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bigmacBig Mac- San Bernardino County Municipal Advisory Council will be meeting this Monday, March 10th at 5:30 pm for a closed session with legal counsel for training and review of the Ralph M. Brown Act, California’s Open Meeting Law.

The Big MAC will reconvene to an open session at 6:30pm.  This will be the first meeting to be recorded on DVD and broadcast on cable.  Here is the agenda:

Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council

Joshua Tree Community Center

6171 Sunburst Ave., Joshua Tree, CA 92252

AGENDA

Closed Session Meeting

5:30 PM, Monday, March 10, 2014

Members of the Council meet in closed session with County legal counsel for purpose of training and review of the Ralph M. Brown Act, California’s open meeting law. No actions are anticipated.

Adjourn Closed Session; Reconvene to Open Session.

Regular Open Session Meeting

6:30 PM, Monday, March 10, 2014

A. Call to Order (1 minute)

B. Pledge of Allegiance (2 minutes)

C. Roll Call (2 minutes)

D. Approval of the Agenda (2 minutes)

E. Approval of Prior Minutes (3 minutes)

F. Call for Public Comment (15 minutes)

At this time, any person may comment on items not listed on the agenda that are of interest to the public and within the jurisdiction of the MAC. The Council is prohibited by law from taking action on matters that are not on the agenda. Please limit comments to 3 minutes per speaker.

Public input may be offered on items listed on the agenda when those items come up for discussion or action. If you wish to speak please proceed to the podium when recognized by the Chair.

G. Public Safety Reports

1. Morongo Basin Sheriff Station (4 minutes)

2. California Highway Patrol (4 minutes)

3. San Bernardino County Fire (4 minutes)

H. ACTION ITEM: Recommendations for enhancing access to and transparency of Land Use Services application review process for Renewable Energy Generation Facilities (15 minutes)

Council to consider taking the following action by roll call vote:

1. Authorize Chair Lipsitz and Committee Chair Lundquist to sign and release recommendations to Land Use Services and related parties in response to directive from the office of third district County Supervisor James Ramos. (Related addendums attached)

I. ACTION ITEM: Resolution in support of citizens request that CSA 70W-1 be annexed into the Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency service area (20 minutes)

Following a brief presentation from Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency General Manager Marina West, the Council will consider taking the following action by roll call vote:

1. Adopt resolution #MB-MAC003 recognizing Council’s preference for local governance, transparency, efficiency and responsible management of resources. (Related addendums attached)

J. Community Reports (15 minutes)

1. Each MAC member briefly reports on items of interest from his or her community.

K. Officer & Committee Reports (12 minutes)

1. Officer Reports

2. Committee Reports if any

a. Land Use Services Committee

b. Roads Committee

c. BRACE

L. Items for April Agenda

M. Adjournment

Next meeting: 6:30 PM, Mon., April 14, 2014

Joshua Tree Community Center, 6171 Sunburst Ave, Joshua Tree, 92252

San Bernardino County is committed to ensuring that persons with disabilities are provided the resources to participate fully in its public meetings. If you require disability-related modifications or accommodations, including auxiliary aid or services, please contact the BOS’ office at least three (3) business days prior to the meeting.

————————————-Supporting Documents, Resolutions, Addendum——————————–

Monday, March 10, 2014

Tom Hudson, Director

San Bernardino County Land Use Services via electronic mail to

385 N. Arrowhead Avenue, 1st Floor Tom.hudson@lus.sbcounty.gov

San Bernardino, CA 92415-0182

Re: Recommendations for enhancing access to and transparency of Land Use Services

application review process for Renewable Energy Generation Facilities

Dear Mr. Hudson:

Rising interest in desert lands from large-scale solar energy developers has stimulated public opposition when their plans neglect community interests. A consequence has been greater public focus on Land Use Service’s application and review process. Many have been frustrated in their efforts to navigate the system and monitor progress. With that in mind, the office of third district Supervisor James Ramos last month tasked the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council with recommending ways to improve the interface between Land Use Services and the communities most impacted by its actions.

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