It looks like at least one member of the Victorville City Council was left completely in the dark about problems with the city's EB-5 regional center.
According to the Victorville Daily Press, Councilwoman JoAnn Almond did not learn of the termination notice issued to the center by USCIS until she read about it in the newspaper last weekend. Other city officials, most notably Mayor Rudy Cabriales, Mayor Pro Tem Mark Rothschild, and Council members Ryan McEachron and Terry Caldwell, appear to have been aware of the issue for some time, with Cabriales and Caldwell both signing letters in response to the notification from USCIS.
McEachron claims that city manager Jim Cox freely discussed USCIS' concerns regarding the Victorville EB-5 Regional Center in a meeting and that Almond may not have known what was going on because she simply never asked. It also looks like Almond has never been a big supporter of the city's EB-5 program, and Victorville city spokeswoman Yvonne Hester says that Almond's not being told about the termination notice is a "personal issue" among city officials.
Whether Almond's lack of awareness is an isolated incident or representative of a larger communication problem at Victorville, however, is difficult to gauge.