Around Town: Local conservatives ‘circle the wagons’

PAT ORR
Apple Valley Review

There were many collective sighs of relief among the newly elected local council members and one congressman-elect at the Victor Valley Republican Club luncheon last week as they predicted a better future for local cities and each expressed a desire to “work together” as one voice to bring jobs and some level of prosperity back to the Victor Valley.

Congressman-elect Paul Cook said he was “excited by the challenge and eager to get to work in Washington.” He also revealed he believes the military is going to be a “soft target” for liberal budget cutting in the new Congress and he hoped to be on the Veterans Affairs Committee — chaired by Buck McKeon — to help stop any raid on veterans benefits or medical care. He also said he would “probably” locate his district office in Apple Valley and staff it with up to five people to serve the Victor Valley which he sees as the “core” of his constituency. As an Assemblyman who served a district mostly in Riverside County, he is acutely aware he has lots of local contacts and issues to get familiar with.

Re-elected Councilman Ryan McEachron and newly elected Jim Cox, both of Victorville, briefly discussed their desire to continue the turnaround in that city and increase jobs for residents.

Re-elected Mike Leonard and newcomer Eric Schmidt of Hesperia echoed those sentiments for their city as did new Town Councilmen Art Bishop and Larry Cusack from Apple Valley.

Each in his own way agreed that conservatives and the GOP have “lost ground” in San Bernardino County and it was more important than ever to stay focused and work together to complete important projects in the high desert and find ways to attract new businesses to our valley despite Sacramento’s continuing business unfriendly tax and regulation policies.

High Desert Corridor another Yucca Loma Bridge?
The Yucca Loma Bridge — which may be under construction by May 2013 — has been on the drawing board since the early ’80s. The High Desert Corridor, which will be a major highway linking Palmdale/Lancaster with the Victor Valley, has been in the “design phase” as long as I’ve been in the valley. If you would like an update on where this project stands, get yourself out to Stater Bros. Stadium in Adelanto on Friday at 6 p.m. A project update will be presented in the Mavericks Meeting Room. For more information, send an e-mail to hdc@metro.net. This project will — in some distant future — change the entire face of the Victor Valley.

I expect I’ll be viewing the ribbon cutting some day from my perch at Sunset Hills.

Feinstein forms advisory group
Twenty-five folks met last week with representatives from Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s office to discuss the formation of a Regional Advisory Group that would weigh in on issues affecting the high and low desert communities she serves. The group would meet six times a year to review and discuss impacts on the “desert region” of proposed environmental and business regulations.

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

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