Snake Oil

Pitch fails to woo L.A. County Supervisors

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted Sep. 1, 2015 at 5:33 PM
Updated Sep 1, 2015 at 7:23 PM

ADELANTO — Mayor Pro Tem Jermaine Wright on Tuesday welcomed Los Angeles County Supervisors’ rejection of a controversial jail plan that was touted by its developers as an injection into the city’s lagging economy.

Supervisors rejected the plan to house more than 3,200 of their overflow inmate population at a proposed facility to be built in Adelanto, the Los Angeles Times reported. Former L.A. County District Attorney Steve Cooley made the pitch on behalf of developers Doc Crants and Buck Johns.

The plan promised to bring 1,250 jobs here and a $1.2 million annual bed tax to Adelanto’s depressed general fund, but also had caught flak from residents who were against the idea, in part, due to concerns for public safety.

“I was always under the impression with the people I know from L.A. County that it wouldn’t pass,” Wright said. “Honestly, they needed to keep their jail down there where it belongs in L.A. We don’t need their prisoners down here.”

Wright has not been shy in voicing opposition to the plan. In July, he voted against giving Crants and Johns, who lead LCS Holdings, an extension from June 30 to the end of the year to secure a deal with L.A. County. The extension was granted by the City Council, 4-1.

Wright said Tuesday there were other avenues for the city to bring in revenue, insisting that officials should focus on stores and industries like manufacturing, “some sort of other business instead of jailing people.”

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