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Mojave Youth Recognized by Congressman Kevin McCarthy

April 17, 2017. Mojave’s own Christion Seymour has been awarded the Award of Merit from Congressman Kevin McCarthy, our U.S. Representative from California’s 23rd District. The Merit Award was created to recognize outstanding high school students who have demonstrated exemplary school citizenship, volunteerism, community service, involvement in extracurricular activities, leadership skills and have earned a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Earlier this year, high school principals were invited to select one outstanding graduating senior per school to receive the award, and Mr. Seymour was selected among a graduating class of 32. Mr. Seymour, 17, is an extremely talented individual, participating in an eclectic range of activities, from band, to the science club, to being a leader on his Champion football team – all while maintaining a 3.8 GPA. Mr. Seymour has lived in Mojave with his proud Mother Katherine since 2010. He has been an active member of his student body and our community, and will be attending William Jessup University in Rocklin, California, near Sacramento. Mr. Seymour plans to major is behavioral science and aspires to be a forensic psychologist for the FBI.

As the Majority Leader, Congressman McCarthy is the second-most senior member of the U.S. House of Representatives, and has represented the 23rd district since 2006, which includes parts of Kern and Inyo Counties. About the award, Rep. McCarthy previously said “This award is intended to honor the achievements of our communities’ best and brightest, recognizing their positive achievements and inspiring all of our students to work toward their goals,” said Congressman McCarthy.  “By coming together and recognizing these students, I believe we help to create a positive community environment that supports the hard work of the next generation’s leaders.”

Panera Bread Coming to Mojave

May 1, 2017. The Mojave Foundation is proud to announce that Panera Bread will be selling box lunches on the Airport every Wednesday starting May 10th from 11:00-1:00. Panera Bread will provide a choice of 5 box lunches out of building-1, at 16922 Airport Blvd, as well as drinks. This is a test case to prove out the concept, and if this works there is a possibility of a more frequent schedule and permanent establishment here in Mojave. The Mojave Foundation is committed to bringing more amenities to our community, and Panera Bread represents a growing number of national brands to express an interest in investing here. We welcome Panera Bread, and encourage all residents and employees to sample the lunches starting Wednesday the 10th.

Mojave’s Downtown Receiving Solar Streetlights This Summer

solar-streetlights-mojaveMojave, CA – Monday, February 15. The Mojave Foundation will partner with Kern County to install up to 50 solar-powered streetlights throughout the downtown area in the summer of 2017. These lights are in addition to the 20 lights Kern County is installing as part of the K street renewal project in March. The goal is for the streetlight installation to coincide with sidewalks being installed through every street in the downtown area. The investment was inspired in part by several pedestrian fatalities involving vehicles after dark. Todd Quelet, Executive Director of The Mojave Foundation said “The lights and the walkways will be the most significant investment in public infrastructure in Mojave in years, and we hope will make the biggest impact to safety and security.”

streetlight-greenshine-brighta-30-dUnder the partnership, Kern County will fund the installation and long-term maintenance of the lights, and the Foundation will purchase the lights with funds raised by donors. “Our partnership with the Mojave Foundation continues a long track record of Kern County’s government partnering with the private sector and non-profits to improve the safety, health and quality of life of our residents,” said Zack Scrivner, Kern County Supervisor, Second District. “I applaud the efforts of all involved to bring this needed infrastructure project to completion.”

The Foundation is working with a solar streetlight vendor, Greenshine New Energy, in Irvine California, who is offering the lights at a discount in support of Mojave’s community development. The Foundation is looking to raise $125,000 by May to purchase the lights, and have them ready for installation by July. “We have already raised about $45,000, thanks to generous donations from residents and local businesses,” said Quelet, “it’s compelling to see such a grass-roots collection of residents and employers investing in the health and safety of our community.”

About The Mojave Foundation:
The Mojave Foundation is a nonprofit 501c3 organization registered in the state of California dedicated to making Mojave a safe and desirable place to live, work and do business. We do this by raising funds through public and private donors to execute community projects quickly and efficiently. We live and work in Mojave, and are committed to making the community a net asset to the incredible aerospace companies who innovate, fly and test here. We are also committed to environmental and economic sustainability, and believe in lasting public-private partnerships where local stakeholders takes responsibility for the future of our community, with critical support from local authorities.

 

Mojave Getting Sidewalks in 2016

Sidewalks County Plan 20151120Nov 20: Kern County Roads announced in September that Mojave won a $0.9 million grant from California Department of Transportation (CalTrans) to bring Sidewalks to Mojave. The grant, part of CalTrans’ “Safe Routes to School” program, will bring sidewalks to every street in downtown Mojave, and ensure children and pedestrians can walk safely and confidently throughout our community. Mojave tied with two other cities in California for the highest score among 617 applications competing for $180 million in state-wide transportation funding. Kern County will also contribute $350,000 to bring the total project to $1.2 million.

Sidewalks - family walkingSidewalks will extend from Sierra Highway to the Airport, and from highway 58 to the overpass on the north end of town. Sidewalks will also be installed along Barstow Road in Mojave Gardens. Construction is expected to begin by the end of 2016.

The Mojave Foundation is proud to have contributed to the this project, and liaised between Kern County Roads, Mojave Unified School District, Kern Country Sheriff’s Office, Mojave Air & Space Port, and a myriad of other stakeholders in the community who wrote dozens of letters of support. The Foundation also looks forward to capitalizing on this progress by restoring Streetlights and other safety improvements in our streets.

Monster Fitness Opening Dec 1

Monster LogoLancaster based Monster Fitness is launching its first satellite gym in Mojave on December 1. The gym will be located in a 15,000 square facility on the east side of the Stuart Witt Event Center on Monster Fitness 3the Mojave Air & Space Port. The gym will be fully stocked with new, modern equipment, weights, treadmills, machines, locker rooms and more. Monster Fitness will also be offering fitness classes, basketball courts, and personal training tailored to the needs of their clientele.

Monster Fitness 8Monster’s initial hours of operation will be 7am to 8pm Mon-Fri, and 7am to 6pm on weekends.

Monster is currently running a “pre-sale”, offering discounted memberships to those who sign up before December 1. Monster staff will
Monster Trainersbe at the Witt event center on the Airport this week and next. For more information call Alan Cox at 310-344-5054, or take a tour of the facility at 1247 Poole Street on the Airport.

The Mojave Foundation is pleased to welcome Monster Fitness to the Community, and looks forward to welcoming other entrepreneurs and amenities to Mojave, in our quest to improve quality of life.

Monster Location

Mojave Competing for Sidewalk Grant – Please take survey

Grant 20150427The Mojave Foundation is working with Kern County Roads to apply for a massive sidewalks grant in May of 2015 that would put sidewalks on every street in downtown Mojave, and connect the bike path on Oak Creek Road with K street via the overpass. The sidewalk project would be funded by CalTrans, through the “Safe Routes to School” program. This is a highly competitive grant process with hundreds of communities across the state of California applying. There are two ways you can help us increase our eligibility to win this grant:

Sidewalks - family walking(1) Write a letter to Kern County Roads indicating your support for this project. Click here for a link to an example letter. Email your letter to Kern County Roads Department Director, Bob Neath at bobn@co.kern.ca.us, or mail it to 2700 “M” Street, Suite 400, Bakersfield, CA 93301

(2) fill out the survey below and help us put real data to our claims of usage. Ultimately, we recognize that this is a numbers game, and the more letters, and the more people we can point to who would utilize this infrastructure investment, the more likely we are to win the grant. Please hit “VOTE” after each question to see immediate results:

Cerro Coso College: Economics 101 in Mojave this Fall

Cerro Coso FlyerApril 24: This Fall, Cerro Coso Community College will be offering Economics 101 at Mojave High School. This is first time any college has offered Economics in Mojave, and the class will be taught by the Mojave Foundation’s very own Todd Quelet. Todd has been teaching American Government at nights for Cerro Coso in Tehachapi & Edwards AFB, but wanted to bring college-level social sciences here to Mojave. Economics 101 is designed to be a general introduction to basic economic principals – without any of the math or prerequisites. The class is geared toward high school juniors and seniors, college freshmen, and adults who want to get a basic overview of macro, micro and international economics. “I take a lot of pride in making my classes fun and engaging, and providing the students with a foundation they can with them through life.” said Todd Quelet, “I had a professor in college who inspired in me a lifetime of learning in Economics, and I hope to bring the same passion and real-world perspective to students in my own community.”

Economics 101 will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays at Mojave High School from 5:30 to 6:55 pm. The semester begins August 24th and ends December 12th. Concurrent Enrollment at Cerro Coso is free for most high school students, regardless of high school; and even the books are free for students of Mojave Unified from Mojave or Cal City. Classes are only $140 for non-high school students. Call Kristin Hanle at 661-258-8644 for questions (M-Th 7:30-5:30; F 8-12), or visit the Cerro Coso website at www.cerrocoso.edu.