Town of Yucca Valley Community Update
Town of Yucca Valley Community Update
June 2016 

The Dog Days of Summer know we are in them when you drive around Town and most folks are hunkered down in their homes out of the heat and humidity....or even better...out of Town on vacation somewhere. Whatever you find yourself doing in the heat of summer, we want to welcome you to another edition of the Town of Yucca Valley's Community Update. Whether you are a resident, business owner, visitor or part of our basin family, we are privileged to serve you. As you will see through the information below, there is a lot happening in Yucca Valley...even in the heat!  We invite you to stay engaged with your Elected Officials and with Town Staff as new decisions are considered and made with the simple goal of keeping the Town of Yucca Valley as a great place to live, work, and play. As always, we appreciate your participation and feedback at any time. Visit the Town's website for contact and additional information at or feel free to stop by Town Hall to say hello.
Curtis Yakimow - Town Manager

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Town Celebrates its Silver Anniversary

Happy 25th Birthday to the Town of Yucca Valley! The Yucca Valley community joined for a big Town-Wide Birthday Party on July 16th at the Community Center softball field with music, food, and fun! The Birthday Bash was graciously sponsored by Pacific Western Bank and Burrtec Waste and Recycling. 
Yucca Valley Places Measures on November Ballot for
Voter Consideration

Measures would lower cost of sewer system for residents and maintain vital town services

On August 2, 2016, the Yucca Valley Town Council voted unanimously to place two local measures on the November 2016 ballot for voters' consideration to address local needs. For the past year, members of the Citizens for Lower Sewer Costs Committee, and other community members, have been working with the Town to identify and evaluate potential local revenue options to lower the cost of the sewer system for residents and to address Town service needs.

After careful consideration, the Citizens for Lower Sewer Costs Committee concluded that the best option available to the community to address these issues was local revenue generation and recommended that the Town Council place a measure to lower the cost of the sewer assessments and a separate measure for essential Town services on the November 2016 ballot.

The Sewer Measure is a special purpose local sales tax measure that would require by law that all measure funds are spent locally in Yucca Valley to reduce the assessment costs of the sewer system. If approved, the sewer measure will equitably reduce the costs of the sewer assessment for all phases by up to 30% per year. 
The Town Services Measure will provide local funds that are protected by law from the state, for local town services, including public safety and streets and pothole repair. The Town Council outlined potential spending priorities for the Town Services Measure if it passes in a separate resolution. The priorities are maintaining neighborhoods safety, police patrols and 911 response; maintaining and repairing existing neighborhood streets and roads; and, maintaining the Town's quality of life basic programs.
Interested in learning more about the Town's November Ballot Measures?

The Town of Yucca Valley is committed to ensuring that Yucca Valley voters are fully informed regarding the upcoming Town ballot measures this November. Over the course of the next few months, the Town will be holding workshops and outreach sessions to provide every opportunity for voters to understand the issues, understand the measures, ask questions and get answers. If you would like the to schedule an educational meeting or a sit-down with your particular group, please contact Town Clerk Lesley Copeland at , or call her at (760) 369-7207 ext. 226 to schedule a time.

The Town of Yucca Valley has a webpage dedicated to the November Ballot Measures. Click Here to learn more!
Recycling Center Location Update
Mayor Continues "Coffee with the Mayor" Meetings
Yucca Valley Mayor, Robert "Bob" Leone continues the popular "Coffee with the Mayor" series this month on Wednesday, August 24th at 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. The public is invited for coffee and an informal discussion on items of interest in the community. Coffee with the Mayor is held on the fourth Wednesday of each month  in the Mesquite Room at the Town's Community Center Complex. Dialog with your local elected officials is highly encouraged.
Community Services Department- Upcoming Events and Activities
Summer Music Festival Final Line-Up Includes Garth Brooks Tribute and Classic Rock 
On August 6th the concert series will feature a tribute to Garth Brooks with "The Garth Guy", Dean Simmons. Simmons is celebrating 20 years of giving audiences across the country the live Garth Brooks experience that is performed with respect and amazing accuracy.  His shows are a sincere tribute Garth Brooks - the man, and his music. Dean began his career as a Garth Brooks tribute artist in 1994 and was quickly recruited to perform in the world famous "Legends in Concert" in Las Vegas, Myrtle Beach and Atlantic City. Currently, Dean produces his own 90-minute show based on Garth's live concerts, and naturally became known as "The Garth Guy." For more information about The Garth Guy, visit his website  .

The Festival will conclude on August 13th with a performance by Southern California favorite, "The Answer".  This classic rock band delivers a knock out show and have opened on stage for Pat Benetar, George Thorogood and The Destroyers, Blue Oyster Cult, and many others. With stage energy, witty antics, and free giveaways, "The Answer to Classic Rock" is Southern California's premiere classic rock experience. For more information visit their website 

The Town of Yucca Valley Summer Music Festival is held at the Yucca Valley Community Center ball field, 57090 Twentynine Palms Highway, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.; gates open at 6:30 p.m.  The public is invited to bring a blanket and lawn chair and enjoy the show.  All ages are welcome to attend and admission is free. The festival provides a quality mix of various musical styles in a setting for friends and family to gather, offering residents and visitors an occasion to take in the wonderful hi-desert outdoors and a time to celebrate music and community.  Festival media sponsors for the Town of Yucca Valley Summer Music Festival are Z107.7 FM and Hi-Desert Publishing Company.  
Girls Learn the Thrills and Skills of Volleyball in Action-Packed 4 Day Camp 

The Town of Yucca Valley has joined with the Yucca Valley High School Lady Trojan Volleyball Team to present a thrilling summer youth volleyball camp for girls entering the 6th through 10th grades.  The camp will take place at the YVHS Gymnasium Monday through Thursday, August 8th through the 11th.  Designed to promote skills development and game knowledge in novice and intermediate players, the camp will help athletes improve their game and prepare for middle school or high school team tryouts. Campers will be given individual and group instruction in the fundamentals of volleyball and will be divided into groups to ensure maximum development.  Coaches and players from the YVHS Lady Trojan Volleyball Team will be directing the camp which will run from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm and features volleyball instruction and activities from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm; a lunch period from 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm (campers bring a sack lunch); and a daily splash in the pool with the camp team from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm. No special equipment is required. The camp fee is $75 per player which includes a camp T-shirt and swim admission to the high school pool.  Space is limited so early enrollment is advised.  Registration is accepted online or in person at the Community Center from 12:00 to 5:00 pm, Monday through Thursday.  For more information call the Town of Yucca Valley Community Services Department at 369-7211.

Kids' Splash Day at Paradise Park Features Water Slide, Music and Refreshments

On Saturday, August 13th the Town of Yucca Valley Recreation Department will host a Kids' Splash Day event at Paradise Park located at 58938 Barron Drive in Yucca Valley. The event will feature an inflatable water slide and water games, along with music and refreshments including hot dogs and snow cones.  The event will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Children ages 5 through 17 are welcome and must be accompanied by an adult.  All activities and refreshments are provided free to the public.

New "Light the Night" 5K Glow Run Takes to the Streets on August 19th

The Town of Yucca Valley invites runners of all ages to its Light the Night 5K Glow Run on Friday, August 19th.  Wear your best glow in the dark accessories and stay for the after party including awards, music and refreshments! Race time is at 7:30 p.m. with start and finish at Brehm Park located at 56620 Little League Drive in Yucca Valley.  The 5K run will be held on a moderate course through the neighborhoods around Brehm Park and the Boys and Girls Club. Course brochure with map is available at the Yucca Valley Community Center or online. Awards will be presented to the top male and female overall winners, and the top three male and female winners in each age category. Additional awards will be presented for best glow outfits in individual and group categories. The $20 entry fee includes registration for all ages, glow in the dark souvenir t-shirt, and post-race refreshments.  Pre-register and enjoy express check-in at the race and a special glow giveaway!  To enter the 2016 Light the Night 5K Glow Run event, register online or return a completed entry form and fee to the Community Services Office at the Yucca Valley Community Center, 57090 Twentynine Palms Highway; office hours are Monday through Thursday from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.  On-site registration will be accepted at the race from 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. (event shirts not guaranteed). For more information, call the Community Services Department at 760-369-7211.  Sponsors for the Light the Night 5K Glow Run are Hi-Desert Publishing Co. and Z107.7 FM Community Radio.

Personal Self Defense Workshop Offered August 20th at Yucca Valley Community Center

Learn the time tested art of the Samurai - tailored to today's environment. Instructor Norman Rose, black belt in Ketsugo Jujitsu, has over 20 years of experience and will teach a variety of self-defense techniques that can be used by everyone. This 2 ½ hour, hands-on lesson is presented by the Town of Yucca Valley Recreation Department and includes demonstrations, instruction and lecture. Students should wear comfortable clothing.  Ages 14 and up are welcome to participate and no experience is required. The Self-Defense Workshop will take place on Saturday, August 20, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Town of Yucca Valley Community Center. The cost is $15.00 per person; the class is free to students with school ID.  Space is limited; early registration is encouraged. Registration is accepted online or in person at the Community Center from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday. On-site registration will be accepted as space allows. For more information contact the Town of Yucca Valley Community Services Department at (760) 369-7211, Monday through Thursday, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Yucca Valley Animal Shelter and Animal Care and Control
Back to School Cat-A-Palooza! 
Yucca Valley Animal Shelter is proud to present "Back to School Cat-A-Palooza!" This special event runs for one week from Tuesday, August 2, 2016 through Tuesday, August 9, 2016. Adoption fee is $20 and includes current vaccines and spay or neuter. The "Cats" will not last long so be sure to come out and adopt your new "Cat".

The Animal Shelter is located at 4755 Malin Way, just off of Skyline Ranch Road.  The shelter is open Tuesday - Saturday from 12:00PM to 5:00PM.  The shelter can be reached at 760-365-3111. View the shelter's adoptable pets on 

"Clear the Shelter" Adoption Event 
Your Animal Shelter participated in the nationwide NBC Clear The Shelter Adoption Event.  This was the second year for this national event and the first year the Yucca Valley Animal Shelter participated.   When the shelter doors opened at noon, it was standing room only at the shelter; and the adoptions started immediately after that and continued until the shelter closed.
Your shelter adopted 36 animals into forever homes during the one-day event and set a new Yucca Valley Animal Shelter adoption record for a single day.
Parks Division News, Repairs and Improvements
The Parks crew performed valve replacement on water irrigation systems at Old Town Yucca Valley and The Home Depot median islands. Then corrected flow sensor issues at Brehm and Essig Parks.



Yucca Valley Public Safety
Upcoming Neighborhood Watch Meetings- Public Invited  


Code Compliance Update
Code Compliance makes headway on calls regarding debris in residential areas. An initial courtesy notice is issued giving the property owner time to bring the property into compliance. The courtesy notice was effective with some of the property owner bringing their property into compliance. A second correctable citation was issued to other property owners at which time the properties were brought up to compliance.


Capital Improvement Projects
Paradise Park Improvements
The Town received a State Grant award, and the Town Council allocated funds from the Community Development Block Grant funds for improvements to Paradise Park totaling $403,024.37. The Paradise Park Improvement Project included the following improvements:
  • Two new basketball courts/demo of existing court
  • Separate pickle ball court
  • Lighted walking path
  • Shade cover by playground equipment
  • Electrical lighting on walking path and basketball courts
  • Seating benches along walking path
  • Rough and precise grading
  • Limited fencing replacement
Status: The project is 100% completed, the ribbon cutting event was held on August 2, 2016.


Jacobs Park Tennis Court Resurfacing Project:

Work consists of repair and resurfacing of two (2) tennis courts on existing concrete pads.

Work is underway on this project. The tennis courts are scheduled to be completed this week.

Hi Desert Water District- Capital Replacement Project:

The HDWD CRP Project will be concentrating on areas within the Phase 1 area of the upcoming sewer project. This will allow for underground work to be completed prior to final paving of these streets. The district has generated 7 different project areas at various locations inside of the sewer project boundary.
Status: Pipe installation and trench paving continues in several areas.

Southern California Edison:
Work is underway on a vault to contain Edison facilities on Sage Avenue, south of Onaga Trail.
Status: The south bound lane is closed to allow the work to be completed safely. Work is scheduled to be completed and paved for traffic by August 12, 2016.

Private Land Development Activity

Time Warner Cable Conditional Use Permit 02-95 Amend. #1 
The proposal is for a 1,337 square foot addition to an existing 1,078 square foot unmanned communications hub.
The project is located at 6720 La Contenta Road and is further identified as APN: 601-201-40.
Status: The project is scheduled for Planning Commission public hearing on August 09, 2016.

O'Reilly Auto Parts Site Plan Review, SPR 01-16:

The proposal is for the construction of 8,550 square feet of commercial retail space, parking, landscaping, and storm water management.
The property is located on the northwest corner of 29 Palms Highway and Grand Avenue and is further identified as APNs: 595-081-12 and 595-081-13.
Status: The Development Review Committee meeting was held on June 15, 2016. The project is on hold pending the re-submittal of plans by the applicant.

Conditional Use Permit 05-95 Amendment #2, Joshua Springs:

The proposal is for the addition of an outdoor amphitheater, one or two additional class room units, and additional parking at an existing facility.
The project is located at 57373 Joshua Lane and is further identified as APN: 585-062-65.
Status: Revised plans were received by the Town on July 13, 2016 and are under review by staff. Only minor modifications to the previous approved plans are anticipated.

Conditional Use Permit 01-13 Gottlieb Prescott Center:
The project is located at the southwest corner of 29 Palms Highway and Prescott Ave and was approved by the Planning Commission on July 9, 2013.
Status: Applicant is requesting a three year extension on the CUP approval. This item is scheduled for the Planning Commission meeting of August 9, 2016.

Town of Yucca Valley | 760-369-7211 |  
57090 Twentynine Palms Hwy
Yucca Valley, CA 92284