Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Open Board of Directors Meeting
San Bernardino Community College District
114 S. Del Rosa Drive
San Bernardino, CA 92408
Present: Dimitrios Alexiou, Don Averill, Deborah Barmack, Carole Beswick, Tom Brickley, Erin Brinker, Ken Coate, Bill Easley, Dick Hart, Scott Hofferber, Mark Kaenel, Ed Kilgore, Lowell King, Ed Lasak, Bill Lemann, Temetry Lindsey, Sue McKee, John Mirau, Tom Nightingale, Bev Powell, John Prentice, Susan Rice, Kristine Scott, Larry Sharp, Paul Shimoff, Shelli Stockton, Steve von Rajcs, Phil Waller, A.J. Wilson and Ray Wolfe.
Guests: Melissa Boyce, Pam Langford, Sheriff John McMahon and Vicky Ostermann
Announcements: 1) Governor Jerry Brown and California lawmakers reached a key agreement on the budget. The budget contains an additional $63 million to fund trial courts, less than the requested $100 million but an improvement that Inland Action addressed on its Sacramento trip. A major funding plan for education will provide local control, block grants and include extra cash for all school districts.
M/S/P: Minutes from June 4, 2013
Paul Shimoff introduced Supervisor Janice Rutherford, Chair, County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors.
The goals for the coming year focus on making San Bernardino County a high performance county. Supervisor Rutherford discussed the County budget and priorities for the coming year.
The County’s first step is to have a solid budget. This year the property tax decline has stabilized and there is a forecast of a 1-2% increase in revenue. The Supervisors have reviewed the budget and have decided to work on some needed capital improvement projects.
Approximately $16 million dollars will be used to update the currently antiquated crime lab. The lab is critical for DNA testing, gun analysis and ballistics. Funded by a state grant, the Adelanto Detention facility will add additional inmate housing and will open their medical facility. The medical facility is particularly important as inmates currently must be moved to Ranch Cucamonga to receive medical attention.
A Pavement Management Plan will be funded with $4.5 million. These funds will be used to ease congestion at Glen Helen with a grade separation and numerous resurfacing projects.
The new software recommended for the Land Use Services Department will streamline the permitting process by allowing an interface with Land Use Services, Public Works and County Fire Department. The Supervisors are studying Ventura County’s Lean Principals which are intended to transform organizations to operate with a focus of efficiency and service excellence. This plan, if adopted, will take several years to implement.
The County’s 20-year-old financial accounting system will be replaced by investing an allocated $13 million. Additional monies have been set aside to upgrade and improve the Devore animal shelter.
Supervisor Rutherford is concerned that we are losing our best and brightest to other areas. The region must commit to keeping its college graduates here in the county. She stated that we must encourage and support our youth by sending the message that we care and there is a good future for them here.
The bankruptcy filing of San Bernardino is being closely watched and studied by the Supervisors. Laws and charters are being reviewed and options will be considered when and if the time arises. The County Sheriff has a prepared plan for the required minimal law enforcement.
The County Board of Supervisors has turned a corner and are all working well together. They are modernizing their tools of communication to reach the entire county and to get people engaged in government.
A Q & A period followed.
The meeting adjourned at 8:30 a.m.