Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/27/2010 07:13:06 PM PDT
As part of a new quarterly budget reporting system implemented in March, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a reorganization of the land use services department that includes the elimination of 62 vacant positions due to a $6 million budget shortfall discovered last summer.
The reorganization also includes the addition of a new assistant administrator position and the reclassification of two deputy directors to building official and program manager.
In addition, the board authorized a salary increase of 6 percent for the economic development agency director. The salary will increase from $159,916 to $169,511. The county has not yet decided how it will go about the process of selecting a permanent replacement for former EDA Director Mark Dowling, who abruptly resigned last week.
The board also approved requested adjustments to its general fund revenue that included decreases of $2.4 million in the advanced planning department, $7.6 million in building and safety, $530,000 in code enforcement, $3.5 million in current planning and $1.8 million in fire hazard abatement.
Moonridge zoo gets new home
After a decade-long effort, the Moonridge Animal Park in Big Bear Lake will soon be relocating to its new home at the north end of the Bear Mountain Golf Course.
The Board of Supervisors approved the $2 million relocation, which will be funded by Proposition 40 funds and $554,500 in previously dedicated county funds.
“For more than a decade the county has been working to relocate this treasured asset,” Supervisor Neil Derry said in a news release. “Finishing this project was a top priority of mine since we were at risk of losing state funds if we did not act quickly.”
The new site will more than quadruple the size of the existing facility, which is currently located on 2.5-acres in the Moonridge area, near the Bear Mountain Ski Resort.
Medical marijuana protest
Medical marijuana advocate Lanny Swerdlow rallied his troops outside the Government Center in protest of the county’s nearly year-long moratorium on medical marijuana collectives and prosecution of medical marijuana patients.
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