Each day this week, the Desert Dispatch will run responses to several questions put to candidates running for two seats on the Barstow City Council. Each day, answers to a different questions will run. The candidates were given a word limit, and their responses have not been edited.

What is your view and plan for Barstow's infrastructure needs?

Julie Hackbarth-McIntyre

I will continue the City's Plan to improve roads.  For 30 years, the City didn't have a maintenance plan.  Now the City has improved close to 25 roads and spent over $13 million in improvements.  I will fight to make sure Barstow received our fair share or tax dollars for road improvements.


Carmen Hernandez
Planning Commissioner

Infrastructure needs have to be prioritized with sewer and streets being foremost at present. Our sewer system needs upgrading. I would apply for whatever resources are available. Attending the street committee meetings I have found that fixing our streets has resulted in our discovering that utilities are a serious concern that need to be addressed immediately. I would work in conjunction with the utility companies to ensure we do not have a repeat of San ...



Tim Silva

In the distant past Barstow's infrastructure was severely neglected, but for years now we have been taking positive steps to reverse that trend.

In coordination with utility companies, we're now budgeting funds each fiscal year to refurbish or repair as many roads as possible. We're exploring and have received grants to help expedite needed repairs and have purchased necessary equipment for other priorities as well.

It's essential that future Councils maintain ...