JTDBA PETITIONING STATE SUPREME COURT TO HEAR CASE AGAINST DOLLAR GENERAL IN JOSHUA TREE

Big news!

In mid-June, the pro-Dollar General side won an Appellate Court ruling against the Joshua Tree Downtown Business Alliance [JTDBA], a grassroots group of Joshua Tree residents, friends and neighbors who have been fighting Dollar General’s plan to locate a store here for over four years.

This morning, the JTDBA’s Celeste Doyle reported that this Monday, Aug. 22, JTDBA is going to appeal that decision to California’s State Supreme Court:

Our attorney advises that a Petition for [California State] Supreme Court Review will be filed Monday.
We will post the Petition when we get a copy.

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SUPERVISORS TURN DOWN APPEALS, APPROVE 115-ACRE INDUSTRIAL SOLAR COMPLEX IN RURAL RESIDENTIAL JOSHUA TREE

Three parties appealed to the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors to overturn the Planning Commission’s approval to build a 115-acre industrial solar complex on the grounds of the old Roy Williams Airport on Sunfair in Joshua Tree. (The project is within view of the nearby National Park.)

All three appeals failed today, 4-1. Only Supervisor James Ramos, whose district includes Joshua Tree, voted against the project.

What happens next? A lawsuit or three to stop the project from going forward seems likely.

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[JT SOLAR COMPLEX] APPEAL HEARING CONTINUED TO AUG. 16

Yesterday the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors held a hearing regarding three appeals against the Planning Commission’s approval of NextEra’s proposal to build a 115-acre industrial solar complex on the old Roy Williams Airport facility on Sunfair in Joshua Tree.

Local activist Peggy Kennedy reports on what happened:

After public comment finished three [of the five] supervisors remained. [Supervisor/Chairman James] Ramos made a motion to continue until Aug 16 at 1pm. Public Comment is closed. JTSolar LLC (NextEra) will have 5 minutes and the three appellants will have 3 minutes each on Aug. 16. They will vote on the motion to deny the appeals or possibly another motion will be presented. Not sure about the latter.

You can view yesterday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, which includes the hearing, starting here: http://sanbernardino.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=13&clip_id=3887

More info on this issue is available from the local activists at solarjt.com

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[URGENT] HOW TO WRITE A LETTER OF OPPOSITION TO “NEXTERA” INDUSTRIAL SOLAR FARM AT THE OLD ROY WILLIAMS AIRPORT ON SUNFAIR

From Solar Joshua Tree

The appeal date of August 9 is approaching fast, and we are asking members and friends of the community to write a letter of opposition to the NextEra solar project in Joshua Tree. We need to show the County Board of Supervisors how much we do not want this project. Thank you in advance for your help!

READ ON…

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UPDATE ON JOSHUA TREE’S FIGHT AGAINST DOLLAR GENERAL

In mid-June, the pro-Dollar General side won an Appellate Court ruling against the Joshua Tree Downtown Business Alliance, a grassroots group of Joshua Tree residents, friends and neighbors who have been fighting Dollar General’s plan to locate a store here for years. At that point there seemed to be a very tight deadline for the JTDBA to file an appeal of this decision to California’s Supreme Court.

Celeste Doyle from the JTDBA has now posted this update on Facebook:

The Appellate Court recently ruled that its decision in this case will be published. This extends our deadline for filing for Supreme Court review. (I do not have the new deadline). Our attorney is aware that there is a lot of support for filing. We are still consulting. Apologies I don’t have more information.

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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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