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Around Town: Now, for something totally different

December 16, 2014

By Pat Orr
Apple Valley Review

Last week I spent four days in Babylon by the Bay (San Francisco) to celebrate an anniversary and my entry-into-Medicare-birthday. Having spent my college years there during the late ’60s and early ’70s, I am well aware of the far-left leanings of the government and residents in this part of the state. After all our governor, assistant governor, state attorney general and at least one Senator all came out of local bay area politics to prominence.

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Around Town: 'There will be blood'

December 2, 2014

By Pat Orr
Apple Valley Review

This quote from a recent movie about the fight over oil rights in early California also appears to be an apt observation for what looms in the battle over water in Apple Valley. Because the water rate issue was a political hot button during the recent Town Council election, the rhetoric and intensity of the entire issue has just increased rather than died down.

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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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