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Around Town: Why is poo important to our future?

February 20, 2013

By Pat Orr

Of all the things we might consider important to the future of our town, one might be puzzled to know that poo is one of them. But why? To find out the answer to that probing question, come by the Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce Luncheon tomorrow and hear Victor Valley Wastewater Authority head honcho Logan Olds describe the plans for the Apple Valley wastewater plant and how that impacts our town and our region.

This event is also a good place to connect with local business representatives and others interested in what’s happening locally. You can save yourself $5 if you call the chamber office at (760) 242-2753 today and reserve a spot. If you just walk in tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. to the Golf Course Dining Room it will be $25. Either way it is worth it.

Actually reading legislation before you vote is good
In an unusual bi-partisan fashion, State Senator Lois Wolk, D-Davis, and Assemblywoman Kristen Olsen, R-Modesto, have co-sponsored legislation that if passed would amend the state constitution. The amendment would require that all new laws be published and available for inspection online at least 72 hours before a vote can be taken to approve or reject them by the Legislature. Bravo, ladies!
Is this idea universally embraced in Sacramento? Well, no, not really.

The (Democratic) party line is that publishing laws this far in advance will give “special interests” a chance to influence votes. I interpret that to mean that we voters who hate a new law may have time to read, understand and oppose it before the yahoos can slam it through the process and make it a law. This “public window” for all legislation forces every new law to be well written and appear to make sense. That, in and of itself, would be an achievement.

Today, a “summary” of legislation is prepared by staffers and shown to the legislator before he or she votes. These “summaries” are sometimes even written — based on what, we have no idea — before the legislation is actually finished being drafted. It would be a shame if we held our elected representatives responsible for reading the actual text of all the idiotic laws they pass, wouldn’t it?

Run now, pay later
As we have said many times, before running for office isn’t cheap. Many a candidate must make themselves a sizable personal loan then hold
fundraisers after the election to pay themselves back or explain to their wife where their joint savings went. For those who fail to get elected, they have little chance of getting a crowd together to help raise some cash.

This isn’t turning out to be a problem for Victor Valley College Trustee Joe Brady. He and his wife are hosting a lunch event Feb. 27 at the Hilton Garden Inn featuring a “Who’s Who” of local elected officials that is being billed as a “line-up of heavy hitters discussing conservative politics.” Soon-to-be state GOP chairman Jim Brulte will be there along with First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood and many others. If you think conservatism is deceased in California, you may want to come to this event just to shake off your depression.

Pat Orr is a local business owner, community volunteer and political junkie.