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 JTDBA vs Dynamic Development/San Bernardino County Dollar General State Appeals Court Ruling. We haven’t seen the documents for denial yet, but we need to inform our supporting Friends and Family of the current status of this lawsuit as soon as we learned of it. This legal avenue of resisting Dollar General appears to have ended. We’re studying our future options and great thanks to everybody who’s supported our efforts. We have and still are fighting the good fight to keep Joshua Tree the kind of place we have all come to know and love.
Stephanie says: “I’ve been to some dreamy nurseries over the past few weeks sourcing plants for the Sunever Farms food forest. This one is Randy Myers Nurseries in Sky Valley (wholesale, but in his words ‘I’ll sell to anyone who can figure out how to find this place’)”
Looks like the wild gopher snake really likes ‘our’ ‘yard.’ Cat seems resigned to situation. Mice worried. Lizards freaking out. #desertlife #JoshuaTree
We are so fortunate to receive so many lovely guests at our cabins who support our long-term project…
Via Defend Joshua Tree website…
VERY BAD NEWS: JOSHUA TREE LOSES TO DOLLAR GENERAL FORCES AT STATE COURT OF APPEAL
Last week the 4th Appellate District Division 2 State Court of Appeal reversed Joshua Tree Downtown Business Alliance’s 2014 victory in “CEQA Court” (CEQA: California Environmental Quality Act). In that case, San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge Donald R. Alvarez had agreed with the JTDBA that the store’s potential harm to the town’s economy had not been given adequate consideration in the approval process.
You can read/download the Court of Appeal’s 35-page June 15, 2016 decision here. The ruling was written by Presiding Justice Manuel A. Ramirez, with Associate Justice Thomas E. Hollenhorst and Associate Justice Carol D. Codrington concurring.
This is a major and perhaps fatal blow to the people of Joshua Tree’s five-year-long fight to keep Dollar General and developers Dynamic Development and Depierro Development from building a Dollar General store at the corner of Sunburst and the 62.
An appeal by the JTDBA to the California State Supreme Court is possible, but would be something of a hail mary as the Court hears fewer than 3 percent of the cases sent its way.
The JTDBA is consulting with its legal counsel as to what to do next, with an announcement expected soon.
Coyote pup has visited a friend at our tree farm for 2 evenings in a row…
This morning… Stephanie was on a morning walk in the open desert and came across this…
Our friend Natalie was in town a couple of weeks ago. She was out exploring when she came across this owl, whose wing was broken. We put Natalie in touch with a helpful local volunteer at a wild bird rescue non-profit, who responded within minutes. The owl is now healing.
(By the way: at first we were told this animal was a screech owl, but we’ve since been told that’s not correct. Can anyone help us with an ID?) This is a long-eared owl.
Owls are a big part of life out here, but they’re not easy to photograph. Thank you Natalie for sharing these photos with us…
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Spotted the other morning outside our house in the potato patch…
More info: http://www.desertusa.com/reptiles/western-banded-gecko.html
Gorgeous photo of our original homesteader cabin and the Milky Way by recent guest Dr. Leon Gurevitch: “Full frame camera and an exposure of 20 – 30 seconds. 8 shots and stitched them together afterwards.”
Leon Gurevitch: http://www.victoria.ac.nz/design/about/staff/leon-gurevitch
Be our guest at this cabin: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/39492
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