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An Open Letter to John M. Freter of Sky Harbor

By   /   April 2, 2014  /   1 Comment

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Yucca Valley, Ca.,- Dear Mr. Freter, I must congratulate you for slipping past the scrutiny and fact-checking by the Hi-Desert Star to submit your inaccurate Letter to the Editor, “No Facts behind slam of water district,” published March 25, 2014.

You Sir are misinformed and have misled the readers of the Hi-Desert Star.  While I wait for my Soapbox to be published and a shorter Letter to the Editor explaining that “Not all letters to the Editor are created equal,” it appears yours slipped through the cracks without having to back up your statements. Perhaps it was intentional to allow this misinformation given the Publisher also worships at the church you mention and benefits from reduced water rates at the Brehm Park.

You see Mr. Freter, I was in attendance of that April 1, 2009 meeting when the Hi-Desert Water District CFO, Frank Luckino sat at his first meeting.  It was no April Fools Joke when the low income assistance was snuffed out to “save” $50,000 a year and at the same time raising the water rates, EXCEPT, for those who used the most water and one local mega-church.  A representative of the church stood at the lectern pleading not to raise the rates and hesitated when Luckino asked, “Okay, can you handle just a 10% increase?” The representative said he would have to check back with him.

There were multiple rate tiers and the HDWD was trying to simplify the system while raising water rates.  Since you were not at that meeting, please be advised there were three HDWD Board members seated on the dais that worshiped at that same mega-church, as did the HDWD CFO, Frank Luckino. The highest users of water who benefited from a 40% reduction of water rates are: Town of Yucca Valley, Tri-Valley Little League, Basin Wide (Brehm) Foundation and Joshua Springs Calvary Chapel.

No other church or school received reduced water rates at that time.  These accounts were called CIMIS accounts.

Now, Mr. Freter, wouldn’t you like to know why my Soap Box is being withheld over 40 days?  In my letter, I pointed out the golf course owners were filling the big lake at the height of our severe drought. The owners of this golf course met with the Hi-Desert Water District in an “emergency” closed session (only 1 hour notice given before the meeting) to arrange NOT to bid against the Brehm (Hi-Desert Star) Company at the foreclosure sale to secure the golf course and water rights.  Those water rights will cost the HDWD ratepayers over $250,000 to honor the locked in set price for their golf course use. I agreed with the Editor to remove the word “illegal” to describe that emergency meeting but my letter has yet to be published.

Mr. Freter, I urge you to write another letter to the Brehm (Basin Wide Foundation) Communications owner of the Hi-Desert Star, whose daughter is the publisher and worships at that same church, that you were indeed mistaken…don’t hold your breath hoping it will be published.

As I said, “Not All Letters to the Editor are Treated Equal.”

 

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Margo Sturges

Yucca Valley Editor

Note: Margo Sturges has written many articles for Cactus Thorns and is the founder of Citizens4Change.info. Email contact: MargoSturgesYV(at)aol.com "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act."- George Orwell

1 Comment

  1. Mr. Freter is impervious to verified facts, and steadfastly holds to erroneous views when he has been presented with evidence that debunks his falsehoods. I know this by personally exchanging views with him in another forum.

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