‘Transparency is job No. 1’ (May 31, 2015)
The Daily Press quoted Apple Valley Mayor Pro Tem Barb Stanton as saying she was
troubled by accusations of non-transparency regarding the hostile acquisition of Apple Valley Ranchos Water Company. According to your article,
’We must do better,’ she said. ’Transparency is job No. 1.’ (
Town to make offer for Apple Valley Ranchos, Daily Press, May 27, 2015)
We heard similar claims from Obama and his administration, with about the same level of truthiness — which is to say, none.
Maybe she missed the May 26 issue of the Daily Press, which contained a brief item,
Attorney: Town of Apple Valley to ‘vigorously defend’ against lawsuit. The lawsuit in question is one asking that the Town be forced to produce documents related to the proposed seizure of Ranchos. In the spirit of Obama-era transparency, the Town’s $300-per-hour attorney has responded,
Outright refusal is apparently more efficient with taxpayer dollars than producing redacted invoices. All that document production and redacting, who has time for it when you’re trying to build an empire?
Of course, Stanton sees the unredacted versions, and she might not be aware that lesser life forms such as citizens and other taxpayers are being protected from the facts by the Town’s attorney and $300,000-per-year town manager.
Count me be among those urging Stanton to direct the Town’s attorney and manager and everyone else to apply themselves to
job No. 1 effective immediately.
— Greg Raven is Co-Chair of Apple Valley Citizens for Government Accountability, and is concerned about quality of life issues.
Published in the Daily Press.
Files related to the the Town’s “transparency”
- 20100913 Transparency — Ethics — Accountable (Stanton)
- 20150526 TOAV lacks transparency (Lee)
- Transparency is job No. 1
- 20150811 Ranchos Acquisition Efforts Transparency Report
- 20150914 Letter: Transparency or racket? (Harbottle)
- A critical examination of the TOAV’s ‘Transparency Report‘
- TOAV ‘transparency’: One and done, or more to come?
- TOAV’s attempt at transparency is sorely lacking
- Wrong focus
- Comparative transparency
- 20160126 Ranchos Acquisition Efforts Transparency Report
- Comparing transparency
- The future of transparency
- 20160831 Ranchos Acquisition Efforts Transparency Report
- 20160913 Ranchos Acquisition Efforts Transparency Report
- 20160915 Apple Valley’s water transparency report reveals price tag at $1.5 million
- Some ‘transparency’
- Public records request: Transparency reports
- Public records request: Acquisition-related documents
- 20190725 TOAV PRR response 1
- 20190725 TOAV PRR response 2
- 20190726 TOAV PRR extension
- Following up on unanswered public records requests
- The numbers don’t add up
- 20190812 TOAV response to public records request 2019-292: No records related to acquisition expenses
- Public records request 2019-292: Attorney demand letter
- 20190820 TOAV PRR 2019-292: Acknowledgement of demand letter
- 20190830 TOAV partial response to public records request 2019-292
- Transparency, Apple Valley style