What Are We Doing?
Opposing the hostile take-over of Liberty Apple Valley
Letter writer John Pedigo has become so tangled up in his own arguments it appears he can no longer keep them straight (I wrote that it was published in the June 28th edition.
Back to the topic, though, Pedigo’s original point was that
if we don’t like Liberty Utilities, we cannot change to another water company (
while there might not be other water companies, there are other water options (
Perhaps, though, Pedigo was trying to make the claim that Liberty Utilities is a monopoly, which given the alternatives clearly is not the case. But has he ever wondered how Liberty became our water supplier? Perhaps he should check out Ordinance 13 (passed April 18, 1989), the title of which is:
An ordinance of the town council of the Town of Apple Valley, California, granting to Apple Valley Ranchos Water Company, a California corporation, its successors and assigns, the right, privilege and franchise to use and to construct and use, for transmitting and distributing water for any and all purposes, pipelines, services, fire services, fire hydrants, wells, reservoirs, and appurtenances, including communication circuits necessary or proper therefor, in, along, across, upon, over and under the public streets, ways, alleys and places with the Town of Apple Valley.
Liberty Utilities is, of course, the successor to Apple Valley Ranchos Water Company, and as such pays hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to the Town in franchise fees.
So if you want to talk about monopolies, you are left with the only monopoly in town — literally: The government of the Town of Apple Valley.
Even if Liberty Utilities were a monopoly, it is simply not a sincere argument to oppose Liberty Utilities on these grounds, and then propose that the remedy is to turn it over to another, bigger monopoly!
The Town Council just reneged on its long-promised
local control (
she believes water rates will go down once the town pays off a bond that would be used for the purchase, that is, 30 years after the date of the purchase (
For all these reasons and more, it makes no sense for the Town to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to buy something we already have.
— Greg Raven is Co-Chair of Apple Valley Citizens for Government Accountability, and is concerned about quality of life issues.
Published: Daily Press