• Our elves have decked the hall for the holiday season, to get you in a festive mood for the delicious Holiday Dinner this Saturday, December 4th, at 5:00  p.m.

Savory spiral-cut ham and tasty side dishes and dessert, yum, for only 10.00 per person. (5.00 for kids 12 and under). Bring friends and neighbors to the Community Center for a terrific dinner; stay awhile after dessert for announcements and local news at the General Meeting.

You do not have to be a member of the Johnson Valley Improvement Association to attend these meetings, but of course, we would love to have you sign up for 2022! See info below.

• The Homestead Valley Community Council Scenic 247 Committee moves the campaign to achieve State Scenic Highway status for Hwy 247 to the County Planning Commission

HVCC President Jim Harvey, Karen Watkins of County Land Use Services, and Caltrans Landscape Architect Almabeth Anderson will present their "whys and wherefores" we need establishment of California Scenic Highway 247. Public comments are welcome.

(Read all about this grassroots project at  www.scenichighway247.com. See the original presentation to obtain sponsors' endorsements for the campaign, the Case for Scenic 247, and the 144-page Visual Assessment, photographs, and detailed descriptions of four sections of the road presented to Caltrans for approval.)

The County Planning Commission meets at 9:00 a.m. next Thursday,  December 9th, at the County Government Center.
385 N. Arrowhead Ave.
San Bernardino, CA 92415

The Government Centers will be open for public teleconference:
Bob Burke Government Center
63665 Twentynine Palms Highway
Joshua Tree, CA 92252
High Desert Government Center
15900 Smoke Tree Street, 1st Floor
Hesperia, CA 92345

Alternative methods of viewing and participating in this Planning Commission meeting include:

(1)  View the live stream of the Planning Commission meeting at:
http://www.sbcounty.gov/Main/Pages/ViewMeetings.aspx ;

(2)  If you wish to make a comment on a specific agenda item prior to the day of the meeting, please submit your comments via email or online by  8:00  a.m. on the Thursday of the Planning  Commission meeting.
Please submit your comments to the Planning Commission Secretary via email at PlanningCommissionComments@lus.sbcounty.gov.  Your  comments  will  be  placed  into  the  record  at  the  meeting;

(3)  If you watch the live stream of the meeting and wish to comment on this agenda item as it is being heard, please submit your comment, limited to 250 words or less to the Planning Commission Secretary at PlanningCommissionComments@lus.sbcounty.gov.
Comments received prior to the end of the agenda item will be provided to the Planning Commission after the meeting. 

• OOPS a misplaced comma last week had the Stagecoach Solar project spreading all over. Eagle-eyed readers of the JV NEWS caught it; “30,000” acres of State School Lands in the scenic corridor of Hwy 247 shrunk. Steve Bardwell commented, “the project is only 3000 acres(!!!) not 30,000 (a billion there a billion here…)”

Please comment on Stagecoach, the unacceptable intrusions in the soon-to-be Scenic 247 corridor. New substations, overhead transmission lines, enabling more and more projects to destroy the whole region. And raise your electric rates!

Submit your comments on the Stagecoach Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) before 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 22, 2021.

Comment via email and include any attachments in PDF or Microsoft Word format, to:
Subject: Stagecoach Solar Project Draft EIR Comments

Or mail to:
California State Lands Commission
100 Howe Avenue, Suite 100-South
Sacramento, CA 95825
Attn: Sarah Mongano

View the full EIR document at https://www.slc.ca.gov/ceqa/.
Electronic copies may also be reviewed at the three branch libraries in Lucerne Valley, Barstow, and Apple Valley.

To receive a paper copy, contact Sarah Mongano at sarah.mongano@slc.ca.gov or 916.574.1889 for the most up-to-date information on the availability of the Draft EIR. They note that paper copies printed on demand may take several days to produce and ship.

• An illegal pot farm in Johnson Valley finally went under Operation Hammerstrike. Still, lots more for the Marijuana Enforcement Team to bust, but hooray, at last we made it on the list!

Reminder: if you have information regarding the investigation of illegal pot farms, please contact the Sheriff's Gangs/Narcotics Division at (909)387-8400 or NARC-MET@sbcsd.org.

Or, report the information anonymously on the We-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com.

The Marine Corps and the Bureau of Land Management share jurisdiction over the Johnson Valley OHV Area. Part of the deal – every year you are invited to the USMC/BLM Resource Management Group (RMG) public meeting.

Due to COVID-19 precautions, this year they are unable to host an in-person public meeting. As an alternative, you are invited to e-mail any comments regarding the management of the Johnson Valley Shared Use Area.

During this whole month of December, the RMG will be accepting public comments via the Resource Management Group email at: SMBPLMSJOHNSONVALLEY@usmc.mil. 

Please include “RMG Annual Meeting Comment” in the subject line of your email. Each comment provided via email will be recorded and a response provided.

Current information on military training in Johnson Valley is also available at: http://www.29palms.marines.mil/johnsonvalley/. For questions, comments, or to request occasional email or text updates, you may also email SMBPLMSJOHNSONVALLEY@usmc.mil.

• Reminder – you still have time to gather up those household hazardous wastes to take to Lucerne Valley HHW Collection next weekend!  Less than a half-hour from JV, behind the firehouses on Hwy 247 in Lucerne Valley on Saturday, December 11, from 9:00 a.m. till noon.

Volunteers can only take:
    •    household-generated motor oil & oil filters (no oil containers over 5 gallons)
    •    antifreeze
    •    auto & household batteries
    •    latex (only) paint
    •    medical needles
    •    fluorescent tubes & bulbs
Please no trash, nothing else

• The Johnson Valley Improvement Association early membership campaign continues to sign up new members and renewals for 2022 at any JV Saturday Breakfast at the Community Center.

Or sign up by secure credit card online at http://www.johnsonvalley.com/join.html
Please download and print the application form to mail to JVIA.

Annual dues: only 15.00 per person. Any extra donation is very welcome, and thank you!

Remember, new JVIA members get a New Member Free Breakfast card, sent when their application has been processed – a get-acquainted reward for newcomers!

• It seems like higher costs for food and supplies, forcing the JVIA Board to raise prices for Saturday Breakfast, hasn’t stopped OUR customers coming in. Thanksgiving weekend saw 81 breakfasts sold – a pre-lockdown turnout! 

We know your breakfast in the JV Community Center is still a bargain. And, good news, you can still order two favorites invented during the lockdown To-Go days!
2-Egg Omelette, 7.00 
    3-Egg Omelette, 8.00
2-Egg Breakfast Burrito, 7.00
    3-Egg Breakfast Burrito, 8.00

The Traditional Menu:
The Large Breakfast Plate is only 7.00 – your choice of

    Hash Browns with Biscuit, 
    Biscuits & Gravy,  or
    French Toast

(each with 2 eggs any way, plus bacon, ham, or sausage).

The Small Breakfast Plate gives you the same menu choices, just smaller servings, for only 5.00.

Come for breakfast, 7:00-10:00 a.m., stay to socialize over your never-empty coffee cup!

To order takeaway in advance, call 760-792-4555. Please keep calling if the line is busy.
Cash, check, or credit card accepted.

For those of you who have not visited The Johnson Valley Community Center before:
From Old Woman Springs Road (Hwy 247), between mile markers 21 and 22,
look for the big red Johnson Valley sign at Larrea Road.
Turn onto Larrea Road (paved), go 1-3/4 miles up to Quailbush Road.
The large building is on the corner to your left, you can’t miss it!

Keep smilin'

Betty Munson


Johnson Valley Weekly Neighborhood News
by Betty Munson