Ref: Daily Press – Rene Ray La Cruz / Hesperia Mayor Crowned Man About Town

Hesperia mayor crowned Man About Town

May 25, 2014 5:06 PM

APPLE VALLEY • Their campaign signs were never posted along Bear Valley Road or on chain link fences, but these men fought valiantly to earn the title of Man About Town.

The Phoenix Foundation crowned Hesperia Mayor Thurston “Smitty” Smith as the organization’s second winner on Saturday night at the Apple Valley Conference Center.

Foundation founder Julie Norton said the 2013 Man About Town winner, David North, relinquished his crown to Bianca Johnson, the Universal Royalty Ambassador, who then crowned Smith.

“I know that Smitty is going to do a wonderful job carrying the title for the entire year,” Norton said. “I would also like to thank everyone who helped us raise money through this yearly event. Without the help of these people, we would not be able to help the families that we do.”

Norton said the 10 nominees earned a total of $7,405, with each candidate’s vote earning $1 for the foundation.

Despite a huge online push for votes, Donald Tatera, an interior designer and general contractor for Decorating Den Interiors, came in second.

During his campaign, Tatera, a 22-year resident of Apple Valley, flooded Facebook with photos of himself holding a Man About Town flier as he stood next to a variety of community leaders.

Manny Serrano, a community leader, Army veteran and the owner of Edible Arrangements, came in just behind Tatera.

Other contestants were Algot Stephenson, David Smith, Roy Uhl, Derek King, Jim Gutierrez, Michael Karen and Josh Grewal.

Apple Valley Councilwoman Barb Stanton, a former radio host and a member of the foundation, was the Master of Ceremonies.

Norton said each contestant received a “tool belt sash” with their name on it. Each of the three winners received a desk clock with their title and name.

Norton said totals from Saturday night’s admission and raffle tickets will be added to the total fundraising mark.

“We had some pretty cool prizes this year,” Norton said. “We had a mini helmet autographed by Joe Namath, a jersey from Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, an iPad Air, Toby Keith tickets and many specialty baskets.”

Entertainment was provided by the Sun City Rockettes and Smith and his wife were scheduled to take a donated limo ride home after the event.

Donations for the foundation can still be made online at www.HDPhoenixFoundation.com.

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

 

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

Et Snell · FollowFollowing · Top Commenter · MT
Another photo op for the greedmeisters. Yes phoenix foundation does help burry many needy families and helps the grieving at a time when they so need it. But for every failing Politian to hitch hike rides on the back of grieving mourners is sickening and wrong. I refer to Miss Stanton’s complete failure to represent the elderly when it comes to water issues and Thurston Smith not lifting a finger to stop the teenage sexual exploitation by Peaches/Bunnies a 18 yr old total nude establishment in Hesperia. WE are living in some sick end times with some sick Politian’s posturing for more greed and recognition. I just want to know how one can vote and did Smitty vote several times or did he have his staff vote.
  • Rose Henrichsen · FollowFollowing · Top Commenter · Owner at Self-Employed

    Michael Karen would of done well

    · 2 · Follow Post · Yesterday at 11:58am

    • Rose Henrichsen · FollowFollowing · Top Commenter · Owner at Self-Employed

      Congrats to Smitty
      · Yesterday at 11:59am

  • William CrazyLacy Furmage · Top Commenter · Works at RAD Riders Against Discrimination

    Smitty sure does’t get a pat on the back for the lame @ss Skatepark Hesperia put in, THAT PARK IS PATHETIC IN EVERYBODY’S EYES. It’s 2014 for Christ sake. Build a park one would be proud of!
     
  • Stephanie Lonsdale · Top Commenter · Love Animals
    Barb Stanton another politician who is unresponsive and doesn’t care much for the citizens she is supposed to represent. We’ve been emailing her for over a year and she has not responded once. Citizens have met with her personally about issues and she has done NOTHING!!!
  • Stephanie Lonsdale · Top Commenter · Love Animals
    Thurston Smith! Unresponsive and uncaring about the items and issues of the City of Hesperia’s citizens. Please reply to at least one of our emails.
    · Follow Post · 22 hours ago

Ref: Daily Press – Staff / City, Town Officials Link Up At Global Retail Convention

City, town officials link up at global retail convention

May 24, 2014 4:57 PM
STAFF REPORTS

VICTORVILLE • Officials from five High Desert cities combined marketing efforts for the second year in a row at the Global Retail Real Estate Convention in Las Vegas this week.

The conference brings together commercial developers, business franchises and city officials in the largest industry convention in the world, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers.

If Victorville, Hesperia, Apple Valley, Adelanto and Barstow were one city, its population of 442,497 would make it the eighth largest city in California, officials tout.

“We had multiple meetings,” Hesperia Mayor Thurston “Smitty” Smith said. “We had a lot of interest in the High Desert with all of us working collaboratively.”

Smith said there were no contracts or letters of intent signed, but he is buoyed by the amount of positive attention retailers are giving to the region.

“We’ve gotten a lot of positive recognition,” said Adelanto City Manager James Hart. “Developers recognize the area and that it’s cohesive. Developers like that because they want to know the regional areas are working together.”

Victorville City Manager Doug Robertson, who attended along with Assistant City Manager Keith Metzler, said “good progress” was made during the weekend, but it will ultimately take time to determine if that will translate to any deals being made.

“You never can quite put your finger on ‘can we get an XYZ company?’ ” Robertson said. “We’re not quite there yet.”

— Staff writers Brooke Self, Gary Brodeur and Shea Johnson contributed to this report.

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Ref: Daily Press – Staff / Finalist For VVC President Drops Out

Finalist for VVC president drops out

May 23, 2014 3:17 PM
STAFF REPORTS

Candidate Nicholas O. Akinkuoye, associate vice chancellor of academic affairs at City College of San Francisco, has dropped out of the running to be the next president /superintendent of Victor Valley College, officials said Thursday.

Consequently, the public forum scheduled for May 30 at 11 a.m. has been canceled.

Four other candidates remain.

They are Dr. Christopher Villa, vice president of student services at Fresno City College; Dr. Roger Wagner, superintendent/president at Copper Mountain College; Dr. Luis Sanchez, associate superintendent/vice president of academic affairs at Allan Hancock College; and Dr. Sherrie Guerrero, associate superintendent, instruction and student services at Chaffey College.

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Comments :

  • Bill Neice ·  Top Commenter
    So now there are only 5 Good Ol Boys left? If VVC wants to change directions their best bet would be to bring in someone with no ties to the Educational Establishment at all. They encourage students to “think outside the box” but they don’t.
  • Anna Parker ·  Top Commenter
    Why has the public forum been canceled? There are still four viable candidates
  • Xenia Szabo ·  Top Commenter · Hesperia, California
    Why would someone move from the beautiful Bay Area to the Victor Valley? No wonder he dropped out.

Ref: Daily Press – Gary Brodeur / Ranchero Interchange To Be Finished By Year’s End

Ranchero Interchange to be finished by year’s end

Officials say project delay will be shorter than expected

May 22, 2014 8:15 AM

HESPERIA • Transportation officials said Wednesday they expect to complete the Ranchero Interchange Project by the end of the year — a surprising announcement after a fire was expected to delay the project several months.

San Bernardino Associated Governments, the region’s transportation planning authority, made the announcement following a conference of project participants.

“SANBAG, city of Hesperia, Caltrans and our contractors have been diligently working to develop a plan to complete construction of the Ranchero Road Interchange Project,” SANBAG spokesman Tim Watkins wrote in an email. “Based on the preliminary results of inspections and testing, the contractor plans to complete all work on the project by the end of the year.”

Original estimates, prior to a May 5 fire and collapse of the bridge over Interstate 15, projected construction would be completed by mid-October. But when the bridge burned, officials said they expected a delay of six to eight months.

“Construction crews will be doubled in some cases to help increase productivity and reduce the overall construction window for the project,” Watkins said.

Materials have been arriving on site over the past week and crews will begin replacing the falsework — the wooden temporary bridge support structure — for constructing the bridge portion of the interchange, he said.

Other tests on the columns and abutment are ongoing, Watkins said, but can be conducted alongside the initial stages of the falsework placement.

I-beams are getting particular attention for potential reuse. Based on the preliminary test results, some have been identified for straightening.

After straightening, they will be retested for compliance with engineering safety standards, Watkins said. He said this procedure will help expedite availability of critical materials and the reconstruction activity.

The construction contract calls for SANBAG to pay about $31.7 million to Security Paving Co. Inc. for completion of the project, Watkins said, and the contractor is working to meet its obligations.

“There’s been no realized loss (of money) until the project is completed, from our standpoint,” Watkins said. He added that the contractor will have to determine any monetary loss and the means for recouping it, depending on the results of investigations and involving insurance.

Near-term lane and freeway closures are being identified and will be announced publicly when approved. Closures will be performed at night and staged in a manner to create the least amount of impact possible to the motoring public, SANBAG said.

The interchange bridge, which was days away from receiving its cement pour, burned after a spark from a steelworker’s torch ignited the wooden falsework. Portions of the structure collapsed onto the freeway, and most of the remaining bridge had to be torn down to safely reopen I-15.

The fire caused $6 million to $8 million in damage, according to preliminary estimates.

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Comment :
Grant Klokeid ·  Top Commenter · California State University, Fullerton

Good news. At most only a 2.5 month delay.
 

Ref: Daily Press – Brooke Self / VVC President Candidates To Appear In Public Forums

VVC president candidates to appear in public forums

May 21, 2014 4:22 PM

VICTORVILLE • The four finalists in Victor Valley College’s president/superintendent search will take part in public question-and-answer forums next week.

The dates and times are as follows:

• Dr. Christopher Villa, vice president of student services at Fresno City College: 10-11 a.m. May 28

• Dr. Roger Wagner, superintendent/president at Copper Mountain College: 10-11 a.m. May 29

• Dr. Luis Sanchez, associate superintendent/vice president of academic affairs at Allan Hancock College: 2-3 p.m. May 29

• Dr. Sherrie Guerrero, associate superintendent, instruction and student services at Chaffey College: 9-10 a.m. May 30

All forums will be held upstairs in VVC’s Student Activities Center in rooms A, B, C, D.

 

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Ref: Daily Press – Gary Brodeur / Hesperia Council Updating Solid Waste Code

Hesperia council updating solid waste code

Contractors facing new permit fees and deposits

May 19, 2014 4:07 PM

HESPERIA • Residents and contractors will see a few changes in their solid waste disposal and diversion service under an update to the city’s waste disposal code.

Two major changes are included in an ordinance scheduled for approval Tuesday night.

• All property owners in the city must subscribe to the service and are provided with two 95-gallon disposal carts for a standard charge. This is a change from the previous availability of an unlimited number of carts; additional carts can be provided for an extra fee.

Property owners may continue to dispose of their own recyclables at other recycling centers, as long as they have not been placed in their trash cart or Dumpster. Once in the bin, contents belong to the city’s solid-waste service provider, Advance Disposal Co.

• The City Council also is adopting requirements for building contractors of remodeling, construction and demolition projects greater than 1,000 square feet. Some exceptions are installation of swimming pools, large projects that require conditions of approval and qualifying emergency repair work .

Generally, construction waste-management plans will be required along with a nonrefundable fee of $55 for work on single-family residences and tenant improvements and $165 for multi-family residential and non-residential improvements for checking program compliance.

The WMPs also will require a $500 refundable deposit to assure solid waste from construction projects is properly diverted. The city faces fines of up to $10,000 a day for noncompliance with state law, the staff report said.

“We’re polling our members and awaiting their responses” to the code update, said Gordon Nichols, director of government affairs for the Building Industry Association Baldy View Chapter.

The solid-waste code update brings the city and its solid waste franchise agreement with Advance Disposal in line with state laws, a staff report said.

Much of the code update has to do with the state’s mandate to divert 75 percent of solid waste from landfills by 2020. Councilman Russ Blewett noted during the May 6 City Council meeting the present diversion rate is 71 percent.

Hesperia property owners and tenants are not required to sort recyclables from curbside trash. Collected trash goes to a so-called “dirty MRF” in which all solid waste is sorted for potential recycling or reuse.

Built in preparation for the higher diversion-rate requirements, Advance Disposal’s newly expanded MRF will be dedicated May 29.

The City Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. at 9700 Seventh Ave. in Hesperia. Regular meetings are scheduled the first and third Tuesdays monthly.

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

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  • Al Vogler ·  Top Commenter
    It is stated that Hesperia is currently at a 71% diversion rate. During the taxing fiasco by the City of Hesperia to approve a rate increase for Advance Disposal, it was noted that the millions in taxes via the rate increase would bring Hesperia up to the 75% diversion rate. So, millions of dollars were charged to taxpayers to build new buildings for Advance Disposal, a private company on private land who will own the buildings paid for by taxpayers. Thats an interesting financing concept. Taxpayers paying for building for private companies. Why weren’t a few extra workers simply hired to do the necessary trash sorting to come up to the 75% rate. Why was there such a rush to pass the tax when the new building was not necessary until the year 2020??? Why was the tax not delayed for a year or two until the economy strengthens? Why was a Hesperia City Councilman given $8,000. from Advance Disposal shortly after the councilman voted to pass the project and the tax???
     
    • Sharon Hollingsworth
      Hmmm, graft?? Find the answers to those questions Albert! I have faith you can do it!
       
  • Xenia Szabo ·  Top Commenter · Hesperia, California
    Interesting that the charges for more than two bins are only now going into effect…advance disposal began charging us extra for two additional bins months ago..do they owe us a refund?
  • Bill Neice ·  Top Commenter
    I’m not so sure that trash put out for pickup automatically belongs to Advance Disposal as long as the container is on private or community property. I believe this was settled in the courts years ago from a case brought by some actor or some other muckity-muck. If I remember correctly Newspaper reporters were going through their trash and there was a law suit brought against them concerning the practice. Now if I’m correct and I won’t swear to it, I think the courts ruled that this trash lost its protected status when it was put into any area where the public has access to it. Regardless, how could Advance Disposal prove where anything anyone recycles has come from? How could they, without a camera and alarm system on every residential trash container ever hope to bring this stupidity into a courtroom and expect to win? And ano… See More
     
    • Dan Harley ·  Top Commenter · Owner at PrimeConcepts for Internet Solutions
      I believe you’re correct about who owns the trash Bill. I also recall some big lawsuit over all this and the courts aligning with the constitution and property rights. Hesperia better get their high paid attorney to read the constitution and review this better.

      Unfortunately, it’s pretty easy to determine where residential waste comes from. Most don’t own a shredder and throw their labeled mail into the trash without thought of who might look at it.

    • Bill Neice ·  Top Commenter
      Dan Harley , Ok, when is the last time you saw a name and address on a plastic or glass bottle or an aluminum can? The folks we rountinely see collecting recyclables from streetside trash cans aren’t picking out stuff that is paid for by the ton, their shopping carts or bags aren’t big enough to make that worthwhile. Bottles, both plastic and glass, along with aluminum is what Advance Disposal is targeting. Their money and political influence is obvious in this hot air ordinance that our City Council passed. I wonder what’s next? Is the city of Hesperia going to establish a free Dumpster Diver hotline to report them? If this whole thing wasn’t so pathetic it would almost be humorous.
       
    • Dan Harley ·  Top Commenter · Owner at PrimeConcepts for Internet Solutions
      Bill Neice This is not an opinion, but a matter of fact. Residential trash is relatively easy to trace back to it’s source. That plastic or glass bottle you’re talking about will likely be sitting near mail, utility bills or the liking from it’s source. Also to let you know that construction trash, which is a tremendously larger problem in our community, is much more difficult to trace because contractors don’t have mail and utility bills mixed in with their trash. Go ask someone that works with trash if you don’t believe me.

      What I find amusing is I was actually agreeing with you, yet you act like a troll.

       
  • Curt Cope ·  Top Commenter
    “All property owners in the city must subscribe to the service and are provided with two 95-gallon disposal carts for a standard charge.”

    Like ObamaCare.

    Must. You must. Regardless if you use it or not… you must.

    More and more we creep into corporate fascism.

     
  • John Shield ·  Top Commenter · Lucerne Valley, California
    Generally, construction waste-management plans will be required along with a nonrefundable fee of $55 for work on single-family residences
    —————
    You have to pay the protection racket just to make some repairs.
    Failure to do so means you broke a law and are a criminal.
    • Curt Cope ·  Top Commenter
      Gotta keep the Prison Industrial Complex happy.

      When there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them… then you cash in. – Atlas Shrugged

       
  • Et Snell ·  Top Commenter · MT
    This story is true garbage and once again we the voters have been had. Everyone of the Hesteria Shty Clowncil needs to take a hike. Vote out all encumbents. These guys make the Godfather look like a choir boy. Do we really need all the shister like Blewitt, Smity, Loenard and Holland. It’s greed and corporate welfare.
     
  • Gary Brodeur
    It’s probably wording that brings the code up to date, catches up with allowed policy implementation. I’ll have to check.

Ref: Daily Press – Steve Hunt / Editor’s Notebook: Hesperia High, VVC Pairing Is A Winner

Editor’s Notebook: Hesperia High, VVC pairing is a winner

May 18, 2014 10:31 PM
hunt-steve

There are some really good things going on in the public schools here in the High Desert, but perhaps nothing tops the new Early College Academy program announced last week at Hesperia High School.

Hesperia Unified School District Superintendent David McLaughlin challenges his management team to be innovative, and they certainly came through in a big way.

Beginning next fall, the district will contract with Victor Valley College to make college courses available to 11th- and 12th-grade students at Hesperia High. They don’t have to leave the campus, they get concurrent high school credit, and they don’t have to pay tuition or even pay for books!

This is one of the best programs for high school kids that I’ve ever heard of, and McLaughlin and Hesperia High Principal Michelle Estrada deserve high praise for putting it together with VVC officials.

“I am extremely excited about this program and proud of the way we came up with this idea,” McLaughlin said.

VVC has been leasing classroom space at Hesperia High for a while, but McLaughlin noticed “most of those classes don’t have any of our kids in them. Most weren’t the right classes for our kids.”

So the district worked with VVC to essentially “buy” college classes that would be right for Hesperia High students, McLaughlin said. The cost is reasonable — a little more than $100,000 per year for three years.

District officials have identified eight general education courses applicable to all majors that will be part of this Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum. What this means is these courses will not only apply to a student’s associate’s degree, but also will be transferable to most four-year universities.

“This isn’t a program aimed at AP kids,” McLaughlin said.

He was looking for something that would provide encouragement and help to the average student. He said Estrada’s goal is to have 120 youngsters per year in the program.

“We have a group of kids who don’t go to college because, one, they don’t believe they can afford it, and two, they don’t believe they can do the work,” McLaughlin said.

This program should show students that they can handle college coursework and it will reduce the overall cost of a degree significantly. Hesperia High students in this program could leave high school with 30 college credits. At current community college unit pricing, that would save a student $1,380 in tuition alone. By the time you add in the cost of books and parking, each Hesperia High student who takes advantage of this program will easily save more than $2,000. And if they leave high school with 30 credits, they’re half way to their associate’s degree.

Residents of Hesperia should be thankful that McLaughlin and his team came up with this idea. I have not heard of any other high school in the state that is doing this.

“I’m not aware of anyone else doing it quite this way,” McLaughlin said. “Certainly nobody in our area or county.”

Any city or region that wants to thrive or improve needs good schools. Look at Arcadia, Temple City and Claremont if you want proof. And what happens when your public schools are good? Your city or region becomes a destination. People want to move there. Home prices rise.

What McLaughlin and the Hesperia Unified School District have done through this program at Hesperia High should be copied by every other school district in the High Desert.

And Realtors in Hesperia and throughout the High Desert should make sure every potential home buyer hears about this and understands the commitment the Hesperia Unified School District is making to education.

It’s a win-win-win.

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

 

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Comments :

  • Dan Harley ·  Top Commenter · Owner at PrimeConcepts for Internet Solutions
    Please correct me if I’m wrong, but I thought VVC had off site classes at Apple Valley High School many years ago. Victor Valley High School may have had VVC classes as well. Furthermore, VVC along with many colleges and universities offer online classes and combined with Hesperia High school’s programs, there’s numerous opportunities for high school students to get a jump on college that wasn’t as available as in the past. Any college bound student should take a serious look at these programs.
  • Curt Cope ·  Top Commenter
    Dumb comment: “And what happens when your public schools are good? Your city or region becomes a destination. People want to move there. Home prices rise.”Snip…”And Realtors in Hesperia and throughout the High Desert should make sure every potential home buyer hears about this and understands the commitment the Hesperia Unified School District is making to education.”

    Are we talking about education, being the primary purpose, or endorsing the rapid growth of the high desert for the benefit of realtors to line their pockets with higher home prices?

    Okay folks, one day, when we’re all grown up and a big city, we can redefine the meaning of higher learning:

  • Xenia Szabo ·  Top Commenter · Hesperia, California
    “Kids” are goats. We are referring to young people or students, not young goats.

Ref: Daily Press – Brook Self / VVC Breaks Ground On New Building

VVC breaks ground on new building

New health and sciences building to bear name of donor Prem Reddy

May 17, 2014 1:58 PM

VICTORVILLE • Victor Valley College officials and regional dignitaries gathered Friday morning for a ground breaking ceremony for the Dr. Prem Reddy Health and Sciences building.

The 25,000-square-foot structure will bear the name of the college’s largest donor and be constructed adjacent the existing health and sciences building.

“We celebrate the ceremonial start of construction of what will undoubtedly be a showpiece building on this campus,” said Master of Ceremonies Don Brown.

Keynote speakers were Reddy and VVC Board President Dennis Henderson. Construction officials on the project also made brief remarks. They were Layne Arthur, vice president of Balfour Beatty Construction, and Shoji Takeshima, associate principal of NTD Architecture.

The project is being supported by a $2 million donation from Reddy, a longtime Victor Valley resident, who is CEO of Prime Healthcare Services and founder of Desert Valley Hospital in Victorville. Reddy has committed more than $5 million to VVC in all, and his latest donation was noted as the largest single charitable award in VVC’s 53-year history.

Brown, who is board president of the VVC Foundation, which helps to garner charitable donations for the college, said they were in a “season of science” with a year dedicated to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).

The edifice is expected to be completed in the fall of 2015 and will house specialized training labs for nursing as well as each branch of the sciences including chemistry, life and physical science and anatomy. Design plans also include the building of an outdoor covered courtyard to allow for “collaborative learning” and interaction among nursing students, officials said.

Reddy was given a standing ovation before he stood up to speak. He told the crowd he was humbled and proud to see “so many nursing students of the school that bears my name.”

About 45 first-semester pupils dressed in white nursing scrubs stood under the white tent in the parking lot located in front of the existing health and sciences building.

“I’m just doing a very small contribution here,” Reddy said, “but the majority of work is done by the faculty, the leadership of the college, the board and the foundation, and they deserve your recognition.”

According to Reddy, VVC nursing students earn grades placing them in the top fifth percentile in the country. The nursing program also ranks in the top five percent nationally for the number of students that pass the Registered Nursing Licensure Exam, or NCLEX, right out of college, according to VVC spokesman Bill Greulich.

Wearing a white fedora, Reddy told a little of his personal history. He grew up in a small village in southern India where there was no electricity. He was the first in his family to attend school and has been a physician in the High Desert for 25 years.

“His gifts have expanded the capacity of the college’s respected nursing program, equipped labs to provide more meaningful learning experiences and funded scholarships that have literally fueled the future for hundreds of health science graduates in our region,” VVC Interim President Peter Allan said of Reddy.

Two VVC nursing students in attendance said they expected to graduate before the new building was completed but were still excited to see the construction begin.

“There’s been a lot of talk about it,” said nursing student Amanda Santos, 24. “It’ll bring more attention to the school and it will help expand it so we can have some more people going.”

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

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Ref: Daily Press – Staff / Test On Bridgework Still Being Evaluated

Tests on bridgework still being evaluated

Lane closures planned for Sunday night

May 17, 2014 1:26 PM
STAFF REPORTS

HESPERIA • Results from structural tests of the damaged Ranchero Interchange support components are not yet in and may take weeks to obtain, the region’s transportation authority said Friday.

San Bernardino Associated Governments described the testing and assessment for the Interstate 15 interchange as a fairly detailed process that may take a few weeks.

In the meantime, the project’s contractor is already ordering the known material needed for reconstruction of the temporary wooden support frame to help expedite construction of the overpass.

“There has been some activity working on drainage systems on the outer portions of the project but the bulk of the energy is getting everything in motion to get back to constructing the bridge,” SANBAG spokesman Tim Watkins said.

The goal is to reduce the overall impact on the construction schedule and provide Interstate 15 travelers and residents of the High Desert with a new interchange in Hesperia, he said.

Additionally, SANBAG is scheduled to close the two outside lanes on the northbound side between Oak Hills and Highway 395 to adjust concrete barriers. That activity will take place from 9 p.m. Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday.

The bridge was damaged by an accidental fire started by a worker cutting rebar on May 5, days before a cement pour was scheduled. The damage estimate is in the range of $6 million to $8 million and the bridge’s completion is expected to be delayed by about seven months, officials say.

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Comments :

  • Carolyn Olsen ·  Top Commenter · Pasadena City College
    Wasn’t that the original goal to reduce the over all.impact of residents. ??? But some bone head wasn’t doing there job. !!! Now we have to suffer for there stupidity.! ! Ive read of no actions taken on the Idoit. that wasn’t doing there . Job. ?? Not that I like anyone losing there job. But come on there are so.many what ifs ???? Could have caused someone to lose their life. ? Or with winds so.high that day so lucky we didnt have a Major Fire in Oak Hills or Hesperia. with no water. I hope they dont catch the new Bridge on fire dont trust them who. going to be watching them ??????
     
    • Mike Jones · Iron Mountain, California
      Ok. I have a questions for you. If you were following every guideline set to perform a particular task in your life, say driving, and a tire blew out, does that make you an idiot? Does that mean you should be punished or require supervision in your future driving?

      My point being, I have yet to read an official SBDCO or OSHA report stating exactly what happened to cause the fire to happen the way it did. We all have heard that a rebar cutting operation was going on, but the devil here is in the details. If all safety precautions (eg. Fire watch, required flame arresting material and ppe) were being used yet something beyond normal controls occurred then calling the workers idiots is beyond fair.

      The lack of water issue was in no way an issue that could be controlled by anyone on the project. Seems to me that infrastructure is the burden of city government. In the 10 years I lived over there those type of things were low priority. A water main break was generally left leaking for days.

      Just my .02

       
  • Carolyn Olsen ·  Top Commenter · Pasadena City College
    Someone wasnt doing there job. !!! Worker”s was just dloing what they were told to do. But someone let the ball drop.
    • Mike Jones · Iron Mountain, California

      Carolyn, I suggest you wait and see what the report says. If the workers were following hot zone procedures for an area where cutting and welding work was being performed then they were doing their job appropriately. I think that looking for a person to point the finger at is not the way to solve a problem or triage an industrial incident. Members of the public postulate and guess about how and why things happen way too often. We need to leave the investigating to those who do that.
       
  • Carolyn Olsen ·  Top Commenter · Pasadena City College
    And as a tire blow out its. up to a driver to check theit tires !!!
     
    • Mike Jones · Iron Mountain, California

      Look at them sure, do you personally check pressure each time you get ready to go anywhere? That’s what the manufacturer would recommend but few do and tire failures happen without consequence to the driver. In many cases they even replace the tire regardless.
       
  • Carolyn Olsen ·  Top Commenter · Pasadena City College
    Im just voicing. My opinion.!
     
    • Mike Jones · Iron Mountain, California
      As am I. I just don’t think its appropriate to make something like this a blame or name calling game. As much as people have said the workers were not working safely or the ball was dropped you would think they had been part of the investigative team or have a formal report on the incident.

      You want answers, as would any tax payer. Demand to see the reports when they come out.

Ref: Daily Press – Brook Self / VVC Announces President / Superintendent Search Finalist

VVC announces president/superintendent search finalists

May 14, 2014 5:49 PM

VICTORVILLE • Five finalists have been selected in Victor Valley College’s president/superintendent search, officials said Wednesday.

Each of the five is currently employed as an administrator at a California Community College and has an extensive educational and professional background.

VVC officials said they could not comment on individual candidates’ qualifications in order to be fair during the hiring process.

The five candidates are:

• Nicholas O. Akinkuoye, Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at City College of San Francisco

• Sherrie L. Guerrero, Associate Superintendent, Instruction and Student Services at Chaffey College, in Rancho Cucamonga

• Christopher M. Villa, Vice President of Student Services at Fresno City College

• Roger W. Wagner, Superintendent/President at Copper Mountain College, in Joshua Tree

• Luis P. Sanchez, Associate Superintendent/ Vice President of Academic Affairs at Allan Hancock College, in Santa Maria

The candidates are expected to participate in a final interview conducted by the Board of Trustees at the end of May, VVC spokesman Bill Greulich said. Later, they will be available for a question and answer presentation. A final decision will most likely be announced sometime in June, Greulich said.

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

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  • Bill Neice ·  Top Commenter
    So they’ve narrowed it down to five more firmly entrenched members of the Educational Establishment. Why am I’m not surprised?
     
  • Bill Tuck Jr ·  Top Commenter · Mt. San Antonio College
    Good Luck!!!

Ref: Daily Press – Brook Self / Hesperia High To Offer College Courses

Hesperia High to offer college courses

VVC partnership for ‘Early College Academy’ opening in fall

May 14, 2014 4:49 PM
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HESPERIA • Students at Hesperia High School are expected to get a jump-start on completing their college education after Victor Valley College struck a deal to conduct eight courses at the campus.

The contract between Hesperia Unified School District and VVC marks an “innovative partnership” which allows students to finish their first year of college by high school graduation, officials said.

“Early access to college is essential because we know that in today’s world a high school diploma is simply not enough,” Hesperia High School Principal Michelle Estrada said. “This is a powerful program designed to create the opportunities our students deserve.”

VVC and HUSD officials said “The Early College Academy” will exist as one of few in the state and was an action taken based on research showing that students are far more likely to finish their college degree if they complete a minimum of 20 college units.

Hesperia school officials said they identified eight general education courses applicable to all majors, and VVC agreed to offer the classes with a $306,000 contract.

The classes to be offered include sociology, psychology, philosophy, communication studies, history, English, geology and a college readiness guidance course.

“The forward-thinking leadership at Hesperia High School has made a commitment to their students unlike any other high school in the state,” said Peter Maphumulo, Victor Valley College’s Executive Vice President of Instruction and Student Services. “High schools and community colleges have worked together for many years to offer students concurrent enrollment opportunities, but not like this.”

Students participating in the program will complete up to 30 college units that meet the “Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum.” This means credits earned will apply to an associate’s degree at Victor Valley College and meet requirements for transfer to a four-year degree at most universities.

“We are proud and fortunate to offer these college courses at no cost to our students, saving the families of our community thousands of dollars in college expenses,” Superintendent David McLaughlin said.

To participate in the high school-based college classes, students must be enrolled at Hesperia High School, have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and must place into English 50 on the Accuplacer assessment. Once selected for the program, students will be concurrently enrolled at Victor Valley College and registered for the credit courses which will be fully paid for by HUSD.

McLaughlin said the pilot program would be open to Hesperia High students first but has the potential to be extended at the district’s other two high schools: Oak Hills High School and Sultana High School.

For more information about the Early College Program, contact Hesperia High School Principal Michelle Estrada at 760-244-9898 or michelle.estrada@hesperiausd.org.

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  • Kim Pickens ·  Top Commenter
    This is so cool! What a great opportunity for students!
     
  • Scott David Murphy ·  Top Commenter
    That is so cool, after all the last two years of HS is pointless. Iam glad to see this, they could perhaps leave HS with an AA/AS degree when they leave HS.
     

Ref: Daily Press – Letter To The Editor / Cooperation At The Fire

Cooperation at the fire

Art Bishop, Mayor
Apple Valley

Congratulations and deep appreciation is in order for the first responders, contractors, and government agency personnel for their professional handling of this tragic fire. I know that the logistics of this fire made it extremely difficult to fight, but agencies came from all over to fight it nonetheless while other agencies supported their ability to do so.

The fact that Interstate 15 reopened so quickly is truly amazing. It proves that government agencies, working together, can achieve a common goal. In an area where our communities are so interrelated, working cooperatively is always the best approach. Residents of the High Desert also deserve a pat on the back for following advisories and the directions of safety officials as this event unfolded.

The fire was a catastrophic setback for the completion of eastwest transportation thoroughfares in the High Desert, but the incident proved that residents and agencies working cooperatively can succeed. This incident clearly demonstrated the importance of the Victor Valley as a transportation corridor, key to the economy of Southern California. It also demonstrated the importance of creating quality jobs here so that our residents do not have to leave this area to work.

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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.

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  • 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 – Brooke Self / HUSD Stiffens Enforcement Of Busing Rules, Adds Bus Stop After Student’s Death

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

April 10, 2014 10:28 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Husd Citizen ·  Top Commenter · UCLA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Academic Senate pleas for shared governance of college

April 10, 2014 6:45 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Sergio Trevino · Antelope Valley College

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

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

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

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

UPDATE: Park district extends manager contract

Woods get 4-year deal, title change

April 10, 2014 5:22 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Larry Joe Williams · Principal at Pathways to college

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

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

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

    CrAzY Lacy
    Vans Original

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  • Xenia Szabo ·  Top Commenter · Hesperia, California

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

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