First an apology: Upon reflection, I now believe my use of the word "salivating" in last week's "A View From Main Street" commentary was too much. And as it turns out, that was not an accurate description of how Hesperia city leaders are feeling about the red light camera situation.


At the end of last Tuesday's City Council meeting, Councilwoman Rita Vogler and Councilman Tad Honeycutt made it clear that the council has no plans to install cameras similar to those in Victorville.


"For now, and hopefully for a very long time, that won't happen," the councilwoman said, emphatically.


"We don't want to create a Big Brother state here in Hesperia," Honeycutt said.


While I'm personally very happy with the councilmembers' remarks - and I believe most Hesperia residents should be too - I want to share my initial hope when writing the commentary last week. As editor of this publication, I don't believe I have the authority to request anyone, in this case members of the City Council, take any specific action. But I certainly hope my words and thoughts will help strike up community conversation on any given topic. If that helps spark positive change, that's fine. I never want to be the one with a pitchfork and torch leading the way. But I do want to shine a large flashlight on a topic now and then.


While we're on the topic, our council should be applauded for not rushing to installing photo enforcement cameras. With money tight everywhere, a quick fix is tempting. But putting a red light to red light cameras is a good thing.


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Hesperia isn't only shining when compared to Victorville, but Hesperia is doing many things better than Apple Valley too. On Monday Mayor Mike Leonard presented the annual State of the City address to members of the Hesperia Chamber of Commerce during the chamber's monthly luncheon. Apple Valley also has a tradition of first presenting its State of the Town address at its chamber of commerce - until now.


Apple Valley Mayor Tim Jasper decided instead to first present the address to the meeting of the Victor Valley Sunrise Rotary, a civic group comprised of the valley's movers and shakers. The chamber would get a followup presentation. Town residents also would get a chance to hear the address at a summer concert at the Civic Amphitheater, Jasper said.


But Jasper's decision to break with tradition rankled Apple Valley Councilman Bob Sagona who shared his views during a recent town council meeting. The mayor apparently didn't appreciate his fellow councilmember's public disapproval of the decision and reportedly said, "I guess this conversation is over."


Jasper said, "You have one minute" for Sagona to give his comment, which didn't please the councilman.


The exchange was upsetting to several in attendance including former Apple Valley Mayor Rob Turner.


"I was absolutely appalled at the treatment of Mr. Sagona at the hands of Mayor Jasper," according to a report.


Thankfully, Hesperia has chosen to stay with tradition and present the address at the Hesperia Chamber event. And while our councilmembers don't always agree, at least they attempt to respect each other's opinions and right to speak their minds.