Minutes from May 8, 2012

Tuesday, May 8, 2012  

Open Board of Directors Meeting

San Bernardino Community College District

114 S. Del Rosa Drive San Bernardino, CA 92408


Present:  Dimitrios Alexiou, Don Averill, Peter Barmack, Carole Beswick, Russ Bogh, Tom Brickley, Ann Bryan, Ken Coate, Bill Easley, Ray Gonzalez, Peter Hidalgo, Fran Inman, Mark Kaenel, Lowell King, Neil Macready, John Mirau, Charlie Ng, Tom Nightingale, John Prentice, Kristine Scott, Larry Sharp, Paul Shimoff, Shelli Stockton, Phil Waller, AJ Wilson and Ray Wolfe.

Guests:  Paul Granillo, Todd Hummer, Frank Reyes, Gary Thomas and Louis Vidaure. 

Announcements: 1) The California Transportation Commission (CTC) will, for the first time, meet in San Bernardino County on June 27th at the Doubletree Inn, Ontario.  Inland Action will partner with SANBAG and others to host the CTC.  2) Dr. Temetry Lindsay, CEO & President, Inland Behavioral & Health Services has been proposed for membership.  Her bio and company web site will be e-mailed to the membership for consideration. http://www.ibhealth.org/index.php  

M/S/P: Minutes of the May 1, 2012 meeting  

Peter Hidalgo introduced Sheriff Rod Hoops, San Bernardino County.

Sheriff Hoops discussed the realignment plan.

The Public Safety Realignment Act (AB 109) has shifted the responsibility for the supervision of “low-level” offenders from the state to the local level.  The State is required to reduce its number of inmates by 55,000 prisoners.  Initially counties were instructed that they would receive inmates that had no more than three years remaining on their sentences.  This has not been followed as the County regularly receives inmates with five and ten years remaining to serve.  Another State criterion indicated that transfers would be based on the prisoners’ cumulative record not based on their most recent crime.  Again this guideline has not been followed and most inmates have multiple offenses and often their last crime is not their worst.

San Bernardino County received $27 million to transition with the realignment.  The Probation Department received 80% of the funds to assist their facilities and staffing which is already overburdened with caseloads.  Prior to the Realignment Act our county sent an average of 300-350 inmates a month to state prison.  The county can now only send 50 inmates monthly to State facilities.  Property crimes have increased and it is just a matter of time before one of the released from this system commits a serious crime.

The prisons in our County are at full capacity (6,000 beds) and in order to put someone in jail here someone must be released.  The new facility in Adelanto is expected to be complete in 2013 and will have a 1,300 bed capacity.  Currently there are no funds to fully staff it so the County plans to phase in its operation over the next 4 years.  Since October 2011, crimes against staff and inmates within the County facilities has risen 400%.

Governor Brown has assured county law enforcement that he will find funding for the future.  At this time Sheriff Hoops does not see any other funding routes available and therefore supports the Governor’s Tax Proposal.

The Sheriff’s office will continue to move forward with relocating from the Rialto Airport to the San Bernardino International Airport.

Public safety is bankrupting municipalities.  Sheriff Hoops believes there is a future for regionalized services.  Areas such as dispatch and narcotics teams could combine to be effective regionally and save money.

A Q & A period followed.

Meeting adjourned at 8:35 a.m.