Neil Derry

Barstow, Lucerne Valley now in Derry’s territory
January 13, 2012 4:43 PM
KATIE LUCIA, Staff Writer

BARSTOW • San Bernardino County 3rd District Supervisor Neil Derry said his main focus this year will be getting to know the High Desert communities now in his jurisdiction.

“My No. 1 goal is learning the new areas of my district, as I now serve the City of Barstow and Lucerne Valley,” Derry said.

Due to county redistricting, these two local communities shifted to the 3rd District in October. The unincorporated communities surrounding Barstow remain in the 1st District.

Derry said he’s working to get construction started on the repair of Lenwood Road, part of which was destroyed early last year due to flooding. Derry said repairs on the road are still in the design phase but should begin this year.

Another project Derry has his hands on is working with former Barstow Mayor Lawrence Dale to provide training equipment for Barstow Community College’s technical training program. Derry is working to supply $10,000 to bring railroad equipment to Barstow from a recently closed Santa Fe rail yard in Oklahoma.

“Because railroad is large part of Barstow’s history, part of Barstow’s future and a major employer, I hope that (bringing the equipment here) will provide opportunities to youths to learn significant job skills with respect to the railroad industry,” Derry said.

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