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Golf course, sports complex need support in hearts and wallets

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Posted: Saturday, September 29, 2012 5:30 am

As of this writing, the Brehm crews have made substantial progress in abating the dead trees, weed overgrowth and other public hazards on our golf course as promised.

A number of questions and issues will need to be addressed in the months and years to come. Living in close proximity to what was once our golf course, our neighborhood was ecstatic that Mr. Brehm and Brehm publishing were finally successful in acquiring the property. The TV news coverage down below and the interview with our mayor brought even more attention to its importance. The golf course was truly our oasis, and made a substantial economic contribution to our town via the weekend golfers and their families it attracted, to say nothing of the recreational benefits to our local golfers and student athletes. Obviously again it can serve as a portion of the engine for the economic growth of our town and community.

Not to be overlooked, considerable numbers of us recall the time when the clubhouse was a social hub for good dining, entertainment, dancing and good times with friends. One would hope it will return to being the “open to the public country club” atmosphere we once enjoyed.

In the July 28 edition of the Star, Floyd Martin responded tothe news relating to the golf course on behalf not only of the golfing community, but also on the economic-development potential, i.e., real estate values, commercial resurgance of the west end of town, etc. … This is but one of the many diverse options put forth as to the future course of our community, and not one to be ignored.

And, in the forthcoming review of the general plan, one would hope some focus will be on economic development, rather than the “bits and pieces” scattered throughout a variety of programs.

The current ED potential piqued my interest as I have a friend/client interested in relocating and opening a business here in the Basin. The Planning Department provided all of the permitting requirements; Cheryl at the chamber was, as always, helpful in providing considerable printed material extolling the virtues of Yucca Valley.

Seemingly the town manager would be the next logical step in my quest for specific information, i.e., answers if possible:

•    The Old Town Redevelopment Plan’s status.

•    What is the plan for the bank building?

•    Reenergize Grubstake Days to its former signature event.

•    Does the town government have any intention or plan to work with the owners of some of our current or forthcoming vacant commercial properties…?

I know these items present more than a considerable challenge, given the already extensive docket confronting our town government. However, this concept is one that has been adopted by several towns and cities seeking to address similar economic downturns. I hope this approach is worth consideration.

Last, but far from least, is the Brehm Sports Park and Miracle League complex. The failure of receiving the anticipated major grant from the town was a major financial setback to the project. This effort must be completed, as it will be a major contribution not only for our town, but for the youth of the entire Basin and beyond. It is important that our community support this effort, not only in our hearts, but financially as well.

The Brehm family and the Basin Wide Foundation have accomlished so many good works here in the Basin without fanfare, there are too many to acknowledge here. Now they need our support, and it should be forthcoming. Please help do your part. I encourage you to contact the foundation at (760) 365-5464 and find out how you can help.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This letter was edited to fall within the word limit.

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  • desertjazzman posted at 10:04 pm on Tue, Oct 2, 2012.

    desertjazzman Posts: 6

    I think when the citizens of Yucca Valley wake up to the fact that the golf course will never become a golf course again. When the Hi-Desert Water Board meets in a closed door meeting hours before the Hi Desert Publishing Co. buys the golf course somethings up. Like water. Anyone who plays golf knows the up keep on each green is somewhere between $30,000 and $40,000 a year. The water rights can be sold back to the Hi Desert Water District for a profit to the owner hands down. To maintain it as a golf course will cost a pretty penny. I don't think the culture of the city is such that the owner can turn a profit of making a golf course. But he can by selling the water to the Hi Desert Water District. Again driving down the hill to play at one of the 100 plus golf courses will always be a far better experience than playing golf in Yucca Valley. If they couldn't make a go of it before what makes people think that the Hi Desert Publishing Co bought it for that purpose. It's about Water.

  • idavidgraficks posted at 8:59 pm on Tue, Oct 2, 2012.

    idavidgraficks Posts: 871

    Well Muuz, next you'll have me kicking little kids and small dogs. I was pointing out that Yucca Valley has to make some major decisions. Both Bill Parisia (LTE writer) and you have investment and knowledge in the welfare of the Yucca Valley. Let's not attack the messenger that points to the Elephant in the room. That Elephant is water availability. The "restored" Blue Skies Golf Course would use as much water as 1000 Yucca Valley households (about 2500 people). That's up to Mr. Brehm to go forward with his subsidized (it costs him about $15 per acre foot in electricity for pumping) water costs. Hi-Desert Water District would have to replace that water at $430 per acre foot. I've already paid over $3,000 in Mohave Water Agency assessments for Yucca Valley's water import structure. The rate payers of Hi Desert Water District are subsidizing the big water users (Town of Yucca Valley, Morongo Unified School District, Tri-Valley Little League and Joshua Springs Church) thru greatly reduced rates. That's the current situation without factoring the 14 approved and will serve lettered housing tracts that haven't been built and the water treatment plant (that also needs 25% of effluent quantity in fresh water) that is also thirsty. So where's all this water coming from? The most water the State Water Project can provide is about 2500 acre feet per year. As stated in the earlier post, Yucca Valley uses 3100 acre feet and imported about 640 acre feet thru the SWP last year. The (Yucca Valley) Hi Desert Water District's Urban Water Management Plan was projecting the importation of almost twice that (4600 af-5200 af ) in the next five years.
    Yucca Valley choose to have a WalMart SuperCenter but Yucca Valley won't be growing (or barely) for the next decade. The WalMart SuperCenter will be killing the mid-town and West End of Town commercial retail or at least what's left after the sewer assessments hit town.
    So now, Yucca Valley wants more peoples money thru the Measure U sales tax to support their unsustainable growth. Yucca Valley hasn't convinced the Morongo Basin it's figured out what it's doing. Yucca Valley has abused it's natural assets and resources and pursued short-sighted answers with costly results.

  • muuz posted at 5:23 pm on Tue, Oct 2, 2012.

    muuz Posts: 15

    I'm sorry, I didn't realize that we should neglect any form of sports from our kids. How many team sports can a child play without grass? Basketball and...? As far as the Brehm park/Miracle League complex goes, I was under the impression that 1 or 2 fields will be artificial? While we are on grass and team sports, if it is such a detriment to our way of life, why is no one crying over the grass at the High School?
    How about other things we dont need but are nice to have? Let's get rid of cars and trucks and everyone of us should ride a bike. After all, that enables global warming. So does using electricity in some form of other (either by the direct use of the grid or by using the products made to use electricity). O wait, than some of the typical complainers would have to leave their computers and not be able to hide behind a keyboard and berate anyone else that does not fall into their ideals.
    People are not wanting to make Yucca Valley a veritable jungle, they are wanting to do things that would encourage others to come visit and to share in our small town and way of life. The golf course used to be frequented by many that did not live here (yes, they drove up from down the hill to play when it was taken care of) and the sports fields enable our children to learn team work and fair play (if only some of the coaches would learn that first). Several years ago I had the fortune to sit in on a sports council meeting and at that time we were one field away from being able to host a soccer tournament but the High School would not allow their field to be used at the time (which would be after football season but before the soccer seasons first set of games). What would a tournament like that do? Bring in quite a few people to our area and since we are relatively remote, instead of driving back and forth each day they would stay the night and spend money in our town, thereby raising town revenue.
    But, we dont need anything here but desert and grumpy people on a keyboard (sarcasm intended).

  • tomloret posted at 5:23 am on Tue, Oct 2, 2012.

    tomloret Posts: 411

    "Why does Yucca Valley NEED everything that requires vast amounts of water?"

    It is because they are a delusional people in which reality is an affront to their psychosis. They consider it their duty to turn nature's desert into a lush garden of Eden so they can play out their theater of omnipotent power over life, nature, and others in a way that demonstrates domination and matter how perverse, expensive, unnatural or even criminal. They are the standard bearers of war, environmental destruction and the erosion of rights and liberties.

    You can hear them congratulate themselves every Sunday as the global temperatures rise, as the body counts mount, and as the poverty rate multiplies by higher and higher percentiles. So the real question becomes when will enough citizens wake up from this insanity and begin to exercise some slight regard for what lives outside their own vain, violent, greedy, loveless and above all, clueless egos.

    You got any other explanation? I'd like to hear it.

  • worksmart posted at 6:08 pm on Mon, Oct 1, 2012.

    worksmart Posts: 75

    Excellent point Mr. Graficks.

  • idavidgraficks posted at 12:25 pm on Mon, Oct 1, 2012.

    idavidgraficks Posts: 871

    The Blue Skies Golf Course (350 acre feet of water per needed) the Brehm Sports Park (at least ten acres of LAWN, 100 acre feet of water per year needed) and the "dog park complex" with vast amounts of water needed (they have grand plans for lots of lawn). So Yucca Valley is planning to spend at least another 550 acre feet of water per year additional to it's current 3100 acre feet per year. Look up the latest State Water import year and it was less than 700 acre feet or one fourth the amount of water Yucca Valley uses per year. Yucca Valley has to be reminded it is in a DESERT. The current subsidized wholesale price of water thru MWA is $430 per acre foot. After 2022, Yucca Valley has to bid on the open market which will be at least $1200-1500 per acre foot of water. Why does Yucca Valley NEED everything that requires vast amounts of water?

  • worksmart posted at 9:50 am on Sun, Sep 30, 2012.

    worksmart Posts: 75

    Last, but far from least, is the Brehm Sports Park and Miracle League complex. The failure of receiving the anticipated major grant from the town was a major financial setback to the project. This effort must be completed, as it will be a major contribution not only for our town, but for the youth of the entire Basin and beyond. It is important that our community support this effort, not only in our hearts, but financially as well.

    What is being said here? Money is needed? What's going on here?


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