EL CENTRO - Members of the Junior Livestock Foundation (JLF) of Imperial Valley continue to discuss and explore options the group may have after the Imperial County Fair Board informed them that livestock auction funds would no longer be allotted to the foundation. In the past, a small percentage of all livestock auction sales was given to the Junior Livestock Foundation to fund barn and other structural improvements.

President David Ross led a meeting July 23 in the Farm Credit Office. The meeting was held in order to discuss an appropriate plan of action. The JLF was recently told by the Imperial County Fair Board that California Attorney General Kamala Harris stated that livestock auction funds would no longer be allotted to the JLF. However, the actual letter from the state Attorney General is not accessible to the public due to attorney-client privilege.

During the meeting, Terrie Cartee moved to “retain Mr. Bill Smearden to make a public records request on behalf of the Junior Livestock Foundation and to offer legal advice to the JLF at no cost.” The motion was seconded by Sandy Finnell and passed.

One member suggested taking a more aggressive route, however, Michelle Taylor, another JLF board member, addressed the audience suggesting that she thought “we are in the fact finding stage right now…and really our ultimate goal is to get back in with the fair.”

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