Stop Altamira !

$8,633 of $20k goal

Raised by 87 people in 4 months
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Janet Johnston  JOSHUA TREE, CA
The Altamira gated development, proposed in the heart of Joshua Tree community of Friendly Hills, surrounding the elementary school, will blade 105 acres of native Joshua tree woodland, shoehorn 248 speculative (and relatively expensive) homes onto 10,000 sq.ft. lots, and then encircle and enclose its maze of cul-de-sacs with wall and fence.  This design is completely out of character with the area.  The existing rural neighborhood is currently built on 18,000 to 2.5 acre lots, all built as needed by locals, on open, natural desert streets, through which all neighbors and animals are welcome to travel.

The San Bernardino County Planning Staff said this project would have no potential impact on the environment, and pushed through a Mitigated Negative Declaration, rather than requiring an Environmental Impact Report which would have revealed the obvious issues, and would have required an alternate design. The County did not review the project for consistency with either the County General Plan, or the Joshua Tree Community Plan, which is a required "finding" by both State and County Law. 

The Planning  Commission passed the project (4 to 1) in April, the JT 105 Alliance (an asssociation of concerned community members) appealed,  and then after a very questionable hearing, the Board of Supervisors passed the project 3 to 2, on September 27, 2016.  The JT 105 Alliance filed a CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) lawsuit, and we now need our extended community, and desert-loving guests to help pay for the lawyer, filing fees, and costs associated with this action.  The core JT 105 Alliance members have spent, and will spend, hundreds of hours of volunteer time, as they see the importance of stopping this project for future of our Morongo Basin, and for the benefit of all our National Park Visitors.

Janet Johnston and Gayle Austin have volunteered to manage the fundraising for the JT 105 Alliance.  We are both  residents of, and active in, the community of Joshua Tree.  Gayle is an amazing tattoo artist, and along with her husband, are building a business in downtown Joshua Tree.  They have both worked at the local schools, as well.  Janet came to Joshua Tree, back in 1998, to build the Harrison House, and was the architect for Sacred Sands B&B (her husband helped build it), as well as private houses, locally. She and her husband decided to raise their family here, and have volunteered for years as soccer coaches in Joshua Tree, and extensively at the local school.  Janet and Gayle are well-known in various circles of the community, and can provide references (again with some notice) as to our committment and character. 

You can research the history of the community's battle with the Altamira development, and keep up on updates,  on the local  HiDesert Star (newspaper) and KCDZfm (radio) websites.

The funds collected are going to be used to pay the court fees, the JT 105 Alliance's lawyer's fees, and any direct costs (copies, mailing expense, and possibly renting a room for a meeting) required for the case. 

We have opened a specific bank account for this action of trying to stop this development.   We will route all money collected, and all money spent to pay lawyer (etc.) through this bank account, so all is transparent. All transactions are available for review by anyone who has donated, with a few days notice.  Janet Johnston is the responsible party that will withdraw the funds from GoFundme, then deposit into the bank account that Gayle Austin and Janet jointly opened for the purpose of paying the lawyer, and costs associated with JT105 Alliance's battle to stop this development, that is so out of character with our community.

We will post updates  to inform all donors of the continuing status of the case, as it proceeds. Once we know the case is finished (whether this trial court, or potential appeal), and it will take time, we will contact folks to determine together what to do with any remaining funds.  Options may include either returning whatever percentage (if any) is left of their donation to them, or donate to a local charity.
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Update 2
Posted by Janet Johnston
2 months ago
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A Happy Holidays Greeting, and a huge THANK YOU, for all your donations for the Stop Altamira Campaign !!! We have paid the lawyers' first invoice, for all their work to date! The lawyers had to absorb all the documents, arguments, and history of this 8 year battle, and then crafted the detailed petition which lays out all our arguments/issues, filed the case with the court, then "served" all the parties. They have been very efficient with their time.

The next step is soon approaching, and we will update/inform you about that, as soon as we get a few more details in place. THANK YOU, and please continue to donate, and share.

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Update 1
Posted by Janet Johnston
4 months ago
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WOW, thank you all for your support in our fight to keep a gated development out of Joshua Tree. We are over 20% towards our goal!!! 45 donations, and $4,228 collected! Please share with your friends!
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$8,633 of $20k goal

Raised by 87 people in 4 months
Created November 14, 2016
JJ
Janet Johnston  
DT
$60
Debbi Truncale
1 month ago(Offline Donation)
MC
$50
Marcia Cooper
1 month ago
PR
$50
Paula Rivera
1 month ago
GA
$100
Gayle Austin
2 months ago(Offline Donation)
DC
$75
David Carrera
2 months ago
DC
$20
David Cline
2 months ago(Offline Donation)
KM
$50
KAT Moser
2 months ago

So hoping you win and that the land eventually goes to the Mohave Land Trust. A walled tract of houses is completely out of place here and would create such traffic on Alta Loma. People don't come to Joshua Tree to live in or see tract houses.

SC
$100
Scott & Steve Cutler-Pratt
2 months ago
JS
$100
Josh Smith
2 months ago
$100
Anonymous
2 months ago(Offline Donation)
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