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 – Rene Ray De La Cruz / Hesperia Agencies To Consider Victor Valley Museum Support

Hesperia agencies to consider Victor Valley Museum support

March 17, 2014 3:16 PM

HESPERIA • The City Council on Tuesday will discuss its support of the financially struggling Victor Valley Museum in Apple Valley.

The council may give direction to staff for the joint-agency support of the museum, which would include the city, the Hesperia Unified School District and the Hesperia Recreation and Park District.

If approved by all agencies, funding could be allocated in a manner proportionate to each agency’s operating budget, with $10,000 coming from the city and HUSD, and $5,000 from the park district.

The city’s annual portion would be added to the budgets from 2014 through 2017, if approved by the council.

This item is also being presented by staff to both boards for consideration, a city staff report said.

The city received a request from 1st District Supervisor Robert Lovingood for an annual contribution of $25,000 for the next three fiscal years.

Allocations would support the museum as an education resource in the High Desert and allow the city to work with curators on a historical Hesperia display.

In 2013, the struggling museum continued to stay open with a portion of $200,000 in bridge funding from the county.

The county’s $4.4 billion budget for 2013-14 revealed limited one-time sources to fund certain costs as part of a multi-year plan to address a five-year structural deficit.

A few of those one-time fund issues include covering shortfalls in the county museum system Fire Department and underfunded programs and projects in Land Use Services and Public Works.

The 2013-14 county budget also revealed that the county will work with other government agencies to explore opportunities to “transfer the ownership/operation of the Victor Valley Museum to another entity.”

The museum opened as an independent nonprofit in 1992. It closed for a one-year renovation project after the county acquired it in February 2010 after declining revenue threatened its closure.

Rene Ray De La Cruz may be reached at 760-951-6227, RDeLaCruz@VVDailyPress.com or on Twitter @renegadereports.

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  • Al Vogler ·  Top Commenter

    A possible source of funding would be the Mojave Water Agency, since they are in the nature-trail, historical business. In fact, it would probably be far more important to operate the museum than to put money into a questionable hiking trail and shrubries system on Deep Creek Rd., south of Rock Springs Rd. Hesperia has a museum. How about supporting what is already here and closer to visit?? Traffic signals and museums. Tax and spend.
    Reply · Like · Follow Post · March 17 at 7:46pm
  • James Peron ·  Top Commenter

    Maybe, it should be closed. If the visitors are not willing to fund it with admission fees sufficient to finance it, then maybe it is a waste of resources. When a business fails to cover it’s costs it goes under. And, it can’t be said that it’s demise makes us worse off, since most of us have never even been tempted to visit it. When I first learned they were their I checked out their website. I did so again today. It really isn’t much at attracting crowds.
    Reply · Like · Follow Post · March 17 at 7:21pm

Ref: Daily Press – Shea Johnson / Supervisors Uphold Solar Project Denial

Supervisors uphold solar project denial

March 16, 2014 1:09 PM

OAK HILLS • An earlier decision to nix a widely disputed solar facility was upheld this week by the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, prompting a sigh of relief from one of the proposed project’s biggest opponents.

“It was a common sense objection,” Oak Hills Property Owners Association President Terry Kostak said by phone. “Luckily, the county agreed with us.”

Kostak and 22 others spoke out against the 2.7-megawatt photovoltaic facility during a county Planning Commission meeting in August, saying the project would upset the “rural character” of the area, a county staff report shows.

Eleven other attendees also opposed the project, according to the staff report. Only one person was in favor. The commission unanimously voted Sept. 19 to deny the project.

Following an extensive hearing Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to deny an appeal filed by project developer Sycamore Physicians Partners LLC. A call to Sycamore on Thursday was not immediately returned.

Proposed to encompass approximately 20 acres on the northeast corner of Fuente Avenue and El Centro Road, the project “would not be consistent with the Oak Hills Community Plan,” according to the Planning Commission staff report. Other concerns included property value decline, aesthetics and the environment.

First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood, who represents the Victor Valley, said Wednesday that the majority of the affected community did not want the facility.

“The consensus in the neighborhood is that this commercial solar project doesn’t belong there,” Lovingood said in a written statement.

Kostak said she is just happy that the planned 8- to 10-foot solar panels won’t cause strife among local residents.

“It was an inappropriate location because this particular neighborhood was surrounded by nice homes on those streets that would literally be looking at this project,” she said Wednesday. “The (commission meeting) was a huge battle; yesterday, we won the war. It’s a huge weight lifted off all of us.”

Shea Johnson may be reached at 760-955-5368 or SJohnson@VVDailyPress.com.


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  • W Daniel Tate ·  Top Commenter · Whittier College

    There is ample land to develop solar fields without detroying the character of a neighborhood. this location was a poor choice from day #1. the county needs to be more proactive in defining the renewable energy cooridors which will avoid this unecessary process and expense ….wate of tax payers dollars
    Reply · Like · 5 · Follow Post · March 17 at 12:29pm
  • Tom Tessier ·  Top Commenter · Salinas, California

    They don’t want electricity so take away their swamp coolers , air con and swimming pool pumps
    Reply · Like · 1 · Follow Post · March 17 at 7:58am
    • Steve Herron ·  Top Commenter · Fontana High

      The community members already subsidize the solar industry with their tax dollars, so why would they want to further subsidize it with lower property values? The investors would profit and the adjacent homeowners would take the hit. Of course they want electricity, just like everyone else does, but they are not so hard-up that they want their neighborhood ruined by a solar farm. The people that live there bought or built their homes with the reasonable expectation that the homes just across the street would be homes similar to theirs. I know that most members of the community support solar as a viable green alternative energy source, but I think the placement of large solar farms needs to be appropriate and reasonable. Don’t you?
      Reply · Like · 3 · March 17 at 2:14pm
    • Jim Wilhelm · Chaffey College

      Steve Herron
      Agreed, there are thousands of available acres for solar, in the form rooftops. An industrial site in a rural residential area is not the lifestyle the homeowners bought into. I understand the convenience of buying electricity from a large utility like Edison, but a little self sufficiency would be helpful. These giant utilities can’t stand the idea of people making their own energy.
      Reply · Like · March 17 at 3:36pm
  • John Shield ·  Top Commenter · Lucerne Valley, California

    AB32 requires 33% “renewable” by 2020. Failure to meet it means: shortages, out of state producers sticking it to us through an exchange, hastily built systems that will be imposed upon everyone like in the late 70s and higher taxes. All this aggravation due to conjecture based on junk science and biased “research” from government workers whose employment requires mandates and imaginary crises. Man can’t change the weather nor can we stop it from changing.

    http://suspendab32.org/

    Or else!

    Reply · Like · Follow Post · March 17 at 4:11pm
  • Tom Tessier ·  Top Commenter · Salinas, California

    Nice place for a horny toad farm
    The physicians group need the tax credits and depreciation to offset their commission from Crestor and medical devices . In the meantime Edison co continues to thwart and interfere with rooftop solar with impossible rebate programs that are underfunded and micro managed . Keep that fossil fuel burning power plant cranking out profits and depleting your wallet
    Reply · Like · Follow Post · March 18 at 12:24am
  • Geena Lyon ·  Top Commenter · 1tenthAngel Shop Owner at Etsy

    Solar panel company gave an estimate to a local church of one hundred thousand dollars. That is so ridiculous and so obviously greedy – it makes me laugh.
    Reply · Like · Follow Post · March 17 at 8:13am
    • Jim Wilhelm · Chaffey College

      Geena,
      If the estimate was $100k, it was a large system for a large building. I’ve seen solar systems on some churches and apparently they felt it was a good investment. The local church could have had multiple estimates done and possibly have gotten a better price. Because it’s a church did you expect them to get it for free or heavily discounted? God already supplies all the sunlight for free!!
      Reply · Like · 3 · March 17 at 8:37am
    • Geena Lyon ·  Top Commenter · 1tenthAngel Shop Owner at Etsy

      No one gets anything for free Jim, 100,000 makes no common sense and is Ridiculous. Thanks for info on who supplies sun light, I often wondered…
      Reply · Like · 2 · March 17 at 8:47am
    • Jim Wilhelm · Chaffey College

      Geena

      Depending on how much electricity the church uses, among other factors, determines whether it makes sense or not. Tossing out a 100k number without any other details makes no sense and is ridiculous. Thanks for enlightening me on getting “anything for free”. Who would have guessed! Apparently the “greedy” solar company figured this out as well.

      Reply · Like · 2 · March 17 at 10:19am
  • Scott Reiboldt ·  Top Commenter

    Ok then build a prison there instead…
    Reply · Like · Follow Post · March 16 at 1:52pm
    • Steve Herron ·  Top Commenter · Fontana High

      It is better to remain silent…
      Reply · Like · 3 · March 16 at 5:44pm
    • Scott Reiboldt ·  Top Commenter

      Steve Herron so why didn’t you ?
      Reply · Like · March 16 at 6:48pm
    • Xenia Szabo ·  Top Commenter · Hesperia, California

      Because the residents of this quiet, rural residential area must, of course, have to choose between these two horrible options, a prison or a solar farm, in their back yard, right?
      Reply · Like · March 16 at 7:13pm
    • Scott Reiboldt ·  Top Commenter

      Xenia Szabo a solar farm isn’t horrible, bad neighbors are horrible, a solar farm would be a nice quiet neighbor.
      Reply · Like · March 16 at 7:38pm
    • Steve Herron ·  Top Commenter · Fontana High

      Scott Reiboldt , It is better to remain silent…
      Reply · Like · 2 · March 16 at 7:42pm
    • Scott Reiboldt ·  Top Commenter

      Steve Herron so why do you keep commenting ? typing practice ?
      Reply · Like · 1 · March 16 at 8:19pm
    • Xenia Szabo ·  Top Commenter · Hesperia, California

      Scott, if YOU want to live next to a solar farm that is your prerogative. Most people find them ugly and intrusive. They should not have to have one in their backyard.
      Reply · Like · 1 · March 16 at 8:34pm
    • Steve Herron ·  Top Commenter · Fontana High

      Scott Reiboldt , It is better to remain silent…
      Reply · Like · 1 · March 16 at 10:47pm
    • Scott Reiboldt ·  Top Commenter

      Xenia Szabo Like I said, there are worse things that could take up that real estate, you may be wishing it was a quiet solar farm someday..
      Reply · Like · 1 · March 17 at 6:08am
    • Xenia Szabo ·  Top Commenter · Hesperia, California

      Scott, while I don’t live in that area of the high desert I totally understand the concerns of those that do, and that would have their vistas and property values impacted by the construction of a solar farm in their quiet, pretty community. Kudos to the BofS for making the right decision and not shoving an incompatible development in their backyard.
      Reply · Like · March 17 at 3:07pm

Ref: Daily Press – Staff Reports / Lovingood Launches Intern Program

Lovingood launches intern program

December 09, 2013 10:08 AM
Staff Reports

HESPERIA • San Bernardino County 1st District Supervisor Robert Lovingood has opened his office for an internship program, according to a news release.

The program is open to interns to assist with general office work as well as those who have expertise in social media.

“Internships have always been a great way for students to get real-life work experience and improve their skills,” Lovingood said in the release.

According to the release, social media interns will work on media relations, constituent communications and outreach plans using a variety of platforms.

Office interns will assist with constituent correspondence, answering phones and participating in legislative review meetings, the release states.

Interns will work primarily at Lovingood’s local office at 15900 Smoke Tree St. in Hesperia. Internship schedules are flexible, and the internships are unpaid.

Those interested in applying should send a cover letter and resume to Susan.Drake@bos.SBCounty.gov.

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Comments :

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

    He is a typical Progressive Socialist.
    Reply · Like · Follow Post · December 9 at 1:15pm
    • Jack Cook ·  Top Commenter · American InterContinental University

      I have been trying to tell y’all this lol
      Reply · Like · December 9 at 10:13pm
    • Sergio Trevino · Antelope Valley College

      At least he’s progressive and not regressive.
      Reply · Like · Yesterday at 10:56am
  • Stephanie Lonsdale · Follow ·  Top Commenter · Love Animals · 168 subscribers

    Robert Lovingood’s office is unresponsive and doesn’t care about some local community issues that involve finances (large County yearly expenditures) and the welfare of animals.
    Reply · Like · Follow Post · December 9 at 11:26am
  • Kenneth Holtz · Follow ·  Top Commenter · Works at Retired

    YAWN!!!!! But kudos cause you fixed some roads.
    Reply · 2 · Like · Follow Post · December 9 at 10:27am

Ref: Daily Press – Shea Johnson / County To Lift Solar Moratorium

County to lift solar moratorium

Final adoption of energy ordinance expected Dec. 17

December 03, 2013 6:41 PM

SAN BERNARDINO • The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a solar energy ordinance Tuesday, paving the way for new commercial solar projects to resume on unincorporated private land.

Such projects have been halted for nearly six months amid planning and environmental concerns from officials and rural residents.

On June 12, the supervisors approved an original 45-day moratorium, later extending it another 10 and a half months.

In a news release, 1st District Supervisor Robert Lovingood called the ordinance a fair compromise between rural homeowners and commercial solar project developers.

Lovingood and 3rd District Supervisor James Ramos had advocated the temporary moratorium to allow time to complete the planning process of adding a renewable energy component to the county’s general plan.

“There were many solar projects that were in the wrong places at the wrong time,” Lovingood said in a prepared statement. “Overall, I think we are taking a balanced approach that is needed.”

As part of the new ordinance, developers will be required to obtain a special use permit, giving County Code Enforcement the oversight to watch projects for compliance.

“The projects must be compatible with current and future land use,” according to a county news release, “and have minimal impact on the environment, ecosystem and scenic views.”

A Newberry Springs solar plant that was completed in July caused discomfort with some neighbors after the finished project’s panel size increased dramatically from original plans.

According to Lovingood, the new ordinance incorporates “many of the ideas” offered by the public during a series of meetings held by Land Use Services.

The moratorium, however temporary, did have some financial implications. Irked by the extension, Apple Valley-based Desert Solar moved two $70 million projects from the county to other locations, according to previous reports.

Final adoption of the new ordinance, lifting the temporary moratorium, is scheduled Dec. 17. The ordinance would then go into effect 30 days later.

According to the county news release, the renewable energy component to the general plan is expected to be completed by 2015.

Shea Johnson may be reached at 760-955-5368 or SJohnson@VVDailyPress.com.

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  • Michael Wyzard ·  Top Commenter

    why not put up more solar panel “farms” over parking lots? the ground is already covered and it would give some shade in the hot months
    Reply · 1 · Like · Follow Post · December 6 at 7:04am
    • Cheryl Wyzard · NOW RETIRED at Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District

      excellent suggestion!
      Reply · Like · December 6 at 10:05am
  • Don Cook ·  Top Commenter · Chapman University

    the comments have validity. But; do the commentators also decry the rampant, unchecked, un-regulated explosion of pavement and houses–all built with a paid-for lack of oversight by the cities and counties? The desert i walked and hiked, and lived in, c.1964 has been shat upon already … didn’t hear a lot of griping then.
    Reply · Like · Follow Post · December 5 at 8:36am
    • Bill Neice ·  Top Commenter

      Those of us that fought against the uncontrolled building of the Flatlands Anthills that now surround us weren’t listened to then either. Our City Councils, more interested in increased tax revenues than our desert sold us out to the BIA and we continue to pay the price for that to this day. It seems that not much has changed.
      Reply · Like · December 5 at 9:51pm
  • Al Vogler ·  Top Commenter

    The public did not have access to the ordinance until Friday before the hearing. Leaving almost no time to study and comment. It is believed that the ordinance may also have been again modified within 24 hours of the hearing, which raises the question whether or not the hearing was “legal.” Just prior to high desert taxpayers commenting on the issue, during the Board of Supervisors hearing, Supervisor Ovitt disparagingly referred to the upcoming Hesperia and Oak Hills speakers. With an attitude like that it is clear that the supervisor made up his mind on the issue BEFORE all testimony was given. There still remains several important issues about the solar farms which were NOT addressed in the ordinance.
    Reply · 1 · Like · Follow Post · December 4 at 9:56pm
  • Bill Neice ·  Top Commenter

    Our desert environment will be overrun by solar cells bought and paid for with our taxes and the energy produced goes everywhere but here. I’ve an idea. How about if those that are supposedly soooo concerned with the environment force every building in the Flatlands, homes, businesses, and anything else with a roof to install solar panels and leave us alone.
    Reply · Like · Follow Post · December 4 at 8:06pm
  • John Shield ·  Top Commenter · Lucerne Valley, California

    This would not be an issue if AB32 was not implemented which requires 33% “renewable” by 2020 to meet UN Agenda 21 requirements.
    Reply · Like · Follow Post · December 4 at 12:22pm
    • Xenia Szabo ·  Top Commenter · Hesperia, California

      As long as there are taxpayer subsidies that generate huge profits for this industry the rape of the desert will continue to be an issue. The developments will go forward, now that this delay in the process has allowed the supervisors and staff to claim they considered all options and took into consideration community concerns.
      Reply · Like · December 5 at 4:32pm

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Roelle makes move toward Assembly seat

November 18, 2013 7:11 PM

APPLE VALLEY • After coming up short in his last political battle, one local resident is getting back into the ring as he fights for a state Assembly seat.

Former Apple Valley Councilman Rick Roelle has announced his run for the 33rd State Assembly seat held by Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, who declared his run for governor earlier this month.

“I believe my passion for public service coupled with my conservative values will enable me to continue the fight for the great people of this district,” Roelle, 54, posted on Facebook on Saturday. “You can count on me to ensure your voice is heard in Sacramento.”

Roelle, a Lieutenant with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Barstow Station, lost a tight race with Robert Lovingood for the 1st District Supervisor position a year ago.

The November 2012 election was Round Two at the polls for Roelle and Lovingood, who finished the race in a virtual tie the previous June.

During the supervisor race, Roelle was coming off an eight-year run as a council member in Apple Valley, where he served two terms as mayor.

Roelle’s 32 years with the Sheriff’s Department has included assignment with jails, patrol, narcotics and the Internal Affairs Division.

“I have a passion for public service and for serving the people of the High Desert,” Roelle said by phone Monday. “I kicked the idea around four years ago when Tim Donnelly was running.”

Roelle said he did not run against Donnelly because he was not ready to leave the Sheriff’s Department.

After studying the “gears of state government,” Roelle said gathering support from fellow lawmakers and building a consensus on the issues that face California will be his biggest challenge, because “you just don’t go up to Sacramento and start demanding things.”

After spending nearly $20,000 of his own money for the race against Lovingood, Roelle said he’s paid off his past campaign debt and is financially ready for the challenge ahead.

Brett Savage, 24, a resident of Apple Valley and a graduate teaching assistant at University of California, recently declared his candidacy for Donnelly’s seat.

Roelle said that he has been close friends with Brett Savage’s father, Lindel, for years — they both served with the Sheriff’s Department for more than 30 years.

“I’m in the twilight of my career and planning to retire in 2014 no matter what, so it’s a good time to make this run,” Roelle said. “It’s all about timing, even though some of my friends and family think I’m crazy and insane.”

The declaration of candidacy period for the 33rd Assembly District is Feb. 10 to Mar. 7, according to the Secretary of State.

Rene Ray De La Cruz may be reached at 760-951-6227 or at RDeLaCruz@VVDailyPress.com.

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  • David Joshua Phillips · Works at Phillips Heating and Air

    Best news I read in a while! This is one guy I’m proud to support!
    Reply · 1 · Like · Follow Post · November 20 at 8:59pm
  • Dana Stewart ·  Top Commenter

    Maybe he can help stop this new Wal-Mart. What a tragedy that the elected officials or this town sold us out for money. Do disgusted.
    Reply · 1 · Like · Follow Post · November 20 at 8:38am
  • Kenneth Holtz · Follow ·  Top Commenter · Works at Retired

    Lets see I first met Rick Roelle in 1998 at the West Valley Detention Center, when he was a newly promoted Sergeant. I was assigned to the jail as a narcotics K-9 handler. We had received information from a inmate that a Lieutenant in the Mexican Mafia was receiving drugs on a regular basis through his attorney’s legal assistant. I was assigned to investigate the information. Only a couple people knew about the investigation, Roelle was not one of those involved. I had contacted the Narcotics Division with this information and told them of the legal assistants next scheduled visit. The plan was if she was taken into custody, the Narcotics Detectives would get a search warrant for her house. The State Department of Corrections gang unit was also brought into the investigation.
    This legal assistant was female. She showed up a little early for her visit, I was still at home. The Deputy working visiting had been told what to do when she showed up. In her large manila envelope of legal documents she carried, she was asked to dump the contents of the envelope. Inside the Deputy found about 13 grams of tar heroin, and about 5 grams of methamphetamine. She was taken into custody and I was notified immediately. Female Deputies were told to put the suspect in a holding cell until I could get there and interview her. It took me about 45 minutes to get to the jail. In that time a disaster took place.
    Shortly after the arrest Sergeant Rick Roelle found out what was going on. On his own, having NO authority to do so, he called the suspects boss, attorney William Gebbe, told him that we had just taken his employee into custody for smuggling drugs into the jail. Roelle and Gebbe were good friends.
    Gebbe immediately called his good friend attorney Frank Cardinal to represent his employee, who in turn contacted Judge Peter Norrell. Norrell immediately contacted the probation officer on duty who handled OR releases, ordered this guy to release the suspect immediately. The Judge did not care what the circumstances were and ordered the release. Yes the Judge clearly exceeded his authority in all this. The suspect had not even been booked. MORE TO FOLLOW.
    Reply · Like · Follow Post · November 19 at 10:26pm
    • Kenneth Holtz · Follow ·  Top Commenter · Works at Retired

      The famous “fly the bird” video that ET SNELL made of Mr. Roelle. Roelle accuses Snell of stalking his girlfriend, funny he doesn’t arrest him. We call that “talkin smack”. Rick is pretty good at that. Roelle never figured out video taping in a public place is not a crime under California law.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=5sxHytl5vDo
      Reply · Like · November 19 at 11:09pm
    • Kenneth Holtz · Follow ·  Top Commenter · Works at Retired

      There were no drugs found at the residence. The suspects husband was at home when the Detectives arrived. We don’t know if she called him from the jail, and he wasn’t talking. I eventually made my way over to attorney Gebbe’s office. I knew him pretty well so I simply asked him point blank, who called you about your employee being arrested? Gebbe responded without hesitation, Rick Roelle, we are friends. Ok thanks for that Bill. In reality Gebbe was a suspect in all that, but we didn’t go down that road based on what had happened prior to me meeting with him.
      The bottom line to all this, is Roelle violated numerous department policies, interfered with a criminal investigation that he was NOT involved in, A CRIME under California law, and he jeopardized officers safety. PERIOD!!
      I got the case filed with the District Attorney the same day and they filed felony charges against the suspect. The case never went to trial she took a plea. The incident made it’s way around the court house as hot gossip for all the attorneys.
      I did eventually get up to see the Lieutenant about what took place. He started down the road of my interaction with the OR Officer, and I started down the road of Roelle’s interference with the case. The Lieutenant decided quickly that everything was ok and the conversation ended as quick as it started. GOOD idea boss. The Lt. was Bart Gray. Some of you might know him from the POST scandal and is still facing criminal charges.
      Roelle was NEVER investigated for his actions, nor was he disciplined. Other Deputy Sheriffs who have tipped off a friend of a ongoing investigation, have received anywhere from 15 to 40 days off for such conduct. Roelle got a pass from his “good old boy” pals. He got a serious STRIKE 1 from me. One that NEVER goes away. Of course it is not a crime to be STUPID, but it is surely noteworthy.
      The only good thing that happened was I had a cup of coffee with the OR Officer and told him what had happened. He understood, all was well.
      Reply · Like · Edited · November 19 at 11:56pm
    • Kenneth Holtz · Follow ·  Top Commenter · Works at Retired

      No I am not done. Just one more good war story about Roelle and I will be.
      Reply · Like · November 20 at 12:20am
    • Kenneth Holtz · Follow ·  Top Commenter · Works at Retired

      Now I bet some of you NON LAW ENFORCEMENT personnel might think that little issue with Roelle is no big deal, ok.
      Well not long after that incident I’d say a year or so later Deputies at the jail (WVDC) are doing a routine cell search of a Nazi Low Rider gang member. They find a letter in the inmates mail. There is discussion about killing Roelle and his family in one of those letters. Roelle is shown the letter. Roelle goes to the inmates cell, tells the control Deputy to open the inmates cell door. Once inside the cell, Roelle starts BEATING the inmate. Roelle drags him out of the cell, down the hallway to the intake area of the jail, and beats him some more. LOTS of people witnessed that incident. And what happened spread quickly within the department.
      What crime did Roelle commit? PC 149, assault under the color of authority a FELONY under California law. What punishment did Roelle receive? We know he had to stay at the jail a little longer than normal before he was given an assignment to a patrol station. He was not reduced in rank or prosecuted. The Sheriff’s Department gave the inmate $50k as HUSH money. Had him sign a liability waiver stating he had no further claims against the County.
      What has happened to other Deputies. More than a few probationary Deputies over the years have been FIRED for not reporting such an incident. YES some of these employees had nothing to do with any beatings of inmates, they just didn’t report it, and got fired. Others have been disciplined for a lot less than what Roelle did. Oh yes bottom line Roelle got ANOTHER PASS from his “good old boy” pals.
      I suggest some of you beloved followers of Rick Roelle who have money, get a statue of Roelle and put it in front of Apple Valley city hall to show your appreciation to Rick. Just make sure you put a fence around it so the stray dogs in the area can’t pee on it. Better yet make it a bronze statue, some of you can volunteer to polish it once a year.
      And in closing these stories were told about 4 years ago on iepolitics.com. These two and a few more, you can’t make this crap up, whether you believe it or not, I don’t CARE.
      Reply · Like · November 20 at 8:41am
    • Daniel Seagondollar ·  Top Commenter · Principal Architect at Daniel Seagondollar Architect

      Kenneth Holtz would you mind telling us the circumstances under which you left the Sheriff dept.
      Reply · Like · November 20 at 11:08pm
    • Kenneth Holtz · Follow ·  Top Commenter · Works at Retired

      Daniel Seagondollar maybe you should explain this before you throw any more rocks my way there buddy. Did Rick help you out with this issue so your beholding to him? JUST asking.http://www.vvdailypress.com/news/former-38134-town-apple.html It surely fits his MO. If no charges were filed on this matter then I am sure you sued SBSD for false arrest right? I sent you a Facebook message. Look forward to hearing from you.
      Reply · Like · Edited · November 21 at 11:08pm
    • Kenneth Holtz · Follow ·  Top Commenter · Works at Retired

      Hmmm Daniel. This thing really stinks on it’s face. POOF, case dismissed.http://openaccess.sb-court.org/OpenAccess/criminal/defendantcharges.asp?courtcode=X&casenumber=FVI1203387&defnbr=601627&defseq=1&mcnmsearch=Y&otnmseq=0&dsn I’d love to read the police report, then the transcript of the preliminary hearing, some type of minute order, or your attorney of record, they did a good job for you.
      Reply · Like · Edited · November 22 at 12:05am
    • Daniel Seagondollar ·  Top Commenter · Principal Architect at Daniel Seagondollar Architect

      Kenneth Holtz, you seem to have a habit of looking at everything as a conspiracy. The District Attorney requested the judge dismiss this case after reviewing the police reports and realizing that the deputy had falsely arrested me based on false statements by my drug addict neighbor. The judge dismissed the case for lack of evidence. You are welcome to go to my YouTube account and meet my neighbor,under the video titled NEIGHBOR, very enlightening.
      Reply · Like · November 30 at 3:28pm
    • Daniel Seagondollar ·  Top Commenter · Principal Architect at Daniel Seagondollar Architect

      You never told us how it was you left the Sheriff Dept. Please do tell.
      Reply · Like · November 30 at 3:31pm
  • Et Snell · Following ·  Top Commenter · MT

    Julie jensen, mr segandollar and other supporters of mr roelle please allow me to chime in.
    You folks assist an evil system most effectively by obeying its orders and decrees. An evil system never deserves such allegiance. Allegiance to it means partaking of the evil. A good person will resist an evil system with his or her whole soul.
    Reply · 1 · Like · Follow Post · November 19 at 6:15pm
  • Michael Kelly ·  Top Commenter · Works at Self Employed/Retail

    What’s with all the former cops and family of cops running for office? I don’t like it one bit when the folks who are hired to enforce the law, now want to write the laws. Wanna see a bad cop foam at the mouth? Mention “citizen review board”.
    Reply · 2 · Like · Follow Post · November 19 at 4:54pm
  • William CrazyLacy Furmage ·  Top Commenter · Apple Valley, California

    Go Roelle Go, :) He worked with me on getting the High Desert youth the best damn bike /skateboard parks in the WHOLE Victorvalley. Victorville and Hesperia have yet do do even one decent park for their youth. That Dank little park Hesperia just opened is a joke. I wouldn’t even count that Hesperia park as an achievement. GO ROELLE!
    Reply · 4 · Like · Follow Post · Edited · November 18 at 9:15pm
    • Kenneth Holtz · Follow ·  Top Commenter · Works at Retired

      WOW William that is absolutely bitchen dude. A simple project for Rick. So happy for you and your buds. Does Rick do the BMX thing too?
      Reply · 4 · Like · Edited · November 18 at 9:50pm
    • William CrazyLacy Furmage ·  Top Commenter · Apple Valley, California

      Kenneth Holtz , It wasn’t that simple. lots of road blocks along the way. If they were simple, we’d have’em in Hesperia and Victorville. Ricks a Dirt Biker :)
      Reply · 2 · Like · November 18 at 10:08pm
    • Kenneth Holtz · Follow ·  Top Commenter · Works at Retired

      Rick’s got dirt brother. I know why he rides.
      Reply · 2 · Like · November 18 at 10:20pm
    • William CrazyLacy Furmage ·  Top Commenter · Apple Valley, California

      Kenneth Holtz LOL, I’m a Democrat, But I’ll give this right winger my Vote :)
      Reply · 1 · Like · November 18 at 10:26pm
    • Kenneth Holtz · Follow ·  Top Commenter · Works at Retired

      LMAO, ok!!!!!
      Reply · 2 · Like · November 18 at 10:31pm
    • Bill Tuck Jr ·  Top Commenter · Mt. San Antonio College

      William CrazyLacy Furmage Kenneth Holtz isn`t worth a Comment back!! His Opinions are Pure Garbage and He needs to get A Life!!! Don`t give him the respect or Honor of an Answer!
      Reply · 2 · Like · November 19 at 12:10am
    • Kenneth Holtz · Follow ·  Top Commenter · Works at Retired

      Bill how much money would you like to bet I have more documents to prove my opinion than you do. Now if you wish to challenge my veracity I am game. You post a lot on these paper blogs that’s cool. You seem to think your in the know about all these politicians, how much can you actually back up?
      Reply · 1 · Like · November 19 at 8:18am
    • Daniel Seagondollar ·  Top Commenter · Principal Architect at Daniel Seagondollar Architect

      Kenneth Holtz put up or shut up, don’t just say “I’ve got the dirt.” and leave it there, lay it out or go away. If your “dirt” amounts to anything send it to DP or publish it yourself.
      Reply · Like · Edited · November 19 at 9:49am
    • Kenneth Holtz · Follow ·  Top Commenter · Works at Retired

      Daniel for the record, I did have an interview with Ryan Orr on Mr. Roelle , with the DP back in about 2007, they were not interested at the time. Of course if you read this paper it is clear they don’t get to involved in reporting corruption very often or in depth. Before I start on Mr. Roelle did you bother to call him? Or are you so confident in your dealings with him you have all the answers you need, to handle me? Your bravado is noteworthy, but your true homework is lacking or so it appears. Let me know there Mr.Seagondollar I love your confidence. Sheriff John McMahon displayed the same confidence in the Travis Bauer vs. San Bernardino County case that was recently settled. It only cost the taxpayers $1.6 million dollars. Or do you know all about that case, because Rick told you all about it? If you have paid attention to social media the last several years you might actually know a little more than you do now and would not have made the comment you did. LAST chance, nothing personal with you, just business.
      Reply · 2 · Like · Edited · November 19 at 12:20pm
    • Kenneth Holtz · Follow ·  Top Commenter · Works at Retired

      I just spend about 20 minutes on the phone with Mr.Seagondollar. I understand his concerns about accurate information, NOT a problem. Thanks for the chat Mr. Seagondollar.
      Reply · Like · November 19 at 1:09pm
    • Daniel Seagondollar ·  Top Commenter · Principal Architect at Daniel Seagondollar Architect

      Kenneth Holtz Enjoyed our talk, we must continue delving into our discussion with some facts.
      Reply · Like · November 19 at 1:12pm
    • Kenneth Holtz · Follow ·  Top Commenter · Works at Retired

      Yes sir, I agree. To bad there are not more people out there like yourself. For sure your approachable, you listen, your firm on your beliefs. Nothing but respect for all that.
      Reply · 1 · Like · November 19 at 1:16pm
    • Daniel Seagondollar ·  Top Commenter · Principal Architect at Daniel Seagondollar Architect

      Kenneth Holtz, I tend to keep myself informed Mr. Holtz. Thank you for your concern. You seem to want to tie the mis-dealing of the entire Sheriff Dept to Roelle. Do I believe the Sheriff Dept is corrupt? oh yes absolutely. Do I believe Roelle is the center of that corruption? No I don’t and I haven’t received any documentation that would connect Roelle with the corruption. Your innuendos just don’t cut it and I resent that type of politics.
      Reply · Like · November 19 at 1:27pm
    • Sharon Gilbert · Following ·  Top Commenter · Chapman University

      Sorry Dan, but Roelle is one of the most corrupt employees in the SBSD. I have dealt with him personally and I have done research on him. He has zero business with a gun and a badge. He is a Brady cop and he is a corrupt cop.
      Reply · 2 · Like · November 19 at 1:43pm
    • Kenneth Holtz · Follow ·  Top Commenter · Works at Retired

      I have some business to attend to right now Dan. So it will be later in the day or this evening that I start my storys on Roelle. You are entitled to resent whatever you wish. I will ask the same of you to present documentation to counter whatever I say. FAIR enough? Wanting proof is a two way street sir. No Roelle has his VERY OWN set of misdeeds that have been personally observed by me, other issues reported by several. But Roelle is part of the “good ol boys” no question about that. Just don’t set a standard for me that you yourself cannot meet and all will be well.
      Reply · Like · Edited · November 19 at 1:55pm
  • Kenneth Holtz · Follow ·  Top Commenter · Works at Retired

    The man the myth the legend Rick Roelle. The one the clown activist ET Snell caught on camera flipping him the bird. I think I’ll vote for Mr. Savage. It will be interesting to see how the comments roll on this thread.
    Reply · 4 · Like · Follow Post · November 18 at 8:15pm
    • Daniel Seagondollar ·  Top Commenter · Principal Architect at Daniel Seagondollar Architect

      Is this the ET Snell your referring to? http://www.vvdailypress.com/news/bell-22505-clown-local.html
      Reply · Like · November 19 at 1:02pm
    • Daniel Seagondollar ·  Top Commenter · Principal Architect at Daniel Seagondollar Architect

      I respect may aspects of what Mr. Snell takes an active role in but honestly sometimes he goes to far.
      Reply · Like · November 19 at 1:04pm
    • Kenneth Holtz · Follow ·  Top Commenter · Works at Retired

      Yes sir. Not sure if you watched the video he did at the fairgrounds where Roelle flipped him the bird when he was asking questions of Angela.
      Reply · Like · November 19 at 1:04pm
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  • Daniel Seagondollar ·  Top Commenter · Principal Architect at Daniel Seagondollar Architect

    Roelle knows the business, after eight years on the Town Council, he has the seasoning to be ready for a shot at Sacramento. I’ve worked with him regarding community issues and found him to be forthright and honest, If he agrees with you or not you’ll know where he stands. None of that back-stabbing backroom stuff that seems to keep the flotsam and jetsam swirling around the toilet bowl that Sacramento has become.
    Reply · 3 · Like · Follow Post · November 19 at 10:02am
    • Julie Benghazi Jensen ·  Top Commenter · Victor Valley College

      I like that term, “seasoning.” I think a basic understanding of political operations and the confidence of experience are things well worth considering..
      Reply · 2 · Like · November 19 at 1:13pm
    • Scott David Murphy ·  Top Commenter · Works at University Professor – Online

      Daniel, i agree with your position. That is why i like Rick, he is upfront and with his experience and background, that is far more important along with his seasoned experience. I dont want someone that will ignore you just because they dont agree with ones position, Rick Roelle for Assembly will listen to those that disagree with him, he is very personable and i like that about him.
      Reply · Like · November 20 at 9:45am
  • Xenia Szabo ·  Top Commenter · Hesperia, California

    Most politicians crave power. Power becomes a drug, highly addictive. Those who crave it will do anything to get it and keep it. I have little faith in career politicians, they can’t imagine life outside of politics, and the high that comes with their power. Promise to serve in any and all elected offices no more than 8 years, and I will consider voting for you.
    Reply · 2 · Like · Follow Post · November 19 at 8:06am
    • Tom Trull ·  Top Commenter · Boston Latin School

      32 years on the police force and all that outside the life of politics. I think he has seen and experienced life more than most of us would experience in 3 lifetimes.
      Reply · 3 · Like · November 19 at 3:00pm
    • Scott David Murphy ·  Top Commenter · Works at University Professor – Online

      Xenia, That position that Rick Roelle for Assembly is running for is a max of 12yrs, we have term limits in the California. So that wont be a problem on that side of things. I dont see Rick as a career politician, from my understanding he was a good councilman and mayor of AV.
      Reply · 1 · Like · November 20 at 9:46am
  • Bill Tuck Jr ·  Top Commenter · Mt. San Antonio College

    Boy are You Posters Brutal!!! WOW Rick Would make A Great Assemblyman. One of the top five Politicians in the High Desert! Looking forward to this Race. Rick Package Your self and connect personally with all The Voters and You will easily Win!!!
    Reply · 2 · Like · Follow Post · November 19 at 12:04am
  • Lisa Christensen ·  Top Commenter

    @Sharon Gilbert you are 100% correct regardin Roelle. I had this POS as a Sgt at WVDC years ago then as a Lt at Adeghetto Detention Center & like I said, he is a real POS & corrupt.
    Reply · 1 · Like · Follow Post · November 19 at 4:13pm
  • Daniel Seagondollar ·  Top Commenter · Principal Architect at Daniel Seagondollar Architect

    Looks someone shook the pistachio tree. All the usual suspects. Facts folks, Facts. Post you definitive proof. Nothing worst than libelous unsubstantiated blather, God doesn’t appreciate it.
    Reply · Like · Follow Post · Edited · November 19 at 4:24pm

Ref: Daily Press – Amy Zillner / Hesperia Celebration Brings Back ‘The Good Old Days

Hesperia celebration brings back ‘The Good Old Days’

September 19, 2013 8:50 AM
Amy Zillner, For the Daily Press

Hesperia Days celebrates 65 years since its 1948 debut, bringing to life this year’s theme “The Good Old Days” with the first Miss Hesperia and Rodeo Queen Lillian (Stratton) Platt as the parade’s grand marshal and 1949 firefighter Robert Mathews by her side.

“As a community we have the parade to tell about a family tradition and celebrate the history of Hesperia and the future of Hesperia,” said Becky Otwell, a member of parade presenters Hesperia Kiwanis International.

“Hesperia Days is one way to bring the past up and keep it active in the present,” Hesperia Area Recreation District Foundation President Percy Bakker said.

Hesperia Days begins Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Hesperia Lake Park, 7500 Arrowhead Lake Road, with a performance by the Hesperia Wranglers Drill Team and the presenting of the flags by the 2013-14 queen court. The celebration continues at 7 p.m. with the Wranglers Championship Gymkhana, according to Hesperia Wranglers President Dawn Stoecker.

Saturday kicks off with a free 5K race that starts at 8 a.m. where participants can run, walk or skate with the start and finish line at the Percy Bakker Center, 9333 E Ave. There will be 54 medals awarded in 18 male and female divisions for first, second and third place, Hesperia Recreation and Park District Supervisor Steve Hamm said.

“This is a free healthy family and community event,” Hamm said.

At 9 a.m., the parade is scheduled to make its way from I Avenue to E Avenue down Main Street, with 70 parade entrants thus far, according to Otwell.

The city of Hesperia also celebrates a milestone with its 25th anniversary with dignitaries such as Mayor Bill Holland, State Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, Supervisor Robert Lovingood and Congressman Paul Cook, among others, Otwell said.

“Because of the city’s 25th anniversary, this year’s Hesperia Days celebration will be even bigger and better than it normally is,” Hamm said.

There will be a pieeating contest and family sack race available at the city’s booth.

Hesperia Days will continue at 11 a.m. at Hesperia Lake Park with vendor booths, kids’ fun zone and American Music Festival, starting at noon featuring 10 bands over two days providing a variety of music from rock ‘n’ roll, to blues and jazz to country and oldies.

“The crowning feature of Hesperia Days is still Hesperia Lakes,” Bakker said.

Everyone can find something with nearly 100 vendor booths that specialize in a wide variety such as special food treats, stained glass and fine art, as well as businesses that offer services such as Medicare and horse rentals. Nonprofits will also have booths, such as Boy Scouts, churches, foster care, the Hesperia Zoo and Forever Wild.

The Park District offers several children’s attractions including three bungee jump trampolines, rock wall and bounce houses. Attractions cost 50 cents for each ticket, or wristbands can be purchased for $20 unlimited and $15 limited use, with the cost cut in half on Sunday, he said.

There will be zoo and exotic animals, martial arts exhibitions, gymnastic and magic show presentations, as well as nonprofit vendors, most of which will offer a game for free or for a small cost, Hamm said.

At 7:30 p.m., the night will end with fireworks.

The weekend wraps up Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. with vendor booths, kids’ fun zone, American Music Festival and The Great Duck Race at 3 p.m.

A $20 donation buys a ticket in the race with proceeds helping provide free programs for High Desert low-income seniors, according to Executive Director Midge Nicosia.

Participants have the chance to win $1,000 if their rubber duck crosses the finish line first, $250 for being last and 10 will win $25 if their duck rests at designated spots. Tickets are still available and will be sold during the weekend with a total of 800 available and an estimated 450 already sold, she said.

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

  • Terry Carter · Victor Valley College

    oh the Good Old Days… The Hesperia Days Parade.. And The Hesperia Clowns were there.. it had to be the early 60′s the Hesperia clowns were my dad ( Richard Carter), Robert Dick ( who later became your fire chief), Jerry Olson, Jerry Pastel, and Pete Patnode. and they hit up all the parades in the victor valley..but Hesperia days was the best.. Victoria Motors in Victorville sponcer them for many years.
    who remembers them?
    Reply · 2 · Like · Follow Post · September 20 at 5:34pm
    • Connie Upham Dick · Comton high

      Yes, we had our parade today. Could not get down Main street from 9 to 10:30. But we have the new underpass on Ranchero Rd. What a blessing to get around and not go Main St.:D
      Reply · Like · September 21 at 7:30pm
  • Rad Furmage Familyfreestyleparkapplevalley ·  Top Commenter · Apple Valley, California

    Some guy named Vince Kozak emailed my FB and told me he’s trolling to molest little kids at this event. PARENTS: KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR YOUR LITTLE ONES.
    Reply · 1 · Like · Follow Post · September 20 at 11:26am
  • Don Cook ·  Top Commenter · Chapman University

    exactly which “good ol’ days” are they referring to? the ones our parents talked about; the ones our grandparents talked about, the ones our great-great-great- grandparents talked about … or are they referring to the ones the native americans talk about? Get real.
    Reply · 1 · Like · Follow Post · September 19 at 2:58pm
    • Marcus Agfa ·  Top Commenter · Westview High School

      Thats exacly what I was thinking Don. The ones who casued the first halocaust of walking and rapeing Native Americans to death. Ya the good old days when poluters could make our sky’s black.
      Reply · 1 · Like · September 19 at 3:32pm
    • William CrazyLacy Furmage ·  Top Commenter · Apple Valley, California

      Back to 80s, before bikes were Discriminated against in some local skateparks :)
      Reply · 3 · Like · September 19 at 3:38pm
    • Steven Baril II ·  Top Commenter · Automotive Technician at Valley Hi Honda

      “Good ol days”, before grumpy old men didn’t whine and complain on social media about kids and their bikes…
      Reply · 1 · Like · September 19 at 5:53pm
    • William CrazyLacy Furmage ·  Top Commenter · Apple Valley, California

      Steven Baril II One must, Get Up, Stand up Steven, Or hide in the background.
      Reply · 1 · Like · September 20 at 12:00am
    • Steven Baril II ·  Top Commenter · Automotive Technician at Valley Hi Honda

      TROLL, verb:
      submit a deliberately provocative posting to an online message board with the aim of inciting an angry response.

      Oh dear, your covers blown…

      Reply · Like · September 20 at 6:19am
    • Troy Here · Follow ·  Top Commenter

      Steven Baril II Looks like you blew your own cover seems like your the TROLL the post you put up shows exactly what you just copied and pasted SMH…
      Reply · 2 · Like · September 20 at 8:02am
    • Marcus Agfa ·  Top Commenter · Westview High School

      Spot on Troy thats what I thought too
      Reply · 2 · Like · September 20 at 9:46am
    • William CrazyLacy Furmage ·  Top Commenter · Apple Valley, California

      Steven Baril II I troll with a cause, you troll with none.
      Reply · 1 · Like · September 20 at 10:08am
    • Blair Lamere ·  Top Commenter · Miami Norland Senior High

      Marcus Agfa And once again, please learn how to spell correctly.
      Reply · 2 · Like · September 20 at 10:52am
  • Blair Lamere ·  Top Commenter · Miami Norland Senior High

    Unfortunately, we can never bring back the ‘good old days” of Hesperia. Like back before we had road rage, rampant crime and an economy based on dollar stores..
    Reply · 5 · Like · Follow Post · September 19 at 11:10am
    • Don Cook ·  Top Commenter · Chapman University

      But y’all did have racial discrimination as a point of community. Or how about hanging Native women cuz they got nailed by the white boys?
      Reply · 1 · Like · September 19 at 3:00pm
    • Marcus Agfa ·  Top Commenter · Westview High School

      Thats yukky Don but so true They said it a program on opb about bigitry just the other day too.
      Reply · 1 · Like · September 19 at 4:01pm
  • RAD Riders Against Discrimination

    walk/skate/run,

    I guess they really are Against Bicycle riders :(

    Reply · 1 · Like · Follow Post · September 19 at 11:10am
  • Lilly Jo · Apple Valley, California

    I grew up in Hesperia. I still enjoy it. Going to take the kids there this weekend.
    Reply · 1 · Like · Follow Post · September 19 at 10:45am

Ref: Daily Press – Margaret Furman / HUSD Police: Bookseller No Scam Artist

Political patronage?

Margaret Furman
Hesperia

I think First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood would be well advised not to get his office involved in assisting with locating people due property tax refunds. If Mr. Lovingood and the supervisors feel the $2.2 million worth of unclaimed tax refunds should not be a windfall to the county, they shouldn’t vote to make the transfer. It’s in their hands and the transfer is not mandatory.

San Bernardino County has a system in place to handle unclaimed refunds; this is under the jurisdiction of the tax collector. The supervisors need to focus more attention on getting the collector’s office to improve efforts to locate those due the money. Have that office print out the list so people can look for their names instead of having to search by property address or assessor’s parcel number as is currently required.

I’m concerned that the efforts Mr. Lovingood is offering in this matter will give the impression to the taxpayers that his office is handing out money, or that going through his office is the way government works. It suggests political patronage when the refunds should be a matter of legal process properly administered.

The office of the state controller has perfected an escheats process for businesses, insurance companies, public utilities and others. And they have a process for employing contractors who apply to conduct state-authorized unclaimed property examinations for the state. These systems are complicated and are designed to use legal channels to get the property to its rightful owners. I don’t believe that Mr. Lovingood’s political workers have either the knowledge or the fiduciary training to perform this duty.

Best to leave this one to proper channels.


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

Ref: Daily Press – Jim E. Winburn / Oak Hills Solar Project Hearing Continued To September

Oak Hills solar project hearing continued to Sept.

Planning Commission asks for negative findings

August 08, 2013 1:25 PM
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HESPERIA • The county Planning Commission voted 5-0 Thursday to continue a hearing to September that will decide the fate of a 20-acre solar project in Oak Hills.

Don Holland, special assistant to 1st District Supervisor Robert Lovingood, said the project is not dead yet, but “(the commission) is clearly taking a step toward rejecting the proposal.”

Holland said the item was continued so county staff can prepare negative findings on the proposed solar project and provide them to the Planning Commission in September. Because the county staff report recommended the commission to approve the project, they did not prepare any negative findings for the commission.

“I’m so pleased because I realized the commissioners got it — they understand our situation,” said Terry Kostak, president of the Oak Hills Property Owners Association. “I’m very proud of everyone who participated in the opposition of this project — very pleased.”

More than a dozen Oak Hills residents attended the County High Desert Government Center video-conferencing center in Hesperia to speak out on the proposed 2.7-megawatt solar project, according to Holland, who watched the hearing via live video with Lovingood.

According to the Planning Commission staff report by Senior Planner Christopher Conner, letters of opposition to the proposed project cite concerns “relating to inconsistency with the County General Plan and Oak Hills Community Plan, aesthetic impacts/blight, decreased property values, drainage impacts, increased traffic, biological impacts, increased noise and hazardous materials.”

One Oak Hills homeowner who addressed the commission said the solar proposal has already hurt property values, claiming that a lot adjacent to the project had recently sold for less than half its fair market value.

However, Paul Jacobs, a state-certified general appraiser who is a member of the Victor Valley Appraisers Association, said he disagrees with folks opposed to solar projects based on property value arguments.

“These projects are certainly not residential in appearance,” Jacobs said via email. “However, they are neat, clean and can be nicely landscaped, as the new facility on Joshua Road in Apple Valley is.”

Jacobs also said he has surveyed fellow appraisers on whether anyone had any proof that photovoltaic solar projects had in fact decreased property values.

“None had any evidence of any such decrease,” he wrote.

Despite the lack of evidence, Kostak said, it’s simply a matter of common sense with how solar projects lower neighboring property values.

“Are you going to want to buy a home across the street from a solar farm or go elsewhere?” she asked. “Curb appeal is number one — it’s all about location when buying a home, and buyers will choose to go someplace else.”

Developer Sycamore Partners’ application for the solar project is already in process, which is why it is not affected by the county’s temporary moratorium on new commercial solar projects — but the project itself has yet to be approved.

The 20-acre site is west of the Hesperia city limits on the northeast corner of Fuente Avenue and El Centro Road.

Jim E. Winburn can be reached at jwinburn@vvdailypress.com or at 760-955-5468.

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Comments :

  • Dawn Borden ·  Top Commenter

    Jacobs said via email. “However, they are neat, clean and can be nicely landscaped, as the new facility on Joshua Road in Apple Valley is.” Then PUT IT IN YOUR BACKYARD!
    Reply · 1 · Like · Follow Post · August 9 at 11:12am
  • Hugo Moran · Hesperia, California

    Great job Al Vogler and all who participated! One of the best solution was to put ‘em all on the Hesperia old dump site. I think now that the applicants talked infront of the board, everyone knows these guys are bunch of snow-ballers and they would say anything and do anything to get this project to go through. But the truth will prevail. Thank you to the Oak Hill’s association and the City of Hesperia for knowing this is a bad area to put these in as this would completely ruin the views. Thank you again. I wrote this in behalf of Ralph Spinelli.
    Reply · 2 · Like · Follow Post · August 9 at 7:32am
  • Bill Neice ·  Top Commenter

    On this we agree sir. I was in the middle of answering your previous post to me and the website “reset” itself and everything here was erased. Sir the bottom line is I agree with most of your concerns. I agree, this project has no business in your area.
    Reply · 1 · Like · Follow Post · Edited · August 9 at 12:30am
  • Al Vogler ·  Top Commenter

    The photograph in this article is typical of what the developer claims the project would look like if finished. However, the solar panels that they superimposed in the photo do not accurately show that the mountains in the background will no longer be visible because the tops of the panels will cover them. The developer failed to answer why his proposed project would not have water on the property for fire fighting? Solar panels can burn as they did at Victor Valley College. The developer continues to say that no extra rainwater/floodwater will leave the site and cause damage. The problem is that all of the water running off of 10,000+ solar panels will not sink into the ground but it will form rivulets, merging with each other, and then flow down Bandicoot St. and cause damage there and in Hesperia. The evidence of the decrease in the real estate values lies across the street from the 20 acres. Amazing that Mr. Jacobs did not address the issue of the obvious comparable sale within 100 feet of the 20 acres. I guess that when you are busy trying to shore-up real estate values that you cannot afford to acknowledge a comparable sale which proves that the values are dropping! Thank you to the Commission for their insight and wisdom.
    Reply · 2 · Like · Follow Post · August 8 at 10:12pm

Ref: Daily Press – Jason Clark / Lovingood To Hold Meetings With Puplic

Lovingood to hold meetings with public

July 05, 2013 6:51 PM
Jason Clark, For the Daily Press

VICTORVILLE • First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood announced Friday that he is starting quarterly meetings with the public, the first of which will be held over breakfast.

Locals can attend the first “Lovingood Listens” meeting at 7:30 a.m. on Aug. 9 at Coco’s restaurant, 15570 Park Avenue in Victorville.

“These meetings offer an informal setting for the public to get to know me a little better — and for me to hear their concerns and issues,” Lovingood said in a news release. “It is vital that elected officials hear from the people we represent.”

People who attend the meeting will be required to pay $8.50 to cover the cost of breakfast. For reservations, call 760-995-8100 or email SupervisorLovingood@SBCounty.gov.

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Comments

  • Al Vogler ·  Top Commenter

    IF the public access to the two prior supervisors is an issue by which to gauge potential progress/communication, then I ask a couple of you to rate the three including Lovingood.
    Postmus, and his progeny, Mitzelfelt, were only available to the anointed few. An issue not recognized is not an issue.
    Reply · Like · Follow Post · Sunday at 9:57pm
  • Edward Bruce Patrovsky ·  Top Commenter · Works at Retired

    With comments like these, it makes me wonder why anybody would want to hold public office in the first place.
    Reply · Like · Follow Post · Sunday at 1:58pm
    • Steve Herron ·  Top Commenter

      There are doers and complainers. Welcome to the complainer’s corner.
      Reply · Like · Edited · Sunday at 6:29pm
  • Curt Cope ·  Top Commenter

    What he is offering, is groupthink meetings.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Groupthink

    Reply · Like · Follow Post · Sunday at 7:56am
  • Bill Neice ·  Top Commenter

    Jack, yes sir I do know what that means. If you’d care to enlighten others about what you are doing, or not doing, I’d welcome it. My response and my opinion remains the same.
    Reply · 1 · Like · Follow Post · Sunday at 5:42am
  • Et Snell · Following ·  Top Commenter · MT

    As a politucal activist and a political investigative reporter since the early 1990′s with no hidden agenda other then the inrerest of the people please allow me to chime in. I feel that Mr Lovingood deserves a chance to do what is right for the public. Having a breakfast opens him up to many
    Reply · 1 · Like · Follow Post · Saturday at 7:41am
    • Bill Neice ·  Top Commenter

      Sir, I’m not in any way denigrating what Mr. Lovingood is attempting to do. In fact I applaud it. There is however one overriding problem he and I both understand. Right now the Socialists hold Supermajorities in both houses of our State legislature and we have a Socialist Governor. All of them beholden to the unions that got them all elected. In fact our Governor just gave pay raises to his biggest union supporters who got a raise in our taxes passed. He knows as well as I do that there really is not much he can do other than allow his constituents to vent their frustrations.
      Reply · 2 · Like · Edited · Sunday at 6:26am
  • Bill Neice ·  Top Commenter

    I’m making a prediction here. Mr. Lovingood is going to hear what he already knows. That the taxpayers in this Socialist mecca that do not work for the State are no longer willing, or able to support the State and its unions. He also knows that given the complete control that the Socialists and their unions have over the legislative process in Sacramento there is nothing he can do about it. Venting might be therapeutic for some although it will change nothing given the current makeup of our State government. I’m sure he already knows this however personally frustrating it may be for him. Me? I’m staying home thank you.
    Reply · 2 · Like · Follow Post · Saturday at 12:51am
    • Jack Cook ·  Top Commenter · Coordinator at DDS State of California

      Don’t forget the aluminum foil on your head.
      Reply · Like · Saturday at 7:11pm
    • Bill Neice ·  Top Commenter

      I’ll take it off of my head when you take it from your eyes sir.
      Reply · 1 · Like · Sunday at 6:32am
  • Jack Cook ·  Top Commenter · Coordinator at DDS State of California

    What if I already know he is a piece of Doo doo?
    Reply · Like · Follow Post · July 5 at 8:37pm
    • Bill Neice ·  Top Commenter

      I’m not surprised you feel the way you do sir. You may very well be part of the problem. Anyone who does not work for the Great Socialist State of California and is forced through taxation that is driving them into financial oblivion might feel quite differently.
      Reply · 3 · Like · Edited · Saturday at 12:32am
    • Et Snell · Following ·  Top Commenter · MT

      Can you be more specific why you feel he is Doo doo
      Just the facts please
      Reply · 3 · Like · Saturday at 9:42am
    • Jack Cook ·  Top Commenter · Coordinator at DDS State of California

      Bill ? Do you even know what DDS means?
      Reply · Like · Saturday at 6:09pm
    • Jack Cook ·  Top Commenter · Coordinator at DDS State of California

      Et. My opinion of lovingood has nothing to do with him as a supervisor. It’s has a person. I have seen his true colors.
      Reply · 1 · Like · Saturday at 6:12pm
    • Bill Neice ·  Top Commenter

      Et Snell Man this cat’s not going to anything more than play word games with anyone here. He’s a State lackey. He’s so ignorant that he actually asked me if I know what DDS means. I couldn’t believe it.
      Reply · 1 · Like · Sunday at 6:39am
    • Bill Neice ·  Top Commenter

      Jack Cook Yeah you dope I do know what DDS means. Good grief. Now would you care to explain to what you must consider the “unwashed masses” it is that you do? I’d be interested because I know some folks that would really like to get in touch with you “Mr. Coordinator.” Please leave your State E-mail address and your direct office phone number, I’d be more than happy to pass it along to some folks who really might want to have a little talk with you sir. I’ll be waiting.
      Reply · 2 · Like · Edited · Sunday at 6:52am
    • Bill Neice ·  Top Commenter

      Yeah Mr. Lovingood wants to eliminate wasteful spending and unneeded waste of taxpayer money. I can see where you might have a problem with that.
      Reply · 2 · Like · Sunday at 7:16am
    • Jerry Murphy · South Gate Senior High

      Well sir, if that’s true, if you have solid evidence concerning his lack of character and can prove it I’m sure you’ll have no problem posting that evidence here. All of it, including documentation to support your claims. That way the rest us can draw our own conclusions, based on what you provide. Unsubstantiated claims hold about as much water as a bird cage sir.
      Reply · Like · Edited · Yesterday at 12:58am

Ref: Daily Press – Letter To The Editor / Dinah Shumway

An unwise use

Dinah Shumway
Geologist
Apple Valley

First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood’s proposal for a moratorium on renewable operations in the county is finally an idea with some logic behind it. Mr. Lovingood recognizes that the use of the county’s desert lands for these inefficient utility scale renewable wind and solar operations is not a wise use of desert lands.

First, let’s remind ourselves about why this is happening. The juggernaut of renewable operations on both public (mostly Bureau of Land Management managed) and private lands has advanced in California, mostly in the Western United States, because of the fraudulent — and politically driven— assertions of the mostly “public sector scientists” (remember these “scientists” are paid by the taxpayers). Those CO2 assertions propose that global climate change is driven by human generated CO2. That is why the scientifically illiterate California Legislature passed AB 32, which mandates that (with amendments) 30 percent of California’s energy will be generated by so-called renewable energy, which is mostly solar and wind. This politically motivated “belief of the evils of CO2” has directly led to the formation of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP), which will override any planning initiatives in our county.

The climate has always warmed and cooled without man’s influences. To date no evidence indicates that CO2 is the primary driver of climate. Attempting to control CO2 generation by implementing illogical laws that seek to give taxpayer money to develop wind, solar or any other uneconomic energy generating business is nuts. Implementing laws that mandate that utilities purchase the expensive energy generated by the taxpayer-subsidized projects is also nuts, and unfair to taxpayers who cannot opt to purchase from a supplier with cheaper energy.

It is discouraging that a representative of the mining industry supports these boondoggles riding on the coattails of taxpayer subsidies and grants. Mining operates on private and public lands under rigorous federal and state regulations. Mining receives no taxpayer subsidies but provides the minerals that fuel California economies. The renewable mandates conversely provide inefficient and expensive energy that Californian’s must buy. Because they are guaranteed a profit, your utility does not care what these renewables cost.

Supervisor Lovingood is right. There actually is a role for solar on rooftops, on disturbed lands in urban areas, but not in remote desert lands. And not with taxpayer subsidies. The county should demand that the taxpayers of the county determine the future development of the county.


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

Ref: Daily Press – Letter To The Editor / Doug Erickson

A bad approach

Doug Erickson
Project Manager, Bagdad Chase
Victorville

I was very sorry to hear First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood’s comments on a moratorium for solar plants. As a project manager of a mining operation in the Ludlow area, I have first-hand knowledge of several solar projects there.

The first thing that came to mind was that I am sure the comments that appeared in the Daily Press caused a shock to stock prices in these large corporations, costing solar companies a lot of money. Second, these companies have spent millions on these projects and employ many local residents in an area that has some of the highest rates of unemployment in the entire country.

These projects are years in the making and many are in areas that have no population centers at all. To propose an entire shutdown of an industry across the board when most of these issues have already been in the discussion stage for 10 years or more is a very bad approach.

I would suggest that in the few small areas that would suffer any type of supposed blight there would need to be input from all concerned, but a shutdown is almost impossible and the cost to the economy of these areas would be staggering.


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Ref: Daily Press – Rene De La Cruz / Politicians Visit Hesperia School’s Kitchen

May 10, 2013 11:48 PM

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HESPERIA • US Rep. Paul Cook told a group of junior high students that his favorite lunch lady in school was the one that gave him the most food.

“You are our future, that is why you are the most important people in our community, that is why we want to feed your mind with good things and your body with good food,” Cook said during Friday morning’s “Lunch-In” at Hesperia Junior High School.

Cook, R-Yucca Valley, was joined by San Bernardino County 1st District Supervisor Robert Lovingood, school officials, and city and regional leaders during the two-hour event, which included a tour of the school’s kitchen, a student assembly and lunch with students.

Hosted by the Nutritional Services Department of HUSD and the California School Nutrition Association, the event gave visitors an opportunity to see what the school lunch program is all about, to chat with the students and to learn about the Nutritional Services program.

School Superintendent David McLaughlin, an alumnus of the junior high, said being at the event was like a homecoming.

“Let me do a little lobbying — we have the same kitchen that we did in 1969 when I was here,” McLaughlin said. “Back then, we served about 300 kids a day, but now we serve about 1,100 a day. We need a little expansion in that crowded kitchen.”

Field Representative Rebecca Tennison of state Sen. Steve Knight’s office told the students that somewhere down the line schools have gotten off the nutritional track.

“Now, we’re really trying to focus on you, your health and what you eat,” Tennison said. “Half of the state’s budget goes to our schools. We want to make sure we’re using it right to serve you.”

During the assembly, Eloisa Parra with CSNA, Mary Jennings and Julie Calderon with Nutrition Services presented the dignitaries with special lunch trays that commemorated their visit.

Student recognition awards were given to Nathaniel Bohn, Maurice Fort, Nathaniel Holmes, Anthony Madril, Armando Villalobos and Kayli Johnson for their volunteer efforts in the kitchen.

Cyndi Eastwood, the school’s food service supervisor, said her team’s goal is to create a meal environment that encourages a healthy lifestyle for students, which will contribute to their overall physical and mental well-being.

“We realize how important it is to have the connection between school meals and student learning,” said Eastwood, who’s been with the district for 18 years.

Eastwood said over the past six years, the kitchen staff has done more “scratch cooking” and have adapted menu changes, which emphasize more fruits, vegetables, diary and whole grains.

“I think our vendors were the ones who had to make the most changes,” Eastwood said. “The vendors are the ones who have had to come under compliance.”

A quarterly full colored CSNA magazine, “Poppy Seeds,” is made available to association members to keep up with the latest school nutritional news.

“Overall, the district, the school and everyone does an excellent job to make sure our students are well fed,” Eastwood said. “My ladies rock.”

Rene De La Cruz may be reached at 760-951-6227 or at RDeLaCruz@VVDailyPress.com.


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Ref: Daily Press – Jim Winburn / New Emergency Center First Step Toward Regionalized Dispatchim

May 10, 2013 7:16 PM

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HESPERIA • San Bernardino County officials helped to dedicate the new High Desert Public Safety Operations Center in Hesperia on Friday, a joint-agency emergency hub to deal with regional and countywide catastrophes.

The 30,000-square-foot center, which includes sheriff and fire emergency dispatch centers, as well as an Emergency Operations Center, will reinforce the county’s capacity to keep all public safety functions running during such threats as a fast-spreading wildfire or a major earthquake.

“This is public safety — this is the most important thing that we do for our citizens,” said Rep. Paul Cook, R-Yucca Valley, who spoke at the event. “And when you have an organization that is coordinated, instead of working at cross-purposes, you get the mission done, (and) it will save lives.”

A 2007 county review concluded that it’s existing Emergency Operations Center in Rialto had inadequate facilities and is unable to accommodate growth.

The new operations center in Hesperia creates an additional public safety and disaster resource for the county, while allowing law enforcement and fire to work together to coordinate as first responders. Previously, such coordination has been done by phone between dispatch centers.

“With county fire, this is the first step towards a regionalized dispatch approach,” County of San Bernardino Sheriff-Coroner John McMahon said at the ceremony. “It’s a great opportunity to share resources and partner up to save money for the county and provide better service to the citizens that we serve.”

County Fire Department Chief Mark Hartwig explained that the center does not separate the High Desert from the valley’s operational hub — but allows both centers to work together.

“It allows us to have a redundant center, so at a flip of a switch we can transfer the operations at any given center to the other,” Hartwig said. “Redundancy is especially important in this county with the threat and worry we have of a large earthquake, specifically separating the valley and the High Desert through the pass.”

First District County Supervisor Robert Lovingood said that one key advantage to the center is that both the High Desert and San Bernardino County valleys will be seamlessly connected.

“That in itself is a major accomplishment and much needed with our growing population here and on the other side of the mountain,” Lovingood said.

Conceived and funded by the Board of Supervisors with assistance from the County Administrative Office, the total cost of the project came to $16.75 million, which, according to County spokesman David Wert, was 45 percent under cost.

The original idea was to construct the center as its own free-standing building, putting estimates at $38.8 million. However, the more affordable option was to use existing space, and county supervisors approved an agreement with the city of Hesperia in December 2011 to build the county’s new operations center on the second floor of the Jerry Lewis High Desert Government Center.

Wert said the center should be operational in about three weeks, just after Memorial Day weekend.

The Jerry Lewis High Desert County Government Center is at 15900 Smoke Tree Street in Hesperia.

Jim E. Winburn can be reached at jwinburn@vvdailypress.com or at 760-955-5368.


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Ref: Daily Press – Rene De La Cruz / Lovingood Adds To Staff

 

Supervisor taps Hesperia resident as deputy chief of staff

May 01, 2013 8:54 PM

SAN BERNARDINO • First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood has named Hesperia resident Kathi Payne as his deputy chief of staff.

Payne is a veteran administrator, having served in several county positions, including town manger of Calico Ghost Town and marketing manager with the county Regional Parks Department.

Payne will be paid a salary of $86,652 according to county records. She replaces Margaret Smith, who came out of retirement to help Lovingood after he was elected in November.

“I’m proud Kathi has joined our team,” Lovingood said. “In addition to her record of accomplishments, Kathi brings a wealth of institutional knowledge that will serve the public well.”

Payne will watch over staff operation for the 1st District, which includes constituent services, community outreach and government relations within the county and those in partnership with outside agencies.

Don Holland, special assistant to Lovingood, said Payne’s appointment is probably the last appointment for the supervisor’s office for a while, with no mention of who may eventually fill the open position of chief of staff.

Smith, whose temporary contract ended Tuesday, was paid a salary of $36,800 with benefits of $750 from Dec. 17 until the end of her contract.

“I am honored and excited to serve the highly professional team that has been assembled by Supervisor Lovingood,” Payne said in the release.

Rene De La Cruz may be reached at 760-951-6227 or atRDeLaCruz@VVDailyPress.com.


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Ref: Daily Press – Rene De La Cruz / Mayors Band Together To Save Courthouse

Mayors band together to save courthouse

February 08, 2013 7:43 PM

HESPERIA • High Desert mayors met with San Bernardino First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood Tuesday night to discuss county courthouse closures.

“During our first meeting, we had mayors from the High Desert, but it’s open to all mayors and regional officials,” said Hesperia Mayor Bill Holland, who spearheaded the inaugural meeting at Juliano’s Restaurant in Hesperia. “Court closures are first on the list because it affects us all.”

Holland said the goal of the monthly meeting is to address various issues facing local municipalities as a united force.

During the meeting, the group agreed to send Barstow Mayor Julie Hackbarth-McIntyre and Holland to Sacramento to address the Senate Finance Committee as they oppose the closure of Barstow’s courthouse.

“We are going to let them know that we are the most under-funded and under-judged county in the state,” Holland said. “No other county in the state has the lack of judges that we do.”

Holland said he hopes the group’s influence in Sacramento will prevent proposed courthouse closures in Big Bear Lake and Needles.

Courts in Chino, Redlands and Twin Peaks have already closed, leaving courts open in San Bernardino, Fontana, Rancho Cucamonga, Victorville and Joshua Tree.

Adelanto Mayor Cari Thomas said the proposed closing and realignment of court schedules will have people spending hundreds of dollars in fuel as they miss school and work to travel to packed courthouses, only to face the possibility of a case not being heard.

“We’re finally at a point where the finger pointing and back-stabbing among cities has ended,” Thomas said. “Now, we can mend those wounds and build those bridges to serve the entire High Desert, which includes saving some courthouses.”

Holland said Brandon Wood, president of the local bar association, was also in attendance to offer his counsel. Jay Obernolte, mayor of Big Bear Lake, could not attend due to the manhunt for Christopher Dorner.

“When other issues come up, mayors will take them back to their councils where they will hopefully pass resolutions to oppose various issues,” Holland said. “We’ll also have Robert Lovingood taking those issues back to the board of supervisors.”

On Monday, the city of Barstow adopted a formal resolution opposing the closure of its courthouse, and the Town of Apple Valley followed suit by adding the court addendum to the council’s Tuesday meeting.

Holland said he will be talking to Senator Pete Knight and Assemblyman Tim Donnelly to garner their support.

“It’s all about strength in numbers,” Holland said.

Rene De La Cruz may be reached at (760) 951-6227 or at RDeLaCruz@VVDailyPress.com.

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