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You can make a day of it

June 30, 2015

By Pat Orr
For the Apple Valley Review

No one can complain there's nothing to do in town this weekend.

To get your day rolling on Saturday, take the kiddos down to the Aquatic Center at Civic Center Park and register for the barbecue and swim party. The fee includes the barbecued food.

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Why are we the best?

June 23, 2015

By Pat Orr
For the Apple Valley Review

Apple Valley consistently scores as the best place to live and work in the High Desert. We don’t have a big shopping mall or a Trader Joe’s or an easy path to the freeway which leads to all those places. So why then do people want to live and work here?

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Are there other motives behind the Ranchos takeover?

June 9, 2015

By Pat Orr
For the Apple Valley Review

There must be more reasons the Town is set on acquiring Apple Valley Ranchos Water Company than lowering rates.

In fact, we know rates will not go down under Town ownership, they will just go up less. Is that a reason to go through all this?

There are underlying issues not being discussed. It's much easier to “keep it simple stupid” for most of us who just want to see straightforward black and white issues. The problem is you need to look past the obvious.

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So, what really happened?

June 3, 2015

By Pat Orr
For the Apple Valley Review

Many of the pro-Apple Valley Ranchos folks want to sell the idea that the Town Council made the irreversible decision at last Tuesday night’s marathon Council session to move forward on their decision to acquire the water company.

According to Councilmember Scott Nassif, this is a long and multi-step process and at each step there will be public input.

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Cut regulations and improve incomes

May 26, 2015

By Pat Orr
For the Apple Valley Review

The liberals keep crying about California becoming a “service economy” filled with low-paying minimum-wage jobs. Their answer is to raise the minimum wage to a point where someone with no skills can enter the workforce and live comfortably. Got a family, a mortgage and car payments? No problem, your part-time job at Wendy’s should provide you with enough in salary and benefits to provide all that.

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Would he really?

May 20, 2015

By Pat Orr
For the Apple Valley Review

Last week’s piece about the Feinstein legislation prompted a call from San Bernardino County 1st District Supervisor Robert Lovingood to say that once he thought about the threat to have President Barry take unilateral action if the proposed legislation didn’t get passed, it just made no sense.

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Feinstein’s desert bill exposes divided interests

May 12, 2015

Apple Valley supports it, but County Supervisor Lovingood doesn't

By Pat Orr
Apple Valley Review

Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s staff has been “working” the High Desert communities for some time now to line up support for her newly revised California Desert Conservation and Recreation Act with some success. This is a follow-up and enhancement of the 1994 California Desert Preservation Act which Feinstein sponsored.

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Taxed enough already?

May 6, 2015

By Pat Orr
Apple Valley Review

Rather than attempt to reduce waste in programs we already have and refuse to extend benefits to millions more, our legislative brain trust is contemplating new ways to tax Californians. The ploy, which is often used successfully, is to dangle the prospect of reducing taxes in one area so we will vote in new taxes in another area. The truth is a tax, once levied, never goes away no matter what they tell us.

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Let’s try for information sharing

April 29, 2015

By Pat Orr
Apple Valley Review

At 6:30 p.m. today in the Town Conference Center, a “special” meeting/workshop will be held to discuss the possible financing options available to the town should they be successful in their efforts to take over Apple Valley Ranchos Water Company.

Even the phraseology can get political — is it a purchase or a seizure?

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