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Public invited to review, comment on proposed new County Charter

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors will consider placing a new County Charter on the November ballot at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, July 14, in the Covington Chambers at the County Government Center in San Bernardino.

If approved by voters, the proposed charter would replace the current charter, which was adopted 107 years ago in 1913.

In July 2019, the Board of Supervisors appointed Chairman Curt Hagman and Second District Supervisor Janice Rutherford to a subcommittee to begin working with County staff on a charter reform package.

“Our goal was to develop a set of reforms that would modernize our charter by removing outdated language and incorporating proven good governance practices,” Chairman Curt Hagman said.

If approved by voters, the remodeled charter would:

  • Allow the Board of Supervisors to call for special elections to fill vacancies in County elected offices and to remove the Governor’s authority to make appointments to fill vacant Supervisor offices
  • Require the Board of Supervisors to create a redistricting commission to be involved in the redrawing of the boundaries of supervisorial districts every 10 years
  • Protect campaign finance rules and enforcement of those rules
  • Limit County supervisors to a total of three four-year terms
  • Limit and fix supervisor salaries to 80% of the salary of Superior Court Judges and require public hearings for any effort to change supervisor salaries and benefits
  • Require the Board of Supervisors to publicly review County Health Officer orders
  • Require the Board to periodically and publicly review the County Code and the Charter for outdated or unnecessary provisions
  • Replace gender-specific references to reflect the gender diversity on the Board of Supervisors.
  • Require the Board of Supervisors to adopt rules of order for its meetings

“These reforms — if approved by voters — will bring San Bernardino County’s governance into the 21st century by locking in good governance policies, closing the term limit loophole, allowing special elections to fill vacancies, and creating a redistricting commission,” Second District Supervisor Janice Rutherford said.

The proposed Charter, a PowerPoint presentation that will be used during the July 14 Board meeting to summarize the proposed Charter, and information on how to submit comments can be found on the New Charter website.

The 1913 County Charter

The Board will accept in-person comments during the meeting as well. However, seating in the chambers is limited due to COVID-19 restrictions.

There are 14 Charter counties in California. The State’s remaining 44 counties are, by default, General Law counties and are bound to adhere to State laws regarding the number and duties of county elected officials.

Charter counties have a limited degree of “home rule” authority that may provide for the election, compensation, terms, removal, and salary of the governing board as well as the election or appointment (except sheriff, district attorney, and assessor who must be elected), compensation, terms, and removal of all county officers

However, a charter does not give county officials additional authority over local regulations, revenue-raising abilities, budgetary decisions, or intergovernmental relations.

71 Responses to Public invited to review, comment on proposed new County Charter

  • My comment is that I think we have a wide range of opinions in what is the biggest county in the whole of the United States or is it just the lower 48? Either way, my voice on this will not matter. What will matter despite what some of you think is your vote this November or on your absentee ballot. As for limiting the pay of Supervisors I will chime in. Having worked for the wife of one of the past supervisors, I know that this is not a part time job. This job is highly detailed and requires above and beyond a 40 hour work week. To limit the compensation will limit the quality of person who we need to make informed decisions for this county. Do I want more government intrusion from the state or feds? No. You are asking for trouble with that. They are political and will make decisions politically. So let’s put the Charter on the ballot and let those who care enough to vote, vote. If you don’t vote, don’t complain.

  • For those on the Brennan/501(c)/Freedom Foundation bandwagon – Let’s play Devil’s Advocate.

    Let’s defund all County employees and all the County departments that serve the public. Let’s pay them close to nothing – similar to how the gig economy gouges their independent contractors’ tips so that they continue profiting and increase the wage gap between the uber rich and the poor. Hell, let’s make any government employee non-compensable; let’s make them VOLUNTARY jobs. Let’s even go so far as to mandate every citizen to volunteer their time, on a rotational basis for set periods of time. Let’s make it similar to drafting or conscription so that we get free labor from every citizen for a set period of time. That REALLY saves taxpayer dollars for things that will benefit the “good of all”.

    RIGHT?

    What kind of quality would you expect from someone who gets paid with nothing but (potential) gratitude? If they made little to no money, what employee would be incentivized to do quality work? If that employee’s supervisor/boss/manager made nothing, what incentivizes them to keep their integrity? How would they feel when they go home, having made nothing to support one’s family? How many other jobs would they have to go find to make enough income to not just survive, but truly live?

    Now for my comment:
    Groups like the Red Brennan Group or moguls/tycoons who hide behind 501(c) “Non-Profits” have a long-term agenda in mind. How many of the top folks in those organizations (if they’re brave enough to list who they are on the public-facing website) live, work, and play in the neighborhoods they want to “support”?
    For example.
    >>>> Website: “Paid for by The Red Brennan Group 501(c)(4) Social Welfare. Committee major funding from … CHRIS RUFER” >>>>>>Red Brennan Group Employees on LinkedIn 4 listed:
    * Solomon Barks (Greater Los Angeles Area)
    * Aaron D. Burden, Esq (Greater San Diego Area)
    * Ellen Diemer, CPA (Great Chicago Area)
    * Stefan Zimmerman (Greater Phoenix Area)
    Who the hell are these folks and why aren’t they choosing to live/work out of San Bernardino area?

    I appreciate the comments from folks on this thread and your civil discourse. You’re participating in the discussion that leads to positive change. However, keep in mind that there’s more to politics then the bottom-dollar anyone brings home, including the board of supervisors. If you don’t like what government is doing, seek the fact-checked truth and VOTE. Don’t just vote individually, get active in your community; your COMMUNITY of folks who actually live, play, and work here, not these outsiders who are operating on a long-term political agenda. Also, don’t just vote to follow a charismatic person – review the documents yourself, evaluate fact-checked TRUTH, and make an educated vote in November!

    • Very well said Fred

      • Ditto

        Heaven forfend we pay people to fill an important and powerful role and mandate appropriate term limits that allow them to become better at their jobs, more experienced, more accountable. The alternative is independently wealthy bomb-throwers who want to de-regulate everything so that the following term they can decline to run and go back to the private industry they’ve now ensured is subject to less oversight and more tax cuts.

    • So… how long have you been working for the county?

    • I am happy to learn that the supervisors job is a full time job and they do more work than people give them credit for, that being said, I am at on the opposite side of the fence. I honestly think they’re making $250,000 a year is quite a lot of money . Possibly too much. Maybe bringing them down to 60,000 is quite a drop, and asking a little much, but that is the average income of San Bernardino. The supervisor that represents my area, the Morongo Basin said that if they bring her down to 60,000 that is like living off minimum wage, which makes me upset hearing something so ignorant, I doubt she has any idea of what it’s like to live off minimum wage, and the residents of her area average is only 20,000. Many of us, including myself, would be more than happy to recieve a salary of 60,000 a year. So I think it would be Fair to ask her to live a little bit more like her residents and try to bring us up, instead of insulting us.

  • All this to lead the people away from redbrennan.org
    Do not be fooled again. This is a clear attempt at distracting the voters from the Red Brennan Groups initiative for Supervisors Compensation Reduction and Term Limits. Vote Yes to Reduce the Board of Supervisors Compensation and Term Limits in November. The people are wise to your tricks!

  • Limit County supervisors to a total of TWO four-year terms

    Limit and fix supervisor salaries to the median household income in San Bernardino County ~ $63,000 per year. This should not be a career position, if you are seeking this for financial gain you are the wrong person for the job.

  • I totally agree with you. I say that anything that requires money coming out of Taxpapers pockets should always go to the Voters!
    also why does this board assume they have earned the proposed salary increases?
    and I am more for 2 terms for Supervisors, that is eight long years, why chance it with possible 12 years on the board, that is insane.

    just my two cents.

  • After a hundred years I think an update is needed to reflect the values of our era. Society has changed considerably in this amount of time & we need a government that is contemporary with the times.

  • When did this process to move to a General Law County start?

  • I would let the Governor pick a replacement Supervisor when needed—ie. no change,

  • I believe the changes are valid. I particularly like being able to restrict Governor involvement. Also, term limits clearly spelled out.

  • How about if decisions were made for the “Greater GOOD FOR ALL” and NOT based on race or creed of whether one is a REPUBLICAN or a DEMOCRAT or OTHERWISE. Bottom line we are ALL human; yes there are a few Androids. Moreover, are based on transparency, honesty, ethical, and accountability to ALL TAXPAYERS who support these well paid positions!!
    THE reality of this concept won’t be realized; as there is too much pompous, special favoritism behind the scenes for those who have their own hidden agenda’s, along with the attitude of Political NEPOTISM whether one has the SKILLS, ETHICAL, common sense, along with identity one’s party of choice (Sadly)!

    For whatever it’s worth…..why isn’t there a Pros and Con’s statement after each of these 9 amendments so we can have better clarity?.

    1. Allow the Board of Supervisors to call for special elections to fill vacancies in County elected offices and to remove the Governor’s authority to make appointments to fill vacant Supervisor offices: :)Seems sensible

    2. Require the Board of Supervisors to create a redistricting commission to be involved in the redrawing of the boundaries of supervisorial districts every 10 years: :-What’s the political advantage to 10 vs 5; along with costs?

    3. Protect campaign finance rules and enforcement of those rules: :{Ah this should be a NO Brainer which makes me question this Board Ethic. Clarification would help.

    4. Limit County supervisors to a total of three four-year terms: :(( NO reduce to two

    5. Limit and fix supervisor salaries to 80% of the salary of Superior Court Judges and require public hearings for any effort to change supervisor salaries and benefits: 🙁 This needs to be clarified period especially when addressing salaries.

    6. Require the Board of Supervisors to publicly review County Health Officer orders: :)YES

    7. Require the Board to periodically and publicly review the County Code and the Charter for outdated or unnecessary provisions: 🙂 Definitely

    8. Replace gender-specific references to reflect the gender diversity on the Board of Supervisors. :)YES and also add to stop referencing political party affiliations.

    9. Require the Board of Supervisors to adopt rules of order for its meetings: :{This statement sounds like you don’t have Rules of Order! Clarify what rules.

    Thank you for privilege of our comments.

  • How are you legally moderating comments on a public comment post? What is the moderating criteria?

    This is a fake charter amendment to try and destroy the initiative that the people actually placed on the ballot.
    https://redbrennan.org/

    Are you filtering out the will of the people in these public comments and violating the law? Nobody signed your charter amendment ballot initiative which actually gives the Board of Supervisors a raise.

  • I feel strongly that our official documentation, especially our foundational documents like the County Charter, should be carefully crafted in the highest and most correct American English spelling, punctuation, syntax, and grammar.

    Replacements for the masculine form for discussion of a position are illiterate. If you are speaking of a specific, known person, then use his appropriate gender. When the gender is unknown, the masculine form is gender-neutral NOT gender specific. Never use “their” to refer to one person (remember “agreement in number”?). He/She, him/her, his/hers, etc. are never correct, and shame on our schools for tolerating this kowtowing to the “politically correct” and and raising our children in ignorance. Our County Charter should stand without knowing the gender of the position holder, and thus only the masculine form should be used (unless you are talking about someone in the Ladies Room).

    Please agree with me that our County Charter should not become part of the Dumbing down of our future generations. THERE ARE NO GENDER-SPECIFIC REFERENCES IN OUR CHARTER, SO, DON’T “REPLACE THEM”.

    • Mr. David Burton, I agree to the fullest extent. I wish someone would finally take a stand against political correctness. It is creating hostile work environments, being that workers are now getting reprimanded simply for saying “chairman” or “salesman”. I understand that times change, just look at how we no longer use Old English as in the previous generations well before us. But I will say that the indoctrination of the children to accept that there are multiple genders, is not just false, it is harmful to their psych. We need more people like you and I to stand up and fight this fight. Good luck to you.

      • You meant “psyche” and “you and I.” Also, the period and other punctuation goes inside the quotation marks in American English grammar.

        In conclusion, never read the comments.

  • What specifically are the current “campaign finance rules?”

  • The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors must ensure that their considered “new County Charter” has as its foundation, ‘equity, justice, and morality’ for all its constituency. This “new County Charter” must not have as its foundation “gender diversity” to legalize ‘individual sexual preferences’. We can no longer ignore responsible social morality in the way we conduct business to address ‘change’. The global consequences of ‘amoral changes’ possibly culminates in COVID-19 experiences for all.

  • Columbia University said it best.
    Most Americans believe that who wins political races is decided on election day by the voters. But in a single-member district electoral system that is frequently not true. Who wins is often determined before voters even go to the polls – sometimes many years before. The outcome is decided by those who draw the district lines. If they decide to create a district that is 70 percent Republican, there is little chance the Democratic candidate will win. And Republican candidates will usually lose if a district is drawn so that it is predominantly Democratic. Voters go to the polls confident in the illusion that they control the fate of the candidates. But in reality they are often only participating in the last act of political play whose ending has already been written
    No redistricting allowed for one party Chartres.
    Even though I may not be delighted with everything our governors is doing I still feel that he is the best interest of all the people of California. Let him do his job as it is written.

  • Administrator:
    1. What is the current % of Board members salary in relation to judges salary?
    2. Can the “NEW CHARTER” include provisions requiring a unanimous or 2/3rds majority vote for any type of tax increase?
    3. How many community associations, groups, etc were canvassed for their input on the “New Charter” or is this public invitation considered to be the community input?
    4. Does the “NEW CHARTER” identify the process for selecting county wide representative participation for the proposed “redistricting commission?” IF not, why not? If so, what is that process and does it include diversity language to ensure underrepresented folks get a voice in redistricting.

  • Allow the Board of Supervisors to call for special elections to fill vacancies in County elected offices and to remove the Governor’s authority to make appointments to fill vacant Supervisor offices. YES
    Require the Board of Supervisors to create a redistricting commission to be involved in the redrawing of the boundaries of supervisorial districts every 10 years. NO
    Protect campaign finance rules and enforcement of those rules. ARE YOU NOT NOW?
    Limit County supervisors to a total of three four-year terms. YES
    Limit and fix supervisor salaries to 80% of the salary of Superior Court Judges and require public hearings for any effort to change supervisor salaries and benefits. YES
    Require the Board of Supervisors to publicly review County Health Officer orders. YES
    Require the Board to periodically and publicly review the County Code and the Charter for outdated or unnecessary provisions. YES
    Replace gender-specific references to reflect the gender diversity on the Board of Supervisors. NO
    Require the Board of Supervisors to adopt rules of order for its meetings. YES

  • I think from some of the comments, that people don’t really understand what redistricting is. My understanding is that redistricting is done every so many years (like 10 years) to account for the growing population and to set the redistricting boundaries by population, so that each Supervisor would have as close to equal population within their district. If that is not the case, then it would be helpful to explain the redistricting a little further. I think term limits are very much needed in all elected offices; however, I would liked to see two four year terms instead of three four year terms. It doesn’t make sense that the President of the United States has a two four year term limits, but a County Supervisor has three four year term limits. It’s good to see that the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors is llooking to the future. Whatever you do don’t let our county fall into the lawlessness that seems to be the popular thing to do. Keep our law enforcement officers and jails funded.

  • All of this only a power grab by the Republican majority of the Board members. I say NO

  • Allow the Board of Supervisors to call for special elections to fill vacancies in County elected offices and to remove the Governor’s authority to make appointments to fill vacant Supervisor offices. YES
    Require the Board of Supervisors to create a redistricting commission to be involved in the redrawing of the boundaries of supervisorial districts every 10 years. NO
    Protect campaign finance rules and enforcement of those rules. YES
    Limit County supervisors to a total of three four-year terms. YES
    Limit and fix supervisor salaries to 80% of the salary of Superior Court Judges and require public hearings for any effort to change supervisor salaries and benefits. SHOW NUMBERS NOT PERCENTAGES. WHAT IS THE SALARY RANGE THE COUNTY IS/WILL BE PAYING?
    Require the Board of Supervisors to publicly review County Health Officer orders. YES
    Require the Board to periodically and publicly review the County Code and the Charter for outdated or unnecessary provisions. REQUIRE VOTE TO CHANGE OR AMMEND
    Replace gender-specific references to reflect the gender diversity on the Board of Supervisors. NO
    Require the Board of Supervisors to adopt rules of order for its meetings. WHOSE RULES OF ORDER

  • Serving duration is the thing I see as an issue. Most corruption as in our federal system corrupts through long term service. Three four year limits. That’s twelve years I would think if your in the world of term politics you might want to move up or somewhere else before that kind of time? Not that all have bad intentions just shorter time seem to be a wiser.
    And as far as this gender thing I think it’s ridiculous! if a person has the character and understanding to do the hard work place them. Identity politics are not anti gender as much as against unable people. People often place workers because of political correctness that’s foolish! The question is how stable is a person that is trying to figure out what they are? Character and wherewith-all better qualifiers.
    Not trying to offed anyone.

  • Upon cursory review these Charter updates seem prudent. Local control of appointments is necessary and eliminates a far removed Governor from just making their own political appointment. The people that serve here are generally far better qualified to pick a person to serve based on Candidate reviews.

    Term limits to any Elected office is a must. I would prefer two terms versus three.

    Charter review every decade is also prudent and helps clean out unnecessary laws that may no longer apply.

    Salary issue at 80% of Judges Salary is concerning. What would that be? May be acceptable upon review.

    Campaign finance rules agree.

    Redistricting review based on population growth is also prudent based on our continued growth.

    Adopting rules of order for meetings are appropriate and provide improve meetings, chaos is not good at any meeting. Freedom of Speech is very important and debate is essential in sound decision making. We cannot silence dissent, but dissent should be respectful. Passion of thought can be respectful.

    Overall, these proposed changes seem to be prudent.

  • Everything I agree with especially looking at redistricting. Does anyone else think it is wrong that Upland is represented by Los Angeles County House Representative Considering it is in San Bernardino County? I do! Also I do not want to offend, but as a parent please think of children when speaking of being gender specific. They are learning the world and ask gender questions, we are born gender specific. Let them make adult choices as adults do not add confusion because anyway you look at it they don’t understand. I have family that is trangender etc but for the younger members we gender identify until later when they can understand. This should be left to family not government.

  • I agree with Jeff AAker in that I do not agree with “Require the Board of Supervisors to create a redistricting commission to be involved in the redrawing of the boundaries of supervisorial districts every 10 years.” I vote NO on this idea. Changing boundaries can be used to change the influence of one political party or the other. Having these boundaries be shuffled this often is unsettling and not necessary in my opinion.

  • funny janice was the deciding vote to draw her own boundries rejecting my map that created 2 minority districts.

  • I agree 100% with Jeff Aaker on this!!!

    Allow the Board of Supervisors to call for special elections to fill vacancies in County elected offices and to remove the Governor’s authority to make appointments to fill vacant Supervisor offices. YES
    Require the Board of Supervisors to create a redistricting commission to be involved in the redrawing of the boundaries of supervisorial districts every 10 years. NO
    Protect campaign finance rules and enforcement of those rules. ARE YOU NOT NOW?
    Limit County supervisors to a total of three four-year terms. YES
    Limit and fix supervisor salaries to 80% of the salary of Superior Court Judges and require public hearings for any effort to change supervisor salaries and benefits. YES
    Require the Board of Supervisors to publicly review County Health Officer orders. YES
    Require the Board to periodically and publicly review the County Code and the Charter for outdated or unnecessary provisions. YES
    Replace gender-specific references to reflect the gender diversity on the Board of Supervisors. NO
    Require the Board of Supervisors to adopt rules of order for its meetings. YES

    • Campaign finance rules and enforcement of those rules are in ordinance now. The Board of Supervisors could do away with them with three votes. Putting them in the charter would protect those provisions by requiring a vote of the people to alter them.

    • How are districts drawn up today? How can we make sure there is no politics when drawing up district boundaries? Districts should represent the population diversity.

    • I agree 100%>

    • This is trying to undo an initiative that voters actually signed to have on the ballot. It is trying to make this initiative not applicable:
      https://redbrennan.org/

      The Board of Supervisors already have term limits.
      They already have rules of order.
      80% of a judge’s salary is actually giving them a raise during an economic collapse AND none of the Supervisors went to law school. These people are collectively paid over 1.4 million a year in salaries. Fiscally conservative Republicans?
      They are taking away the power of the County Health Officer to do anything without their say and they can wait a month to review it?
      They are also adding in the ability to remove an elected executive if they have a majority. So if they don’t like an elected Sheriff they can remove them and appoint someone they want?

      The timing of this is specifically to offset that other initiative. That is it.

  • I question the salary portion of this. Does the board already get 80% of judges salaries, or is this a gimmick to raise theirs? I haven’t researched yet, but I will.

    • My guess is this is a money grab, a hidden way to keep raining their salaries. Many city council positions only get $600 to 1000 a month

    • I agree with your concern. I also think they should get paid by actual time spen in session, not a flat percentage.

    • The Board of Supervisors are compensated over $240,000 per year. They get paid more than the the governor. They are only doing this because their pay is getting reduced to $60,000 in November and they are freaking out!

  • Love this! Thank you for tge amazing leadership

  • Sounds like a sound idea. Let’s do it.

  • We have been proud residents of San Bernardino County for nearly four decades now. We love and respect our county Sheriff and the awesome law enforcement personnel he commands. We support the “home rule” concept and would want the new charter to keep as much county control as possible, and state control as minimal as possible. Term limits is an awesome addition to the charter. Law and order is extremely important.

  • Add LGBT protection

    • LGBT already has protection under CA FEHA and other legislation. Let’s not create another over-sized government document that is redundant or has provisions covered by superseding laws. Shorter is better, like our US Constitution compared to the CA Constitution.

    • As a state, California has already legally deemed discrimination against transgender and gender non-conforming people as illegal. The Gender Non-discrimination Act makes gender identity/expression their own protected categories. It’s unnecessary to include this in the new county charter as it’s a state law.

      • My family and I want local control over state control whenever possible. Regarding Section 606: in order to mitigate bias, create an independent redistricting commission versus an advisory one. Thank you

  • I think that this is a much needed reform. I particularly like limiting the governor, the term limits and the control of salaries.

    • Vote Yes to reduce compensation and term limits

      • This doesn’t reduce their salaries. It gives them a raise!!!

        They already have these exact term limits because the people voted those term limits in.

        Vote No on this and Yes on https://redbrennan.org/

        The Red Brennan initiative actually reduces their salaries and terms.

        What is really maddening is that they spent tax-payer money on this fake county charter change so they can get paid more.

  • My comments focus on Article VII.
    Section 701 is a needed, enlightened and wonderful reform to prevent abuses of private property.
    Sections 702 and 704 are wise.
    Section 703 is unnecessary and counter to good governance as the US Constitution calls for a representative form of government.
    Section 705 is a very important reform that provides that elected authorities have oversight of non-elected decision makers. This is a very good idea.
    Section 706 is meaningless since it does not provide any goal. Since there is no way that the county can stockpile enough supplies, equipment, etc to protect 100% of the populace it would be more reasonable to set a goal of being able to assist a set number or percentage of the population. For example, a reasonable goal would be to be able to assist 100,000 residents or 10% of the population. Otherwise you will create a mission without knowing how well you are meeting the addressed needs.

  • How would this benefit my small business in San Bernardino County?

  • This looks like mostly good things. I’m pleased that I’ve lived in SB County for the past 5 years, after being an LA County subject for most of the previous 69 years. the term limits are good and withdrawing from the vast gubernatorial umbrella on any subject is a win-win.
    Thank you!

  • I believe this new charter writes out State oversight. A vote would be appropriate.

  • What is meant by replacing gender specific references to reflect the gender diversityOn the board of supervisors?

  • Allow the Board of Supervisors to call for special elections to fill vacancies in County elected offices and to remove the Governor’s authority to make appointments to fill vacant Supervisor offices. YES
    Require the Board of Supervisors to create a redistricting commission to be involved in the redrawing of the boundaries of supervisorial districts every 10 years. NO
    Protect campaign finance rules and enforcement of those rules. ARE YOU NOT NOW?
    Limit County supervisors to a total of three four-year terms. YES
    Limit and fix supervisor salaries to 80% of the salary of Superior Court Judges and require public hearings for any effort to change supervisor salaries and benefits. YES
    Require the Board of Supervisors to publicly review County Health Officer orders. YES
    Require the Board to periodically and publicly review the County Code and the Charter for outdated or unnecessary provisions. YES
    Replace gender-specific references to reflect the gender diversity on the Board of Supervisors. NO
    Require the Board of Supervisors to adopt rules of order for its meetings. YES

  • I am in favor of the Board of Supervisors placing a new County Charter before voters on the November ballot. I have read through the “New Charter” and agree completely with all the stated reforms of the remodeled charter. Thank you for setting this up. It is truly appreciated.

  • If you say “public hearings” regarding wages and benefits, would that require a vote?
    Do any other counties have a similar charter?

  • Until today county Staffa did wonderful job . Thanks a lot

  • I’m really happy to see the proposal of gender specific references! I would support that

  • I am not happy with this proposal at all. Y’all FUBAR’d the appointment of Rowe; a horrible choice. What confidence would I have in the county continuing that authority with little to no oversight of the Governor’s eye? None.

    In addition, the redistricting currently is horrendously out of wack with voters. San Bernardino County has a majority of of Democratic Voters, yet the board has 4 out of 5 Republican seats. Allowing this much authority to this group that put an extremist like Row on the board gives some incite to how the continued lopsidedness will increase.

    This is a horrible plan.

    Please ensure proper representation happens at the county level. Currently I have lost confidence in this board with the horrible pick of Dawn Rowe and the FUBAR’d response to COVID-19… The county in no way has earned more authority but has shown reason for giving authority away from the board.

    • Totally agree, even though I am not very familiar with the county affairs, but the fact that out of the five boards seats only one is a Democrat speak by in self.

    • rest easy you are in better hands than you think

  • I was shocked when three Board Members that were not from the First District were allowed to OK the Fire tax. The charter should require a unanimous vote of the Board for any type of tax increas. Otherwise it should go to the voters.

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