After reviewing the recent state auditor report on the City of Maywood, I would remind the Town Council you are not insulated from personal liability when you fail properly to exercise your “fiduciary duties.” Concerned citizens have pointed out numerous problems, errors, omissions, and failures in various financial reports, which nevertheless have gained unanimous council approval with neither discussion nor correction.
Two frequent Apple Valley proponents for transparency from our inept Town Council failed to mention that Pat Orr is one of the prime supporters; the insiders who are responsible for their continued re-election. As to the organization chart, prior to the hiring of the new Town Manager, the entire job descriptions of the total unnecessary upper-level layer of assistant managers was rewritten so as to justify the positions they hold but to also give some of them huge raises in salary.
Another columnist [Pat Orr] in the Review made the following argument in a recent column: “A Town Council sets policy. Period, end of statement. They do not report to the public on financial matters.”
If Pat Orr’s position as the conductor of the Apple Valley Town Council’s amen choir wasn’t secure before, it certainly should be now in light of his attempt to absolve the Town Council of any and all responsibility for the governance of the Town (What does the Town Council Do?”, Daily Press, January 30, 2018).
Let’s look at recent projects undertaken by the Town of Apple Valley: The Yucca Loma Bridge, purchase of the Hilltop House, running a mile or so of unusable purple water line, extending the otherwise neglected Bear Valley bike path by a few feet, paving the Mojave River walking path, micro-surfacing select roadways to make them look better for a few weeks, and retrofitting town parks with rubber pellets that even the Town claims create “health and environmental hazards” and are a “fire hazard […] contaminating the surface and groundwater.”
By Angela Valles
Well, that was quick.
By Angela Valles
Isn’t it funny how many so-called businessmen who run for office claiming to be fiscal conservatives turn into tin cup jangling paupers begging the taxpayers for higher taxes?
RANCHO CUCAMONGA — The attorney for Marc Puckett, while fielding questions related to a court ruling that kept the Apple Valley finance director out of custody, said his client’s standing in Town Hall did not provide the defense a “leg up” in successfully motioning for the decision.
APPLE VALLEY — The victim of a July crash on Interstate 15 that was first reported by the Daily Press and resulted in a felony hit-and-run charge against Apple Valley’s finance director is seeking millions in damages from the town, according to a claim filed by her attorney.
RANCHO CUCAMONGA — Marc Puckett, the Apple Valley finance director who has been on paid administrative leave from his Town Hall position since Dec. 7, has pleaded not guilty to a felony charge filed against him earlier this month, San Bernardino County court records show.