Supervisor Robert Lovingood
Continues His Support Of The
Victorville-Las Vegas Train
Posted: July 4, 2020
Newberry Springs Community Alliance
Founded July 4, 2011
Blog by Ted Stimpfel
San Bernardino County's First District Supervisor
Robert Lovingood has been continuing to praise new business projects
and the associated short-term construction jobs that they bring. He
refuses to acknowledge the long-term problems that many of the projects
bring to his First District residents.
Brightline's XpressWest proposed high-speed, non-stop
rail link between Victorville and the outskirts of Las Vegas is an example
of Lovingood's short-sightedness.
While Lovingood states the Victor Valley rail station will be
located in the Town of Apple Valley, the station will be across Interstate-15
in Victorville's sphere of influence.
Lovingood has accepted the developer's claim
that the rail line will create 10,000-plus jobs. Most of the jobs,
however, will be very temporary and appear to be out-of-state, many outside
of this country. Jobs such as planning, engineering, rail manufacturing,
rail cars, financing, etc., won't benefit the county's First District.
Massive amounts of supplies will be
foreign imports. Employment far outside of California. Brightline
is an East Coast operation.
In earlier posts, Lovingood has praised the jobs
and the benefits that the train will bring to Victorville, but his
praises only appear to promote his political stature.
There is a far darker side to the rail project that Lovingood doesn't
As we have previously blogged, the rail operation
between Victorville and Las Vegas fails to make sustainable financial
sense. Financially, it appears as a financial nightmare unless it
acquires subsidies. The Victorville to Las Vegas link makes no
sense! Not until a link is made between Victorville and the
metropolitan Southland will there be a possibility of a profit.
When the rail line is eventually extended into the Southland,
tens of thousands of weekly cars will be removed from Interstate-15.
The California station in Victorville will be mostly abandoned and left
as little more than a possible quick High Desert stop. In short,
Lovingood's highly promoted train will be removing critical economic
income to businesses in Hesperia, Victorville, Barstow, Yermo, and Baker.
The project is already driving another stake into
the heart of Barstow's dream of acquiring a casino.
While High-Speed rail may look flashy, in the long-run,
it will only promote Las Vegas at the expense of the High Desert, so
why is Robert Lovingood so strongly backing it. If it won't benefit
his First District long-term, is it to benefit his life after politics?
Rancho Cucamonga proposed route
Brightline has high death rate in Florida
Chinese Bail-Out of Project - June/2016
ExpressWest - Sept/2015
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