Yucca Valley, Ca.,(Opinion)- Sometimes I despise modern technology call features that allow the recipient to know who is calling. Voila! Caller I.D! When Jim Bagley was running for office as County Supervisor of the 3rd District, he was quick to return any and all calls. Bagley joined Redlands resident Ken Hunter, and Colton resident Robert Wilson, who later rescinded their nomination papers. Receiving the lowest tally of votes in the last primary, he has taken a different approach to returning phone calls, or not returning phone calls. Now why don’t Jim Bagley return my calls? As a courtesy, I left a message with the reason why I was calling. I wanted to verify whether or not he was endorsing a Republican candidate, as Bagley claims to be, or was he crossing party lines to endorse a Democrat?
I attended a Meet n’ Greet in Joshua Tree yesterday expecting to see Paul Cook. I wanted to ask him where he stands on Measure U, the Yucca Valley 1% General Fund tax, but he was not there. I was told Cook was the sponsor of this event but it was not on his calendar to attend.
I was surprised to see Bagley at this event but quickly figured it out when he was called up to the front to introduce James Ramos(D), candidate for 3rd district county supervisor. Standing four feet away from my table, I observed Bagley’s crumpled notes with sections typed in a large bold font for emphasis. However, his delivery was the usual monotone style with a slight quiver in his voice to match his trembling hands.
God bless America! Bagley can be anything he wants to be in this land of the free! I think it is time he comes out of the closet and declare himself a Democrat instead of sitting on the fence all this time. Just do it Jim! You still have time to register your new party affiliation and I’m sure you will feel better about it! Besides, my Democrat friends are caring individuals even if extremely vocal about their opposition to any casino in Joshua Tree, for starters. Oh, that’s right. During your campaign you stated you would not say No to a casino if it were a viable proposal to bring in jobs locally. Didn’t get you those voters, right? Read their lips….No Casino.
Did you hear that Mr. Ramos? They do not want a casino in Joshua Tree.
Candidate James Ramos was bobbing and weaving on the casino issue, even after receiving over 1000 signatures against allowing a casino in Joshua Tree. The crowd asked the casino question in several ways without receiving a committment by Ramos.
Ramos did speak up with his full support of Measure R, which will be on the November ballot calling for County Supervisors to be part-time greatly reducing their salaries and their budgets. (Here is Measure R link.)
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