BARSTOW • A resolution opposing the proposed closure of the Barstow Social Security office was passed unanimously at Tuesday's night's City Council meeting.
The item was passed 4-0 as a consent calendar item, which is generally used to vote on items that are deemed non-controversial and don't require further discussion from the council.
The city received a letter from the Social Security Administration's San Francisco Regional office informing of the proposed closure. The letter, received by the city Jan. 17, states that the Barstow office will be closed permanently on March 29, and consolidated with the Victorville Social Security office.
With the resolution passed, the city will now forward it to President Obama, Senators Feinstein and Boxer, Congressman Paul Cook and the Social Security Administration.
"The City of Barstow is extremely concerned about the negative effects the closure of the Barstow Social Security office will have on the Barstow community," states the resolution.
Rep. Paul Cook expressed his support for the Barstow office staying open in a letter to Acting Commissioner of Social Security Carolyn Colvin.
"As the representative of California's 8th Congressional District, which includes the cities of Barstow and Victorville, I would like to express my opposition to the proposed closure of the Social Security office located at 720 E. Main St. Barstow," Cook wrote last month.
"I understand there is a plan to consolidate the Barstow and Victorville Social Security offices," Cook wrote. "Such a consolidation would require local seniors, many of whom no longer drive and don't use Internet services, to travel an additional 70 miles roundtrip. ... Without a doubt, closing the Barstow Social Security office will hurt some of my district's most vulnerable constituents."