By Rene De La Cruz
The wine and conversation flowed freely during the Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce’s New Policy Maker Reception Dinner at the group’s headquarters on Thursday night.
As an outdoor fireplace roared and live music filled the air, a handful of political and community leaders mingled with chamber members and guests, with most conversations steered firmly away from anything political.
“It’s just an informal mixer of sorts,” said Janice Moore, president of the chamber. “With numerous open seats, we’ve had a most unusual election season this year and it was an opportunity to have all the elected officials in one place.”
Moore, who invited local election winners and incumbents, said only a handful of invitees attended the event due to other commitments.
As Jon Barnes played his trumpet softly, newly elected Mojave Water Agency board members Carl Coleman and Douglas Shumway enjoyed a few laughs as they looked over the dessert table.
“Sounds like people are happy that the elections are over,” said Scott Perkins, 21, owner of Design Fluxx, as he enjoyed his drink. “I must admit, I have been intrigued by Cody Gregg’s win on the Hesperia School Board. “We’re about the same age, and I would like to meet him and hear about his struggle to get to his position.”
“I’m looking for a good year with the Town Council, maybe we’ll get less bickering and a vision to move forward with quality growth,” said Bob Tinsley, a long time resident and community leader. “I think we have the leaders that will get that done for us.”
As the event came to a close, Town Manager Frank Robinson took a seat at the piano and played a tune with Barnes at his side.
“Now that’s a sweet tune,” said newly elected town council member Art Bishop. “That’s a great way to end an evening.”
Rene De La Cruz may be reached at (760) 951-6227 or at RDeLaCruz@VVDailyPress.com.