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.
I also created a Rail to Redlands Working Group in an effort to bring local business leaders, public officials, and other stakeholders together to discuss
the Redlands Passenger Rail Line project. The project will bring jobs and small business opportunities to the east end of the valley. The Redlands rail
project is unique in that it brings public and private dollars together to promote economic synergy. The partnership of the University of Redlands and
ESRI shows the commitment of the area in seeing this project come to fruition.
In light of the sequestration at the federal level, our office advocated to bring a day of giving in San Bernardino County. The full Board of Supervisors
agreed and we are moving forward with Give BIG San Bernardino County on May 8, 2014. When faced with these devastating cuts from the federal level, the
Board of Supervisors came up with options. The Board also approved a contract with the Barstow Senior Citizens Center for the expansion of services
including Meals on Wheels for seniors throughout the High Desert area.
In the absence of rural land use policies dealing with solar projects in San Bernardino County, Supervisor Lovingood and I advocated and gained support
from the full Board to move forward with a moratorium which allowed the County time to develop land use policies surrounding renewable energy projects.
The moratorium was lifted this month with the Board’s adoption of an ordinance guiding the development of commercial solar energy projects in our county.
In addressing the needs of The Third District, I came up with a new approach and created two Regional Municipal Advisory Councils. The Lucerne Valley and
Johnson Valley MAC and the Morongo Basin MAC bring together a unified voice for the region on major issues. In the Big Bear Valley, I reestablished the
Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park Advisory Committee and the Sugarloaf Advisory Committee which serve as liaisons between the County and the communities.
As your Third District Supervisor, I look forward to the work we have ahead of us. Please do not hesitate to contact my office with any questions or concerns.