More about that latest survey (July 27, 2015)

According to the Daily Press, the Town of Apple Valley is quite pleased with the results of the last survey it conducted regarding its long-planned hostile takeover of Apple Valley Ranchos Water Company (Town’s survey shows support for Ranchos acquisition, July 23, 2015). My take-away is somewhat different.

What I see is a Town that is willing to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars polarizing its residents, rather than working to ensure our future with one of the oldest and best-run businesses in town: Ranchos. Why the Town has taken this adversarial position is a matter of conjecture, but the results couldn’t be more plain: Failing in its takeover attempt, the Town seems fine with having a majority of its residents being furious with Ranchos, no matter the reason. This is a classic rule-or-ruin approach, and it has no place in our community.

Unfortunately, it is the path the Town has chosen, and it is working. The results of this survey show that the Town’s mendacious attacks are taking their toll on our quality of life in Apple Valley.

Along with other concerned citizens, I plead with the Town to stop this insanity. Recoup the money you’ve spent tearing apart our community by selling whatever water rights you have left from the purchase of the Apple Valley Country Club to Ranchos, and get out of the water business, now and forever. Stop your relentless attacks on Ranchos and start treating them as you would any other partner in the maintenance and growth of our community. Even this may not heal the deep rifts you’ve caused over this issue, but at least it’s a start in the right direction.

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

Published: Daily Press