Request stems from SVL Walmart vote
September 21, 2012 7:42 PM
Brooke Edwards Staggs

VICTORVILLE • A lawyer is asking county and state authorities to investigate conflict of interest claims against Mayor Pro Tem Rudy Cabriales, in the wake of Cabriales’ vote to approve a new Walmart Supercenter.

Upland-based attorney Corey Briggs on Friday sent letters to Attorney General Kamala Harris and San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos requesting that they take legal action against Cabriales for a vote that Briggs claims violated the Political Reform Act of 1974. The law states elected officials can’t participate in votes that benefit them financially.

Briggs, who’s representing a nonprofit government watchdog organization called Inland Oversight Committee, warned Cabriales during Tuesday’s heated City Council meeting that he planned to take action if the mayor pro tem voted to approve a Walmart Supercenter coming near the entrance to Spring Valley Lake.

Cabriales denied any conflict and joined the vote, and the Walmart project passed 3-1.

For the full story on Briggs’ claim, read Sunday’s Daily Press.

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