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Arvin officials involved in 'family squabble'

A recent altercation between an Arvin city council member and planning commissioner is now involving the Arvin Police Department
Posted at 5:26 PM, May 29, 2024

ARVIN, Calif. (KERO) — A physical altercation between a member of the Arvin City Council and the Planning Commission has now become a police investigation.

  • Video shows how Arvin Police Department is investigating an alleged physical altercation between city officials.
  • According to Arvin Chief of Police Alex Ghazalpour, the department received a call last Saturday from a witness alleging two women and a man had been involved in a physical or verbal altercation. The male was identified as Council Member Horton and one of the females, his sister Joshlyn Horton, planning commissioner for the city.
  • Ghazalpour says there will be no special treatment for either party.


A recent altercation between an Arvin city council member and planning commissioner is now involving the Arvin Police Department. I spoke with Chief of Police Alex Ghazalpour who told me about the incident and the investigation.

According to Ghazalpour the department received a call from a witness Saturday evening. The witness alleged a physical or verbal altercation between two women and a man.

Upon Arvin Pd's arrival, the man was identified as Council member Donny Horton, and one of the women, his sister, and Planning Commissioner for the city, Joshlyn Horton.

At the time, Ghazalpour said there were no charges or arrests as the case is under investigation.

23ABC reached out to both city officials and both decided not to comment on the incident. While he did not comment on the alleged altercation, Council Member Horton did say he was preparing for a kidney removal surgery on Thursday due to kidney cancer.

Ghazalpour says this isn't the first time the department responds to and mediates a family-related fight.

"Our goal in every incident is to be transparent and very clear," stated Ghazalpour, "There is no special privilege there is no anything that occurs special because we do have a council member involved or we have a planning commissioner involved."

If a conflict of interest were to arise, Ghazalpour says he has already reached out to their counterparts—the Sheriff's Department and the District Attorney's Office—to take over the investigation.

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