THURS JULY 28 630PM: Community meeting re Aug. 9 NextEra JT Airport Industrial Solar Farm Appeal

From Joshua Tree Community for Responsible Solar

Informational meeting and letter writing about the NextEra JT Airport Industrial Solar Farm Appeal

PLEASE COME – JULY 28 – THURSDAY 6:30-8:30PM
Joshua Tree Community Center
6171 Sunburst Street, Joshua Tree, CA 92252
FOR
Information and Letter Writing
TO THE
San Bernardino County Supervisors
ABOUT THE
Joshua Tree Airport [Industrial] Solar Project
Appeal Hearing is on Aug 9!

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AUG. 9, 2016: “JOSHUA TREE SOLAR FARM APPEALS” HEARING AT COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

From solarjt.com, regarding the proposed 110-acre industrial solar field to be located at the Roy Williams Airport on Sunfair

“Joshua Tree Solar Farm Appeals” has been scheduled for hearing before the County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors on Tuesday August 9, 2016. Open session is scheduled to begin at 10:00AM. Hearing end time is open.

Location:
Board of Supervisors Hearing Chambers, First Floor of the San Bernardino County Government Center
385 North Arrowhead Avenue
San Bernardino, CA United States

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JOSHUA TREE VERSUS DOLLAR GENERAL: IT AIN’T OVER YET

Joshua Tree Downtown Business Alliance member Celeste Doyle has posted an update on the situation on Facebook:

The recent ruling is bad news. Our only option to keep this litigation alive is to file a Petition for Supreme Court review. The Court’s review is discretionary, but the Court has criteria, including whether the case at hand can be used to resolve a conflict in the lower courts – I think we have that here and can use it draw the court’s attention. Counsel says our deadline to file said petition is July 25. We think it would cost another $10K all told. Next, the appellate decision says we have to pay “costs on appeal” (if we don’t get this decision changed), but that should not be much and we think we have that already available. Lastly, just because you donate to the cause does not mean you are, or can be held, in any way responsible, financially or otherwise, for how this all plays out in the end. Thanks for any feedback –

What say you? should we go the next round?

Respond here: NO DOLLAR GENERAL IN JOSHUA TREE Facebook group

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VERY BAD NEWS: JOSHUA TREE LOSES TO DOLLAR GENERAL FORCES AT STATE COURT OF APPEAL

6/25/2016 UPDATE
Joshua Tree Downtown Business Alliance member Celeste Doyle has posted an update on the situation on Facebook:

The recent ruling is bad news. Our only option to keep this litigation alive is to file a Petition for Supreme Court review. The Court’s review is discretionary, but the Court has criteria, including whether the case at hand can be used to resolve a conflict in the lower courts – I think we have that here and can use it draw the court’s attention. Counsel says our deadline to file said petition is July 25. We think it would cost another $10K all told. Next, the appellate decision says we have to pay “costs on appeal” (if we don’t get this decision changed), but that should not be much and we think we have that already available. Lastly, just because you donate to the cause does not mean you are, or can be held, in any way responsible, financially or otherwise, for how this all plays out in the end. Thanks for any feedback –

What say you? should we go the next round?

Respond here: NO DOLLAR GENERAL IN JOSHUA TREE Facebook group

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Last week the 4th Appellate District Division 2 State Court of Appeal reversed Joshua Tree Downtown Business Alliance’s 2014 victory in “CEQA Court” (CEQA: California Environmental Quality Act). In that case, San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge Donald R. Alvarez had agreed with the JTDBA that the store’s potential harm to the town’s economy had not been given adequate consideration in the approval process.

You can read/download the Court of Appeal’s 35-page June 15, 2016 decision here. The ruling was written by Presiding Justice Manuel A. Ramirez, with Associate Justice Thomas E. Hollenhorst and Associate Justice Carol D. Codrington concurring.

This is a major and perhaps fatal blow to the people of Joshua Tree’s five-year-long fight to keep Dollar General and developers Dynamic Development and Depierro Development from building a Dollar General store at the corner of Sunburst and the 62.

An appeal by the JTDBA to the California State Supreme Court is possible, but would be something of a hail mary as the Court hears fewer than 3 percent of the cases sent its way.

The JTDBA is consulting with its legal counsel as to what to do next, with an announcement expected soon.

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NEW WEBSITE FOR INFO FROM GROUP FIGHTING INDUSTRIAL SOLAR FARMS IN JOSHUA TREE

Check it:

Solar Joshua Tree: Joshua Tree residents’ information hub for fighting irresponsible corporate solar farms in our town.

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NEXT COURT DATE IN DOLLAR GENERAL BATTLE SET FOR JUNE 6, 2016 IN RIVERSIDE

From longtime local activist and Joshua Tree Downtown Business Alliance (JDTBA) member David Fick:

The Oral Arguments to the Dynamic Development (and San Bernardino County) vs JT DBA are Monday, June 6, 2016 8:30 AM at the Fourth District State Court of Appeals (Division 2) in Riverside.

Dynamic Development is the real estate developer for the Dollar General franchise for Joshua Tree. They are working with the County to overturn the JTDBA’s 2014 victory in “CEQA Court” (CEQA: California Environmental Quality Act), in which San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge Donald R. Alvarez agreed with the JTDBA that the store could put the town’s economy at risk.

Judge Alvarez subsequently ordered the County to conduct an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to determine whether Joshua Tree business and property owners would suffer economic harm from the proposed 9,100 square foot formula retail chain store.

A series of opening briefs on Dynamic Development/SB County’s appeal were filed by each side with the three-judge Court of Appeals panel last year. Sometime after the oral arguments are heard in Riverside on June 6, the Court will issue a ruling.

Note: We’ve heard that “CEQA Court” rulings are rarely overturned in appeal, but we don’t have numbers on hand to support that claim.

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UPDATES COMING ON INDUSTRIAL SOLAR FIELD AND ALTA MIRA PROJECT APPEALS

Item “I” on this coming Monday’s (May 9) Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council meeting:

Local citizens have filed appeals challenging two recent San Bernardino Planning Commission project approvals in Joshua Tree. The Alta Mira project calls for 248 houses on 115 acres between Alta Loma and Sunny Vista Drive in South Joshua Tree. The Joshua Tree Solar Farm would be located on the 110 acres of the former Roy Williams Airport in the Sunfair Community. Thomas Fjallstam will present for the JT Solar Farm and Janet Johnston for the Altamira project.

Details:

Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council
Regular Open Session Meeting
6:30 P.M. Monday May 9, 2016
Joshua Tree Community Center
6171 Sunburst Ave.
Joshua Tree, CA 92252

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