Ovitt Outlook Banner Image
San Bernardino County Logo

In God We Trust

Workshops and web survey will help create County Vision

Citizens Redistricting Commission

Send an email to Gary Ovitt: SupervisorOvitt@sbcounty.gov

Click Here to Subscribe to
Ovitt Outlook

To unsubscribe to the
Ovitt Outlook, please email SupervisorOvitt@sbcounty.gov
with the subject:
Unsubscribe Newsletter

Main Office:
385 N Arrowhead Avenue
San Bernardino, CA 92415

Chino Hills District Office:
14010 City Center Drive
Chino Hills, CA 91709

Staff Members:
Larry Enriquez,
Chief of Staff

Joy Chadwick,
Deputy Chief of Staff

Brian Johsz,
District Director

Annette Taylor,
Executive Secretary

Naseem U. Farooqi,

Burt Southard,
Media Relations

Roman Nava,
Small Business Liason

Grace Hagman,
Field Representative

Jeanna Pomierski,
Field Representative
January 2011

In God We Trust

In God We Trust

Click the following link to view Supervisor Ovitt's Video:

The Board of Supervisors was asked at a December 2010 meeting to explore the possibility of displaying our nation’s motto, “In God We Trust” in the Board chambers. The Board approved the display of this motto, at its December 14 meeting, and it has now been placed in the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors’ Chambers as a way to solemnize public occasions and express confidence in our society. Other cities in the area which currently display our nation’s motto at their City Halls include Ontario, Chino and Chino Hills in my Supervisorial District.

A relatively simple act like posting “In God We Trust” helps to show citizens that we are acting on the principles that have grounded our nation through good times and bad times. Throughout our past, America has gone through rough times and persevered. We will endure through the trying times we find ourselves in now.

The motto “In God We Trust” has historical relevance to our nation:
  • “In God We Trust” has been used on U.S. currency since 1864.
  • “Under God” was added to the pledge of allegiance in 1954.
  • “In God We Trust” became the United States national motto on July 30, 1956.
  • “In God We Trust” is engraved at the entrance to the U.S. Senate Chambers as well as above the Speaker’s dais in the House of Representatives.
In both war and peace, “In God We Trust” has been a profound source of strength and guidance to many generations of Americans. The display can be seen effective January 11, 2011 behind the dais in the County Board of Supervisors’ Chambers. Residents are invited to view the display during Board of Supervisors meetings.

Workshops and web survey will help create County Vision

The effort to create a vision for San Bernardino County begins this month with the launch of an Internet survey and the scheduling of 15 community meetings throughout the county. Residents, business leaders, and anyone else who has a stake in our county’s future can come together this month to create a vision for our county community. The goal is to determine what residents want our county to work toward and become.

The comments and survey results will be analyzed to create a draft vision that will be presented at the annual City-County Conference in March for finalization.

The vision residents create will also guide our leaders as the county moves forward and be the measuring stick we will use to decide how to focus all future efforts. Creating our vision will be a major undertaking, but well worth the effort. Identifying our vision will give us a positive purpose and result in creating the county in which we and our children want to live and prosper.

Community meetings will be held on the following dates at the following Fourth District locations:
  • January 19, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Ovitt Family Community Library, 215 East “C” St. Ontario.
  • January 26, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Chaffey College Community Room, 5890 College Park Ave., Chino.
For more information on the County Vision Project, please visit www.sbcounty.gov/vision.

Citizens Redistricting Commission

Every 10 years, after the federal census, California and every state in the country must redraw the boundaries of its legislative and other political districts to reflect the new population data. That also includes county supervisor districts. They will be drawn by the Board Supervisors. How these boundaries are drawn affects how people are represented.

In California, the process of redrawing the boundaries/redistricting was a duty of state elected officials. But when voters passed Proposition 11, the Voters FIRST Act, in the November 2008 general election, responsibility for redrawing the legislative and Board of Equalization district lines transferred to the people in the form of a new Citizens Redistricting Commission.

In November 2010, voters passed Proposition 20, the Voters FIRST Act for Congress, adding to the responsibilities of the Citizens Redistricting Commission the task of adjusting the boundary lines for Congressional districts as well.

California's first Citizens Redistricting Commission is a new 14-member Commission charged with redrawing California's Senate, Assembly, State Board of Equalization, and now Congressional districts based on information gathered during the 2010 census.

The Commission must draw the State Senate, Assembly, and State Board of Equalization districts in conformity with strict, nonpartisan rules designed to create districts of relatively equal population that will provide fair representation for all Californians. Congressional districts shall achieve population equality as nearly as is possible.

For more information on the Citizens Redistricting Commission, please visit www.WeDrawTheLines.org.