Newberry CSD Board|
A Major Core Mission !
The Newberry CSD Board, by unanimous vote, has acknowledged
its duty "to represent and protect the safety and quality of life
for the people of Newberry Springs, San Bernardino County, California."
So, why hasn't the CSD done it? Why hasn't
the CSD protected the safety and the quality of life of Newberrians
against the hazards of the Daggett Solar Project?
The acknowledgment of this core duty is included in the Board's
official Marijuana Resolution (above) sent to the State of California.
Posted: July 4, 2021
Newberry Springs Community Alliance
Now celebrating 10 years of sharing the Love.
by Ted Stimpfel
Newberry CSD's Leadership Failure
CSD directors' limited vision.
After years of malfeasance and excuses from the
CSD that it is trapped by its limited authority, the above Resolution
is a recognition of the opposite. The only limitation in the CSD's
ability has been the limited vision and the limited wisdom of its
As previously blogged, the Board has paid employees
to handle its day-to-day fire and park operations. The Board's
principal role is policy and watchdog but there is so much more that
the traitorous and malfeasant CSD Board can do to advance Newberry.
During the June 2021, general board meeting, the first
conversations were held that the CSD doesn't have the funds for Directors
Jack Unger and Victoria Paulsen's civic hub project.
The project should have been well into the architectural
design stage by now but the project may never happen as the Board allowed
substantial funding from solar to slip through their fingers.
With the growing shipping traffic at the Ports of
Los Angeles and Long Beach, the rail traffic going through Newberry
Springs has been increasing.
During the past few years, the length of BNSF
trains going through Newberry has been approximately 1-1/4 miles
in length. This year, the length of the average train has
increased by about 200 feet for roughly a total of 1.3 miles in
While these lengths may seem long, they are
relatively short in the industry, and BNSF trains may continue to
lengthen. Some rare lengths by a few railways have been up
to 15,000 feet long, over double that of the local BNSF trains.
So, why should we care about the growing trend
of longer trains? Fire and medical responders have been blocked
at our rail crossings.
Years ago, Newberry Springs had four crossings
along the Santa Fe rail line. Minneola Road, Mountain View
Road, Newberry Road, and Ft. Cady Road.
As the Ft. Cady crossing did not have
arms and other safety measures, the railroad simply stepped in
and closed the public easement crossing. This has forced
the property owners on the north side of the rail line to exit
Interstate-40 5-miles early at National Trails (Exit 18)
and zig-zag on surface roads to access their properties.
The closure of the Ft. Cady crossing has notably
impacted the medical response from Barstow to timely reach emergency
Communities in Los Angeles County have
received many hundreds of millions of dollars for the
removal of railroad grade crossings and the construction
of arching roadbeds over and under the railroad tracks.
In some cases, the railbed itself has been raised
or lowered, such as with the Alameda Corridor or the Southern Pacific's
track through parts of Alhambra, San Gabriel, and the City of
Valley Boulevard & N. Sunset Avenue, City of Industry, CA.
Newberry Springs needs an overpass
for Newberry Road and the reopening of the grade
crossing at Ft. Cady.
Why hasn't the lazy CSD Board been lobbying
our federal representatives for the infrastructure funding?
There hasn't been a better opportunity than now to acquire
Instead of promoting significant lifesaving
infrastructure for the residents, the CSD community
overlords were backslapping each other at the June CSD
board meeting for successfully acquiring a few slow-down
road signs for wildlife!
When you see the signs sprouting up in
Newberry, think of them as monuments memorializing the
level of the CSD's limited thinking.
Rather than protecting the safety and the
quality of life for Newberrians, the CSD Board has betrayed
its citizens by selling out to the solar industry on the
Daggett Solar Project.
The solar sell-out should have infused the
CSD with enough money for their Civic Hub or the construction
of a Newberry Road overpass, but the inept CSD Board was
too stupid to leverage its legal position. Who loses,
you did! Newberry did! We all did... Big time!
It's not that we have bad people on the
CSD Board, we just have people who are uneducated and
unqualified for the duties that they have incompetently
undertaken. They are clueless as to how to advance
Newberry and by pushing their egos and ad-libbing, the
CSD directors are continuing the many years of the community's
Because the Board members are friendly
individuals, the community's voters continue to position
them to further depress our drug-infested ghetto.
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