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May 2007
Open Government

As part of my effort to expand open government in San Bernardino County, the County Board of Supervisors has introduced a new online access to Statements of Economic Interests (California Form 700). This allows the public to review statements of economic interest from Board of Supervisors Members and their key staff as well as managers of various County departments. We now have online access to Board agendas and fair statements that allow the public to find information specific to any agenda item voted on by the Board. As a complement, we have also developed a hosted e-mail subscription service that allows visitors to the County Website to receive automatic e-mail updates.

Along with Board agendas and fair statements, a searchable database of information will be added to expand the amount of information available. We will soon include Financial Contribution Forms (Form 460) as well as access to County contractor and vendor information.

We are working with both County Purchasing and Auditor Larry Walker to expedite the access to County contractor and vendor information.. Currently, purchasing posts all Board-approved requests for proposal (RFPs) on their website for review by vendors and other interested parties. However, the RFP results such as the name of proposers and final award recipients, while a matter of public record after the award is made, is not readily available to the public.

I am committed to ensuring that San Bernardino County is the most open and transparent county in the United States.
 

 
Education

One exciting initiative, that I am involved with in our County, is the Alliance for Education. The Alliance is an effort to join business, labor, community and education together in a joint effort to enhance workforce development, education partnerships and literacy in a common goal to produce an educated and skilled community. The Alliance is eager to collaborate with business, labor and community partners on innovative ways to connect students and teachers with the organization. We have to do more to produce a highly skilled and educated workforce to fill the jobs and opportunities that exist now and in the future. To learn more about the Alliance for Education, or become a member, visit their website at www.sballiance.org.
 

 

Public Safety

We have made a concerted effort in our County to crack down on gangs and gang activity. In the first quarter of this year, 356 gang cases were filed in San Bernardino County. There were 180 state prison commitments obtained with a total of 891 years of state prison confinement.

There are an estimated 13,000 gang members in San Bernardino County. Since the crackdown on gangs began in 2005, 2,040 cases have been filed, 954 state prison commitments have been obtained and 5,155 years of state prison terms with 10 life terms have been rendered. Last month the Board along with the County Probation Department started a pilot program to fit gang member probationers with global positioning devices (GPSs). This is an expansion of a program that I initiated last year and the Board voted to support. Hopefully this program will be successful and thereby enhanced and expanded in the future. A recent court challenge to the constitutionality of the use of GPS devices on gang members on probation was thrown out of court.
 
 
Building Coalitions

In my years of public service, I have learned to include as many decision makers and stakeholders at the table, as possible, so each can claim ownership of the issue at hand thereby enhancing the chances for success.

I attend a number of meetings each week and serve on various committees. Besides working with officials in the County of San Bernardino and the Southern California region, I met recently with elected representatives and government officials in both Washington, D.C. and Sacramento to discuss local and regional problems.

In Washington, we discussed a number of issues but the major focus was on goods movement in the I-10 Corridor, traffic flow and security. Southern California is the loading dock for the United States, 43% of all U.S. imports pass through the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. In the year 2000, $200 billion in trade passed through those ports supporting a national total of two million jobs and paid over $61 billion in income. Yet, 70% of Southern California’s transportation revenue comes from local taxes. California residents are paying a disproportionate share of the environmental and financial costs of goods movement. The challenge is to address the infrastructure demands of an overburdened goods movement while maintaining a healthy environment and livable communities.

In Sacramento, we met with elected representatives and key government officials on a variety of issues but the major focus was on the prison overcrowding crisis, specifically at the Chino Institution for Men (CIM). This is a critical safety problem for the communities of Chino and Chino Hills and inmates in the institution itself. Just last week, the Governor and legislature reached a deal on a plan to provide funding for more prison construction. That is welcome news for the future but doesn’t solve the current problem. We are working on alleviating the current overcrowding situation and holding the state’s feet to the fire to do something now!

 

 
Acronym World

We live in a world of government acronyms which we use every day, some you may be familiar with but others you may not.  I serve on many organizations and committees in a variety of capacities. The following are some of the most important along with their acronyms:

AQMD-South Coast Air Quality Management District
I serve as San Bernardino County’s representative on the Governing Board. The AQMD is the regional government agency responsible for air pollution control in Los Angeles County, Orange County and parts of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. The Governing Board adopts policies and regulations that promote clean air within its four-county area. Federal and state law requires that AQMD achieve clean air standards to protect public health. Their website address is aqmd.gov.

OMNITRANS – acronym that stands on its own
Omnitrans is the public transit agency serving the San Bernardino Valley. Founded in 1976 through a joint powers agreement, Omnitrans carries over 15 million passengers each year throughout its 480 square mile area. I serve as one of the twenty board members who represent the County and 15 cities that Omnitrans serves. Their website address is www.omnitrans.org.


SANBAG - San Bernardino Associated Governments
Serves as the council of governments and transportation planning agency for San Bernardino County. SANBAG is responsible for cooperative regional planning and furthering an efficient multi-modal transportation system countywide. It supports freeway construction projects, regional and local road improvements, train and bus transportation, railroad crossings, call boxes, ridesharing, congestion management efforts, and long-term planning studies. SANBAG administers Measure I, the half-cent transportation sales tax approved by County voters in 1989. I serve as a County Board member of SANBAG. SANBAG is made up of 29 members, with a representative from each of the five Board Districts and one from each of the County’s 24 cities. Their website address is www.sanbag.ca.gov.

SCAG – Southern California Association of Governments
Over the past four decades, the Southern California Association of Governments has evolved into the largest council of governments in the United States functioning as the metropolitan planning organization for six counties: Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside, Ventura and Imperial. The region encompasses a population exceeding 18 million persons in an area of more than 38,000 square miles. SCAG is mandated by the federal government to research and draw up plans for transportation, growth management, hazardous waste management and air quality. Additional mandates exist at the state level. I have just assumed the presidency of SCAG, as of May 3, 2007, after serving as vice president this past year. SCAG is made up of 76 board members, each an elected official representing a community in SCAG. Their website address is skag.ca.gov.

SCRAA – Southern California Regional Airport Authority
Is a joint powers agreement between the Counties of Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange and the City of Los Angeles to regionalize Los Angeles and other airports in Southern California and jointly plan and market efforts to promote regional air traffic? I have just been given the honor of serving as vice chairman by a vote of the SCRAA Board. SCRAA is made up of five members, one from each county.

 
 
STAFF SPOTLIGHT
On May 8, 2007 , at the weekly Board of Supervisors meeting, San Bernardino County honored 40 outstanding employees, one from each department. They were selected on the basis of customer service, leadership, accomplishments and attitude. The 18th annual awards of excellence were handed out as part of national Public Service Recognition Week. The recipients were:

Danette Tealer, County Administrative Office

Glenda Jackson, Aging and Adult Services

Jim Chambers, Agriculture, Weights and Measures

Kenneth Owens, Airports

Ralph Hosni, Architecture and Engineering

Stella Estrada, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center

Buffy Moorefield, Auditor/Controller-Recorders Office

Andrew Gruchy, Behavioral Health

Dawn Peterson, Board of Retirement

Anjelica Rojas-Castro, Board of Supervisors

Bill Elliott, Child Support Services

Lynn Susko, Children’s Services

Laura Welch, Clerk of the Board

Christney Barilla, Community Development and Housing

Julie Surber, County Counsel’s Office

Mary Ashley, District Attorney’s Office

Bob Coutts, Facilities management

Dan Munsey, Fire Department

James Harkey, Fleet Management

Tammy Ballesteros, Human Resources

Ashley Norman, Information Services

Michael Lopez, Land-Use Services

Katherine McBean, County Library

Vincent Montoya, County Museum

Gloria Affatati, Performance, Education and Resource Centers

John Hams, Preschool Services

Mark Bradley, Probation

Joseph Canty, Public Defender’s Office

Susan Strong, public Health

Leo Gomez, Purchasing

Josephine Morales, Real Estate Services

Lelah Spindler, Regional parks

James Lasby, Registrar of Voters’ Office

Norm Nunez, Sheriff’s Department

Michael Gallucci, Solid Waste management

James Locurto, Transitional Assistance

Eric Jacobsen, Transportation

Joanna De La Cruz, Treasurer-Tax Collector/Public Administrator’s office

John Reynolds, Veterans Affairs

Cheryl Shelby, Work Force Development
 
 

Open Government

Education

Public Safety

Building Coalitions

Acronym World

Staff Spotlight

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