Comparative transparency (October 5, 2015)
Rick Piercy’s recent op-ed piece touched on a subject about which I feel strongly: Transparency (
The Carlyle Group, as a private corporation, has certain claims to privacy. Even so, the annual reports for Apple Valley Ranchos Water Company (AVRWC) are readily available online; AVRWC’s price structure is in the public record; and virtually every move AVRWC makes requires approval by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), which posts its proceedings online.
Compare that to the Town of Apple Valley, which commissioned the Blue Ribbon Water Committee on which Piercy served.
For years, the Town has hidden the amounts it has been spending trying to destroy Apple Valley Ranchos Water Company (AVRWC). After intense pressure from the community, Town representatives started given hints about the amounts being spent, but as it turned out, they were lying in order to downplay their many extravagant expenditures for which there was little or nothing to show in the way of benefits for residents. Then in August, the Town flipped its position and grossly inflated its claimed expenditures (while omitting others) to support its new narrative regarding the seizure of AVRWC.
During the introduction of the new, inflated
transparency report, the Town promised new reports would come out each month. The expiration date on that promise turned out to be less than three weeks.
Add to this the ongoing problems with the Town claiming that the Golf Course is almost breaking even (while in fact losing hundreds of thousands each year), the Town lying about its credit cards from American Express, and a host of other lies too numerous to mention here, and you have a situation that would constitute the grounds for a RICO case for any mere citizen or business that employed such tactics.
Those who don’t trust The Carlyle Group have options available to limit contact and exposure, not to mention the fact that it seems almost certain now that Liberty Utilities will be taking over from The Carlyle Group in the near future. Those who don’t trust representatives of the Town have only one option: Move out of Apple Valley.
The bottom line is that it might be nice to have more transparency from The Carlyle Group, but it’s absolutely critical that we get actual non-Obama-style transparency from the Town. Given the Town’s recent track record, though, there is little hope in this regard, short of a raid by the FBI.
— 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
- Transparency, Apple Valley style