Greetings from Claremont! Perhaps you have already heard about our attempt to seize the assets of our local water system by filing an eminent domain lawsuit. As the town of Apple Valley is following in our footsteps, so to speak, I thought you might be interested in finding out how this endeavor turned out for us.
You may remember that at the Apple Valley Town Council meeting on December 13, 2016, the council voting unanimously to allow cargo shipping containers in the area known as The Village (AKA Ordinance No. 490). As luck would have it, Mayor Scott Nassif and Councilman Larry Cusack each have businesses in this area.
What the Town (and Yes On F campaign) leaves out of the news of Liberty’s 2016 Financial Report:
In a Facebook Live interview with the Daily Press’s Matthew Cabe, Mayor Nassif — representing the Yes on Measure F campaign — suggested that the Council would look at challenging the results if Measure F loses.
The Town of Apple Valley paid the Former Finance Director for the City of Flint hundreds of thousands of dollars for an “independent” financial analysis of Measure F, the $150 million bond associated with their attempted eminent domain takeover of their private water company.
Last week, the Yes on F campaign placed large signs throughout the Town — but failed to disclose properly who the signs were from, in clear violation of FPPC regulations.
4 out of 10 market reports endorsed by the Town were written by or contributed to by John Husing
Apple Valley Assistant Town Manager for Finance Marc Puckett made a presentation to the Town Council on April 25, regarding the feasibility of acquiring Liberty Utilities. As usual for Mr. Puckett, his presentation contains numerous errors. Liberty Utilities here corrects some of them.
By Dr. Rodney T. Smith, Ph.D.
[I]f the Town condemns Liberty Utilities Apple Valley by eminent domain, higher water rates for Town residents are a virtual certainty for decades to come. If the goal of acquiring Liberty Utilities Apple Valley is to charge lower water rates, then the effort should be abandoned because that goal is not a feasible outcome.