The Greening of San Bernardino County
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The Inland Empire air
quality has improved dramatically over the past 30 years due, in part, to
stringent vehicle emission standards and market incentives that induced
factories and businesses to implement pollution control measures.
As more people and businesses move into San Bernardino County, the County Board
of Supervisors has taken the initiative to promote policies and plans that
foster sustainable and environmentally sound growth.
The Board recently passed the San Bernardino County Green Builder (SBCGB)
program as a voluntary program to encourage and support green building practices
in new residential construction and respond to a growing demand by consumers for
green homes. The SBCGB program will assure San Bernardino County’s commitment in
addressing the growing constraints on resources and satisfying the needs of the
County. In addition, the program will provide incentives to builders who include
green building practices in their projects.
Under the SBCGB program, construction must satisfy the requirements of the
California Green Builder (CGB) program which was developed by the California
Building Industry Association technical and research affiliate, the Building
Industry Institute, to provide a measurable environmentally friendly and
cost-effective green building program designed primarily for production home
builders (those who build at least 85 homes a year or build subdivisions with
master plan approval for their building permits).
The CGB program is recognized by the California Public Utilities Commission, the
California Energy Commission and the California League of Cities, and is the
largest residential green builder program in California. This program has set
goals for significant improvements in energy efficiency, indoor air quality and
comfort, onsite waste recycling and water and wood conservation. The components
of the CGB program include:
- Higher Energy Standards – CGB homes are designed and built to exceed energy
efficiency standards by at least 15%; provide improved insulation installation;
a heating, ventilation and air conditioning system (HVAC) designed by a licensed
mechanical engineer; tight heating, ventilation and air conditioning ducts; and
inspection and verification by a certified rater.
- Water conservation – CGB homes use at least 20,000 gallons less water per year
than similar, newly constructed “non green” homes by featuring innovative
plumbing and fixtures, parallel hot water piping or hot water recirculation
systems, water efficient landscaping and weather-based irrigation controllers.
- Indoor Air Quality – CGB homes utilize HVAC systems designed by a licensed
engineer to recognized air quality standards or the equivalent. These systems
are installed per engineered designs and special filters are installed in return
air grids. CGB homes also utilize paints, lacquers, floor underlayments and
carpets which emit no or low amounts of smog-producing pollutants into the air.
- Waste Reduction – At least 50% of construction waste is diverted from landfills
Builders participating in the CGB program are required to complete the
certification process through CGB, provide evidence of certification to the
County Building and Safety Department at the time of submittal of plans and meet
CGB requirements for inspections and certifications. Participation in this
program is voluntary but will result in incentives being provided to the builder
who chooses to participate. Those incentives include priority processing for
plan review including guaranteed timelines and priority field inspection
To learn more about the San Bernardino County Green Builder program, log on to
the Green Builder program website at www.greencountysb.com.
Water is a very precious commodity and becoming more so as we suffer the effects
of a long-term drought. And depending on future events, natural and man made,
notably whether we receive substantial rainfall during the coming months or more
drought, we may have to consider the radical thought someday of water rationing.
The man made concern is a recent court decision that water to Southern
California may be curtailed from the San Joaquin-Sacramento River Delta between
the months of December and June. This could potentially reduce water flow from
the Delta by one-third.
That could mean in the next few years that there would be much less water for
lawns and parks. It could also mean the amount of lawn per house would be
restricted. We could end up looking more like the semi-arid desert that we are.
The good news is that the County currently uses less than half the maximum water
supply it is entitled to. But with the allocation reduction, the County will not
be able to “bank” as much water as it has in the past.
Now is the time to both invest in new water infrastructure - both new sources
and treatment facilities, and most of all conservation.
One recent initiative for water conversation is the San Bernardino County
California Green Builder (CGB) program. Under this program each certified new
home is required to save 20,000 gallons of water annually, by either installing
innovative plumbing systems, including new designs for landscaping and
irrigation or participation in Metropolitan Water District’s California friendly
water conservation program. Today (CGB) homes are saving more than 28 million
gallons of water per year and the amount is growing.
Global Positioning System
San Bernardino County has initiated a pilot program that uses a high tech
approach to monitor violent gang probationers. The program has been successful
in catching violators quickly.
By using a computer to track a Global Positioning System (GPS) device strapped
to an ankle, law enforcement officials can monitor violent gang members on
Since the Board of Supervisors adopted the GPS last spring as a pilot project,
to track certain violent gang members, ankle bracelets in use have located gang
members during several alleged crimes including a suspect in a slaying.
Law enforcement officials say the devices work to deter crimes as well. Gang
members are less likely to engage in criminal activity if they know they are
being tracked. Also, other gang members don’t want them around if they know they
are being watched.
To select gang members to track, probation officials provide their charges
risk-assessment tests to determine who is most prone to violent crimes. The
tracking system can be set for inclusion zones, where the probationer can go,
and exclusion zones, where he can’t. If a gang member is where he shouldn’t be,
the system notifies probation officials, who are also contacted if the ankle
transmitter is broken or tampered with.
The GPS system can pinpoint a probationer to a specific location, at a specific
time and tell how fast he is traveling.
In tracking offenders, San Bernardino County has taken initiative in using
technology to its benefit. We were the first county two years ago to track
high-risk sex offenders with GPS and other counties including Orange and Los
Angeles have followed our lead.
As more Los Angeles-area gang members move to San Bernardino County, combating
the violence that follows them is a Board of Supervisor’s priority. An estimated
13,000 gang members live in the county, with a significant portion in the high
I was one of the original co-sponsors of the County’s GPS pilot program last
spring. It is one more tool to solve and deter gang-related crime in San
Bernardino County. Because of this program, gang members on probation who commit
crimes, are going to be caught and sent back to prison. GPS evens the playing
field. It takes away the unknown factor.
In the next 20 years, Ontario Airport will double its passenger traffic and
triple its air cargo flights. With that cheery prognosis come some sobering
As the County’s representative on the Southern California Regional Airport
Authority (SCRAA) which is the administrative committee governing airports in
Los Angeles, Riverside, Orange and San Bernardino Counties. I am acutely aware
that growth presents positive change as well as poses challenges.
Questions were recently presented to Ontario residents at two meetings last
month. Meeting attendees were asked what issues they want raised as the master
plan, guiding the expansion of LA/Ontario International Airport (LA/ONT) through
the year 2030, was unveiled.
Los Angeles World Airports which owns the airport, was very open and welcomed
input on potential conflicts and suggested flight path alternatives as well as
environmental concerns and considerations. Multiple government agencies,
including the cities of Ontario and Chino, as well as private citizens attended
and made their views known. More than 1,000 potentially impacted residents and
other interested parties were invited.
The new airport master plan envisions LA/ONT in 2030 with five passenger
terminals, an automated people mover, and expanded cargo space, among other
The two runways will move south and east, which shifts the airfields in those
directions and calls for the acquisition of 35 acres south of the airport. The
Ontario expansion will relieve LAX which served 61 million passengers in 2006
and has a cap of 78.9 million annually. Ontario served 7 million passengers in
2006 and has the capacity to serve 30 million with its two runways.
Some of the sobering issues that have to be dealt with include traffic volume
and additional access by roads and rail, air quality, parking, land use and
noise concerns. While Los Angeles controls LA/ONT, Ontario still has
jurisdiction over all the infrastructure around it.
The bigger airport will provide Ontario with more services and jobs at and
around the airport. Infrastructure will develop to support airport growth.
Potential new projects might include access to a Metrolink line, the extension
of the Gold Line through the San Gabriel Valley to Ontario and a high-speed rail
connection from West LA to LA/ONT.
The next chance for community input will be in about 12 months, when the draft
Environmental Impact Review is expected to be filed.
When you teach and coach for 35 years, you receive letters from
time-to-time from former colleagues. They almost always make you feel good. The following is
one of those feel good ones. I’d like to share it with you.
From: Bruce Jones
To: Supervisor Ovitt
Subject: Bruce Jones from Chaffey HS
As Tim Ward says, once a Tiger, always a Tiger. I know how proud you are of
Chaffey High School (CHS) and the good that comes from it and I am writing to
you to share some great information and also to ask you to share in a good work.
Tom Mazur asked me to accompany a kid three years ago as a favor to him. I had
never met Kevin Bishop nor heard of him until then. Kevin wanted to perform a
solo recital for the school and needed an accompanist. I agreed, we met, we
prepared the recital and presented it in the choir room to an audience of about
sixty people. I'm sure you remember Kevin from your daughter's days in the
While preparing the music, Kevin mentioned a dream of his to bring together
young musicians with professionals in a collaborative environment and present
their work to our community surrounding Chaffey. He said it was probably a dumb
idea and he was just a seventeen year-old kid, but he really thought it was a
good idea. I told him God sometimes waited a long time for a person to come
along that was too stupid to know something was impossible. I agreed to help him
do what I could.
What we have today is the Western Society of Chamber Music (WSCM) , now entering
its third season presenting free classical chamber music each month in the Hill
Auditorium on the Chaffey campus. Our first season' concerts were held right
after school on Wednesday's to give the students at Chaffey a chance to attend.
We have moved them to Saturday's this season to allow more parent and community
participation. Our website westernsocietyofchambermusic.org gives you some idea
of how we have grown since our first recital to an audience of five women three
Dr. Gabe Petrocelli conducted a string orchestra last year to an audience of 550
people in his premiere of a moving composition dedicated to scenes of his
father's life. We are fortunate to have his friendship and assistance in our
While we emphasize using local talent, our guest artists have included musicians
who have presented their music all over the world. Many have performed with us
free of charge solely because of their relationship and friendship with Kevin
We have met with the Ontario city council and Mayor Wapner and they feel we can
help add to Ontario's image by showing we can be not only the business center it
has become, but a cultural center in the Inland Empire. They now include an
informational piece about the WSCM in their quarterly newsletters to the city.
We took a great step forward this summer when an early and constant supporter, a
retired Chaffey District teacher, stepped up to purchase a piano to replace the
totally unique but inadequate Frankenstein we had been using. The attached
picture shows me with the 1924 Baldwin Model L 6'4" concert grand that is now
housed permanently in The Hill.
I wanted you to know about this, Gary, since I know how proud you are of Chaffey
High and the good things that come out of it. I don't have a particular favor to
ask of you right now, except to know about us and see what you can do to let
people know on a wider level than I have access to.
I am now in my twelfth year teaching English at CHS. The kids return Monday and
I still love my work in the classroom with them. I also enjoy the work I am able
to do in music outside the classroom and am proud of the kids we have met and
worked with and helped in their own young careers and musical education. I hope
you can be a part of our work as we continue by sharing this news with your
community leaders in our area.
I have taken Bruce’s request to heart and have become a big advocate of what he
is doing and what he has accomplished. After reading his letter, I hope you
share our enthusiasm.
Staff Spotlight – Michael Delgado
Michael Delgado serves as an Analyst to Supervisor Ovitt, working in the San
Bernardino office. His responsibilities include researching, collecting, and
analyzing data relating to governmental programs, and representing the 4th
District at meetings and conferences.
He began working for San Bernardino County in March 2000 for the Human Services
System (HSS) Special Projects Unit providing analysis and research for the
various HSS departments. In 2003, he moved to the Public Works/Solid Waste
Management Division coordinating Board Minute Items, Contracts, Requests For
Michael has a BA in Business Administration from CSU San Bernardino.
He began working for the 4th District on September 17, 2007.
Welcome aboard Michael!.
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