Community Update
February 2020
PROP 68 RECREATION GRANT UPDATE
The Town is hard at work finishing up the review and recommendations regarding the ideal recreational facility to be built with the Town’s awarded Prop 68 Grant funding. The current timeline identifies an initial recommendation to a joint meeting of the Planning Commission and Parks, Recreation and Cultural Commission on March 3 rd and to the Town Council at a special meeting on March 10 th . The Town will then launch into the required environmental studies and initial design work of the project in the spring of 2020.  
DID YOU KNOW?
Measure Y Quality of Life funding allows the Town to deliver more and more Quality of Life programs for Yucca Valley residents, such as our non-profit partners like Yucca Valley BMX .
Need to Get in Touch with the Mayor?
Just a reminder that Mayor Drozd is available to meet with residents as needed and can be reached at jdrozd@yucca-valley.org for questions or comments. Of if you prefer, you can set up an appointment to meet with the Mayor through the Town Clerk .
HAVE A SODA WITH THE MAYOR!
Join Mayor Jeff Drozd for an informal opportunity to discuss your thoughts on the community.

  • March 14 - With the Mayor at Morongo Basin Historical Society, 10-11 a.m.
  • March 20 - Soda with the Mayor at Town Hall, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Election Day! - Tuesday, March 3rd
Remember to vote!
Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Vote-by-mail ballots- drop in the mail (no postage necessary) by March 3rd, or drop off at Town Hall during regular business hours.
BY-DISTRICT NEWSLETTERS- CONNECTING TO YOUR Y.V. REPRESENTATIVE
We are pleased to announce a new communication feature, connecting your elected officials with the residents and businesses they serve! By-District newsletters are now available! To begin receiving periodic information- delivered right to your inbox, use the links below to connect with your elected Council Member. If you are not sure which voting district you are in, use the link below to find out!
The 2020 U.S. Census is Almost Here!
The U.S. Census has launched it's 2020 outreach to gather much needed information on the demographics of our community. It only takes a few minutes, but benefits our community for much longer.

Thank you for participating!
SUCCESSFUL ANIMAL ADOPTION EVENT
On February 14, the Animal Shelter participated in a Countywide Valentine’s Day Adoption Event. For the event, the shelter reduced the adoption price of dogs and cats to $20. This price included vaccinations, the pets being spayed or neutered, and a free veterinary exam. When the shelter opened at noon, the lobby was crowded and the adoptions began.
Among the visitors to the shelter that day was the Lopez family. They had been to the shelter the day before and had narrowed their interest to 2 dogs, Zach and Hannah. On the day of the event, they still were torn between the two and after some family discussion, came to the conclusion why choose? So, Zach and Hannah, along with 21 other shelter pets, found their forever homes!!!
The Town’s next adoption event is scheduled for Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Adoption fees are $20.00 for both cats and dogs. Please visit the Yucca Valley Animal Shelter and see if you find your next best friend.
LIBRARY PROJECT NEARING COMPLETION
The Yucca Valley Branch Library is scheduled to be completed by the end of March, with final acceptance in the middle of April. 
 
The Library Project included redesigning the interior spaces, bearing walls and non- bearing walls, HVAC systems, electrical systems, complete demolition and construction of new ADA compliant restrooms, and installation of modern IT infrastructure were all within the scope. Exterior improvements included reconstruction of the parking lot asphalt, parking lot lighting, landscaping and striping.
BULB REPLACEMENT
Annual light adjustment and bulb replacements are routine maintenance carried out at the Town Sports Facilities by the Park Maintenance Crew. .
PARKING LOT STRIPING
The Park Maintenance Crew recently re-striped various parking lots at Town parks and other facilities, enhancing the safety and appearance of the facilities for all users.
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YUCCA VALLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SIDEWALK PROJECT
Improvements to Pueblo Trail between Hopi and Bannock, will include the installation of sidewalk, curb, gutter, access ramps and driveways to current ADA standards, making the community accessible to everyone. This project is scheduled to start on March 2, 2020 and to be completed within 90 calendars day by June 2, 2020, if weather condition permits. The project was awarded on October 15, 2019 by the Town Council in the amount of $1,004,664.50 to Universal Concrete Construction. $941,000.00 in Active Transportation Program (ATP) grant funds were obtained by the Town. 
By increasing the amount of students within the community who walk to school, the Town hopes to ease traffic conditions in the drop-off area and pick-up zones by eliminating those trips from parents who live close to school.
PLANNING COMMISSION REVIEWS VARIANCE AND HOUSING UPDATE
A property located at 6040 Carmelita Avenue, north of Nelson Avenue, has submitted a request for variance to the Planning Commission for review at their March 3, 2020 meeting. The request is to reduce the required 15 foot side yard setback along the north side of the parcel by eight (8) feet, reducing the required setback from 15 feet to seven (7) feet. (View Agenda Here)

Each year, the Town of Yucca Valley reviews the development activity during the prior year and other programs that work toward implementing the Town’s General Plan. The Planning Commission will review the 2019 General Plan Annual Report at their March 3, 2020 meeting. A major component of the General Plan Annual Report is analyzing the Town’s housing development. Approximately 1,946 single-family residential dwellings have been permitted in the Town over a 27-year period (June 1992 to December 31, 2019). There were 36 new single family residence permits issued during the 2019 calendar year. 
SPRING SOFTBALL JUST AROUND THE CORNER
Gather family, friends, or co-workers and enter your team! Spring league offerings include:
  • Monday Night Casual Coed
  • Thursday Night Casual Coed

$400 per team; $200 deposit will hold your spot!  
Registration closes March 29, 2020
Games begin the week of April 6 th
TEEN TECH HELP FOR SENIORS
Presented by the Town's Youth Commission

Need help operating your cell phone, tablet or electronic device?
Want to learn how to use Facebook or how to text?
Can’t figure out how to take/share pictures?
A team of tech-savvy teens from the Yucca Valley Youth Commission will be available to answer questions and assist with basic technology needs. No appointment necessary, this FREE service is available to seniors on a first come, first serve basis.
Tech Help Workshops take place on the following dates:
March 19, April 2, April 16, and April 30 from 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Contact the Yucca Valley Community Center for more information at (760) 369-7211
SPRING IS TENNIS TIME!
JUNIOR TENNIS LESSONS
BEGINNER AND ADVANCED-BEGINNER LEVELS OFFERED!
For youth ages 5-12 years old, participants will learn to rally and play quickly with an emphasis on FUN!
This class provides instruction in the basic fundamentals of tennis, provides reserved practice time and a free tennis court key ($15 value!).
Dates: April 11- May 2, 2020
Times: Saturdays from 9-10 a.m.
            Reserved practice time on Tuesdays from 5-7 p.m.
Location: Jacobs Park Lower Tennis Courts
Cost: $45/session
Tennis balls are provided; participants please wear sneakers and bring a racquet.

ADULT DOUBLES TENNIS LESSONS
BEGINNER / NOVICE ADULT LESSONS!
Participants will learn the fundamentals and basics of doubles play. Sign up today – no partner needed! Includes a free tennis court key ($15 value!).
Dates: April 11- May 2
Times: Saturdays 10-11 a.m.
Location: Jacobs Park Lower Tennis Courts
Cost: $55/session
Tennis balls and loaner racquet are available; participants please wear athletic shoes
ADULT MINI TENNIS LESSONS
BEGINNER / NOVICE ADULT LESSONS!
Learn to play tennis from service line to service line instead of baseline with Adult Mini Tennis Lessons. This is a great format for players with lack of mobility that still want to play tennis.
Learning control, not power, will be the most important aspects of this program. This program includes a free tennis court key ($15 value!) and follow up play days.
Dates: April 11- May 2
Times: Saturdays 10-11 a.m.
Location: Jacobs Park Lower Tennis Courts
Cost $55/session
Tennis balls and loaner racquets are available; participants please wear athletic shoes
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