Monday, August 13, 2018

USDA Food Distribution

The USDA Food Distribution will begin sometime after 10:30 a.m. on Monday, August 20th at the Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526-½ Amboy Road, Wonder Valley CA 92277. The Community Center is next to the Fire Station.

Low-income Wonder Valley residents self-certify on site. No ID or other documentation is required. You may pick up a box for a neighbor, or they may pick up a box for you, IF you present a signed pick up form. Pick up forms are available online at They are also available at the WVCC on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., and on the door of the WVCC the week before the event.

For more information, call Teresa Sitz at (760) 367-9880.

The text below is required.

Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. 

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: 

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture 
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 
1400 Independence Avenue, SW 
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; 

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Salvation Army Food Distribution

The Salvation Army Food Distribution takes place starting at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 22, at the Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526-½ Amboy Road, Wonder Valley, CA 92277. The Community Center is located between the Fire Station and the palm tree cell tower.

The distribution is first come, first served, and ends when there is no more food. The distribution is open to Wonder Valley residents, who self-certify on site. No documentation is required, though you will need to fill out a form the first time you attend.

Starting in July the distribution will be “shopping style,” so bring a bag, and take what you like from a selection of food from Trader Joe’s. Please be mindful that people behind you need food, as well, and only take what you need. There may also be a selection of fresh fruits and vegetables.

A Salvation Army worker will be present to help people apply for Energy Assistance Funds (EAF) in partnership with Southern California Edison and the United Way. This program provides up to $100 towards a SoCal Edison bill for those who qualify. This program is open to anyone in the Morongo Basin, not just Wonder Valley residents. To see if you qualify you will need three things:

  • An appointment. There are 10 appointments available this month. Call Teresa Sitz at 760-367-9880 for an appointment. Be sure to keep your confirmation number.
  • Your most recent Southern California Edison bill.
  • Your most recent proof of income.

Appointments will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 22, at the Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526-½ Amboy Road, Wonder Valley, CA 92277. The Community Center is located between the Fire Station and the palm tree cell tower.

County Fire Meeting

County Fire Meeting, from August 8, 2018

Friday, August 3, 2018

From County Fire: Service Zone FP-5

Service Zone FP-5
For more information email us at

OVERVIEW: The Board of Directors of the San Bernardino County Fire Protection District has passed a resolution (2018-99) to expand the boundaries of Service Zone FP-5. PUBLIC INFORMATION: The District’s Board of Directors desires to expand Service Zone FP-5 to include all territories within the jurisdictions of the District that is not currently included in Service Zone FP-5, which currently includes the area of Helendale and the cities of San Bernardino, Needles, Twenty-nine Palms, Upland, and San Antonio Heights. The extension of the boundaries of FP-5 will result in needed revenues to maintain current fire protection and emergency services within the Districts territories.

The San Bernardino County Fire Protection District provides fire and emergency medical services (EMS) to residents throughout the entire County, covering 19,278 square miles and serving more than 60 communities/cities. The only exceptions being cities that have their own fire departments, cities that contract with other fire departments, and areas receiving these services through special districts.

Financial Outlook
The San Bernardino County Fire Protection District is currently operating at a $29 million dollar budget shortfall. The Fire Protection Board of Directors, as well as the County Fire Protection Districts Fire Chief, believe that expanding Service Zone FP-5 is the best way to fill this budget gap while maintaining existing service levels.

Currently, property tax revenues are insufficient to cover the costs of providing fire and emergency medical services, each legal parcel within Service Zone FP-5 is assessed an annual parcel fee. The current assessment is set at $157.26/year, and can increase up to 3% each year.

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, sitting as the Board of Directors of the San Bernardino County Fire Protection District, has initiated a process to expand the boundaries of Service Zone FP-5 countywide. Included would be:

  • All unincorporated county areas, except those already receiving fire and EMS through other districts and except unincorporated areas within the sphere of influence of the City of Montclair.
  • The cities of Grand Terrace, Upland, and the Town of Yucca Valley.
  • For a legal description of all Inclusions & Exclusions, see Attachment A.

Important Dates
  • September 14, 2018: Public Notices mailed to all parcel owners.
  • October 15, 2018: Last day to receive mail in protest letters. Must be received by close of business.
  • October 16, 2018: Last day to receive walk in protest letters. Must be received by the closing of the public hearing.
  • October 16, 2018: Public Hearing 10am, San Bernardino County Government Center, 1st Floor Covington Chamber.

Frequently Asked Questions
See answers at:
Q: How will this expansion affect my current property tax bill?
Q: Why is there a need to expand the FP-5 Service Zone in other areas of the County?
Q: How can I be sure the assessment I am paying is going to be used in my community?
Q: Why was my community chosen to be part of this Service Zone expansion?
Q: If my property value increases does that mean this Service Zone fee increases as well?
Q: How does the protest process work?
Q: Can I go to my local fire station to get additional information or pick up a protest form?
Q: People should be able to vote on new taxes. What about our rights under Proposition 218?
Q: I don’t like this process. Can I ask the Board of Supervisors to change it?
Q: I have several parcels. Do I have to pay the assessment fee on each parcel I own?
Q: Who can I contact to obtain my properties Assessor’s Parcel Number?

For more information email us at

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Live Music at The Palms

At The Palms
83131 Amboy Road
Wonder Valley Ca 92277

(((Music by)))

⁂Victoria Williams
And Danny Frankel⁂ (JT)

☯New Issues☯ (WA)

☽Wildlife Freeway☾ (JT)

⇝⇝⇝⇝⇝⇝⇝Music Starts At 7PM, AUGUST 9, Over By 10PM⇜⇜⇜⇜⇜⇜⇜⇜

Wonder Valley rocks Hi Desert Fringe

Wonder Valley's own Kevin Bones has entered a play he wrote in the Hi Desert Fringe festival. Performing in the play are Kate Lee Short, and Grey Hill, both of Wonder Valley.

The festival takes place August 24, 25, and 26, at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center. For times, and tickets, visit:

Three women are producing the festival: Dawn Davis, Miri Hunter, and Ann Van Haney. Dawn Davis occasionally works at The Palms in Wonder Valley, and Miri Hunter is a resident of Wonder Valley.

Thank you, everyone, for sharing Wonder Valley's talent with the world.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018


Folks, before I say anything else I'm going to ask you to 
SHARE this information with EVERYONE you know 
in the unincorporated areas of the Morongo Basin.
Get on the phone, text, the Googles, Facebook..., share like you've never shared before.
Everyone is invited and welcome to attend and participate in a community meeting called by
(and other public officials)
Who will present on the proposed expansion of Fire Protection District 5
which would include a tax of $157.26 per parcel.

4:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Wonder Valley Community Center
80526-½ Amboy Road (next to the palm tree cell tower)
Wonder Valley CA 92277

For more information, call Teresa Sitz at (760) 367-9889, or

County Fire just notified us today, Thursday, August 2, 
so there is not enough time to get the meeting notice into the local paper. 
Therefore it is important that you share this event with everyone you know.
Call someone and tell them about this meeting.