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WATCHDOGS ENDORSE RE-ELECTION OF:

HOUGH, MAYES, AND MUNSEY

 

Sheldon Hough

Roger Mayes

Dan Munsey

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These three HDWD Board Members have served Yucca Mesa residents well.  In addition to providing excellent service and repairs to our water system, they were instrumental in keeping with the letter of the law regarding charges to Yucca Mesa rate payers. 

All three of these Candidates OPPOSE charging Yucca Mesa residents for the Yucca Valley wastewater treatment plant/sewers because first of all, it would be against California Law to charge for services not applicable to Yucca Mesa.  Each of them have publicly voted to uphold the Coalition's request to keep Yucca Mesa unencumbered.

Mr. Jose Angel, Assistant Executive for the Colorado River Basin Regional Water Quality Control Board says it best:

“I remember coming and meeting with your previous manager and you had zero idea what a wastewater treatment plant was and zero institutional capacity, and I look at where you are today where you are surrounded by professional engineers who are assessing the district, who have moved the ball forward so much that I see the light at the end of the tunnel,”. “We have come a long way. You and your staff have come a long way.” 

Mr. Angel states the TRUTH about where the Water District has been and where it is going with the current Board, Management, and Staff.

The people from the State of California that are ACTUALLY knowledgeable about the Waste Water Project and your District have lifted the exact moratorium date of project completion because of this Board's “good faith” effort. The State is working with the community to provide the best possible funding to help pay for this project because of this Board's “good faith” effort to move this project forward.

It is for this reason, we urge Yucca Mesa and Yucca Valley voters to vote for the proven Directors Dan Munsey, Sheldon Hough, and Roger Mayes.   Let's let them finish the job.

CHALLENGER MARGO STURGES IS NO FRIEND TO YUCCA MESA.

Based on Margo Sturges' long history in our communities and other information from the web and other sources, these are the results:

What we do know:

 

Margo is a resident of Yucca Valley.
Margo attends a lot of meetings.

On December 9, 2010, Margo's Rotary Club membershjp was terminated by the Rotary Club leadership.

Margo wants to include Yucca Mesa in the Town of Yucca Valley wastewater sewage treatment costs.
 

Margo has written over 950 articles for the Cactus Thorns blog (click HERE to see list of all Margo's publications) where she consistently publishes malicious ad hominen attacks on people she dislikes  and refuses to retract or correct her statements.  For example:

On her blog entry, Margo claims Elizabeth Karman is a Democrat.  FALSE:  Elizabeth Karman is an Independent.  She watches the least objectionable television programs and votes for the least objectionable candidates.  Margo persists with her lies. 

On her blog entry, Margo states Elizabeth Karman lives in Landers, not Yucca Mesa  FALSE:  Elizabeth Karman lives in the Community of Yucca Mesa.   Margo's insistence that  she does not live in Yucca Mesa was started as the result of Margo's misunderstanding of the use of ZIP codes.  Margo has been corrected and provided ample evidence that  she is wrong, but she continues her lies, refuses to correct her claims, and refuses to understand Yucca Mesa does not have its own post office.  See evidence HERE, including maps.

Is Margo the type of person you want on your Water Board?


Margo's campaign ads (See ad HERE.)  include Dan Munsey.  Dan Munsey IS NOT running with Margo and has asked Margo to remove his name.  Margo refuses to remove it.  

 

 

 

 

 

Margo's campaign ads include Gina Orban.  Gina provided the following statement and has given permission to quote her:

"I want to clearly state that I'm not running with Margo or any other candidate for the HDWD Board.  Nowhere on my website do you see me endorsing Margo or any candidate. I cannot control what Margo does, nor do I have the time to try.  I know Margo and for a person that is so strict about things like the Brown act. I find it highly unusual even unethical the way she has elected to run her campaign.  I have personally funded my own campaign and have taken no donations. I run on my own merits. And I hoped that I would be judged as such.  I am having to change my ads to refute this appearance of connection. It's hard enough to put together any kind of reasonable campaign; it's impossible when you find your challenger has managed to attach to you.  It's not a strategy I ever dreamed I would have to fight.  I am so disappointed this has happened."

Margo refuses to remove Gina's name from her ads.

Why do Dan and Gina want to distance themselves from Margo as far as possible?

 

Margo  has publicly at a HDWD Board meeting testified before the Board that she supports Yucca Mesa being categorized as assessment district phase YM (Yucca Mesa) as part of the overall sewage assessment planning.  See THIS LINK, 6th story down.

 

ANOTHER MARGO GAFFE ---  ANOTHER MARGO LAUGH

 

On October 13, 2014, during public comments not on the agenda, Ms. Margo Sturges made a comment, part of which is reproduced below. It can be viewed on Youtube as "Big Mac Oct 14" beginning at approximately 1 hour 38 minutes from the beginning of the video:

"It is being said] that I [Ms. Sturges] am asking for the YM pay for the [HDWD Yucca Valley] sewer project. That’s not true. That’s an untruth."

 

[Our comments are integrated with her text for ease of reading and are both indented, italicized, and in white print.  No one that we know of has so accused Ms. Sturges. Exactly what motivated her prior comment to the HDWD remains unclear. At the time she did not so clarify a purpose.]

 

"I did 5 years ago [actually at the HDWD Board meeting on 1/6/10] request that it be designated a district, YM, for planning purposes."

 

The suggestion was quickly and definitely rejected by Director Bob Stadum, who noted that Yucca Mesa was in none of the three phases of the sewer project. What was particularly curious is that the Ms. Sturges had followed the efforts of the Coalition to not be annexed by the town of Yucca Valley and to be excluded from the sewer project because the Mesa is on a different aquifer than is the Town and could not have possibly contributed to the water table pollution leading to the need for a sewer system.

 

"And what can we do when we have a district for planning purposes? We can identify the area. We can put a special policy area. Because right now Yucca Mesa is sitting there like a sitting duck in the county area without any protection against solar farms."

 

[What is mystifying about this is threefold: (1) water districts have no influence on such solar farm planning; (2) in that same 10/13/14 MAC meeting before Ms. Sturges spoke, Supervisor Ramos addressed at length his success in formulating a solar ordinance that was keeping further solar farm development in the unincorporated areas of the county including Yucca Mesa; and (3) if Ms. Sturges had been motivated to designate the area as YM to protect it from solar farms then on 1/6/10 she knew about solar farms over two years before the Lear and Cascade farms surprised everyone. If she could have known, she missed a fantastic journalistic scoop as an Investigative Reporter, her usual byline.]

 

"And I do believe the HDWD can be pro-active in protecting that area and it has to be done by identifying that area."

 

[What could she possibly have known in 2010 to want to include Yucca Mesa… or she simply decided to take a hot issue, solar farms, and make up a story to justify her 1/6/10 statement to the HDWD Board.]

 

"So that was my goal.

Five years later it’s still sitting there like a sitting duck."

 

[No, Ms. Sturges, the Mesa is already protected as are all other unincorporated RL areas by the county Ordinance, thanks to a prompt response by Supervisor Ramos, his staff, and input from the MAC and BEAT.]

"You are entitled to your own opinion, but you are not entitled to your own facts."   Daniel Patrick Moynihan

 
What we don't know:
We do not know Margo's professional credentials.

We do not know where Margo  was born, where she grew up,  where she went to school, etc.

We do not know if Margo has children or other family

We do not know of which current organizations Margo is a member

We do not know Margo's position regarding the Town of Yucca Valley municipalizing the HDWD?

Margo loves free speech, for herself definitely, for others --- not so much.

Margo acts as though appointed to be both the moral leader and chief critic of public figures in the region.  What she revels in as her constitutionally-justified opinion offends many others.  She doesn't appear to care that others reject and mostly ignore her.

She readily makes things up, stands by them even when they're disproven.  Never apologizes for being clearly wrong, but always tries to draw attention to herself.

Targets of Margo's critique share one thing in common:  they all have tried to do something positive for their communities.  They vary in their effectiveness but desire the best for their neighbors and themselves.

Margo has perfected an innocent fascade: "I'm only expressing my opinion to which I'm entitled."  Many people would nominate Margo for simply being "Most Vicious Private Citizen."

We simply do know Margo very well.  And, it is for this reason, we urge Yucca Mesa and Yucca Valley voters to vote for the proven Directors Dan Munsey, Sheldon Hough, and Roger Mayes.   Let's let them finish the job.

CHALLENGER GINA ORBAN IS UNKNOWN. 

Based on her very well-done website and other information from the web, these are the results:

What we do know:
 

Gina has 30 years experience in the construction industry, according to her husband's statement on her website.

Gina has worked on a number of well-known construction projects, according to her husband's statements on her website.

Gina has an Electrical Contractors License - confirmed, according to the CA Contractors Board website.

Gina is also known as Gina Ann Glass, according to the CA Contractors Board website.

Gina and her husband purchased their first home in Yucca Valley in 2005, according to her husband's statement on her website.


What we don't know:

We do not know Gina's professional credentials beyond her contractors license.

We do not know where Gina was born, where she grew up,  where she went to school, etc.

We do not know if Gina has children or other family
We do not know Gina's past public service record
We do not know Gina's position regarding her position regarding including Yucca Mesa in the Town of Yucca Valley wastewater/sewer treatment plant costs?
We do not know her position regarding the Town of Yucca Valley municipalizing the HDWD?

We do not know her position regarding the Town of Yucca Valley including Yucca Mesa in their Sphere of Influence (SOI)?

 

We know we don't know Gina.  In our opinion, Gina needs to be known in the communities before she runs for the HDWD Board.  Perhaps it would be best for us to vet Gina Orban more so she can provide documentation of her credentials.  Gina's attempt to run for public service now is premature.

There are a number of things Gina can do in the meantime while we are getting to know her.  For example, she could serve on HDWD committees relating to the issues before Yucca Valley and Yucca Mesa.  Committee work would give the public a chance to know Gina better, see how she works with others, and how she leads.

We simply don't know Gina Orban.

And, it is for this reason, we urge Yucca Mesa and Yucca Valley voters to vote for the proven Directors Dan Munsey, Sheldon Hough, and Roger Mayes.   Let's let them finish the job.

VOTE FOR HOUGH, MAYES, AND MUNSEY

 

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