This issue has been resolved. The Riverside County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to end consideration of the Whitewater area for a county jail.
Printed in The Desert Sun
January 4, 2011
To the Editor:
La Quinta City Council continues on its path of making unilateral decisions without the proper representation of the residents of the City.
In yet another example of the City Council’s arrogant stance of making decisions without the voice of its citizens, they recently agreed (no vote) not to take a stand on whether to support the 7200 bed jail in Whitewater.
Council’s abstention on the issue is still an action—one that demands an answer. Are they caving in to Riverside County? They continue to avoid the simple act of asking La Quinta residents what they want and then acting accordingly.
If we had to vote on whether to have this jail we would vote NOT TO on grounds that include financial and social damage to La Quinta and the Coachella Valley. There are other alternatives. One which Robert Sylk brought to the attention of the RDSA (Riverside County Sheriffs Association) in September, when he suggested opening all the vacant WWII Army Camps-Barracks and place the non-violent criminals there. This would immediately lessen the need for overcrowding and eliminate the need for a new jail.
The Concerned Citizens of La Quinta is a new organization created to represent and support the needs of the residents of la Quinta. We welcome all residents to join us. Regardless of whether you agree with us or not, we believe your voice should be heard.�
Phil Werber, Judy Hoffman, Tim Campbell
Board Members, Concerned Citizens of La Quinta