Brad Mitzelfelt

State of county resilient like High Desert, supervisor says
August 04, 2011 8:36 AM
Tomoya Shimura
Staff Writer

VICTORVILLE • Despite the high unemployment rate and budget strain, 1st District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt expressed optimism that the state of San Bernardino County is resilient like the High Desert, speaking in front of more than 200 local business leaders Wednesday.

“I still remain optimistic about the High Desert, bullish on the High Desert,” Mitzelfelt said during his State of the County address hosted by the Victorville Chamber of Commerce at the Victorville Conference Center.

As he did in last year’s address, Mitzelfelt noted some difficulties the county is facing.

The unemployment rate is now 14 percent in the county compared to 5.6 percent when he took office in 2007, Mitzelfelt said.

The county government cut $49 million from its budget this fiscal year on top of about $80 million in each of the previous two years. It cut nearly 800 positions and has about 2,000 fewer positions than three years ago.

Mitzelfelt also touched on lack of private foundation grants San Bernardino County nonprofit organizations receive: California nonprofits secure an average of $119 per capita, while the county nonprofits average just $3.

High Desert Resource Network President Vici Nagel said she thinks the local economy is going to get worse because the state and federal governments are taking more funding from the local government.

Nagel, who attended the conference, said collaboration among city and county government, businesses and nonprofits is imperative. She praised Mitzelfelt for being a catalyst.

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