NEWS from Vice Chair Robert A. Lovingood

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Focusing on Freedom

   With Independence Day right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to reflect on and teach our children the blessings of Liberty that we inherited from our Founding Fathers.

   This country was built on the idea that our rights come not from a king or even from the generosity of government. Rather Freedom is the inalienable gift of God.

   Power excessively concentrated in the hands of government infringes on the People, who are the only source of any government’s legitimacy. Governments are created to serve people, not people to serve government. Excessive governmental power, in the form of over-regulation and taxation, curbs the creative energy and incentives that lead to invention, innovation, entrepreneurship and prosperity. While government can provide help to those in need, we must never forget that for every governmental benefit given out, there is an equal cost and harm done to those who must pay the bill for those “free” benefits.

    So as we celebrate our Country this weekend, let us remember that Americans are at our best when we depend less on government and more on our own abilities to chart the course each of us desires.

Supervisors restore services, balance budget

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The Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted a balanced and fiscally responsible budget for the fiscal year that began July 1, investing in infrastructure, public safety, social services, and reserves, and supporting achievement of the Countywide Vision. The budget includes additional funding to begin restoration of services reduced during the recession – including fiscal auditing, ongoing funding for road maintenance, investments in capital improvement and transportation projects, and a sizable contribution to a “rainy-day fund.”

Lovingood, Ramos urge additional court funding

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  Board of Supervisors Chairman James Ramos and Vice Chair Robert Lovingood have sent a joint letter to key state legislators to fund 12 additional judges.  This is the latest in the Supervisors' ongoing campaign to advocate for fair funding for courts. In 2007, the Legislature authorized 50 new trial court judges. However, the positions remain unfunded and unfilled. San Bernardino County Superior Court is one of the most underfunded, under judged and staffed courts in the state, which handles some of the highest caseloads statewide.

Low crime rates in Spring Valley Lake

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   San Bernardino County Sheriff’s 2014 crime statistics show Spring Valley Lake had sharply lower crime rates than other nearby areas. The Spring Valley Lake Association reported a Part 1 crime rate of 1.1 percent, less than one-third the average in the Victor Valley. The Sheriff’s statistics show Spring Valley Lake, with a population of 12,000, had 103 Part 2 crimes reported in 2014. That is less than one-sixth the average per capita crime rate of nearby communities.

   The SVL Association attributed the low rates to 24/7 public safety patrols, security camera system, Neighborhood Watch programs, Citizens on Patrol, Sheriff’s and CHP patrols as well as residents who watch out for each other. To start a Neighborhood Watch program, call your local sheriff’s station.

Apple Valley Library reopens at Victor Valley Museum

The San Bernardino County Library’s Apple Valley branch, currently undergoing construction, will temporarily reopen at the Victor Valley Museum in time for customers to join the Summer Reading Program.

The Apple Valley branch will offer access to library materials, programs, services, and the ability to request materials from other branches. The temporary location is at the Victor Valley Museum, 11873 Apple Valley Road in Apple Valley. Computer access is the only service that won’t be available.

Throughout the summer, the Library will give away awesome incentives to participants who sign up and read. For details, visit http://www.sbclib.org or call the museum at (760) 240-2111.

County leads nation with 44 NACo Awards

   Innovative and money-saving programs instituted by the County of San Bernardino won 44 Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties, more than any other county in the nation. The 44 programs recognized by the National Association of Counties vary widely from helping homeless families find housing to improving the Land Use permit process for customers. This year, the County broke its own record of 31 NACo Achievement Awards set in 2014. This year’s award winners included “Preventing Fraud through Analytics,” a program to help spot welfare fraud.

Improving traffic at Oak Hills High School

  Oak Hills residents are welcoming plans by San Bernardino County to relocate a four-way stop sign that is expected to improve traffic flow around Oak Hills High School.

   County work crew members will remove the multi-way stop control at Escondido Avenue and Fir Street and create a multi-way stop at Escondido Avenue and El Centro Road. Supervisor Lovingood, Hesperia Unified School District Chair Eris Swanson, Superintendent David McLaughlin as well as County Public Works Director Gerry Newcombe have been working on plans to improve traffic flow around Oak Hills High School.

Don’t trash our desert

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   Board of Supervisors Vice Chair Lovingood is lending his support to a variety of community cleanup efforts, including a coalition of private citizens and public agencies who are spreading a simple message, “Don’t Trash Our Desert.” 

   The group has reached out to local governments, businesses and local media using a variety of communication methods for assistance in using the campaign slogan. Organizations are being asked to add the slogan to their website, Facebook page, lobby monitors and newsletters. The campaign isn’t just targeting open desert spaces but residential neighborhoods as well.  For more information, visit  www.donttrashourdesert.com

UCLA forecasts California job growth

   Continued improvement in the national construction and automobile industries, along with rising consumer demand, will translate into lower unemployment in California over the next 18 months, according to a UCLA economic forecast.

   The UCLA Anderson Forecast says California will see employment growth of 2.5 percent this year, 2.1 percent next year and 1.3 percent in 2017. “We expect California’s unemployment rate to be insignificantly different from the U.S. rate at 4.9 percent during the forecast period and employment growth to then be constrained by the growth in the U.S., immigration and natural growth in the working age population,” senior economist Jerry Nickelsburg wrote in his California economic forecast.

Ca$h for Grass

   Remove your grass and replace it with desert-smart plants. You could receive 50 cents per square foot and save even more on lower water costs. Contact your local water provider to get a pre-inspection and start converting your high water using lawn to a beautiful low-water desert landscape. 

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