Category Archives: Mojave CA

Seeking Volunteers – to help with Jazz Concert

2014 Slaughter 300DPI 16X20The Mojave Foundation is pleased to present Mojave’s first Jazz/Blues concert on October 17th. Admission is FREE, and all proceeds go directly to make health & safety upgrades to the town, such as streetlights, community parks, and housing. But WE NEED HELP PROMOTING THIS EVENT. We need volunteers to help follow up with newspapers and radio stations, and reach out to media markets in the Antelope Valley, Bakersfield and Los Angeles. We also need help reaching out to potential donors, retailers, grocery stores, corporate partners – to coordinate door prizes and gift incentives for larger donations. Contact Marlena Balvin at The Mojave Foundation to help, at Marlena@MojaveFoundation.org or 661-749-0940.

The Mojave Foundation is bringing two world-class performing artists to the Stuart Witt Center at the Mojave Air & Space Port in Mojave, the Chaise Lounge Sextet, and the Lori Andrews Jazz Harp Quartet. Doors open at 7pm, and guests are encouraged to bring a chair. Walk-ins are welcome, but guests are encouraged to RSVP – especially if they want a meal, which will be available for $15/plate. RSVP with Steve at 661-547-5708 or qedqed@verizon.net.

Another Hazardous House Demolished in Mojave

IMG_20140929_154746_41129 October: Another hazardous building is demolished in Mojave, eliminating another blemish on the community and paving the way for future development. This building marks the 13th structure to be demolished in Mojave this year, and is the second on the 15900 block of K Street alone. This house was demolished by the owner, and eliminates the last derelict structure between Space Port Court and Mojave’s KCROP. The Mojave Foundation is proud to work with property owners and Code Compliance to eliminate blight and deterioration, and assist in demolition when necessary. Eliminating vacant derelict buildings removes one of Mojave’s biggest sources of drugs and vagrants, and makes the entire community healthier and more confident.

THE HIGH DESERT JAZZ AND BLUES FESTIVAL OCTOBER 17, 2014

Join us as we kick off The Mojave Foundation’s annual Pledge Drive!

Charlie Chaise Lounge    Lori Andrews Trio Poster BEST! low res

Artist Lineup:
Chaise Lounge Sextet and
The Lori Andrews JazHarp Quartet

DATE: October 17, 2014
LOCATION: MOJAVE AIR & SPACE CENTER
STU WITT EVENT CENTER
POOLE STREET, MOJAVE, CA 93501

TIME: 7:00pm

SPONSORS:
Scaled Composites, Inc
Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company
Farmers Insurance – Brett Hitchcock

TICKETS:
the concert is FREE
benefitting Mojave Foundation 
RSVP highly suggested for a head count/chair
if you come without reservations, please bring you own chair.

Meals available for purchase. All proceeds go to The Mojave Foundation.

For questions, call Steve at: 661.547.5708 or email Steve at: qedqed@verizon.net

Event Website: http://mojavemusic.blogspot.com/

Mojave Foundation Registers with Amazon.com

Amazon SmileThe Mojave Foundation is now an officially registered charity with Amazon’s “Smile” program, which donates 0.5% of each purchase to the customer’s favorite charity. As part of Amazon’s corporate philanthropy program, online shoppers will not see any difference in prices or product offering, and the proceeds come out of Amazon’s operating costs. AmazonSmile contains the exact same products at the same prices. Just go to www.Smile.Amazon.com and search for “The Mojave Foundation” to select us as your preferred charity; and begin making your purchases! Otherwise, to make a tax-deductible donation directly to The Mojave Foundation directly, please visit our “Donate” page.

Massive Sidewalk Grant to be Submitted in Spring 2015

Sidewalks to SchoolAugust 28: In May 2014 Kern County Roads submitted a grant proposal to CalTrans to install sidewalks along northern Hwy-14 near Stater Bros. The Active Transportation (ATP) grant was ultimately denied by CalTrans, according to Bob Neath, Engineering Manager at Kern County Roads. However, The Mojave Foundation submitted a larger sidewalk grant to Kern County Roads in May, which Mr. Neath intends to submit to CalTrans in 2015. The grant, titled “Sidewalks to School” is expected to top $1.4 million, and include 27,000 linear feet of sidewalks, spanning the entire downtown area and part of Mojave Gardens. The grant application intends to take advantage of California’s “Safe Routes to School” program, which is a special category within CalTrans’ ATP which gives special preference to municipal infrastructure project that enhance public safety for children. “We think we have a really good shot at this grant”, said Mr. Neath at Thursday’s Chamber of Commerce meeting at the Mariah Inn in Mojave. “Our Stater Bros sidewalk application missed the cut-off by one this year, so we think that this ‘Sidewalks-to-School’ grant is really competitive.”

Sidewalks - family walkingThree pedestrians were killed by vehicles in Mojave in 2013, one of which was a 16-year-old girl crossing the road on her way to school. The Mojave Foundation worked with Kern County Roads and Southern California Edison to install a flashing cross-walk at this intersection, but we feel that the problem of pedestrian safety is systemic, and can only be solved with a comprehensive municipal investment in sidewalks and streetlights. We are currently fundraising for a municipal lighting project, and we look forward to working with Kern County Roads to bring sidewalks to Mojave’s streets as rapidly as possible. To see the full grant The Mojave Foundation submitted to Kern County Roads, click here: Part-1, Part-2, Graphics.

RENEWBIZ Grants …back again!

Revitalize Vision PlanKern County Planning department is making available again the RENEWBIZ grant in 2014, available to businesses in Mojave for exterior improvements. The grant is available to all businesses and nonprofit organizations in Mojave’s “visioning” area downtown. The grants are awarded up to $10,000, and businesses can apply for multiple grants. Eligible projects could include: signs, painting, landscaping, awnings, fencing, windows, façade improvements, and infrastructure upgrades. 

Many businesses in Mojave have already received grants awarded in 2013, including T&R Hobbies and the thrift shop building on Sierra Highway, and the Assemblies of God church on M Street. Last year, Kern County awarded grants to 100% of the applicants from Mojave, and The Mojave Foundation strongly encourages business owners to fill out the application this year. The Chamber of Commerce will be offering workshops on how to fill out the grant application. Email the Chamber at  revitalize@visitmojave.com for more information.

Mojave’s First Community Garden Meeting

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The Mojave Foundation hosted it’s first community garden meeting at the site of the first ever community garden on an active Space Port.  Organizer Joyce Nash, of the Mojave Foundation, welcomed the future gardeners at the 1300 square foot space that will be divided into 10-12 gardening plots for gardeners to grow items of their choosing.

“Where else on the planet can gardeners grow their fruits and vegetables in the shadow of a Rotary Rocket? Or with SpaceShipTwo flying overhead?” commented Marlena Rowley.

“Mojave is a community that strives to be a safe, beautiful and desirable place to LIVE and WORK,” says Nash, “with the realization that The Mojave Foundation will provide direction and attract support for the garden project from long term Mojave residents and airport employees.”

To become involved with the planning of Mojave’s community garden project feel free to leave a comment or call The Mojave Foundation ofIMG_20140820_170342_246fice at 661-749-0940.

Blood Drive Sept 2

Blood DriveIt’s that time again. September 2 (only 2 weeks away) Houchin Blood bank in Bakersfield will be hosting another blood drive at the Mojave Air & Space Port.  Appointments are every ten minutes between 8:30 am and 3:30 pm.  Kern County is in desperate need for blood donors right now, so please take a few minutes out of your day to help save a life.  Everybody who donates will be entered to win a $500 gift card to the Valley Plaza Mall in Bakersfield! If you are interested in donating please call or email Tenina at 661-824-2433 or Tenina@MojaveAirport.com. She will schedule you for an appointment or add you to the walk-in list. If you are unable to donate, please pass this information on to somebody who may be interested and willing.

Crosswalk Under Construction …a Fitting Memorial

IMG_0177August 15: Almost 9 months after the tragic death of Mojave’s own Raven Night, Kern County broke ground on a cross walk across Hwy-58, linking the Mojave Gardens neighborhood with downtown Mojave and the school district. Kern County Roads is taking the lead on the project, in partnership with Southern California Edison (SCE). The project will include four flashing beacons – one on the south side of the highway, one on the north side, and two in the middle; and will include a curb ramp and pedestrian island for safety in the median. 

 

Crosswalk Diagram.pngRaven Night, 16, was killed by a vehicle on November 18th while crossing the Barstow Highway on foot on her way to school. Her death is a vivid reminder of the need to prioritize the health and safety of  our children above all else. A memorial has remained in her memory along the fence at the site of the incident, and local residents have come out spontaneously to help walk children safely across the highway. The Mojave Foundation appreciates the recent upgrades to the crosswalk along Hwy-58, but we are adamantly focused on improving the pedestrian safety of our children throughout Mojave – to include sidewalks and streetlights throughout our downtown area. A complete overhaul of Mojave’s pedestrian safety infrastructure would be a fitting memorial to such an outstanding young lady.

Recurrent Energy Withdraws Application for Solar Project

Yakima locationAugust 14: Recurrent Energy has rescinded their application for a Conditional Use Permit and Zoning change for the 262 acre Yakima solar project west of Sierra Highway. This means that Recurrent is no longer trying to put a solar project on that site. Recurrent may pursue sites elsewhere in Mojave, but according to Recurrent: “We will explore this in accordance with the needs and wishes of the community”.

The Mojave Foundation is an avid supporter of solar energy in Mojave, but we were greatly concerned about the project’s proposed location, and and the potential for dust and respiratory diseases. We consider this development a huge “win” for Mojave, and the health and safety of our residents; and we look forward to helping companies invest in Mojave while working in harmony with the community. We will no longer be organizing rides to Bakersfield on August 19th.