Coachella Valley Citizens United (CVCU) Applaudes Decision By Riverside County Supervisors Ashley & Benoit to Abandon Hub-Jail Facility

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Local grass-roots campaign stops proposed construction of 7200 bed hub-jail outside popular Southern California tourism destination.

This is truly a great day for the Coachella Valley and it shows the positive effects that a grass-roots campaign can really have on a community.

Representatives from Coachella Valley Citizens United expressed their praise of Riverside County Board of Supervisors Marion Ashley and John J. Benoit for their joint recommendation this morning to halt planning for the County’s proposed Hub-Jail in Whitewater, and to reconsider other options that could add jail beds faster and at a lower cost for the Sheriff’s Department. During the past several months the debate over the proposed Whitewater jail facility has heated up between County and Sheriffs’ Department representatives and the organizers of CVCU and the Palm Springs Desert Resort Communities Convention & Visitors Authority (CVA) over the potential adverse impact the proposed Hub-Jail would have on the entire Coachella Valley.

CVCU spokesperson Paul Lewin stated that “I am obviously delighted by the news from the Supervisors this morning. Given the very challenging budgetary conditions that the Supervisors are facing, I believe they made both a prudent fiscal decision, as well as listening to the voices of their constituents who raised real concerns about the potential negative impact of the Hub-Jail on the economy of the entire Coachella Valley and the ecology of the delicate wildlife corridor of the inter-mountain pass.” Lewin added that he was proud of the opposition’s campaign against the Hub-Jail location in that it always remained respectful and supportive of our Sheriff’s department and law enforcement officers. “I hope now we can begin a new dialog with the Sheriff’s department and County officials on how we can best expand existing jail facilities using a more cost-effective model that can provide the additional jail beds that Sheriff Sniff needs to properly operate his department,” said Lewin.

Lewin went on to state that he and the other stakeholders and supporters of CVCU were appreciative of the efforts of Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet as well as other community leaders and elected officials in their support of the opposition to the Hub-Jail. “This is truly a great day for the Coachella Valley and it shows the positive effects that a grass-roots campaign can really have on a community.”

Coachella Valley Citizens United is a non-profit unincorporated California association. You may visit its website at

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