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An Open Letter to Residents of Victor Valley Community College District



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Residents of Victor Valley Community College District:

I am asking you to stand with me in making the right decision this November 4, 2014.

The current Victor Valley Community College District accreditation issue did not happen overnight. The ACCJC (the Accreditation Committee) tells us that the financial problems they identified have not been fixed. I agree. I believe that the VVC financial problems are being kicked down the road in the hope that voters in November will elect Trustees that will not deal with our annual structural budget deficit. This must not happen. VVC’s financial problems must be addressed once and for all. We must have the courage to do what is right, not only for our 850± employee partners and our thousands of great students but more importantly for the future of the High Desert.

To do that, we must elect the best candidates to the VVC Board of Trustees in November. I am asking you to support appointed Trustee Mr. Brandon Wood, incumbent Trustee Mrs. Lorrie Denson and candidate Ms. Marianne Tortorici on November 4th, 2014.

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Like so many of you, I care about VVC and I am extremely passionate about our role as Trustees. VVC has been at a crossroads for the last 3 years. I urge the nearly 375,000± people that live within the Victor Valley Community College District and the nearly 160,000± that have the opportunity to vote, to be involved and help vote in those Trustees that will not be controlled by outside influences and groups. Those candidates that truly care about balancing a budget and delivering the quality, cost effective education that students deserve.

This September we had nearly 12,000± students register at VVC. Our job is to educate and encourage our students to enhance their education, return to the High Desert, become a part of our community and help improve our challenging economic condition. We still face the most serious economic environment that the High Desert has ever seen. Today, nearly 40% of all men, women and children in the High Desert are on some type of welfare, food stamps, or entitlement. This does not include Social Security for those that have earned it. The High Desert economy cannot stand up and revitalize itself without an educated community. We need to encourage and enable those who are on entitlement to get an education. We need to send a message to the employee groups that work for VVC that educating students is our job, not supporting Board candidates sympathetic to faculty and staff financial wants.

With the leadership of our new President/Superintendent Dr. Roger Wagner and all of us working together, I believe we can position Victor Valley Community College District to become one of the greatest community college districts in California and ultimately the nation. If we don’t think “outside of the box” and think “big” we will never achieve the goals that many of our students, our employee partners, our tax payers and our voters want to see for our great school.

I strongly encourage High Desert voters to vote for appointed Trustee Mr. Brandon Wood, current and incumbent Mrs. Lorrie Denson and retired community college educator Marianne Tortorici on November 4th, 2014. Remember: we are all in this together. Thank you.

Joseph W. Brady, CCIM, SIOR
Vice President
Victor Valley Community College District Board of Trustees
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Woman airlifted from crash on Sheep Creek and El Mirage Roads Saturday night



Traffic Accident on El Mirage and Sheep Creek Road
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ADELANTO, Calif. ( — Several people were injured in a T-bone crash at the intersection of Sheep Creek near El Mirage Roads Saturday night.

According to the California Highway Patrol incident logs, the traffic accident was reported at about 9:30 PM on August 8th and involved a silver Chevy Tahoe and a silver Ford F-150.

San Bernardino County Firefighters responded and located the Tahoe with major damage to the passenger side and used extrication tools to remove a young child. A female adult sitting in the front passenger was critically injured and a helicopter was requested to airlift her to a trauma center.

A CHP helicopter H-80 landed in the roadway and subsequently flew the injured woman to Loma Linda University Medical Center.

Jessica Christopherson was on her way home from work when she drove up to the accident and heard children inside the SUV screaming and pulled over to call 911. Jessica said the little girl’s leg was pinned but when firefighters removed her from the vehicle she only had some scrapes.

According to Jessica, the dad in the Tahoe was okay and another little girl was shaken up and all three were taken by ground ambulance to LLUMC. The driver of the pickup truck sustained a gash to the back of his head.

Jessica told VVNG she’s almost been involved in several accidents on El Mirage Road due to people speeding and would like to see at least a 3-way stop sign instead of just one.

The California Highway Patrol Victorville Station is handling the investigation into the cause of the crash.

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Man found dead at High Desert Inn Motel in Hesperia



HESPERIA, Calif. ( — Police said no foul play was suspected after a man was found dead at the High Desert Inn.

On Thursday, August 6, 2020, at approximately 1:02 a.m., deputies responded to High Desert Inn, located at 14320 Main Street, in reference to a medical aid call.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Taylor Reynolds said A 59-year-old male was found unresponsive at the incident location. “Deputies did not discover any signs of foul play,” stated Reynolds.

The spokeswoman said the investigation is being handled by the Coroner’s Division and had no other information available for release.

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At least 3 killed, 3 airlifted in 15 freeway crash near Baker



BAKER, Calif. ( – At least three people have been confirmed killed, and three others were airlifted from a crash that shut down a stretch of 15 freeway Saturday evening.

It happened just after 7 p.m. on the northbound I-15 near Baker after an SUV crashed into the back of a semi truck and caught fire.

When firefighters arrived on scene they located the vehicle fully involved in fire with an unknown amount occupants still trapped inside.

Scanner traffic indicated that the fire quickly spread from the SUV to the semi truck, which was described as a 53-foot general cargo truck loaded with clothing.

Scanner traffic also indicated that three helicopters landed on the freeway to transport a 15-year-old, a child, and the child’s mother to Las Vegas University Medical Center.

In all, 1 person sustained critical injuries, 3 others sustained moderate injuries, and at least 3 people were pronounced deceased onscene with a possible fourth person still in the wreckage, scanner traffic reported.

Firefighters had a knock-down of the fire at about 9:45 p.m.

The identification of the deceased is not expected to be released until next-of-kin has been notified.

Officers from the CHP Barstow Station are handling the investigation into the cause of the accident.

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