If you follow the activities of the Tehachapi Valley Healthcare District, you may have noticed from time to time a closed session item having to do with "trade secrets."
Last week, I had the opportunity to see a new movie. I sat in the dark, with a drink and a bucket of popcorn, and enjoyed the fruits of labor performed by hundreds of people who either wrote, produced, directed, designed, built, supported, or marketed the movie.
Well, the election is over, but the counting's not done.
Just when I thought things might start to settle down in Golden Hills, there is a new flap and this one has my head spinning.
Proposition 47 is an initiative that will significantly reduce the criminal penalties for numerous crimes including drug possession, theft of a firearm, and possession of date rape drugs. The so-called "Safe Neighborhood and Schools Act" will not make our neighborhoods or our schools safer. In fact it will achieve the opposite. It is opposed by every major law enforcement organization and victim group in California.
With four of five candidates for three seats on the Tehachapi City Council having expressed support for Measure F on the Nov. 4 ballot, the only candidate opposed — 18-year-old Richard Felter — told the Tehachapi News that he would like to explain his reasons.
Ready or not, the election is upon us; although we're still nearly two weeks away from Election Day (Nov. 4), many people vote by mail and have already received (or soon will) their ballots and may have or will soon vote.
Over the last few weeks, I've been thinking a lot about the upcoming elections in Tehachapi, and the candidates and issues that will be considered by voters as they cast their ballot this November. As an employee of the city and not an elected official, my role is to manage the day to day business of the city and to avoid political discourse when possible. Instead of engaging in political debate best left to those individuals running for office, my staff and I do our best to provide facts and information to the public and the City Council so that educated decisions can be made about the future of our great city.
Now and then, I get aggravated.
A very nice gentleman called me the other day with questions -- and a comment -- about Measure F, the sales tax increase the City of Tehachapi has put before voters on Nov. 4.
It was sad news we had to report last Thursday morning when a bear wandered into town and was killed by Tehachapi police. I talked on the phone with City Manager Greg Garrett just before that took place and he and the police officers present were really hoping they could keep the animal contained until staff from the state Dept. of Fish and Wildlife arrived.