Lori Consalvo, Staff Writer
Created: 10/09/2010 07:08:46 AM PDT

RANCHO CUCAMONGA – In the 2nd District race for San Bernardino County supervisor, it is the man with experience versus the woman who offers change.

Supervisor Paul Biane and challenger Janice Rutherford, a Fontana councilwoman, participated in a forum on Tuesday night in a meeting room in Central Park to answer questions and familiarize residents with their backgrounds and policies.

The event, which spilled into two rooms to accommodate the number of spectators, was sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and Southern California Edison.

Rutherford was asked how she proposed to address the economy.

There are things “we can do to improve this region,” like propose regular business summits and get L.A./Ontario International Airport locally controlled, Rutherford said.

Biane was asked what he would do to encourage tax-generating businesses and development.

“There are a few things that the county is actually already doing at this time,” he said. “One of the things that the county has actually been able to do that I’m absolutely proud of is that we have a business resource center right here in Rancho Cucamonga … and we’ve seen 28,000 people come through that business resource center in the last two years alone.”

Biane went on to say that resources like the center have helped provide access to jobs for residents.

While the evening started civil, it soon evolved into heated discussions and subtle accusations.

Biane said Rutherford lacked transparency in her role as a Fontana councilwoman.

When Biane was asked what he could do to reinstill confidence in the public’s view of government, he said he has championed ideas like streaming video of Board of Supervisor meetings to allow more transparency.

“I am working to build that trust in county government. I have done things that she hasn’t done,” he said.

Rutherford said, “We need an elected representative who can be trusted and do business in the open.

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