Newberry CSD's July Meeting
Centered On A Pervert,
$10,000 Fine, Traffic Signals,
And Recreation Equipment...
All Are Screw-ups !
Posted: August 1, 2021
Newberry Springs Community Alliance
Over 10 years of sharing the Love.
by Ted Stimpfel
Lawtis Donald Rhoden, SVP
At the CSD's July Zoom meeting, representatives from the
District Attorney's Office presented a background history on Lawtis Rhoden
and the efforts by the D.A. and the Sheriff's Department to prevent this
Sexually Violent Predator from domiciling in Newberry Springs.
At this point, I encourage everyone to attend a Community Meeting
on Mr. Rhoden that is being held this Wednesday, August 4, at 6 P.M., at the CSD
building. The event will likely be held outdoors so I would suggest bringing
your own chair.
Representatives from the D.A.'s office, the Sheriff's Department,
and other public officials may attend. Liberty Healthcare Corporation, which
is trying to place Mr. Rhoden in Newberry, might have a representative.
The CSD has mailed out a confusing template draft to
Newberry's mailing addresses. I would think that the suggested
letters should be addressing the court, care of the D.A. Instead,
it appears to state to the D.A., "Your placement of Lawtis Donald Rhoden
into our community and neighborhoods places all of our citizens in a
dangerous situation." Note: The D.A. is NOT doing the placement,
the court and Liberty Healthcare Corporation are doing the placement.
$10,000 fine per marijuana plant.
CSD director Jack Unger requested that the board,
"Write a letter to Supervisor Cook advising him of Newberry's request
that he work to pass a new County Ordinance that levies a substantial
(for ex. $10,000) "per-plant" fine on land owners (sic) who grow or allow
their property to be used to grow illegal outdoor marijuana plants."
This is nothing new. It has been previously proposed
by others in the county. The other CSD board members naturally agreed
with Unger's knee-jerk $10,000 logic and passed the motion unanimously.
While the County Supervisors are known for exercising
poor judgment and might pass something like a $10,000 per-plant
fine, the idea sounds truly stupid to me. Why not a $1,500
per-plant fine that would also be effective and not as likely to
be judicially ruled excessively punitive and unconstitutional?
Why promote trash can ideas for a court to overturn?
One can be effective without all the phony chest-beating for an asinine
Traffic signals for Newberry.
This idea was promoted by director Margie
Roberts. After some prior publicity on the topic, the
other directors didn't want anything to do with it. Yet,
Margie still couldn't understand why not. The proposal
died for lack of support.
New recreational toys for seniors.
General Manager Jodi Howard has been working on
a grant for the park. I believe that she is recognizing that
her "splash pad" idea is not practical at this time so she is looking
at more traditional park exercise equipment.
The grant that she is working on is for $147,000.
The CSD would need to provide approximately $40,000 in matching funds.
Because "we already have children's equipment,"
the new equipment will likely target older teens through seniors.
Jodi Howard appeared very frustrated in not acquiring better
direction from the board, claiming "I don't know what to do."
Prices for the equipment are quickly rising, the selection of equipment
hasn't been done, she is being pulled in different directions as to what
to purchase and she is damn frustrated.
I have kept my mouth shut but I don't like any of the
static "playground" equipment being proposed. Despite the very high
costs involved for few items, they will be underused.
I would prefer to see the money invested for things that
will attract larger numbers of people. Perhaps something as simple
as a bandstand that could be used for evening concerts and other public
events (e.g. CSD coronations).
Newberry's Got Talent !
This community offers little for children.
I have been very impressed by BMX tracks around the Southland that
are very popular and well attended by children who get a good
Click for enlargement.
This picture only shows the starting portion of the track
which has a metal starting gate of 8 lanes, sequence starting lights, and
starting horn. Contestants compete on building their individual scores.
Like other sporting events, families and community
are drawn together.
If the kids racing in the above-photographed race look
small, they are. Yet, if you look to the right, there is a tiny short track
for beginners... about 4-year-olds. There are over 350 sanctioned
USA BMX tracks in the U.S.
love the competition (this linked track is in Bellflower).
The nearest BMX track is in
The one pictured above is at Whittier Narrows and it has a smaller
footprint than Hesperia's.
Yermo has a nice skate park. When it was
built, Yermo had all of the concrete donated by a cement plant.
The above items might not be a fit for Newberry.
My suggestion is to illustrate that the Newberry CSD needs to do
more thinking outside the box for recreation.
Traditional tubular bars are not as popular anymore
and if acquired, they need to be well shaded throughout the day
with a canopy.
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