Minutes from October 14, 2014 Open Meeting-Greg Devereaux, CEO, County of San Bernardino

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Open Board of Directors Meeting

San Bernardino Community College District

114 S. Del Rosa Drive

San Bernardino, CA   92408


Present: Deborah Barmack, Carole Beswick, Tom Brickely, Rachelle Bussell, Ken Coate, Bill Easley, Ron Griffin, Scott Hofferber, Matthew Issac, Mark Kaenel, Al Karnig, Lowell King, Pam Langford, Bill Lemann, Temetry Lindsey, Sue McKee, John Mirau, Tom Nightingale, Susan Rice,  Larry Sharp, Paul Shimoff, . 


Guests: Ed Lasak, Rod Hoops, Sheriff John McMahon


Announcements1) On Saturday, October 18th from 10a.m.-11a.m. there will be a Playground Grand Opening.  Created by volunteers from the City of San Bernardino, the Home of Neighborly Service, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group & KaBOOM the ceremony will be held at 839 N. Mt. Vernon Ave., San Bernardino.  2)  Cal State Los Angeles “Pat” Brown Institute for Public Affairs will present speakers discussing “Is the California Dream Dying of Thirst” on Friday, November 14, 2014 from 8a.m. to 4p.m.  Please use the supplied link for additional information http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Is-the-California-Dream-Dying-of-Thirst-.html?soid=1103648776049&aid=VuCALd0MLjw


M/S/P:  Minutes from September 16, 2014 and September 23, 2014.


Kristine Scott introduced Greg Devereaux, CEO, County of San Bernardino.


Mr. Devereaux stated that there is an improved level of cooperation within the County Board of Supervisors.  The Board members are working well together and diligently working at much needed fundamental governance for our County. 


City governance is not unlike municipal corporations with logical organizational structure.  County governance is quite different and is an arm of the state.  The top county personnel are elected and each member has their own constituency that in the past has created an element of separation.  Our County is very diverse and all communities must be recognized and supported.  We now have a Countywide vision that the Board has agreed upon and there has been a cultural shift that can be maintained with continued positive relationships between all the County electeds. 


The Board is focusing the highest needs in the county.  Mr. Deveraux stated that often the most important aspect of responsible governing is fundamental “unglamorous” work.  Examples include updating the twenty-year old county accounting system, the county wide emergency communications system, pavement management funding, and creating and maintaining maintenance schedules.  Changing these systems is expensive and time consuming but is critical work that the Board is tackling.  Electeds must continue to be willing to take on the difficult projects and prioritize county needs even if these tasks are less than high profile and carry no obvious political gain. 


Going forward the Board will work smarter by looking at available land usage data/studies that will suggest where growth in the county will likely occur and use resources accordingly.  Investments should be made where they will have the biggest economic impact.


Mr. Devereaux expressed hope that all 33 school districts will adopt the “Cradle to Career Roadmap”.


The Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) serves both San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.  It is a rapidly growing health plan for low-income residents that will quickly grow from 900,000 to 1.5 million enrollees.  In order to keep the dollars in our county there must be a sufficient number of health providers to accommodate needs.


The County Board is cooperative and healthier than ever.  They are making tough decisions, which will create a better future for our County.



A Q & A period followed.


Meeting adjourned at 8:30a.m.