I can see it now

Predicted liberal news headline: First official Trump act evicts black family from government housing.

Dean Schepis

Apple Valley

Falling victim to town mantra

I will respect a recent letter writer's right to express his support for the eminent domain takeover of Liberty Utilities, but must point out that his position, expressed in his Jan. 18 letter to the editor, is based upon supposition and faulty information.

He falls victim to the mantra of the Town of Apple Valley folk. His purported complaints of “a guaranteed profit” and ”paying for water not used” is flawed and not based in fact. If he took the time to understand the rate process that any investor utility is required to undergo, he would understand that the utility is only “guaranteed” the cost of delivering water to the customers, not profits, not sales. If the water sales do not cover the cost of delivering water, a surcharge “may” be allowed to recoup the difference, and once recouped, it terminates.

The reason I say “may” is that the water utility must demonstrate it was efficient and diligent in its operations and maintained its cost of operations in line with its filings to the PUC. If it did not, or was wasteful, it may not receive a surcharge and might be required to swallow the losses. The "return on investment" is only a suggested, not guaranteed figure. If the utility fails to perform, the return to investors does not materialize, period. Also note, ratepayer funds can never be used for political purposes.

Admittedly, the PUC could be a more efficient, less political, organization, but given the current climate in Sacramento, I doubt that will occur. If the writer, or the town officials, or anyone, wants to criticize Liberty or support the eminent domain, they had better look at the facts, understand the process and not rely on public relations or attorney soundbites and puffing. If the utility is negligent, ignoring the needs of the community, allowing the system to fall into disrepair, not maintaining water quality, one can understand the need to take the system for the benefit of the people.

The city of Claremont paid $6 million in attorney fees to Best, Best & Krieger and lost its eminent domain attempt to acquire Golden State Water. The city is potentially on the hook for $7.6 million more. Read the court's decision, it is an eye opener, and should make an Apple Valley resident ask, “Can we afford this?” I know my response is “NOT.”

Diana J. Carloni

Attorney at Law

Victorville

The Obama administration

I remember my first new bike — a Schwinn back in 1952 at Christmas. The joy I felt was wonderful when 12 years old. I will say, however, the joy I feel seeing President Obama leaving office is much more than getting my new bike back in 1952.

We have been relieved of eight years of the most ungodly, weak, unAmerican president ever in the taxpayers' White House and taking the first lady with him of whom has said when Obama was first elected in 2008, “for once in my life, I am proud to be an American.”

Bye, bye to the two most despicable people ever in the White House.

Bob Craig

Apple Valley

Trump v CIA

With all the bickering going on between the CIA director and President Donald Trump about the intelligence community, Congress should consider modifying the department's name to just Central Agency and leave off the intelligence part all together.

William Cash

Victorville

Victorville City Council 

Council member Blanca Gomez had her first lesson in being an elected official: Don’t meddle in other cities’ business. Attending a Rialto Council meeting in Victorville dress was not in my view an “honest” mistake, she knew what she was doing in supporting the sanctuary cities idea.

The Oath of Office she took mandates that she uphold and defend the California and U.S. Constitutions. Sanctuary cities are violating that very tenet, and not something I will ever request my city to become. And immigration is not a local matter — it is a federal issue.

There are enough local issues on a council member’s plate. If a council member has a question about their role, ask the city manager and the professional staff who are paid to provide information and give recommendations, and/or do what the rest of us do — use the Internet to verify.

Scott Priester

Victorville

Minimum wage hike results

Re: "Hesperia Recreation and Park District blames minimum wage law for employee layoffs," Daily Press 1/20/17 ... The first sentence in the article says, "In a sudden move that caught many off guard, the Hesperia Recreation and Park District laid off a group of employees Friday morning."

Are you serious? Caught many off guard? Really?

I've been hearing warnings about this over and over again for the last couple of years, since the $15/hour wage issue began. We've seen how this minimum wage has affected other states when it was implemented before California. We've heard, and seen, how this "raise" resulted in a net loss of jobs.

Just because we chose to ignore the warnings doesn't mean it caught anyone off guard. You thought it wouldn't affect you. Guess what? Welcome to your raise.

Instead of fighting for $15/hour, you now have to fight for a job.

Be careful what you wish for...you may get it.

Algot Stephenson

Apple Valley

Questions and answers

After a careful reading of this morning's newspapers (Friday, January 20) both print and online editions, it appears that most journalists are asking for answers to questions only they are interested in.

Apparently the attitude among most in the media is that they are arbiters of truth and not the voting citizens.

Since the Christian Science Monitor ceased their print edition the sole remaining national newspaper with a semblance of balanced reporting and insight is The Wall Street Journal.

Many local newspapers have been attempting to maintain this balance and some have been successful. However, they have to travel an unusual and difficult path between the advocates on either side of this national divide that I see as the worst since the Civil War era of 1860-1865.

May God have mercy on America.

Richard Rorex

Apple Valley