Stop Joshua Tree Solar Farm Now!

$5,391 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 88 people in 11 months
Tom O'Key
on behalf of Valeree Woodard
 JOSHUA TREE, CA
Help Stop the Joshua Tree Industrial Solar Development from destroying our pristine desert view shed!

Your support will make the difference!

Joshua Tree needs to win this crucial battle as the community is appealing the Planning Commission's decision allowing this poorly sited and devastating industrial scale solar project to be built in plain view of residents, local businesses, vacation rentals and our countless tourist visitors. The 115 acre project will be in clear view from miles around!

Financial support is humbly requested to help the boots on the ground to defend  and fight to save Joshua Tree from the full scope of the costs of the expected actions related to this effort.

Immediately, we need to cover the $1300.00+  fee required to file the appeal to the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors. This is the next step and must be done as soon as possible as a deadline is quickly approaching.

It is assumed that attorney costs will be involved, and an advertising campaign to bring public awareness to the issues. There are only rough estimates to these costs and it is likely that additional funds will be sought. For now, $5000 dollars is requested as a starting point in the assessed needs to competently meet the challenges ahead.

The poorly proposed site is the current location of the historic Roy Williams Airport, named for the famous Walt Disney Mouseketeer and inventor of the World renowned "Mickey Mouse Ears Hat" and countless animated characters  known to Disney fans, everywhere. Williams began working with Walt Disney in 1929 and our little airport brings warm feelings of connectedness just thinking about the association.

The site is located on Sunfair Road in Joshua Tree and is on the same road that leads to the Joshua Tree Music Festival and the Joshua Tree Lake RV & Campground that is a key overflow destination for thousands of our tourist visitors who come to Joshua Tree National Park.

The solar farm will be completely visible from the North boundary of the Park and the "lake effect" will create a dominating visual eyesore that has been proven to lure migrating birds to falsely believing they are landing on water.

Many wildlife corridors are associated with the general area and the long fence line will channel animals onto the highly traveled Sunfair Road as there will only be two ways around the solar farm. Going East takes wildlife directly onto the roadway.

Finally, and as a matter of information, other considerations associated with other solar projects also occur including the need for scarce desert water that will be required for cleaning and maintenance, fugitive dust storms from the freshly disturbed soils, habitat losses for existing desert wildlife including burrowing owls, tortoises, and other species, and the fact that a failed and bankrupt solar farm is within half a mile of this site that will add to the "cumulative effect" of adding another similar project so closely to each other. 

For many reasons we ask for your consideration and support.

Thank you!
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Update 1
Posted by Tom O'Key
8 months ago
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Thanks for your generous contributions and good will in supporting this important Joshua Tree Community effort! Here's a bit of news regarding the current situation.

The County has set the appeal date for August 9 at 10am. Our group, Joshua Tree Community for Responsible Solar has been actively constructing our case for presentation and gathering letters of support and signatures on a petition and comment cards that now total close to one thousand concerned citizens. We will continue gathering signature and accepting letters until the appeal date as we will be submitting them in person to the Board Of Supervisors at the appeal hearing.

There is a public comment session during the appeal for citizens to voice concerns and testify before the Supervisors.
We have raised enough money to move onto the next stage in our available process should we loose the appeal. This step will be litigation with CEQA as our foundation.

A bank account has been established to manage the funds and with that an accounting system for keeping track of expenditures and uses of the funds.

If you have any questions or thoughts about this campaign, please contact me through gofundme.

Again, thank you all for caring about Joshua Tree and our fragile and beautiful desert lands.

Tom O'Key
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Tom O'Key
11 months ago
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OK! The appeal documents and filing action will be hand delivered to the County Offices on Monday. It is very fortunate for us that the help of experienced legal counsel has led the drafting of the appeal documents. This is some of the same team whose previous effort brought the success of the Landers Bowman victory that was won a few months ago. As of now, signature cards are being distributed and a call for letters of opposition to the project are being requested. A table was set up at the Joshua Tree Health Foods during the Farmer's Market today to gather signatures and will likely be there next Saturday, as well. Thanks to Thomas. Mark and others for making this happen. More soon!

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Tom O'Key
10 months ago

for whatever reason, GoFundMe re-shared the Stop the Joshua Tree Solar Farm campaign. Not sure how they do that, but, they do.... Thanks for continuing the support. The appeal is moving forward and we will be prepared for all potential outcomes.

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Tom O'Key
10 months ago

Thank for continuing to push these numbers beyond the limits of our dearest hopes. Standing before a well attended audience of citizens at the Municipal Advisory Counsel, last night, showed a solidarity and committment coming from so many to stand as well. We will not step back and we will not stand down. The voice of our desert is soft but incredibly strong! Thank you, All!

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Tom O'Key
10 months ago

WE HAVE REACHED OUR GOAL OF $5000.00! BRAVO AND THANK YOU ALL!! The deadline for filing the appeal has passed and the paperwork was in with plenty of time to spare. The County personnel who help us applauded the early hour submission. The receipt reads that filing took place on 05-02-2016 at 13:42:45 The project number also changed because of the filing. Project No. P201400482/CUP is now Project No. P201600234 All funds will be used directly for the expenses incurred to win this battle, legally, ethically and morally. Everyone who has helped in any way, including all who have generously contributed to this fight are entitled to be considered honored members of the newly formed group named the; Joshua Tree Community for Responsible Solar

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Tom O'Key
11 months ago

We are well on our way! Thank you all! The effort continues in forward motion and the appeal to the San Bernardino County Supervisors is in progress! More news as it happens! Thanks, Tom

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$5,391 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 88 people in 11 months
Created April 26, 2016
Tom O'Key  
on behalf of Valeree Woodard
$11
Anonymous
7 months ago
LL
$50
Luana Lynch
7 months ago

Please support this community and reject this poorly considered project

PH
$30
Pat Horwath
7 months ago
AZ
$50
Andrea Zittel
10 months ago
NK
$25
Nancy Klein
10 months ago
TO
$50
Timnlinda OKey
10 months ago
PH
$25
Pat Horwath
10 months ago
$25
Mat Crossan
10 months ago
$25
Anonymous
10 months ago
DB
$100
Douglas Buckly
10 months ago
Tom O'Key
11 months ago
1
1

OK! The appeal documents and filing action will be hand delivered to the County Offices on Monday. It is very fortunate for us that the help of experienced legal counsel has led the drafting of the appeal documents. This is some of the same team whose previous effort brought the success of the Landers Bowman victory that was won a few months ago. As of now, signature cards are being distributed and a call for letters of opposition to the project are being requested. A table was set up at the Joshua Tree Health Foods during the Farmer's Market today to gather signatures and will likely be there next Saturday, as well. Thanks to Thomas. Mark and others for making this happen. More soon!

+ Read More
Tom O'Key
10 months ago

for whatever reason, GoFundMe re-shared the Stop the Joshua Tree Solar Farm campaign. Not sure how they do that, but, they do.... Thanks for continuing the support. The appeal is moving forward and we will be prepared for all potential outcomes.

+ Read More
Tom O'Key
10 months ago

Thank for continuing to push these numbers beyond the limits of our dearest hopes. Standing before a well attended audience of citizens at the Municipal Advisory Counsel, last night, showed a solidarity and committment coming from so many to stand as well. We will not step back and we will not stand down. The voice of our desert is soft but incredibly strong! Thank you, All!

+ Read More
Tom O'Key
10 months ago

WE HAVE REACHED OUR GOAL OF $5000.00! BRAVO AND THANK YOU ALL!! The deadline for filing the appeal has passed and the paperwork was in with plenty of time to spare. The County personnel who help us applauded the early hour submission. The receipt reads that filing took place on 05-02-2016 at 13:42:45 The project number also changed because of the filing. Project No. P201400482/CUP is now Project No. P201600234 All funds will be used directly for the expenses incurred to win this battle, legally, ethically and morally. Everyone who has helped in any way, including all who have generously contributed to this fight are entitled to be considered honored members of the newly formed group named the; Joshua Tree Community for Responsible Solar

+ Read More
Tom O'Key
11 months ago

We are well on our way! Thank you all! The effort continues in forward motion and the appeal to the San Bernardino County Supervisors is in progress! More news as it happens! Thanks, Tom

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