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Seventh Edition December 2013
A Year in Review

My first year as your County Supervisor has been one that has brought difficult challenges and great achievements for the Third District and San Bernardino County as a whole. As we approach the one year mark of my time in office, I’d like to reflect on what we have accomplished in just twelve short months.

Upon taking the oath of office, I joined my colleagues in appointing Sheriff John McMahon, who was immediately faced with one of the biggest manhunts in modern day history. Today, we honor all law enforcement officers who gave their lives for our protection and those who were injured during this time.

In addressing the needs of the residents of the Morongo Basin, I advocated for the establishment of video conferencing in the Morongo Basin and in February, the Board approved the implementation of the system. Now, residents who live in the outermost parts of the county are afforded the opportunity to voice their concerns to the Board from their own community.

In an indication of cooperation amongst Board members, the County settled a lawsuit with three public agencies, SANBAG, Caltrans, and Upland. This settlement showed that the current Board of Supervisors is willing to work together to use taxpayers’ money more efficiently toward transportation and flood control projects.

The San Bernardino International Airport Authority (SBIAA) and the Inland Valley Development Agency (IVDA) are just two regional boards that I serve on. I advocated for a full marketing study that would incorporate all aspects of a functioning airport, including maintenance and repairs, aircraft painting, and other components related to the aircraft industry. The SBIAA Board approved a contract with the Nostrum marketing firm to conduct this comprehensive study that can only help in preserving and expanding jobs in our area.

Supervisor Ramos Around the District

Yucaipa Kiwanis Club

Supervisor Ramos with members of the Yucaipa Valley Kiwanis Club

Behavioral Health Awards and Tea

Congratulations to awardee Robert Dotson at the Behavioral Health Holiday Tea and Awards

SBSD Gift of Love

San Bernardino Sheriff Department's Gift of Love

First 5 San Bernardino

First 5 San Bernardino presents a check to the Children's Fund

Basin Wide Foundation

Supervisor Ramos with Cindy Melland and Owen and Audrey Guillick at the Basin Wide Foundation

Landers Community Clean Up December 7th

Landers Community Clean Up on December 7th

Providing Resources to those in need

Family Services Association of Redlands prepares for the holidays

Our House in Redlands offers a safe space for homeless youth

Progress in the Third District

HUD sends 2013 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress

Recently, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development sent Congress the first part of its report on homeless in the country. This report details the findings from the 2013 Point in Time Count which was conducted by cities and counties nationwide in order to capture the number of homeless individuals on a single night.

During the January 2013 Point in Time Count, 610,042 people were identified as homeless. Most were living in emergency shelters or transitional housing programs while 35% were living in unsheltered locations. Nearly one quarter, or 138,149 of all homeless people were children under the age of 18. The majority were 25 years or older. Nationally, homelessness declined by nearly 4% between 2012 and 2013.

Board Adopts Ordinance on Commercial Solar

On December 17th, the Board of Supervisors conducted a public hearing on the proposed ordinance guiding the process of the development of commercial solar energy generation facilities in San Bernardino County.

The purpose for this ordinance is to establish a process for deciding appropriate locations for solar facilities by protecting our natural resources, neighborhoods and rural residential areas, and also protecting and promoting a vibrant tourism economy.

This proposed ordinance is the result of the temporary moratorium on solar projects the Board put in place in June in order to develop these guidelines and incorporate them into the County General Plan. Adoption of the proposed ordinance would lift the temporary moratorium.

Deal Made to Save Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Area

A deal has been reached on the Johnson Valley OHV area as part of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013. Under this deal, approximately 100,000 acres of Johnson Valley will be preserved for OHV recreational use. The deal also allows the Marines to expand the Twentynine Palms Marine Base into a portion of Johnson Valley and will end the threat of military expansion into the remaining OHV area.

Included in the OHV area is the entire “Hammers” area as well as many other OHV events. The “King of the Hammers” Race brings over 30,000 people to Johnson Valley and the surrounding area every year and is estimated to generate more than $70 million annually for our local economy.

Supervisor Ramos was pleased with the deal, “This compromise reached on the Johnson Valley OHV recreational area is a well-designed plan that will protect our residents, local economy, and our recreation community while allowing the military to maintain essential training operations. I applaud Congressman Cook for his leadership in the House of Representatives, Senator Dianne Feinstein for her support, and my fellow Board colleagues for standing with them on this critical issue.”

Third District Community Forum
Third District Community Highlight

YouthHope holds Open House

The YouthHope Foundation is a non-profit organization in Redlands that provides support services to homeless, runaways, or at-risk of becoming homeless youth ages 14-24. While this organization is based in Redlands, youth come to them from all over the inland empire. Youth Hope started in July of 2009 by Heidi Mayer who noticed a need in the city of Redlands. With her experience working with homeless and at-risk youth in San Francisco, she went to work helping the youth in her community. Services provided by this organization include food, clothing, referrals for job training and education programs, medical and dental appointments and many others. In 2013, YouthHope has provided services to over 900 youth. It is Heidi’s hope that she can provide these youth with help in a
respectful way which will build their confidence and
provide them with hope. Learn more

Come visit YouthHope at their new home located at 1179 W. Redlands Blvd. in Redlands.

YouthHope Executive Director Heidi Mayer and some of the members help beautify the Redlands Bowl

Accessing Your Government

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