The future of a both popular and controversial 50-mile transportation corridor in the Coachella Valley remains a question mark following the continuance of a court hearing originally scheduled for Friday, Jan. 12.
The hearing has been continued until 8:30 a.m. March 9 before the Honorable James Latting, according to court documents.
Jim Ferguson, a Palm Desert attorney, resident and former member of the Palm Desert City Council filed the lawsuit in October alleging that “illegal funds are being used to pay for the $100 million CV Link.
Critics of the lawsuit say it is too little too late and frivolous.
Indio Mayor Michael Wilson, one of the most vocal and ardent supporters of the CV Link, dismisses the lawsuit as much ado about nothing, saying the proposed corridor has been one of the most scrutinized and attacked projects in the Coachella Valley since he has become an elected official.
Since this project was facing severe scrutiny, specifically by Rancho Mirage and some in Indian Wells, it has been systemically and thoroughly processed to literally be “bomb proof,” Wilson has told Uken Report.
G. Dana Hobart, Mayor Pro Tem of Rancho Mirage, has on more than one occasion praised Ferguson’s lawsuit, saying it has raises good points.
“Considering that Mr. Ferguson’s lawsuit mirrors much of what Rancho Mirage has been contending over the past two-plus years, I believe that there is considerable merit to Ferguson’s contention that CVAG is misusing our road repair Measure A tax funds for their CV Link project,” Hobart has told Uken Report.
Indian Wells City Manager Wade McKinney said the City Council has taken no position on the lawsuit but said the City Council has made it clear in the past that it does not want Measure A money to be used on the project, does not want it running down Highway 111 and does not want it going through the Indian Wells Golf Resort. Furthermore, Indian Wells could not approve the CV Link without a vote of the residents, he said.