I was disappointed to see that in your story about Apple Valley Assistant Town Manager Marc Puckett’s driving record, you only enumerated traffic infractions in San Bernardino County (“A history of infractions: Between 2011 and 2014, Apple Valley’s finance director paid more than $3,000 in traffic fines,” Daily Press, December 7, 2017).
As a former local elected official and planning commissioner, I look at the definition of the office to include as its first priority, “service to the public.” Under no circumstances is it appropriate for elected officials or government employees to degrade or demean taxpayers or to withhold information relative to how public funds are being spent.
By now everyone must have heard that Apple Valley Assistant Town Manager for Finance Marc Puckett was involved in what is being investigated for a felonious hit-and-run that occurred on July 20 (“Vehicle belonging to AV town manager involved in hit-and-run,” Daily Press, August 7, 2017). Briefly, a woman claims that Mr. Puckett rear-ended her on the I-15 at 11:30 p.m. Mr. Puckett claims she is lying, even though he has acknowledged abandoning his car that night off the side of the freeway in a flood control ditch, in the location where the woman claims to have been hit, and Mr. Puckett’s car appears to have been totaled. As if that’s not enough, Mr. Puckett’s account of what happened that night is incomplete at best, and what he has said about events on that night makes no sense.
In just a couple of sentences, Frank Robinson managed to sum up just how bad things became in Apple Valley with him as Town Manager (“Former Apple Valley Town Manager Frank Robinson looks to the future,” Daily Press, July 29, 2017).
In 1988 when the Town of Apple Valley incorporated, the population was 41,387 and there were six policemen. By 2013, the population had increased 67% to 69,135, but the police department had increased 750% to 51.
It remains absolutely mind-boggling to me that Town Officials and their “peeps” continue to barrage the public with fake news in order to demonize the Water Company. They speak with impunity as if they truly know what is going on. The most recent fake news is Pat Orr’s column in the Apple Valley Review of July 25, 2017.
A critical review of the so-called flat budget, based on prior revelations from the Town of Apple Valley, requires a little interpretation. When they issue a report that bad, you have to wonder … it must be even worse than they are willing to let the public know. The Town Council is not known for its transparency!
A recent letter writer’s comment that it must be easier for the Town of Apple Valley to pay its employees out of our pockets must be true because all the employees just got a raise. The Town Manager will receive an increase of about $13,000 as of July 1.
Oh, how classic is the irony! The Town of Apple Valley complains about increases in water rates; but it has raised town fees paid by its residents (use of town facilities, parks and recreation, aquatics center, sign permits, building permits, recreation programs, animal control) by 2.7% with a simple public hearing on June 27, 2017, buried in the adoption of the budget. That is the raise for this year! Did you know that in 2006 the same fees were raised 4.5%; in 2007 the fees were raised 4.0%; in 2013 the fees were raised 6.37%; in 2014 the fees were raised 1%; in 2015, a half percent; in 2016 the fees were raised 1.7%; and, now in 2017, the fees are raised 2.7%?
By Peter Allan, Pat Hanson, and Chris Mann
On Tuesday, Apple Valley voters will finally be able to weigh in on what has been a three-year effort by government to use eminent domain to force the takeover of the local water system. We encourage everyone to cast a ballot, because this is important to current residents as well as the future of Apple Valley.