Paul Biane

Supervisor Paul Biane
Posted: 12/04/2010 05:18:52 PM PST

It has been an honor and pleasure representing San Bernardino County’s 2nd District for eight years on the Board of Supervisors, and I thank residents for granting me the privilege of serving them.

When I look back, I recall a guiding principle my father, Pierre, instilled in me throughout my life: “Leave it better than you found it.” I followed this fundamental rule throughout my tenure as supervisor, and I believe the amenities and projects I delivered reflect that.

One of my primary focuses was libraries because they enrich residents’ lives in so many ways.

The new Crestline Library is one of my most prized achievements. With its deck overlooking Lake Gregory, more than 15,000 books and publications, an 800-square-foot community room, and other great features, this library will be a tremendous asset to mountain residents for many, many years.

I was also blessed with opportunities to allocate funds to other library projects and programs, including the Lewis Library in Fontana, the new Rancho Cucamonga library (which the City Council graciously named in my honor), the Upland Public Library, and the library room at the Lytle Creek Community Center.

Like many San Bernardino County natives, I enjoy our county’s great outdoor spaces, and as supervisor, I’ve led efforts to enhance and increase access to our outdoors, including new amenities at Glen Helen and Lake Gregory regional parks as well as improvements to the Pacific Electric Trail system.

The North Etiwanda Preserve, which a few environmentalists wanted closed to the public, is now regularly visited by residents, who come to enjoy strolls in Rancho Cucamonga’s foothills and, in doing so, learn about our history and the importance of protecting the preserve’s unique environment.

I also partnered with the 2nd District’s incorporated cities on parks projects such as new trails and picnic areas at San Antonio Park in Upland and the expansion of Jack Bulik Park in Fontana.

In the area of economic development, I supported the county’s job- training efforts and assistance to local businesses. I also worked extensively to improve our freeway system, which is vital to our county’s multimillion- dollar warehousing and distribution industry and to the more than 200,000 residents who commute to work outside the county.

The two most significant transportation projects I focused on were the reconstruction of the Cherry/10 Freeway interchange, which will begin in the summer, and the reconfiguration of the 15/215 freeway junction in Devore, which is scheduled to start construction in the fall of 2012. The reconfiguration ties in with another multimillion-dollar transportation improvement I shepherded during my tenure – the railroad overpass and bridge on Glen Helen Parkway.

I also directed funding to many needed local road projects, including improvements to 24th and 23rd streets in San Antonio Heights as well the widening and addition of landscaped medians on Cherry Avenue in Fontana.

Cherry Avenue serves as the primary access point for the county’s Speedway Redevelopment Area. I view Cherry Avenue as our county’s next Haven Avenue because of its potential to develop into an even more significant economic corridor.

In addition, I led efforts to improve public safety by implementing volunteer-based Community Emergency Response Teams and by starting the county’s 287g program, which ensures that illegal immigrants arrested in our communities are reported to federal authorities and deported.

It goes without saying that the people I have worked so closely with over the past eight years, including my staff, county employees and local leaders, helped make many of my accomplishments as supervisor possible.

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