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.
On March 11, 2020, I attended the morning session of the Town of Apple Valley v. Apple Valley Ranchos Water (CIVDS1600180), in front of Judge Alvarez in Department S-23 of the San Bernardino Justice Center.Continue reading
I have been told that certain Town Council Members have been announcing to community groups that the “Town is doing great” in the eminent domain trial. While I have not personally heard the statements, I have been present on various days of testimony at trial. To say the “Town is doing great” is misleading.Continue reading
I attended the morning session of the eminent domain trial by which the Town of Apple Valley seeks to seize the Liberty Utilities water system (Town of Apple Valley v. Apple Valley Ranchos Water Corp., CIVDS1600180), in front of Donald Alvarez in Department S-23 of the San Bernardino Justice Center.Continue reading