Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/07/2012 07:07:59 PM PST
Fresh off a victorious election night, San Bernardino County Supervisor-elects James Ramos and Robert Lovingood on Wednesday discussed their visions on how to get the county back on solid financial ground.
Final election results released Wednesday showed Ramos defeating incumbent Neil Derry by more than 18 percentage points – 59.09 percent to Derry’s 40.91 percent for the 3rd District seat.
The 1st District race was much closer. Lovingood took 51.22 percent of the vote to Rick Roelle’s 48.78 percent.
Ramos and Lovingood on Wednesday discussed how they plan to transition into their new posts and their first orders of business.
Ramos, the former chairman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and a local business owner, said he wants to begin researching the county’s policies on the licensing and regulation of businesses and whether any changes could be made to those policies to attract more businesses to the county.
“Before we start talking about if there’s going to be tax breaks or incentives, the smart move would be to examine the policies that are already there,” Ramos said.
Of particular interest to Ramos is how such policies are adopted and whether they can be tailored to different regions of the county, such as the High Desert’s Morongo Basin and the Big Bear Valley.
“We have to be able to look at policies and not be so strong on a `one policy fits all’ philosophy in San Bernardino County,” Ramos said.
Ramos said he will strongly support promoting the growth of jobs in the medical, warehousing and logistics fields, the sectors that have remained stable during the Great Recession.
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