Flyer doesn't offer much.
Posted: October 26, 2018
A look at what little she has accomplished.
In an obvious response to a prior flyer mailed by Newberry CSD candidates
Robert Shaw and Ted Stimpfel, incumbent Victoria Paulsen has mailed out her own
flyer, touting her own qualifications.
While Paulsen's full-color flyer looks visually impressive,
the reading does not.
Two road signs.
The flyer prides Paulsen's accomplishments as working with
others to have a couple of signs erected in Newberry. Nice, and appreciated,
but they were done through NSEDA and not the CSD. Certainly, the signs do not
make the lives better for anyone living in Newberry.
Playground wood chips.
Paulsen's flyer states, "When I see a need. I find ways to take care
of it. I spearheaded the drive to improve our community park. The first step was
new wood chips, but a lot more is coming next year."
Horray, for a two year period on the CSD board, Paulsen has provided some
playground wood chips.
Sniping at rivals.
Paulsen also takes a snipe at her rival candidates in the flyer
claiming that she knows CSD law and implying that her competition wants to use the
CSD funds illegally. Actually, the CSD funds cannot be used illegally as they
are closely scrutinized. Paulsen's problem is that she doesn't understand the
practices of law (as she claims) as she has no legal background and she can not
Fixated inside a box.
During the October board meeting, as if to prove her
limited vision, Paulsen bored nearly everyone by a lengthy reading of
the principle categories of powers that a CSD can choose to undertake
from the county. After reading each category, asking if the other
directors held any interest? Due to illness, Robert Shaw was
not in attendance. The other directors showed little enthusiasm
but supported Paulsen by placing an agenda item for a possible ad hoc
committee for their next meeting.
Paulsen's review failed to comprehend
that there might be other beneficial subcategories that the Newberry CSD might
open and explore.
For instance, the CSD board has never explored with LAFCO
whether the CSD could acquire jurisdiction over water conservation within the CSD's
boundary. This could possibly be in the form of a Newberry conservation
overlay of the Mojave Water Agency that has refused the responsibility of conservation
that would limit outside farmers from starting new alfalfa farms outside of the
Adjudication which is currently legal.
Seizure of community's funds.
While on the board, Paulsen has supported the board's seizure of the
community's Kiewit Pacific funds that were given to an earlier board to manage outside
of the powers of LAFCO. Paulsen and the current board have absorbed the community's
separate funds into their general management.
By their seizure, both candidates Paulsen and Springer have refused to
allow a small portion of the Kiewit Pacific funds to be used to defend against the
proposed Silver Valley solar projects. The projects, if allowed, will greatly
harm Newberry citizens' health and local property values.
Voted for a budget that includes money
for a big stipend increase.
Yep, Paulsen voted for a recent CSD budget that has money set
aside for a stipend increase.
The Newberry CSD has historically existed on the principle of exclusion
of vision. It has been easier for the directors to do a limited amount of work for
their stipend for which the current directors have budgeted a possible doubling.
As stated in the flyer, Paulsen has spoken before the Planning
Commission (3 minutes) and the Board of Supervisors (3 minutes). In front of the
Board of Supervisors, she spoke, "Now in Newberry, we are not opposed to solar energy,
we've got plenty of sun and land to spare." Shockingly, she welcomed responsible
utility-scale solar development in Newberry. With the Planning Commission, she
wasn't as irresponsible.
Is Newberry Springs ready for Change?
This has been an interesting CSD campaign with all of the mailers
and community postings. Paulsen and Springer are attempting to maintain their
status-quo grip on the community while Shaw and Stimpfel are fighting for a progressive
Change. The voters will have the final word of what they want.
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