City urges delay amid call for talks, volunteers to help change property tax formula

Posted Dec. 9, 2014 @ 6:55 pm
Updated Dec 9, 2014 at 6:58 PM

VICTORVILLE — Calling for a valleywide discussion regarding the number of correctional facilities in the area, the city announced late Tuesday that it was “fundamentally opposed” to a proposed prison to house Los Angeles County inmates near the Adelanto-Victorville border.

In a letter from Victorville Mayor Gloria Garcia to the Adelanto City Council, the city of Victorville requests that Adelanto table an expected vote Wednesday evening on the 3,264-bed facility until meaningful talks can happen.

“The need for jobs is abundantly clear, however, we are concerned with other undesirable elements and the stigma the high concentration of correctional facilities could have on the region’s ability to attract new industry,” the letter states.

Several other regional agencies are copied on the letter, including the Board of Supervisors for Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties; the cities of Barstow and Hesperia; the town of Apple Valley; San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon and the Board of Trustees for Victor Valley College and Adelanto Elementary School District.

Victorville officials also cite “areas of weakness in the documents we have reviewed, as a courtesy.”

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