijuana, eight guns, and over $55,000 in cash. Investigators also seized 92.5 pounds of Psilocybin mushrooms, mitigated one electrical bypass and recovered one stolen recreational vehicle.

The raids came as a result of numerous complaints received regarding large outdoor marijuana cultivations in the areas. The suspects were cited or booked on charges of cultivation of cannabis, over six plants, possession for sales of marijuana, illegal water discharge, and conspiracy. A complete list of suspects and raided properties is available below.

LOCATIONS:

#1 – Parcel with no address, Lucerne Valley
#2 – Parcel with no address, Lucerne Valley 
#3 – Parcel with no address, Lucerne Valley
#4 – Parcel with no address, Lucerne Valley
#5 – Parcel with no address, Lucerne Valley
#6 – Parcel with no address, Morongo Valley
#7 – 51500 Block of 29 Palms Highway, Twentynine Palms
#8 – 54500 Block of Benecia Trail, Yucca Valley
#9 – 5100 Block of Old Woman Springs, Yucca Valley
#10 – 15700 Block of Horizon Way, Adelanto
#11 – 6700 Block of Serrano, Hesperia
#12 – 700 Block of Pinon, Pinon Hills
#13 – 11000 Block of Valle Vista, Phelan
#14 – 16000 Block of Maestro Way, Fontana
#15 – 12200 Block of Buena Vista, Pinon Hills
#16 – Parcel with no address, El Mirage
#17 – 14600 Block of Nelson Avenue, Victorville
#18 – 9500 Block of Verbena Road, Phelan
#19 – 100 Block of South Sultana, Upland
#20 – 14000 Block of Jockey Lane, Victorville
#21 – 48200 Block of Morgan Lane, Newberry Springs
#22 – 47900 Block of Palo Verde Lane, Newberry Springs
#23 – 33000 Block of Mountain View, Newberry Springs
#24 – 33200 Block of Mountain View, Newberry Springs
#25 – 45500 Block of Whetrock Road, Newberry Springs
#26 – 34800 Block of Newberry Road, Newberry Springs
#27 – Parcel with no address, El Mirage
#28 – Parcel with no address, El Mirage
#29 – Parcel with no address, El Mirage
#30 – Parcel with no address, El Mirage
#31 – 100 Block of Eagle Nest Drive, El Monte 

SUSPECTS:

Hector Munguia, 35 year old male resident of Mexico. Location #2
Andrew Gorman, 31 year old male resident of Yucca Valley, CA. Location #8
Jomo Fuller, 44 year old male resident of Phelan, CA. Location #13
Pamela Fuller, 52 year old female resident of Phelan, CA. Location #13
Juan Alvarado, 28 year old male resident of Pinon Hills, CA. Location #15
Melissa Alvarado, 30 year old female resident of Pinon Hills, CA. Location #15
Javier Arreola, 31 year old male resident of Modesto, CA. Location #16
Alex Sengaloune, 50 year old male resident of San Diego, CA. Location #21
Edwin Velasquez-Alvarez, 19 year old male resident of Newberry Springs, CA. Location #24
Phanvilay Phouang, 56 year old female resident of Newberry Springs, CA. Location #26
Luis Sanchez, 26 year old male resident of Phelan, CA. Location #27
Manuel Gonzalez, 27 year old male resident of Phelan, CA. Location #27
Albaro Isidro, 37 year old male resident of Mexico. Location #29
Francisco Catrojon, 54 year old male resident of Mexico. Location #30
Xiongbing Shi, 31 year old male resident of El Monte, CA. Location #31

15 ARRESTED, A HAND GRENADE, AND OVER 7,000 MARIJUANA PLANTS SEIZED IN WEEK 20 OF COUNTY ILLEGAL GROW RAIDS

15 people were arrested, and 18 illegal marijuana grow operations countywide were shut down, including three in Twentynine Palms and three in Wonder Valley, during the twentieth week of illegal marijuana grow raids. According to Sheriff’s reports, deputies and investigators from the San Bernardino County Marijuana Enforcement Team (MET) served 18 search warrants at properties in Lucerne Valley, Wonder Valley, Adelanto, Hesperia, Twentynine Palms, and Helendale from January 10 through January 16 as part of Operation Hammer Strike, week twenty. During this time, investigators arrested 15 suspects and eradicated 63 greenhouses, as well as two THC extraction labs. Deputies seized 7,095 marijuana plants, 5,045.5 pounds of processed marijuana, 11 guns, 1,583 grams of concentrated marijuana and over $5,600 in cash. Investigators located one live fragmentation hand grenade, which was destroyed in place by deputies from the Sheriff’s Arson/Bomb Division.

The raids came as a result of numerous complaints received regarding large outdoor marijuana cultivations in the areas. The suspects were cited or booked on charges of cultivation of cannabis, over six plants, possession for sales of marijuana, illegal water discharge, manufacturing a controlled substance, and conspiracy. A complete list of suspects and raided properties is available below.

LOCATIONS:

#1 – 5700 Block of Allen Avenue, Wonder Valley
#2 – 258 Block of Minnetonka, Lucerne Valley
#3 – Parcel with no address, Lucerne Valley
#4 – 77500 Block of Two Mile Road, Wonder Valley
#5 – Parcel with no address, Helendale
#6 – 4200 Block of Canyon Road, Twentynine Palms
#7 – Parcel with no address, Lucerne Valley
#8 – Parcel with no address, Lucerne Valley
#9 – Parcel with no address, Lucerne Valley
#10 – Parcel with no address, Twentynine Palms
#11 – Parcel with no address, Wonder Valley
#12 – 67600 Block of Appian Way, Twentynine Palms
#13 – 11700 Block of Bartlett, Adelanto
#14 – Parcel with no address, Helendale
#15 – Parcel with no address, Helendale
#16 – Parcel with no address, Helendale
#17 – Parcel with no address, Helendale
#18 – 8000 Block of C Avenue, Hesperia

SUSPECTS:

Samnang Chan, 43 year old male resident of Long Beach, CA. Location #1
Elvis Thao, 40 year old male resident of Los Angeles, CA. Location #1
Arredondo Lopez, 33 year old male resident of Mexico. Location #3
Tri Phan, 47 year old male resident of Los Angeles, CA. Location #4
Sergio Arias, 26 year old male resident of Ontario, CA. Location #5
Ivan Cruz-Leon, 31 year old male resident of Lucerne Valley, CA. Location #8
Peng Wei, 42 year old male resident of Arcadia, CA. Location #13
Jing Wei Ping, 39 year old female resident of Arcadia, CA. Location #13
Filberto Rosas, 57 year old male resident of Mexico. Location #14
Heriberto Gamboa, 27 year old male resident of Mexico. Location #14
Ruben Garcia, 66 male resident of Helendale, CA. Location #16
Luis Cardenas, 24 year old male resident of Oro Grande, CA. Location #17
Daniel Alvarez, 35 year old male resident of Oro Grande, CA. Location #17
Alexis Ayala, 42 year old male resident of Oro Grande, CA. Location #17
Jose Gonzalez, 57 year old male resident of Oro Grande, CA. Location #17
Maurice Hamilton, 45 year old male resident of Hesperia, CA. Location #18

YUCCA VALLEY TO AWARD BIDS FOR AQUATICS CENTER AT TOWN COUNCIL MEETING

The Yucca Valley Town Council meets tonight (January 18) to award bids for the new aquatics center. Reporter Jef Harmatz brings you full details on their agenda.

At tonight’s regularly scheduled meeting, the council is expected to approve agreements with two consulting firms for their role in the construction of the town’s planned aquatics center. After reviewing bids from several firms, the council will consider and hold public hearings on potential agreements with an architectural and design firm as well as a geotechnical engineering firm for services totaling slightly more than two million dollars. The council will also consider committee assignments, and receive an update on current Covid-19 protocols. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the Yucca Valley Community Center, and can be attended online via a link the link below.

The meeting can be attended via Zoom at this link https://zoom.us/j/93745879770?pwd=OWtYMW15ZExVSDRUVmFWb0prWnpWUT09  with meeting ID 937 4587 9770  and passcode 798575 or by phone at (669) 900-6833

2022 HOMELESS COUNT SEEKING VOLUNTEERS

Now delayed until February, the annual census of homeless people, known as the Point-in-Time Count, will take place in communities throughout the United States. Reporter Ernest Figueroa tells us what it’s all about and how you can help…

The 2022 Point-in-Time Count takes place on February 24, 2022. The results will be used in a variety of ways, including to help determine where county funds and other resources will be allocated. Locally, the count is conducted by volunteers in every community in Morongo Basin. Working in pairs or small groups, volunteers will visit locations where homeless people live and spend time in order to count individuals, conduct brief surveys and distribute convenience items and other essentials. For more information or to volunteer to help organize the count in your community call 909-386-8231 or go to sbcounty.gov/sbchp.