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I have come to a decision regarding the Save Our Country (SOC) Meeting. I have decided to cancel any further meetings. There are too many conflicts with schedules etc. and my hearts in a different place right now, representing my community, in a different way, since my election to council in the Town of Apple Valley.
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Saturday, October 27, 2007

LOCAL DOCTOR LOSES LICENSE!

The Medical Board of California has revoked the license of Dr. C. Julian Omidi, a Los Angeles-based dermatologist who has offices in Apple Valley, citing a history of dishonesty and deception dating to his attendance at the University of California, Irvine.

Omidi is appealing the decision.

The decision had nothing to do with patient care or with Omidi's practice of medicine, but with information he provided on his application for a medical license, according to Medical Board documents.

"The entirety of the record shows that (Omidi) has a penchant for dishonesty, to bend his position and shade his statements to suit his needs, without consistent regard for the truth," according to the Medical Board's decision. "His misrepresentations and dishonesty … go to the core of his ability to practice his profession."

Omidi, who has been featured on the E! cable network show "Doctor 90210," is one of the founders of TopSurgeons, a dermatology and plastic surgery firm with offices in Palmdale, Valencia, Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Bakersfield and Apple Valley

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

BROWN TREES = BARK BEETLE

11PM


These beetles have consumed millions of trees in our beloved San Bernardino Mountains and contributed to the Slide and Grass Fires explosive burn.

Bark beetles are so-named because the best known species reproduce in the inner bark of trees.


Bark beetles often attack trees that are already weakened by disease, drought, smog, or physical damage.

Healthy trees may put up defenses by producing resin or latex, which may contain a number of insecticidal and fungicidal compounds that can kill or injure attacking insects, or simply immobilize and suffocate them with the sticky fluid.

Under outbreak conditions, the sheer number of beetles can however overwhelm the tree's defenses.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

YOU'RE OUR HERO'S


PHOTO BY TREVOR



HERO'S ONE AND ALL...THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

WE'RE MOVING NOW...SIX MILES IN 30 MINUTES!


Can we repair this congestion?

By Barb Stanton

If you’ve lived in the Victor Valley for more than a week and you drive a vehicle you must have noticed the continuous traffic jams...sunrise to sunset. Have you asked yourself, “where do they all come from?” Of course you have and so have the rest of us...

Elizabeth Foster began the commute from her home in Apple Valley to Ontario more than a dozen years ago. “The six mile drive takes me about 25 - 30 minutes now,” she stated, explaining that Bear Valley Road is backed up signal to signal most mornings. “It’s signal to signal heading west on Bear Valley Road, the closer you get to the freeway the worse it gets” she says.

Foster went on to say that she must allow more time for her commute, “In the event that there is an accident, which happens frequently, my time traveling has increased substantially. Three years ago it was a 45 to 50 minute drive, if there were no accidents, today under the same conditions the journey takes approximately 1 ½ hours, and I am getting tired.”

Foster recalled the nightmare trip approximately three years ago when more than 100 vehicles collided during a heavy fog in the Cajon Pass that shut down the freeway for more than three hours and she counts herself lucky that the road was cleared so quickly.

Sound familiar? How many cold dinners have you eaten or how many events have you missed involving your children? Traffic doesn’t just take our time...it takes away our time with our family and it takes away our patience...road rage comes to mind.

Foster says that she is experiencing reckless and rude drivers more often now and tries to steer clear. “Some tailgate and that scares me. I see people weaving in and out of traffic. But I am most concerned with drivers that don’t stop for a red light. I have counted as many as five cars going through an intersection as the light is turning yellow.”

Another interesting comment Foster made was that she does her shopping down the hill. “I hope to avoid the congestion so I do all my shopping before making the commute back to Apple Valley.” She starts her drive to the High Desert later and hopefully misses some of the traffic...

Traffic relief doesn’t appear to be on the horizon for commuters and this is the most troublesome aspect of living in the High Desert.

Gasoline continues to climb and currently is over $3 per gallon for regular and most stations are about $3.25 for premium. With the cost of fuel and the horrible traffic situation not only are we wasting gas and time but the pollution factor is starting to catch up with High Desert communities.

Where are the new major thoroughfares? Thousand’s of homes have been built in the area in the past three years and no major arterial’s have materialized with the exception of the 15/Main Street Interchange in Hesperia.

The 15/ Main Street Interchange replaced the two-lane bridge with a six-lane bridge, modified existing freeway ramps, added two new ramps, added traffic signals and realigned the Mariposa frontage road.

This project was funded jointly by SANBAG, the City of Hesperia and Caltrans, with Caltrans serving as the lead agency. The total construction cost was $9.5 million according to SANBAG reports.

Mayor Pro Tem, Mike Leonard says, “In Hesperia road and infrastructure improvements have been of the highest priority to residents, staff and the City Council. We have been able to improve some of our major thoroughfares and minor arterial’s, reduce flooding of city streets and widen our Interstate15 at Main St.”

Citizens wonder when Ranchero Rd. Underpass in Hesperia - Yucca Loma Bridge in Apple Valley - or the Beltway system through the Victor Valley will begin - where are they? Will they ever be built?

San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) is the council of governments and transportation planning agency for San Bernardino County that oversees the distribution of Measure I funds and projects.

Measure I - a ½ cent sales tax - was originally adopted in 1989 and was overwhelmingly approved again in 2004 by San Bernardino County voters. The voters approved the extension of the Measure I sales tax, with 80.03% voting to extend the tax. The tax would have expired in 2010.

Of the Measure I funds generated in the High Desert, 65% of the revenue is returned to us for regional road improvement projects, 30% is returned to us for local road projects and 5% is designated for mountain and desert bus transit operators.

Local Councils make the decisions about the expenditure of Measure I funds using a five-year plan.

The current representative from each High Desert town or city is as follows: Hesperia Mayor Pro Tem, Mike Leonard - Apple Valley Mayor, Rick Rolle - Victorville Councilman, Mike Rothschild and Adelanto Mayor, Jim Nehmens they represent their communities along with APPOINTED San Bernardino County Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt. The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors makes decisions about Measure I fund expenditures within the unincorporated area of the county.

So, what are the priorities you ask...

SANBAG serves as the lead agency for many construction projects, it also provides funding support for projects overseen by other agencies. According to reports dated July 2007, all but one of the projects is in the High Desert and has the financial support that has enabled the following projects to move forward on an accelerated schedule.

SANBAG Supported Projects

• Interstate 15 La Mesa/Nisqualli Interchange
• Interstate 15 at Eucalyptus Avenue in Hesperia and Victorville
• High Desert Corridor
• US-395 realignment - Environmental Impact Report

Notice that the Ranchero Road Underpass in Hesperia is NOT mentioned and the Yucca Loma Bridge in Apple Valley is missing also.

Although, Hesperia City Manager Mike Podegracz addressed the City Council this month and indicated that the deadline to receive comment from Caltrans on the SEQUA (environmental study) for the Ranchero Road project would be a major milestone to get done and asked the Council to keep their fingers crossed. The next step would be for Hesperia to submit the project for a federal review. Ranchero Road Underpass in Hesperia has been eagerly anticipated by citizens for years.

In Victorville citizens began noticing the LaMesa/Nisqualli road construction project when the city began widening Nisqualli Road several months ago. Although the project began in 2002 with the preparation of the environmental reports. It took approximately three years for those to be completed. SANBAG authorized a Regional Improvement Program and funded the project with the City of Victorville, serving as the lead agency.

Victorville deemed Nisqualli a dedicated truck route much to the consternation of residents living on Nisqualli Rd. Using asphalt that is mixed with a rubberized compound is expected to last longer and cut down on the noise, according to city engineers, who addressed the concerns from citizens who where not aware the roadway would become a major truck route.

The new interchange at Interstate 15 and La Mesa/ Nisqualli Roads is sandwiched 1.2 miles north of Bear Valley Road and 1.7 miles south of Palmdale Road in Victorville. This is thought to provide a much-needed alternative to Bear Valley Road. (Lets hope) The cost is estimated at $32 million.

The Eucalyptus Interchange began with a Project Study Report in May 2002 to examine the feasibility of an interchange with the 15 at Eucalyptus and WAS scheduled to be completed in early 2005... Eucalyptus Street runs east/west and ends at a T-intersection at Boxwood Avenue/Topaz Avenue. No over/under-crossing or interchanges with I-15 exist in this location.
The project would connect Eucalyptus Street in Hesperia to Christa Way in Victorville by building a bridge over I-15.

In Apple Valley the Yucca Loma Bridge has been talked about for more than 15 years. The cost has risen to more than $70 million and officials have concluded that they cannot raise the funds alone. Apple Valley has adopted a plan to form a partnership with the other cities in the Victor Valley to open more east-west routes across the freeway and the river.

Officials in Victorville are showing no sympathy towards their neighbor. Mayor Terry Caldwell stated that he, “doesn’t think the people of Spring Valley Lake are interested in a bridge through their community, “ when he was a guest on the Barb Stanton Show earlier this year.

Apple Valley rammed through the Falcion Road Project in record time. The town extended and paved Apple Valley Road, north of Hwy 18, where Falcion Road connects and travels west to the I-15 just north of the former Peggy Sue’s restaurant. This my friends is too accommodate the industrial growth coming to the area, much like Nisqualli road is accommodating the industrial traffic. Fun....Oh yeah!

News this week about The High Desert Corridor-State Route 18 is that agencies and the public are being notified that an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be prepared. The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), along with the City of Victorville will prepare an EIS on the proposal to construct a portion of the High Desert Corridor.

The proposed project would involve construction of a freeway/expressway to realign SR18 on a new alignment from US 395 in the City of Adelanto to SR18 near the Town of Apple Valley for a distance of approximately 21 miles.

The purpose of the project is to maximize accessibility to major economic generators such as the Southern California Logistics Airport and the industrial park surrounding Apple Valley airport, improve mobility for interregional travel and truck/goods movement by providing freeway/expressway connectivity between regional routes US 395, I-15, and SR18.

Improvements to the corridor are considered necessary to alleviate the projected traffic demand for the increasing population growth in the area. Another goal of the project is to maintain consistency with the overall development of the High Desert Corridor and the future Victor Valley Beltway.

There are a couple of alternatives but the #1 option known as the north alignment, would construct the High Desert Corridor as a multi-lane freeway/expressway on new alignment from US 395 to continue east between the Southern California Logistics Airport and the PROPOSED NEW FEDERAL PRISON in Victorville.

The new alignment would cross the Mojave River and the BNSF mainline, intersect I-15 north of the Stoddard Wells Road Interchange, travel east through the industrial section of the Town of Apple Valley, then turn south to meet existing SR18. In addition, at least 6 interchanges, 8 bridge/under crossing structures, 5 grade intersections, and at least 300 ft. of right of way are proposed for this.

WOW...seems to me the little people have been forgotten in the equation . Great that the trucks can get from Foxborough Industrial Center to the freeway and fabulous that the High Desert Corridor helps all the cargo arrive in a timely fashion from Los Angeles/Long Beach ports.
Wonderful that Falcion Road in Apple Valley is (as I have stated before) part of the back door to SCLA ....

The new roads we are getting, with the exception of the much needed Ranchero Road Underpass, well, they are for moving cargo and that means trucks, lots of them and trains, more than you can imagine. No Metro Link Train for us. Our children will suffer due to poor air quality. I only wonder will there really be jobs for the locals? Good paying jobs?

Poor Elizabeth and all the other citizens who have pleaded for wider roads, more roads, roads with an area to pull off safely should your vehicle break down...but heck...we just pay that ½ cent sales tax and our time apparently is not valuable at all....and more importantly we really didn’t have a voice in this anyway...cause nobody’s listening.

And how about that proposed Federal Prison in Victorville...hold on...it’s coming.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

DON'T BE A DRIP...WATER IS A PROBLEM IN THE HIGH DESERT


By Barb Stanton


According to Victorville City Councilman, Mike Rothschild, “Water will never be a problem in Southern California and nuclear power will be our salvation.”


A San Bernardino newspaper recently printed a letter to the editor from Rothschild that went on to say, “The cost per acre foot of aqueduct water that has been purified is $400. The Cost of desalinating ocean water today is approximately $800 - $1,500 per acre foot, with lower cost through technology in the immediate future.”

This sounds reassuring and comforting in the face of all other facts...makes me wonder where Rothschild thinks the water is coming from....does Rothschild know something he is not telling the High Desert? Maybe he should contact Senator George Runner, or Assemblyman Anthony Adams or hey, contact Governor Schwartzenegger and let him know. Surly the Governor will be interested, after all the Governor just called a special session in Sacramento to address the water crisis in this state. The Governor says we need to pass a $9 billion bond to ensure water delivery throughout the state.

The Mojave basin is currently in a state of overdraft...Rothschild knows this, so understanding his statement is difficult.

Rothschild stated in his letter, “Remember, Los Angeles takes more than 2 million acre feet of water a year from the aqueduct.”

“Crisis points force new strategies with new solutions...Nuclear power will be our salvation,” Rothschild concluded.

Are some Victorville officials trying to avert a ‘scare’ that might persuade people not to move to the High Desert?

Another Victorville Councilman, Bob Hunter, has repeatedly expounded the importance of conserving by using reclaimed water. The ‘purple pipe’ system would deliver secondary water to various locations such as golf courses, parks and ultimately to our homes where we would use reclaimed water on our own lawns and scrubs. Hunter has repeatedly discussed the need to conserve.

Mayor Terry Caldwell discussed his approval of nuclear power on the Barb Stanton Show recently and stated that, “nuclear power is the power of the future for the High Desert.” Caldwell stated that he was not concerned with the water situation in the High Desert, sounding much like Councilman Rothschild’s letter to the editor. Hummm...both the Mayor and the Councilman have the same message and believe we are not in a crisis.

Let’s examine the facts.

The Mojave Water Agency (MWA) was founded July 21, 1960, due to concerns over declining groundwater levels. The Agency was created for the explicit purpose of doing any and every act necessary, so that sufficient water may be available for any present or future beneficial use of the lands and inhabitants within the Agency's jurisdiction.

In October 1993, the Mojave Water Agency was appointed Watermaster by the Riverside County Superior Court which set forth a groundwater allocation system for the Mojave Basin.

The Watermaster's main responsibilities are to monitor and verify water use, collect assessments, conduct studies and prepare an annual report of its findings and activities to the Court as outlined in the Judgment. Additionally, the Watermaster acts as the clearinghouse for recording water transfers and reports changes in ownership of Base Annual Production rights to the Court.

The MWA's boundaries encompasses approximately 4,900 square miles of the High Desert in San Bernardino County. As a state water contractor, MWA is entitled to receive an annual allotment of 75,800 acre feet of water from the State Water Project via the California Aqueduct. This facility extends south from the Sacramento Delta and runs locally through the communities of Baldy Mesa and Hesperia.

According to recent studies local aquifers have been in overdraft since the early 1950's.
For the past four decades, residents have been using more water than is replaced naturally.

The Agency's essential mission was strongly reaffirmed with the conclusion of the Mojave River Adjudication. The Court's ruling notes that the Agency area continues to be in severe overdraft. The Court ordered the Agency to seek sources of water, including supplemental water, and to deliver that water in the most effective fashion to ensure the quality of life within its boundaries.

Now that we know we have been in overdraft for many decades, may I remind all of you that this was before the explosion of growth the High Desert has experienced in the past three years. In addition, let us not forget the ‘industry’ factor that is coming and will need more water than we can reasonably understand. Water for power plants....industry...people...mining...farming.

Southern California Logistics Airport (SCLA) along with Adelanto - the Gateway to SCLA, and Apple Valley North, the Backdoor to SCLA are primed for this growth along with Barstow and points north and it will all take water - a lot of water.

MWA Spokesman, Michael Stevens recently indicated the agency’s concern over the possibility of an impending water crisis and the impact the San Joaquin Delta delivery system would have on the High Desert and virtually all of California.

So how does Councilman Rothschild determine that the High Desert is not experiencing a water crisis?

Last week in Los Angeles county supervisors agreed with a report saying the county Waterworks District 40 and the Antelope Valley-East Kern Water Agency cannot guarantee enough water for a large housing development in West Lancaster - a tract with 640 homes. Officials say until the water supply is not in question they could not go forward.

Orange County has a “Save 20 a Day” program, which encourages cutting back and saving at least 20 gallons of water a day. They give many ways to conserve, such as: Turn off the water when you brush your teeth and save two gallons of water a day.

Santa Clara Valley and San Jose Water Districts are considering a system much like the one used in Orange County to reclaim drinking water. After treatment, water is essentially distilled water. It can be then pumped back into the water table and streams.

The same water districts are studying a proposal to treat sewage water to levels as clean as drinking water, so it could potentially be blended into streams and aquifers to expand drinking water supplies. Approval is still years away.

On September 18, 2007 Governor Schwartzenegger announced a $9 billion comprehensive water infrastructure proposal to introduce in the legislative special session the he has called in response to California’s water crisis.

“Our water crisis has gotten worse with the dry conditions and the recent federal court action that is going to have a devastating impact on the state’s economy and the 25 million Californians who depend on Delta water. We need a comprehensive fix. That is why we are introducing two bills to solve California’s water crisis in both the short and long-term. I look forward to working and negotiating with my partners in the Legislature so we can approve a comprehensive upgrade to California’s water infrastructure,” said Governor Arnold Schwartzenegger.

This is an overview of the Governor’s $9 billion proposal:

• $600 million from Propositions 50, 84 and 1E to immediately relieve pressure on the Delta environment.
• $5.6 billion in above and below ground water storage.
$5.1 billion in surface storage
$500 million in groundwater storage
• $1.9 billion for Delta Restoration and water supply reliability.
$1.4 billion for habitat restoration
$500 million fin early actions to address environmental concerns in the Delta
• $1 billion in grants for conservation and regional water projects
• $500 million in grants for specified watersheds throughout the state, including the San Joaquin River, Klammath River, Los Angeles River and others.

Inaction has a high price.

The biggest challenge for California water resources management remains making sure that water is in the right places at the right time.

Mitigating these effects by using surface storage in particular provides significant flexibility so that water managers can get supplies to water-short locations when needed.

The MWA says that the High Desert’s local water supply has been running a deficit for years. More water is being pumped out of the ground than is naturally replenished, a pattern that will have negative consequences to our quality of life if we don’t address it.
To help balance the High Desert’s water “budget,” MWA’s Regional Water Management Plan calls for a reduction in the water consumption by 10% in the Mojave River Basin and 5 % in the Morongo Basin by the year 2020.

Are reduction expectations in water consumption by 10% reasonable?

Can we grow and still cut back? Too many reports and some are not clear. How can we cut back and grow at the same time? Does MWA mean that we expect to use more water but expect all user’s to cut back 10% so that in the end...we use more...while we conserve more?

Remember, we can have all the coupons that say we get water from the Aqueduct...but if there’s no water in the Aqueduct then our coupons are worthless.

Back in 2000 the High Desert Power Project was granted certification. This electricity producing plant was a long and difficult two and a half years before the High Desert finally received an Energy commission license. The location - the former George Air Force Base - SCLA. This project was backed by local politicians, including the Mayor of Victorville.

The project’s water supply was always difficult to pin down, but sources included the Victor Valley Water District, City of Victorville, the Mojave water Agency, and the State Water Project.

Water supply was the dominant contested issue in the High Desert. On one hand, it was unclear if the water required by the High Desert would actually be available to the project. On the other hand, project opponents contended that the High Desert could monopolize the local water supply to the detriment of other water users.

As the Watermaster the MWA is the primary agency responsible for meeting the needs of the High Desert. MWA has depended upon imports delivered by the State Water Project, operated by the Department of Water Resources (DWR) continuously pumping Northern California water to the area. The MWA had to buy this water from DWR, which it failed to do in 1999 due to financial limitations. Not encouraging.

Victorville, however had its own water district ally, (at the time), the Victor Valley Water District (VVWD). The city teamed with the VVWD and promised to supply the power plant with water through contractual arrangements to be made with both the MWA and the State Water Project.

Now it’s time for Barstow to step in. The City of Barstow began an ongoing, lengthy, and continuous litigation in which plaintiffs brought suit against the MWA, seeking to obtain judicial control over the area’s water supplies in order to protect the rights of existing users. This litigation let to both a settlement among certain parties and an appeal to the California Supreme court by dissenters.

The Energy commission attempted to grapple with the complexities of the settlement and various related court decisions, but chose not to wait for final Supreme Court actions before licensing the High Desert project.

Ultimately, the Energy Commission staff, the MWA, the City of Victorville, and the Victor Valley Water District, with added support form California Fish and Game, managed to convince the committee and the energy commission that the proposed water supply scheme for the High Desert could work.

Victorville committed themselves to making sufficient purchases from the State Water Project, including banking water in good years, to avoid adverse impacts to the groundwater supply in drier years when it would pump out more water than was received. In other words High Desert would be “water neutral” and not contribute to any further groundwater decline.

The 830 MW power plant became operational ahead of schedule, in April, 2003, utilizing water cooling.

Now in 2007, with more water being extracted than at any time in High Desert history, a drought that is affecting the state and the court decision regarding the delta smelt that is forcing a solution to problems in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and with aging and deteriorating levees the timing could not be worse. An aging water delivery system and a population explosion that is expected to reach 50 million people by 2032 and 60 million by 2050 in California raise challenges for California’s water delivery system.

Victorville has taken over Baldy Mesa Water District and Victor Valley Water District in an attempt to quench their thirst...and it’s not enough...they want more...much more.

Victorville is planning a ‘superwell’ project that is intended to remove water from the Aquifer and take it to Adelanto and then to SCLA for manufacturing.

The City of Hesperia paid $1 million for water from the Aqueduct this year with the expectation that the water would be placed on the surface and ‘percolate’ to the Aquifer

Hesperia resident Al Vogler, addressed the Hesperia City Council recently, during a presentation by Kirby Brill, MWA General Manager who discussed The Regional Recharge and Recovery Program which is expected to begin in 2009.

“You’re taking high-quality water from approximately 21 wells and you are going to send it across Hesperia to Adelanto and SCLA. Our residents will not be satisfied with drinking inferior water,” Vogler stated.

Hesperia Mayor, Rita Vogler asked Brill, “What quality are we settling for?”

Brill went on to explain that the water from the Aqueduct would be placed on the ground in Hesperia because it’s a recharge zone where the ground starts to open up and the water would percolate into the ground easily. Brill also stated that he would be surprised if anyone could taste the difference in the water quality.

Brill, said recently, “If this court decision stands it could ultimately affect our lifestyles in the High Desert.” Brill was referring to the pumping plant at the Delta and the recent court ruling that shut down the pumps at the San Joaquin Delta and began saving the Smelt, a small fish that has shown a tremendous decline due to the pumping procedures. The Smelt has declined by the millions. The impact on the food chain has begun desiccating the fishing off the coast of California.

Because local water agencies will have to rely on contingency or emergency sources of water to lessen direct impacts to their customers, they will be dipping into reserves that are already at dangerously low levels. However, by doing so, they will exhaust or significantly limit supplies that would be needed for a drought or major catastrophe, such as an earthquake or major flood.

Nuclear power and earthquakes - that is just plain scary.

The 2006-2007 winter was a dry one for the state. The Sierra snowpack was the lowest in nearly 20 years, while southern California logged its driest year on record. The Colorado River Basin, a key source of water for southern California, has experienced below average runoff for six of the last seven years.

With water supply cutbacks and the largest court-ordered reduction in California history I only wonder what Councilman Rothschild’s intent was when he said, “Water will never be a problem in Southern California”. Just maybe with outrageous statements like this...he is an out of touch and maybe out of his mind legislature.

Rather than your letter to the editor with short statements but no information on where the water is - just tell us Councilman Rothschild...what do you know that the rest of us don’t? Call the Governor, he could use the help.

Voluntary water conservation...do it!

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

ALL ROADS LEAD TO CHINA



By Barb Stanton

Residents are sensing a change in the High Desert. Subtle, slow, almost silent, a difference that folks are beginning to see. Little things... the local bank merger...politicians numerous trips to China...the transformation of Southern California Logistics Base, (the former George Air Force Base in Victorville) and the City of Barstow’s measure that will bring hundreds of Chinese-owned businesses to the Barstow Outlet Center and surrounding area.

International trade tripled between 2004 - 2005. In 2005 there were 2.4 million tons of trade merchandise shipped into Los Angeles and Long Beach ports with San Bernardino as their destination. The majority of the imports are from Asian countries with China shipping over 50%. More than 46,000 trade-related jobs were created and that accounts for $1.6 billion in income in San Bernardino County.

In 2005 the Barstow Planning Commission approved a measure that could help add new life to the Barstow Factory Outlets and the area east of I-15. In the near future this would mean that hundred’s of businesses from China are expected to be operating, according to a report prepared by Scott Priester, Director of Barstow City Planning. “In the near future from 200 to 500 business from central China would set up shop in about 200,000 square feet of unoccupied store space at the Barstow Outlet Center and adjoining area,” the report states.

The products on sale could include electronics, clothing, furniture, jewelry, toys and a range of other items. China Factory Direct Inc., received an approval from Barstow for 100 Chinese retail manufacturers to open stores in 80,000 square feet of space at the Barstow Factory Outlet Mall. The deal allows the retailers to sell wholesale and retail goods.

The Planning commission measure that allows these business to operate on a wholesale basis, will require that all warehouse space be kept off-site. Currently, this would mean that the businesses would ship their wholesale inventory directly from China. The Chinese businesses have a similar, but a much larger building in China that accommodates approximately 50,000 booths.

The Barstow Outlet Malls have been know n for numerous designer stores. Polo, Ralph Lauren, Gap, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, and Coach to name a few.

Let’s not forget the Tanger Outlet Mall which has an additional 20 stores and has housed some of the biggest names including Liz Claiborne, Reebok, Van Heusen, Mikasa, and Samsonite Luggage. Shoppers can purchase famous designer brands of first-quality merchandise at direct-from-manufacturer prices.

In November 2005, Governor Schwarzenegger’s office organized a trip to China. At the time Victorville Councilman Mike Rothschild, then Mayor, said of the trip, “This is what companies are waiting for and I have no problem predicting that in two years companies will be signing contracts to come on board with us.”

Victorville’s current Mayor, Terry Caldwell explained, “Our primary focus is Pacific rim countries to bring their air cargo here.”

In November 2006 San Bernardino County Supervisor’s again played an integral part in directing and assisting with the globalization of San Bernardino County and the High Desert in particular. Just last November a contingency visited China. San Bernardino County officials which included Supervisor Josie Gonzales and Supervisor Gary Ovitt and 22 representatives of area businesses spent an eight-days visiting the Chinese cities of Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong.

San Bernardino County Supervisor, Chairman and Assessor-elect Bill Postmus also attended. According to Postmus financial disclosure forms his trip was sponsored by Housing Action Resource Trust.

Reports indicate that more than 100 meetings were scheduled with government and business officials with various members of the delegation and it was reported that many millions of dollars in contracts were obtained.

Rancho Cucamonga-based company, Rhino Machine and Engineering, said the trip had introduced the company to a plastic mold manufacturer that had been unable to access the U.S. market because it needed a company in America who could repair their products should the need arise. This contract could be worth about $1 million a year to Rhino Machine and Engineering.

San Bernardino County Supervisors were so pleased with the prospect of global trade they have discussed the intention of placing a representative over there who would be very familiar with San Bernardino County issues and speak their language. Thus establishing a permanent trade office in Hong Kong. Once the deals are signed the county could look into hiring a permanent trade representative in China, both for business matchmaking and to encourage Chinese investment in San Bernardino County.

“Business doesn’t occur in China without government involvement, said San Bernardino County Economic Director, Brian McGowan. “Government intervention is the only way business gets done in China. “It just doesn’t happen unless there’s government involvement,” according to McGowan. San Bernardino County officials, went on to say that having the county delegation and the mixture of business and supervisors proved an ideal setting for striking deals in a state-run economy.

“What it really did is lay the groundwork for a comprehensive international trade program from here on out,” McGowan said after the 2006 trip.

Challenges and Opportunities of globalization and the increasing interdependence of the global economy combined with the rise of Asia, especially China and India as major economic powers is a defining feature of the 21st century.

October 2007. A China Trade Mission to Hong Kong, Suzhou and Shanghai prepares to embark on a 9-day commercial mission this week. The trip is touted as being dedicated to advancing commercial relations with Chinese entrepreneurs, governments and multi-national corporations. A wide variety of industries and companies from agriculture, machinery, manufacturing, real estate and construction, tourism, education and financial services are invited to participate in this trip.

San Bernardino County has now hired a consultant in Shenzhen. Ontario also has a consultant in Shenzhen, who has been operating there for several months. Ontario Supervisor Gary Ovitt has lead four trips to China with a number of local firms prior to this trip.

Why China? San Bernardino County says: China’s $1.2 trillion economy is currently growing at 8 percent yearly. In 2003, China moved past Mexico to become American’s second largest trading partner. With its 1.3 billion inhabitants, China has huge potential, low labor costs, and a market that is now open more than ever before to foreign investment and trade. Since China joined the WTO in 2001, the world’s most populous nation has become the fastest growing U.S. export market.

The trade mission allows for customized business meetings with pre-screened partners and meeting’s with China Government Representatives.

Most recent business reports indicate that United Plastics began operating a 50,000 square-foot plastic extrusion factory in Barstow. The factory will manufacture plastic eating utensils and foam containers. The $6 million factory will produce 45 new jobs.

Chinese companies are setting up shop in the Inland Empire in the wake of a Chinese government program that helps corporations establish overseas operations. Despite the challenges, more than 300 companies have located in the Los Angeles /San Bernardino County areas over the past five years. More are coming.

The number of Chinese companies setting up shop in the High Desert. is increasing as the result of the incentive program created by the Chinese Government two years ago and coupled with San Bernardino County and Barstow’s easing of the rules and incentives.

Southern California Logistics Airport, (SCLA) the figure head for all import export is the central component to this plan. SCLA has 5,000 acres that are master-planned for industrial and office park developments. Warehousing and distribution, the life-blood of SCLA. Officials predict employment at the airport will rise to 15,000 over the next decade.

Southern California Logistics Airport is designated as a U.S. Customs Port of Entry. The 2,600-acre General Purpose Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ 243) offers importers and exporters the benefit of being able to defer, reduce or eliminate duties while storing or transporting eligible products at SCLA. This would include companies within a sixty mile radius from the airport.

Economic incentives include: tax assistance from the State of California for employee training and equipment purchases; San Bernardino county Incentives, including tax-exempt bonds; Local tax-exempt bond financing; City tax credits for hiring and equipment; 2,600 acre Foreign Trade Zone no. 243.

The Victorville City Council acts as the Airport and Rail Complex Authority.

Some of the tenants at SCLA are: The Boeing Company; General Electric; ConAgra Foods; Nutro Products, Inc.; Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company; M&M /Mars; U.S. Customs; High Desert Power Project; California Highway Patrol; Mercy Air Services; Pratt & Whitney and Southern California Aviation Services.

The proposed rail complex at at SCLA is 3,500 acres and that makes it one of the largest intermodels in the nation. This will increase trade to, and around the airport. The globalization of the victor valley is in progress...full speed ahead...

Oh, another advantage for manufacturing is the comparatively low air-quality standard of the Mohave Desert Air Quality Management District. This my friends...makes it a perfect location for large-scale heavy-industrial operations.

Ah...progress

AMERICA WILL ALWAYS STAND

We're taking Back America - Notice is served

The Mojave Cross has been torn down again!

As expected, the Mojave National Preserve employees removed the cross erected the day prior. The seven foot cross made of PVC pipe was erected as a War Memorial on Monday, May 31, 2010 during a celebration of Memorial Day and the Mojave Cross. At noon today a call came from the site that the cross has been removed again!

Most of the small wooden crosses inscribed with the name of a fallen American hero were wedged into crevices of the rock and are still there today.

REMEMBER AND HONOR

Taliban Video of Captive Soldier Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl - Family Pleads for His Release

The family of Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl speaks out. Bergdahl was captured in eastern Afghanistan in June and his location is undetermined. The family is pleading for the release of their son, and urging him to "stay strong." Lt. Col. Tim Marsano of the Idaho National Guard issued a statement Friday from the family of Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl, a U.S. airborne infantryman who was taken by the Afghan Taliban in Paktika province. In their statement, the family is urging the captors "to let our only son come home." And to their son, the family says, "We love you and we believe in you. Stay strong." Bergdahl, is the only known American serviceman in captivity. Marsano met with the family Friday morning at their home outside Hailey, Idaho.

U.S. Soldier Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl

U.S. Soldier Pfc. Bowe  Bergdahl
Bergdahl captured by the Taliban and held hostage since June

KISS YOUR ASSETS GOODBYE CALIFORNIA

KISS YOUR ASSETS GOODBYE CALIFORNIA
NEVADA PLAYS HAND

KISS YOUR ASSETS GOODBYE!

KISS YOUR ASSETS GOODBYE!
The Nevada Development Authority released this flier today as part of a campaign to attract California businesses to Las Vegas.

WE THE PEOPLE

I'M NOT A DOCTOR EITHER MR. PRESIDENT

SUPERVISOR PAUL BIANE SAYS...UMMMMMMM

Governor makes 'Stand For California' pitch - says "No Tax Hikes"

VERY INTERESTING! CAN WE TRUST GONZALES JUDGEMENT?

VERY INTERESTING!  CAN WE TRUST GONZALES JUDGEMENT?
GONZALES CONSTANTLY FAILS TO DETECT CORRUPTION!

INTERESTING FROM HIGHLAND COMMUNITY NEWS

Newspapers, public must take more responsibility for election of public officials

By Charles Roberts, Editor, Highland Community News



“They didn’t become scalawags the day they were elected,” said San Bernardino County Supervisor Josie Gonzales as she addressed the Democratic Luncheon Club Friday.

Speaking of elected officials, she advised, “Look at how they treat their families, their neighbors.”

She said questionable candidates should be culled out well before the election, and blamed the electorate for putting crooks into office.

“You are the beneficiaries of bad government,” she said. “And you are the beneficiaries of good government.”

She also took a swipe at County Supervisor Neil Derry for his choice of staff members, but added that supervisors have control over staff member choices, and her job is to work with everyone to get things done for the good of her constituents.

“I will work with anyone to deliver the services you need,” she said.

It’s worked well for her. She is now in the sixth month of her second term, and “so far, everything I put forward has been accepted.”

Noting that District Attorney Michael Ramos has not completed the investigation of former Assessor Bill Postmus, Gonzales said she asked Ramos point blank if he (Ramos) had been involved in anything illegal or extramarital, and he assured her he had not.

She urged him not to defraud and “do not bend to pressure.

She said she has continued to support Ramos, and still does until she is proved wrong in her trust.

She had high praise for County Administrative Officer Mark Uffer (“a good man, says it like it is”) and economic consultant John Husing (“honest, straight shooter”).

On the subject of the Grand Jury, she said one year is too short a term for members, and they should be given more power.

On campaign contributions, she said she works to be transparent, and criticized shadow committees that operate just inside the boundaries of the law and take little or no responsibility for questionable mailers and other mudslinging activities, and urged better investigation of political activities.

“There was a time when newspapers did that, but they have fallen by the wayside,” she observed. “Where are the reporters who have the tools and the right (to investigate)?”

Still, she sees no need for an ethics commission, calling it “baby sitting in disguise.”

While agreeing that ethics should be taught in school, she said adults should know what is right and wrong and do what is right.

From FlashReport

IT'S NOT ABOUT YOU, ANTHONY ADAMS

Jon Coupal, President, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

June 15, 2009

[Publisher's Note: As part of an ongoing effort to bring original, thoughtful commentary to you here at the FlashReport, I am pleased to present this column from Jon Coupal. Coupal is the President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association - Flash]

If you are new to the FlashReport, please check out the main site and the acclaimed FlashReport Weblog on California politics.

A great line from Carly Simon’s You’re So Vain is “you probably think this song is about you.” Well, if you are reading this, Anthony Adams, rest assured that this column is not about you. It is about reasonable taxpayer expectations.

Some brief history: Anthony Adams is the Assemblyman who represents parts of Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties who, along with two others in the Assembly, broke ranks with GOP colleagues to provide the votes needed to approve a $12 billion tax increase in February. That increase was part of a package that included putting Proposition 1A on the ballot which would have dealt taxpayers another $16 billion blow.

Since casting votes which inflicted irreparable harm to already overburdened taxpayers, Adams has taken the position that those votes were actually courageous because they prevented California from “going off a cliff.” For the record, there are those who describe Adam’s actions in more colorful and less flattering language.

Adams is a first term legislator who was elected to office by ordinary folks who work hard to look after their families, keep a roof over their heads and put food on the table, while at the same time generously paying high taxes to support others who cannot, or will not, support themselves. In this economy, many of these same voters now have a new challenge – holding on to their jobs and homes. So, after Adams voted to increase taxes that were already the highest in the nation, it is no surprise that many of his constituents now support an effort to remove him via recall. They cannot, they say, afford to take the chance that Adams will remain in office long enough to cast any more of his “courageous” votes.

Now in survival mode, Adams has abandoned his base of working taxpayers and sought the protection of the governor and the financial support of the “tuxedo class” to preserve his office.

Some argue that any recall of legislators who violated their written pledges to voters is a waste of time and money. What’s the point anyway when Adams can be challenged in the primary election just 12 months away? Is the recall effort just an over the top response by reactionaries seeking revenge, or is there a legitimate basis for resort to this tool of direct democracy?

First, it would be difficult to argue that Adam’s own actions would not provide substantial grounds for immediate dismissal from a private sector job. His foremost transgressions would clearly constitute “job fraud,” which is described as “fraudulent or deceptive activity or representation on the part of an employee…toward an employer.” There can be little debate that Adams misrepresented his views to his employer – voters – prior to the election.

Want proof? A mailer Adams sent out asking for votes states “I will oppose any attempt to raise taxes.” Additionally, Adams signed the following, “I Anthony Adams, pledge to the taxpayers of the 59th Assembly District of the State of California and to all the people of this state, that I will oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes.”

And there is absolutely no evidence that enhanced interrogation techniques were used to compel Adams to make these declarations. The principal of “no new taxes” was clearly represented by Adams as a core belief and commitment and was presented to the public as a reason to elect him to office.

And that is what distinguishes his situation from all the Democrats who voted for the tax increases. That is precisely the behavior we expect from the majority party. And we are aware of no Democrat legislator in California who has signed the no tax pledge.

Some argue that all Republicans who voted for the tax increases should be recalled. While there is some merit behind that position, the other Republicans who voted for the “grand deal” either did not sign the pledge or are termed out of office. Adams situation, when taken as a whole, is different: A first termer who is now equally strident about defending his anti-taxpayer vote as he was strident about being a defender of taxpayer interests before the election.

There is another reason why the current Adams recall is wholly justified: Those Californians who do not live off the public dime want to make sure that those legislators who claim to represent the interests of taxpayers will continue to do so. Every member of the California Legislature is now constantly being pressured to save this or that program by the conga line of special interests now testifying in budget committees. Quite frankly, those who pay the bills don’t have time to travel to Sacramento to engage in this mindless dance. Recalling a legislator who stabbed us in the back is a good way to remind other legislators that there are certain acts which are unforgivable and punishable by the political death penalty known as recall.
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The mission statement of the
Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assocation reads:

The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association is dedicated to the protection of Proposition 13 and the advancement of taxpayers' rights including the right to limited taxation, the right to vote on tax increases and the right of economical, equitable and efficient use of taxpayer dollars.

Accomplished taxpayer advocate and prominent attorney Jon Coupal, as President of the HJTA, heads up an organization that plays a critical role here in the Golden State . Beginning with the passage of Proposition 13 in 1978, the HJTA has consistently been the lead organization looking out for the rights of California taxpayers. In literally EVERY major battle that occurs in Sacramento, where the forces of irresponsible government growth are trying to figure out another scheme to raise taxes or fees to redistribute taxpayer funds to the latest 'must fund' program, Jon and the HJTA are there to ask the tough questions, and to wave a big stick. You see, the HJTA doesn't just talk the talk. Whether leading efforts to get their many, many grassroots members to lobby their elected officials, going to court to fight illegal tax increases, or marshaling resources to take tax-protection measures to the electorate, HJTA has been there. But not just on a statewide level, but also at the local level -- fighting against local bond measures and fee-increase schemes that seek to unduly and unfairly burden taxpayers.

Traci Dean Rally

MITZELFELT SAYS, "I DID NOT ATTEND FUNDRAISER"

Thank you to Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt who clarified his association with Assemblyman Anthony Adams and Adams recent fundraiser which featured the Governor.

San Bernardino County Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt clarified the information on a printed invitation which is shown below this article. The invitation stated that the supervisor was on the Host Committee and in support of Assemblyman Anthony Adams fund raising activities.

In a phone call today the Supervisor stated, “I did not agree to be on the Host Committee.”

Mitzelfelt went on to say that the original event he was involved in was a fundraiser in Victorville with Steve Poizner as guest speaker. Mitzelfelt said, “I had agreed to be on the Host Committee. Post that event it changed to the governor event. Adams used me on the host committee without permission.”

“I would have preferred to be asked again,” Mitzelfelt stated. “I did not go to the event. Anthony is my friend but I did not agree with his vote on the budget.”

Mitzelfelt mentioned the recalls that have been filed against 59th District Assemblyman Anthony Adams, “The recall is between him and the voters. I think this is an unfortunate situation, but we will just have to see how it goes.”

CONGRATULATIONS COUNCILMAN!

CONGRATULATIONS COUNCILMAN!
PAUL BOSACKI - HESPERIA'S NEWEST COUNCILMAN SPENT LESS THAN $7,000 TO WIN HIS SEAT. IT'S ABOUT CREDABILITY NOT SPENDABILITY!

This bogus information was posted on Victorville's Website....thousands of jobs?

Victorville, CA - The City’s recently approved $568 million budget reflects funding for essential city services such as police and fire, as well as continued investment in job development.

According to City Manager Jon Roberts, the City currently invests in economic development to bring jobs and new services to Victorville.

Through the City’s efforts, thousands of manufacturing and logistics jobs have been created in town and at Southern California Logistics Airport (SCLA), as well as countless retail and service related jobs throughout the High Desert.

Last year, Newell-Rubbermaid opened its distribution center at SCLA creating some 150 jobs. This month Dr Pepper Snapple is set to begin construction on its west coast distribution facility creating 200 new jobs.

In addition to the creation of new jobs, the City’s investment into infrastructure has increased the City’s ability to offer new services such as paramedic service, crime reduction programs, and new road projects . This year the City will complete construction of a new park and fire station at Eucalyptus and Topaz.

“In these tough economic times, the City is reinvesting taxpayer dollars back into the economy,” said Roberts. “All of our economic development efforts come down to one simple concept, job creation.”

It is hard to understand the direction Victorville is going in. So far the majority of jobs created have been low paying and substandard. I certainly don't see the thousands of jobs that are mentioned in this article that was posted on their website.

A message to the City: 'You can fool some of the people...aw you know where I'm going with this one'
By the way: retail sales are down 15% in Victorville and up 35% in Apple Valley. Oh, Hesperia reports an 8% increase.....Barb

The Treasury Dept. has issued a new dollar bill to reflect the state of the economy.

The Treasury Dept. has issued a new dollar bill to reflect the state of the economy.
Oh my God!

DID OUR STATE LEGISLATURES LEARN MATH FROM MA AND PA?