Rock Springs Road sees a lot of traffic from Apple Valley every work day, and during periods of heavy rain, it's been known to see a lot of flooding. One thing it's not going to see any time soon is a shopping center.

The Hesperia City Council Wednesday evening deadlocked on a proposed shopping center on Rock Springs Road that would have brought a gas station, Stater Brothers grocery store and other businesses to the neighborhood.

In addition to opposition from residents around the proposed 15.4-acre development, there was particularly high-powered opposition to the project: Mayor Rita Vogler and her husband Al own property near the proposed development.

The mayor recused herself from the often-contentious discussion and vote Wednesday night. But her husband had previously sent postcards to neighborhood residents, urging them to speak out against the proposal, and a number of them turned up at the council meeting.

"I do believe he's got his rights, because we don't agree on everything, but he has his opinions," Vogler said of her husband's mailers. "I applaud him for having his name on it. I've seen it. It just shows the points that are public information, if they were to go and research it. He's more actively involved, because he knows of the people involved with it."

Residents said the new shopping center would ruin their view and bring more traffic to a road already seeing use from Apple Valley commuters. Traffic levels in the neighborhood are expected to shoot upwards once the long-awaited Ranchero Road Underpass is completed, which city officials hope to see happen in the next two years.

The 2-2 standoff means the project could be resubmitted immediately, but property owner Manley Luckley would have to start the entire process from scratch.

The next meeting of the Hesperia City Council will be August 15 at 6:30 p.m. at Hesperia City Hall.

Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com.