Decision comes as recall effort moves ahead
March 25, 2011 5:20 PM
Brooke Edwards

VICTORVILLE • Councilman Mike Rothschild has decided he won’t be running for reelection next fall, announcing the decision to his Facebook friends Friday morning.

“After talking it over with my wife I feel this is a good time to let a new fresh team take (the) lead,” Rothschild wrote on the social networking site.

Rothschild’s long-time fellow councilman Terry Caldwell also opted not to run again last fall and four-term Councilwoman JoAnn Almond was defeated in the November 2010 election, as Victorville faces ongoing budget deficits and investigations from the San Bernardino County Grand Jury and federal Securities and Exchange Commission.

“We are (coming out) of very difficult times but there is a light at the end of the tunnel,” Rothschild’s post continued. “Thank you for your years of support.”

Rothschild — a retired mathematics teacher and a former Navy pilot who fought in Vietnam — was first elected to the City Council in 1984 and has served twice as Victorville’s mayor. He was the second highest vote-getter in November 2008, when he was reelected to his sixth term as councilman.

When reached by phone for comment on his decision, Rothschild said he wasn’t able to talk. He didn’t immediately respond to an emailed request that followed.

Dan Tate, a local real estate developer who’s been critical of several long-standing council members, said he’s been organizing a recall effort against Rothschild due to his “continued fiscal irresponsibility.” Tate notified the City Clerk of his intentions Wednesday, the night after Rothschild led the vote against adding more deputies to Victorville streets — a move Tate cites as more evidence of the councilman’s failure to listen to the will of the citizens.

Tate said he still intends to go through with the recall effort against Rothschild, hoping to oust the councilman before his term is up in November 2012.

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