Friday, November 25, 2011 – 10:30 a.m.

Victorville can’t pay its debt service payments, while some of the city’s leaders want area voters to place them into higher office.

Laugh out loud!

The city is short $7 million for a debt payment due December 1. If the city can’t come up with the dough for the Southern California Logistics Airport bonds it will be in default.

The problem?

Victorville’s books are under scrutiny and the city can’t illegally shift money from other restricted accounts to cover the shortfall.

A method used by the city in the past.

Now the city is under scrutiny from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Federal Bureau of Investigation and the San Bernardino County Grand Jury.

The focus? City finances, and that of the Southern California Logistics Airport Authority.

Which brings us to the focus of the story.

Victorville Mayor Ryan McEachron and Council Member Angela Valles, both republicans, want a seat in Congress, in particular CD-8, and have announced their respective candidacies.

Valles is puzzling. She’s new to the council and has done a great job at standing up to the good ole boy network controlled by Orange County businessman William “Buck” Johns.

Johns owns Inland Energy. A company that will undoubtedly emerge in the story of the city’s financial collapse.

City officials have done everything possible to cut off Valles’ access to city staffers and documents.

The city needs Valles and she should stay where she’s at. There will be more opportunities for her later if she maintains her scruples.

McEachron, on the other hand, is a different story.

The mayor started off pretty much identical to Valles. He ran an anti-establishment campaign and won.

He did stand up to former Mayor Terry Caldwell and company for a brief time.

Then, whether it was due to pressure or something else, he aligned himself with Johns and the good ole boys and now he’s apart of the problem.

Being tagged in mail hit pieces as helping run Victorville into the ground is on the radar for both Valles and McEachron.

For McEachron it’s because he’s now a apart of the problem.

For Valles it’s simply because she’s there and trying to jump ship.

Both should think again.