Around Town: One-party rule — or dictatorship

August 21, 2012

By Pat Orr

Last week, Senate Pro Tem Darrel Steinberg decided to order the regular cable television broadcast of Senate Hearings cut off just as public testimony on the four tax increase propositions was to begin. His excuse: “He didn’t want any of the comments or testimony to be used in political commercials by either side.” His authority to censor this public access — he speaks for the majority party and no one can overrule him.


Arrest Logs

August 21, 2012

All names listed are residents of Apple Valley, and all suspected crimes were committed in San Bernardino County unless otherwise stated, as reported by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

Aug. 15
James Martin was arrested on a narcotics charge.
Marc Aguirre was arrested on suspicion of assault and battery.
Felicia Nelson was arrested on a narcotics charge.
William Scott was arrested on unknown charges.
Nicholas Melendez was arrested on suspicion of theft.

AV struggles with golf course; Town subsidy is $606,460 this year

August 14, 2012

By Rene De La Cruz

A year after the town purchased the golf course, council members and residents are still divided on what the town should do with the historic course that once hosted celebrities from around the country.

“Wouldn’t it be great if an investor would build a new hotel and club house, and operate the golf course?” Councilman Scott Nassif said. “That’s how Apple Valley’s image was started over 60 years ago.”

Fate of Village District to be revealed Tuesday night

August 14, 2012

Coleman’s seat up also for discussion again


The Town Council Tuesday night will discover if Village property owners voted to renew the special Property Business Improvement District, or to end the association that was created five years ago to improve the historic area.

After Tuesday night’s scheduled public hearing, the council will take a recess while the town clerk will oversee the ballot tabulation. The PBID needs 50 percent “weighted yes votes” to continue the district for five more years.

Ranchos installs booster pumps to improve water supply reliability

August 14, 2012


Apple Valley Ranchos Water Company is installing a $915,000 booster pump station to enhance water system reliability, the company announced.

Booster pumps will allow water from large-capacity wells in the southwest of Ranchos’ system to be supplied into the higher pressure Main Pressure Zone, helping to delay costs of drilling new and replacement wells in that zone, according to a company press release.

Q & A with Thomas Kier: Satisfaction in writing

August 14, 2012

Thomas Kier has lived in Southern California his entire life, but he says don’t hold that against him.

Since he was very young, his family traveled and camped out a lot, as they had all summer free and relatives who lived in Florida. Kier’s parents taught him that a stranger was just a friend he hadn’t met yet, and while he believes people are more fearful of each other now than they used to be, he says he still thinks they are basically honest.


‘Concerts in the Courtyard’ start Sept. 6

August 14, 2012


The end of summer doesn’t mean the end of the entertainment season in Apple Valley.

The Town and Lewis Retail Centers are pleased to welcome back Concerts in The Courtyard at Apple Valley Commons. The series features acoustic rock, Top 40, oldies and classic rock from 6 to 8 p.m. at the northwest corner of Highway 18 and Dale Evans Parkway. Please bring chairs.

• Sept. 6: Jaye Sooter (acoustic rock)
• Sept. 13: 5th Dementia (rock)
• Sept. 20: Under Construction (Top 40)
• Sept. 27: Mojave Yacht Club (classic rock & oldies)

Hometown photos wanted for town calendar

August 14, 2012


Local amateur and professional photographers are invited to submit photos for the 2013 Apple Valley Community Calendar marking the town's 25th anniversary.

Entries showcasing the following themes are encouraged:

• What makes Apple Valley the best place to live
• Why do you love Apple Valley
• Your favorite Apple Valley Event
• Your favorite season in Apple Valley
• Apple Valley's healthy way of life
• Apple Valley's awesome animals
• Water conservation practices
• Apple Valley's green way of life


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