Memorial Day Ceremony
Monday, May 27th 10:00 a.m. at the Lucerne Valley Memorial Park, just west of the Lucerne Valley Post Office between Highland and Oxbow Roads.
Invitation to all from our friend Chuck Bell, “Let’s be there to honor those who have kept us free.”

Our June won’t be boring, lots to do in the Homestead Valley! Be sure to mark your calendar now, special dates in the high desert!

• Saturday, June 1st  SPAGHETTI DINNER
A favorite at the Johnson Valley Community Center – come enjoy that special spaghetti sauce imported from Vince’s in Ontario, garlic bread, green salad, and special dessert treats.

Doors open at 4:30 p.m., dinner is at 5:00.
Donation, only 7.00 per person; kids 12 and younger, 4.00.

Come a little early to take a stroll through the Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden; check out what’s blooming in the warmer weather, and new donations from community members of vintage artifacts from homesteader days.

Stay awhile after dinner for announcements, door prizes and the general meeting of the Johnson Valley Improvement Association – non-members as well as members welcome. Find out what’s happening!

• Monday, June 3rd, TWO YOGA CLASSES every week!
“Yoga for Anybody with Any Body” now at Landers Belfield Hall from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Open to adults at all levels from chair yoga to intermediate. Focus on breathing, relaxation, opening the joints, building strength, and balance building.
Larry Rosenwinkel has taught yoga for twelve years, including 24-Hour Fitness, Nifty After Fifty and for ten years in domestic violence shelters via his non-profit “Fitness 4 All.”

"Santosha Flow Yoga" every Monday evening, 6:30-7:45 p.m. starting June 3rd, with instructor Laura Hauther. An all-levels class, to connect mind, body, and breath with a vigorous vinyasa yoga flow.

Hauther did her 200-hour training at Power Yoga Palm Springs after six years of dedicated practice. After trainee teaching at PYPS, she taught at Copper Mountain's Community Center as well as private sessions. A mediator since childhood, Laura finds the enhanced mind/body connection she discovered in yoga brings new dimensions to her practice.

Each class, 10.00, cash, check, credit card by Square.

Bring water. They have some mats, chairs and yoga props to lend, but if you have your own favorite equipment, please bring them! If you don’t have one, you can usually find them at Marshall’s or Ross for around $10.
Belfield Hall, 58380 Reche Rd. From Hwy 247, turn onto Reche Rd, go 3.2 miles. After you pass the Post Office, look for Belfield Hall ahead on your left.

held in Flamingo Heights Community Center at 4:00 pm.

As Flamingo Heights Community Association president Joe Hertel described it, this will be a general basic class on questions from you, with answers being provided to all attendees. Come ask the instructor your questions and learn more on how to communicate or work with all your devices. Bring your device for hands-on troubleshooting and suggested tactics to keep you safe while online. A $5 donation is requested of members; nonmembers invited for a $10 donation. The class will be open from 4:00-5:00 p.m., followed by individual assistance or learning slots of fifteen minutes each, available for an additional donation to the association for $5.

If you haven’t got the hang yet of all the functions of your computer or phone, find the help you need only minutes away from JV – turn right onto Hwy 247, go 12.5 miles to Perris St., turn right at La Copine Restaurant. The Center is a short distance away at 55977 Perris.

• Saturday, June 22nd  SUMMER SOLSTICE FEST with Pizza & Craft Beers
A full day at the Homestead Valley Park, a “Pizza for Power Points” fundraiser for the Homestead Valley Community Council.
The goal: purchasing a PowerPoint projector for HVCC meetings and Movie Nights at the four Community Centers in the Homestead Valley.

How about pizza your way? Get it by the slice, 1/4 of a 14” pie, with your choice from all the traditional toppings!

    Cheese, 2.00.
    Two toppings: 2.50.
    Three or more toppings, 3.00.

All baked from scratch to your order!
Also available, soda, bottled water, chips, ice cream sandwiches, and other sides.

The Mojave Desert Brewers Guild will set up for beer-brewing demos all day. They will also be dispensing their craft beers, donated for the Summer Solstice Fest, 12-oz. Cup, 3.00.

Come any time from 10:00 a.m. till sundown. Homestead Valley Park is on Belfield Rd. in Landers, located between Linn Rd. and Reche Rd.

More details to come!

• The attorney for The Red Brennan Group, currently suing San Bernardino County, arguing the Fire Tax is unconstitutional, wrote to the County Board of Supervisors requesting urgent action concerning Item # 134 on the “Consent Calendar” for Wednesday’s hearing, that the item be:

    -Removed from the consent calendar;
    -Delayed until the next Board of Supervisors Meeting, currently scheduled for June 11, 2019; and,
    -Placed in the open discussion portion of the Agenda for the June 11, 2019 meeting.

If Item #134 below had remained on the consent calendar, it would have passed without any public discussion!

“Acting as the governing body of the San Bernardino County Fire Protection District, adopt resolution for Service Zone FP-5 (expanded area is shown in Attachment A to the resolution) that:

       Sets the amount of the existing special tax for 2019-20 at $161.98 per parcel (3% increase from the 2018-19 special tax rate of $157.26).
        Directs the Secretary of the Board of Directors to publish a copy of the resolution once in a newspaper of general circulation within Service Zone FP-5.
        Directs the Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector to place the special tax for Service Zone FP-5 on the 2019-20 tax roll.

(Presenter: Don Trapp, Interim Fire Chief/Fire Warden, 387-5779)

Matt from Supervisor Rowe’s office sent the message below – reporting the action that the Board of Supervisors took:

    Motion/Second: Robert A. Lovingood/Dawn Rowe
    AYES: Robert A. Lovingood, Dawn Rowe, Curt Hagman
    ABSENT: Janice Rutherford, Josie Gonzales

Tom Murphy of The Red Brennan Group, wrote:

    “Item #134 (FP5 3% increase to $161.98 for Tax Year 2019/20) was delayed until the June 11th meeting. While the tax increase is of concern, what really caught The Red Brennan Group’s eye was this paragraph from the documentation supporting today's agenda item:

    "On October 16, 2018 (Item No. 58), the Board of Directors (Board) adopted a resolution that expanded the boundaries of Service Zone FP-5. As part of this expansion, SBCFPD stated that all current paramedic (PM) and fire protection (FP) service zones would be replaced by Service Zone FP-5.

    “The October 16th item did not, however, dissolve the other PM and FP service zones. The 2019-20 recommended budget will not include any revenue from Service Zones PM-1, PM-2, PM-3, PM-4, FP-1, FP-2, FP-3, FP-4, and FP-6 because these special taxes will not be placed on the 2019-20 tax roll.

     “The Red Brennan Group felt that, if the county did not properly execute on the October resolution, there may be both a political and legal opportunity to readdress the entire FP-5 issue. We suggested the county do that at today’s meeting.

     “We will keep you updated as we work through this issue.”

Write to Tom at tmurphy@redbrennan.org if you would like your name added to the e-mail list for updates on the Fire Tax,

ALSO, Tom requested from the Homestead Valley Community Council:

The Red Brennan Group are looking for one to five initiative proponents. We are drafting an initiative to repeal the special tax associated with FP-5.

We will need not less than one, and no more than five, people willing to sponsor the initiative. They must be 1) registered to vote, 2) residents of the county, 3) own property (probably best to actually reside) in the FP-5 service zone…

If you know anyone in your network that is interested, please forward this email and have them contact me at (760) 810-5830 or tmurphy@redbrennan.org.

Friendly reminder, I'll be in JV this coming Fri, Sat, Sun, and Mon. May 24-27 for chiropractic house-calls!
Call or text for an appointment for a chiropractic house call at your home or office, 760-810-2443. If the weekend does not work for you, you can schedule an office visit in Apple Valley.
–Dr. Chris Lawrence

If you are not a JVIA member yet, you may join anytime, only 15.00 per person for the rest of 2019. Application forms are on the lobby desk at the Center.

Members of the Johnson Valley Improvement Association receive the Johnson Valley Journal six times a year. It contains news, Association events, photos of wildlife, OHV happenings, history, and advertisements for businesses willing and able to serve us out here and on the highway.

This JV NEWS e-mail keeps you up to date between Journals, including stories and information published in the weekly community news columns in the Hi-Desert Star.

If you prefer not to receive these e-mails, reply and say Cancel.
Stop by the Community Center between 7:00-10:00 a.m. for a great breakfast with a never-empty coffee cup. Large breakfast, only 6.00! Small breakfast, 4.00.

Off-roaders welcome! While you are here, ask for a Sidekick Offroad Map of the Johnson Valley OHV Area. The folding paper map is 3.00. The silkscreened Bandanna Map is 8.00. Don’t leave home without it!
(Plus, they make great gifts for friends!)

Navigating by GPS? – find your way to the Community Center:
34.3424938     -116.56066880000003.

The best way to the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Area using community roads: go straight down to Hwy 247 on the road nearest you. You can cross directly over the highway legally to the dirt trail running along the north side of Hwy 247. (Please stay on the dirt shoulders if you travel on the paved Larrea Road while in or on a green-sticker vehicle.)

Slow, please. Remember, any vehicle, street-legal or not, going over 25mph damages dirt roads. Delivery vehicles and the trash truck do the worst, but OHVs get the blame. Noise can carry, and dust can drift a long way. Let’s not annoy the folks who live here.

Both JVIA members and non-members are welcome to scheduled activities and special events!

Regularly-scheduled events:

    -Saturday Breakfast: 7:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
    -Dinner: every 1st Saturday at 5:00 p.m. followed by the General Meeting (except May and October)

    -JVIA Board Meeting: Friday following the 1st Saturday, 6:00 p.m.
    -Card Club: Pinochle on Tuesdays, noon-4:00 p.m.
    -Quilters: on the 4th Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
    -Hobby Club: on Wednesdays and the 4th Friday 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Special events:

    -The Homestead Valley Community Council holds regular meetings here three times a year on the third Monday, at 3:00 p.m. The next will be in June and October.

    -JVIA Fundraising events this year: we just had our Cinco de Mayo Fiesta on May 4. Oktoberfest also comes up on a Saturday afternoon, October 12, with lots of craft beers and cider, and a great German buffet. No General Meetings those months.

The Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden, well-established on the land next to the Community Center parking area, has many drought-resistant shrubs and trees. The extra rainfall this winter and spring have given them all a growth spurt, and warm-weather blooms have begun.

New donations of vintage artifacts, and new growth of the garden railway, have also given a new look to the Garden, which you can visit any time. Plus, Ed Warren’s one-man airplane flies again, in its rebirth as a wind vane in the Garden.

Ask the cashier at Saturday Breakfast if the model trains will run – though not tomorrow as the train crew cooks on the third Saturdays!

-Think about using the Center and the Garden for birthday or anniversary celebrations, parties, family gatherings, or weddings. JVIA asks for a donation to cover overheads and that you leave the place as you found it. Check with me for available dates.

Johnson Valley Community Center
50567 Quailbush Rd.
Johnson Valley CA 92285

From Hwy 247, turn onto Larrea Rd,
go 1-3/4 miles up to the corner of Quailbush Rd.
You see the Community Center on your left.

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Betty Munson


Johnson Valley Weekly Neighborhood News
by Betty Munson