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385 N Arrowhead Avenue
San Bernardino, CA 92415
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Staff Members:
Mark Kirk,
Chief of Staff

Joy Chadwick,
Deputy Chief of Staff

Brian Johsz,
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Grace Hagman,
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Community Outreach
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Roman Nava,
Small Business Liaison

Anthony Riley,
Special Projects Director

Naseem Farooqi,
Constituent Service
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Burt Southard,
Special Projects Analyst

Michael Delgado,
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Jeanna Pomierski,
Executive Secretary
(District Office)

Annette Taylor,
Executive Secretary
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Christy Ray,
Office Assistant
February 2009

SB COUNTY TO ACQUIRE FORECLOSED HOMES


Click the following link to view Supervisor Ovitt's Video:
http://www.sbcounty.gov/bosd4/multimedia/ViewVideo.aspx?vid=129

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors rolled out a program last month aimed at helping to stem the foreclosure crisis in San Bernardino County. We are probably looking at another wave of foreclosures that will happen in the next few years as people recognize they are upside down in their equity.

The board adopted a plan to use millions of dollars in federal money to help homebuyers purchase foreclosed homes and enable government agencies to acquire and either resell or rent foreclosed houses in the county.

For this program, the Board unanimously voted to enter into a contract with the Inland Empire Economic Recovery Corp., a nonprofit group that will acquire 31 foreclosed residential properties and sell them to qualified buyers.

The board also appointed Board Chairman Paul Biane and Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt to serve on the corporation's board of directors.

The issue needed to be dealt with promptly because the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) plans to start selling off bank assets in the county.

More than 42,000 houses in the county are bank-owned, scheduled for auction or have been subjected to notices of default. In the past 11 months, Property values in the county have fallen nearly 42 percent.

The Inland Empire ranked as the third-worst area in the nation for foreclosures in the third quarter of 2008.

In the next two years, about 240,000 homes in the Inland Empire homes are expected to enter into foreclosure, with experts predicting severe economic losses that may reach $100 billion.

County officials believe that the Economic Recovery Corporation is the best way to manage thousands of residential properties that once were owner occupied but are now vacant magnets for crime, or that are being snapped up for prices below their real value and turned into rentals.

Inland communities are becoming blighted, unemployment is soaring and demand for county provided social services is on the rise as a result of this unprecedented economic crisis.

The County of San Bernardino is totally committed to mitigating this crisis before it spirals any further out of control.

THERE’S A NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN

Assistant Sheriff Rod Hoops was sworn in as the new San Bernardino County Sheriff at the County Board meeting on February 3rd. Rod was the unanimous choice of the Board to replace Sheriff Gary Penrod who retired on January 31st after serving as sheriff for the past fourteen years.

A 30-year law enforcement veteran, Assistant Sheriff Rod Hoops, joined the department in 1979 as a patrol deputy. He has been Assistant Sheriff since 2005, overseeing the patrol, specialized investigations and narcotics divisions. He is currently responsible for department-wide operations.

He will fill the remainder of Penrod’s term, which ends Jan. 3, 2011. Hoops has indicated that he will stand for election in June 2010. The position of sheriff is an elected one but the board is required to fill any vacancy, as just occurred.

Hoops expects budget shortages and jail crowding to be among the top challenges he will face. Hoops is already working on a plan reviewing department expenses to see where cuts can be made.

COMMUNITY CLEAN UP

On January 31, 2009, my staff and County Code Enforcement staff, conducted a highly successful community clean up in Chino. Over 206 vehicles were served and 43.5 tons of material was removed. That is approximately 9 trash trucks full. Included in the trash collected was 1.5 tons of recycled tires and 6 tons of green waste. Thanks to my staff and County staff along with additional help provided by Waste Management and Clean Earth Recycling for making the day a success.

The next community clean up will be held on May 16 at Howard Elementary School in Montclair from 8:00 a.m.– 12:00 p.m.

Our final community cleanup will be held on October 3rd, 2009 at Lyle Briggs Fundamental School in Chino.