Small Group Of Local Residents
Appointed By Lakes President Jeff Gaastra
Attempts To Block Minimal Producers Rights

Constitutional property rights are assaulted
in proposed moratorium ordinance.


Posted: April 11, 2015

      Jeff Gaastra, president of the Newberry Springs Recreational Lakeowners Association, is interested in a proposed ordinance similar to one long promoted by Ellen Johnson, president of the Newberry Springs Area Property Owners Association, that would limit property owners rights.  Holly Shiralipour, District Conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service of the USDA reportedly suggested to Gaastra that he form a local committee to address his concern.  The wording of the draft ordinance was reportedly prepared by an employee of the Mojave Water District.  The proposed ordinance appears to lack community support.

Proposed New County Ordinance

Note: This proposed ordinance will require a full CEQA review.  This is NOT a sudden Urgency Ordinance matter.  The water overdrafting has been developing for over 50 years and the proposed ordinance will have a severe impact upon the economic development of Newberry Springs that is an economic disadvantaged area.  The hardest hit segment of the population will be the general residents and not the higher income lake owners nor the wealthy farmers who together are responsible for over 80% of the water basin's depletion.

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