- Funded 21 crime sweeps around the Victor Valley, resulting in 4,196 proactive contacts and 1,136 arrests across the Victor Valley. These supplemental sweeps take on added importance as counties struggle with the release of AB 109 inmates.
- The Board of Supervisors adopted a synthetic drug ordinance that included criminal, administrative and civil penalties for those who sell synthetic drugs – more commonly known as “spice” or “bath salts.” San Bernardino County was the second county in the state to do so.
- Supported innovative ways to increase public safety without increasing taxes, including Sheriff John McMahon’s initiative to increase deputies in unincorporated areas and fill vacant positions.
- Work closely with Sheriff’s Project HOPE Team to find innovative and realistic solutions to homelessness in the First District.
- Initiated pilot project to expand the Sheriff’s Department’s highly effective SHOCK program to every community in the Victor Valley. The program helps troubled youth by instilling the values of Self-discipline, Honor, Obedience, Character and Knowledge.
- Partnered with District Attorney Mike Ramos to bring attention to the problem of human trafficking in the county.
Renewable energy and the environment
- Opposed North Peak Wind Project (71, 500-foot wind turbines visible from across the Victor Valley).
- Outlined numerous problems with the state/federal draft Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan.
- Highlighted concerns over DRECP’s limiting of access to mineral resources, recreational use as well as community and environmental impacts. Encouraged the DRECP team to develop mechanisms providing discounted electric rates or rebates for consumers in the High Desert.
- Advocated for greater use of distributed generation of renewable energy and prioritizing already-disturbed lands for renewable energy projects, thereby protecting pristine desert.
- Proposed Assembly Bill 1034 to address hurdles that prevent renewable energy projects from being located on disturbed land on mining sites. It promotes job growth in our county. (The average mining job pays more than $80,000 a year.) AB 1034 would reduce the need to build renewable energy projects on pristine desert land. It also reduces costs for mine operators.
- Opposed encroachment of San Gabriel Mountains National Monument in San Bernardino County. The designation would have set numerous new restrictions on public lands and encircled Wrightwood.
- Opposed neighborhood solar project in Oak Hills.
- Built constructive, effective dialog with key state and federal officials, including BLM’s California Director Jim Kenna.
- Advocated for public meetings in Victorville and Morongo Valley for residents to voice opinions on the draft DRECP.
- Board of Supervisors approved temporary moratorium on commercial solar projects in residential neighborhoods to allow time to write a renewable energy policy. The Board unanimously passed an ordinance that increases protections for rural neighborhoods while setting fair guidelines for solar projects.
- Advocated to adjust SPARC public outreach process to better reflect community suggestions and concerns on renewable energy projects.
- Pursued goal of expanding private-sector thinking and best practices within county government.
- Brought greater oversight to county operations by insisting on “measurable results.” Expanded private-sector thinking and best practices within county government.
- Reached a settlement in the nine-year-old Colonies lawsuit. The settlement was strongly supported by local city councils and brought an end to millions of dollars wasted in litigation.
Jobs, economic development and business assistance
County efforts helped connect people with more than 550 new jobs in the First District.
- Outlined benefits of High Desert in meetings with site selectors and prospective employers looking to relocate.
- Held local business roundtable meeting and on-going discussions to identify areas of improvement for county departments.
- Campaigned in support of Johnson Valley and the King of the Hammers off-road race, which draws 30,000 people a year and generates $71 million for local economies. The event was threatened by proposed expansion of military training grounds.
- Allocated $75,000 to Opportunity High Desert for regional marketing campaign.
- Initiated innovative solution to backlogged federal mine permits that delay creation of local jobs.
- Facilitated a compromise with the officials at Caltrans to save the Mountain Top Café in Phelan.
- Advocated on behalf of General Atomics to clear prolonged land-use obstacles.
- Supported Proposition 90/110 property tax reform to benefit seniors in San Bernardino County.
- Met with state legislators to advocate for pro-growth policies. Advocacy includes opposition to AB 32’s cap-and-trade hidden gas tax, promoting technical job training and regulatory reform.
- Lobbied federal officials to restore funding for the air traffic control tower at SCLA and a variety of other local and regional projects.
Opposed a move for the county to absorb unclaimed property tax revenues. Directed my office staff to track down those who were owed outstanding property tax refunds. We successfully reached out to 1st District taxpayers who were owed more than $100,000 in unclaimed property tax refunds.
- Intervened to restore essential federal funding for “A Better Way” domestic violence shelter. Agreement provides funding for three years.
- Quickly intervened to save local 4-H clubs budget cuts threatened to close the programs.
- Continue working to resolve six-year dust issue surrounding Oak Hills High School. Discussed solutions with officials from Sacramento to Hesperia. San Bernardino County has already spent more than $4 million on roads and infrastructure surrounding the school.
- Led efforts to restructure funding for Victor Valley Museum and highlight the history of local cities.
- Participated in planning for High Desert Corridor transportation project linking Victor Valley and Antelope Valley.
- Continued working with state legislators and senior state court officials to restore state funding cuts to local courts.
- Established First District Youth Advisory Council to offer input on local issues.
- Met with constituents through a series of “Lovingood Listens” breakfasts and lunches around the 1st District.
- Hosted Veterans Resource Fairs, which drew nearly 200 veterans seeking help in resolving VA claims, job opportunities and other assistance.
- Resolved issues in Spring Valley Lake including road repairs, access to security fencing, storm drain maintenance and FEMA flood plain rules.
- Assisted with Community Clean-ups in unincorporated areas around the First District.
- Supported a variety of local road projects and witnessed the long-awaited reopening of Lenwood Road and pavement rehabilitation projects on National Trails Highway in the Helendale and Oro Grande areas.
- Vigorously advocated to legislators to restore funding for local courts, and that struggle continues.
- Responded to up to 20 constituent calls per week asking for assistance.