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New elephant habitat opens Friday

By Pat Orr
Apple Valley Review

The Victor Valley Republican Club and San Bernardino Republican Party are hosting an open house Friday at their new High Desert Headquarters at 18838 Outer Highway 18, unit No. 6. There will be some snacks, candidates trying to reach in your pockets and a round of good old donkey bashing.

Come on down and help them pin the tail on the Democrat. You can also sign up to volunteer at the County Fair or help staff the headquarters during election season.

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Good news, bad news

By Pat Orr
Apple Valley Review

The good news: The Society of Actuaries has done the first update of mortality tables since 2000 and the new numbers show the average man who turns 65 this year is expected to live to 86.6 and women are expected to live to 88.8 years.

The bad news: The increased life span will add 7 percent to pension obligations which already total about $2 trillion nationwide.

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Questions, answers

By Pat Orr
Apple Valley Review

On April 2, the Town and Apple Valley Ranchos will co-sponsor an “information night” at the Conference Center from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The Apple Valley Police Activities League, several town departments and the water company will be on hand to just chat and discuss their services, programs and answer questions.

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Rant No. 412: Greed kills freedom

By Pat Orr
Apple Valley Review

I am really tired of greedy people or companies going after my pocket book “for my own good.” In no particular order, I want to complain bitterly about:

Water rates
If Ranchos Water Company is down 32 percent because they’ve convinced us to save water then they should cut their darn expenses by 32 percent to make up for lost revenue like every other business has to. Yes, I know they have no incentive to do this — I just dream about a reality where monopolies care about customers over profits.

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Density equals profits

By Pat Orr
Apple Valley Review

The recent issue in Victorville of increasing lot size and creating neighborhoods with more room and open space is purely about money. Five houses per acre means the developer makes more money per home because land costs are low.

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Way down the road

By Pat Orr
Apple Valley Review

Have you heard about the Planned Unit Development recently approved by the County Planning Commission for 4,000 lots just east of Apple Valley?

The Jess Ranch-type age restricted development is mega-years away from being fully realized but signals the future direction for the pattern of growth in our area. The complaints about no shopping or services by folks who live way out by Central and Joshua roads and all points east will seem like distant echoes when this area booms to serve the new residents drawn to that side of town.

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Good growth news

By Pat Orr
Apple Valley Review

Four-hundred new building permits are in the works for a section at Sun City/Jess Ranch. They won’t be built all at once, but new rules, regulations and higher fees are being enacted soon that make getting the permits through the system now rather than later less costly.

The ultimate point is that senior living communities are still a hot development prospect because of brisk sales.

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Ready, set, eat!

By Pat Orr
Apple Valley Review

The Apple Valley Golf Course restaurant is almost ready for prime time.

On Friday, they plan to hold a special introductory Valentine’s dinner from 4 to 9 p.m. They say “walk-ins are welcome” but I would give them a call because they already have significant reservations for that night.

Following the Valentine’s dinner, the restaurant plans to open every Friday and Saturday beginning Feb. 28 from 4 to 9 p.m. Once again we have another choice for dinner — at least two days a week.

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Smokey back rooms got ’er done

By Pat Orr
Apple Valley Review

I have a friend who is incensed that Republicans aren’t smart enough to sit together and choose one single candidate in each race to support. She is not happy that there are now four GOP’ers trying to win Tim Donnelly’s 33rd Assembly seat.

“They will just split the vote and allow some liberal to sneak in the top two and make it through to the general election in November,” she says.

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Have the time to help stop crime?

By Pat Orr
Apple Valley Review

The Winter Citizens Academy will be presented by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Apple Valley and Hesperia stations at our Town Conference Center from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 4 and 5. There is no charge.

While you won’t come out as a SWAT Team member, the evening will give the average citizens the “tools” to be the neighborhood eyes and ears of local law enforcement. Participants will cover a range of topics from how to recognize and report crimes or suspicious activity to a primer on gang graffiti.

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