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One of the ongoing problems in
the greater Chino area is the overcrowding that exists at Chino Institution for
Men (CIM). This adversely affects Chino Hills, Upland and Ontario as well as
Chino. The Institution has been under court order to reduce the inmate
population for a couple of years. A plan, by Governor Schwarzenegger, to
contract with other states to relieve prison overcrowding was rejected by the
courts earlier this year.
I’ve participated in meetings with local and state officials to review critical
issues at CIM including multi-jurisdictional communication, law enforcement
mobilization and reimbursement payments to local cities and law enforcement
agencies as a result of their responses when assisting prison authorities.
Members of my staff have toured the facility to view conditions first hand. We
need to be proactive and responsive to the current situation. As elected
officials, we need to be tough on crime and on those who commit them. Those who
break the law should receive their just desserts. That should not include early
Last Week, two federal judges ordered the creation of a special panel whose
mission would be to recommend ways to relieve California’s overcrowded prisons,
which might ultimately lead to capping the inmate population resulting in the
release of some prisoners.
With this decision, the judges rejected a key solution initiated by Governor
Schwarzenegger and state legislators to address this decades old crisis. Last
spring, they agreed to an ambitious $7.8 billion program to build 53,000 new
prison and jail cells. The judges ruled that plan, only makes matters worse for
the state Departments of Corrections and Rehabilitation. They said the state
cannot hire enough guards and medical professionals to provide adequate care and
oversight for the present inmate population, let alone the thousands more that
might be added by the building program.
Governor Schwarzenegger has said he will appeal the judge’s decision. He feels
that the state has taken sufficient steps to reduce current and future prison
overcrowding and he wants to make sure dangerous criminals are not returned into
communities prematurely. The appeals process could take years. In the meantime,
the state will press ahead with its building program and the transfer of 8,000
inmates to prisons in other states.
I applaud the Governor’s actions in this matter. The last thing we need is to
release prisoners early into our communities and neighborhoods. The periodic
uprisings and altercations at CIM are unsettling at best. We don’t need a
full-blown incident to tackle problems that need to be addressed in the best
interests of Fourth District Residents. It should not take a criminal released
early from detention, who then commits a serious crime, for us to realize that
this option is not a way to protect our neighborhoods. Our policy should be; you
do the crime, you do the time.
This past year and in the
coming months the state’s air-quality regulators will pursue a frenetic schedule
of activity that will have important consequences for millions of Californians,
whether in their cars, on the job or at home.
There are four agencies: The California Environmental Protection Agency
(CAL-EPA), the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the Southern California
Association of Governments (SCAG) and the Air Quality Management District (AQMD)
who play an important role in determining air quality standards and requirements
CARB has taken action on a number of fronts including the ports of Los Angeles
and Long Beach, diesel discharge from diesel trucks and heavy equipment,
cigarettes and indoor air cleaners. All the agencies are looking at coming up
with a policy that meets federally mandated clean air guidelines by 2012.
However, there is hardly a consensus as to what the policy should look like and
The first step was taken by CARB at the end of July, when the Agency adopted
tough emission standards for off-highway diesel vehicles such as bulldozers,
airport baggage trucks and ski resort snowcats. The rules will eventually force
the oldest and most polluting pieces of equipment out of service and require
construction firms and other companies to spend billions on new equipment or
engine retrofits. It would require emissions from backhoes, forklifts and other
types of diesel equipment to be cleaned up gradually beginning in 2010. The
rules would be phased in through 2020 for fleets of large vehicles and 2025 for
The pollutants targeted in the rule – particulate matter and nitrogen oxide –
are blamed for premature deaths, respiratory ailments and cardiovascular
problems. The standards under consideration are projected to prevent 4,000
premature deaths, 110,000 asthma-related cases, 9,200 cases of acute bronchitis
and 680,000 lost work days lost over 20 years, according to an analysis by the
CARB Board. The Board further projects that the requirements will save up to $26
billion in health care costs by 2030.
Online Electronic Campaign
At my request, the County Registrar of Voters (ROV)
has inaugurated an electronic filing system for Financial Disclosure Forms (Form
460), in time for the July 31st semi-annual filing requirement. Those affected
include county party committees and other county elected officials who are
required by law to file a semi-annual report.
This, in my opinion, is an important step in making the political process more
transparent to county residents. The ability to view the reports online will
dramatically increase the number of contact hits on the (ROV) website. We know
that once Financial Disclosure Forms (Form 700) went on line, the number of
website hits increased the first month to 2,000 from last year’s in-person
visits of 200.
The new electronic on-line filing system is available free of charge and allows
anyone to enter and file disclosure statements quickly and easily. The system
benefits campaigns and committees by providing them ready access to campaign
statements. Currently, campaign statements can only be viewed by an in-person
visit to the ROV office.
The San Bernardino County ROV, Kari Verjil and her staff, Clerk of the Board
Dena Smith and her staff and Steve Hall and the staff at the Information
Services Department deserve a great deal of credit for making electronic filing
happen. They worked hard to make sure the technology mirrored the concept.
West Nile Virus
our weather locally has been bone dry does not preclude the
presence of mosquitoes that carry the West Nile virus. In this
past week new cases have appeared in Sacramento and Orange
Counties and infected birds have been found in San Bernardino
County. Last year seven people died in California as well as 177
About 80% of those infected won’t show symptoms according to the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Colorado Springs,
Colorado. Others have mild symptoms such as fever, nausea,
vomiting and a rash on the chest and back. But one in 150 people
infected will become seriously ill, with high fever,
disorientation, tremors, convulsions, vision loss, coma and even
paralysis. Symptoms can last for years and neurological damage
can be permanent.
The West Nile season generally runs from May through October,
with the virus transmitted by mosquitoes that feed on the blood
of wild birds. Only a few of the 22 species of mosquitoes carry
West Nile. Surprisingly, drought has little effect on the
mosquito population. More than twice the number of birds
infected with the virus have been detected this year than at
this time last year, even though the number of birds tested is
similar according to state officials.
Public health officials are advising people to apply insect
repellent containing either DEET, picaradin or oil of lemon
eucalyptus when outdoors, especially in the early morning and
early evening. People should ensure that screen doors and
windows are intact and should eliminate sources of standing
water, where mosquitoes can breed. West Nile virus was first
detected in California five years ago.
The Institution We Love to
Hate - Government
|Americans are more and more
hooked on government. They either directly work for or receive
substantial income from government. As of 2004, 52.6% of
Americans received a “substantial” portion of their income from
a variety of sources that would cause great personal hardship if
removed. In 2004, our population was about 293.7 million of
which 154.4 million received a substantial portion of their
income from the government.
In 1980, 55% of Americans received “substantial” income from
government. However, starting with President Ronald Reagan there
was a 20 year decline in the number of people hooked on
government. By the year 2000 that figure stood at 49.4%.
How are Americans hooked on Government? Nearly one-in-five work
for government at the federal, state, or local level. Almost
one-in-five receive social security or a federal pension. Over
two million receive housing subsidies. Nineteen million are on
food stamps. Five million receive subsidies for school.
In 2005, the Congressional Budget Office forecast that federal
entitlement programs would increase federal spending from the
current 18.4% to 25.3% of the gross domestic product by
mid-century. The chief drivers were demographic – the retirement
of “baby-boomers” and the need to pay their pension and health
This all brings new meaning to the venerable words; “government
of the people, by the people and for the people.”
Drought conditions exacerbate the danger of fire. But a new
website tells you – no matter where you live – exactly how
vulnerable you are. The website developed at the University of
California at Berkeley Center for Fire Research and Outreach
lets people know exactly how to assess the potential risk of
wildfire damage to their homes and communities.
At the website,
firecenter.berkeley.edu/toolkit, residents can
enter information about their home’s construction and
landscaping to get a science-based assessment of its
vulnerability to wildfires, and suggestions for reducing their
risk. They can also type in their address to see if they live in
a region at risk for wildfires and obtain information about
fires that have occurred in the area since 1950. The website
also lets you know if you are in a local, state or federal
responsibility area. Tips and resources for recovering from a
wildfire are also available on the website.
There are a number of ways to conserve water use in these
current drought conditions. Among the top five actions that can
be taken are fix and repair all water leaks, make sure your
toilet is a water efficient 1.6 gallon per flush toilet, replace
clothes washers with a washer that has a water factor of 9.5 or
lower, plant the right plants with proper landscape design and
irrigation and water plants only when they need it.
Now there is also a way to bring water saving tips to every home
– via the Internet. The California Water Conservation Council
has created the website
www.h2ouse.org. This water saver home
web site provides an online encyclopedia of water conservation
techniques. It tells homeowners how to read a water meter,
install water-efficient appliances and fixtures, conserve water
through creative landscape design, detect and repair leaks and
save water during a drought.
Visitors to the web site can also view water-saving tips room by
room with the virtual home tour, find out some of the best ways
to save water in and around the home, use the water-budget
calculator to figure out how much water is being used at home
and look at the garden guide to find water conservation
San Bernardino County
Land Use Services Department
Code Enforcement Division
Ignacio Nunez serves as Code Enforcement Officer III as well as
Senior Officer in the Fourth Supervisorial District. He began
working for the County of San Bernardino in 1996 as an
eligibility worker in the Transitional Assistance Department.
His first assignment was to assist residents in need of
Ignacio began working for the Code Enforcement Division in 1999.
His many responsibilities include coordinating 25 – 30 community
clean ups a year throughout the county, working with fire hazard
abatement, coordinating illegal vendor sweeps and assisting
Fourth District residents with code enforcement issues.
Ignacio is married and has two children. He is active in the
community and particularly enjoys coaching peewee baseball.
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385 N Arrowhead Avenue
San Bernardino, CA 92415
Chino District Office:
13160 7th Street
Chino, CA 91710
Mark Kirk, Chief of Staff
Anthony Riley, District Director
Roman Nava, Senior Field Rep
Grace Hagman, Community Outreach Specialist/ Field Rep
Naseem Farooqi, Constituent Services Rep
Burt Southard, Special Projects Coordinator
Joy Chadwick, Executive Analyst
Christy Ray, Executive Secretary
Annette Taylor, Executive Secretary