THE CACTUS CURTAIN WAR HEATS UP
News and commentary by J. P. Biddle
Lancaster Mayor R. Rex ‘Protecting who?’ Parris has thrown down the gauntlet. He has just demanded that Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford appear before the Lancaster City Council.
WTF? Does King Rex now think he’s a judge and can compel non-citizens of his thiefdom to appear before him? Talk about ego. This lunatic who has people jailed for speaking their mind, certainly doesn’t live by the same rules (if you remember last month he called Ledford a “doofus.”
The latest incident in the long running ‘Cactus Curtain War’ is that King Rex has just discovered that Mayor Ledford is chair of Sanitation District 14 (which is 85% in Lancaster and unincorporated areas) as well as District 20 (which is 100% Palmdale and unincorporated areas).
Parris doesn’t seem to have done his homework before shooting off his big mouth. Then again, flapping his yap is what Parris seems to do best.
Let’s look at the facts before we going any further:
The law (as it stands today) says that all entities within any sanitation district must be represented on the board.
Both Sanitation Districts were created (and infrastructure laid) before either city completed most of their current (and mostly illegal) annexations. District 20 is mostly in Palmdale and surrounding unincorporated areas. Thus the City of Palmdale and a member from the unincorporated areas have a seat on District 20. Mayor Ledford has been chosen as Palmdale’s representative.
The case of District 14 bears a little more scrutiny; While 85% is within Lancaster is true, a small percentage is in unincorporated areas as well as a small percentage (that had been previously located in unincorporated LA County) has since been annexed by Palmdale. That is part of the western half of Rancho Vista.
Since the infrastructure was already in place when the annexation took place, that area is NOW located in the City of Palmdale. As per the law, the City of Palmdale has a right to a seat. At this moment, Lancaster’s representative is Vice Mayor Ron Smith. I guess Mayor Parris is unhappy that his boy Ronnie wasn’t selected as chair, but that Mayor Ledford was. Ouch! (That’s gotta hurt.). This fact has just come to the attention of Mayor Blowhard Parris. Hello! Uh, er, Mr. Mayor, you have been Mayor for four years!
Anyhow, Parris (the unhappy camper) wants to be appointed as Lancaster’s representative (I guess he is unhappy that his Boy Wonder has failed him). Ok, that’s fine. Then lo-and-beholdhe finds the meetings are held in Whittier. He wants them in Lancaster. OK, I will concede that point. They should be held locally so citizens can attend. Mayor Ledford has claimed the reason why is that it will cost $200 per meeting to have it here. According to Parris (unverified by me) that Ledford receives a $125 mileage stipend to attend. So (if that is true) then for a mere $75 more they should hold both meetings locally, District 20 in Palmdale and District 14 in Lancaster.
If Mayor Parris is unhappy that the Rancho Vista section part of District 14 falls into Palmdale, then perhaps he (actually the ratepayers of District 14) should pay to have the lines re-routed to Sanitation District 20 (which would probably cause a substantial rate increase for the folks in District 14).
. . . and the Cactus Curtain War escalates. Stay tuned, we’ll keep you informed as the hostilities escalate. Word on the street is that Mayor Parris has positioned troops on the Palmdale-Lancaster border. Word on the street is that he plans on sending the troops across the border and going to war!
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