CalVet Stakeholder Meetings
Sacramento, CA__ Monday August
10, 2020, Assemblyman Jay Obernolte (R-Hesperia) joined local elected leaders
in a stakeholder process to determine the future of Barstow Veterans Home.
“During the stakeholder
meeting, I made it clear in no uncertain
terms that closure of this vital home is not an option,” said Assemblyman
Obernolte. “We were able to save this home from closure in this year’s state
budget, and I remain committed to find ways to better maximize the usage of
this critical facility and ensure that our veterans can stay in our community.”
Obernolte and wife Heather attended the Memorial Day activities in Barstow, California.
The Assemblyman spoke at the gathering of approximately 3500 supporters the importance 0f keeping the
Veterans Home open. “A community led
Rolling Rally to raise awareness and help our local Veterans Home from closure.”
California State Budget requires CalVet to hold stakeholder meetings and
provide a report to the Legislature by February 1, 2021 on a proposed plan for
the future of Barstow Veterans Home.
The report must include a
transition plan that will ensure that none of the home’s residents are
involuntarily discharged without given an alternative placement option. CalVet
is considering a range of options, including expansion of the skilled nursing
facility in the home and conversion of the home’s intermediate care facility
into a residential care facility for the elderly, which were both recommended
in the 2020 Master Plan. CalVet is also considering the option of closing the
“There was good dialogue
between stakeholders and members of CalVet on the further viability of the
Barstow Veterans Home! The stakeholders were united in their support to keep
the Barstow Veterans Home open,” said Barstow Mayor, Julie Hackbarth-McIntyre
”The City of Victorville
recognizes the Barstow Veterans Home’s value, and we wholeheartedly support any
effort to continue its much-needed quality of life and assisted living services
to our region’s military veterans. With its proximity to five military
installations, the Barstow Veterans Home is uniquely positioned to serve one of
the highest concentrations of military veterans in all of California.
Continuation of these services is an absolute necessity,” said Victorville
Mayor, Gloria Garcia.
CalVet has been charged
with holding stakeholder meetings with all affected parties, including
residents, staff, community members, local and state veterans’ organizations,
and elected leaders. These meeting are expected to continue through September.
Assemblyman Jay Obernolte represents the 33rd Assembly
District, which includes the San Bernardino County communities of
Adelanto, Apple Valley, Baker, Barstow, Big Bear City, Big Bear Lake, Big
River, Crestline, Fort Irwin, Hesperia, Johnson Valley, Lake Arrowhead,
Lenwood, Lucerne Valley, Needles, Oak Hills, Phelan, Running Springs, Silver
Lakes, Trona, Twentynine Palms Base, Twin Peaks and Victorville.