Above: More than a hundred acres of pristine north Joshua Tree desert wilderness have already been scraped, fenced off and covered in solar panels by Sun Edison Solar to prop up an ass-backwards energy strategy. Imagine another one of these wasteful abominations nearby. NextEra has.

We urge you to join us in attending tomorrow’s special afternoon meeting of the Land Use Study Committee of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council.

The meeting will feature a discussion with an executive from NextEra, the for-profit solar development company that wants to transform the dormant Roy Williams Airport on Sunfair into yet another giant deadscape of solar panels — an action that will irreversibly degrade and damage this residential rural area AND fence off another 115 acres from the Morongo Basin’s wildlife corridor.

This NEXT ERROR project is desperately misguided, and needs to be stopped. This meeting is an ideal opportunity to loudly re-affirm the depth of this community’s opposition to this project.

Want more information and background? Here is a very good news feature article (and film) on the project, from the Jan. 2, 2015 Desert Sun: “Joshua Tree residents cry foul over airport solar plan”.

Here are the meeting’s pertinent details:

Land Use Study Committee Agenda
January 15, 2015, 3:30 p.m.
Joshua Tree Building and Safety Offices
63665 Twentynine Palms Highway
Joshua Tree, CA 92252

Chair, Mark Lundquist; Members, Elizabeth Karman, Pat Flanagan

Discussion with Jess Melin, Project Director, Business Development, NextEra Energy Resources, regarding Joshua Tree Airport solar project.

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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