Supervisor recommends moving Barstow to 3rd District
July 21, 2011 8:44 AM
BARSTOW • The mayor and city manager spoke on behalf of Barstow at Monday’s county redistricting workshop but Barstow’s district supervisor said it would be best to move the area to the 3rd District.
During the public hearing portion of the San Bernardino County meeting, Barstow Mayor Joe Gomez and City Manager Curt Mitchell spoke out against the draft resolutions that move Barstow to the 3rd District while communities such as Yermo, Daggett, Hinkley and Fort Irwin remain in the 1st District.
“Our economies and populations are very closely tied,” Gomez said.
Of the six draft resolutions that were presented to the public Monday, four would move Barstow to the 3rd District. Gomez told the board that since the district field office is in Barstow, if the city were move into the 3rd District, the closest 1st District office for the surrounding towns would be more than 40 miles away in Hesperia.
Additionally, he said, the split would put the Marine Corps Logistics Base and Yermo Annex into different districts, even though they share some of the same leadership.
“To avoid interagency issues, it would make sense to keep Barstow in District 1,” Gomez said before the meeting.
After hearing the public comments, Barstow’s current district supervisor, Brad Mitzelfelt, said he wants to keep Barstow together with its surrounding communities, but by moving it all to the 3rd District.
“I don’t think that can be done while keeping it in the 1st District,” he said.
Mitzelfelt didn’t like any of the proposals because they either split Barstow or keep it all in the 1st District.
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