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Berlin Wall Display at "The Shoppes" in Chino Hills

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Main Office:
385 N Arrowhead Avenue
San Bernardino, CA 92415

Chino Hills District Office:
14010 City Center Drive
Chino Hills, CA 91709

Staff Members:
Larry Enriquez,
Chief of Staff

Joy Chadwick,
Deputy Chief of Staff

Brian Johsz,
District Director

Annette Taylor,
Executive Secretary

Naseem U. Farooqi,

Burt Southard,
Media Relations

Roman Nava,
Small Business Liason

Grace Hagman,
Field Representative

Jeanna Pomierski,
Field Representative
October 2010

County Highlights Salary and Benefit Information

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The County of San Bernardino has posted the salaries and benefits for all county positions on its website for more than 10 years. Recently, in the interest of transparency and because of recent public interest in local government compensation, the county created a link to this information within the "Open Government" tab on the county's homepage at www.sbcounty.gov.

The new "County Salaries, Job Classifications and Descriptions" link allows the public to scroll through or search for any and all county job titles and see the current salary for each position, a list of benefits, and job description. It also offers a way to be notified by e-mail when jobs become available. Positions listed on the site include all elected officials, appointed administrators and department directors, as well as all other county positions.

The highlighted salary and benefits information joins a list of other information the Board of Supervisors has made readily available to the public beyond the requirements of the law. The "Open Government" tab also includes links to campaign finance disclosure statements, statements of economic interests, Board of Supervisors meeting agendas and backup materials, live and archived video of Board of Supervisors meetings and other video content, property records, Planning Commission agendas, and a form for requesting public records and other information.

Nothing is more important than maintaining the public's trust in government. That's why we will continue to strive for ways to make information about the county more easily accessible to the public.

Berlin Wall Display at "The Shoppes" in Chino Hills

On Saturday October 2, I had the opportunity of displaying a section of the Berlin Wall at The Shoppes in Chino Hills. Attendees included Assemblyman Curt Hagman, Chino Hills Councilman Ed Graham, San Bernardino City Council Members Chas Kelly and Jason Desjardins, and Chino Valley Unified School Board Member James Na.

A wall does a couple of things. It keeps things in and it keeps things out. In the case of the Berlin Wall, it kept a population isolated from the freedoms enjoyed by the West and served to prevent free movement to the West from the East. Not that many didn't try to escape. Starting in August 1961, hundreds escaped successfully and hundreds lost their lives trying.

Former West Berlin Mayor, Willy Brandt, referred to the Berlin Wall as the "Wall of Shame". The building of the wall meant that the vast majority of East Germans could no longer travel or emigrate to West Germany. Many families were split. In a speech at the Brandenburg Gate commemorating the 750th anniversary of Berlin in June, 1987, President Ronald Reagan challenged Soviet General Secretary of the Communist party to tear down the wall as a symbol of increasing freedom in the Eastern Bloc.

Reagan made the following remarks: "We welcome change and openness, for we believe that freedom and security go together, that the advance of human liberty can only strengthen the cause of world peace. There is one sign that the Soviets can make that would be unmistakable, that would advance dramatically the cause of freedom and peace. General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization, come here to this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!!!

Within three years the wall was torn down, brick by brick. Today we pay our respects to the legacy of the Berlin Wall and the sober memories and lessons it provides, foremost being that "freedom isn't free, it has to be earned".

In addition, we had the opportunity of listening to Kurt Meyer, a gentleman who experienced the reality of the Berlin Wall and its impact on his family and life overall. Kurt stated the following:

I was born in October 1943. My playgrounds were the destroyed houses in East Berlin. On August 13th, 1961, the East German Government closed the Border to West Berlin. The following day I remember as very chaotic. We were sitting in front of the radio listening to the West News, RIAS, an American Radio Station for GI's in West Berlin.

In 24 hours, soldiers, police and political activists surrounded the City with barbwire. Soldiers were placed a short distance from each other to stop people from crossing over the border to freedom. This Wall divided streets between East and West Berlin; apartment buildings became part of the wall. Old and young people tried desperately to jump the wall. Many of them lost their lives. This gave rise to my decision to join a group of Christian men who helped people to live in freedom.

We organized plans to bring people out of East Germany. At 18 years of age, you are not afraid of any danger. I was thinking I was invincible. I lost friends to gunfire. I still was believing the Lord will save me and ask me to go back to help. And I was back. We helped by building tunnels, special cars and even air balloons, the inventions were countless.

I went to the coroner's office three times to identify people who lost their lives just for the chance to live in freedom. When I was 23 I stopped, to live a life where your days may be counted. My son was born and I had responsibilities for my family. But I will never stop asking anyone to fight for freedom. You have to teach the generation after us to believe in freedom and that everybody can make a difference.

It is our responsibility to become a guardian to our Constitution by living as an example of free Citizens of the world. We now live in a time where freedom for all is no more granted. Please join me in the fight for freedom. Our beloved late President Ronal Reagan started this fight and we never will accept less than this.

When he in his unforgettable speech at the Brandenburg Gate said Mr. Gorbachev tear down this Wall, the world started to listen.

I'm proud today to say I'm an American. May God bless you all and God bless America.

Kurt Meyer

To view pictures of the Berlin Wall at The Shoppes at Chino Hills, please click here.

County Boards and Commissions

There are a number of San Bernardino County Boards and Commissions that help provide advisory input to the County Board. Currently, there are vacancies on the following Boards and Commissions:

Museum Commission
Workforce Investment Board

More information regarding Boards and Commissions can be found at the Clerk of the Board website, www.sbcounty.gov/cob. The Boards and Commissions coordinator for my office is Annette Taylor. If you think you might be interested, contact Annette at (909) 387-4866 or ataylor@sbcounty.gov.