Around Town: Weekend of destruction

By Pat Orr
APPLE VALLEY REVIEW

This is a weekend we all look forward to with anticipation. Superbowl? Nah — it’s time for “Shredfest.”

You’d like to throw away grandma’s old checks and tax forms but are too lazy to burn them in the fireplace or let the dog eat them. Well, this is for you. Beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, the Victor Valley Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) will take up to four banker boxes full of documents and shred them for free. They’re also accepting old televisions, computer equipment and electronics on site. You can even cash in those cans and bottles during the same trip if you want to buy hot dogs or pizza the next day to watch the big game (go ’Niners).

The MRF is off Stoddard Wells Road at 1700 Abbey Lane in Victorville. The town of Apple Valley is one of the sponsors of this event so go out and destroy some stuff for free.

The beauty of poo water
Recently, the Daily Press published a story about the approval of Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority’s (VVWRA) permits to build new wastewater plants in Apple Valley and Hesperia. What was unsaid in the article was the cool benefits that will accrue to Apple Valley taxpayers from this project.

First and foremost, all of our municipal grass will eventually be watered by low-cost recycled water. The less it costs to maintain and operate parks and the golf course, the more we have to spend on other programs like police and roads.

Secondly, new “water features” will be added to the golf course because the plan calls for more acreage devoted to lakes and ponds to get water back into the underground aquifer. A new lake and meandering stream will be added to the golf course — again, not at taxpayer expense — which will increase the value of surrounding properties and the golf course itself. So for all the doubters out there, in a few years we will have an enhanced golf course with a cheap water source — its own water rights intact — that could be an attractive asset to outside buyers. As the “A Team” guys used to say, “I love it when a plan comes together.”

The depressed elephant
I have a bad habit of reading political pundits who make too much sense and they depress me.

From the 1940s to the 1990s, California voters liked to split their vote and elect leaders of different parties to top spots in state government. We had our own built-in “checks and balances” by electing a Republican governor, a Democrat as assistant governor and a divided legislature. That has stopped and we now have straight ticket voting.

The only way to break up straight ticket voting — as evidenced by history — is to have a strong Republican candidate at the top running for governor. That hasn’t happened in a while and it isn’t likely to happen again anytime soon.

Without slighting Assemblyman Tim Donnelly’s intentions, most Dems are salivating at having him at the top of a GOP ticket in 2014 and feel that will allow them to take the almost all of the Congressional and legislative seats up in 2014.

Most of us “true believers” want a firebrand to get out there and shake people up to save our state.

The Democrats may just have a better feel for their well-paid, unemployed constituency and look forward to someone on our side whose rhetoric can burn down what little elephant habitat we have left in this state.

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

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