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Apple Valley named Best of the Desert eight years straight

Post Date:04/09/2019

Best of The Desert Awards 

Apple Valley named Best of the Desert eight years straight


Apple Valley, CA – April 9, 2019: Do you know what word rhymes with “great”?...eight! As in the number of times Apple Valley has clinched the title of “Best Place to Live” as voted by readers of The Daily Press.


“This is a great acknowledgement for our citizens and a nod to the excellent work of staff,” said Apple Valley Mayor Larry Cusack. “It illustrates our continuing efforts to provide ‘A Better Way of Life’ for Apple Valley’s residents and businesses.”


In addition to “Best Place to Live” Apple Valley also nabbed the top spot for “Best Golf Course.”


“There are many reasons we continue to win this award year after year,” said Town Manager Doug Robertson. “We have to thank our public safety officers for keeping our neighborhoods safer and thank our local teachers and schools for their award-winning achievements, and to our residents who continue to show their local support by shopping and dining here in Apple Valley and supporting small businesses and owners. These are just a few of the reasons we are the best place to live.”


According to The Daily Press, approximately 250,000 votes were cast in this year’s contest that included dozens of categories. The newspaper estimates nearly 1,200 people move to the High Desert every month and use the Best of the Desert printed guide to find everything from service providers to restaurants. A quick search of the guide showcases numerous businesses, service providers, entertainment venues and more in Apple Valley.


Councilmembers Art Bishop and Kari Leon were on hand during the March 28 ceremony when the results were announced to a crowd of 400 people at the 2019 Best of the Desert awards gala.


Mayor Cusack took third in the “Best Public Servant” category behind Assemblyman Jay Olbernolte and County Supervisor Robert Lovingood, and was the only Mayor who placed.


Daily Press Publisher Steve Hunt presented the awards to council at its April 9 regular meeting.

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