Incorporated in 1947, the City of Barstow is a general law city, which operates under the laws of the State of California and applicable ordinances adopted by the City Council. The city has a council-manager form of government. The City Council consists of five representatives, which includes the mayor, chosen at large by the electorate for a term of four years. Elections are held every two years for two council member seats and then two years later for the other two council member seats, plus the mayor. The City Council sets policy, enacts legislation, and adopts the budget under which the city operates.
The Barstow Police Department serves the community with 58 personnel on staff to protect the public and maintain a superior quality of life for its residents. The Barstow Police Department takes great pride and personal commitment in providing the best quality of life to the citizens and community which they serve. They are dedicated to maintaining our tradition of working with the community to promote a safe and healthy environment.
The Barstow Fire Protection District also works around the clock to ensure a safe city. Serving Barstow and the surrounding unincorporated areas, the fire district has a variety of equipment and services available for use in emergency and educational situations. In addition to its firefighting services, the fire district also provides paramedic, rescue and fire prevention services.
The city’s portion of the retail tax is one percent. When added to the state sales tax and the voter-approved Measure I transportation tax, consumers pay a total of 8.75 percent to maintain these civil services.
The city provides sewer service; Golden State Water Company delivers water; Southern California Edison Company turns on the electricity; and Southwest Gas Corporation pipes in natural gas. Telephone service is provided by Verizon while Time Warner Cable covers cable needs of the area’s residents.
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS
Bus Service (local)
Barstow Area Transit — 760-256-0311
City of Barstow
Main Number — 760-256-3531
Administration — 760-255-5101
Business License — 760-255-5120
Building Department — 760-255-5161
Economic Development — 760-255-5106
Planning Department — 760-255-5151
Attorney General — 800-952-5225
Better Business Bureau — 909-825-7280
Bureau of Auto Repair — 800-952-5210
Contractors Licensing Board — 909-370-4583
Department of Motor Vehicles — 800-777-0133
Dial 911 for all emergencies
Fire (nonemergency) — 760-256-2254
Police (nonemergency) — 760-255-5111
Social Services & Assistance — 211
Cable TV: Time Warner Cable — 760-256-3526
Electric: Southern CA Edison — 800-684-8123
Garbage: City of Barstow — 760-256-3531
Natural Gas: Southwest Gas — 800-443-8093
Telephone: Verizon — 800-483-3000
Water: Golden State Water — 760-256-2275