Lawless Apple Valley (November 3, 2016)

People say the town council incumbents and fire chief are nice guys. No one disputes that, but the election is not a personality contest. The important factor to consider is not personality but who will be fiscally responsible with tax payer money and not deficit spending and exorbitant debt and taxes.

The fire district measure committee supporting Measure A has failed to file any financial campaign disclosures for all the signs, mailers, newspaper inserts, website and sponsored activities giving out their root beer floats with the Measure W committee, allegedly, claiming they have not met the $2,000 threshold for reporting, per the Registrar of Voters.

The Neighbors United group, who claims on one hand to be a non-profit, and on the other hand a Political Action Committee, but is registered as neither and sends out a flyer supporting incumbents and Measure A and W, using a false ID number, but shares an address with the Measure W support committee.

The town and fire district mass mailings sent at public expense were not qualifying informational material and failed to comply with the FPPC laws.

This is all reminiscent of the town’s failure to comply with the Brown Act and the Public Records Act. Is it just coincidence the names that cross paths with these various entities? Voters need to decide if they wish to continue the lawless behavior and follow the urging of local government like sheep, or step up and clean up the town by sending a clear message at the polls that such behavior, which disregards the public rights, be stopped.

While it will not happen before the election, it will be enlightening when the California Attorney General and FPPC come down on these groups, and others, with their violations and fines. Vote November 8th for a change.

— Leane Lee, Apple Valley