In a democratic society, the power of government originates
at the bottom and funnels up to the elected to fulfill the Will of the People.
The Will of the citizens of San Bernardino County was
not to give our precious Cadiz water away to outside counties to quench
their thirst for new
swimming pools and recreational lakes,
as in Orange County.
Nor is it the People's Will in this county to turn-over
our precious desert to unreasonable destruction to fulfill Sacramento's
political call for 100% renewable energy by 2045, when rooftop solar
would non-discriminately better serve the need and preserve our desert
and tourist economy.
San Bernardino County has already contributed far
more than its fair share of solar energy production for Sacramento's
feel-good scheme. This county is now becoming a scarred dumpsite
by our unwise County officials who are continuing to openly surrender
our county to outside solar developers.
Politicians have severe egos and a failure to listen
to their constituents. They rule their subjects rather than being the
reflective voice of the People.
The desert may be a wasteland for most people, but to us,
it is home. And home is something worth protecting. The desert is a selected
lifestyle that we have chosen. It should not be desecrated by outsiders
who want solar power but who won't produce it upon their own roofs.
I congratulate the Newberry CSD for standing-up and
appealing the County's unanimous 5-0 approval of the Daggett Solar
As a follow-up to the January 10th news blog on
Supervisor Dawn Rowe and the appellate decision going against her,
she has announced that she is stepping away from her board seat.
How this will play out isn't known yet, but her
goose appears cooked. The Republican board members want to
keep appealing to keep her in office until the next election but
that idea could be dead. Governor Newsom might appoint a
Democrat replacement. Time will tell.
As a conservative Independent voter, I tend to
lean towards Republican candidates, but when the local Republican
Party has so badly screwed-up the quality of life in the High
Desert, I welcome a change by the Governor. Things can't
get much worse for Newberry.