May 12, 2011 3:08 PM
Brooke Edwards
Staff Writer

VICTORVILLE • Councilwoman Angela Valles has sent a letter to the state Attorney General’s Opinion Unit, asking the agency to look into a potential conflict of interest regarding Mayor Pro Tem Rudy Cabriales.

It’s a move that was recommended by the Fair Political Practices Commission after the city attorney contacted that agency asking for advice on the issue last month.

Cabriales has voted in favor of a number of city contracts with companies that have made donations to the High Desert Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. His wife, Vickie Cabriales, is CEO of the chamber and receives a commission on top of her annual salary for each sponsorship she brings in.

“In my opinion this provides a direct financial benefit to Mr. Cabriales and provides incentive for him to vote in favor of contracts with companies who sponsor Hispanic Chamber events,” Valles wrote in her letter to the Attorney General. “I believe this has been going on since Rudy and Vickie have been married and needs to be investigated to protect the voters.”

The FPPC cited a potential for a conflict in its May 3 letter, suggesting Victorville seek further guidance from the Attorney General’s office. However, both Cabriales and Mayor Ryan McEachron declined to press the issue further, and so Valles personally sent the letter Thursday.

It generally takes four to six months for the Office of the Attorney General to write an opinion, according to the agency’s website, with a response then expected in September at the earliest.

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