Politics and Elections

New Chairperson of San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors

Supervisor Rutherford

(Best Syndication News) The Board of Supervisors (BOS) took a vote on Tuesday and unanimously elected Supervisor Gary Ovitt as Vice Chair and Janice Rutherford as Chairman of the Board. Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzalez has been the Board Chair for the past two years.

Rutherford, whose second district encompasses parts of Fontana, Rancho Cucamonga, and the mountain resorts, called the election a privilege. “The Board has made tremendous strides over the past two years to focus on the County Vision and to restore public faith in County Government,” Rutherford said.

New Supervisors for San Bernardino County

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(Best Syndication News) Last year’s elections ushered in two new elected officials on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors (BOS). Robert A. Lovingood was elected to the First District BOS and James Ramos replaced outgoing supervisor Neil Derry in the third district.

Lovingood took over the seat vacated by Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt who ran for Congress. Colonel Paul Cook was sworn in to the 113th House of Representatives today. Cook and Gregg Imus battled for the newly reapportioned California 8th congressional district in November.

San Bernardino County Considers Campaign Finance Reform

San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford

(Best Syndication News) A bill signed by Governor Jerry Brown could help pave the way for the county to adopt and enforce new campaign finance reform laws. The new law is welcome news for County Supervisor Janice Rutherford.

Assembly bill 2146, introduced by Assemblyman Paul Cook at the request of the county supervisors, will allow the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) to enforce campaign finance rules adopted by the county.

“Now the Board can move forward with adopting campaign finance rules that limit campaign contributions and help thwart influence peddling by deep-pocket donors,” Second District Supervisor Rutherford tells Best Syndication. This will be effective and affordable for the county, according to the supervisor.

Congressman Says Federal Government is Operating on Unsustainable Deficits

Buck McKeon photo

(Best Syndication News) Representative Buck McKeon (R-CA) said this week that the federal deficit is out of control and unsustainable. The congressman said that the new 2013 budget proposal by Chairman Paul Ryan could put America back on track.

“We are facing the most predictable crisis in U.S. history”, McKeon tells Best Syndication. “The federal government is consistently operating on unsustainable deficits, we have a dangerous $15 trillion and climbing national debt, and absent reform, it is a mathematical impossibility for government programs to fulfill their promises in the 21st century.”

Supervisors Agree to Cut Benefits

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(Best Syndication News) At their meeting this week, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors (BOS) agreed to cut their benefits. The move could save the taxpayer more than $240,000 per year.

David Wert, a spokesperson for the county, tells Best Syndication that during last year’s Grand Jury review of salaries, it was determined that changes needed to be made. Although the county charter limits the salaries to comparable salaries in Orange and Riverside Counties, the benefits were out of line.

This prompted Second District Supervisor Janice Rutherford to propose a change.

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