Judge

Where did the money go?

In 2004 California voters passed Prop 63, the Mental Health and Substance Abuse act. It has raised over $16 billion. It now rakes in two billion tax dollars each and every year. Amendments to MHSA allow money to be spent on housing for the homeless.

The Los Angeles City Council declared homelessness an emergency in 2015. The city committed 100 million dollars per year to the problem.

Measure H was passed March, 2017 by Los Angeles county voters. That measure raises 350 million dollars each year for homeless housing.

So, what did all that money accomplish? Walk along the Santa Ana River in Orange County to view the answer. Or survey the streets and sidewalks near L.A. City Hall. Third world type outbreaks of cholera from flea infested rats now plague the City of Angels.

Just where did all the dough go? Our local congresswoman, Katie Hill, may be illustrative. She was a long-time CEO of a so-called nonprofit organization that works for the homeless.

That organization is building a three-story apartment building for low income and homeless persons. The building and development cost per each apartment is over a half-million dollars. That’s called affordable housing.

A plethora of well funded so-called nonprofit organizations now abound. Highly paid directors, board members, CFOs and CEOs are not unusual. A good fund writer is golden. Oversight is minimal.

Perhaps they meant well, but the bottom line is the problems of mental illness, substance abuse and homelessness have not gotten better. Indeed, they became far worse.

Someone got a lot of money, and it wasn’t the ones for whom it was intended.

Bill Homan

Palmdale

We need

more of that

Your “Love us or hate us, we bring you the news” editorial on the Opinion page in the April 23 edition makes an excellent point regarding journalism in America today.

The AV Press, in my opinion, does a great job of covering local meetings and bringing us news we need so that we can be good citizens, especially during election years.

The true value of a daily newspaper, weekly news magazines and broadcast news sources is in objective reporting.

We rely on news sources to report events in a fair and balanced way. Is the story true? Is it accurate? Is it neutral and balanced?

If so, then the reporting is of great value and we should all support it.

If a news reporting agency is biased, except in the Opinion section, it becomes nothing more than an agenda-driven propaganda source. That’s not what we need.

I have enormous respect for Allison Gatlin and Julie Drake. Over many years I’ve read their stories about meetings and events I’ve attended and have found their reporting to be honest, objective, factual and fair. America needs more unbiased journalists like them.

Dennis Shoffner

Rosamond

Where are

the records?

In 1968 the State of California passed the California Public Records Act, in an effort to ensure that our citizens would always have access to information concerning the conduct of public business and our elected officials. Ultimately it is intended to establish transparency and to prevent our elected officials from concealing their activities.

On March 12, 2019 I submitted a legally legitimate Public Records Act request to the law firm of Harris and Associates, the same firm recently and provocatively hired to represent a three member majority of the Antelope Valley Union High School District’s Board of Trustees.  

My records request was the result of numerous public allegations of misconduct and complicity which described a board majority as colluding together to assure that they are victorious in every decision, good or bad. If true, illegal, secret, serial board meetings are not good for our kids and are definitely not how our democracy works!

Specifically my request asked for copies of public cell phone records, including text messaging logs, so that allegations of illegal serial meetings could either be proved or disproved. Questionably, as of April 23, the board and the board’s lawyers have failed to provide any public records. Why?

Jeff Ferrin

Palmdale

They want handouts

Steve Pittinato said many previous generation immigrants came in through the front door, legally, like they were supposed to. See the difference?

No, Mr. Pittinato the liberals don’t see the difference. And they never will see it. They won’t admit it but they all want open borders so there will be more liberal voters looking for handouts.

David Cooper

Lancaster

Thacker thoughts

My, my... Today, spring is 44 days gone, nearly half over already.

As I grow older it sure seems as if the days pass quickly, unless I am expecting a check.

Most people today want to be in the front of the bus, in the back of the church, in the center of attention.

Don’t take life too seriously, no one gets out alive.

The gene pool could use a little chlorine.

Consciousness, that annoying time between naps.

Wrinkled was not one of the things I wanted when I grew up.

Picture actor John Wayne in cowboy gear, in front of a large American flag asking, “Now just why in the heck do I have press one for English?”

There are only two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: Abstemious and facetious.

Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks or it will digest itself.

Skip Thacker

Mojave

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