April 18, 2013 9:07 PM
Jim E. Winburn, Staff Writer

VICTORVILLE • Troubled by what she sees as the city’s failure to respond to a grand jury’s financial recommendations, Councilwoman Angela Valles requested a public update on the issue but was rebuffed by the City Council.

Speaking to the Daily Press by phone Wednesday, Valles said the city has had seven months to follow through with the grand jury’s recommendations from a report received and approved by the city in September.

Valles could not attend Tuesday’s meeting because she recently underwent minor surgery, but she wrote a letter detailing her complaints and requesting a public discussion.

The council referred her to the city manager, asking that he have a one-on-one discussion with Valles about the city’s compliance with a San Bernardino County grand jury’s 2011-2012 final report involving the financial management and operations of the city.

“The city manager takes instruction from the entire council and not from a single member,” said Councilman Jim Kennedy at Tuesday’s meeting, adding that the city has already responded to the grand jury report. “So her request really requires an agreement for the city manager to go forward on this.”

The county grand jury published its final report in June, looking into the financial condition of the city and reviewing its interfund loan practices and use of restricted funds.

The report recommended several measures of action for the city’s financial practices, such as revising or improving the interfund loan policy.

In her letter — which was not read at the meeting — Valles said that Development Impact Fee funds have been used for purposes other than the stated purposes for which they were collected.

As an example, she states that several million dollars of Road DIF funds were spent on the new City Hall — an obligation of the Public Buildings DIF Fund.

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