Wednesday, December 29, 2010 – 12:40 p.m.

During a usually slow news cycle it’s Victorville politics to the rescue.

Victorville has its share of trouble coming on the horizon. Primarily due to financial mismanagement.

But this past week has been very interesting. Politically speaking that is.


First off, in a strange turn of events, wet-behind-the-ears Mayor Ryan McEachron wants all of the investigations into his city ceased at once.

Yes, at once. Even though he helped get some aspects of these investigations started.

Why you ask? Because it’s costing too much dough to respond to all those investigative inquiries, and the city doesn’t have the money to burn.

Hello! Isn’t one of the primary investigations regarding city officials plundering city coffers?

Key word here being “P-L-U-N-D-E-R”.

The city is currently dealing with inquiries from the San Bernardino County Grand Jury, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS).

The Grand Jury is examining city finances. Particularly the discrepancies in city fund balances and the unauthorized expenditure of funds.

It should be noted that Victorville also employs notorious City of Bell auditor Mayer Hoffman McCann as its financial auditor as well.

You don’t hear Victorville politicians rushing to dump the firm do you?

The SEC is investigating whether or not the city failed to disclose material information to investors who purchased various bond issues, which the city is on the hook for.

And the USCIS recently terminated the city’s EB-5 Worker Visa Program. A move that rarely ever happens.

But hold on. It gets even better.


Now word is out, courtesy of the Daily Press, that former Victorville mayor Terry Caldwell is being pushed by long time political backer William “Buck” Johns to run for county supervisor.


Johns is the head honcho of Inland Energy and someone who has had his hands in Victorville’s bank account for years.


Apparently County Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt must not have delivered enough of the green to Johns during his first four years in office.

I can see those Caldwell campaign slogans now.

“Let me do for the county, what I did for Victorville. Run it into the ground.”

“Buck needs a new deep pocket.”

“What’s a few million among friends?”

But I’m sure John’s political operative, Orange County-based consultant David Ellis, can come up with something that has a nice ring to it.

If Caldwell does make a run, which would be hard to believe considering his attachment to Victorville, expect Ellis to have his hands in it.


Another nuance here is the fact that Ellis is political consultant to and close friend of San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos.


But there’s an interesting question here. Does Johns pushing Caldwell to run for county supervisor mean that Ramos will give the two men a pass should something arise out of the Grand Jury process or elsewhere?

The whole situation would be hilarious if Victimville’s finances weren’t so pathetic.

Reality check please!