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October 2007
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 through recycling.

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 service.

To learn more about the San Bernardino County Green Builder program, log on to the Green Builder program website at www.greencountysb.com.

Water Conservation

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 probation.

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 desert.

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.
Ontario Airport

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 issues.

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 things.

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
Dear Gary,

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 orchestra.

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 years ago.

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 work.

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 and me.

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.

Take care,
Bruce Jones
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 Proposal, etc.

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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Ontario Airport


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