The Joshua Tree Downtown Business Alliance has given a public update on our three-year battle to keep Dollar General out of Joshua Tree, and has announced a community meeting to discuss how to keep on winning against these creeps. From the JTDBA website:

Community Meeting
Thursday December 18, 2014, 7-9 pm
Joshua Tree Community Center

Three years ago, the Joshua Tree Community began its battle against Dollar General, a corporate predator that wants to build a store in our central district. Community members, friends and neighbors rallied, organized and educated ourselves, and forced the County to change its process and give the project greater scrutiny and broader public review. Despite all our statements and evidence showing the project should be rejected, the Planning Department and Planning Commission approved it. We appealed to the Board of Supervisors. Despite the hundreds of pages of written statements and evidence we submitted, and a day-long hearing, the Board of Supervisors also approved the project, with only Supervisor Ramos voting our way.

We challenged that decision in State Court, and won! Our legal victory means the County has to review this project again from the beginning, with a new initial public notice and it must correctly follow CEQA procedure and standards.

At the end of November, 2014, Dollar General appealed our win to the next level. We have until December 22 to file a pro forma response.

Please attend this Community Meeting to learn about the next steps we have to take, and other steps we can take, with our attorney and in court to defend our win.

Hanging in the balance of this fight is the future of our Community: If we maintain this win, we set a precedent and maintain our unique community character and identity as Joshua Tree. If we lose, we will inevitably become the same as everyplace else, overrun by corporate box stores.

Please visit the Joshua Tree Downtown Business Alliance website for easy access to all the legal documents and decisions that got us to here: jtdba.wordpress.com

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. https://linktr.ee/jaywbabcock
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