Author Archives: Jay Babcock

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.

DOLLAR GENERAL ENTITY ASKS WATER DISTRICT FOR WILL-SERVE LETTER

June 21, 2017: Joshua Basin Water District General Manager Curt Sauer reports to the District’s Board of Directors that the District has received a request from an architectural firm representing a person that will do a Dollar General business in … Continue reading

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GOOD NEWS ON ALTA MIRA HOUSING PROJECT!

Big update from local activists at the JT105 Alliance….: The JT105 Alliance filed a CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) lawsuit against the County and the developers of Altamira on October 28, 2016. Since then, 89 people have donated $8,683, to … Continue reading

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Hi-Desert Star: “SOLAR PROJECT AT JOSHUA TREE AIRPORT PUT ON HOLD”

GOOD NEWS! From local newspaper the Hi-Desert Star: Solar project at Joshua Tree airport put on hold Posted: Friday, March 17, 2017 4:23 pm By Leah Sanson, Hi-Desert Star JOSHUA TREE — The NextEra corporation is stopping, at least for … Continue reading

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LAWSUIT LAUNCHED BY JOSHUA TREE LOCALS TO STOP PROPOSED ‘ALTA MIRA’ GATED HOUSING PROJECT

JT 105 Alliance is seeking to raise $20,000 to fund its lawsuit against the proposed 105-acre, 248-unit Alta Mira gated housing project. Over $2,000 has been raised already. You can donate here: STOP ALTA MIRA! gofundme You can also send … Continue reading

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BAD NEWS: CA. SUPREME COURT DECLINES TO HEAR JOSHUA TREE’S CASE AGAINST DOLLAR GENERAL

David Fick of the Joshua Tree Downtown Business Alliance posted on Facebook: Late today, Friday October 14th, the JT BA has been notified by our legal representation that the State Supreme Court has Denied our Petition for Review of the … Continue reading

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JOSHUA TREE COMMUNITY JOINS 2ND LAWSUIT AGAINST COUNTY OVER ‘NEXTERA’ SOLAR COMPLEX APPROVAL

From a recent edition of the Hi-Desert Star…

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ARGH. COUNTY SUPES APPROVE ‘ALTA MIRA’ GATED CONDO PLAN FOR JOSHUA TREE, 3-2

More on this later. For now, here’s the straight news from 107.7 KCDZ… A controversial housing development in Joshua Tree, the 248 units on 105 gated acres known as Alta mira, got a green light at yesterday’s meeting of the … Continue reading

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