Russ Blewett's letter to the editor posted in last week's Star was a gross misrepresentation. The meeting he accused Anthony Riley, a Hesperia Unified School District Board of Trustee member, of missing was scheduled with less than 24 hours notice, and Mr. Riley had long since notified the Board that he would not be available on that time and date. Further, Mr. Riley does not chronically miss school board meetings ... he was late once due to his job at the county. Mr. Riley is now a candidate for the 59th Assembly District.


Mr. Blewett, who was the mayor of Baldwin Park before moving to Hesperia, is an avid supporter of his friend Chris Lancaster. Lancaster, who was recalled from the City of Covina's city council for raising taxes and levying fees, moved to La Verne to run for the 59th Assembly District which includes Hesperia and Apple Valley.


Lancaster is running as a Republican but is a RINO (Republican In Name Only) having only contributed financially to Democratic Party campaigns.


Electing Lancaster to the 59th District would mean that Hesperia and Apple Valley would have no representation in the State Assembly. Blewett and Lancaster, in my opinion, are both carpetbaggers attempting to subvert the High Desert's electoral prerogative.