Next Monday the city will present the annual State of the City Address at the Hesperia Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon at Courtyard by Marriott. While the state of many cities is fairly bleak, Hesperia actually has something upbeat to talk about.


As we reported on this week's front page, the rate for serious crimes in Hesperia has actually dropped. That's great news, indeed. There are several reasons: The Hesperia City Council continues to make public safety one of their top priorities and allocates funds for the Hesperia Police Station; Capt. Lance Clark has continued the fine service of his predecessors and oversees a station of dedicated men and women working deligently to protect and serve.


The Hesperia Civic Street Faire & Farmers Market has exceeded the expectations of organizers, attracting many people every Wednesday afternoon.


We'll find out other city highlights next week.


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It's interesting to see how differently private companies and governments inact furloughs as a solution to budget or income woes. While businesses may utilize furloughs to offset loses, they want to find ways to implement them with little or no affect to their customers. Governments, on the other hand, seem to want to remind their customers that "this is going to hurt."


Last week many state government offices including the Victorville DMV office began three-day-a-month closures.


If you haven't had a reason to join the AAA Club, you sure do now. While many people are waiting in line at the DMV office (if it's even open), AAA members are relaxing on comfortable furniture before they are pleasantly greeted by a club customer service person.


If there is anything that we've learned from this economic downturn is that government has gotten way too big. Paring down state services may have its pains, but in the long run everything will run infinitely smoother.