Who’s sorry now?

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.

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Two years of Apple Valley budget cuts

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).

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Sales tax increase (Pettit)

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!

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Court report: Eminent domain trial revisited

On Monday, January 6, I attended another session of the Town of Apple Valley’s eminent domain trial that 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. I was the only “civilian” in the gallery, although other supporters of Liberty Utilities have attended on other days. From what I could tell, not a single one of the “outraged citizens” who agitated for the Town to take this course of action has yet to make the trip to monitor the case. Thus, what may have once appeared to be public support for this cause has finally been revealed to be nothing more than astroturf ginned up by the Town.

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