This coming Father’s Day will mark the third year the Huck Finn Jubilee will not be held at Mojave Narrows in Victorville. Coincidently, or perhaps not so coincidently, it will be the third Father’s Day that Supervisor Robert “Bob” Lovingood has represented the First District of San Bernardino County.
And now there is a new assault on the Mojave Narrows. The horses and other livestock at the Narrows are being evicted. Today is their last day there. Once again, we ask, Where is Supervisor Bob?
As with so many issues in our desert, it seems Supervisor Bob is missing in action. We know he is not an animal lover but that does not mean he does not represent, or at least he is supposed to represent, animal lovers in his district.
The horses not only represent our rural lifestyle, but provide those not lucky enough to own their own horses, a place to rent and ride. And even for those not interested in riding, the area is a beautiful reminder of our rural past.
A “Save the Horses at Mojave Narrows” Facebook page sprung up recently and already has 1,291 likes. Supervisor Bob’s email address is provided so that concerned residents can express their dislike for this current development. However, there is no indication Supervisor Bob gives a fig. As a matter of fact, insiders indicate the area may be slated for development, something Supervisor Bob and his trustee enforcer and real estate broker, Joseph “Joey Jacaloni” Brady, may very well support. The county is blaming it on the drought.
Supervisor Bob reminds us of former Supervisor Marcia Turoci. Turoci did what then-County Administrative Officer Harry Mays told her to do with little concern for what was in the best interests of those she represented.
History is repeating itself with Supervisor Bob and County Executive Officer Greg Devereaux. Many residents feel Devereaux is our de facto supervisor. The problem with that is that Devereaux is the former city manager for Ontario and Fontana and his loyalties are clearly there.
During Supervisor Bob’s tenure, the west end of San Bernardino has benefitted greatly while his own district continues to be treated as the county’s step child. He is systematically undoing the progress made during the past 20 years unless it benefits his mining clients. Lovingood owns ICR staffing, which counts local mining operators as long-term clients of the firm.
If you would like to express your feelings about Mojave Narrows, you can do so by contact Supervisor Bob here. For more information about Mojave Narrows, click here.