Accounting for the Ditch
Those of you who have followed Lincolnite for a while know that I’ve long been critical of the Antelope Valley Project. I like parts of the project—and someday I may even learn to love the project as a whole—but certain aspects of the AVP have bugged me. Add to that list: the lack of accountability for taxpayer dollars, costing us millions extra. That’s not acceptable, particularly since many of the factors that led to waste—such as the complications associated with getting many different government partners to play nicely with one another—were eminently foreseeable.
I’m particularly dissatisfied with the response from Joint Antelope Valley Authority Chairman Glenn Johnson and Mayor Chris Beutler. Their public comments in reaction to the audit seem dismissive. Mayor Beutler said, “Leadership demands that we don’t abandon progress simply because we can’t achieve perfection.” Don’t give us that load of baloney, Mayor. Nobody is talking about “perfection” here (though that sure would be nice!). We expect and demand responsibility and accountability, both of which were obviously lacking at various points in the project. Quit conjuring “nobody’s perfect” straw men and instead tell us how you’re going to fix the things that need to be fixed. That, Mayor Beutler, is leadership.
In other AVP news, the roadway from P to Vine is due to open in early May. At least the project continues to move forward.