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

End of School! Graduations! Summer Vacations! It never fails to amaze at how fast the school year comes and goes. We extend our best wishes to all the recent graduates and wish them much success in the years to come. Welcome 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. 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 Council Adopts Two-Year Spending Plan

The Town adopted its two year budget on May 17, 2016.  The adopted budget covers the periods from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2018.  Budgets adopted include the General Fund, Special Revenue Funds and the Successor Agency budgets for the years stated.  The General Fund budget is a balanced budget that does not use reserves to cover expenditures.  The highest priorities in the General Fund Budget are Public Safety and Infrastructure Maintenance and all other major program and services are budgeted to continue at the existing service levels.  The General Fund Budget does not include an increase in Public Safety staff or additional infrastructure funding.  Both of these needs are currently underfunded and funding them in the future will be an ongoing challenge for the community. 
If you have any questions regarding the newly adopted budget for FY2016-18, please contact Sharon Cisneros, Finance Manager at or by calling 760-369-7207. Click on the link below to view the related Budget agenda item (#17).
Community Indicates Potential Support for November 2016 Measures for Public Safety, Streets and Roads, and Sewer Assessment Reduction
Following up on the Community Outreach and Strategic Planning efforts completed in the Fall of 2015, the Town Council recently began to look at the viability of presenting the Community with the opportunity to determine their preferred level of service for Public Safety and Police, Streets and Road maintenance, and Sewer cost assistance, through a potential sales tax measure or measures on the November 2016 ballot. The Council unanimously agreed to move forward with a formal survey of the Community to accurately understand the Community's priorities and interest in such an approach.

This survey effort has been completed and indicates the Community is supportive of two potential measures that address the Town's Public Safety, Streets and Roads and Sewer Assessment Reduction needs. The Town Council will be receiving the results and providing further direction based on community input at their June 21 Council Meeting.
The summary of the survey results can be viewed here.
Recycling Center Temporarily Closed
Are you wondering where you can take your recyclable materials? The Town recently learned that Venture Recycling in Yucca Valley has closed. Communication with the operators suggests that this may not be a permanent closure, however no date for reopening has been provided. Did you know that there are still many places to take your recyclable material?  Here is a listing of nearby recycling centers. Help keep Yucca Valley clean...recycle today!

Mayor to Hold Regular "Coffee with the Mayor" Meetings
Yucca Valley Mayor, Robert "Bob" Leone invites the public to join him 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 from 8:00AM to 9:00AM in the Mesquite Room at the Town's Community Center Complex. The next meeting will be held on June 22, 2016. Dialog with local elected officials is highly encouraged to continue to make Yucca Valley a desirable community for residents, businesses and visitors. 

From the Town Clerk's Office
Town Seeking Planning Commissioner

The Yucca Valley Town Council is currently seeking applicants to fill a position on the Yucca Valley Planning Commission. The commission serves in an advisory capacity to the Town Council pertaining to land use and development. All interested Town of Yucca Valley residents may apply at the Town Clerk's office at Town Hall before June 23, 2016. Applications are available here, or at Town Hall.

Upcoming Election Information

Now that the 2016 California Primary Election has occurred, all eyes are on the November 8, 2016 General Election.   With it also being a Presidential Election, we're sure to have a great voter turnout. The Yucca Valley Town Council will have two seats up for election on the November ballot; seats currently being held by Council Member George Huntington, and Council Member Robert Lombardo.
Yucca Valley is a general law city governed by a five-member Town Council. Elected officials represent the voters of Yucca Valley, serving staggered, four year terms. Yucca Valley registered voters interested in running for a seat on the Town Council, can find additional information on the Town's election webpage .
Not yet registered or would like to make changes to your current voter information? The California Secretary of State has established a safe, easy to use online option for voters at . For those individuals looking for a non-electronic option, voter registration cards are available at Town Hall during normal business hours.
Community Services Department- Upcoming Events and Activities
Chamber Music at Hi-Desert Nature Museum
The Hi-Desert Nature Museum offers its first Chamber Music concert to take place on Saturday, June 11 at 7:00 p.m. and a matinee performance on Sunday, June 12 at 2:00 p.m.  Pieces from composers such as Mozart, Beethoven, Telemann, Grieg and Grainger will be featured. Performing are members of the Encelia Chamber Ensemble, who have come to the Hi-Desert from as far away as Wales, UK.  The musicians of the ensemble have performed with several Symphonic Orchestras and Philharmonics, on the David Letterman Show, and at Disney Hall. After the performance, a meet and greet with the musicians and a light reception will be held. Reserved seating for this musical experience is available for a donation of $20 for standard seating and $30 for preferred seating.  Tickets are available online or at the Yucca Valley Community Center, and at Hi-Desert Nature Museum.  All proceeds benefit the Hi-Desert Nature Museum.
Kids Experience Art at the "Framed: Step into Art" Exhibit
Opening June 9th at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum
This engaging exhibit transports visitors to a world where paintings leap off the canvas and invite children inside the art experience! As visitors play and move through the exhibit, they are invited to ride a giant chicken, set up camp in the Canadian Rockies, and prepare dinner for hungry farmers. The exhibit environments are accompanied by information about each artist, and provide prompts that encourage visual thinking.

Framed: Step into Art
provides opportunities for children and adults to spend time with five paintings - from iconic to contemporary - and learn about art appreciation.  Admission is free.  The museum is open Thursday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and is located at the Yucca Valley Community Center Complex at 57116 Twentynine Palms Highway, Yucca Valley, CA 92284. For more information, visit the Museum's website or call (760) 369-7212.
The Museum also offers a Youth Summer Camp themed around the exhibit. The camp is offered to children 6 to 12 years of age; programs run Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon. The cost is $20 per week. Registration is accepted online, or in person at the Museum or Community Center. For more info visit the Museum's website . Pre-registration is required. 
Town to Celebrate 25 th Anniversary at Summer Music Festival on July 16 th
The Town of Yucca Valley Summer Music Festival will open on Saturday July 9, 2016 and continue for six weekends, with a final concert on August 13th.  The Saturday evening concert series is a favorite summer weekend activity for residents of the Morongo Basin and surrounding areas.  The festival will be held at the Yucca Valley Community Center ballfield, 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. 
A special concert will be held on July 16th to celebrate the Town's 25th Anniversary!
Join us for this fun Birthday Bash which will feature special activities including musical entertainment by local band "Desert Sol", Kids' Zone, refreshments, birthday giveaways and more!  Festival sponsors for the Town of Yucca Valley Summer Music Festival are Z107.7 FM and Hi-Desert Publishing Company.  
Town of Yucca Valley Aquatics Program 
Registration is now underway for children's Learn-to-Swim Classes. Swim lessons are held in the mornings at a cost of $45 per session.  A session is eight lessons over the course of two weeks, Monday through Thursday. Five class levels are offered from parent/baby classes to advanced swim techniques. Registration for swim lessons opens on June 6, and is available online or in person at the community center, Monday through Thursday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Registration is also accepted at the pool office during the season.  For more Aquatics registration info go to .
Additional Water Fun and Fitness programs will also be offered regularly throughout the summer season. These drop-in style programs do not require registration and admission fees are paid at the door upon entry. Drop-in programs include Recreational Fun Swim, Lap Swimming and Water Aerobics.  For aquatics program and registration information or to view the Town of Yucca Valley Spring/Summer Activities Guide, visit the Town's website at . For more information contact the Community Services Office at 760 369-7211, Monday through Thursday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Town of Yucca Valley conducts the summer Aquatics program Monday through Friday at the community pool located at Yucca Valley High School. The pool will be open June 20 through August 12, 2016.

Yucca Valley Animal Shelter and Animal Care and Control
Happy Adoption 
The Animal Shelter pet adoptions continue to be successful. Just take a look at the recent adoption of Lia by Trace, a purrfect match!

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 
Protect Your Pet  
Summer is here, bringing in warmer weather and reminding us to provide our pets with appropriate shelter, leash/trolley length, shade, and water. The photo below depicts the ideal scenario for safety and protection for this Great Dane during the higher temperature months.  
Dog Licensing Requirement 
  A common question posed to Animal Control is "Why does my dog have to be licensed?" The simple answer is that licensing is required by State, County, and Town ordinances. But, to better explain this requirement would be that the licensing is verification the dog has been vaccinated by a licensed veterinarian for rabies. While some may think rabies has all but been eliminated or is not a significant threat or risk, in calendar year 2014, there were 200 animals which tested positive within the State of California and in calendar year 2015, that number increased to 208. While only 1 dog and 2 cats were in 2014 and 0 dogs and 2 cats were amongst the reported numbers, the possibility of a pet being exposed to the rabies virus does exist within the State.
(The majority of animals testing positive were bats. Between both years, nearly 20 bats tested positive in San Bernardino County and just over 20 bats tested positive in Riverside County.)
(Source: California Dept. of Public Health)
The California Department of Public Health recommends rabies vaccinations for cats and horses also.

Did You Know??  

The Town has two fully equipped Animal Control Vehicles; a primary unit and an older, emergency back-up unit.
Both vehicles are equipped with amber warning lights, should the vehicle present a traffic hazard while dealing with an Animal Control situation. Both vehicles are equipped with cooling units for the cages, providing a level of comfort to impounded animals in transit to the shelter or local veterinarians.


Parks Division News, Repairs and Improvements
Parks Crew members were reaching new heights while cleaning and replacing bulbs at Jacobs Park, providing reliable and better lighting for the community to play into the long summer days and enjoy evening tennis matches

Below, the Parks Crew is maintaining the lawns at the Community Center for summer enjoyment and recreation for residents and visitors.

Streets Division News, Repairs and Improvements
Spiffing Up the Pedestrian Crossing 
At Town Hall, the Streets Crew repainted the crosswalk and installed reflective markers providing higher visibility for vehicles and safety for pedestrians utilizing the crosswalk. Additional safety includes the new signage for vehicles to be aware of the pedestrian crosswalk.


Code Compliance Update
Code Compliance has been very active with calls regarding debris in residential areas. An initial courtesy notice was issued giving the property owner to bring the property into compliance. Since no improvements were made to the property after the initial notice, a second correctable citation was issued after which the property was brought into compliance.


Code Compliance received a complaint in regards to a homeless camp on Apache Trail. Code Compliance contacted the owner of the property and issued a courtesy notice to bring the property into compliance. The property owner received bids for the cleaning of the property and brought it into compliance.


Code received a complaint in regards to junk and trash in a property on Onaga Trail. The property owner did not bring the property into compliance. The property went into foreclosure and subsequent citations were issued to the Bank who had ownership over the property at the time. Finally, the property went into auction and the new owner brought the property into compliance.

Capital Improvement Projects
Paradise Park Improvements
The Town received a state grant award in the amount of $168,700 for improvements to Paradise Park, and the Town Council recently allocated $91,460 in Community Development Block Grant funds to the Paradise Park for upgrades.
Basketball and pickle ball concrete has been poured. Sidewalks are 90% complete. Footings for the shade structure have been poured, and construction of the shade structure will begin this week. The project is on schedule to be completed by June 30, 2016.


SR62 Traffic Control Synchronization Project (Phase II)
The project consist of synchronization of 10 traffic signals on SR62 and the intersections of Sage Avenue, Dumosa Avenue, SR247, Airway, Warren Vista, Balsa, Hilton, Avalon, Home Depot, and Yucca Mesa/La Contenta to mitigate and reduce traffic congestion and delay through improved traffic signal timing, improve traffic flow and reduction in idling time resulting in improved air quality.
The Design phase is 100 % complete. It is expected Caltrans to complete the plan check within the next several months.
2016-17 Town Wide Slurry Seal:
Annual Town Wide Slurry/Cape Slurry Project consists of installation of slurry/cape seal, hot mix asphalt repairs and replace street striping, markings and legends on designated streets and the Park & Ride Parking lot.
Town Council awarded the construction contract to Pavement Coatings Company at the May 17, 2016 Town Council meeting. The project will begin in July 2016.

Jacobs Park Tennis Court Resurfacing Project:

Work consists of repair and resurfacing of two (2) tennis courts on existing concrete pads.
Town Council awarded the construction contract to Trueline Construction and Surfacing, Inc. at the May 17, 2016 Town Council Meeting. The project will start in July 2016.

Hi Desert Water District- Capital Replacement Project:
The HDWD capital replacement 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.
Pipe installation and connections are underway.


Private Land Development Activity
Sage Estates:
The project consists of building a 107 single family residents on the southeast corner of Sage Avenue and Golden Bee.
Grading is continuing. Slope protection in the flood control channel is nearing completion, including collection boxes and drains from onsite streets. Many of the retaining walls at the north area of the project have been installed, and second tier walls are underway.


Xalis-Little Italy:
Planning Commission approved LUCR-01-15 on 9/8/15 to rehabilitate an existing 2,591 square foot restaurant located at 55315 29-Palms Hwy, on the southwest corner of 29-Palms Hwy. and Kickapoo Trail.
Status: The remodel of the building exterior is almost complete. A permit for grading and parking lot improvements has been issued and work is underway.


Yucca Valley Retail Building:
Parcel Map 19644 approved and recorded on 11/9/2015 to subdivide a 1.89 acre parcel into two commercial parcels. Parcel 2-retail building is approximately .986 acre located on the south side of SR62, approximately 0.25 east of Avalon Ave, and immediately west of the Marshalls/Petco commercial retail establishments.
The building shell has received the first level of stucco and interior work has begun. Onsite storm drain facilities have been installed and connected. Construction of parking and landscape features will begin as room becomes available onsite.


Steak n Shake Restaurant :
Parcel Map 19644 recorded on 11/9/2015 to subdivide a 1.89 acre parcel into two commercial parcels. Parcel 1 - to construct a 3,200 square foot restaurant, including parking and landscaping is approximately .904 acre and located on the south side of SR62, approximately 0.25 miles east of Avalon Ave, immediately west of the Marshalls/Petco commercial retail establishments.

Status: Grading plans are currently being reviewed for this project. Building plans are in the plan check process. 

Time Warner Cable Conditional Use Permit 02-95 Amend. #1 
Proposal for the construction of a 1,337 square foot addition to an existing 1,078 square foot communications hub. The project is located at 6729 La Contenta Road.
Under review by staff.


Hawks Ridge:
This project is an application to subdivide 60 acres into 4 residential lots. The site is located on Fairway Drive, north of Pinon Drive.
The application has been determined complete, and the Planning Commission public hearing is scheduled for June 28, 2016.

O'Reilly Auto Parts Site Plan Review, SPR 01-16:
Proposal to construct an 8,550 square foot auto parts retail store, to include parking, landscaping and storm water management. The project is located at 56668 29 Palms Highway, on the northwest corner of 29 Palms Highway and Grand Ave.
The project is scheduled for the Development Review Committee on June 15, 2016.


International House of Pancakes (IHOP):
The project is located on State Route 62 in the former Carrow's building.
Remodel construction is underway. Final inspection has been requested by the owner, and IHOP should be open soon.


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