Minutes from January 26, 2016 Open Board Meeting-SCAQMD Board Member Janice Rutherford



Tuesday, January 26, 2016

 Open Board of Directors Meeting  San Bernardino Community College District 114 S. Del Rosa Drive San Bernardino, CA 92408



Present: Deborah Barmack, Peter Barmack, Rigo Bejarano, Russ Bogh, Tom Brickley, Mike Burrows, Ken Coate, Scott Davis, LaDonna DiCamillo, Kevin Dyerly, Allison Ellingson, Louis Goodwin, Dick Hart, Fran Inman, Matthew Isaac, Jay Jimenez, Mark Kaenel, Kistine Scott and Ray Wolfe.

Guests:  Noel Muyco, Mark Taylor and Todd Warden

Announcements:  1) Reminder that the annual Conflict of Interest form must be completed by all members and alternates.  2) If you are participating in the advocacy trip to Washington, D.C. (3/13-3/16) please complete and return the reservation form as soon as possible. Members are encouraged to book their own flights as pricing and scheduling are varied.

Chairman Mark Kaenel announced the 2016 Committee Chairs: Economic Development: Co-Chairs Lowell King & Scott Hofferber Education: Sue McKee Environment: Co-Chairs Ken Coate & Kristine Scott Health Care: Jan Remm Transportation & San Bernardino International Airport: John Mirau Legislative: Carlos Valdez History: Bill Lemann Members at Large: Tom Brickley, Paul Shimoff and Ray Wolfe

M/S/P: Minutes from January 19, 2016

LaDonna DiCamillo introduced San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford.

Supervisor Rutherford commented that the adopted County Vision is aimed at providing opportunities for the residents to prosper and thrive. Unlike Sacramento, they are not driven by creating more mandates, laws or regulations.

The County working with the private sector has had recent success placing some 426 homeless vets. The County would like to eradicate this problem and is working to sustain their success.  Wrap around services that include job training, job placement, physical and emotional support are needed.  Later this week a County-wide homeless count will be conducted where the first question asked will be “are you a Vet”.  This will help to identify the chronic homeless from the Veterans.

The Supervisor expressed appreciation to both Riverside and Los Angeles Counties for lending health inspectors to our County in order to re-certify all facilities previously inspected by the perpetrator of the December 2nd attack.  The County is also working on the specific wording needed to file insurance claims regarding terrorists’ attacks.

There is a good deal of focus on assisting and increasing the manufacturing sector in the County. The Economic Development Department is leading a strategic manufacturers outreach campaign designed to:

  • Build awareness of local advantages
  • Identify opportunities for manufacturers outside the County to consider expansion or relocation to the County.
  • Identify obstacles to expansion of existing County businesses
  • Interview existing manufacturing companies and identify potential to enter export markets
  • Inform businesses of the Industrial Technical Learning Center (In Tech) located at California Steel Industries to open the first quarter of this year.
  • Inform businesses about workforce incentives and programs

The Supervisor has learned a great deal as a Board member of the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD). This agency is extremely technical and has many challenges.

The health of our residents is critical and studies indicate that the biggest impact to our health (40%) is attributed to socio economic factors-not the environment.  The effects of our environment are important but we must remember that there are other factors.  Although the air quality continues to improve it is clear that we will not meet the Federal requirements of the Clean Air Act administered by the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) as is mandated.  Currently our biggest polluters (75%) are trains, trucks, cars, airplanes and ships. The SCAQMD has no power over mobile polluters and without the mobile piece there is no way we can meet the required targets.  She clearly stated that the SCAQMD does not need the added responsibility or growth but instead needs the State and Federal government to regulate.  A conscious lobbying effort is now under way to address the issue.  The AQMD  is attempting to meet the standard by regulating the 25% it can regulate. She discussed examples of a seemingly “all or nothing” approach by the agency.  The Board members are changing and she is hopeful that there will be more compromise and flexibility from both the Board and the State.

A Q & A period followed.

Meeting adjourned at 8:25 a.m.