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VVDailyPress: Study: JPA a complicated undertaking

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Many questions unanswered as cities seek to save money

ANNELI FOGT
STAFF WRITER
Posted Aug. 17, 2014 @ 11:09 am
Updated Aug 17, 2014 at 11:29 AM

APPLE VALLEY — Council members from Adelanto, Apple Valley, Hesperia and Victorville still had several questions this week after they were presented with the findings of a feasibility study for the creation of a joint powers authority to manage the Victor Valley’s police and fire services.

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VVDailyPress: Council races shaping up

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GARY BRODEUR
STAFF WRITER
Posted Aug. 8, 2014 @ 6:10 pm
Updated Aug 8, 2014 at 6:15 PM

The fields for council elections in three Victor Valley municipalities firmed up at the Friday filing deadline, according to information from city and town officials and the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters.

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VVDailyPress: Three Town Council seats up for election

Apple Valley

GARY BRODEUR
STAFF WRITER
Posted Jul. 10, 2014 @ 1:25 pm
Updated Jul 10, 2014 at 1:53 PM

APPLE VALLEY — Three of the town’s five council seats will be open for election in November. The seats are held by Curt Emick, Scott Nassif and Barb Stanton.

All three were elected to four-year terms on Nov. 2, 2010.

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InlandPolitics: Other Inland Empire election tidbits

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Thursday, June 5, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

Here’s some other news of interest from Tuesday’s primary election:

Apple Valley fire tax fails

Town of Apple Valley voters rejected a tax increase to provide additional funding to the town’s fire protection district.

The measure required a two-thirds vote.

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VVDailyPress: Apple Valley receives financial award

Apple Valley

May 15, 2014 3:56 PM
STAFF REPORTS

APPLE VALLEY • The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada has granted the Town of Apple Valley a Certificate of Achievement for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.

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VVDailyPress: AV Council to discuss extending general obligation bond

Apple Valley

February 25, 2014 10:32 AM
Rene Ray De La Cruz, Staff Writer

APPLE VALLEY • The Town Council on Tuesday will consider a ballot measure that would increase the amount that homeowners pay for the Apple Valley Fire Protection District’s general obligation bond while extending the tax until 2037.

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VVDailyPress: Town Council to review mid-year budget

February 25, 2014 1:38 PM
Rene Ray De La Cruz, Staff Writer

APPLE VALLEY • The Town Council will review its midyear budget report card during Tuesday’s meeting.

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Skiers and snowboarders on the slopes at Bear Mountain, left and Snow Summit, right, Monday January 27, 2014 at Bear Mountain Resorts in Big Bear Lake. (Staff photo by LaFonzo Carter/The Sun)

By Jim Steinberg, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 01/29/14, 7:41 PM PST |

BIG BEAR LAKE >> Sean and Cynda Johnson hadn’t had a break from work since their honeymoon two years ago.

So the Laguna Beach couple decided to take a three-day winter getaway here.

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LADailyNews: Hinkley residents, PG&E unite to hire research hydrologist for study

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By Jim Steinberg, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 01/12/14, 5:31 PM PST |

BARSTOW >> In the decades-long saga of the world’s largest contaminated underground water plume, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and the residents of Hinkley have never been so united for a goal: hiring U.S. Geological Survey Scientist John Izbicki.

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VVDailyPress: Most local city workers paid lower than state average

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Barstow tops list in average salary, while Hesperia pays highest in health and benefits

December 21, 2013 3:51 PM
Shea Johnson, Staff Writer

The average city worker’s salary was lower than the state average in four of five local cities and towns last year, according to data recently released by the California State Controller.

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 Chad Mayes

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By William Cutting
Tuesday, October 30, 2013 – 07:00 p.m.

Chad Mayes, Chief of Staff to San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford, is starting to ramp up his campaign efforts in his bid to win the 42nd Assembly District race.

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The Sun: Former Fontana Mayor Mark Nuaimi fired in Yucca Valley

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By Staff report
Posted: 08/20/13, 10:16 PM PDT | Updated: 10 hrs ago

Former Fontana Mayor Mark Nuaimi was fired Tuesday night from his position as town manager of Yucca Valley, according to a news release from Town Clerk Lesley Copeland.

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The Sentinel: Yucca Valley Recall Effort Places Nuaimi’s Head On The Chopping Block

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Outgoing Yucca Valley Town Manager Mark Nuaimi

By Mark Gutglueck
Friday, August 16, 2013

Yucca Valley Town Manager Mark Nuaimi was placed on administrative leave August 14 by a unanimous vote of the city council during a specially called council meeting. Language used in making the move strongly implied Nuami would be terminated at the council’s next regularly scheduled meeting to be held Tuesday, August 20.

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VVDailyPress: New Hinkley class action lawsuit filed against PG&E

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July 23, 2013 10:59 AM
Brooke Self, Staff Writer

HINKLEY• A new class action lawsuit representing at least 100 Hinkley residents who were not a part of the original litigation against Pacific Gas and Electric Co., was filed in San Bernardino County Court last week, according to the lead attorney on the case.

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InlandPolitics: County Sheriff policing contracts losing their luster

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Thursday, June 20, 2012 – 12:15 p.m.

San Bernardino County cities contracting for law enforcement services with the sheriff’s department are now reconsidering the strategy.

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The Sun: Recall begins for two Yucca Valley Town Council members

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Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/06/2013 05:07:10 PM PDT

YUCCA VALLEY — A recall is under way against two recently re-elected members of the Town Council who opponents charge have not been accountable to the town’s 20,000 residents.

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VVDailyPress: Hesperia looking to break from county services

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February 21, 2013 2:47 PM
RENE DE LA CRUZ, Staff Writer

HESPERIA • The Hesperia City Council took the first step in joining with local municipalities in an escape from rising county fire and police costs.

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VVDailyPress: Victor Valley cities may band together

Victorville considers feasibility study on Public Safety JPA
February 20, 2013 12:49 PM
Jim E. Winburn, Staff Writer

Victorville is considering banding together with other local cities to create their own police and fire services.

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PG&E

Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/11/2013 02:20:17 PM PST
Updated: 01/11/2013 08:52:35 PM PST

View: Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board investigative order

The utility company at the center of this High Desert town’s efforts to clean up a growing toxic plume has been cited for providing bottled water to residents that exceeds levels set by a regional water board, officials said.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Roelle not fairing well in First District contest

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 – 08:00 a.m.

Apple Valley Town Councilman Rick Roelle seemed to have the wind at his back following his strong showing in the June primary, which propelled him into a November runoff against High-Desert businessman Robert Lovingood.

But, appearances can be deceiving.

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VVDailyPress: Judge halts state from imposing $1.2M fine on A.V.

California pushing for fine due to clerical error
September 12, 2012 5:24 PM
FROM STAFF REPORTS

APPLE VALLEY • A judge granted a preliminary injunction halting the California Department of Finance from imposing $1.2 million in fines on Apple Valley for a clerical error tied to the town’s dissolved redevelopment agency.

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VVDailyPress: Bitter split over Coleman’s replacement

Controversial Village PBID renewed on close vote
August 14, 2012 10:25 PM
From Staff Reports

APPLE VALLEY • The Town Council was bitterly split and one resident was escorted out by deputies during Tuesday night’s meeting, as the group debated whether to replace resigned member Ginger Coleman and announced the narrow renewal of a special property tax district.

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The Sun: Hinkley residents face Aug. 31 deadline on life-changing choices

Jim Steinberg,Staff Writer
Posted: 06/23/2012 04:12:21 PM PDT

HINKLEY – The clock is ticking for residents. A deadline looms on Aug. 31.

Everyone faces deadlines: taxes, vehicle license tags, credit card due dates, the last day to get a tag to hunt elk.

But Hinkley residents are facing something much more life altering.

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VVDailyPress: Some A.V. fees to increase by 72 percent

June 23, 2012 12:00 PM
RENE DE LA CRUZ, Special to the Daily Press

APPLE VALLEY • Some Apple Valley residents will pay higher fees for a variety of services should the Town Council pass a resolution during Tuesday night’s meeting.

The proposed hikes came during the formation of the town’s 2012-13 budget, which revealed that Apple Valley had not raised permit fees in areas such as home occupation permits, special events and conditional use permits since 2008.

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The PE: HINKLEY: Gas company agrees to pay $3.6 million settlement

BY DAVID DANELSKI
STAFF WRITER
ddanelski@pe.com

Published: 15 March 2012 08:18 PM

Pacific Gas & Electric Company must pay $3.6 million for failing to contain groundwater pollution beneath the rural community of Hinkley, according to a settlement reached this week with state water quality officials.

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VVDailyPress: PG&E, water board sign $3.6M settlement

$1.8M goes to Hinkley School water system
February 02, 2012 5:11 PM
KATIE LUCIA, Staff Writer

HINKLEY • The regional water board signed a $3.6 million agreement with Pacific Gas and Electric on Wednesday night, dedicating half of that money to build a new water filtration system at the Hinkley School.

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The Sun: Northern boundary of Hinkley plume continues to grow

Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/31/2012 12:33:41 PM PST

HINKLEY – The northern boundaries of that plume of contaminated groundwater continues to advance.

Water samples from new test wells – many installed this past summer – show chromium 6 contamination, above background level, extending north of Mountain General Road for the first time.

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Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/08/2012 06:03:56 AM PST

HINKLEY – The water agency supervising the clean-up of chromium 6 groundwater contamination here has asked Pacific Gas and Electric Co. to provide more scientific details on the study it did to determine the naturally occurring background level.

The request follows critical reports from three independent scientists recruited to evaluate the 2007 study which determined the Hinkley area has a naturally occurring chromium 6 level of 3.1 parts per billion.

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VVDailyPress: Stanton mayor of A.V.

Coleman to serve as mayor pro tem
December 13, 2011 10:02 PM
BY Gretchen Losi

SPECIAL TO THE DAILY PRESS

APPLE VALLEY • Barb Stanton is the new mayor in town, with Ginger Coleman tapped to serve as mayor pro tem.

The two were voted and sworn in at Tuesday’s Town Council meeting.

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The known northern boundary of the plume of chromium 6 contamination in Hinkley grew one-mile in a year, according to the Lahontan Water Board. In the third quarter of 2010, the plume was touching Thompson Road. This year’s third-quarter map shows the plume slightly north of Sonoma Street (Click for a closer look at the official map documents)
Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer

Posted: 12/10/2011 02:15:51 PM PST

HINKLEY – The plume of chromium 6 contamination in this unincorporated community eight miles west of Barstow has leaped a mile in a year, according to maps released by the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board.

Traditionally the plume has migrated about a foot per day, said Lisa Dernbach, senior engineering geologist with the water board.

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The Sun: PG&E appeals water board order for Hinkley

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/25/2011 01:57:04 PM PDT

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has filed an appeal with the state’s Water Resources Control Board to stop an order that it provide permanent replacement water to Hinkley residents affected by a toxic groundwater plume.

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Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/12/2011 01:03:21 AM PDT

HINKLEY – The water agency overseeing the cleanup of Hinkley’s contaminated groundwater ordered Pacific Gas and Electric Co. on Tuesday to provide a new permanent water source to affected users.

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VVDailyPress: Hinkley residents discuss water replacement options

PG&E will install an agreed-upon system for the polluted area
September 29, 2011 3:03 PM
SARA MITCHELL
Staff Writer

HINKLEY • Out of five water replacement options presented by Pacific Gas and Electric on Wednesday, Hinkley residents with elevated levels of chromium 6 in their water spoke heavily in favor of keeping their wells and against signing up with Golden State Water Company.

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The PE: S.B. COUNTY: Supervisors still back compost facility

10:40 PM PDT on Wednesday, September 28, 2011

BY IMRAN GHORI
STAFF WRITER
ighori@pe.com

Despite court setbacks, a proposed open-air sludge composting facility near the high desert town of Hinkley has once again won approval from the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

On Tuesday, the board voted 3-1, with Supervisor Neil Derry absent and Chairwoman Josie Gonzales opposed, to certify the Nursery Products environmental report for the third time.

The Nursery Products project was first approved by the board in 2007, but a Superior Court judge ordered the county to overturn its approval after finding part of the original environmental impact report was flawed.

Supervisors certified the project study again last year after conducting additional environmental reports.

In April, a judge found the report still inadequate.

The sole remaining issue ordered by the court was a water study showing the project would have a proper supply, said Jim Squire, a planning consultant for the county. A water study by a county hydrologist making those findings was part of the board approval.

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The Sun: Plan to create massive composting facility irritates Hinkley residents

Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/25/2011 07:03:17 AM PDT

HINKLEY – Think about this happening to your part of the world.

Eight miles away there are plans for a commercial composting facility that would bring 1,100 tons per day of biosolids – the sludge left over after sewage water is treated – plus a like amount of green materials – like wood chips – and mix them in the open air and allow the mixture to cook in the sun.

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The Sun: Many Hinkley residents would like to leave but can’t

PG&E – Hinkley

Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/06/2011 10:50:45 AM PDT

HINKLEY — When Elaine Kearney and husband Greg first purchased their 10 acres here, they would bottle up some fresh well water to take back to their Ontario home.

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VVDailyPress: More Hinkley wells found contaminated

Area north of chromium 6 ‘plume’ shows elevated toxins
August 18, 2011 9:06 AM
SARA MITCHELL
Staff Writer

HINKLEY • Recent tests show elevated levels of chromium 6 in a dozen monitoring wells north of the contaminated Hinkley plume, with one well registering more than three times what’s considered a safe amount of the heavy metal.

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The Sun: PG&E wants Hinkley water order lifted

Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/13/2011 08:18:06 PM PDT

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. has asked a water quality board to reconsider its order requiring the utility to provide permanent replacement water for many Hinkley residents for all indoor uses including drinking, cooking and bathing.

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VVDailyPress: Apple Valley to start year without a budget

Council weighs cuts to employee compensation to avoid dipping further into reserves
June 25, 2011 1:00 PM
Brooke Edwards
Staff Writer

APPLE VALLEY • The town will likely be the only local municipality to start the coming fiscal year without an approved budget, as Apple Valley’s Council asks for more time to weigh controversial issues such as funding the golf course and potential cuts to employee compensation.

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VVDailyPress: MWA moves into $6 million facility

June 18, 2011 3:00 PM
Brooke Edwards
Staff Writer
New MWA headquarters: By the numbers:

APPLE VALLEY • The Mojave Water Agency has moved into its new headquarters, consolidating from three buildings to one $6 million site a short distance away.

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VVDailyPress: High Desert home prices drop nearly 10 percent from last year

June 14, 2011 3:03 PM
Tomoya Shimura
Staff Writer

The High Desert housing market in May mirrored that of Southern California overall, where median home prices saw the largest year-over-year drop in 20 months.

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VVDailyPress: Do budget cuts mean possible gang team reductions?

June 13, 2011 5:16 PM
Beatriz Valenzuela
Staff Writer

The economic woes that have plagued the state, county and Victor Valley cities could lead to reductions in specialized law enforcement teams.

Due to budgetary cuts, some members of local gang teams may be reassigned, according to those close to the program.

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VVDailyPress: No layoffs, few service cuts for Apple Valley

Town budgeting for Yucca Loma Bridge this year
June 11, 2011 3:00 PM
Brooke Edwards
Staff Writer

APPLE VALLEY • The town will have to dip a bit further into its reserves to continue subsidizing its park system and golf course in the coming year. However, no layoffs are projected and few cuts to services, even as Apple Valley prepares to launch construction of the Yucca Loma Bridge, according to a draft budget up for discussion during Tuesday’s workshop.

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VVDailyPress: A.V. budget talks delayed

June 06, 2011 4:39 PM
Brooke Edwards

APPLE VALLEY • Computer problems, a staffing change and tight finances have stalled budget talks for Apple Valley, with the Town Council expected to get its first look at the plan just three weeks before it should take effect.

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VVDailyPress: Coleman asks Council to revote Thursday on senior complex

June 02, 2011 11:33 AM
Brooke Edwards
Staff Writer

APPLE VALLEY • Councilwoman Ginger Coleman is asking her colleagues to take another vote on which developer will partner with Apple Valley in building a low-income apartment complex for seniors near Town Hall.

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InlandPolitics: Colonies PAC donations actually went far and wide – Part 1

Sunday, May 29, 2011 – 10:50 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, June 2, 2011 – 08:09 a.m.

A review of public records from 2007-2009 show alleged bribes, made in the form of political action contributions by Colonies Partners, inexplicably went far and wide.

Not politicians pockets as has been portrayed in the media.

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VVDailyPress: A.V. council approves Walmart Supercenter

April 28, 2011 8:49 AM
Brooke Edwards
Staff Writer

APPLE VALLEY • The Victor Valley’s first Walmart Supercenter could break ground in Apple Valley by fall, after a split Town Council approved the project without sending it to the ballot at taxpayers’ expense.

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VVDailyPress: Walmart Supercenter may not go to ballot

Staff asks Town Council to approve project rather than send it to voters
April 23, 2011 2:03 PM
Brooke Edwards

APPLE VALLEY • Residents may not have a chance to determine the fate of a planned Walmart Supercenter after all, with staff recommending that the Town Council approve the project rather than send it to the ballot.

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VVDailyPress: Victorville looks to oust VVWRA attorney

April 21, 2011 5:45 PM
Brooke Edwards

Victorville is calling for the regional wastewater authority to hire a new attorney, citing conflict of interest concerns.

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VVDailyPress: VVEDA shopping for new attorney

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Split commission may oust Victorville’s de Bortnowsky over conflict of interest concerns
April 21, 2011 3:49 PM

He’s been their attorney for 20 years, since representatives from each local city formed the Victor Valley Economic Development Authority to help redevelop the area surrounding shuttered George Air Force Base.

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InlandPolitics: Victor Valley Economic Development Authority fires attorney

Thursday, April 21, 2011 – 07:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, April 21, 2011 – 09:05 a.m.

On a 3-2 vote the governing board of the Victor Valley Economic Development Authority (VVEDA) fired its general counsel Wednesday night.

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The Sun: PG&E seeking to form advisory panel on Hinkley water cleanup

Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/13/2011 03:14:36 PM PDT

HINKLEY – Pacific Gas & Electric Co. is forming a Community Advisory Committee related to its cleanup of groundwater contaminated with cancer-causing chromium 6.

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InlandPolitics: Mayes resigns from Yucca Valley council

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011 – 11:55 p.m.

Yucca Valley Town Councilman Chad Mayes has resigned his council seat.

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VVDailyPress: A.V. town manager finalist for Iowa job

Marks at least fourth position Frank Robinson has tried for in less than three years
March 28, 2011 2:53 PM
Brooke Edwards

APPLE VALLEY • Town Manager Frank Robinson is a finalist for a city manager position in Iowa, marking at least his fourth attempt to take another job since coming to Apple Valley less than three years ago.

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One in a series on the census and the changing complexion of the High Desert.
March 12, 2011 5:40 PM
Brooke Edwards

The Victor Valley has grown much more rapidly over the past decade than San Bernardino County or California overall, according to 2010 U.S. Census data released this week.

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VVDailyPress: Walmart Supercenter in A.V. moves toward ballot

Former town leaders oppose specific plan for project
March 07, 2011 5:16 PM
Brooke Edwards

APPLE VALLEY • It looks as though Walmart will have the signatures it needs to put its planned Supercenter on an upcoming ballot, letting voters decide whether the project should move forward.

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The Sun: Brockovich pushes for chromium 6 limits

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/15/2011 07:45:27 PM PST

Environmental and consumer advocate Erin Brockovich on Tuesday shot off a letter to the federal Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment supporting its proposed public health goal for the cancer-causing hexavalent chromium in drinking water.

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VVDailyPress: Reserves help A.V. rebalance mid-year budget

February 07, 2011 4:14 PM
Brooke Edwards

APPLE VALLEY • The town will need to dip a bit further into its reserves to rebalance its budget mid-year, according to a staff report for Tuesday’s special meeting.

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VVDailyPress: Walmart withdraws Apple Valley permit application

Walmart turns to ballot measure to get residents’ approval on Supercenter
February 02, 2011 8:13 PM
Tomoya Shimura

APPLE VALLEY • Walmart has withdrawn its town permit application and is instead turning to residents to help decide the fate of the proposed 24-hour Supercenter in Apple Valley, company officials announced Wednesday.

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The Sun: Boxer, Feinstein call for chromium limit

James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/26/2011 03:11:01 PM PST

California’s U.S. Senators have introduced a bill that would require the federal Environmental Protection Agency to set limits on the amount of hexavalent chromium in drinking water.

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Decision would mean spending $100 million-plus to take over private water companies
January 26, 2011 6:51 PM
Brooke Edwards

APPLE VALLEY • The town is once again looking at buying Apple Valley’s two private water companies to form a municipal water district, with mounting concern from residents over rates that have risen an average of 12 percent per year for the past two decades.

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January 26, 2011 4:45 PM
Brooke Edwards

APPLE VALLEY • As redevelopment agencies across California fall under intense scrutiny, the town is eyeing new affordable housing projects to quickly spend millions in earmarked funds and ensure Apple Valley’s program is in compliance with state and federal laws.

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DailyBulletin: Hinkley plume test begins; Erin Brockovich commissioned project

Collection to continue
By Joe Nelson Staff Writer
Created: 01/21/2011 09:23:49 PM PST

A water technician began a battery of water tests in the High Desert town of Hinkley on Friday, gathering 13 samples that will be tested for the cancer-causing chemical hexavalent chromium, or chromium 6.

Results from the tests, commissioned by environmental and consumer advocate Erin Brockovich, should be available by the end of next week and are part of an effort by Brockovich and her team to determine the size of a contaminated groundwater plume imperiling Hinkley residents.

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The Sun: PG&E slow on the offers

Hinkley ready to sell houses
Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/17/2011 08:34:51 PM PST

Residents of the High Desert community of Hinkley, desiring to sell their homes to Pacific Gas and Electric, claim the utility is dragging its feet after recent appraisals of their properties.

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VVDailyPress: Nassif expected to become mayor

December 13, 2010 4:46 PM
Brooke Edwards

APPLE VALLEY • The town will say goodbye to two council members, welcome two new ones and select its next mayor at the start of Tuesday’s meeting.

With the town’s top position typically going to the highest vote-getter in the recent election, the mayoral seat is expected to go to returning Councilman Scott Nassif.

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LATimes: Fewer cancers found in Hinkley than expected

A survey says the number is not disproportionately high. It’s still important for PG&E to clean up groundwater tainted with chromium 6, says the epidemiologist who did the survey.

Hinkley resident Elaine Kearney, 63, has had seven strokes; her daughter Keri, 41, has advanced lung cancer; and Pinky, her 8-year-old dog, has thousands of tumors. Another daughter had five miscarriages. (Robert Gauthier, Los Angeles Times / December 9, 2010)

By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
December 13, 2010

Reporting from Hinkley —

A state survey has not found a disproportionately high number of cancers in Hinkley, a high-desert community that has become the symbol of public fears about exposure to groundwater tainted with carcinogenic chromium 6.

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VVDailyPress: Hinkley chromium clean-up could take more than a century

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November 29, 2010 10:11 AM
KAREN JONAS, Staff Writer

HINKLEY • The Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board will be deciding soon if an expansion to the treatment of the chromium 6 water plume in Hinkley will be put into place, but residents probably won’t see the results in their lifetimes.

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VVDailyPress: Should Victor Valley cities merge?

November 27, 2010 12:00 PM
Brooke Edwards

Adelapple Victeria? Hespelanto Appleville? Or perhaps just Victor Valley?

“If there ever was a time to have serious discussions about consolidating, with all the municipalities struggling as they are — and despite how monumental a task it would be — the time is now,” argued Mike Stevens, a 35-year Victor Valley resident and community activist.

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LATimes: PG&E offers to buy 100 Hinkley properties near tainted-groundwater plume

The utility delivered letters to about 100 homeowners on or near the boundary of a growing plume of water laced with cancer-causing hexavalent chromium.

An empty house sits in the path of the plume of chromium-tainted groundwater north of the PG&E plant in Hinkley, Calif. The company has offered to buy about 100 properties on or near the plume. (Wally Skalij, Los Angeles Times / November 24, 2010)

By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
November 24, 2010

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has expressed interest in buying about 100 properties in the town of Hinkley, Calif., that are near a plume of groundwater tainted by cancer-causing hexavalent chromium.

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VVDailyPress: 59 Victor Valley city employees in the $100K club

AV, VV government compensation details now posted on state website
November 22, 2010 3:38 PM
Natasha Lindstrom

Nearly 60 city and town employees in the Victor Valley made more than $100,000 in 2009, according to the state Controller’s new database on local government compensation.

State Controller John Chiang recently announced new salary and benefits reporting requirements for all California cities and counties on the heels of public outrage over salary scandals among city of Bell employees.

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LATimes: PG&E offers to purchase homes in Hinkley, site of groundwater contamination

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Southern California — this just in
November 19, 2010 | 6:57 pm

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. on Friday confirmed that the utility has sent letters to more than 100 residents of Hinkley this week, offering to buy their properties.

The High Desert town has long been threatened by a toxic plume of groundwater contaminated with cancer-causing chromium 6; the situation was made famous by the 2000 movie “Erin Brockovich.”

PG&E previously settled with more than 600 Hinckley residents for $333 million. But company officials say they are now expanding their property purchase program due to residents’ demand.

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The Sun: Brockovich returns to Hinkley

Erin Brockovich

Legal aide visits toxic water site
Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/15/2010 09:02:32 PM PST

Former legal clerk turned consumer advocate Erin Brockovich said Monday she plans to conduct independent tests of groundwater in the Mojave Desert town of Hinkley after news surfaced last week that a chemically-laced plume had spread.

Brockovich, who in the 1990s led the charge in a landmark legal settlement against Pacific Gas & Electric, also plans on rallying Hinkley residents for a community meeting after Thanksgiving.

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VVDailyPress: AV town manager still shopping for new post

Frank Robinson finalist for Texas position
November 15, 2010 5:00 PM
Brooke Edwards

APPLE VALLEY • Town Manager Frank Robinson is one of five finalists to become city manager of Round Rock, Texas, according to a statement released by that city.

It’s at least the third job Robinson has tried for in the 28 months he’s been with Apple Valley. In January he applied for a city manager position in Harlingen, Texas, according to www.MyHarlingenNews.com. And this April he was one of eight finalists for president of the Center City Commission in Memphis, Tenn.

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LATimes: Tainted PG&E groundwater plume again threatens residents of Hinkley, Calif.

The border of the plume has shifted 1,800 feet beyond a containment boundary set up by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. in 2008, spreading higher levels of a cancer-causing heavy metal isotope, state officials say.

Roberta Walker spends time with her pets in Hinckley, Calif. Walker says the plume has been moving toward her house. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times / November 13, 2010)

By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
November 15, 2010

Reporting from Hinkley, Calif. —

A plume of chromium-tainted groundwater is once again bearing down on residents of Hinkley, Calif., where more than a decade ago an underdog battle with Pacific Gas & Electric Co. spawned a multimillion-dollar settlement and the Oscar-winning film “Erin Brockovich.”

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VVDailyPress: A decade after “Erin Brockovich,” contamination spreads in Hinkley

November 09, 2010 5:35 PM
KAREN JONAS, Staff Writer

HINKLEY • Ten years after the film “Erin Brockovich” put the spotlight on tainted groundwater supplies in this desert town, contaminated water continues to spread.

Samples taken in August in Hinkley show the plume of water contaminated with chromium 6, a cancer-causing chemical, has started to migrate into the lower aquifer. Previous reports showed there was a significant concentration of chromium 6 only in the upper aquifer, but samples taken in August show that the lower aquifer near the northwest edge of the plume has also experienced chromium 6 contamination.

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The Sun: Lowe’s closes stores in San Bernardino, Apple Valley

By Melissa Pinion-Whitt
Posted: 11/08/2010 10:02:09 AM PST

Two Lowe’s stores in the Inland Empire closed their doors permanently last night, leaving 181 people jobless.

The two locations were at 4060 N. Hallmark Parkway in San Bernardino and 15000 Dale Evans Parkway in north Apple Valley, said company spokeswoman Maureen Wallace.

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SFChronicle: Hinkley water tainted by chromium 6 spreading

Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s natural gas compressor facility in the San Bernardino County farming community of Hinkley is at the center of the contaminated water controversy.

Peter Fimrite, Chronicle Staff Writer
San Francisco Chronicle
Monday, November 8, 2010

The creeping plume of chemically laced drinking water that plagued the Mojave Desert town of Hinkley and led to a major motion picture about the scandal has continued to spread despite a long-standing order for Pacific Gas and Electric Co. to clean up the mess.

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VVDailyPress: Apple Valley, Victorville fail to report salary info to state

October 25, 2010 1:32 PM
Natasha Lindstrom
Government salaries:

SACRAMENTO • As probes continue into the exorbitant salaries of city officials in Bell and Vernon, State Controller John Chiang unveiled a new website Monday that details the compensation of local government officials statewide.

Two Victor Valley municipalities — Apple Valley and Victorville — are listed on the state website as “failing to file salary and compensation reports” and could face $5,000 penalties, according to the Controller’s office.

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October 16, 2010 6:06 PM
Brooke Edwards

For the next 40 years, property owners from across the Victor Valley are on the hook to help pay down tens of millions of dollars in debt for failed or stalled Victorville projects.

Last year alone, more than $2.3 million in property taxes from portions of Apple Valley, Hesperia and unincorporated San Bernardino County went toward a $21 million payment on bonds for Southern California Logistics Airport. And the Daily Press has learned that at least a quarter of the $300 million in outstanding bonds funded Victorville’s own projects off SCLA property, including land for a city-owned library and work on the Victorville 2 power plant.

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VVDailyPress: Candidate forums planned Sept. 29, 30

September 13, 2010 5:22 PM
From Staff Reports

VICTORVILLE • With the November general election just seven weeks away, the Daily Press and Victor Valley College are partnering on a series of local candidate forums.

Daily Press news staff will moderate the forums designed to give candidates an equal opportunity to respond to questions and voice their positions. Public question-and-answer periods are also planned.

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iePolitics: Nursery Products – Being a good neighbor

Posted by Administrator – September 7, 2010 at 8:00 AM

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As I researched the science and history behind the composting site proposed by Nursery Products, LLC, I think what stood out most was that hysteria and hatred completely replaced logic and common sense.  It seems many of those who so adamantly oppose this project have likely never read a scientific study regarding the safety of biosolids, visited the nearest composting site outside Bakersfield, or even been to the Hinkley site to observe its isolation for themselves.  If they had, they would see what Nursery Products is doing to be a good neighbor and protect the environment, including that of Hinkley.  Instead they prefer to direct their deep-seated hatred at those who are easy targets rather than looking for the real evildoers.

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iePolitics: Environmentalists and the Environment – Part 4

Hinkley’s southeast side just down the street from PG&E

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August 10, 2010
Posted by Administrator

In 2003 Los Angeles’ most popular radio talk show hosts, KFI’s John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou, broke wide open a shake-down scheme by the Trevor law firm.  Trevor used a little-known section of California’s Business and Professions Code to file or threaten to file lawsuits against small businesses, especially auto repair shops and restaurants, and then offer to settle if the businesses agreed to pay up.

The “wrongdoing” by these businesses was trivial in nature and often only wrong due to odd or restrictive interpretations of the law.  For example, one suit was threatened because a nail salon used the same bottle of fingernail polish on more than one client.

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VVDailyPress: Average local council member gets $8,683 per year

July 29, 2010 8:51 AM
By Brooke Edwards and Natasha Lindstrom, Staff Writers

As public outrage brews over the city of Bell carrying some of the nation’s most bloated municipal salaries, some Victor Valley elected officials are trying to spread a message: When it comes to compensation, we’re not Bell.

Members on the Apple Valley Town Council took a few minutes during Tuesday’s meeting to state the amount of money the city pays them annually out of taxpayer dollars.

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DesertDispatch: County OKs Hinkley composting plant

Environmental report goes to judge
July 13, 2010 4:53 PM
By Jessica Cejnar, staff writer

SAN BERNARDINO • Nursery Products won approval from the county a second time to build a sewage sludge composting facility about eight miles west of Hinkley.

Three members of the San Bernardino Board of Supervisors approved Nursery Products’ conditional use permit Tuesday. Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales dissented. Fourth District Supervisor Gary Ovitt was absent.

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RivPE: Compost plant back before board

10:00 PM PDT on Monday, July 12, 2010

By IMRAN GHORI
The Press-Enterprise

A proposal for an open-air sludge composting facility near the High Desert community of Hinkley that has raised objections from residents will go back before the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Tuesday.

The board approved the project in 2007 but after opponents sued a Superior Court judge found that part of the original environmental impact report was inadequate and overturned that approval. Nursery Products, the proponent of the project, is again seeking approval of the 80-acre plant on 160 acres near Highway 58, eight miles west of Hinkley.

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