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Fifth Edition September/October 2013

Big Bear Valley Attractions

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Looking for something to do on the weekend? Please check out my latest video segment for information on recreational activities in the Big Bear Valley!

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Governor Brown signs California Bobcat Protection Act into law

On October 11th, Governor Brown signed into law AB 1213, the California Bobcat Protection Bill. This legislation ensures the protection of bobcats by establishing a
no-trapping buffer zone around Joshua Tree National Park as well as other national parks and refuges in California. The bill also requires trappers to have written permission from a landowner before catching a bobcat on their private property.

Supervisor Ramos was also thrilled to learn of this news today. “I want to thank Governor Brown for his support to San Bernardino County and the area of Joshua Tree. This legislation provides crucial protection for our bobcats in and around Joshua Tree National Park. I would also like to thank my constituents for their hard work in bringing this legislation forward.”

Tom O’Key, a resident of the Morongo Basin and a key advocate for this legislation, was elated to hear the Governor signed this bill into law. ”I am very pleased with the result. I love the idea of a community coming together to work on an issue that has an intrinsic meaning everyone understands. I read the letter Supervisor Ramos sent to the Governor and I was pleased he took a stance in support of this legislation.”

Supervisor Ramos Around the District

A Day in Big Bear with Supervisor Rutherford

The wolves at the Big Bear Alpine Zoo were excited to see Supervisors Rutherford and Ramos on their visit to Big Bear! The two Supervisors took a tour with the museum curator and learned more about the how the zoo staff nurse these injured animals.

(Left image)Phil and Ginny Cisneros pose with the Supervisor at the Pioneer Days Parade in 29 Palms

(Right image)Riding in the Loma Linda Community Parade!
High Desert Opportunity Conference

The High Desert Opportunity Conference brought together the cities of Adelanto, Apple Valley, Barstow, Hesperia and Victorville for the largest business conference in the region and drew business leaders from all over California. Attendees learned about the High Desert’s growing and expanding cities and what they have to offer. Supervisor Ramos joined Supervisors Lovingood and Rutherford for a casual conversation about the current business climate and how the County is working with local businesses. Supervisor Ramos highlighted the need for educational opportunities and a well-trained workforce ready to hire by businesses looking to set up shop in the County.

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Coffee with the Supervisor in Barstow

On September 16th, Supervisor Ramos held a Coffee with the Supervisor event in Barstow. These are open forums meant to provide both the Supervisor and his constituents face-to-face interactions. “I feel these events are crucial to ensuring the people’s voices are being heard especially in communities farther out from San Bernardino,” stated Supervisor Ramos. “Being able to get out in the field and interact with my constituents allows me to get a better sense of the community needs. I appreciate those who attend these events and take the time
to share their concerns with me.” The Supervisor will continue to hold
these events around his district.
Supervisor Ramos takes questions
from Barstow residents

Progress in the Third District

DRECP Public Hearings Held in Desert

On September 6th and 7th, two public Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan meetings were held in Lucerne Valley and Yucca Valley. These public hearings were a result of a request by Supervisors Lovingood and Ramos to have meetings held in the rural communities most affected by solar development. During the meeting, community members provided their input about ideal locations for these types of projects. Supervisor Ramos feels the “DRECP will be the most important planning process for our desert in the foreseeable future, shaping over 22 million acres in the California desert. With the focal point in my district, I have pushed for a plan that protects our irreplaceable landscapes, American landmarks like Joshua Tree National Park and Route 66, while also preserving our vibrant and growing tourism economy surrounding them.”

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Morongo Basin MAC up and running

The members of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council were appointed at the Board of Supervisors meeting on October 8th. Supervisor Ramos swore in the new members on October 21st. “We are pleased to have the Morongo Basin MAC up and running. It is a much-needed avenue where residents can voice their concerns and make the changes they wish to see in their communities,” stated Supervisor Ramos. MAC meetings are open to the public.

From Left are Max Rossi of Wonder Valley, Mike Lipsitz of Landers, David Peach of Joshua Tree, Mark Lundquist of Joshua Tree, Elizabeth Karman of Yucca Mesa, Larry Parrot of Flamingo Heights, Jack Dugan of Pioneertown and Gayl Swarat of Morongo Valley. Mary Helen Tuttle of Copper Mountain Messa could not attend.

Photo Credit: Rebecca Unger, Desert Trail Newspaper

Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park Advisory Commission Swearing In

The Supervisor was pleased to swear in the members of the Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park Advisory Commission on September 17th.

Rail to Redlands Working Group Second Meeting

What role does Omnitrans play in the Redlands Passenger Rail project? This question was answered during a presentation from Omnitrans Interim CEO/General Manager Scott Graham at the Rail to Redlands Working Group’s meeting. This ad-hoc committee consists of elected officials, community leaders, and other stakeholders who come together to help build momentum for this rail project. The group held its second meeting on October 30th at the County Government Center.

Members of the Rail to Redlands Working Group from left to right: Olivia Crowley with Inland Empire Economic Partnership, Larry Sharp with Inland Action, Mayor Walt Stanckiewitz of Grand Terrace, John Longville with the San Bernardino Community College Board, Carole Beswick with Inland Action, Supervisor James Ramos, Mayor Pete Aguilar of Redlands, University of Redlands President Ralph Kuncl, and Senior Vice President of Loma Linda University Rachelle Bussell

Third District Community Forum
Accessing Your Government

Get Covered California!

Do you have questions about how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will affect you?

Snapshot of the bill:

  • Requires most U.S. citizens and legal residents to obtain and maintain healthcare coverage
  • Creates a new way to purchase coverage called Health Insurance Exchanges
  • Expands the current Medi-Cal program to provide opportunities for more individudals to be eligible
  • Bars insurance companies from discriminating against those with preexisting conditions
What is California doing to prepare for the change next year?

California was the first state in the nation to enact legislations under the ACA. Covered California is the state agency responsible for implementing the healthcare reform. While the California Department of Healthcare Services continues to be the state agency for Medi-Cal, Covered California will provide the healthcare exchange where individuals and families can go to compare insurance plans and sign up for benefits online. The healthcare exchanges serve to create a competitive market for health insurance, provide a choice of health plans, establish common rules regarding the offering and pricing of health insurance, and allow customers to sign up for coverage. Individuals who make $46,960 or less and families of four who make $94,200 or less may qualify for financial assistance.

Starting March 1, 2014, those without healthcare coverage will be subject to a penalty of 1% of a family’s income. This penalty will increase to 2% in 2015 and 2.5% in 2016 but limits the dollar amount of the penalty.

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Community Highlight

Oak Glen Apple Season

Come to Oak Glen for some delicious fresh apple cider! Oak Glen is situated above Yucaipa in the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains. You can explore the beautiful landscape of the Wildlands Conservancy, visit the historical Oak Glen School House Museum, and feed the animals in the animal park. There are many unique shops and restaurants where you can get a souvenir and a fresh apple pie. Make sure to grab a bag of locally grown apples for the road! Come enjoy the fresh crisp air and witness the beautiful change of seasons in Oak Glen.

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