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.