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SOC Meeting

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.
Thank you to all that made this so successful and the many guest speakers who caused us to join together.

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

PROP 8 - A DO OVER IN 2010 ?

Joe Hample, left, and Barry Wendell protest the passage of Proposition 8 in front of the Mormon temple on Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles. They were married Nov.1.
After a professional campaign failed to defeat the measure, a Web-based opposition is making itself heard.

Leaders of the campaign against Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in California, raised nearly $40 million and ran a careful, disciplined campaign with messages tested by focus groups and with only a few people authorized to speak to the media.

They lost.

Some gay-rights advocates are pinning their hopes on court action. The day after the election, several lawsuits were filed that asked the California Supreme Court to overturn Proposition 8. That effort has drawn backing from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, legislators and a number of government bodies, most recently the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

While they wait to see what the court does, gay rights activists say they are thinking of putting another gay marriage initiative before California voters -- perhaps as soon as 2010.

Many of those organizing the protests this week say they are voicing a sense of outrage and disappointment that California voters approved a measure that took away the right, granted by the California Supreme Court last spring, of same-sex couples to marry. More than 18,000 couples got married between June and Nov. 4, when the proposition disallowed the weddings.

"There is an incredible outpouring of energy, of people wanting to do something," said Trent Thornley, a San Francisco lawyer who created his Facebook site, Californians Ready to Repeal Prop. 8, the day after the election. Thornley said his roommate told him to expect a few hundred people to join. Instead, a week later, the group has more than 200,000 members.

Another Facebook group, Repeal the California Ban on Marriage Equality 2010, also has attracted more than 200,000 members.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Assessor Postmus to receive letter from his 'supervisors'

Brad Mitzelfelt.......................................First District
Paul Biane, Chairman.........................Second District
Dennis Hansberger................................Third District
Gary Ovitt, Vice-Chairman.................Fourth District
Josie Gonzales........................................Fifth District

November 3, 2008
Honorable Bill Postmus
172 West Third Street
San Bernardino, CA 92415

Mr. Postmus,

The Grand Jury, the public, the mainstream news media, and the Board of Supervisors have raised serious concerns about the manner in which you have managed the Assessor’s Office, carried out your duties as an elected official, and conducted yourself personally. However, what has emerged as an overall point of concern is your repeated refusal to adequately address these issues and provide any degree of assurance that you are fit to serve the public and execute the vitally important duties of your elected office.

The Board’s primary obligation to the public is to ensure the effective operation of all County departments, including yours. Additionally, the County’s voter-approved Charter creates a clear responsibility for the Board to ensure that elected department heads such as you abide by professional and ethical standards, County policy, and the law. In your case, the public has made it clear that it expects the Board to fulfill these roles.

The 2007-2008 Grand Jury Final Report issued on June 30 raised serious questions about your management of the office, citing irresponsible hiring practices and the unauthorized use of County resources for political campaign activities, which – as you know from the ethics training you received as a Board member – would constitute a serious crime. These concerns were validated by the immediate filing of a criminal complaint against your top assistant and chief political operative, Adam Aleman, on felony charges alleging the preparation of false evidence, the destruction of public records, and the provision of false evidence to the Grand Jury. Furthermore, the District Attorney is conducting a criminal investigation into your conduct.
On July 15, the Board of Supervisors unanimously requested that you appear before the Board on August 19 in public session to address these issues. However, on July 23, you embarked upon what turned into a nearly 12-week paid absence, which you attributed to an undisclosed medical condition. As a result, you did not appear as requested.
The Board of Supervisors understands that some of the issues raised by the Grand Jury were addressed in the mandated written response generated by your office. Other issues were remedied by your office through Board-approved reclassifications and the elimination of certain positions. However, the Board remains deeply concerned by the prospect that you allowed alleged criminal activity for which Mr. Aleman has been criminally charged, as well as the transgressions referenced by the Grand Jury, some of which could prove to be illegal. You have a clear obligation to inform the public about your role in these affairs.

Additionally, during your absence, multiple mainstream news organizations published allegations that you have abused prescription and perhaps illegal drugs. You have curiously chosen to remain silent on these accusations. We fail to see how addressing news reports about your alleged illegal drug use would interfere with the ongoing District Attorney’s investigation, which you have cited as reason for your continued silence.

Most recently, upon your return to your duties last month, you once again rejected a request, this time from the Board Chairman, to appear before the Board in open session to discuss these lingering and persistent questions about the operations of your office. Your steadfast refusal to address the Board and the public regarding these most serious concerns, as well as the tone and content of your written responses, shows contempt and disregard for the people who elected you and this Board and has left the Board of Supervisors with no option but to formally and unanimously condemn your failure to respond to these serious allegations.
The County’s codes of ethics set forth expectations of professional conduct so that we as public servants may continually earn the public’s respect and confidence. Your actions inarguably undermine this effort. Instead of acting in a responsible and ethical manner, you have attempted to sidestep legitimate concerns by casting blame on others.

This Board cannot and will not sit idly by while you continue to evade the clear duty you have to the public and the Board of Supervisors to candidly and publicly address the very disturbing questions surrounding you. These issues cut to the heart of your fitness and ability to serve as an elected official and manage a County department.

Your refusal to respond to these issues further erodes the public’s confidence in your ability to serve ethically, professionally, and capably as their Assessor. As a Board, we insist that you appear before us and attempt to convince the public and the Board why it is that you remain fit to hold office and deserve to continue to enjoy the taxpayer-funded compensation to which your position entitles you.
Your failure to do so will leave the Board with no other choice than to pursue any and all options at our disposal to resolve this matter.

Paul Biane
Chairman, Second District Supervisor
Gary Ovitt
Vice-Chairman,Fourth District Supervisor
Dennis Hansberger
Third District Supervisor
Josie Gonzales
Fifth District Supervisor
Brad Mitzelfelt
First District Supervisor

This is what I wrote last December on the Mansions

Deep Creek Agricultural Association has won a major ruling - stopping the project and requiring further environmental reviews....Mayor Jasper - Councilmen Nassif and Allen voted for this project against the recommendation of the Planning Commission!
Measure N does not mean Neighbors United or Nassif .....

Monday, December 17, 2007

By Barb Stanton

A Senior Congregate Living Facility,The Mansion, in Apple Valley has been given the go ahead by Apple Valley Town Council on a three-two vote. Mayor Rick Rolle and Councilman Bob Sagona voted against the project. Mayor Pro Tem Tim Jasper and Councilmen Scott Nassif and Peter Allan voting to approve the project.

Residents have given the go ahead also - via a law suit filed against the Town opposing the project and stating it does not conform with Measure N, the half acre minimum lot size. The group of citizens living in the Deep Creek area of Apple Valley had only 10 days to challenge the project. The timing was a critical component of the filing of the lawsuit...only 10 days to file and the Thanksgiving holiday was upon them.

The Town has been quiet regarding the up coming litigation....

The Mansion Project calls for a general plan amendment and zone change. The proposal changes approximately forty acres with a current residential low density - one dwelling per 2.5 to 5 acres to a specific plan for the area - and a zone change from residential agriculture (R-A) to Specific Plan (S-P) which opens the door for the enormous change in density.

This zone change will allow the project to build a Senior Congregate Living Facility with a maximum of 349 residential units. This senior housing facility includes 240 independent residential units, fifty-six villas, thirty-seven assisted living units and sixteen skilled nursing bed units. The plan will also include: a two-story main building that serves as the administration, entry and dining hall facility, gardens and courtyards, a service and maintenance building and a maximum of 574 parking spaces. On approximately forty acres located on the southwest corner of Deep Creek and Del Oro Roads.

According to the applicant, Tom Hrubik, a local developer - this is a luxury resort senior complex that he has been designing and working on for approximately 20 months. Hrubik stated to Apple Valley Council members during his presentation on October 23 that this will be the first Continuing Care Retirement Facility in San Bernardino County. Hrubik mentioned that the town would receive fees that would be generated from the project. He said that the project will be age restricted and licensed by the State of California.

Dr. Chet Tolson, the Mansion project manager, addressed the council also and explained why this location was chosen for this project. Tolson said that the location was a benefit to seniors who would need special services. Tolson went on to say that the location to Jess Ranch, which is predominately a senior community, would be beneficial to the Mansion project. Tolson indicated there would be many services that the Mansion would provide to its secured residents.

The Apple Valley Planning Commission reviewed the project for the first time in July and heard more than an hours worth of public comment for and against the Mansion.

The Planning Commission had one member Bob Tinsley recuse himself. That would indicate Tinsley has an interest in the project in some way. Tinsley is in the construction industry.

Another Commissioner John Putko was absent. This left the commission with three members who heard the public comments.

Commissioner Bruce Kallen stated that the Mansion was a fine project, but Deep Creek was the wrong site for it.

Commissioner Dick Allen said he lived in Jess Ranch and he would like to see the project move forward. He said ,”I would like to see the Mansion in that part of town,. The town needs it.”

Planning Commission Chairman David Hernandez agreed with Commissioner Kallen that the Town needs this type of senior living facility but not in Deep Creek. Hernandez objected to the way the specific plan was being used to override the town’s general plan, saying the it could open the way for a dangerous precedent where increasingly minor development projects skirt the town’s general plan.

Let the skirting begin...

The big surprise on this project was that the Apple Valley Planning Commission directed town staff to find a negative declaration for the project. Residents felt comfortable that the council would heed the planning commission recommendation and follow suit...it was not to be.

Due to the lack of a quorum to actually defeat the specific plan, the three commissioners voted to continue the item until the next meeting and directed town staff to revise their report, which was in favor of the project, to a negative finding based on the two commissioner’s objections.

The Planning Commission’s recommendation to Town Council was to deny this project.

Ian Bryant, president of the Deep Creek Agricultural Association and a resident of the area has followed the issue closely along with his neighbors. Bryant stated, “Measure N is not protecting us and council members are not following the intent of Measure N.” Bryant wonders if the council is following the will of the people, or are they going to force a general plan amendment?

Gayle Flinchum, also a resident from the deep creek area - and against the project - has begun taking her son to the council meetings to show him how important it is to voice an opinion and take part in the community.

Ricky Flinchum is fourteen.

Young Flinchum went to Frazier’s Pumpkin patch in Apple Valley on two weekends this fall to collect signatures in opposition of the Mansion project and collected 160 signatures.

In November young Flinchum wrote a letter to Secretary of the US Department of Agriculture, Chuck Conner to ask an opinion about historical agriculture being destroyed. He has received an email that stated he would be getting a response within the next couple of months. Flinchum says, “I’m not expecting US government to intimidate the town council, I just want the town council to be aware of opinions within the US government. I can’t help and think of what our town council is thinking. My neighbor and I collected the signatures which I presented to the town council and they just brushed them aside.”

Apple Valley Town Councilman Peter Allan labeled the Deep Creek Agricultural Association anti-growth. Allan declined to meet with the citizens when they requested time to discuss their opposition. Flinchum says, “If I could I would label Mayor Pro Tem Jasper, Councilman Scott Nassif and Councilman Peter Allan anti-agriculture but I’d be booed out of the Council Chambers.”

Proponents of the project like Bill McDaniel, the chairman of the board of directors for the Apple Valley Christian Care Center stated that Measure N applies only to “residential-one zoning sites and this is not a residential one (R-1) zone and therefore the Measure N issue is mute.

McDaniel went on to explain that seniors don’t want to be next to a Low’s or Home Depot or a fast food restaurant!

Jess Ranch couldn’t be any closer to these same business’s that McDaniel sites! Go figure...

So...approval has been given with the vote of 3-2.

This week Mayor Rolle will be a councilman and it’s expected that Jasper will be Mayor - although - this will not change the vote...all members have the same one vote power.

Councilman Bob Sagona, who suffered a heart attack this week and has undergone surgery is expected to assume the Mayor Pro Tem title...Sagona says, “Stay tuned, I anticipate some reaction from the residents and I certainly understand how they feel.”

Now that the project is held up in litigation...it will be years before the Mansion is built. Hrubik has property holdings in numerous locations in Apple Valley...so why shove a project down the throats of residents in one of the last agricultural strong holds in the area?

From 2.5 to 5 acre agricultural area to- a 40 acre site - 349 residential units - more than 500 parking spaces - could it get any worse?

As the very wise Councilman Bob Sagona said -Stay tuned!



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.


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




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




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




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


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.

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


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.”



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!