Yucca Mesa, Ca.,- Close to 40 residents attended the monthly potluck gathering this evening in hopes the 3rd District Supervisor appointed citizen representative, Elizabeth Karman of Landers, would come by to update the Yucca Mesa on the upcoming meetings and take notes about their concerns to report back to the Supervisors.
In fact, they would have liked to hear any news of the past four meetings at the San Bernardino County Municipal Advisory Council, alas, but Karman was “too busy” to attend and cancelled at the last moment. Several residents mentioned their phone calls were never returned. One resident explained Ms. Munoz, 3rd District liaison, had previous plans to attend her Granddaughter’s 18th birthday this evening. Supervisor James Ramos was contacted directly to request a visit and have him explain what the role of the Big MAC is supposed to be.
True to the “can do”spirit of the residents of the Yucca Mesa, an impromptu Town Hall meeting was conducted with citizens speaking up to discuss current events that concern this community. It was very interesting to hear the update of several solar farms that have pulled permits in Johnson Valley and Flamingo Heights that were permitted under the radar.
When it was my table’s turn to speak, I informed everyone in attendance, all rate payers of the Hi-Desert Water District, of the HDWD Board’s decision to explore turning 6 acres near the recharge facility into a solar field to off-set the current electrical expenses. The District will have the option to increase the panels to accommodate the additional power needs for the sewer plant when it is up and running. The presenter at the HDWD meeting stated there would be concerns for glare and the noise factor for residents in the surrounding area. The consensus of the Yucca Mesa citizens at this meeting hoped the potential savings would lower their water rates.
Four citizens from Johnson Valley announced their fund raiser being held for Belfield Hall and the 3rd of July fireworks. The cost of admission is $10 on February 15th at the Yucca Mesa Community Center with live entertainment, wine and appetizers from 4-6pm. Save the date!
A volunteer from the Santa Fe Social Club made an informal presentation addressing the needs of the homeless in the Morongo Basin asking for help or donations. They have been helping the homeless for 12 years assisting those that have been diagnosed with a disability. They serve one meal daily and hand out sleeping bags, clothing and toiletry kits.
It appears Elizabeth Karman of Landers is not interested to listening to this community, keeping her promise not to “lift one finger to help them until they apologize” to her. Again, she does not live in Yucca Mesa and is not in the Hi-Desert Water District map established by LAFCO SOI.
Everyone was encouraged to attend the Big MAC meeting to voice their concerns about local solar field installations and lack of road maintenance in the Yucca Mesa.