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July 1, 2016

We Remember the 4th of July

Supervisor Hagman The 4th of July is often filled with parades, barbecues, fireworks, and games. Families, friends, and neighbors get together to enjoy good food, talking, parties, and lighting colorful fireworks.

Independence Day has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1870, and it became a paid federal holiday in 1938. Both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the only signers of the Declaration of Independence later to serve as Presidents of the United States, died on the same day: July 4, 1826, which was the 50th anniversary of the Declaration. While many Americans think of Independence Day as a day of revelry, it also means so much more to all of us.

The Continental Congress met June 11, 1776, in Philadelphia and formed a committee to draft a document to sever ties with Great Britain. Thomas Jefferson wrote the original draft document with a committee of four other men: John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston. 86 changes were made to the original draft and it was approved by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. 12 colonies approved the Declaration of Independence after minor revisions. The 13th colony, New York, approved the Declaration of Independence on July 19, 1776. The signing ceremony for the Declaration of Independence took place on August 2. The official signing occurred as an order on behalf of the Continental Congress following an order of the Congress that all delegates sign the document.

Declaration of Independence Signing July 4th is not only about remembering and celebrating what took place over 240 years ago, but also a time to remember that there are still those today who sacrifice much in order to maintain our freedom. Our Founding Fathers did not grant us freedom or rights, they secured them. The men and women of today’s United States Armed Forces, who serve our country and secure our freedoms and rights, continue in the proud tradition of the Founding Fathers.


Airport Update

The Ontario International Airport Authority has been in negotiations to purchase the Ontario International Airport for $250 million from the Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA). The transfer was due to take place on July 1, 2016. The transfer has hit a snag because the agreement stated that a portion of the payments to LAWA would be made using passenger revenues. The use of passenger facility charges from future passengers to fund the long term purchase of any airport is presently not allowed by federal law, and therefore federal legislation is required to complete the process.

Ontario International Airport Authority This provision to amend the policy was included in the bill regarding the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2016. That bill was held up in the House for reasons not related to Ontario Airport. Subsequently, Rep. Calvert requested that his HR 4369 which calls for OIAA to pay LAWA $50 million from passenger fees in the first five years and another $70 million from the fees in the final five years, to reimburse LAWA be considered separately from the FAA

Korean War Planes
reauthorization, which he noted has already been extended three times. There was no controversy in passing the bill, which is cosponsored by area Democrats Norma Torres, Grace Napolitano, Raul Ruiz, Pete Aguilar and Mark Takano, as well as Republicans Paul Cook and Ed Royce. The Bill has been moved to the Senate, where it is expected to pass by July 15. Once the authorization to use future passenger revenues is signed into law, the airport transfer agreement will go back to LAWA’s commissioners to ratify the funding plan. The transfer of the airport is expected to take place by October. So while this process has been slowed by three months due to federal regulation, the transfer is back on track to bring the airport back under local control in order to continue improving its value to the Inland Empire.


Wuxi Sister City

Board of Supervisors welcomed a delegation from the Wuxi Municipal People’s Government On June 14, the Board of Supervisors welcomed a delegation from the Wuxi Municipal People’s Government, Jiangsu, China to San Bernardino County. The Board presented a resolution at the Board of Supervisors Meeting which recognized the City of Wuxi, Jiangsu, China as an international economic development partner. The resolution declared that San Bernardino County and Wuxi desired to establish an ongoing cooperative relationship, expand trade and investment, strengthen communication, enhance trust, boost economic growth, and create jobs. Both parties are committed to a collaborative approach for the creation of an environment which will strengthen business exchange, and promote key projects of trade and economic cooperation. Both organizations agreed that they desire to enhance and support international education opportunities and tourism between San Bernardino County and Wuxi.

Wuxi is a prefecture - level city which administers seven county-level divisions, including 5 districts and 2 county-level cities. A prefectural-level municipality is an administrative division of the People's Republic of China ranking below a province and above a county. According to the 2010 Census, Wuxi has a population of 6,372,624, an increase of 1,192,777 from the 2000 census, giving it a population growth rate of 20.9% for the period 2000-2010. Since it was established in 1992, the Wuxi New District (WND) has evolved to be one of the major industrial parks in China. A wide variety of components, sub-systems and original equipment are made in WND. Approximately 1,200 enterprises have been registered in WND. Wuxi New District provides strong support for international manufacturing operations. The zone focuses on five core industries: electronic information, precision machinery and its mechanical and electrical integration, bio-pharmaceuticals, fine chemicals, and new materials. Sunan Shuofang International Airport (WUX) opened in 2004 and serves the cities of Wuxi and Suzhou. It is situated approximately eight miles from the city center and has direct flights to Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Taipei, Singapore, and Osaka.


COUNTY WORKS: Regional Parks

July is National Parks and Recreation Month. It can be a little warm in the Inland Empire this time of year, but it is still a great time to get out and enjoy the recreational opportunities that our Regional Parks offer to the citizens of San Bernardino County. There are nine regional parks in the San Bernardino County system, as well as the Santa Ana River Trail and Parkway. Two of the Parks are in the Fourth District: Prado Park is located in the southern section of Chino, and Cucamonga-Guasti Park is located in northern Ontario. Glen Helen and Yucaipa parks are located in the eastern San Bernardino valley. Lake Gregory Regional Park is located in the San Bernardino Mountains, adjacent to Crestline. The other four parks are located in the high desert area of the county: Moabi Regional Park is situated on the Colorado River near Needles; Calico Ghost Town is located near Barstow; Mojave Narrows Regional Park is in Victorville; and Mojave River Forks Regional Park is in Hesperia.

Prado Regional Park Each park offers residents different attractions. The two parks within the Fourth District offer a wide variety of recreational opportunities. Prado Regional Park is a large, unspoiled area; it is one of the premier open spaces for recreation in Southern California. It provides the most diverse services of any park within the Regional Parks system. Fishing is available year around, and throughout the summer the lake is stocked with catfish every week.

There are many campsites available which offer every level of service from full RV hookups to tent sites as well as group camping sites. There is a shooting range for shotgun and pistol use; this range was where the shooting events were held for the 1984 Olympic Games. Disc Golf is available as well as many hiking and biking trails. There is a facility for dog training, an equestrian center, and a facility for flying model airplanes which includes a small runway. An archery range is also located on the park as well as playgrounds and picnicking areas.

Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park

Cucamonga-Guasti Regional provides 150 acres of outdoor recreation activities in an urban setting. Fishing is available all year, and catfish are stocked throughout the summer months. Additional activities include a water park, swimming facilities, a playground, and traditional picnic facilities.

All the parks within the Regional Parks system provide great opportunities to enjoy the outdoors and celebrate National Parks and Recreation Month. There are also special events at different parks throughout the year. For more information regarding any of the parks and recreational opportunities in San Bernardino County, contact Regional Parks at (909) 387-2757 or 38PARKS. You can also visit their website at

Trudy Next Up for Adoption

Trudy This month Supervisor Hagman has chosen Trudy, a 4 year old female Whippet/Chihuahua mix as his Pet of the Month. Trudy is a tripod, a 3-legged dog, after having her back left leg amputated. She is a very friendly and adorable girl that came to Priceless Pets as a sad and shy stray until finding the strength to overcome her disability and find it in her heart to love again. She gets along well with both canine and feline roommates and would love to share a roof with you! At just under 15 pounds, she’s travel-sized and ready for a home to call her own. Trudy is spayed, de-wormed, and up to date on shots and medications, and ready to be picked up now at Priceless Pets.

All of the Supervisor’s picks for Pet of the Month have found a home with the exception of Greta. Greta is a 12-year-old beagle. She walks well on a leash and does not bark like many beagles. She is as sweet as can be, gets along great with other dogs and would love a home to retire in. For more information, visit the Supervisor’s website or contact Priceless Pets directly at (909) 203-3695 or visit their website at


Supervisor Hagman in the Fourth District

BAPS Charities Walkathon Walk Green 2016
On June 4, Supervisor Hagman participated in the BAPS Charities Walkathon ceremonies to support The Nature Conservancy’s efforts to plant and restore over 1.6 million acres of land. They plan to plant one billion trees by 2025 through their Plant a Billion Trees initiative. The local walk was held in Chino Hills, but similar events were held in over 50 cities across the U.S. with over 17,000 total walkers. BAPS Charities has led tree planting initiatives across North America to engage volunteers in the active service of their neighborhoods in taking a small step towards environmental preservation.

66ers Presenting Check Chino Hills Turns 25
Chino Hills celebrated its 25th anniversary on Thursday, June 9, 2016 at its annual State of The City Celebration and Address. The event was held at the Chino Hills Community Center. It began with a reception followed by the State of the City Address from Mayor Art Bennett. Pictured with the Supervisor are the City Council, and a number of dignitaries who have been instrumental to the birth and growth of the city.

Chino Hills Volunteer Dinner Miniature Golf Outing at Scandia Ontario
Supervisor Hagman assists San Bernardino County Deputy District Attorney Michael Abacherli, president of the San Bernardino County Public Attorneys Association (SBCPAA) in presenting tournament medals to Michelle Llamas, 11, (center left) and Katherine Linderd, 12, as they completed the miniature golf tournament for under-privileged children in San Bernardino County at Scandia Ontario. SBCPAA hosted the mini-golf tournament for the county’s under-privileged youth as a chance to give back to the community. “This is an opportunity for these children to have a good time for free,” said Abacherli. “But, we also get to show them a fun game with which they may have no familiarity. Plus, we can serve as role models for them regarding the benefits of continued education, professional employment, and the financial wherewithal to afford little pleasures like a round of miniature golf. Additionally, an added bonus for SBCPAA members is that it’s a lot of fun for our attorneys to help these underprivileged kids in this positive way!”

66ers Presenting Check Update with Chino Kiwanis
On Wednesday, June 22, Supervisor Hagman addressed the Chino Kiwanis Club at the Chino Community Center. He gave them an update about the Ontario Airport and discussed future plans for improving the airport and having it become a stronger engine for growth within the Inland Empire. He also spoke about the opportunities for improving communications within the area as cellular phone technology and access improves, and how this will help improve the services and functions of government in the future. The Kiwanis also expressed a need for volunteers for the Chino summer concert series. The Kiwanis sponsor this concert series in Chino each summer.