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  1. Victorville City Council now mostly womenRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Dec 12 | Victorville Daily Press

    Before a full house at City Hall chambers, Debra Jones and Dr. Rita Ramirez were sworn in as members of the City Council. Jones and Ramirez will replace outgoing councilmen Jim Kennedy and Eric Negrete, who were both absent.


  2. Victorville City Council approves plans for expanded Old TownRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Nov 21 | Victorville Daily Press

    The City Council approved a resolution Tuesday night to approve the Old Town Specific Plan, along with ordinances for a zoning change and amendment that adds more than 250 acres to the historic area. The plan features an ambitious vision for the area, centered around a vibrant, pedestrian-safe Seventh Street with a mix of residential and business buildings, along with improving traffic on the busy roadway.


  3. In Victorville, Ramirez widens lead over NegreteRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Nov 19 | Victorville Daily Press

    Rita Ramirez, who previously trailed in the Victorville City Council race, widened the gap between herself and Eric Negrete on Monday. The former Congressional candidate holds a 103-vote lead over the incumbent following an update of election results released Monday afternoon.


  4. Ramirez lead over Negrete in Victorville increasesRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 16, 2018 | Victorville Daily Press

    Rita Ramirez's lead over Eric Negrete increased Friday, one day after she pulled ahead of the one-term incumbent in a close race for the second open seat on the Victorville City Council, according to updated San Bernardino County Elections Office results. Ramirez took a 77-vote lead over Negrete on Friday, unofficial results showed.


  5. Victorville will not forward Gomez's claims to DA or Grand JuryRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 10, 2018 | Victorville Daily Press

    Public corruption allegations made by Councilwoman Blanca Gomez against current and former city officials will not be forwarded by the Council to the District Attorney's Office or Grand Jury for further review. Mayor Pro Tem Jim Cox said he feared losing credibility with the investigating agencies for sending them accusations to probe that were "patently false."


  6. Despite Gomez opposition, city attorney's office will defend Victorville mayor in civil caseRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 24, 2018 | Victorville Daily Press

    The City Attorney's office will defend Mayor Gloria Garcia in a civil harassment case that arose from a disputed August encounter inside a Victorville restaurant. The 3-1 Council decision earlier this month to allow Green de Bortnowsky, the law firm of City Attorney Andre de Bortnowsky, to represent Garcia had raised questions - primarily from Councilwoman Blanca Gomez - over whether taxpayer dollars were being used improperly.


  7. Draped in religious symbol, Gomez rebuked for series of controversial behaviorRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 22, 2018 | Victorville Daily Press

    Citing a string of controversial behavior, Councilwoman Blanca Gomez's fellow elected colleagues Tuesday evening issued a public statement of disapproval against her conduct in the latest effort to distance themselves from the beleaguered policymaker. The statement - short of an official censure measure, according to Jim Kennedy, the councilman who proposed it - is entirely symbolic and holds no implications other than to act as an on-record rebuke.


  8. City rolled dice on Metzler. Now he's cleared in SEC caseRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 24, 2018 | Victorville Daily Press

    In April, elected officials elevated Keith Metzler, then the interim City Manager, to become Victorville's permanent top administrator after less than four months of having taken over for Doug Robertson, who departed for Apple Valley on Jan. 2. At the time, it was viewed as a shrewd move to promote Metzler, who had risen from the rank of intern in 1996, to economic development chief in 2003, to assistant city manager in 2011, and who carries a wealth of institutional knowledge.


  9. Golf course budget failure raises questions with no immediate answersRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 23, 2018 | Victorville Daily Press

    By a 2-1 vote, the Green Tree Golf Course budget on Tuesday failed to pass for this coming fiscal year, raising serious questions about whether the 18-hole course might close if even only temporarily. "At this point, we are looking into our options for how to move forward," city spokeswoman Sue Jones said the next day.


  10. Unable to secure Victorville's blessing, Chalice Festival appears on way outRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 14, 2018 | Victorville Daily Press

    City officials will almost certainly let Chalice Festival - a cannabis-themed art and music event held at the fairgrounds the past two years - depart once next month's significantly scaled-back version wraps up. The majority Council has shown no appetite to issue a letter of support to accompany the three-day festival's permit application with the state Bureau of Cannabis Control.


  11. From majority Council, Metzler given vote of confidence as Victorville city managerRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 18, 2018 | Victorville Daily Press

    Keith Metzler, the interim city manager, was named the permanent top administrator on Tuesday evening by the majority Council, officially replacing Doug Robertson who left Jan. 2 to assume the same role in Apple Valley. By a 3-1 margin, with Mayor Gloria Garcia absent and Councilwoman Blanca Gomez casting the lone dissenting vote, the Council approved a three-year contract with Metzler.


  12. Even after Measure K, public safety tax talks not entirely dead in VictorvilleRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 6, 2018 | Victorville Daily Press

    Even as officials tout the cost savings they expect to realize from transitioning to the City Fire Department, the long-term price of public safety services - including law enforcement - has never been brushed aside as a resolved matter. When Measure K, the proposed half-percent sales tax exclusively for public safety, failed to acquire the two-thirds majority vote in November - it was supported by 62 percent - the city saw a projected yearly $8.5 million supplemental windfall slip through its clutches.


  13. Casting herself as people's champion, Gomez now seeks to shape the November electionRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 26, 2018 | Victorville Daily Press

    Councilwoman Blanca Gomez has cast herself as the people's champion and antithesis to the status quo. Now it appears she has her eyes on helping to shape the November election while she continues to estrange herself from the elected officials she rails against.


  14. Victorville mayor says she felt physically threatened by CouncilwomanRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 22, 2018 | Victorville Daily Press

    Talks behind closed doors over ongoing litigation Tuesday escalated to a blow-up inside City Hall, leading Mayor Gloria Garcia to feel physically threatened by Councilwoman Blanca Gomez, whose provocative method of rebelling against what she views as political opacity has continued to alienate a growing base of city officials. Following a disagreement about the course of action in litigation that involved a company at the airport, the closed session was cut short and Gomez launched into a verbal tirade, according to four officials who spoke to the Daily Press.


  15. Victorville will appeal ruling over airport hangar disputeRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 7, 2018 | Victorville Daily Press

    The city's airport authority will appeal a recent loss in court against an aviation asset management company over a disputed hangar, City Attorney Andre de Bortnowski said Tuesday. Last month, San Bernardino County Judge Wilfred J. Schneider Jr. ruled that ComAv, which employs more than 300 workers at Southern California Logistics Airport, was entitled to a month-to-month tenancy at Hangar 681 after a sublease agreement between the airport and a ComAv partner expired in June 2016.


  16. In remarkable plea, Victorville mayor appears to suggest councilwoman a criminal on welfareRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 8, 2018 | Victorville Daily Press

    Mayor Gloria Garcia urged voters this week to investigate whether their preferred councilor candidates were criminals or using welfare. It was a remarkable plea that seemingly struck an accusatory tone toward Councilwoman Blanca Gomez and appeared to act as a note of caution to Gomez's supporters.


  17. In Victorville, 'official capacity' questions raised after councilwoman's exile from homeless shelterRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 19, 2018 | Victorville Daily Press

    After Councilwoman Blanca Gomez was asked on two occasions to leave a homeless warming shelter over the weekend, the city attorney will review the policy on elected officials representing the Council during unofficial visits. Gomez did not deny telling volunteers at the shelter, a compound located on the state-entity San Bernardino County Fairgrounds, that she was a councilwoman.


  18. Metzler appointed to serve as interim city manager in VictorvilleRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 7, 2017 | Victorville Daily Press

    Keith Metzler, the assistant city manager, will be the interim top administrator effective Jan. 1, tapped by policymakers Tuesday evening to fill the position being vacated by Doug Robertson who will become the new Apple Valley town manager. The City Council voted in closed session to appoint Metzler - who had been the logical choice - to act as city manager and also to authorize City Attorney Andre de Bortnowsky to negotiate a contract with him.


  19. Acting quickly, Victorville seeks County Fire's best offer as services set to expireRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 25, 2017 | Victorville Daily Press

    City officials voted this week to seek a final and best contract offer from County Fire as the 10-year deal signed nearly a decade ago inches toward a June 30 expiration. Without a definitive answer for who will provide fire services in Victorville beyond this summer, the city is scrambling to meaningfully entertain its options as quickly as possible.


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