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April 2007

A warm welcome to my new website! I hope it will inform you about county services and upcoming events available to you, the residents of the fourth district. One of the main areas I am focusing on is education. Having been a teacher for 35 years, education is an important issue that I am very passionate about. You will find that I have added scholarship and financial aid information to help students at the collegiate undergraduate and graduate level. In addition, I have initiated an intern application for high school and college students to apply to work in my office. Interns will gain political experience in county government and also constituent relations.

One of my main goals as your county supervisor is to bring county services and departments to the district. I have added a section of “Important Phone Numbers” to help the residents of the fourth district with county and city related issues. This will help constituents know who to call regarding graffiti removal, weed abatement, public safety, and other county issues and the agencies responsible.


Recently, I hosted an open house at my district office. Starting my second term as County Supervisor, I wanted to bring city officials and county agencies together to form a better working relationship; having an open house provided that opportunity. We have received a positive response to the open house and it has helped us to strengthen our relationship between cities and county departments.

I would like to personally thank all of you who attended the open house; you truly made it a success. It was great to have the representation of the cities we serve and the many county departments we work with. I look forward to working with you for the good of the community. 



This past month I announced that I am joining Governor Schwarzenegger in encouraging local students to improve their health and physical fitness. The California Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports is dedicated to promoting a physically active California with an emphasis on children and youth. Medical research has shown that physical activity during childhood and adolescence helps build healthier bodies, increases self-esteem, and reduces the risk of juvenile diabetes.

As a former teacher and coach, I recognize the need for our children to be healthy and physically fit. I believe that physical activity and fitness correlate with academic success of California’s students, and it is essential that we do our part to ensure that children are not at risk for obesity and type 2 diabetes.

In support of the Governor’s challenge and the long-term benefits of teaching present and future generations the importance of exercising daily and eating healthy foods, I award the top five participating schools in the 4th District with funds to be used to purchase physical activity equipment. I will allocate $12,000 dollars to be distributed as follows:

  • $5000 to the district school that has the highest percentage of students who complete the Governor’s challenge

  • $3000 to the second place district school with the next highest percentage

  • $2000 to the third ranked district school, and

  • $1000 each to the fourth and fifth ranked district schools

I had the privilege of recently hosting the Juvenile Diabetes Walk for the County in my District. I walked side-by-side with the children, parents and supporters of those helping to combat this deadly disease. This is another opportunity for us to do our part in helping our children become physically fit, healthy and successful in their daily lives both academically and socially.



Over the past year and a half our office has been working proactively in targeting community cleanup issues. My District Office has been working very closely with County Code Enforcement to identify areas in need of cleanup for abatement issues such as graffiti removal, abandoned vehicles, and blight.

I believe in being proactive rather than reactive, and it was with this philosophy that we underwent the ambitious task of working with County Code Enforcement and the property owners of the former El Ranchero Restaurant on Riverside Drive, to finally put an end to the blight left after the building burned down some years ago. The property stood abandoned but was used by juveniles, gang members and others as a dumping ground for vehicles, trash, and debris.

As part of an aggressive strategy my staff has committed to ride along in teams with Code Enforcement Officer Ignacio Nunez to further identify abatement issues in the community, as well as reviewing the progress and status of upcoming projects; this will help both the District Office & Code Enforcement in committing to a level of accountability, ultimately assuring our residents receive the best possible service from the County.

community development block grant
Just a friendly reminder that the 2007-2008 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Applications for the District are available at my District office in Chino. Any non-profit agency interested in applying for funding can email or contact our office for details. I am proud to assist the agencies in my District that help our constituents by providing direct services to their neighborhoods. Working together, we can make an impact in the lives of those around us.

My office staff will be available for any assistance in counseling the grant applicants throughout this process; agencies can receive funding for both program enhancement and/or construction improvements to their facility.

Apply Now!!!
Burt Southard is the Senior Special Projects Coordinator to San Bernardino County Supervisor Gary Ovitt. Burt's responsibilities in the San Bernardino Government Center are to provide constituent assistance, background information on county programs, and assist the Supervisor at various events. Burt has worked for San Bernardino County since 2000.

Burt recently served as District Director/ Special Assistant to He has participated in and conducted numerous training programs in the United States and overseas, most recently in the Republic of Georgia under the auspices of the International Republican Institute (Department of State – Agency for International Development).
New Website

Open House Highlights

Student Physical Fitness

Community Cleanup

Community Development Block Grant

Staff Spotlight

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Main Office:
385 N Arrowhead Avenue
San Bernardino, CA 92415
(909) 387-4866

Chino District Office:
13160 7th Street
Chino, CA 91710 
(909) 465-1895

Staff Members:
Mark Kirk, Chief of Staff
Josh Candeleria, Deputy Chief of Staff
Anthony Riley, District Director
Roman Nava, Senior Field Rep
Grace Hagman, Community Outreach Specialist/ Field Rep
Naseem Farooqi, Constituent Services Rep
Burt Southard, Special Projects Coordinator
Joy Chadwick, Executive Analyst
Christy Ray, Executive Secretary
Annette Taylor, Executive Secretary