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The game is afoot — again

November 18, 2014

By Pat Orr
For the Apple Valley Review

Soon-to-be former 33rd Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, stopped in at the Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Governmental Affairs Meeting last week to say goodbye and discuss local issues.

Naturally, he was pressed about his future plans.

He acknowledged that several folks have come to him suggesting he consider running in the special election which Governor Sunspot will call, probably for March, to fill the State Senate seat vacated by Steve Knight who is moving up to Congress.

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Thank you, vets!

November 11, 2014
Pat Orr.

by PAT ORR
APPLE VALLEY REVIEW

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the fighting stopped marking the “unofficial” end of World War I. A year later President Woodrow Wilson declared Nov. 11 a day of national remembrance, aptly named “Armistice Day.”

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Which way will we go?

October 28, 2014
Pat Orr

By Pat Orr
For The Apple Valley Review

The election a week from today will set the course for our town for years to come. The current council has been a part of a valleywide cooperative effort to jointly market and attract new business.

The “love fest” with the leaders in Hesperia and Victorville is a far cry from the old days when we tried to outmaneuver each other and subtly promote ourselves while dismissing our neighbors as sub-par.

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Voters, do your homework

September 30, 2014
Pat Orr

Around Town

Voters, do your homework
by Pat Orr

Way back, before anyone filed to run for Town Council, I warned you to watch the future candidates to see who supported them and who gave them campaign donations.

Recently, there have been some unsettling revelations about candidate Richard Bunck’s background and belief system as described in a recent Daily Press article.

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Are we an incubator?

September 23, 2014
Pat Orr

by Pat Orr
For The Apple Valley Review

Families are leaving Southern California’s metropolitan hubs at a faster rate than ever before. Areas like Los Angeles have experienced a decline of 20 percent in those aged 5-14 years in the last 13 years, according to Joel Kotkin of Chapman University.

Where are they going? The Inland Empire.

Central L.A. lost about 87,000 youngsters while low-cost housing drove new residents to places like the Victor Valley, according to Kotkin.

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Aloha!

September 16, 2014
Pat Orr

By Pat Orr
For the Apple Valley Review

As you read this I am about two hours away from awakening on the island of Maui. So now you can be doubly envious that I get three more hours before dawn than you do in Apple Valley and I get to wake up in a cool place with the ocean lapping gently just steps away. Nah, nah, nah, nah!

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