Great news! Our friends Landers for Responsible Solar have succeeded in their effort to stop a harmful industrial solar field — the “Bowman S-Power Solar Project” — from being built on 35 acres in Landers near Joshua Tree.

The win came through a vote by the County’s Board of Supervisors on an appeal brought by Landers for Responsible Solar. Supervisors Curt Hagman, Robert Lovingood and James Ramos (whose district includes Lander and Joshua Tree) were the majority. Supervisors Josie Gonzales and Janice Rutherford opposed.

Hopefully this decision will set a precedent for how similarly inappropriate, harmful proposals for industrial solar fields in Joshua Tree will be treated by the County in the permitting process. A permit in Landers should never have been granted for the Bowman S-Power project by the County’s Land Use department, or the County’s Planning Commission. Similarly, no permit should be granted to NextEra’s Roy Williams Airport solar field project in Joshua Tree.

Here’s the victory announcement from Landers for Responsible Solar:

Wed., May 6

NEWS FLASH!! Bowman S-Power Solar Project Conclusion –> Project Denied! Our Appeal Upheld!


Residents and other supporters of our appeal of the Bowman S-Power Solar Project in Landers have reason to celebrate as the Board of Supervisors in San Bernardino voted 3 to 2 in favor of our appeal! It is a meaningful victory for all supporters of our petition as Landers neighborhoods will be able to retain their character and the environment will be protected from the harmful effects of large scale solar development. We continue to support distributed (rooftop) solar as the responsible way to pursue renewable energy goals. Today we have much to be thankful for, and want to let our supporters who worked so hard know that their efforts have made a real difference for this community.

Here is a copy of the letter to everyone from Marina West & Richard Lutringer, who led our fight against S-Power:

Greetings Friends and Neighbors,

We are very pleased to inform you that the Board of Supervisors voted in favor of our appeal against S+Power/Mabbett Family Trust!!!! There is a little paperwork to do at the Board meeting of June 2, but the intent of the Supervisors vote was clear.

This was no small effort and I want to thank each and every one of you for your support in sticking to the facts and not emotions. It’s hard to believe but this process started just about 1 year ago. That is a long time.

So, enjoy today!!!

Marina West and Richard Lutringer

Here are some links in the local press covering the story:


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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