It’s now four years since this battle begun, and we’re still winning.

Last year, the Joshua Tree Downtown Business Alliance won its case against Dollar General’s developers in CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) court.

The Dollar General developers have appealed that decision to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeal, and opening briefs have been filed by both sides. The next step is for the Court to assign a date for the three-judge panel to hear oral arguments. A ruling will be issued sometime after the oral arguments are made.

It is hard to say what the timeline on all of this will be, but the bottom line is that no Dollar General is going to be built in Joshua Tree anytime soon. And that’s a good thing for us, and bad for Dollar General and their developers, Dynamic Development and Depierro Development Corporation.





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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