Industrial scale renewable projects on land zoned for residential and commercial use, or located next to such property is wrong! The moneyed investor from out of the area buys up land cheaply through land development companies. Soon after, the surrounding land drops in value, up to as much as 50%, since no one wants to live next to an ugly, sterile industrial complex. The middle class home owner is particularly hurt, since their home usually is the majority of their life savings and retirement plan. Not to mention that the wide-open desert view that once attracted them is gone.
Tony Malone speaks at a previous meeting of the Lucerne Valley and Johnson Valley Municipal Advisory Council. File Photo
By PETER DAY
LUCERNE VALLEY • Renewable energy expert Tony Malone will speak on the future of renewable energy in San Bernardino County during Thursday's regular meeting of the Lucerne Valley and Johnson Valley Municipal Advisory Council.
A resident of Lucerne Valley, Malone as served as a renewable energy instructor at Victor Valley College and previously served as chairman of the MAC.
ABOVE: Suzette Davis, LVSUD superintendent
By PETER DAY
LUCERNE VALLEY • The Lucerne Valley Unified School District will hold a special board meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20 in the board chambers.
The purpose of the meeting is to give the annual performance evaluation to Superintendent Suzette Davis. The evaluation will be discussed in closed session with an announcement following in open session.
A former principal, Davis as served as LVUSD superintendent since 2011.
Master Ruben Gonzalez holds his classic Bolex 16-millimeter film camera.
LUCERNE VALLEY • Karate instructor Master Ruben Gonzalez is no stranger to film.
In the 1980’s Gonzalez starred in Spanish-language action film, “Garra De Tigre.” He starred in a sequel — “Terror A La Muerte” — and also had a small part in the Jack Nicholson film “Prizzi’s Honor.”
Recently the Los Reyes, Michoacan native dusted off his trusty Bolex 16-millimeter film camera, which he used for footage of his annual karate tournament on Nov. 8 at Lucerne Valley High School.
By Peter Day
LUCERNE VALLEY • Lucerne Valley Elementary School is changing the way it deals with student behavior issues.
The school has begun implmenting Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS), a year after training staff on the new approach.
“Historically schools have tried to control students with punishment,” said fourth-grade teacher Brian Adams, who gave a presentation on PBIS to the school board last Wednesday. “But that is negative an exclusionary.”
By PETER DAY
Vendors from the High Desert and beyond came to Cadillac Antiques to sell their wares last Saturday.
The antique store held its first parking lot sale just in time for Christmas shopping.
Nearly a dozen vendors sold all manner of items: wall hangings, ceramics, china, art and more.
ABOVE: Elizabeth Barbosa
By PETER DAY
The Lucerne Valley Chamber of Commerce has announced it is seeking qualified candidates in its search to replace secretary Elizabeth Barbosa, who is leaving her position late next month.
The application period runs through Dec. 2.
“We will begin reviewing the applications the next day,” said board member Jean Magee. “We must have all applications on Dec. 2.”
SACRAMENTO • In response to public requests, the Renewable Energy Action Team is extending the public comment period for the draft Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement for 45 days.
The comment period, originally scheduled to close on Jan. 9 will be extended through Feb. 23.
Chart Your Way to the Treasures of Success: On Nov. 7, the Lucerne Valley FFA program took 18 students to the High Desert Section Leadership Conference in Valyermo. They interacted with other chapters, participated in games led by the section officers, and hiked up the mountain to learn how to repel off of a boulder and do a ropes course. “We played many games, made many new friends, and overall had a great, memorable time,” said FFA Chapter reporter Keagan Weis. “We’re excited to see what next year has in store for us!”