THIS FRIDAY (Jan. 17): Joshua Tree v. Dollar General Court Hearing

Via Joshua Tree Downtown Business Alliance:

Joshua Tree v. Dollar General Court Hearing

Superior Court of the State of California for the County of San Bernardino Honorable Donald Alvarez

Time & Date: 10 a.m., Friday, January 17, 2014

Location: Courtroom 32 303 West 3rd Street, San Bernardino (SW corner of West 3rd St. and N. Arrowhead)

Seating in the courtroom is limited to only 30 people. If more than 30 people go, some of us may have to sit in the hallway, but it won’t be pointless. The Judge will be aware of our attendance, and that will impress on him that we are not just a handful of people complaining about an ugly building, but a community standing up for what it has created for itself and planned for its future.

Our Attorney advises that there is no set time limit for this hearing . . . it could take an hour or three.

Please email if you want to attend but did not sign-up at the January 6 public meeting and want to carpool.

If you attend, please be mindful of the venue and respectful of the judge: only observe the proceedings. Signs, applause, comment or any noise is inappropriate, as is casual dress. You will not be allowed in wearing shorts, a tank top, or a sleeveless dress. Be prepared to pass through a security check, including a metal scan and x-ray of anything carried in. Leave pocket knives and cell phones behind, or at least be sure to turn the cell phones off.

The Hearing begins at 10:00 a.m. To allow time for parking, walking to the courthouse from parking, and then getting through the security check, we suggest that you leave Joshua Tree by 7:15 a.m. at the latest.

Directions to San Bernardino County Courthouse at 303 West 3rd Street, San Bernardino:

I-10 West to San Bernardino Exit at Waterman Avenue (one exit after Tippecanoe) and go North on Waterman Avenue. Go left on either East 2nd or East 3rd. After one block these become West 2nd and West 3rd. Continue two blocks more to North Arrowhead. The Courthouse is at the Southwest corner of the intersection of West 3rd and North Arrowhead.

Find Parking: Take a right on North Arrowhead, go past the county offices and find a large parking lot on the right. Or go back one block on 2nd or 3rd and then north on Mountain View one block to more public parking.


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 with Stephanie Smith.
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1 Response to THIS FRIDAY (Jan. 17): Joshua Tree v. Dollar General Court Hearing

  1. A distant voice of support. Some of you may already know that we are in a (very) heated battle that – so we’re told – is the longest in recent US history against Dollar General, at 3+ years. We are “Smart Growth Chester”, in Chester, Vermont.

    Two appeals are underway. One at the local-, and one at the State (Superior Court; Environmental Division) level. In the past 3 weeks we’ve been informed that we’ve – technically – lost both appeals. But the local decision was clearly ideologically bent and the (over-zealous and uniformed) wording may have turned the tide in our favor…our attorney’s reviewing as I type. So, yes,…we are appealing…again. 😉

    On fundraising. We have the same challenge you seem to be having. We are reaching out to local artisans to hold small benefit concerts and are organizing silent auctions. We’re doing well on that front. Have fun doing the fundraising and much more will flow.

    One pattern that seems consistent: the local population is always FOR a Dollar General…at first. What’s not to like about the short-sited view that cheap stuff will be beneficial? But the more informed the population becomes, the more they reject the incursion. Keep people informed. Keep news about your fight in the news. Be nice (hard as it can sometimes be) and explain the benefits of a thriving local economy that is self-reinforcing rather than allowing predatory entities to step in and send your hard-earned cash back to Tennessee and out of local circulation.

    The one thing Dollar General (or any national retail chain) can’t stand is press attention as to how they bully small communities. Keep the fight in the press and go to the big papers/web sites. Dollar General’s stock dropped for 2 weeks when our story hit the New York Times last summer. You can imagine how much they love us.

    Nothing beats knowing you’re doing the right thing. Give ’em heck, folks…and don’t let up. Even when all is lost. …it ain’t. And, most of all…know that you are not alone.

    We wish you all the best, Joshua Tree –
    Claudio Veliz, AIA,
    Smart Growth Chester

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