At least Liberty Utilities has the facts on its side (May 8, 2017)

Mayor Scott Nassif is big on claiming to be in possession of the facts. Back in 2015 after reading one of my dissections of the Town’s attempts to seize our water company (Legal buffoonery, Daily Press, July 5, 2015), Nassif allowed himself to be used as a cat’s-paw by the Town attorneys by signing his name to an op-ed piece they had written (Separating fact from fiction in Apple Valley, Daily Press, August 9, 2015). I responded with another letter demolishing his/their so-called facts (AV residents have facts, too, and context, Daily Press, August 16, 2015), and that was the last we heard from Mr. Nassif and the Town’s attorneys on the subject of their miserable record of running a water system. (See the list below for the origin of Mr. Nassif’s letter.)

Mr. Nassif recently signed his name to another bizarre admixture of irrelevant, context-free facts cheek-by-jowl with half truths and smears, cleverly arranged (that is, probably not by him) as a burlesque of a plausible explanation for the ridiculous position that the Town of Apple Valley can run our water system better than the professionals who have been doing it for longer than the town has been on the map (Manipulating the facts is Liberty’s only hope, Daily Press, May 7, 2017). At one point, he even states, If this sounds confusing, it is … To quote a reviewer of another similarly-tangled narrative, The disorganization is there not because of the bad style of the author, but because of the bad logic applied by the author and desired of the reader.

To paraphrase Ronald Reagan: How do you tell a supporter of the Town’s hostile takeover bid for the water system? Well, it’s someone who listens to the Town Council and staff. And how do you tell an opponent of the Town’s takeover? It’s someone who understands what the Town Council and staff are really saying.

Want some peace and quiet? Vote no on Measure F.

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