Back in October 2015, the Town Council questioned the necessity of Apple Valley Ranchos Water drilling a well to replace others that were reaching the ends of their service lives (“Drilling Discord”, Daily Press, October 3, 2015). The “water experts” in Town Hall, including Art Bishop, grilled AVRWC personnel, and even got their amen chorus in the community to chime in.Continue reading
Pat Orr makes some curious statements and omissions in his Around Town “Sales tax 101” column (Daily Press, August 23, 2020).Continue reading
Our Town Council politicians, through an apparent addiction to spending, have decided to save the people, by announcing a 1% sales tax increase be put on the November ballot.Continue reading
Back in early 2018, the Town of Apple Valley’s annual audit revealed several areas of concern (“Audit addresses Apple Valley’s financial issues,” Daily Press, March 10, 2018). Newly hired Town Manager Doug Robertson told the Daily Press he had asked each department “to come up with 10% reduction across the board,” promising, “we will have a balanced budget for FY 18-19.” Yet two years into Robertson’s cost-cutting program, the town is asking for a tax increase to pay for budget deficits (“Town Council vote puts 1% sales tax increase on ballot in Apple Valley,” Daily Press, July 29, 2020).Continue reading
If the Apple Valley Town Council would stop the foolish spending of our taxes, we would have a surplus of cash. Example: golf course, money spent on the attempt to take over the water company, the really stupid purchase of the Hilltop property and so much more. Mr. Doug Robertson, the town manager, is way overpaid. Just check into what he is making. Probably could pay the Sheriff’s office budget for at least a month!Continue reading
Our city council politicians through an apparent addiction to spending have decided to save “we the people” by announcing a 1% sales tax increase to be put on the November ballot.Continue reading
All evidence has now been presented to the court by both sides. Trial testimony ended at noon today for Phase I, the “right to take” phase in the eminent domain proceeding.Continue reading
Hon. David R. Alvarez, Judge
San Bernardino County Superior Court Justice Center – Dept. S23
247 W. Third Street
San Bernardino, California 92415
RE: Town of Apple Valley v. Apple Valley Ranchos Water Company, Liberty Utilities, et al. – CIVDS 1600180 Public Access to Closing Arguments – Eminent DomainContinue reading
The eminent domain case of TOAV vs Liberty Utilities goes reconvenes on 6/15/2020, but the court is not allowing any observers at present (for this or any case). The courtroom can only have 13 people in it at one time besides the staff and judge, so it will be a challenge given the number of counsel, parties, and witnesses. Everyone, per our presiding judge, will be required to stay 6 ft apart.
This will be interesting.
Attorney at Law
We just received word that all San Bernardino County courts are taking a break from everything but emergency hearings until April 2nd, which means there will be no updates on the Town of Apple Valley’s eminent domain case against Liberty Utilities until after court reconvenes.