More opaque ‘transparency’ (Rice)

The Highway 18 office of Apple Valley News has “closed” signage. The Town of Apple Valley sends legal notices to their Hesperia office of the Apple Valley News each Friday, which then forwards it via U.S. Postal Service to only 100 subscribers as it has done for years. The annual cost to taxpayers is well over $1,000.

This does not meet the spirit of the law since the Town has 72,000 residents and this very apparently drastically limits public information about important events and legal meetings at Town Hall, which results in low attendance. The Town Hall lobby is the only location a copy is available.

This is not a “best practice” for a public agency and “why” should be asked, particularly now at budget review time. Who knows and why is this secret acceptable in Apple Valley?

Al Rice, Apple Valley, CA