The Mojave Foundation was notified today that it has been selected as one of the featured non-profit organizations that will be highlighted at a Philanthropy on Tap event at Imbibe Wine Bar in Bakersfield this fall. The Kern Community Foundation has been an indispensable resource for The Mojave Foundation and many other local community-based organizations throughout Kern County.
According to their website, The Kern Community Foundation is known as:
- a home for local philanthropists.
- a results-oriented grantmaker.
- a trusted community leader.
And are in business:
- to serve as a charitable resource for local donors and corporations.
- to generate capital that provides philanthropic solutions to help make Kern County a better place to live, to work and to visit.
The Mojave Foundation is honored to have been selected from the numerous other applicants. Stay tuned for more details!
In October 2013, crews arrived in Mojave to take advantage of the prime filming location at the old aluminum extruding plant on Holt Ave. At that time, the director, Karl Richter stated “This warehouse and the desert backdrop… this location was just perfect.” One actor even suggested that land owners in Mojave advertise their properties in Hollywood, and that Mojave start a catalog of interesting locations here in Mojave. The Mojave Foundation would like to thank Mr. Richter, Russell Greene, and all the staff and actors who came to Mojave to film this movie, and we look forward to helping other film makers find interesting locations here in Mojave to make their movie magic.
This video is the final product.
Leon Ryder once again beat the Mojave heat and tackled some graffiti that plagued our small desert town. The Mojave Foundation would like to thank Mr. Ryder and his efforts to rid this town of the unnecessary and unwanted blight. If you have any interest in helping Leon Ryder or the efforts of The Mojave Foundation, please call our office at 661-749-0940.
May 25: Recurrent Energy has made arrangements to initiate a “demonstration project” just south of the proposed Yakima project. The announcement came at the Mojave Chamber of Commerce meeting on May 22, despite assurances from Kern County that the project was in “deep freeze”. According to Recurrent’s Seth Israel the demonstration project will be much smaller than the Yakima project, only 22 acres, and located at Purdy and Holt in southwest Mojave. The demonstration project will only mow the vegetation instead of grade it, and will include fencing around the area to block the wind and reduce fugitive dust. The project will also be monitored by a contractor hired by Recurrent to measure air quality and particulate matter at a time of year with mild wind. The results of this data will be used in future months to persuade the Board of Supervisors to issue the zoning changes and conditional use permit that will allow Recurrent to break ground on its much larger 262 acre Yakima solar project.
The Mojave Foundation is an avid supporter of Solar Energy but we are opposed to the location of the Yakima solar project, which poses a health and safety risk to our residents. The proposed Yakima project is only 1,400 feet upwind of a densely populated area (Mojave Gardens), as well as a trailer park, the Sheriff’s Office, CHP, Hotels, and millions of dollars of investment on the Mojave Air & Space Port. We also reject the scientific method which is being used, since the measurements will be taken at a time of year that is far less-windy than the time when construction would begin on Yakima, and we do not consider the experiment to be objective since it was designed and conducted by Recurrent’s own contractor, Environ. This project poses too grave a health risk to the children and elderly directly downwind, as evidenced these pictures taken throughout the month of April of Recurrent’s Columbia-I and II projects, despite the acre foot of water spent daily (2 million gallons per week) to control dust. We urge residents and interested parties to write letters to the Kern County Planning Department to voice their concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org or 2700 M Street, Suite 100, Bakersfield, CA 93301-2323.