A moment of great community pride.
It was at the September 24, 2019, CSD meeting that Newberry
residents proudly took a stand to protect themselves, their families, their
homes, and their community.
They took over the CSD meeting and strongly voiced their demand
that the CSD directors file an appeal of the County's Planning Commission's approval
of the Daggett Solar Power 1 project.
The appeal before the County Supervisors would not have taken
place if the Newberry residents did not turn out in force at that meeting.
Three months later.
Fast forward three months and the County Board of
Supervisors have ignored portions of their own Development Code, the California
Environmental Quality Act, and state and federal laws, in denying the Newberry
It had been hoped that the Supervisors would listen enough to
understand the background of the appeal. Unfortunately, being late sleepers
they are too busy and they relied heavily upon the corrupt leadership of their
Land Use Services Department.
The LUSD leadership had processed the solar application and having
recommended the project to the Planning Commission, they naturally recommended
the appeal's denial.
It also didn't help that our own First District Supervisor, Robert
Lovingood, knifed us badly by quickly motioning for the denial. Since the
solar project is in Lovingood's district, the other Supervisors followed his lead.
So what happens now.
Well, Newberry Springs can roll over and accept the 5.5-square mile
solar project. It can embrace itself slowly withering away and dying like
many other communities that once dotted Route 66. The limited infrastructure
of the Senior Center, the elementary school, and the churches will gradually close.
Or, the community can "Fight On! This would involve
a filing for a judicial appeal in the state's Superior Court or the federal court.
I feel that we have grounds for both, although the route most normally traveled is
the Superior Court.
So what is the problem?
Well, there will be some different dynamics at the next
CSD meeting. Board members were shocked last September by the community's
turnout and the unified demand that an appeal be filed. The Board had entirely
miscalculated the temperature of the community.
Despite a united audience last September demanding the appeal
being filed, Paula Deel tried to argue that there may be many in the community
that didn't want the appeal. As Deel didn't have any supporters at that
meeting and no one was buying her argument, she was somewhat pressed into going
along with the will of her constituents.
Deel was correct, there is a handful in the community that
do want solar to take over the valley and they were not at the meeting.
They are called alfalfa farmers who after pumping our aquifer dry and who,
after being ramped down, are now seeking an exit strategy. They want
to sell-out to the solar developers despite the pricey damages to Newberry.
Expect Paula Deel to be supported by the alfalfa farmers at the
next CSD meeting.
Follow the money.
Paula Deel is seated with the pro-solar demonstrators at
the Board of Supervisors's appeal hearing December 10, 2019. (Click image to enlarge.)
After Paula Deel closed her Newberry supply business, Clearway
Energy has offered to support Paula Deel's Chamber of Commerce and possibly Deel's
NSEDA organization. Is this a new cash flow to cover possible salary expenses
that Paula Deel wouldn't otherwise have? Is this why she has been supportive
of Clearway Energy?
Is this why Paula Deel might be throwing Newberry Springs under
the bus as Supervisor Robert Lovingood did?
The Community Services District has a five member Board
The path that Paula Deel takes is often followed by Vickie
Paulsen. So if Deel votes for solar, Paulsen might support her.
Vickie Paulsen, however, spent a great deal of time preparing
for the appeal's presentation as the CSD's co-presenter. She understands
it. Paulsen appears to stand as her own woman and will probably support
the overall community with Jack Unger.
Paula Deel has learned the cash benefit of supporting billboards
and now appears to be attempting to collect from Clearway Energy. Why
else would she be indicating clear signs of selling-out Newberry Springs?
With Paula Deel probably having the alfalfa farmers at
the next CSD meeting to support her last September argument, and with Director
Larry Clark previously favoring solar, one additional flipped vote could
Both President Robert Springer and Jack Unger appear as
the strongest pillars for the community. They appear to be hearing
the overwhelming majority of residents who do not want a the solar takeover.
The majority of residents in Newberry Springs have thousands
of dollars in home assets riding on the CSD's decision. It will be
interesting to see how many residents care enough to show up at next Tuesday
CSD Board Meeting|
Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Newberry CSD Building
30884 Newberry Road
South end of Newberry Road.
Fight evil. Please spread the word
and attend. It is the right thing to do.