Ref: Daily Press – Brook Self / Hopefuls Speak At VVC Candidate Forum

Hopefuls speak at VVC candidate forum

May 09, 2014 9:39 AM

VICTORVILLE • Nine 33rd Assembly District candidates vying for the seat left wide open by Republican Tim Donnelly’s governor bid went head-to-head at a public forum at Victor Valley College on Thursday evening.

The forum drew a sparse gathering of students, faculty and others in the community. Questions pointed at the candidates included asking about their “top priorities” and “vision” for one of California’s most geographically expansive districts.

Donnelly was criticized by a few candidates — especially the lone Democrat in the race — for focusing too much on “rhetoric” and not enough on district priorities during his tenure in office.

“The top priority for 33rd Assembly District is effective leadership of this district in Sacramento,” Democrat John Coffey said. “There has been no effective leadership for this district since 2010. It’s been MIA. If you’re not at the table to make sure your constituents get a slice, then you lose.”

Coffey, who lost to Donnelly in 2012, blamed him for the courthouse cuts in Needles, Barstow and Big Bear Lake as well as “struggling businesses” and “upside-down mortgages.” He said he would be the only candidate to “get a seat at the table” in California’s lower house, which is run by Democrats.

Brett Savage and fellow Republicans Jerry Laws, Jay Obernolte, Rick Roelle and Michelle Ambrozic each touched on the need for creating more jobs in the area. Roelle said the government needs to refocus itself on “quality of life” issues.

“I keep going door-to-door, 3,000 doors already knocked, and the biggest thing people are letting me know is that we don’t have jobs here in the High Desert,” Savage said. “We don’t have jobs here in California to be honest. We’re pushing jobs out to Texas, Nevada, you name it.”

Rim of the World school trustee and Republican candidate Scott Markovich repeatedly said that improving the district’s infrastructure was a leading order of business. Apple Valley Mayor Art Bishop, also a Republican, said the biggest problem facing the state is its budget. Republican Robert Larivee said “the top priority is getting the right person to Sacramento.”

Ambrozic challenged comments made by Savage and other candidates regarding making compromises and “reaching across the table” in Sacramento.

“I don’t want to reach across the table, I want to flip the table over,” Ambrozic said. “Compromise usually means that you compromise values. Well, I’m not willing to compromise my conservative values.”

Immediately following the VVC event, candidates were set to attend another forum at the Aspen Clubhouse in Apple Valley at the Sun City senior living community.

Republican Robert Buhrle was the only candidate not to attend Thursday’s forum. The primary election is set for June 3.

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 :

  • Dantes Mebrough ·  Top Commenter · Chaffey High
    Flip the tables over should be the war cry to take our country back. From the city, county, state and federal levels. What we have now is leading to ruin. Compromise is no longer an option. Lead our step out of the way. Get strong, get right and get this country, the best on the planet, back on the right track.
  • Bill Becker · Santa Monica, California
    Looks like Ambrozic is the right vote !!!
    • Elaine Thomassian · Rye, New York

      She has my vote! :)
  • James Espinoza ·  Top Commenter
    Michelle Ambrozic is a classic case of a genuine candidate that wants to work for the people only to be rolled over by special interests . I certainly hope that her grass roots campaign catches fire and she mows down the competition . I marveled when I first saw her campaign poster .It was a bold , fresh , strong statement to the other candidates that warned them they were in for a fight .
    When a candidate says they are ready to ” flip the table over ” in Sacramento I listen . Frankly , I want a ” bible carrying ” candidate in politics . Guess who also flipped some tables over to bring about order . Michelle Ambrozic follow the righteous path !
  • Nancy Henning Weres · UC Berkeley
    Democrat John Coffey is very ignorant about California law. The California Judicial Board, representing the third branch of government, is responsible for the closing of court houses, not a single Assemblyman. Since Republicans have no say in Sacramento through voting, they must speak out to the press to get the views of the constituents heard. Some Democrats have already heard and support Tim Donnelly, but Mr. Coffey is slow.
  • Dantes Mebrough ·  Top Commenter · Chaffey High
    Don’t fool yourselves. The democrats are very aware of the law. They simply believe that they are outside of the law.

Ref: Daily Press – Shea Johnson / Donnelly’s Campaign Revs Up

Donnelly’s campaign revs up

Brown boasts record approval rating, more cash

February 04, 2014 10:29 AM

As Tim Donnelly revs up his latest gubernatorial campaign tour, Gov. Jerry Brown’s popularity is at a record high and the top California lawmaker maintains a formidable cash flow advantage over the High Desert assemblyman.

Between the start of this month and Feb. 13, Assemblyman Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, will travel more than 1,000 miles and make 40 stops across California aboard The Liberty Express, where he’ll have an opportunity to convince likely voters that he is a good choice to replace the incumbent Brown.

Meanwhile, Brown’s approval rating among likely voters has never been higher, according to a statewide survey released last week by the Public Policy Institute of California.

According to the survey, 60 percent of likely voters approve of the way the Democratic governor is performing his job. That represents an uptick of 11 percent from December.

Among supporters, 76 percent were Democrats and 36 percent were Republicans. Fifty-seven percent were the ever-important independent voters, which Donnelly has sought to turn.

Speaking at a fundraiser in Apple Valley in October, the lawmaker, who represents the High Desert in the 33rd Assembly District, told the Daily Press that he intended to become a voice for the state’s divided majority.

He’s been on the campaign trail since then — officially announcing his gubernatorial candidacy in November and rounding up support and money along the way.

But his cash flow thus far appears dwarfed by Brown’s well-oiled political machine, according to campaign finance disclosure documents filed Friday.

Donnelly reported contributions in filings with the Secretary of State of $291,062.84 for the second half of last year and $374,212.88 in total for 2013. But expenditures last year of $356,000 have left him with an ending campaign cash balance of just $54,299.35.

Brown reported nearly $17 million in cash, with almost $10 million in contributions in 2013 and $7 million of that coming during the second half of the year.

As the Sacramento Bee pointed out last week, Donnelly has relied on mostly small contributions from scores of individuals and “struggled to raise major contributions.”

An attempt to reach Donnelly’s campaign spokeswoman, Jennifer Kearns, was not successful on Monday.

The field for a Republican candidate for governor narrowed last month to two when former Lt. Gov. Abe Maldonado dropped out, leaving Donnelly and former U.S. Treasury Department official Neel Kashkari. Kashkari has not yet had to make his first financial filing.

While the current governor has yet to say whether he will seek re-election, he is widely expected to run for another term.

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Ref: Daily Press – Staff Reports / Donnelly Transportation Bills Killed In Committee

Donnelly transportation bills killed in committee

Lawmaker calls high-speed rail project ‘boondoggle’

January 15, 2014 4:27 PM
Staff Reports

Two transportation bills introduced by Assemblyman Tim Donnelly failed to pass in committee this week, prompting the local lawmaker to say he was disappointed and saddened.

Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, represents the High Desert in the 33rd Assembly District.

The bills went before the Assembly Transportation Committee on Monday.

Under Assembly Bill 281, delinquent vehicle registration fees would no longer follow the vehicle when sold, but remain the responsibility of the individual who incurred them, according to a news release from Donnelly’s office.

“It’s disappointing to see such a practical fix to our state’s vehicle code get shot down so quickly,” Donnelly said in a written statement. “It would have made our constituents’ lives a little bit easier by not having to pay someone else’s vehicle fees or penalties.”

Assembly Bill 842 called to prohibit federal and state funds from financing the high-speed rail project until more money was spent on road and highway improvements, according to the news release.

“When our roads are in disrepair, it saddens me to see that my colleagues in the Assembly were more compelled to support this high-speed boondoggle once again,” he said.

He said he preferred to rebuild the state’s current highways “to the standards they were once famous for.”

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Comments :

  • Bill Neice ·  Top Commenter

    The two bills Mr. Donnelly introduced are common sense. The problem they both faced is that they made sense and were designed to give some relief to the majority of Middle Class taxpayers. Neither of those ideas will fly in a government dominated by Secular Socialists whose objectives are just the opposite.
    Reply · 6 · Like · Follow Post · January 15 at 7:44pm
  • Jay Pearson ·  Top Commenter · Palomar College

    Both bills seem like fair, basic, down to earth, common sense. I just don’t understand why they didn’t pass in a corrupt greedy selfserving government mud puddle. But thanks for trying Mr Donnelly.
    Reply · 4 · Like · Follow Post · January 15 at 9:17pm
    • Kevin Benson ·  Top Commenter

      Well jay,,it died because of all those reasons you listed,but most importantly because they would of denied the state money.We cant have laws here that are fair,basic ,down to earth or full of commen sense,..nice try Donnelly back to writing goofy laws that give illegals drivers licenses and amnesty,and dudes in a dress access to the girls restroom.
      Reply · 6 · Like · Edited · January 15 at 10:50pm
    • Bill Neice ·  Top Commenter

      Uh Jay? You answered your own question sir. They didn’t pass because of the greedy, selfserving government.
      Reply · Like · January 16 at 8:25pm
  • Kevin Benson ·  Top Commenter

    Any bill introduced to not give money to the greedy state of Calif will be killed…Donnelly should of or should know that.All bills introduce to steal more of the people’s money should have no problem moving forward.
    Reply · 3 · Like · Follow Post · January 15 at 6:57pm
  • Aaron Korn ·  Top Commenter · Principal at K.C. Logistics

    Both bills seem like no-brainers to me. I guess it just proves that the majority of our state legislature has no brains.
    Reply · 3 · Like · Follow Post · January 15 at 6:48pm
  • Don Cook ·  Top Commenter · Chapman University

    i have no idea what the actual language of the bills was … usually, bills die because of addendum’s plastered onto the original idea. Also; no state official can limit where fed money goes, when it is earmarked for a specific project — also; non-existent funding cannot be limited … do we even know if fed money has been allocated toward this project?
    Reply · Like · Follow Post · January 16 at 8:50am
  • John Shield ·  Top Commenter · Lucerne Valley, California

    Looks like the big spenders win again..
    Reply · Like · Follow Post · January 17 at 12:39am

Ref: Liberty Tribune – Staff / Eric Schmidt Not Running for 33rd District Seat

Eric Schmidt Not Running for 33rd District Seat

Hesperia, CA – In an Facebook posting on Eric Schmidt for Hesperia City Council page announced that he will not be seeking the 33rd district seat that will be opening due to Tim Donnelly running for Governor, Mr. Schmidt had this to say on his Facebook page;

By way of official announcement, and to avoid countless phone calls, texts and emails, I wanted to formally announce that I have chosen to NOT run for State Assembly in 2014. I have tried to keep my decision to run private, but increasingly I have been approached about rumors to that end. In fact, yesterday I even saw a post on Facebook furthering the rumor of my possible decision to enter the race.

In light of many factors, including my desire to serve out my term on the City Council, my family, my company, and other intangibles, I have decided to stay the course as a Councilman and as the current Mayor Pro Tem. I truly do enjoy serving the great people of Hesperia and look forward to completing the term that I was elected for.

I thank everyone who asked me in earnest to consider running in 2014! Humbling is the only word I can use to express how I have felt about it. That said, 2016 is always an option…

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


November 2014 Midterm Election – Declared Candidates and Early Rumors

At the November 2014 Midterm Election Hesperia voters will be deciding who will be representing them in many State, County, Regional and local elected offices.

State Offices

There are many state offices in Hesperia that we will be deciding, but Our Hesperia is going to only focus on just a few of major importance.

The biggest hitter is the California State Governor – Currently held by ‘ Jerry’ Brown.

There are a lot of potential and declared names in this race, but the three that are standing out are incumbent ‘Jerry Brown’, local Assemblyman Tim Donnelly and former Lieutenant Governor, Abel Maldonado.  It is a sure bet that Jerry Brown will win the Democratic support, but at this time it is a coin toss between Tim Donnelly or Abel Maldonado taking the second spot on the November election ballot.

Even though there are many candidates running for this office in the primary, only two, regardless of their party affiliation will move on to the November ballot.

33rd State Assembly – Currently held by Tim Donnelly 

Tim Donnelly has decided to run for the governor’s seat.

As far as declared candidates there are four, three of whom are Apple Valley Mayor Pro Tem Art Bishop, former Apple Valley Councilman Rick Roelle, Apple Valley resident Brett Savage.

On the Undeclared / Rumors side, Hesperia Mayor Pro-Tem Eric Schmidt’s name is floating around the community that he may throw his hat into the ring for the 33rd Assembly seat.

County Offices

These are:

Assessor/Recorder – Currently Dennis Draeger

Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector – Currently Larry Walker

District Attorney – Currently Mike Ramos

Sheriff/Coroner/Public Administrator – Currently John McMahon

County Superintendent Of Schools – Currently Gary Thomas (he has already said that he will be retiring)

San Bernardino County Board Of Education 1st District – Currently Mark Sumpter.

The above elected seats will take a little more time to figure out where they stand.

Regional Offices

Victor Valley Community College District – Currently up for election 2014 – Lorrie Denson, Dennis Henderson and Brandon Wood.

There has been no word on the street if any of the above will run again at this time.  Our Hesperia suspects that all three will rerun for office.

Lorrie Denson would be seeking her second term.

Dennis Henderson would be seeking his fourth term.

Brandon Wood, who was appointed, would be seeking his first full term.

There has been a lot of problems over the last couple of years and it will be very interesting to see what the community will be doing about these offices over the next 10 months.

Local Offices

City Of Hesperia City Council – Currently up for election in November 2014 – Russ Blewett, Bill Holland and ‘Smitty’ Smith

It is very early for these seats to be declared, but all three have spoken around town and all three have said that they will be running again.

There were some early bumps, but over the last three years all three have done a fairly good job in giving the city positive direction.

Russ Blewett would be seeking his second term.

Bill Holland would be seeking his second term.

Thurston ‘Smitty’ Smith is currently the mayor and would be seeking his third term.

Hesperia Unified School District – Currently up for election in November 2014 – Hardy Black, Niccole Childs and Eric Swanson.

In this race it also if very early, but Niccole Childs and Eric Swanson have spoken out that they will be running again.  Nothing has floated around if Hardy Black will seek another term.

Niccole Childs and Eric Swanson have done an excellent job in turning around  the school district and getting it on the correct path.

Niccole Childs is currently the board president and would be seeking her second term.

Hardy Black in currently the clerk and would be seeking his third term.

Eric Swanson would be seeking his third term.

Hesperia Recreation and Park District – Currently up for election in November 2014 – Kelly Gregg, Mike Limbaugh and Rebekah Swanson.

Another race that is very early, but Rebekah Swanson has spoken out that she will be running again.  Nothing has been rumored around town if Kelly Gregg and Mike Limbaugh will seek another term.

Kelly Gregg would be seeking his second term.

Mike Limbaugh is currently the Vice-President and would be seeking his fifth term.

Rebekah Swanson is currently the Board President and would be seeking her third term.

The above local office have until late July or Early August to declare their candidacy.


There were many predictions that Our Hesperia made around four years ago, some have come true and many did not.

Our Hesperia suggested that the city council would be split and would have a difficult time staying on the same page.  This did not happen as Bill Holland, Russ Blewett and Smitty Smith worked out many differences and were able to work together making a great team for the city.

Hesperia Unified School District provided very interesting watching as Niccole Childs and Eric Swanson brought unity and more consistency to the board.  In the first two years the turmoil and dynamics between Chris Bentley, Hardy Black and Anthony Riley was a great challenge for any board to overcome, but it was very clear that Niccole Childs and Eric Swanson were able to settle down the volatility between the three.  Over the last year it is very clear that Niccole Childs, Ella “Lee” Rogers and Eric Swanson have taken a very solid role in helping set the direction of the district on a better path.

Last, but not least is the Hesperia Recreation and Park District.  With the solid leadership of Bob Chandler, Mike Limbaugh and Rebekah Swanson, the district has been able to overcome the constant disruption that has been created by Andrew ‘Andy’ Cowan and Kelly Gregg.

Between the three local elected districts, it is very difficult to complain about their current status or their leadership directions.  Hesperia is defiantly proceeding is a positive direction and we in Hesperia may want to take care in the November Midterm Election electing anyone that would take us off this positive road our elected officials are taking our community.

Ref: Daily Press – Staff Reports / Two Groups Score Donnelly Perfect In Legislative Report Cards

Two groups score Donnelly perfect in legislative report cards

November 20, 2013 7:17 PM
Staff Reports

Assemblyman Tim Donnelly received a perfect score on the annual Legislative Report Cards of two groups, who gauged the way the lawmaker voted on business- and taxpayer-related issues.

Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, was named a top voter by the California Chamber of Commerce and Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, according to a news release this week from Donnelly’s office.

Four of 120 state assembly members were given a perfect score by the HJTA.

“I’m honored that an organization with such a long-standing tradition of protecting taxpayers,” Donnelly said in prepared statement, “have recognized my efforts to protect Californians from having even more of their earnings confiscated and wasted by the political class in Sacramento.”

In response to his state chamber of commerce score, he wrote that one of his highest priorities in legislature has been “fighting oppressive regulations” in order to “allow our economic engine to rev up.”

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Ref: Daily Press – Brooke Self / Childs Elected President Of Hesperia School Board

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

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Comments :

  • 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.
      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 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. 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. 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?
      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 – Shea Johnson / Donnelly Announces Governor Bid

Donnelly announces governor bid

High Desert assemblyman one of two challengers thus far to Gov. Brown

November 05, 2013 7:08 PM

SACRAMENTO • Republican Assemblyman Tim Donnelly on Tuesday announced his 2014 bid for California governor.

Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, representing the High Desert in the 33rd Assembly District, will be wading into a race against Gov. Jerry Brown despite the incumbent’s seemingly unstoppable money and campaign machinery.

A call to Donnelly’s gubernatorial campaign spokeswoman Jennifer Kerns was not immediately returned Tuesday.

Donnelly’s perceived conservative stance on bills regulating firearms, allowing undocumented workers to apply for driver’s licenses and permitting legal resident aliens to work polls has not dissuaded his belief he can gather enough support to win among a historically liberal electorate.

“I believe California has a divided majority that has no voice,” he said last month at a campaign fundraiser in Apple Valley. “I intend to become that voice.”

The Oct. 12 fundraiser was one of the first stops of Donnelly’s “guerrilla grass-roots” campaign this fall throughout Southern California — then as only a prospective gubernatorial candidate.

Hosted at Rawhide Ranch, it attracted a number of local public officials, including Apple Valley Town Council members Curt Emick, Art Bishop, Scott Nassif, Barb Stanton and Larry Cusack; Joseph W. Brady of the Victor Valley College Board of Trustees; Carl Coleman of the Mojave Water Board; Apple Valley Fire Protection District board member Cliff Earp; and Rebecca Tennison, a representative for state Sen. Steve Knight.

Donnelly says his campaign will offer voters an alternative to the high taxes and government interference offered by Brown and his fellow Democrats.

His primary platform will consist of lowering income taxes and protecting constitutional rights such as the Second Amendment, he previously said.

Yet his candidacy, along with that of former lawmaker and Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado, a moderate Republican, is unlikely to receive a warm welcome from the GOP establishment. After decades of sinking registration numbers, the party has sought to rebrand itself so it can appeal to a wider variety of voters, including Latinos.

Many party delegates had hoped to shift the party to the political center and keep the focus off the divisive issues that have been central to Donnelly’s previous campaigns, including his history as a former Minuteman border enforcer.

Mindful of the need to connect with a broader base of voters, Donnelly on Tuesday was flanked by a diverse group of supporters at the furniture factory in the Los Angeles County city of Baldwin Park, where he announced his candidacy.

The official filing period to run for governor does not begin until Feb. 10.

Next year is the first in which the primary for governor will be a top-two, in which both leading candidates will move on to the general election regardless of party affiliation.

Whoever emerges will face a daunting challenge in Brown, the 75-year-old governor who returned to office in 2011 after first serving from 1975 to 1983. Brown has yet to announce a bid for re-election, but there is little doubt that he will run.

After becoming the longest-serving governor earlier this month, Brown quipped last week that: “I’m only in the third year of my first of my second terms.”

Brown has a 49-percent approval rating among likely voters, according to a September Public Policy Institute of California poll and has nearly $16 million in his two campaign committees. He also successfully shepherded a budget through the state Legislature this year with little drama after voters approved billions of dollars in temporary sales and income taxes last year.

Donnelly said last month that a formal announcement of his gubernatorial run was contingent on who was in the race, how much money could be raised and evaluating the amount of support received from local communities and leaders.

Editor’s note: The original version of this story contained incorrect information from Tim Donnelly’s campaign website. The only speaker scheduled for the God and Country event on Thursday is Jeff Struecker.

— The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Shea Johnson may be reached at 760-955-5368 or at

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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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  • 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


    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 – Brooke Self / Donnelly Promoting Petition To Overturn Transgender Law

Donnelly promoting petition to overturn transgender law

August 29, 2013 5:44 PM

VICTORVILLE • A petition to put an initiative on a 2014 ballot to overturn a school transgender student rights law approved by the state legislature is being supported by Assemblyman Tim Donnelly.

“We’re going to be utilizing our entire campaign structure and promote the appeal of this insane law,” Donnelly said Thursday.

The new legislation signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on Aug. 12, allows transgender students to use school facilities and join sports teams of the gender with which they identify. It is scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, 2014.

Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, represents much of the Victor Valley. He announced earlier this month that he was going to remove his 13- and 16-year-old sons from public schools because of the new law.

Donnelly said Thursday that one of his sons has decided to remain in a public high school while the 13-year-old will transfer to anther school.

Like other opponents of the bill, Donnelly said he was concerned about the potential abuse of the law by teenagers attempting to view members of the opposite sex in intimate settings.

“The law doesn’t make any sense,” Donnelly said. “It is not going to help the 1 percent who are going through intense discomfort right now. In many cases, and almost every case, schools have made private accommodations that provide compassion to those who are suffering from gender dysphoria.”

The Sacramento Bee first reported the petition drive.

In response to the petition the executive director of Equality California, one of the sponsors of AB 1266, issued a statement dismissing the referendum as “a predictable move by fringe groups that oppose all pro-equality measures.”

“AB1266 is an historic civil rights bill ensuring all students have the opportunity to participate and succeed in schools, including transgender students,” John O’Connor said in the statement. “EQCA and our partners will remain vigilant about monitoring the situation.”

Referendum proponents include a coalition of parents, students, nonprofit and faith groups under the name Privacy for All Students, according to the group’s website. The group has 90 days from the enactment date of the bill to successfully garner the required amount of signatures, according to state guidelines.

The petitions must be signed by 5 percent of registered voters who voted in the last gubernatorial election or 504,760 people.

Brooke Self may be reached at 760-951-6232 or

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Comments :

  • Christina Hare · CPCC Central Campus

    The lack of tolerance and compassion is so typical of some people. Sacrifice the weak and the few you say? How utterly shameful. Go karma!
    Reply · 1 · Like · Follow Post · August 31 at 2:51pm
  • John Shield ·  Top Commenter · Lucerne Valley, California

    I hope he succeeds. Meanwhile, our publik skool systim that consumes 40% of the state budget to treat children like laboratory rats continues to cram Marxist ideology and Eco-theology down children’s throats.
    Reply · 1 · Like · Follow Post · August 31 at 10:35am
  • Heather Anne Scott ·  Top Commenter · Roblin, Ontario

    ( continued ) or wears a skirt.

    For a child to be diagnosed as having a Gender identity different than their birth sex they must be insistent, persistent (min 3-6 months) and consistent (no wavering).

    Reply · Like · Follow Post · August 30 at 4:38pm
  • Heather Anne Scott ·  Top Commenter · Roblin, Ontario

    Those opposed, did you read it? It does not even say “transgender”. Do we tell kids in wheel chairs they don’t have a right to graduate high school because they can’t walk? We are talking about a real medical condition where someone’s brain sex ( Gender Identity ) does not match their birth certificate. We are not talking about anyone who calls themselves “transgender” or w
    Reply · Like · Follow Post · August 30 at 4:35pm
  • Bill Tuck Jr ·  Top Commenter

    Assemblyman Donnelly our State Highways are the worst in the State of California. Riverside County and Los Angeles County’s get there Roads worked on While San Bernardino County’s State Highways continue to fall apart and are extremely Dangerous! What do you have to say about that?
    Reply · 2 · Like · Follow Post · August 30 at 12:15pm
    • William L Tuck III · Follow · Montclair High

      Typical. Focusing on B.S. instead of tackling the real problems.
      Hope he gets voted out.
      Reply · 4 · Like · August 30 at 12:34pm
    • Tom Trull ·  Top Commenter · Boston Latin School

      Weren’t they in the same condition while the previous assembly people were in office? This did not happen overnight I think we can point the finger at a few other characters . What is the track record of past assembly people and what did they accomplish? At least he isn’t sticking his head in the sand and hiding hoping it all goes away.
      Reply · Like · August 30 at 3:47pm
  • Tom Trull ·  Top Commenter · Boston Latin School

    Someone will say “they’ve been doing it in Europe and other places for years”. Well we are not Europe or anyone else we set our standards if others cannot or do not choose follow that is their decision. We must never bow down to the excuse that other people do this or that. We are the United States of America and we didn’t get to be number one by doing or imitating others.
    Reply · Like · Follow Post · August 30 at 10:18am
  • Tom Trull ·  Top Commenter · Boston Latin School

    There re many problems that concern me about this law. I guess my main one is if some guy straight or transgender goes into the girls bath or locker rooms and starts snapping pictures. Somehow sooner or later those pictures will end up on the internet causing the girl great embarassment, shame loss of dignity and in some cases might cause her to kill herself. It has already happened too many times. Banning cell phones will not solve the problem. There are pen cameras and other virtually undetectable methods of taking pictures. Another action might be a class action suit against the state on the grounds that they are authorizing an unsafe and unnatural condition that could affect their safety and well being. More on this as the day passes. Are the petitions going to be available on the internet?
    Reply · Like · Follow Post · August 30 at 10:12am
  • Sanford W. Cramer III · Follow ·  Top Commenter · Victor Valley College

    Great job. These new laws created by the Progressives socialst Democrats are against the Bible`s teaching and those whom do these things will feel the wrath of God soon.
    Reply · 1 · Like · Follow Post · August 30 at 8:48am
    • Irving Lipshitz ·  Top Commenter

      Mr. Cramer-I don’t support this new law…but the Bible is NOT a cornerstone of our government and laws. We are NOT a theocracy (thank God). Or do you support killing your neighbor for working on Sunday? If you want to be consistent about it, you can’t pick and choose your Biblical instructions…right?
      Reply · 5 · Like · August 30 at 9:19am
    • Bill Tuck Jr ·  Top Commenter

      Irving Lipshitz totally agree with you!
      Reply · Like · August 30 at 12:17pm
    • Joseph Landisar ·  Top Commenter · San Diego, California

      You got that right Lipshitz. Freedom from religoin is why this country was formed.
      Reply · Like · August 30 at 5:02pm
  • Jay Pearson ·  Top Commenter · Palomar College

    So a transgender M to F goes into the girls bathroom, and the girls are going to feel comfortable. And a transgender F to M goes into the bathroom with a bunch of boys, and how are they going to treat this person?
    Reply · 4 · Like · Follow Post · August 30 at 7:06am
    • Tom Trull ·  Top Commenter · Boston Latin School

      Both sides will feel the effects of this stupid law.i
      Reply · 1 · Like · August 30 at 12:13pm
  • Richard Chavez · Barstow, California

    Like someone posted he has supporters some of thr high desert But NOT ME. NO MATTER RELIGIOUS BELIEFS, POLITICAL. . No Matter what homophobic, or political person does WE as the LGBT community will continue to fight for equal rights. Its so stupid that people so quick to agree and jump in the band wagon. YOU NEVER KNOW ONE OF KIDS MIGHT BE GAY LESBIAN BI OR TRANSGENDER. BUT BECAUSE OF What SOCIETY SAYS OR DOES EVEN YOU PARENTS TEACH HATE. And some many suicides of gau teens and adults because there afraid of what there parents might say or do and if you can WALKI AWAY OR DISOWN YOUR CHILD, TEEN, FAMILY MEMBER THEN YOUR THE IDIOT.
    Reply · 5 · Like · Follow Post · August 30 at 6:04am
    • Daniel Seagondollar ·  Top Commenter · Principal Architect at Daniel Seagondollar Architect

      If equal rights means exposing your male genitalia to my daughter during gym class or in a public restroom I’m sorry I don’t support that. LGBT rights don’t include imposing your genitalia on others.
      Reply · 6 · Like · August 30 at 9:42am
    • Tom Trull ·  Top Commenter · Boston Latin School

      Daniel Seagondollar If that transgender exposed himself to my grand daughter it would only be that one time. He would be wearing his genitals around his neck area and not externally. And I don’t care what the consequences would be.
      Reply · 1 · Like · August 30 at 12:05pm
    • Bill Tuck Jr ·  Top Commenter

      Daniel Seagondollar This the best comment so far!!!!
      Reply · Like · August 30 at 12:20pm
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  • Lance Arnt ·  Top Commenter · Apple Valley, California

    This is not an issue that Donnelly should be working on. What does he do that is positive for the district? Nothing. He is so extreme that Sacramento will not listen to him, and that does not help our area get resources from the state, which would translate into more jobs up here. We need to help more people get jobs. That is what is important.
    Reply · 6 · Like · Follow Post · August 30 at 5:05am
    • Bill Tuck Jr ·  Top Commenter

      I think it’s time for Donnelly to go. He is A all talk and get nothing done!!!!
      Reply · 1 · Like · August 30 at 12:23pm
    • Lance Arnt ·  Top Commenter · Apple Valley, California

      He can’t get anything done because he is too busy chasing items like this one. As others have noted, we need money for roads. We need money for job creation. Donnelly, work on the economy!
      Reply · 1 · Like · August 30 at 3:08pm
    • Tom Trull ·  Top Commenter · Boston Latin School

      Please list the accomplishments of the people who served before him.
      Reply · Like · August 30 at 3:49pm
  • Patrick Milliner ·  Top Commenter

    Tim Donnelly is such a moron. While he “represents much of the High Desert,” he doesn’t represent all of us. I am ashamed to have an assemblyman who would put energy towards his own ignorance instead of bigger more important things. He should focus on making a difference in peoples lives instead of being so negative and trying to hurt people. I mean, I may never understand transgendered people, but they do exist and this law makes sense. donnelly moron donnely moron.
    Reply · 9 · Like · Follow Post · August 30 at 4:45am
    • Tom Trull ·  Top Commenter · Boston Latin School

      Transgenders make up about 1% of the population . It is stupid and unreasonable to try and accommodate them and other splinter groups. The country has to be ruled wisely by the wishes of the majority. Social engineering has failed. It has already done untold damage on us. SACRIFICE THE FEW FOR THE MANY, NOT THE MANY FOR THE FEW.
      Reply · 3 · Like · August 30 at 9:21am
    • Tom Trull ·  Top Commenter · Boston Latin School

      If you are so ashamed of him and are in such a minority why don’t you move to San Francisco where you would be welcome with open arms among other things.
      Reply · 1 · Like · August 30 at 12:17pm
    • Patrick Milliner ·  Top Commenter

      Minority? Tim Donnelly and his supporters are the real minority, Mr. Trull. They should move to the sticks of Oklahoma, Kansas or Mississippi where there are scored of people who think in the same lil tiny box that he does :)
      Reply · Like · September 3 at 11:07pm
  • Piero Miasma ·  Top Commenter · Los Angeles, California

    Tim Donnelly is a fascist.
    Reply · 6 · Like · Follow Post · August 30 at 12:08am
    • Tom Trull ·  Top Commenter · Boston Latin School

      And you’re a pandering little fairy.
      Reply · 2 · Like · August 30 at 9:22am
    • Tom Trull ·  Top Commenter · Boston Latin School

      Why don’t you solve LAs problems and leave the high desert politics to the high desert residents? Stop looking up at the sky if whatever you have been looking for has not come yet it isn’t going to.
      Reply · 1 · Like · August 30 at 9:58am
    • Don Cook ·  Top Commenter · Chapman University

      Tom Trull every time you open your mouth, You subtract from the sum of human knowledge. stop talking!
      Reply · 2 · Like · August 30 at 3:57pm
    • Tom Trull ·  Top Commenter · Boston Latin School

      Don Cook I’m trying to get down to your level of understanding. It is hard for me but I am going to keep trying. I always try to help the less fortunate, especially the mentally challenged.
      Reply · Like · August 31 at 7:41am
    • Tom Trull ·  Top Commenter · Boston Latin School

      Don Cook Instead of finding fault with others comments why don’t you stick your neck out and make one of your own? If you need help just holler I will be glad c to assist.
      Reply · Like · August 31 at 9:03pm
  • Rad Furmage Familyfreestyleparkapplevalley ·  Top Commenter · Apple Valley, California

    Leave people alone Mr. Donnelly. It wasn’t that long ago that we could have married the woman you and I are married too.
    Reply · 1 · Like · Follow Post · August 29 at 11:50pm
    • Tom Trull ·  Top Commenter · Boston Latin School

      Married and running around the bathrooms of another sex with your brains hanging out is not the same as a marriage. A marriage is made between 2 people of mutual consent.
      Reply · Like · August 30 at 3:53pm
  • Troy Here · Follow ·  Top Commenter

    Lets get er done…
    Reply · 1 · Like · Follow Post · August 29 at 10:15pm
  • Don Cook ·  Top Commenter · Chapman University

    great; the meth labs still are the areas #1 economic growth indicator; and Donnely wants to promote trans-gender bashing. He must be on meth; too.
    Reply · 5 · Like · Follow Post · August 29 at 10:08pm
    • Vanetta Dee Laret · Follow · Chapman University

      Reply · 2 · Like · August 30 at 10:03am
    • Tom Trull ·  Top Commenter · Boston Latin School

      Maybe he’s just a decent person. Kind of a rarity these days.You fight the battles you can win, not the ones that you cannot win on your own. it ‘s going to take a lot more than him to turn the economy around.
      Reply · Like · August 30 at 12:11pm
  • Bill Neice ·  Top Commenter

    Where are these petitions and where can I sign one? Perhaps this will send a message to the Secular Socialists in Sacramento that there are some lines that parents, regardless of their political beliefs will not allow them to cross.
    Reply · 3 · Like · Follow Post · August 29 at 9:00pm
    • Don Cook ·  Top Commenter · Chapman University

      go ahead … do something unconstitutional and harmful! i pity your children.
      Reply · Like · August 30 at 3:59pm
    • Bill Neice ·  Top Commenter

      Don Cook , What the hell are you talking about? Would you care to elaborate?
      Reply · Like · August 30 at 9:55pm
    • Tom Trull ·  Top Commenter · Boston Latin School

      Bill Neice Cook’s problem is he reads an article and answers in another article or he makes no sense at all. I think you are right it’s the latter.
      Reply · Like · August 31 at 7:39am
  • Bryan K Medina · Follow · Mafia Wars 2

    I do petition work as soon as we get it come sign it…. I hope it will be soon we can get it.
    Reply · 2 · Like · Follow Post · August 29 at 7:30pm
  • RAD Riders Against Discrimination

    Slow work Day Tim?
    Reply · 1 · Like · Follow Post · August 29 at 7:09pm
  • Ellyn Marie Gaddis · Los Amigos High

    bravo! full support!
    Reply · 1 · Like · Follow Post · August 29 at 6:52pm
  • Scott Mottaz ·  Top Commenter · University of Phoenix

    where do we sign.
    Reply · 3 · Like · Follow Post · August 29 at 6:47pm
    • Bryan K Medina · Follow · Mafia Wars 2

      check the petitioners out side the stores
      Reply · 1 · Like · August 29 at 7:31pm
  • Richard Villwock ·  Top Commenter · Glendora High

    These are the “so called, “last civil rights”? Not long ago it was : gay and lesbian alliance. Now it is: Gay, Lesbian, Transgeneder. Decide what group you fall in, make your choice and wala! You can now feel like your female… even though your male.. and you can go out for female sports, dress as female, and even use the girls restroom and shower. Any Jr. High school student (usually male) would love to have access to the girls locker room. Law goes into affect Jan 1, 2014. Signed by Gov. Brown, this type of nonesense is happening while we SLEEP. Whether you are Christian or have Christian values, this type of legislation is a classic example of the URGENT need to get involved in the political process. We can not attend church and ignore the world in which we live. The people getting these laws passed, have more enthusiam and determination for their cause, than we have to oppose them. While Rome burned… Nero fiddled
    Reply · 5 · Like · Follow Post · August 29 at 6:40pm
    • Freddie Pogue · School of Hard Knocks, University of Life

      Rich which one are you ! LOL
      Reply · Like · August 29 at 7:24pm
    • Richard Villwock ·  Top Commenter · Glendora High

      Freddie Pogue I am not pre trib, mid trib, or post trib….I am pan trib, I believe it will all PAN-OUT the way God wants it to!
      Reply · Like · August 30 at 9:16am
  • Loraine Stevens ·  Top Commenter · Apple Valley, California

    Thank you you truely represent us we are behind you.
    Reply · 4 · Like · Follow Post · August 29 at 6:15pm
  • Richard Miller ·  Top Commenter

    Has my vote!
    Reply · 4 · Like · Follow Post · August 29 at 6:03pm
    • Ann Craig · Marysville, Washington

      Thank you for standing up for decency!!!!
      Reply · 1 · Like · August 29 at 6:14pm


Ref: Daily Press – Letter To The Editor / H.L. Messinger

Brown and the ‘Bathroom Bill’

H.L. Messinger
Apple Valley

Now that Gov. Brown has approved the “Bathroom Bill” (SB 323), the Legislature is going to consider not granting California tax-exempt status to public charity youth organizations that do not follow suit of allowing boys and girls to choose which bathroom they feel more comfortable with.

Our Assemblyman Tim Donnelly has chosen to remove his son from the public school he was going to and his brother is considering doing the same.

I would encourage Assemblyman Donnelly to contact the Parent Teacher’s Association and many of the youth tax-exempt organizations in California to remove their children from their schools in a show of protest.

Surely if several hundred thousands K-12 children were to miss class for a few days, the cries of the loss of income to the school districts would be heard loud and clear in Sacramento.

Too much control over the Legislature has fallen to just a few select individuals. They shouldn’t have the right to determine the course of events for 98 percent of the people in our state.

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

Ref: Daily Press – Shane Newell / Bill To Repeal Fire Fee Stalls

Bill to repeal fire fee stalls

July 06, 2013 7:57 PM
Shane Newell, For the Daily Press

A bill from Assemblyman Tim Donnelly to abolish the fire prevention fee has been deemed “as good as dead” by a Donnelly spokeswoman.

“(The bill) was held in assembly appropriation,” Donnelly’s Communication Director Cassandra Joiner said last week. “It’s not moving forward.”

Introduced by Donnelly last year, California Assembly Bill 23 was designed to repeal the state’s fire prevention fee.

“The fire fee is an illegal, unconstitutional tax that costs rural homeowners a minimum of $150 a year,” Donnelly said on his website.

Its purpose is to fund brush clearance and activities to improve forest health, according to the fire prevention fee’s website.

The fire fee must be paid by owners of inhabited properties in the State Responsibility Areas — more than 31 million acres of land where Cal Fire is primarily responsible for the prevention and suppression of wildfires.

Betty Munson, vice president of the Homestead Valley Community Council, lives in an SRA.

“It caught everybody by surprise,” Munson said of the fee, which was approved in 2011. “It’s a parcel tax.”

According to Munson, a justification for the SRA boundaries was never given.

“The unfortunate part about it for us is (the border) is right along Highway 247,” Munson said. “The properties on the south and east side were in the SRA. The (properties) across the highway were not. It’s very arbitrary.”

According to the California State Board of Equalization, there are more than 825,000 fire fee payers, including some residents of Apple Valley, Lucerne Valley, Oak Hills, Phelan, Pinon Hills and Wrightwood.

Outrage over the fee attracted the attention of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, which filed a lawsuit against the Board of Equalization, Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and Department of Justice in March, according to Board of Equalization member George Runner.

“We really raised a lot of hell about (the fee),” Munson said. “It didn’t seem like the fee applied to us.”

As the lawsuit pends, Munson hopes residents like her can be reimbursed for the hundreds of dollars in fire fees they have already paid.

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


  • Tina Holt · Cosmetologis/Esthestician at The Beauty Center

    This is the State extorting money in an arbitrary manner…have you noticed the threats for late payment or failure to pay? Just short of promising to come and break your legs if you don’t pay…THUGS.
    Reply · 1 · Like · Follow Post · Sunday at 1:13pm
    • Jackie Lindgren · Office Manager at East Bay Welding Supply

      Nobody seems to care what we get charged for things. It will keep going on, more and more Things are going to have another fee. Oh, and lets not call it a TAX!
      Reply · 2 · Like · Sunday at 2:13pm
  • John Shield ·  Top Commenter · Lucerne Valley, California

    I am not in the SRA but I think it’s wrong to charge a special fee.Anywoo, we need more like Donnelly if we are going to see any positive changes in the assembly. Adams usually went along with the pro big government crowd if he even did anything at all.

    Reply · Like · Follow Post · Sunday at 10:32am
  • Michael Taylor ·  Top Commenter · Works at San Bernardino County Fire Department

    What’s even more ridiculous is the face with the exception of apple valley which protect their own town, all other areas are protected by county fire. Cal fire has very little presence here, and for most of the engines that are stationed here they send most of their time outside the county on other fires. There are 2, that’s right 2, cal fire stations in the entire desert, one in oak hills and one in lucern, which isn’t even staffed year round. And they want all this money to give protection to these home owners that are actually getting all their fire/medical protection from their local fire departments? Doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me.
    Reply · 1 · Like · Follow Post · Sunday at 7:16am
  • Et Snell · Following ·  Top Commenter · MT

    Its time to bring in the clowns
    Reply · Like · Follow Post · Saturday at 9:53pm
  • Bill Tuck Jr ·  Top Commenter

    You know The Republican Party is Dead in The Water in this State! Why not support A Ballot Initiative to Require A two thirds Vote of the People to have any fee be Law.
    Reply · 2 · Like · Follow Post · Edited · Saturday at 9:21pm
    • John Shield ·  Top Commenter · Lucerne Valley, California

      We should. This is just another sneaky trick around prop 13 by calling it a fee.
      Reply · Like · Sunday at 11:33am
  • Edward Bruce Patrovsky ·  Top Commenter · Works at Retired

    In this case, it’s too bad our State Assemblyman has little or no influence in the State Capitol; but he sure knows how to make noise.
    Reply · 2 · Like · Follow Post · Saturday at 8:43pm
    • Lance Arnt ·  Top Commenter · Apple Valley, California

      He does. It seems what whatever he advocates for, we get the opposite. We need to elect someone who can get something done.
      Reply · 1 · Like · Sunday at 6:10am
    • Taria Wilson ·  Top Commenter

      he is just outnumbered by the massive numbers of the left in this state. we all our to the point of our distruction.
      Reply · 2 · Like · Sunday at 8:36am

Ref: – Kathy Grimes / Hit Piece Emboldens Donnelly Gubernatorial Bid

Hit piece emboldens Donnelly gubernatorial bid


March 18, 2013

By Katy Grimes

donnelly-photo1Last week, Assemblyman Tim Donnell (R-Hesperia) saw his planned run for governor contemptuously dismissed as a “faux bid” by Sacramento Bee columnist Dan Morain. The column read more like a hit piece than an analysis. Worse yet, it came off as if it were a personal attack.

“Donnelly is a salesman who gained attention as a ‘Minuteman,’ supposedly protecting the border against illegal immigrants,” wrote Morain. “He won an Assembly seat in 2010 in a district that includes the mountains and desert east of Los Angeles and was re-elected last year.”

“It is the best job he has ever had,” Morain added.

Why do a hit piece unless Donnelly is someone to be feared?

After Morain’s op-ed came out, I had a chance to talk with Donnelly for nearly two hours. I asked the 46-year-old Georgia native and UC Irvine graduate what he did that might have provoked the hit piece.

Donnelly said he had a fundraiser last week in Sacramento for his exploratory committee for governor. While much of the political media is mocking Donnelly for considering the governor’s office, he said that Morain, curiously enough, showed up. But Donnelly said he would not let Morain in. “It’s a fundraiser, not a press event,” Donnelly told me.

Donnelly said this didn’t go over well with the Bee columnist.

Rogue under the dome

Donnelly votes his conscience and for his constituents instead of with his party. If that makes him a rogue under the dome, most wish there were 100 lawmakers just like him. Any politician who is feared and loathed by both sides of the political establishment is certainly worth paying attention to.

33ADDonnelly hails from one of the most southeastern portions of the state, far from urban areas and Los Angeles values. Donnelly represents towns and cities many Californians have never heard of: Adelanto, Apple Valley, Baker, Barstow, Big River, Crestline, Hesperia, Lenwood, Needles, Phelan, Running Springs, Silver Lakes and Victorville. He lives in the San Bernardino mountains.

It’s a beautiful, rugged part of the state. The 33rd district encompasses a wide expanse of the High Desert, stretching from the fringes of the Los Angeles metropolitan area to the Nevada and Arizona borders.

Its most important issues aren’t ones that concern the state media. Citing the Sacramento Bee hit piece and others before it, Donnelly said he is frustrated that no one ever asks him why he founded the largest Minuteman chapter in California: the federal government’s failure to protect our borders, and the human toll that results.

Motivated by exploitation of illegal workers

Donnelly said he was specifically motivated to create the Minutemen when a large storage container was found in his community with 53 illegal immigrants living in it. Donnelly said an energy company was responsible for bringing the container across the border. The container was filled with illegal workers the company had hired, with the workers forced to live in atrocious conditions.

“They were living on top of each other,” Donnelly said.  “We pay rates to a utility which breaks the law …  outrageous.”

He said he and many others in his region were sickened by humans being treated like this — not just by the increasing violence spilling over the border into California. “People are brought here, and sold into filth. They have no rights,” Donnelly said. “This has to stop.”

Donnelly and the Minutemen are working to gain national attention for the problem, which Americans are not acutely aware of. Donnelly said his views on illegal immigration have been twisted in stories trying to paint him as a racist. “Republicans have a devil of a time with Latino voters, thanks to politicians like Donnelly, who held a rally in 2011 on the Capitol steps with Russell Pearce, the author of the Arizona law that allows local cops to stop people who might be illegal immigrants,” Morain wrote.
The Supreme Court ruled on the Arizona state law, SB 1070, and upheld the status-check provision. The Supreme Court also noted that federal law already requires immigration authorities to respond to immigration checks from state and local officers.

Donnelly’s preferred immigration policy may surprise some who buy Morain’s depiction of him. He said the U.S. needs to provide amnesty for the people who have been in line for legal immigration for 10 to 20 years. “There are disincentives, obstacles and arbitrary penalties with legal immigration,” Donnelly said. “The policy needs to be updated and structured. We need to make it easier to come here legally.”

Donnelly said the government needs to control the immigrants coming into the country by prioritizing the work needs of the country’s employers and industry.

“We should deport illegal criminals and pay to keep them in private prisons in Mexico,” Donnelly said.

“The media marginalizes anyone who speaks out for legal immigration,” he noted.

Bucking the political-media establishment

“Too many of the media are part of the political establishment,” Donnelly said, citing Morain as an example. “I got here doing everything opposite of what’s usually done. And people who are sick of the political class come from all walks of life.”

Donnelly said he made the decision to run for his Assembly seat only four months before the June 2010 primary. He spent $14,000 on the primary. But opponents spent nearly $1 million trying to defeat him — including the Republican establishment, which contributed $425,000 to be used against him. The SEIU spent $500,000 to defeat him as well.

Yet Donnelly won with 52 percent of the vote in a three-way race. He did this with a grassroots campaign, one mailed piece, and by showing up at every event and talking with voters. “Fascinating things happen when you show up,” Donnelly said. “People rejected the establishment.”

And that is what his exploratory committee for governor is about. Donnelly embodies the non-establishment.  “The Republican Party establishment doesn’t believe anymore in what it believes in. They’ll tell you that they oppose taxes, illegal immigration and abortion, but they don’t really believe it,” he said. “When people tell you what you cannot do, you should make that your to-do list.”

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

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School Marshal Plan met with criticism questions

February 01, 2013 9:57 AM

When Assemblyman Tim Donnelly unveiled a plan to use armed educators to protect children at California schools, it became immediately clear his idea would face tremendous opposition both inside and outside of Sacramento.

Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, formally introduced Assembly Bill 202 at a Capitol news conference on Wednesday. Based roughly on the federal air marshal program, Donnelly said his plan would direct school districts to use general fund money to provide firearms training to faculty and staff and keep their identities private by exempting them from the concealed-weapons permit portion of the Open Records Act.

The federal air marshal program assigns armed officers in plainclothes to commercial flights to guard against terrorism.

Criticism of the plan was swift.

“Air marshals are trained to keep people safe in airplanes and teachers are in schools to teach kids,” said Paul Shrader, a 30-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, who ran for sheriff of San Bernardino County in 2010, by phone on Thursday.

Although Shrader says he supports the Second Amendment, he believes another gun law is not the answer.

Donnelly said he introduced the plan in light of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary that killed 20 children and six adult staff members on Dec. 14, and it would provide effective and immediate protection to children and teachers, and deter criminals.

State Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, who introduced legislation requiring every school to have a safety plan for emergencies, told the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday that Donnelly’s bill goes in the wrong direction.

“The goal for school safety is not to see who can win a gunfight,” Lieu said. “It is to prevent shootings in the first place and keep guns out of schools.”

Of the nine public school districts in the High Desert, only officials from three commented on Donnelly’s bill.

Ross Swearingen, superintendent of the Helendale School District, Joseph B. Andreasen, superintendent of the Oro Grande School District, and Kathy Sharkey, director of communications and student services of the Snowline Joint Unified School District, indicated they would not support Donnelly’s bill.

Officials from other districts in the Victor Valley did not return calls for comment. San Bernardino County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Jodi Miller said only that the department was following the issue.

“There’s going to be quite a lot of law enforcement officials and school officials who are going to wait to see if it has passed or not passed before they talk about this because the proposal has a number of advantages as well as disadvantages,” said Larry Gaines, chairman of the criminal justice program at California State University, San Bernardino. “I would personally be leery of this proposal.”

Gaines, who has an extensive law enforcement background, said the bill poses more questions than answers.

“This is a very thorny issue here in California,” Gaines said. “Look at the number of police shootings that have gone awry — and these are the people who receive constant training on firearms. That becomes very problematic. I am not sure that I would like to see guns in schools. This is something that people really need to think out.”

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Donnelly unveils school marshal plan

January 30, 2013 5:28 PM

SACRAMENTO • Assemblyman Tim Donnelly formally introduced his California School Marshal Plan on Wednesday. Assembly Bill 202 would authorize school districts, county offices of education and charter schools to use general purpose funds to provide training to qualified school employees who wish to carry concealed firearms on campus.

The bill would protect employees’ anonymity by exempting school marshals from the concealed weapons permit portion of the Open Records Act, according to a news release from Donnelly’s office.

“In light of the devastating tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, we must develop a plan that will provide both true, immediate protection to our children and teachers and a deterrent to future predators,” Donnelly, RTwin Peaks, stated in the release. “That is why I have introduced AB 202.”

The press release said that according to the Gun Free Zone Act of 1995, administrators, teachers or campus staff may carry concealed firearms if the school permits it.

Donnelly said AB 202 will allow school districts to fund the necessary training for faculty and staff who are already legally allowed to protect their school because of the gun act.

“The teachers and administrators at Sandy Hook showed incredible bravery, laying their lives down for their students. We must honor their sacrifice by ensuring that our teachers are not left defenseless again,” Donnelly said. “We have a moral imperative to protect the children in our schools. We must do so without abandoning our oath and duty to safeguard the Constitutional rights of every Californian. AB 202 will help us accomplish both.”

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