Ref: Daily Press – Brooke Self / HUSD Stiffens Enforcement Of Busing Rules, Adds Bus Stop After Student’s Death

HUSD stiffens enforcement of busing rules, adds bus stop after student’s death

April 10, 2014 10:28 PM

HESPERIA • Transportation officials speaking for the Hesperia Unified School District said Thursday that some changes have been made to Juniper Elementary School bus stops following the death of a 7-year-old student who was struck by a car while crossing the street.

Barbara Roberts, a dispatcher for the bus company First Student Inc., which contracts with HUSD, said that one stop has been added so that “there’s no reason for any student to cross Peach (Avenue) anymore.”

Taylor Chriswell, a second-grade student at Juniper, was killed after being hit by a car on March 6, near her bus stop on Sycamore Street and Peach Avenue. San Bernardino County Sheriff’s officials said Taylor was crossing from west to east at the intersection when the driver of a 2002 silver Chevrolet Impala traveling northbound on Peach Avenue struck the child. Alcohol or speed did not appear to be a factor in the crash, officials said.

Lori Mente, executive assistant to the superintendent, said that none of the locations of the existing stops were changed for Juniper students but that bus drivers have begun enforcing existing rules regarding designated stops.

“What was happening, we found out later, is that kids would cross Peach instead of going to designated stops two blocks south,” Mente said.

Mente said the bus stops were looked at “very carefully” following the student death.

“The same week after Taylor got killed they saw parents sending kids across Peach,” Mente said, “so they tried to identify the kids. Because it is unsafe and we know that too, and we don’t want anyone in an unsafe position if we can avoid it.”

Hesperia spokeswoman Rachel Molina said the city plans to conduct a traffic study of the area after the opening of the Ranchero Interchange Project to determine how traffic patterns have changed on streets such as Peach Avenue. Some residents have reported seeing increased traffic on Peach following the opening of the Ranchero underpass, but Molina said she could not speak to that.

“After the interchange is opened traffic patterns will change dramatically,” Molina said.

Brooke Self may be reached at 760-951-6232 or You can also follow her on Twitter at @DPEduNews.

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 The article was taken from the Victor Valley Daily Press 760-241-4411

Comments :

  • Husd Citizen ·  Top Commenter · UCLA

    “Parents sending kids across Peach.” There is your problem..stupid and lazy parents.
    Reply · Like · Follow Post · about an hour ago
  • Julie Benghazi Jensen ·  Top Commenter · Victor Valley College

    This is a heartbreaking situation that no one ever wants to see. In my lifetime, I’ve seen several; most often involving a young child and a young driver. Those close enough to the tragedy most likely will change their behaviors, such as never texting, etc… or looking both ways before crossing the street, but there’s always a new crop of walkers and drivers around the corner. We show them how to cross the street, we show new drivers movies like. “Blood on the Asphalt” and drone on and on about the dangers involved. I think we do all we can. In the end, it comes down to personal responsibility and human nature. We mess up and we learn. Sometimes the consequences are just more than we can stomach. I think we can do better.
    Reply · Like · Follow Post · 4 hours ago
    • Julie Benghazi Jensen ·  Top Commenter · Victor Valley College

      …but kudos to the school district for adding a bus stop and resolving to actually enforce the rules.
      Reply · Like · 3 hours ago
  • Et Snell · Following ·  Top Commenter · MT

    seat belts
    Reply · Like · Follow Post · 6 hours ago
    • Xenia Szabo ·  Top Commenter · Hesperia, California

      How are seat belts relevant to this story?
      Reply · Like · 3 · 6 hours ago
  • Mike Tayon ·  Top Commenter

    I see quite a few times weekly where people behind me are going too fast in a school zone to begin with, but when I try to brake they almost hit me, not paying attention, not going 25MPH! This happens in my car AND when in the truck I drive in the city! People think if it is not 8 or 9 in the morning, there are no kids around? When I turn a corner and ENTER a “School Zone”, I start out slow looking for kids, because the sign says 25MPH when children are present, well I need to LOOK to see if any are, give me a second or two idiots!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Reply · Like · 4 · Follow Post · 15 hours ago
  • Shawnette Marie Cordova ·  Top Commenter · Works at Marinello Schools of Beauty

    Its cazy. There is a bus stop at almost every side street, on Peach. Perhaps not using Peach, and choosing designated side streets would be safer. I do not go down peach, heading north at or around 3:30. You get stuck behind a bus, at every side street. And most of the little ones have to cross that busy street. Its very dangerous.
    Reply · Like · 1 · Follow Post · 6 hours ago
    • Julie Benghazi Jensen ·  Top Commenter · Victor Valley College

      But that’s cool. Whatever it takes to get these children to school safely, right? You’re very smart to pay attention to the bus schedule and time your trips accordingly.
      Reply · Like · Edited · 3 hours ago
  • Xenia Szabo ·  Top Commenter · Hesperia, California

    Why is the adult holding the stop sign facing backwards? It seems to me she should be facing the oncoming traffic…not having her back towards traffic. The bus is already stopping cars from moving in the lane she is facing. She needs to worry about the cars in the opposite lane.
    Reply · Like · Follow Post · 6 hours ago
  • Crystal Sanders Blount · Victor Valley High

    They should bring back the old bus schedule. I watch kids cross maple to go to cottonwood. :(
    Reply · Like · Follow Post · 3 hours ago

Ref: Daily Press – Brooke Self / Academic Senate Pleas For Shared Governance Of College

Academic Senate pleas for shared governance of college

April 10, 2014 6:45 PM

VICTORVILLE • The Victor Valley College Board of Trustees voted to table its vote on two proposed budget policy changes in an effort to allow faculty the opportunity to review the potential impacts to jobs and students.

The board made the decision at its regular meeting Tuesday evening after the faculty group’s leader, Tracy Davis, made an appeal that the Academic Senate and College Council be involved in the process of shared governance.

“All have the potential to reduce course offerings, thereby lengthening the time it takes students to reach their educational goals,” Davis said of the proposed policy changes.

Davis cited reports from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges that recommended that VVC officials improve their planning and campus climate. Board policies 2515 and 2520 were first introduced at the college’s March 11 meeting and will now be vetted by the Academic Senate and College Council, along with policy 2525. Two of the three new recommended policies would impact the percentage of VVC’s budget committed to employee salaries and benefits. Policy 2515 blocks the use of the college’s $29 million Guaranteed Investment Contract.

The board moved to recommend the proposed changes in early March in an attempt to address its projected long-term budget deficit of $6.3 million.

Brooke Self may be reached at 760-951-6232 or You can also follow her on Twitter at @DPEduNews.

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 The article was taken from the Victor Valley Daily Press 760-241-4411

Comments :

  • Sergio Trevino · Antelope Valley College

    Great news! I’ll be seeing VVC students at some of the other colleges I drive to for class.
    Reply · Like · Follow Post · April 9 at 9:20pm
  • Sergio Trevino · Antelope Valley College

    No telephoto lens? I’d be ashamed to take cerdit for this picture too!
    Reply · Like · Follow Post · April 9 at 8:46pm
  • Bill Neice ·  Top Commenter

    So far it’s making financial sense.
    Reply · Like · Follow Post · April 9 at 10:46pm

Ref: Daily Press – Gary Brodeur / UPDATE: Park District Extends Manager Contract

UPDATE: Park district extends manager contract

Woods get 4-year deal, title change

April 10, 2014 5:22 PM

HESPERIA • The Hesperia Recreation and Park District board voted this week to approve a four-year extension to Manager Lindsay Woods’ contract, which includes a six-figure annual salary, while changing his title to district/general manager.

The Wednesday night vote came amid rancor over early disclosure of the employment contract’s proposed terms and a request by Woods early in the meeting to have the discussion moved from closed session to public discussion.

Three public comments were made on the agenda item: two for and one against. While supporting Woods’ continued employment, Hesperia Mayor Thurston “Smitty” Smith chastised the board for creating conditions that allowed the employment matter — a topic almost always reserved for closed session — to be discussed in public.

Copies of the contract under consideration were made available to members of the public and then modified slightly by Woods and the board during their discussion.

The board approved a four-year extension to Woods’ employment contract with the district, retaining his $114,400 base salary and providing 12 months of lump-sum severance pay for dismissal without cause and 18 months of COBRA health-benefits coverage.

“I appreciate the board’s willingness to discuss my contract renewal at (Wednesday) night’s board of directors meeting,” Woods said in an email. “I am thankful for the positive comments that were made by community members as well as board members in regard to my service as the general manager.

“Serving the residents of Hesperia continues to be an honor and privilege. I look forward to continuing the positive work that the Hesperia Recreation and Park District does in our community.”

A park and recreation special district of similar size — serving about 95,000 residents — in South Gate offers nearly identical base pay for its general manager, according to state Controller John Chiang’s office. Rim of the World Recreation and Park District, serving more than 30,000 residents in the mountain communities of Rimforest, Crestline, Running Springs and Lake Arrowhead, pays its general manager $82,060 a year.

The three other Victor Valley municipalities operate their recreation and parks facilities and services through city or town departments.

The Hesperia district’s directors Rebekah Swanson, Mike Limbaugh and Bob Chandler voted to approve the contract extension; director Andrew Cowan voted no.

Director Kelly Gregg declined to vote, even to abstain, saying he believed insufficient public notice was made for the agenda item.

The Hesperia Recreation and Park District board meets at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday monthly at Lime Street Park Community Center, 16292 Lime St.

Gary Brodeur may be contacted at 760-951-6245 or Follow him on Twitter at DP_gbrodeur.

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 The article was taken from the Victor Valley Daily Press 760-241-4411

Comments :

  • Larry Joe Williams · Principal at Pathways to college

    Congrads to Mr. Woods, and nice to see it in open session, after all its public funds.
    Reply · Like · 1 · Follow Post · 20 hours ago
  • William CrazyLacy Furmage ·  Top Commenter · Works at RAD Riders Against Discrimination

    Hesperia Mayor Thurston “Smitty” Smith chastised the board for creating conditions that allowed the employment matter.

    BETTER Bike / Skateboard park for the teens and young adults PLEASE!.

    CrAzY Lacy
    Vans Original

    Reply · Like · 1 · Follow Post · 20 hours ago
  • Xenia Szabo ·  Top Commenter · Hesperia, California

    Incredible that the board was chastised for allowing the public to know how their tax dollars are being spent. Kudos to Mr. Woods for requesting the board action to take place in open session. The truth is that even if the discussions had taken place in closed session, the board actions become public information and must be made available to the public.
    Reply · Like · Follow Post · 6 hours ago
  • Llano Arbol ·  Top Commenter · University of Phoenix

    I like what Hesperia Park system has to offer. I think they really have a first rate park system in all of the High Desert
    Reply · Like · Follow Post · 19 hours ago

Ref: Newscaller – James Roberts / Chandler Storms Out – Hesperia Mayor Chastised Board Members | Video

Chandler storms out – Hesperia Mayor Chastised Board members | Video

Posted by James Roberts “The truth teller” |

Hesperia Parks and Rec meeting was filled with emotion tonight. The Mayor of Hesperia spoke at the meeting at which time he Chastised Park Board members for dealing with Mr. Woods personnel issue in public.

Director Bob Chandler storms out of the meeting after exposing and stating a confidential paper was released to the Media by a board member unnamed.

Mr Woods’ agreed to a 4 year contract extension with 12 months in severance pay, 5 percent in deferred compensation paid into his retirement and 18 months Cobra. Woods throughout the meeting held his composure and conducted himself in a professional manner. I had the opportunity to speak to him during a break -  in my opinion he’s elevated his credibility.

The Truth Teller Show #70  /  Long Video but worth every minute

By Newscaller Staff


Ref: Daily Press – Brooke Self / Reddy To Give $2 Million To VVC

Reddy to give $2 million to VVC

Contribution largest single charitable gift in college’s history

April 09, 2014 5:19 PM

VICTORVILLE • Dr. Prem Reddy, a longtime Victor Valley resident and CEO of Prime Healthcare Services, has agreed to donate $2 million to Victor Valley College — the largest single charitable gift in its 53-year history.

The funds will be distributed over the next two years to support the construction of the college’s new health and sciences building, bringing Reddy’s grand total contributions to VVC at approximately $5.5 million, records show.

“It goes into my favorite cause,” Reddy said on Wednesday while standing in the parking lot of where the new edifice will be constructed. “I’m committed to helping in education because it has been so valuable in my life. I would like to help others to realize their goals.”

Reddy has spent most of his adult life in the Victor Valley and built Desert Valley Hospital in Victorville in 1994. He said the High Desert community has contributed to his growth while practicing medicine as a cardiologist for more than 25 years.

The new 22,000-square-foot Dr. Prem Reddy Health and Sciences Building is expected to be completed by the fall of 2015 and will house several classrooms and mock hospital labs. The facility will help to decrease wait lists for students enrolling in impacted science and health courses.

In 2004, Reddy donated $1 million to VVC in what was then the largest gift in the college’s history. The funds were used for programming in several allied health subjects, and the college honored him by creating the Dr. Prem Reddy School of Health Sciences, an academic umbrella which unites several health care programs. These include nursing, respiratory therapy, paramedic/EMT and allied health.

Since that time Reddy has contributed a total of $3.5 million through gifts, student scholarship and partnership contracts, records show.

“Dr. Prem Reddy’s friendship with Victor Valley College has already helped thousands of our students to build better lives,” said Peter Allan, Victor Valley College superintendent/president. “His gift now is helping us to strengthen our programs with better facilities that will serve countless more. We are proud to recognize him with the naming of the Dr. Prem Reddy Health and Sciences Building.”

VVC’s Board of Trustees accepted the donation and authorized the permanent naming of the new building at its regular meeting Tuesday evening. The Victor Valley College Foundation led by Don Brown facilitated the donation and recommended the naming recognition.

“He’s not only a major contributor, but a visionary,” said VVC trustee Joseph Brady about Reddy. “He has a vision and he shares that vision with the entire High Desert medical industry. If we can produce smart students that have sought-after degrees, then those students can get good jobs, go to one of our hospitals, and buy a house and a car. In the big picture, it takes people like him that can help push us and make those opportunities happen.”

His latest contribution will be made through the Dr. Prem Reddy Family Foundation, which Reddy and his family established in 1986. The foundation provides scholarships, supports public health care education and free community clinics. Additionally, the Prime Healthcare Foundation was founded and entirely funded by Reddy and his family with current assets of over $700 million. It owns six nonprofit acute care hospitals both in California and Texas.

Brooke Self may be reached at 760-951-6232 or You can also follow her on Twitter at @DPEduNews.

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The article was taken from the Victor Valley Daily Press 760-241-4411

Comments :

  • Patricia Linares ·  Top Commenter

    Nice offer and I’m sure VVC will appreciate it. But……… this a “make Dr. Reddy look good tactic” in light of previous news reports lately on Primecare Health at his six hospitals??
    Reply · Like · 5 · Follow Post · April 9 at 2:44pm
    • Sergio Trevino · Antelope Valley College

      No silly, it’s a tax deductible dominant! He figures it’s better to give locally to help provide future employees for his facilities than to give it all to Uncle Sam. This will help keep his family businesses going long after he’s dead.His descendents won’t even have to work for a living. They can work just for the fun of it.
      Reply · Like · Edited · April 9 at 8:42pm
  • Kristine Anne Garner ·  Top Commenter

    Awesome. I think its great.
    Reply · Like · 2 · Follow Post · April 9 at 11:11am
  • Sergio Trevino · Antelope Valley College

    I always wondered how Victor Valley college is always able to build new buildings despite its alleged financial difficulties.
    Reply · Like · 1 · Follow Post · April 9 at 8:40pm
    • Brigitte Dickerson Mathis ·  Top Commenter · Works at Student

      I had the same thought. Can a student get a student loan from this school?
      Reply · Like · Yesterday at 1:15am
  • Scott Reiboldt ·  Top Commenter

    nice tax break for the doc…
    Reply · Like · Follow Post · April 9 at 6:11pm

Ref: Daily Press – Gary Brodeur / Hesperia To Consider 5-Year Contract Extension For Parks Manager

Hesperia to consider 5-year contract extension for parks manager

Annual base salary pegged at about $144,000

April 08, 2014 10:47 PM

HESPERIA • The Hesperia Recreation and Park District will consider extending the contract of Manager Lindsay D. Woods by five years during its Wednesday board meeting.

Woods will continue as district/general manager at an annual base salary of $114,400, according to documents obtained by the Daily Press. Benefits include merit increases, $700-a-month car and $130-a-month cellphone allowances, retirement contribution paid by the district and other available or paid benefits.

Additionally, Woods would receive 18 months of severance pay and some benefits if terminated without cause. Under the proposed contract, he may be terminated by the board without cause at any time except for a 60-day window surrounding board member elections.

The base pay for the position that serves about 93,000 in Hesperia is comparable to the pay for the Southgate Recreation and Park District’s general manager, who serves about 95,300 residents in the city of South Gate.

Kris Vosburgh, executive director in the Southern California office of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, said taxpayers’ interests are not well-served when counties, cities and special districts try to stay on par with, or outpace, each other in pay and benefits.

“How many private-sector jobs do you know that offer 18 months’ severance?” Vosburgh asked.

For comparison, Hesperia City Manager Mike Podegracz’s base salary is $226,356 for serving the same constituency, San Bernardino County Chief Administrative Officer Gregory C. Devereaux makes $305,000 for serving 2.08 million residents and Gov. Jerry Brown is paid $165,288 for serving 38 million residents.

The Hesperia Recreation and Park Department board meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Lime Street Park Community Center, 16292 Lime St. in Hesperia.

Gary Brodeur may be contacted at 760-951-6245 or Follow him on Twitter at DP_gbrodeur.

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The article was taken from the Victor Valley Daily Press 760-241-4411

Ref: Daily Press – Gary Brodeur / Reporter’s Notebook: Speak Up, Then Listen

Reporter’s Notebook: Speak up, then listen

News tidbits and observations from the past week:

April 07, 2014 4:48 PM

Hesperia: During the Tuesday council meeting, councilmen were moved by a citizen complaint about the condition of her road. Following that, city staff members were asked to locate more funding in the city budget or from future annual U.S. Housing and Urban Development monies for roadway paving.

The City Council also expressed interest in directing more funds to help senior citizens with weed abatement and residents with attaining code compliance.

The moral: Speak up appropriately in public meetings; your voice may be heard. But stick around long enough to listen to forthcoming responses.

Disaster preparedness: Emergency agency officials sound a common note when it comes to potential High Desert disasters: Prepare. They strongly recommend having a family survival/evacuation plan and enough food and water for sheltering in place for a minimum of three days, plus other essentials including a radio with fresh batteries.

It’s important to note that many agencies require training prior to accepting the public’s help during an emergency event.

If you’d like to be an American Red Cross volunteer, don’t wait for disaster to strike, get involved now. Call 760-245-6511.

If you’d like to become a Community Emergency Response Team member in your community, start academy training soon. Go to

An Emergency Preparedness Fair is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 15500 Tuscola Road in Apple Valley.

Gary Brodeur may be contacted at 760-951-6245 or Follow him on Twitter at DP_gbrodeur.

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Ref: Daily Press – Steve Hunt / Editor’s Notebook: There Are Good Things Happening In The High Desert

Editor’s notebook: There are good things happening in the High Desert

April 05, 2014 5:39 PM

There are a lot of good people doing great things in the High Desert, and I am excited that the Daily Press and Desert Dispatch get to spotlight them and give them some of the recognition they deserve.

I hope you had a chance to read Anneli Fogt’s front-page story on Wednesday about 9-year-old Mackenzie Smethers of Victorville. What a little dynamo! Instead of asking for presents for her birthday on Friday, Mackenzie requested donations for the Victor Valley Rescue Mission.

Mackenzie’s birthday wish came true with an outpouring of donations from more than 100 people, resulting in numerous trips to haul it all to the Rescue Mission.

Can you imagine what we could do all over the desert if each of us committed to making a difference in some way, just like Mackenzie? Clearly age, income or experience don’t matter. You just need to have to “want to” do something, just like Mackenzie did.

There are plenty of groups in the High Desert that already have a head start on this, so you don’t necessarily have to come up with an idea on your own.

I met this week with John and Kathy Farace of Your Own Community Foundation (760-490-0051) and Julie Norton of the Desert Communities United Way and The Phoenix Foundation (760-242-5370).

The Faraces’ nonprofit group is located in Apple Valley but serves people throughout the High Desert. Norton said the United Way works with 17 different agencies in the High Desert.

Both aim to make a difference and both could use additional support, be it donations or volunteers.

If you are looking to follow Mackenzie’s lead, I encourage you to reach out to the Faraces in particular. Just like Mackenzie, they see needs everywhere and want to help transform the High Desert. I love the thought behind the name of their group, too — Your Own Community Foundation. Your. Own. Community. They just need more of YOU.

Sharing the vision
Hesperia City Manager Mike Podegracz chatted with me about my vision for the High Desert last week. Turns out Hesperia has a vision for something similar to what I suggested.

Podegracz said the city has long envisioned an outdoor mall-type of space just south of City Hall and the Library, between Seventh and Ninth avenues. There would be restaurants, shops and the like. The Cinema 12 complex would border the west end on Ninth, providing a key entertainment venue. The Civic Plaza would border the north end.

The city would even gladly demolish the old City Hall building to make room for what I would call a cool, mini-downtown-type space. With the right mix of shops, restaurants, galleries, etc., it might even resemble old Downtown Scottsdale, Ariz., as I would love to see.

Podegracz said the city has been stymied so far by developers and business owners. Most restaurant chains want to be near the freeway. Many developers want the city to prove it can support a daytime and nighttime crowd.

So let me throw out a challenge. There’s got to be a developer or business owner out there who believes we can change the High Desert. Help us do it. Get Hesperia started. Give us a good restaurant on Eighth Street or Juniper. There are plenty of workers at City Hall, the Sheriff’s Department and the county building to guarantee a great lunch crowd. Dinner should take care of itself because Hesperians get tired of having to drive to restaurant row near the freeway or Apple Valley, or worse yet, down the hill.

And remember, it won’t be long before the Tapestry project south of Hesperia will bring thousands of new residents to the area. And they won’t want to have to drive to Victorville or Apple Valley to eat, shop or be entertained.

Steve Hunt can be reached at 760-951-6270 or Follow him on Twitter @stevehunteditor.

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 The article was taken from the Victor Valley Daily Press 760-241-4411

Comments :

  • Et Snell · Following ·  Top Commenter · MT

    Adelanto Oddball you said
    Hesperia is under-rated and you posted again.
    Is there anything that you see positive
    Please look deep into yourself before you try and change others. Seemigly you lack self exceptance.

    On a positive note one of my favorite quotes
    People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
    If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
    If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.
    If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.
    What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.
    If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
    The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.
    Give…See More

    Reply · Like · 2 · Follow Post · April 6 at 12:33pm
  • Et Snell · Following ·  Top Commenter · MT

    Turns out Hesperia has a vision for something similar to what I suggested.

    My vision of Hesperia is to first get rid of Bunnies/Peaches total nude and stop the explotation of teenagers. Then I would like to see everyone who was in on the scam get thes butts whipped

    Reply · Like · 2 · Follow Post · April 5 at 10:41pm
    • Llano Arbol ·  Top Commenter · University of Phoenix

      Is there anything that you see positive in life or do you make a living off the negative.
      Reply · Like · 3 · April 6 at 6:34am
    • Bill Tuck Jr ·  Top Commenter · Mt. San Antonio College

      Llano Arbol Well ET Snell is awesome when you get a Corrupt Politician like Bill Postmas. He is then an Over The TOP Great Guy!!! I don`t agree with every thing he says. But I`m Glad we Have ET in our Political Community!!
      Reply · Like · 1 · April 6 at 8:19pm
    • Et Snell · Following ·  Top Commenter · MT

      Bill Tuck Jr
      Thank you for your kind words
      Reply · Like · 2 · April 6 at 9:11pm
    • Edward Bruce Patrovsky ·  Top Commenter · Works at Retired

      Bill Tuck Jr Yeah, I got suckered into collecting signatures for his recall petition against Postmus, until realizing that he lacked the necessary skills to carry it through. Out of the dozens of recall petitions he has initiated, this is the only one I can remember which even got to the stage where signatures were collected.
      Reply · Like · April 7 at 1:36pm
  • William CrazyLacy Furmage ·  Top Commenter · Works at RAD Riders Against Discrimination

    It was my pleasure to attend those 125 plus AV council meetings to get our council to upgrade our local skatepart, to allow bikes at a cost of $360,000. I JUST WISH HESPERIA AND VICTORVILLE WOULD STEP UP FOR THE KIDS IN THOSE CITIES.
    Reply · Like · 2 · Follow Post · April 6 at 3:53pm
  • Llano Arbol ·  Top Commenter · University of Phoenix

    Hesperia is under-rated. It has a lot of good things going on – The Scottsdale, AZ parallel is probably off on climate and demographics – but it has a lot of potential for similar activities and have an attractive uniqueness all its own.
    Reply · Like · 2 · Follow Post · April 6 at 6:41am
  • Sherry L Doyle · Works at PRMC NURSE ER DEPT.

    What about the 80 families living along the Mojave River banks?
    Reply · Like · 2 · Follow Post · April 6 at 6:48pm
  • Bill Tuck Jr ·  Top Commenter · Mt. San Antonio College

    Exilent Idea for Hesperia! We live in Phelan and it would be Great to go out to Dinner and take in a Show in near by Hesperia. It’s a Nice User Friendley City. You know Hesperia is warmer at Night than Scottsdale so it would be even Nicer! We’re going there next week to watch the Movie Noah!
    Reply · Like · 1 · Follow Post · April 6 at 2:56am
  • Daniel Seagondollar ·  Top Commenter · Principal Architect at Daniel Seagondollar Architect

    This fixation on Scottsdale AZ is an old discarded concept from the early 1990′s Mr. Hunt. Its an entirely different climate zone, our outdoor environment doesn’t lend itself to open air markets and passive activities.
    Reply · Like · 1 · Follow Post · April 5 at 9:05pm
    • John Shield ·  Top Commenter · Lucerne Valley, California

      I know Arizonians who call Scottsdale “Snobsdale” or “Snotsdale”.
      Reply · Like · April 6 at 9:01am

Ref: Daily Press – Letter To The Editor / Gabriel Portillo

Avoiding the rules

Gabriel Portillo

We live in Hesperia. We are on one-acre lots and our zoning is designated as rural residential, or similar wording to that effect.

We are aware that those who make a living driving truck are allowed to park their big rig at home. We want to know how many trucks and/or trailers can be parked on a one-acre parcel. Must these vehicles be registered to the property owner only, or to the company he works for if he is not an owner-operator, or can he park any truck or trailer, regardless of who the owner is? And we want to know what maintenance, if any, and what trucking activity, other than simply parking, is allowed to take place while the vehicles are at the residence.

Some time ago we wrote to the city with details of the many inconveniences to our daily lives, caused by a neighbor who keeps a big rig next door. In response, we got a letter from the city which thanked us for helping them realize the extent of sacrifices made to accommodate the working families who depend on the trucking industry for employment, and that was the end of that.

On March 31, there were four 3-axle truck tractors and four 2-axle semi-trailers (the big ones, 48 footers) parked next door. I have seen them use power washers to clean the inside of trailers and to clean the entire engine compartment of truck tractors. One truck tractor was on the driveway in front of the house for a time while they put it up on jack stands in order to pull off the wheels and tires while working on the brakes and/or wheel bearings.

They have hired a flatbed tow truck to come and assist while they changed a bunch of tires that needed replacing. They hauled in a gaggle of construction/work equipment, such as welding machines, power washers, portable generators, a bobcat, and fork lifts, and left them in the yard for a while. Then they used another flatbed tow truck to get them up onto its ramp and into the back of a semi-trailer, where, I surmise, they were destined to be transported and sold for a profit.

These guys are, essentially, avoiding all the rules, regulations (including environmental), and fees associated with operating a fleet truck yard. They are not doing it in a location designated for those uses. They are, essentially, doing it in our back yard.

I called Code enforcement March 31 and got a recording. One of the things it told me was that if I wanted to talk to a person I should call a particular number. When I called I got a busy signal. I called it again, and got another recording, which told me I could call back another time, or send a fax, or send an e-mail. By the time I finished this e-mail, I decided to submit it to letters to the editor in the Daily Press.

 The article was taken from the Victor Valley Daily Press 760-241-4411

Comments :

  • Julie Benghazi Jensen ·  Top Commenter · Victor Valley College

    Gabriel Portillo – you have my sympathies. It’s never easy to get the Hesperia Code Enforcement to do the right thing. It usually takes several tries. Good luck to you, sir. I had a similar issue with a neighbor who turned his yard into an illegal construction/brick yard. It took a LONG time but Code finally got around to it.
    Reply · Like · Follow Post · April 4 at 5:11pm

Ref: Daily Press – Gary Brodeur / Hesperia To Pick Up Water Allotment At Discount

Hesperia to pick up water allotment at discount

March 31, 2014 5:25 PM
Gary Brodeur, Staff Writer

HESPERIA • The City Council is expected to approve Tuesday the lease of 1,300 acre-feet of water to help offset the city’s overuse obligation from 2012-13.

The temporary assignment of unused water rights from Jess Ranch Water Co., a private owner, will cost $497,250 or $382.50 per acre-foot.

That is 10 percent lower than leasing at the region’s watermaster replacement rate of $425 an acre-foot — one of three ways to meet the replacement obligation for pumping 1,486 acre-feet more than the city’s allotted 13,688 acre-feet.

An acre-foot is about the amount of water two households use in a year, according to the Mojave Water Agency.

The third way to satisfy the overage is to purchase permanent water rights.

The city’s water district still must find other sources to offset a remaining 431 acre-feet of overuse from the water year that ran from October 2012 through last September, city Development Services staff members wrote in a report to the council.

If that amount is to be purchased at the present rate from the Mojave Basin area watermaster, Mojave Water Agency, the cost would be $183,175 for the past water year. And staff members project the watermaster rate will rise to about $448 an acre-foot in the present water year.

“By going with another provider rather than the Mojave Water Agency … it’s more cost-effective this way,” City Manager Mike Podegracz said.

The Hesperia City Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Council Chamber at City Hall, 9700 Seventh Ave.

Gary Brodeur may be contacted at 760-951-6245 or Follow him on Twitter at DP_gbrodeur.

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  • Al Vogler ·  Top Commenter

    The price of $382.50 per acre foot of leased water is very high. The retail market from private water sellers is about $275. per acre foot which does not make $382.50 a deal. Hesperia has a history of paying top dollar for water. We know of a recent lease of 100 acre feet of water for $275. per acre foot which would have saved Hesperia over $10,000. Two weeks ago Hesperia purchased, not leased, water for $5,000. per acre foot, one of the highest amounts on record. However, Mayor Smith stated that he knew of sales in the amounts of $8,000. to $9,000. per acre foot in order to make the $5,000. per acre foot purchase appear as a great deal. We have copies of the public documents which establish the historical sales amounts and would share those documents with anyone including the mayor and the reporter, Mr. Brodeur. Voters should remember the extravagances that are taken with taxpayer money during the election in November 2014!!! Want more taxes? Vote for Smith!
    Reply · Like · 1 · Follow Post · April 1 at 12:31am

Ref: Daily Press – Staff / Lovingood Funds High Desert Economic Development Efforts

Lovingood funds High Desert economic development efforts

March 27, 2014 9:24 PM
Staff Reports

First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood is giving $75,000 to local cities to help them draw more retailers and other employers to the High Desert.

The allocation will enable representatives of Apple Valley, Adelanto, Barstow, Hesperia and Victorville to attend International Council of Shopping Centers conferences and to promote ongoing regional economic development, Lovingood’s office said in a news release Thursday.

The effort is aimed at expanding beyond past efforts, which have centered on recruiting retailers. The new drive also will focus on industrial/office and target site selectors, the real estate industry and developers.

Lovingood said the effort underscores his goal of all cities and the county working together.

“From a business perspective, it makes sense to cooperate in marketing the area as a single region,” Lovingood said in a written statement. “When corporate site locators learn that the High Desert is home to 442,000 people, it gets their attention.”

If the High Desert region were a single city, it would be the eighth largest in California.

“This grant is a great opportunity for all the cities of the High Desert and the county to work as one team to bring new business and jobs to our communities,” Apple Valley Mayor Art Bishop said.

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Ref: Daily Press – Letter To The Editor / Larry E. Hoover

VVC’s financial imbalance

Larry E. Hoover
Spring Valley Lake

At the meeting of the Victor Valley College Board of Trustees on March 11, Trustee Lorrie Denson said she attended a national summit last year in Washington, D.C., which college trustees from all over the United States attended. Denson said she heard a financial analyst say college salaries and benefits should be 78 percent of the annual expenses and that VVC’s current year salaries and benefits are at 88 percent.

I have to assume the financial analyst knows enough about college finances to recognize what a financially healthy, vital and robustly managed college looks like.

Looking at the percentage from the other “side of the coin,” that means the national “standard” allocation to all other annual expenses — for what I suppose is a fiscally/ financially healthy college — is 22 percent. Since VVC currently spends only 12 percent of its annual budget on the “other” things, our community college is allocating only about half the amount it should be to these “other expenses,” according to the analyst.

We as a community need to ask ourselves as well as the trustees why the college spends only half as much as it should for operating and maintenance resources, technological innovation, and other expenses associated with maintaining or increasing cost-effectiveness of the institution. In a rapidly changing world, with increasing unfunded liabilities at all levels of the public sector (government) which includes colleges paid for with tax dollars, we need to continue spending aggressively in updating VVC’s “educational product delivery system” to the community’s students.

The “educational product delivery system” consists of the whole institution, not just the teachers and staff. It includes facilities, equipment, supplies and continually improved technologies for making the college level learning experience accessible to as many students as possible at an affordable price.

The article was taken from the Victor Valley Daily Press 760-241-4411


Ref: Daily Press – Letter To The Editor / Bryan Barkley

Big enough to take it all

Andrew Howard
Apple Valley

Arriving home after collecting the post recently, I found there was an envelope containing a blurb from Victor Valley College, printed courtesy of Xerox. The pamphlet was to inform us of the “2013 Tax Benefits for Higher Education Tax Credits and Deductions.”

Every entity I’ve ever worked for, and any agency in which fiscal dealings and the taxes of same are foremost, has had (please correct me if I’m wrong), the legal obligation of providing one with pertinent tax information for the previous year by Jan. 31 of the current year. I’m not holding the college culpable for this, despite the postmark on the envelope being Feb. 18, 2014. Why? Because the first paragraph in the flyer states, and I quote, “Important Notice — When this brochure went to print, the IRS had not updated Publication 970 for the 2013 tax season.”

Now then. Considering that both of my children have attended VVC in the past “tax season,” and the fact that our family, having already dutifully filed our taxes and now gratefully expecting a small refund by Monday next, would it not be incumbent of a government agency to inform the public that either a) “You may have enjoyed more of a refund if we could locate our own bottom with both hands,” or b) “No worries, it’ll all come out in the wash next year”?

Reminds me of that old saw from Jefferson: “A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have …”

Needless to say, I didn’t copy the IRS on this one; government at its finest, indeed.

The article was taken from the Victor Valley Daily Press 760-241-4411

Ref: Daily Press – Brooke Self / VVC Deficit Expected To Grow To $6.3 Million

VVC deficit expected to grow to $6.3 million

March 21, 2014 10:31 PM

VICTORVILLE • The fight over Victor Valley College’s accreditation in recent months has been closely linked to its finances, forcing college officials to confront a structural budget deficit that is projected to balloon to $6.3 million this year.

VVC’s Chief Financial Officer GH Javaheripour reported in September that the deficit for 2013-14 was projected to be $3.8 million. However, the college’s latest follow-up report to the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges reveals a deficit that reaches $5.6 million in 2013 and is expected to increase by $700,000 due to rising health insurance costs and step and column salary increases.

“The $3.8 million I had primarily mentioned at the budget workshop was impacted in 2012-13 by some revenue reduction of about $1.7 million,” Javaheripour said Friday. “When we closed our books (in October) it ended up being $5.6 million for last year.”

Javaheripour said that amount carried over to create the deficit for 2013-14. Academic salaries increased by $707,000 more than what was originally projected in 2012-13, classified salaries rose by $380,00 and benefits jumped by $618,000.

“So you add all of these up and you come up to the $5.6 million deficit as of June 2012-13 for the last fiscal year,” Javaheripour said. “For this year, we haven’t closed the year.”

On March 11, the Board of Trustees proposed three policies to rein in its spending and block school officials from taking from a $29 million reserve that has helped them to balance the budget in recent years. The Guaranteed Investment Contract could sustain the college for several years by wading off its structural deficit, according to the Feb. 7 report from the ACCJC. However, accreditation officials have recommended and required that VVC’s budget not be balanced with the one-time funding.

“I think the public did not realize after the recent announcement with accreditation that there was a word of urgency used in the letter from the ACCJC,” said Joseph Brady, a VVC trustee, “and that urgency dealt with our financial shape. We have an ongoing deficit issue that was finally able to be brought forward with some policies which we direly needed.”

VVC Board President Dennis Henderson said the college is trying to save money “every which way” it can.

“Insurance is the big one right now, it goes up 10 to 15 percent a year sometimes; not all the time, but there’s nothing we can do about that,” Henderson said.

Henderson also claims that the state of California owes the school an estimated $15 million in IOUs. Javaheripour said that amount was approximate and is a result of a variety of unpaid mandated costs from the state that have built up for several years. Mandated costs are activities the state requires the institution to perform, such as employee negotiations that are normally paid out but for several years have been “sitting on (VVC’s) books as accounts receivable.”

“Someday when the state has the resources they will settle our account,” Javaheripour said.

According to VVC’s March 17 report to the ACCJC, the ACCJC Financial Panel recommended that VVC balance its budget by altering collective bargaining agreements to restore some flexibility in spending, as well as reduce the rate of increases of benefits and personnel spending. This year college officials told the ACCJC that they would reduce their deficit in part by increasing their revenue by $3.25 million. Measures to do that include using $2 million from the interest of the GIC, recovering $250,000 of “mandated costs,” $711,000 from a Cost of Living Adjustment and $300,000 in growth funds. Another $2.914 million is being targeted for reductions in expenses through various negotiations with faculty, classified and management.

“The success of any fiscal plan depends on the willingness of the constituents to understand the issue and to be willing to work together to resolve the issue,” the latest ACCJC report reads. “Victor Valley College faculty, staff and administrators fully recognize this fact and they accept the reality that a balanced budget is achieved only when operating revenues equal operating expenses at the end of a fiscal year.”

Brooke Self may be reached at 760-951-6232 or You can also follow her on Twitter at @DPEduNews.

The article was taken from the Victor Valley Daily Press 760-241-4411

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  • Sanford W. Cramer III · Follow ·  Top Commenter · Victor Valley College

    All these so called college degreed administrators cannot control there budget? The college should be taken over by a private group and salaries cut at the administrative levels.
    Reply · Like · 6 · Follow Post · March 22 at 7:14am
  • Joseph P Tartaglini · California State University, Fullerton

    Having followed this story for a number of years now, I have to laugh at the efforts that have gone on to address the financial issues at the College. We of the High Desert have a great deal of money invested in this institution. Too much to allow this feasco to continue. Once a manager looses credibility with the community they should resign making way for more qualified individuals. I believe we are at that point with both our Board and College management. If the Board had any sense they would search our communities for individuals who are qualified to provide direction to the Board. It’s fairly obvious that none of the current group want to make the tough and sometime unpopular decisions needed to correct the financial deficit. Our children deserve better.
    Reply · Like · 4 · Follow Post · March 23 at 2:49pm
    • Michael Thaddeus Kwiatkowski

      “Way to go Joe!!!
      Reply · Like · March 23 at 5:17pm
    • Bill Neice ·  Top Commenter

      Joe, Those unpopular decisions would have to include wage and benefit readjusments across the board for the administration and faculty. Do you really think that those in the Educational Establishment and unions, whose income and benefits now account for 85% of the monies the college receives would be willing to change that? I think not.
      Reply · Like · Edited · March 26 at 3:00am
  • Dave Bennett · Follow ·  Top Commenter · Lincoln High School

    Here we go again…..
    Reply · Like · 4 · Follow Post · March 22 at 8:21am
  • Brian Hatchell ·  Top Commenter · Senior Technical Consultant at Messaging Architects

    Still giving raises and hiring personnel with a multi million dollar deficit is a huge mistake. Too bad the bargaining units have all the power out there. Those of you that think the accreditation mess is over are wrong. That is only what you are led to think. VVC can still fail if they do not address their payroll issues and with the unions in the drivers seat I do not see how that is going to happen
    Reply · Like · 3 · Follow Post · March 22 at 12:29pm
    • Bill Tuck Jr ·  Top Commenter · Mt. San Antonio College

      Brian you hit the nail on the Head. All these contracts and Goodie bags were done by long gone Board Members. It just may be Imposible? I do not blame the Presant Board they have done all they can legally!
      Reply · Like · March 23 at 3:42pm
  • Xenia Szabo ·  Top Commenter · Hesperia, California

    If the employees health insurance costs are rising at 10% or more per year and the school is unable to operate in the black, maybe it is time to shop for different coverage. Also many in the teaching profession have spouses in the same profession, and both carry full insurance coverage for themselves and their children, nobody checks and the taxpayers pay twice for the same families. Make the employees pay at least a share of the insurance and you will immediate tell see a savings when the double dippers cancel their 2nd insurance.
    Reply · Like · 2 · Follow Post · March 22 at 8:54am
    • Husd Citizen ·  Top Commenter · UCLA

      Thats a great idea but the college administration has to bring up the idea.
      Reply · Like · 1 · March 22 at 10:16am
    • Xenia Szabo ·  Top Commenter · Hesperia, California

      HUSD…yep, not willing to listen to the taxpayers. Another option is to move to a cafeterias an for benefits, at a capped amount, with increases budget based, and employees use their capped dollar cafeteria plan yo purchase benefits. If the benefits they want are more than their allowance the employee pays for the extras.
      Reply · Like · 1 · March 22 at 9:31pm
  • Sergio Trevino · Antelope Valley College

    Anyone out there interested in helping me make VVC lose its accreditation?.

    I have about ten ideas on how it can finance itself which will never be heard too.

    Nothing would give me more pleasure than helping them get closed down for good, for ever and ever, especially since I have all the ideas on how they can get massive amounts of funding.
    I can’t believe they’re still kicking! Die already! Die! Die! Die! you rotten racist college!!!
    Any REAL lawyers out there want to sue VVC for me?

    Reply · Like · 1 · Follow Post · Edited · March 23 at 2:15pm
  • Bill Neice ·  Top Commenter

    Until employee incomes and insurance payments are brought into line there will be no answer to this problem.
    Reply · Like · 1 · Follow Post · March 22 at 8:21pm
  • Shaun Michael ·  Top Commenter · Founder, CEO at Erupt Design

    Here is a QUICK idea… Hold some school sponsored events!! Spring Break.. Graduation.. Prom.. Homecoming… College Invasion.. and so on… There are an estimated $3 Million+ that get made with some of these events… Even just making a portion of that will contribute… I know there are some events coming up with the college but check this out and remember there are 10,000 college students in attendance at this event and tickets were around $20 each!
    Reply · Like · Follow Post · Edited · March 22 at 7:26pm
    • Julie Benghazi Jensen ·  Top Commenter · Victor Valley College

      Right, because the problem is not enough money; not exorbitant salaries… Great ideas but a one time fix won’t solve the overwhelming, ongoing problem the administration refuses to acknowledge.
      Reply · Like · March 23 at 9:45am
    • Shaun Michael ·  Top Commenter · Founder, CEO at Erupt Design

      Yeah but they dont even bother trying to get money to come in to keep up those high expenses.. Like having a Credit Card and No Job to back it.. Its just horrible because they say they dont see any reason why they should be associated with such events… Much like with the cities.. I mean they do hold different functions but nothing strictly put on BY the city that has a MASS appeal… Coachella is the BEST example.. It doesnt have to be AS massive however it brings in over $50 million to the local economy from outside cities and states..
      Reply · Like · March 23 at 10:00am
    • Sergio Trevino · Antelope Valley College

      They have lost of events like Cinco De Mayo and Job Fairs.
      Reply · Like · March 23 at 2:28pm
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  • Sergio Trevino · Antelope Valley College

    I wish some of the students could have realized when their teachers were breaking civil rights laws and such, but unfortunately, white people never sue and don’t ever know when their rights and freedoms are being trampled upon.

    I used to walk around and see all sorts of things the teachers could lose their jobs over but the students were ignorant of it.

    Reply · Like · Follow Post · March 23 at 2:24pm
  • Brett Johnson ·  Top Commenter

    For an entity ran by college graduates, this place sure seems like it’s the blind leading the blind. This school is an embarrassment to the community.
    Reply · Like · Follow Post · March 23 at 8:36am
    • Sergio Trevino · Antelope Valley College

      It certainly is, but you don’t even know how much. There are so many cover-ups it’s a model for white collar crime. I wish someone would take the Whitsleblower deal and turn on their co-workers but I expect their high salaries is the reason they don’t turn in their co-workers for the various forms of embezzlement they practice.
      I know, I was a school reporter, I had confidential leads all over the place but the Daily Press will never turn against VVC.
      Reply · Like · Edited · March 23 at 2:31pm
    • Sergio Trevino · Antelope Valley College

      My reports on manipulation of funds was tabooed by Don Holland then editor of the Daily Press. He completely ignored me. I got blacklisted too. Nobody will turn against VVC.
      Reply · Like · 1 · March 23 at 2:34pm
  • Bill Tuck Jr ·  Top Commenter · Mt. San Antonio College

    Looking forward to Steve Williams Possible Opinion Page Comments on this! What a Complete Nightmare for all involved!
    Reply · Like · Follow Post · Edited · March 22 at 9:11pm
    • Sergio Trevino · Antelope Valley College

      Where can I find this Possible Opinion Page?
      Reply · Like · March 23 at 2:34pm
    • Bill Tuck Jr ·  Top Commenter · Mt. San Antonio College

      Sergio Trevino OK scroll down on This Blog to local stories then sports and finally Opinion. Not letter to the Editor. But Opinions. Steve Williams usually does one out of three editorial s. His ones on This College Problem are in my opinion Exilent!!!! I get the E Paper for $5. Per month and sometimes there only in the Daily Press
      Reply · Like · March 23 at 3:36pm
  • Sergio Trevino · Antelope Valley College

    It serves them right. I just hope I live to see them get closed down forever.
    Reply · Like · Follow Post · March 23 at 2:17pm

Ref: Liberty Tribune – David Murphy / City of Hesperia 25th Anniversary Time Capsule

City of Hesperia 25th Anniversary Time Capsule

By David Murphy


City of Hesperia 25th Anniversary Time CapsuleHesperia, CA – A time capsule is a collection of historical information and mementos that captures the life experiences of a community and preserves it for the next generation. After a year long celebration of the City of Hesperia’s 25th Anniversary, we are planning a time capsule to commemorate the past year as well as the last 25 years since our incorporation. In preparation for the project, the City will be asking Hesperia students grades K-12 to submit a poem about their life and experiences in Hesperia. Winners from each grade level will be selected to have their poem placed in the time capsule. In addition to the Poetry Contest, we will also be holding a Photo Contest, asking local photographers to submit “My Hesperia” themed photos. Five winners will be selected to have their photographs placed in the time capsule. Photos will also be posted on display in City Hall and published on the City of Hesperia website. Rather than being buried, Hesperia’s 25th Anniversary Time Capsule will be on display in City Hall after it is sealed. Winners of both the Poetry and Photo Contests will be announced at noon during the Spring Safety Fair on Saturday, May 3 in the Civic Plaza Park. Visit the FAQs section for answers to common questions. Submit your Time Capsule Suggestions today!


Ref: Daily Press – Letter To The Editor / Greg Raven

The perfect example

Greg Raven
Apple Valley

Re: “Learning English” (Daily Press, Feb. 15, 2014).

I hope every taxpayer saves this article for the next election where school crusaders come crying for more money “for the children.”

Darrell Nickolaisen provides the perfect example of what has gone so terribly wrong with our school system. From what I can tell, nearly 50 cents of every state dollar goes to education, yet California ranks near the bottom in student achievement. Nickolaisen has the answer, though: Spend more money to educate adults who are in the country illegally, so their illegal-alien children can continue so soak up more of our education resources in college. I’m guessing that Nickolaisen would also be in favor of schools feeding foreigners and their parents. After all, it’s not his money. Maybe we should house them, too, so they will have someplace where they can receive their EBT cards, tax refunds, Medicaid, and free cellphones. It’s for the kids.

Other than the lunacy of feeding and educating anyone from other countries as long as they can somehow get to California and avoid deportation, one has to wonder if Nickolaisen is ever going to uphold his oath of office (I assume he took one, because I certainly did before the Apple Valley Unified School District would let me near kids on campus).

If not, maybe some enterprising attorney should put together a RICO suit against the school system under 8 USC Section 1324, for harboring, aiding, and abetting illegal aliens. You see, it’s against the law to do what Nickolaisen proposes.

Of course, if government entities at every level would simply enforce the immigration laws already on record, none of this would be necessary.

The article was taken from the Victor Valley Daily Press 760-241-4411