Thursday, April 21, 2011 – 07:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, April 21, 2011 – 09:05 a.m.
On a 3-2 vote the governing board of the Victor Valley Economic Development Authority (VVEDA) fired its general counsel Wednesday night.
San Bernardino County Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt, Hesperia City Councilman Russ Blewett and Apple Valley Town Councilman Curt Emick voted to oust attorney Andre de Bortnowsky.
Allegations that de Bortnowsky has an inherent conflict of interest due to his role as city attorney for Victorville, was the primary factor driving his dismissal.
Newly-elected Victorville city council member Angela Valles is another.
Valles has been ripping the curtain off of every dirty little secret her colleagues have been hiding from taxpayers.
Much of what Valles has caused to be disclosed has surrounded her city’s impending financial collapse.
Observer’s say that by her actions, Valles has rightfully brought embarrassment to her colleagues, in addition to costing long-time political player Buck Johns, CEO of Inland Energy millions of dollars.
VVEDA board member and Victorville Mayor Ryan McEachron voted against de Bortnowsky’s removal and expressed his anger over the decision.
In recent months McEachron has converted from a platform of change to being nothing more than a bag man for High Desert old guard political interests.
A move that appears to possibly be due to fear of others.
Sources say lately McEachron has been trying to do everything in his power to silence Valles by limiting her access to city officials and information.
But Valles doesn’t seem deterred. She was at Wednesday night’s meeting making her opinion known from the public audience.
Another surprise was that while Mitzelfelt’s comments were described as neutral, his vote came down on the side of dismissing de Bortnowsky.
VVEDA will initiate a request for proposal process to select a new legal counsel.
de Bortnowsky is a partner in the Calabasas-based law firm of Green de Bortnowsky et al.