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Ensuring Water For Our Region's Families

Board Approves Revenue Bonds

West End Jobs Fair

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November 2009

Ensuring Water For Our Region's Families

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Supervisor Paul Biane and I are proposing a resolution for the Board of Supervisors, which if approved, would establish a Storm Water Task Force. The purpose of this task force is as simple as it is important.

We want to ensure that our County’s flood control operations combine the historical flood control model of capturing storm water and moving it away from populated areas with a new model designed to increase local water supplies, improve water quality, and help minimize the need to purchase an increasingly costly commodity – imported water.

Historically, flood control had one purpose – to protect residents from floods and runoff by directing storm water to flood control channels and safely sending water downstream to the Santa Ana River and the Pacific Ocean. In 2006, more than 600,000 acre-feet of storm water flowed from our County to the ocean.

Our County has successfully controlled storm water by redirecting it to channels that send it rushing toward the coast. In recent years, we have not experienced damaging floods similar to what occurred in 1969 when massive amounts of storm runoff devastated communities. While directing floodwater into channels made sense when water was inexpensive and available, now we need to think outside the flood control box and develop a different model.

We need to combine what we currently do very well with a model that captures floodwater and keeps it in our community. Why is this necessary? Well, that 600,000 acre-feet of water we sent to the ocean in 2006 was enough to supply the needs of 1.5 million San Bernardino County households for a full year. And with water prices signaling a continued climb for years to come, common sense says we must do a better job of keeping our local water local.

The group will work together to develop a fully integrated storm water management system. This system, combined with the best practices of water conservation, will increase local water supply, improve our water quality, and reduce long-term cost increases for an increasingly scarce, yet vital, commodity.

The Task Force’s first assignment will be to examine the current configuration of the Turner Basin, which sits on the border of Ontario and Rancho Cucamonga, and recommend a plan to fully utilize the basin. The plan will detail how we can capture storm water from the Cucamonga and Deer Creek channels in the Turner Basin. The plan will also discuss how we can construct and maintain a wetlands area within the basin to naturally purify runoff while also providing habitat for plants and animals. Finally, the plan will spell out how we can utilize this treated storm water to recharge the underground aquifer.

This is just the first step. We also want the task force to recommend recreational and educational uses for the basin, such as walking trails and signage that allow residents to learn about water conservation, wetlands biology, and flood control systems.

In addition, the basin would feature California-friendly landscaping and architectural features to complement and enhance Archibald Avenue – a gateway to Ontario International Airport and the City of Rancho Cucamonga.

By working together, we can beautify this basin and utilize it more fully while also creating a model that can be used for the long-term benefit of County residents.

Board Approves Revenue Bonds

Businesses and public agencies in San Bernardino County that want to expand or renovate their facilities could save thousands of dollars in interest costs by accessing more than $115 million in low-interest bonds that will be available through a program approved last Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors.

It would create a countywide Recovery Zone to allow for the issuance of more than $46 million in economic development bonds and more than $69 million in private facility bonds. The program is designed spur economic development and job creation by offering attractive financing options to interested parties.

The Recovery Zone program was made possible through the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act signed by President Obama earlier this year. The program is designed to boost economic development efforts in areas that are experiencing significant poverty, unemployment, high rates of home foreclosures and other economic ills.

The bond allocations can be used for projects in all cities and unincorporated areas of San Bernardino County. The federal program also provided allocations to cities with populations exceeding 100,000 people, which would include Fontana, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, San Bernardino and Victorville. Businesses that are a part of the allocation process in a city can also participate in the County program.

West End Jobs Fair

In an effort to help connect the growing number of job seekers with employers in the region, San Bernardino County, along with a consortium of elected officials, local cities and community organizations, have organized a number of free job fairs around the county, to help put residents back to work.

Last week in Ontario, We gathered more than 60 employers looking to fill approximately 500 full and part-time positions in fields that included clerical, sales, health care, customer service and warehousing.

It has been an incredibly challenging year for residents who have lost jobs and businesses that are struggling. With the unemployment rate reaching 14 percent in this county, it is more important than ever to mobilize the available resources and opportunities to help meet the needs of our community.

Thanks to the stimulus funding allocated by the federal government, and the various partnerships established with communities and educational institutions, the county’s Workforce Investment Board and staff have made great strides to create and assemble job opportunities and identify occupations that are in need of a trained and skilled workforce.