Comparing transparency (July 28, 2016)
I attended a meeting the other night where Bill McDaniel was griping again about the way Liberty Utilities has been operating. As is true for many such persons, McDaniel knows next to nothing about what actually goes into running a water utilities, but that doesn’t stop him from second-guessing Liberty Utilities.
What should have stopped him, though, was the realization that without full and complete transparency on the part of Liberty Utilities, he would have no idea what to complain about. As it is, everyone has the ability to criticize Liberty Utilities because virtually everything Liberty does is out in the open.
Compare and contrast that to the Town of Apple Valley. At one time, the Town repeatedly stated that it was going to be transparent about the millions it is spending attacking Liberty Utilities. That transparency has proved to be ephemeral at best. The two so-called
transparency reports issued by the Town are so riddled with errors (and worse) as to be untrustworthy.
Even those so-called reports have stopped coming out, though, despite multiple assurances to the contrary. To this day, the Town continues to hide costs, and has spent untold thousands in legal wrangling to avoid having to respond to public records requests about this and other topics.
Maybe if McDaniel turned his attention to what the Town is doing behind closed doors, he would find a deserving target for his ire.
— Greg Raven is Co-Chair of Apple Valley Citizens for Government Accountability, and is concerned about quality of life issues.
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
- [Next response due September 12, 2019]