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No Dollar Store in Joshua Tree - Livin' the Good Life

Feb. 17th, 2013

04:22 pm - No Dollar Store in Joshua Tree

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There is a large group of residents in Joshua Tree, myself included, who object to the proposed Dollar Store slated to go in at the end of our street (which is now a vacant lot). There are many reasons for our objections. The number one objection is: that is not the type of store that fits in with the community plan that we drew up years ago and submitted to the county for approval. This is an artsy community, full of activists of all kinds. We want a bike-friendly town. We want a town that encourages "green" products and services. Being a "gateway" to Joshua Tree National Park, we want to appeal to the many visitors that come here from all over the world. These people tend to be hikers, climbers, and outdoor enthusiasts, in general. These people tend to patronize health food stores (we have a great one) and restaurants that serve fresh, healthy foods (in other words, NOT chain restaurants). We have a number of high-quality, family-owned restaurants that fit the bill. We have no big box stores or restaurants. There are lots of art galleries and shops that sell handmade crafts. We have the only farmer's market in the Morongo Basin, and it is thriving.

So when both a Dollar Store AND a CASINO set their sights on our little town, an army of protestors came out of the woodwork. The Dollar Store is aggressively pushing its agenda, and we are pushing right back. The most adamant common phrase I hear people say when voicing their objections to the Dollar Store is: "We don't want a store that sells more cheap, plastic crap around here!" I agree. One of my pet peeves of any big box store is the trash that accumulates around them. The Dollar Store in Yucca Valley (and there are now TWO of them) is in a shopping center that is surrounded by trash, mainly plastic bags that were generated from the stores there, and it makes the town look, well, TRASHY. Here is a field downwind from the Dollar Store in Yucca Valley. Every white thing you see on the ground and in the bushes is a plastic bag. Ugh! Volunteers clean up around there regularly, and the trash quickly returns. I don't want Joshua Tree to look like this.
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If we get a Dollar Store, it will. So, a big NO to this place! (And any other BIG BOX stores in Joshua Tree.)
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Thank you very much! I'll get off my soap box now.

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:February 18th, 2013 02:37 am (UTC)
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I can't imagine having a Dollar Store at the end of your street. No, it does not fit at all!
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From:Danielle Eastmond
Date:February 19th, 2013 09:09 am (UTC)
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I certainly agree. It seems like we're playing "Whack-a-Mole" around here trying to keep these "interests" out! What's also bothering me lately is the muted response in 29 to the resurrected casino. That monstrosity will negatively impact the entire basin. (Don't you just love the way they've re-named it "Tortoise Rock"?!) The argument that a casino made up largely of slots will generate significant jobs is ridiculous! The whole point of slots is the low ratio of necessary employees to income generated FOR the casino. Aside from the light pollution and unsavory activity associated with these places, it seems the last thing some of our already marginalized residents need is a casino. Property crime (already a problem around here) will increase even more as desperate people break into more of our homes and cars to find whatever they can to replace meager earnings lost at the casino. As the mother of a Marine, I'm especially insulted that these casino dregs are targeting our young men and women with their destructive greed. I'm also concerned about the increased traffic on 62 if this thing gets built. I remember when the sound of a screeching siren was a very rare occurrence around here. (I bet you do too.) Now it seems like every time I open the paper there's yet another fatality along the highway. (Can you imagine the impact of the casino on our already unacceptable statistics?) Darlene, I understand your frustration completely! Our core communities have always been resistant to over-development. This area has always attracted people who appreciate the quiet, the beauty and the "indescribable something" that makes this place special. I would like to see more unification between like-minded people all across the Morongo Basin. What impacts one community, impacts all of us.----Whew! There. Okay, I'll take a breath now! I'm so glad you posted this. I actually read all of your posts and really enjoy your wise words. I would love to comment more, but as you noted in a recent gem, "alone" time is rare when our precious children are young.--I have five at home, ages 3,7,9,10,and 14. I could go on and on about the mindless stupidity of the Yucca Valley Super Walmart,(I felt physically sick at the sight of all of the toppled Joshua Trees)and of course the "unfilled need in Joshua Tree for a dollar store." (My favorite dollar stores in JT are the two thrift stores that have pretty much furnished our entire house.) I hope that you hop back on that soap box at every opportunity. I'm going to edit my thoughts and submit a letter to the two papers. Please let me know what I can do to help keep the Dollar store OUT!--Danielle E.
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From:lestermom
Date:February 19th, 2013 03:12 pm (UTC)
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Danielle, please do put this response in the paper! Well written.
We should get together sometime! I have a fun playroom for your little ones. Let me know when you could do that.
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