Local officialdom did not respond with alacrity
San Bernardino County Sentinel | Friday, June 29, 2012
In YuccaValley, a bastion of political conservatism where limited-government sentiment predominates, the
ascendant ideology has created a circumstance in which the state is now threatening action that in the words of the town’s former mayor and current state Assemblyman Paul Cook could transform Yucca Valley into a
The town’s burgeoning population has created and accelerated the need for the construction of a wastewater
treatment system and a demand by state regulators that locals build it. In reaction to what they perceive as heavy-handed government intrusion into their affairs, local voters have consistently elected leaders who have either outright defied or simply ignored the regulators, while consistently instituting policies that have delayed or obstructed the provision of the infrastructure. The delays, in turn, are escalating the eventual cost of providing the infrastructure, lessening the likelihood that once the grudge match with the state is resolved, local residents will be able to bear the cost of the infrastructure.
This Sentinel story is an eight page exposé on Yucca Valley. Its focus highlights past Yucca Valley Mayor Chad Mayes and congressional candidate, past Mayor of Yuccas Valley Paul Cook (Ret Col.).
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