Tues June 4: Caravan to San Bernardino for showdown with Dollar General at the Board of Supervisors’ hearing


From the moment in late 2011 that plans were unveiled to build a 9,100-square foot Dollar General store in Joshua Tree, there has been widespread outrage and organized opposition from the Joshua Tree community to this project.

This conflict is now nearing a conclusion.

This coming Tuesday, June 4, 2013, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors will be hearing the Joshua Tree Downtown Business Alliance (JTDBA)’s appeal of the Planning Commission’s wrongheaded decision in January to approve a permit for the construction of a 9,100-square foot Dollar General store in Joshua Tree.

If you don’t want to see a Dollar General in Joshua Tree — if you want the Joshua Tree Community Plan to be respected and our village’s character to be preserved — please attend this hearing. Your presence could very possibly sway the Board’s vote.

The JTDBA’s appeal will be made at this hearing by a respected attorney we have retained for this occasion. (Click here for information on how to help cover the JTDBA’s legal fees to fight Dollar General.)

At the hearing, our lawyer will present the case for our appeal for 15 minutes, followed by up to 15 minutes from the other side. Then there will be 5-minute rebuttal periods for each side.

After that, we are told that the Board will hear comments from the public, which are generally limited to 3 minutes each.

If you wish to comment, please avoid repeating what others have already said. A great option: You can sign a card that says you do not want to speak, but support the appeal – at the Planning Commission meeting in January, they read them all into the record and it took a while because there were many.

And, of course, please dress appropriately.

The Board meets at 10am this Tuesday, June 4 at

Covington Chambers
385 N. Arrowhead Ave., 1st Floor
San Bernardino, CA 92415
(760) 995-8140

There will be a Joshua Tree community carpool caravan to the hearing. We will be meeting at 7:30am and departing at 8:00am sharp from Myrtle the Turtle at Turtle Island in downtown Joshua Tree on Tuesday.

It is a 90-mile drive. Drivers who have been to these offices before will be leading the caravan. If you cannot join our caravan, please still consider attending the Board meeting. Driving/parking directions are below.

If you cannot make the trip to San Bernardino, please consider participating in the Board meeting from the brand new “Remote Video Conferencing Site” here in Joshua Tree. It’s located inside:

Bob Burke Joshua Tree Government Center
63665 Twentynine Palms Highway
Joshua Tree, CA 92252

More information and rules about how you can participate in a Board meeting at this remote site are available in this small PDF.

If you need more information now about the hearing, contact San Bernardino County’s Land Use Service Department at (909) 387-8311.


The following driving and parking advice is via John Simpson.

From Joshua Tree:

Take the 62 West.

Take the 10 West for 43.9 miles.

Take exit 72 toward San Bernardino/Barstow.

Merge onto I-215 N, go 2 miles.

Take exit 43 for West 2nd Street toward West 3rd Street, go 0.4 mi

Turn right onto W 2nd St, go 0.7 mi

Turn left onto N. Arrowhead Ave, the Government Center we are going to will be on the right, at 385 N. Arrowhead.

This is what the building looks like from the front (Arrowhead Avenue):

Now, park in the surface lots along 5th Street and Mountain View (east of the building).

Walk through the back of the Government Center.

The meeting room — Covington Chambers — is on the ground level/lobby of this building.

There is an information desk in the lobby if directions are needed.

Here is an aerial map of the area. “A” marks the building where the meeting will take place:

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About Jay Babcock

I am the co-founder and editor of Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curator of the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was one of five Angelenos listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. Today, I live a peaceful life in the rural wilderness of Joshua Tree, California, where I am a partner in JTHomesteader.com with Stephanie Smith.
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