By James Ramos
Posted: 12/11/13, 2:38 PM PST |

My first year as your county supervisor has been one that has brought difficult challenges and great achievements for the 3rd District and San Bernardino County as a whole. As we approach the one-year mark of my time in office, I’d like to reflect on what we have accomplished in just 12 short months.

Upon taking the oath of office, I joined my colleagues in appointing Sheriff John McMahon, who was immediately faced with one of the biggest manhunts in modern-day history. Today, we honor all law-enforcement officers who gave their lives for our protection and those who were injured during this time.

In addressing the needs of the residents of the Morongo Basin, I advocated for the establishment of video conferencing in the Morongo Basin and in February, the Board of Supervisors approved the implementation of the system. Now, residents who live in the outermost parts of the county have the opportunity to voice their concerns to the board from their own community.

In an indication of cooperation amongst board members, the county settled a lawsuit with three public agencies, SANBAG, Caltrans and Upland. This settlement showed that the current Board of Supervisors is willing to work together to use taxpayers’ money more efficiently toward transportation and flood-control projects.

The San Bernardino International Airport Authority (SBIAA) and the Inland Valley Development Agency (IVDA) are just two regional boards that I serve on. I advocated for a full marketing study that would incorporate all aspects of a functioning airport, including maintenance and repairs, aircraft painting, and other components related to the aircraft industry. The SBIAA board approved a contract with the Nostrum marketing firm to conduct this comprehensive study that can only help in preserving and expanding jobs in our area.

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