Minutes from September 11, 2018 Open Board Meeting-SB County D. A. Elect Jason Anderson

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Open Board of Directors Meeting

Norton Event Center
1601 E. Third St., Suite 138
San Bernardino, CA 92408


Present:   Patti Arlt, Deborah Barmack, Peter Barmack, Mike Burrows, Mark Cloud, Ken Coate, Sandra Espadas, Adam Eventov, Louis Goodwin, Mark Kaenel, Lowell King, Dan Murphy, Roman Nava, Vikki Ostermann, Keven Porter, Brian Reider, Thomas Rice, Dan Roberts, Kristine Scott, Paul Shimoff, Steve von Rajcs and Ray Wolfe.

Guests: Tom Brickley, Art Bustamonte, Chris Gardner, “Cat” Pritchett and Heidi Vasquez. 

Kristine Scott, Chair asked for a moment of silence in honor and remembrance of 9/11. 

Announcements: 1) The new Exec. Director of the California Strategic Growth Council, Dr. Louise Bedsworth, will be our special guest at the Inland Action reception on Wed., October 3, 2018 in Ontario.  Invitations were sent out last week and are still seeking sponsorships for the event.  Rsvp to sharrison@www.lavahaze.com. 2)  On November 3rd & 4ththe San Bernardino International Airport will hold their annual Airshow called SBD Fest 2018.  In addition to the Airshow, the two-day event will have live music, car show, a Kids Zone and more.  For more information go to www.sbdfest.com.

The County of San Bernardino has requested a letter supporting the nomination of San Bernardino/Muscoy for selection as a “Year 1” community under Assembly Bill 617 (Chapter 136, Statutes of 2017), and its Community Air Protection Program.  AB 617 specifies that the highest priority areas shall be disadvantaged communities with a high cumulative exposure burden for criteria pollutants and/or toxic air contaminants.  California Air Resource Board (CARB) is scheduled to take up the item in September.  The San Bernardino/Muscoy area is the only jurisdiction in the Inland Empire to be nominated.
M/S/P:  A letter of support to select San Bernardino/Muscoy as a Year 1 community under the AB 617 Community Air Protection Plans will be sent to CARB.

M/S/P: Minutes from July 24, 2018

Roman Nava introduced San Bernardino County District Attorney-Elect, Jason Anderson.

Jason Anderson is a veteran prosecutor, serving 17 years as a Deputy District Attorney.  During his tenure as a Deputy District Attorney, he served in the Crimes Against Children Unit and trained newly-hired prosecutors.  D. A. Elect Anderson has run his own private practice in Rancho Cucamonga since 2014.  He has also served as an elected member of the Ontario City Council where he oversaw a $500 million annual budget with no deficits and no tax increases, and as an appointed member of the Ontario Planning Commission where he worked on the city’s new General Plan and on the opening of Citizen’s Business Bank Arena.  Additionally, he is a law professor at La Verne College of Law.

He is glad to have the opportunity to be back at the County D.A.’s office and will draw on both his prior experience with government agencies and private practice to achieve goals.  As the District Attorney his 3 priorities are:

  • He will be present and engaged in the office daily. He would like discussions with private industry and businesses to better understand the different disciplines of our local economy.
  • He will encourage closer relationships with the County Supervisors and citizens. He will ask Supervisors to nominate 3-4 representatives from each district to meet with him quarterly to explain processes and how resources are used in the D.A.’s office.
  • He is sensitive to employment related cases like workers’ compensation and workers’ safety. He’d like to hear from business and industry on hazards in the workplace.

The removal of the bail system has procedural issues as the State constitution allows for bail.  Judges will have a great deal more involvement in cases and increased funding will likely be needed.

The County D.A.’s office has a budget of $91M and employs some 500 employees of which 240 are investigators.

White Collar crimes (embezzlement, Identity theft, cybercrime) are labor intensive and difficult to prove.  These cases require a great amount of time and skill by attorneys, as they typically have vast amounts of information to review.  Many would require the department to dedicate one of their attorneys for just one case.

D.A. Elect Anderson wants to improve the County’s reputation and stressed that political gamesmanship and personal ambition will have no place in his administration.  He looks forward to being on a first name basis with people and will take calls directly.

A Q & A period followed.

Meeting adjourned 8:30 a.m.