We already have a great water system (October 8, 2015)

You quote Assemblyman Jay Obernolte (R-Hesperia) as saying that Big Bear had to take control of its water system because the water system was in terrible shape and was not being properly maintained or updated, and that we have an excellent water system in Big Bear now. (Assemblyman discusses benefits, pitfalls of water system acquisition, Daily Press, October 8, 2015).

Good for Big Bear. As a resident of Apple Valley, I say welcome to the club. We already have an excellent water system, which is run by an excellent water company (Apple Valley Ranchos), which is staffed by excellent people. And, it’s getting better, thanks to the ongoing efforts of the fine folks at Ranchos.

We neither want nor need a hostile government takeover of our water utility. There’s nothing the Town could do to run things better, and there are endless ways it could find to degrade, destroy, bend, spindle, and mutilate what we have. At the September 22nd Town Council meeting, some of our council members were utterly befuddled that Ranchos would actually plan for the future (see the video here), and take appropriate action. This may be why it took the Town from January 2009 to August 2015 to fix the single well it has at the Golf Course, and then go well over budget to boot.

As the old saying goes, If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

Greg Raven is Co-Chair of Apple Valley Citizens for Government Accountability, and is concerned about quality of life issues.