Association of Realtors Meeting Speaker Gives Tax Tips

HDAOR March 2016 General Meeting

The High Desert Association of Realtors (HDAOR) held their monthly meeting at the Green Tree Inn. The organization recently had to move into a temporary office in Victorville after their Hesperia office received some damage.

The membership discussed the damaged building and whether to repair it or go ahead with a remodel that has been under discussion for several years.

HDAOR President Serena Whyte asked the crowd what they thought, and consensus appeared to lean towards doing the full remodel, as the building is quite old and the association has the money saved to cover the cost. Bids are being accepted for the construction work.

New Realtor members were recognized, along with new Affiliate members.

Speaker CPA Jim Quinn talked about taxes, after telling a few jokes about the boring personality of a CPA. His main focus was on deductions, and specifically pointed out that travel, transportation, meals and lodging is the one area where people have to be particularly careful about recordkeeping. He said the IRS will not allow the deductions for these items if you do not keep good records. He also said tax on long-term capital gains may increase, and could spur real estate sales. He also talked about tax-free property exchanges in California requiring a new form to be filed (Form 3840).

The HDAOR is helping get the word out about Hesperia’s new landlord ordinance, and meetings are scheduled throughout the year to help educate people, and also promote the Neighborhood Watch program.

A cake and cookie raffle ended the meeting on a “sweet” note, and was lots of fun, with Linda West dressed as a hobo acting as the auctioneer.

If you are interested in joining the HDAOR, visit their temporary office at 14281 Seventh St., Victorville, or call (760) 244-8841.


Public Outreach – Making Neighborhoods Safer


The HDAOR is participating in an information spreading campaign to get the word out about two programs.

Any rental property within the city limits of Hesperia is now required to participate in the Crime Free Rental Housing Program. This new ordinance covers property owners/management companies of residential single-family or multi-family rental property, and tenants who occupy rental properties.

For questions, contact Karen Hunt at (760) 947-1500, or attend a free meeting on March 23 at 3 & 6pm.

Neighborhood Watch (NW): With assistance from the Crime Prevention staff at the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s, HDAOR provides information and resources on how to start and maintain a NW group. Crime prevention is the best way to help keep our homes and our neighborhoods safe.

One of the most effective crime prevention tools is NW. It is simply an organized group of citizens devoted to crime and vandalism prevention within a neighborhood.

The HDAOR is hosting a FREE, public meeting on Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 at 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. at their office at 14281 7th Street, Victorville. Call (760) 244-8841 for information. and we invite you to come and receive information and resources to start and maintain a healthy Neighborhood Watch program.


The HDAOR Office Relocated!

14281 7th Street Victorville, CA 92395

Due to heavy rains that we have been experiencing this year and intrusion of water into the building, an investigation was undertaken by professional environmental consultants, and their report found organisms traditionally associated with mold may be present in the walls of the building. The Association has committed to remediating any potential mold condition, and until environmental consultants certify the building has met remediation standards, the employees will be relocated and membership and public events will not be hosted in the building.


Dreamers, Visionaries & Leaders Honored for Achievements

The Dreamers, Visionaries & Leaders (DVL) Project held its 8th annual Tribute Awards in celebration of Black History Month in a Hollywood Awards format, honoring local individuals for their achievements and service.

“It is our privilege to recognize 10 extraordinary High Desert individuals for their professional accomplishments and community service,” stated DVL Founder, Regina Weatherspoon-Bell.

Mistress of Ceremonies Actress/Singer Dawnn Lewis (“A Different World,” “Better Call Saul,” “Major Crimes”) hosted an afternoon of honor, history and entertainment featuring DVL Lifetime Achievement Honorees Dr. Vincent E. Ajanwachuku and Dr. Mildred Dalton Hampton-Henry.

Other 2016 honorees were: Mina Blazy, Principal, Gus Franklin Jr. STEM Academy; Dr. Lakieta L. Emanuel, Chief Clinical Director of HD Speech & Language Center, Inc.; Cedric Evans, Co-

Founder & President, Field Hogz Sports; Alexandra Gessesse, Youth Academic Achievement & Community Service; Thomas & Tamara Lee, President & Vice President High Desert Black Heritage Committee; Vickie Mack, Executive Director, Sterling Solutions; and, Joan Rudder-Ward, MBA, CPP.

A special Tribute Award was given to Nancy Jackson of Southern California Edison for her outstanding service as High Desert Public Affairs Region Manager.

Performances by musician Al Castro, vocalists Janice Freeman and Glenn Dumas; plus an art exhibition; “Finding My Voice…Works spanning 1958 – 2016” showcased the works of local acclaimed artist, Theresa Polley-Shellcroft.

For more information about the DVL organization, programs and events, call (760) 242-2487 or visit

The DVL Project is an affiliate fund of the High Desert Community Foundation.

Victor Valley Animal Protective League in the News

Dogs on the Go Pet Adoption Vehicle

The Victor Valley Animal Protective League (VVAPL) humane society introduced its first mobile adoption vehicle to the public on February 13.

Called “Dogs On the Go,” the vehicle can showcase 25 pets, it’s debut took place at PetSmart in Apple Valley during Pet Smart Charities’ National Adoption Weekend. The vehicle was donated by Southwest Gas.

A ribbon cutting ceremony kicked off the showcasing of this first of its kind vehicle in the High Desert, vehicle. Afterwards, attendees were able to get a look at some of the pets up for adoption through VVAPL.

Every month Dogs on the Go will travel to different locations throughout the area bringing adorable adoptables to a neighborhood near you!

VVAPL is a nonprofit and was the first animal shelter in the Victor Valley. Since 1958, VVAPL has rescued, sheltered and found homes for unwanted animals.

Their clinic provides vaccines, spay/neuter, dental and microchip clinics, pet therapy, and C.A.R.E.S. outreach education programs in schools, senior facilities and health and safety fairs.

VVAPL Humane Society is located at 21779 Zuni Road, Apple Valley, CA 92307. Call (760) 247-2102, or visit for more information.


Employee Giving Programs Help

Giving back and making a positive impact in local communities is part of the mission of many companies.

One way to accomplish that is through employee charitable giving programs, providing employees the opportunity to support local nonprofits through one-time gifts or ongoing payroll deductions.

VVAPL Humane Society is thankful and humbled by the generosity of employees from two giving programs – Disney VoluntEARS Community Fund (DVCF) and Southwest Gas Corporation’s Fuel For Life.

For over 30 years, Disneyland Resort cast members have focused on providing meaningful service to their communities. Cast member Rachelle Allen recently nominated the humane society to receive one of the many grants given to Southern California nonprofits through the Disney VoluntEARS Community Fund.

VVAPL was awarded $5,000 to help with Chip and Return, a low-cost microchip program launching in March.

“A microchipped pet has a greater chance of being reunited with their family if found,” said VVAPL Executive Director Kathy Williamson. “Thanks to DVCF, we’re able to provide this much needed, low-cost resource to pet parents.”

Southwest Gas encourages a culture of giving, and their employees have a long and proud history of making a meaningful difference in the communities they serve.

This year, through the Fuel For Life program, the generous SWG employees donated $11,881.71 to VVAPL, which will be used to support the humane society’s community and adoption programs, such as their Dogs on the Go

Mobile Adoption Vehicle. The humane society was also honored to be highlighted in the Fuel For Life Campaign video, which can be viewed at

VVAPL Humane Society is a nonprofit located at 21779 Zuni Road in Apple Valley. For information call 760/247-2102, visit to view animals, and like us on Facebook.