By Miguel Gonzalez
Editor & Founder
(Victorville) — The end of an era was marked on Wednesday night as an estimated 60 people came together for an invitation-only roasting of outgoing councilman Terry Caldwell, who next Tuesday will end 40 years of public service in Victorville.
The roasting brought together politicians, community leaders and business personalities, some of them Caldwell’s closest friends and allies. Many of the attendees reflected and shared personal stories of times spent with Caldwell.
After taking a pretty good beating from his closest friends, Caldwell thanked the audience and reflected on his time in the planning commission and the city council of Victorville.
“It has been a fun time, I have enjoyed all of my 40 years and I would not change it for anything. I won’t miss the ribbon cuttings, the ground breakings or the parades. What I will miss is the chess game. I will miss the strategy session on how we bring businesses to the area to create local jobs,” Caldwell said.
While many jokes and speeches from those present had to do with Caldwell’s love for taking his boat out to Catalina Island, many others chose to encourage Caldwell to run for the position of County Supervisor for the First District, a suggestion that the councilman did not address.
Instead, while standing next to his wife Pat, Caldwell concentrated his energy in declaring his feelings for the City of Victorville.
“I don’t care what (some people) say, this is a beautiful city,” he said. “We have every reason to be optimistic, every reason to look forward. It’s a tough time and when we get beat up, they don’t talk about the other problems in other towns and in the state. This is a tough time for everyone and what (Victorville) needs now is positive thinking people, like the people in this room,” Caldwell explained.
Event organizer and Grumpy Golfer General Manager Rose Rayney has known Terry Caldwell since 1997 and considered that the long time council member said goodbye his way. “He is leaving the council by choice. I would not be surprised if he decided to pursue another political position and I know that when he becomes a private citizen, he will still be involved in matters that help his community. That’s just the kind of man Terry is and those of us who know him anticipate that from him.”
Caldwell will also be honored Friday, November 19 by the City of Victorville and has asked that instead of gifts, donations be directed to the Terry Caldwell Scholarship in conjunction with the Victor Valley Community College Foundation.