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
Citizens for Government Accountability is issuing a call for any and all current and/or past residents of Apple Valley to help convince the San Bernardino County Grand Jury to look into what we believe are the many cases of misfeasance and malfeasance by employees and elected officials of the Town of Apple Valley.Continue reading
The Apple Valley town manager was hired in January 2018 with financial expertise emphasized to solve deficiencies; assistant town managers were let go. Today, there is no final budget for 2019-20, missing the legal deadline again for a month+. There also is a Prop 218 legal settlement of $3.15 million including $1+ million in legal fees expense, refusal to make any simple column calculation of monthly treasury reports for $50 million investment values management, no fund balances and no monthly department reports.Continue reading
The Town Council has insisted for years that water costs are too high in Apple Valley, and that a majority of the citizens agree.Continue reading
If you’ve seen their misleading ads and other materials over the years, you may wonder who “Neighbors United” are and why they support everything done by the Town Council.
I explained last year that there is an inverse relationship between government efficiency and the size of government.
And Mark Steyn made the same point, using humor, back in 2012.
Interestingly, we have some unexpected allies.
In a recently released study, two economists for the World Bank decided to investigate the effectiveness of government spending.
“The condemnation of Mountain Water Company was a victory not for good government, efficient utilities or the rate-paying public. It was a victory for lawyers, ‘expert’ witnesses, and foreign bankers. Citizens got left holding the bag. Our water is the same and our rates are the same, but now we owe a mountain of debt and have to repay it without the help of what used to be one of our biggest taxpayers. I wonder if the folks in California will make the same mistake.”
As the red flags keep flying higher on the Town of Apple Valley finances, I thought it was time to put some historical context to how we have arrived where we are today, and feel free to speak up if you spot any errors, omissions, or mischaracterizations.