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Listen To Your News Wednesday, November 7, 2012 News Archive
     

LOCAL, COUNTY, AND STATE ELECTION RESULTS
We have preliminary election results:

  • President Obama won re-election with 50 percent of the vote and 303 electoral votes. He needed 270 electoral votes to win the election.
  • Paul Cook is the projected winner for the 8th Congressional District, over Greg Imus, with 58 percent of the vote.
  • Diane Feinstein returns to the U.S. Senate for a fourth term, with 60 percent of the vote.
  • State Assembly District 42: Republican Brian Nestande over Democratic Mark Orozco with 56 percent of the vote.
  • 3rd District County Supervisor: James Ramos trounced Neil Derry, with 59 percent of the vote.
  • Measure U: the 1 percent sales tax in Yucca Valley, failed to pass with 52 percent of voters saying no.

For the following local races, candidates are listed in order of the most votes received. These results are with 100 percent of the precincts reporting, but are still pending the results of provisional and absentee ballots.

  • The closest race—Twentynine Palms City Council: Is still too close to call with John Cole and Cora Heiser ahead with 16 votes between them, Joel Klink trails by just 2 votes as of 7 a.m. this morning.
  • Yucca Valley Town Council: Robert Lombardo and George Huntington. No totals are given for write-in candidate Bob Leone.
  • Morongo Unified School District: Ed Will, Karalee Hargrove, and Ron Palmer.
  • Copper Mountain College: Dick Rogers, Greg Gilbert, and Mary Lombardo.
  • Hi-Desert Water District: Sarann Graham and Bob Stadum.
  • Joshua Basin Water District: Victoria Fuller ran away with the election, with 48 percent of the vote.
  • Hi-Desert Medical Center: Martie Avels, Paul Hoffman, and Patricia Cooper.

And now for the propositions:

  • Prop 30, Temporary state sales tax, Yes, with 54 percent of the vote.
  • Prop 31: State budget, No, with 61 percent of the vote.
  • Prop 32: Political contributions by payroll deductions; No, with 56 percent.
  • Prop 33: Auto insurance, No, with 55 percent.
  • Prop 34: Death penalty, No, with 53 percent.
  • Prop 35: Human trafficking, Yes, with 81 percent.
  • Prop 36: Three strikes law, Yes, with 69 percent.
  • Prop 37: Genetically modified food labeling, No, with 53 percent.
  • Prop 38: Tax for education, No, with 72 percent.
  • Prop 39: Business Tax for Energy Funding, Yes, 60 percent.
  • Prop 40: Redistricting State Senate, Yes, 72 percent.
  • In the County, Measure Q is leading Measure R, 68 percent of the vote to 65 percent. Measure Q would cap the compensation of county supervisors.

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AN INTERVIEW WITH NEWLY ELECTED CONGRESSMAN PAUL COOK
California Assemblyman, former Yucca Valley mayor and Yucca Valley resident, and retired Marine Paul Cook is the projected winner for the newly formed 8th Congressional District, representing San Bernardino, Inyo, and Mono Counties in Washington D.C. Z107.7's managing editor Tami Roleff spoke with Cook by phone this morning about winning the election, and files this report…
For Yucca Valley resident and Congressman-elect Paul Cook it was a long night last night as he waited for the election results to come in. "About an hour of sleep, that's about it. Because we were waiting for updates throughout the night. I think the final update was about 6 a.m. this morning. It was a long night but when the absentee ballots came in, things looked pretty good, and we were very pleased with that." I don't know the individual results from the Morongo Basin but they've always been my greatest supporters." So what's next for the future Congressman? "Well, I'll be scheduling a meeting with Congressman Jerry Lewis and pick his brain about what's going on. Jump the gun, so to speak. We're very, very happy. There are a number of races they still haven't called in California for Congress. I think this is pretty set and we don't have to worry about that. This is a big change."

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MISSING MOJAVE CROSS FOUND, NEW CROSS GOES UP SUNDAY
More than two years after it vanished from its rocky perch in the Mojave Desert, a controversial cross reappeared Monday, wrapped up and zip-tied to a fence post along a highway in San Mateo County. The Mojave Cross was at the center of a Supreme Court case about whether the cross was an appropriate memorial for federal land. Two weeks after the court ruled in 2010 to allow the 7-foot-tall metal cross to remain, it was stolen. The stolen cross had a note attached to it, which said that it was the Mojave Cross, and that whoever found the cross should "notify the appropriate authorities of its presence here." The stolen cross was made by Henry Sandoz of Yucca Valley, who also made a replacement cross that is to be installed this Sunday atop Sunrise Rock in the Mojave Desert. Wanda Sandoz told Z107.7 News, "It doesn't matter to us if it's the cross someone stole or the replacement cross Henry made, the important thing is that there is a cross there." Just last week, the National Park Service finalized the transfer of land in the Mojave National Preserve to the California Veterans of Foreign Wars to maintain as a permanent home for the Mojave Cross War Memorial. The cross was first erected in 1934 by veterans of World War I as a memorial to veterans.

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETS, ACCEPTS $300,000 BEQUEST FOR ANIMAL SHELTER
The Yucca valley Town Council met in regular session last night. The council heard good financial news about support for their new Town-County Animal shelter facility. Managing editor Tami Roleff joins us again. She was there and files this report…
The Yucca Valley animal shelter dominated the agenda at last night's meeting of the Town Council. In a last-minute addition to the agenda, the Town Council formally accepted a nearly $303,000 bequest from the estate of Cyla Wells, to be used by the animal shelter. Animal Care and Control Manager Melanie Crider was enthusiastic about the possibilities the money offered. "It'll all be toward the animals. Cat condos, spay-neuter vouchers programs, sponsored adoptions." Crider was grateful to Wells for the bequest. "So thank that someone thought of us and trusted us to do that." Next, the Town Council approved a bid for the new animal shelter. Construction should start in January, and the new shelter should be operational by January 2014. In other business, the Town Council adopted a resolution opposing the Black Lava Butte wind project, saying that if the wind turbines come, then transmission power lines are not far behind.

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VETERANS TRIBUTE PLANNED FOR SUNDAY IN YUCCA VALLEY
The annual Morongo Basin tribute to veterans alternates between Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms each year. This year, the Town of Yucca Valley will host the 2012 Morongo Basin Veterans Tribute on Sunday, November 11, at the Community Center. The event will start at 10 a.m. with a formal tribute program at 11 a.m. There will include displays of military and public safety equipment, musical entertainment, a community barbecue and a flag-folding ceremony performed by the local Young Marines. The Young Marines will serve breakfast to veterans, current military, and public safety employees, starting at 8 a.m. in the Senior Center.

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SCHOOL BOARD GETS GOOD NEWS ABOUT JOSHUA TREE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FUNDING
At the Morongo Unified School District meeting last night the board discussed the agreement between school staff and the district. But as Reporter Kristy Lockhart explains the board was excited to get the news that the State has finally come through with some money owed to the district…
After a brief discussion, the board of Directors approved the establishment of a sub-fund for the new Joshua Tree Elementary School. When the current school was discovered to be on a fault line, the district had to come up with the funds to build a new school. Construction began in January of this year. Assistant Superintendent Dave Price says the State has just now paid its share. "All the board is doing tonight is creating an account to put the money for Joshua Tree Elementary we are supposed to receive from the state allocations board—about $6.3 million dollars." The new school is expected to be ready sometime this spring. Also at the meeting Assistant Superintendent Doug Weller presented the Sunshine agreement. Among the issues to be negotiated this year: compensation and benefits including health insurance cost.

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BOARD MEETS TOMORROW
In Joshua Tree, the Copper Mountain College Board of Trustees meets in regular session at 3 o'clock tomorrow in the Bell Center's Community Room. Payment of warrants, a financial and budget report for fiscal year 2011/2012, and human resources matters are in addition to reports and consideration of routine items on the consent agenda.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION HEARS LAW ENCOURAGING HOME-BASED FOOD BUSINESSES
The dominant topic at the Twentynine Palms Planning Commission meeting last night was a new state law that promotes home-based food businesses. Reporter Dan Stork gives us some food for thought…
Assembly Bill 1616 encourages the creation of so-called "cottage" food operations, which are home-based. The law mandates that localities allow them, starting January 1, 2013. It prohibits "potentially hazardous" products such as ones containing meat or cream fillings, but provides a long list of allowable items, including fruit pies, candy, preserves, bread, granola, and many more. Operators are required to take a short food-handling course, but health inspections can be done only if someone complains after the fact. The law permits localities to impose restrictions related to hours of operation, noise, parking, and minimum separation distances from each other, provided that the rules are in place by January 1. The Commissioners were uniformly dismayed by the law, and set about considering a long list of restrictions that the state might allow–20 devised by Development Director Charles LeClaire and another 10 from Commission Chairman Cary Alderson–and approved most of them.

The rationale for the new state law includes:

  • Locally-produced foods will likely be healthier than processed foods;
  • Cottage industries are a source of jobs and economic activity;
  • More than 30 other states already promote this activity.

In other business, the commission approved a code revision that extends from 18 months to 24 months the length of time that a non-conforming use can lapse without having to meet code requirements upon resumption. Also, the Commission told the operator of a planned barber shop that it was upset that he had enclosed an entry area without asking permission, and directed him to re-apply for his permit or drop the application altogether.

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HI-DESERT, JOSHUA BASIN WATER AGENCIES MEET TONIGHT
The High Desert Water District holds its regularly scheduled meeting tonight. On the agenda tonight, the board will participate in a emergency response workshop. The workshop will focus on emergencies such as earthquakes and the Emergency Operations Plan in place to deal with them. The board will also discuss creating a reimbursement plan to assist employees with excess out-of-pocket expenses. The switch to a new medical insurance plan will save the district money but will result in higher deductibles for workers.

Joshua Basin Water District will meet in regular session tonight; the board continues to move ahead with their recharge project. Reporter Mike Lipsitz checks the agenda…
The Joshua Basin Water District Board meets at 7 o'clock tonight at District offices on Chollita Road in Joshua Tree. The board will consider authorizing about $10,000 to Dudek Engineering to submit an approximate $2 million grant for the ground water recharge project; construction of the ground water recharge ponds will likely be delayed until it is known if the grant is approved. Also tonight, the board will consider a Citizens Advisory Committee recommendation that landlords—whose tenants have a history of leaving unpaid bills— either take out water service in their name or pay off the bad debts after three incidents of tenant delinquencies. And among other items, the board will consider canceling the meeting scheduled for Thanksgiving eve and instead, hold a special meeting the following week. Then following reports, directors are expected to adjourn to closed session.

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A TRIBUTE TO THE WOMEN OF THE WILD WEST AT HI-DESERT NATURE MUSEUM TOMORROW
The Hi-Desert Nature Museum kicks off its Winter Lecture Series with a fun-filled tribute to the women of the Wild West. Reporter Kristy Lockhart has more…
Cowgirls appeared on the American frontier in the mid-1800s. During a time when women were expected to act ladylike, sew, serve tea in the parlor, and care for her husband and family, cowgirls lived on the fringes of society working stock alongside the cowboys and were determined and spirited pioneers. Museum Supervisor Lynne Richardson will present stories and images of the early cowgirls of the American West who worked on ranches, performed in Wild West shows and competed in rodeos. The Winter Lecture Series is held one Thursday a month from November through March. The series kicks off November 8 at noon and admission is free. For more information, go to the museum web site at hidesertnaturemuseum.org.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL BEATS ANAHEIM IN CIF PLAYOFF ACTION
The Twentynine Palms High School Ladycats Volleyball team beat Anaheim in 3 sets to win their first round of CIF. They were led by Jonette Brown with 10 kills. Alex Herrera had six kills and three blocks. Laveena Benavnte had five kills, two blocks, and two ace serves. All girls saw playtime. The Ladycats will travel to Hemet to take on the third-ranked Hemet at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

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