Campaigns

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 11/01/16 – 9:18 PM PDT |

The race for First District San Bernardino County supervisor sees incumbent Robert Lovingood going up against Angela Valles, a former Victorville councilwoman and Victor Valley Community College District trustee.

Lovingood, a High Desert businessman elected in November 2012, touts a track record of reducing crime in his district, working to expand business and job opportunities, and maintaining a balanced approach to renewable energy project development in the Mojave Desert so that it does not infringe on resident quality of life.

Lovingood owns ICR Staffing Services, Inc. in Victorville, a temp agency, which his wife has been running since he was elected county supervisor.

“We are proud of our accomplishments in the First District – the great strides we’ve made with Sheriff (John) McMahon to impact crime and working on behalf of all 410,000 constituents who have realized our commitment to them and their families, their businesses, and their success,” Lovingood said in a recent telephone interview.

In the wake of the Dec. 2 terrorist attack at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, Lovingood proposed a policy allowing any county employee with a concealed weapon permit to carry guns in the workplace. To note, the Inland Regional Center is not a county-owned facility.

Lovingood has also pushed for increased criminal prosecution of welfare fraud cases amid a 70 percent decline in cases sent to the District Attorney’s Office in the last three years for consideration of criminal charges. In March, the Board of Supervisors, at Lovingood’s request, tasked the County Administrative Office, the Division of Human Services and the District Attorney’s Office to work together to introduce new protocols and procedures to increase welfare fraud case referrals for potential prosecution.

Vying for Lovingood’s seat is Valles, the director of finance for the Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority and former Victorville councilwoman and board trustee for the Victor Valley Community College District. She is also a former correctional officer for the Victor Valley Medium Community Correctional Facility.

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