Democratic Club of Big Bear Valley
Immediate Past President
Susan Chaidez and
Bear Valley Blues News
PR and Media Liaison
Supervisor Ramos Speaks at September Meeting
Pictured above: Supervisor Ramos discusses SB County issues. Below left: Liz Harris, Ramos's Big Bear
County Supervisor James Ramos was the club's special guest at the Sept. 3 meeting. Following an introduction by his Field Representative, Liz Harris, Mr. Ramos gave an informative talk on current issues being addressed by the San Bernardino County supervisors, as well as what has occupied him during his first nine months in office. His talk was followed by a lively Q and A session, moderated by the club's past and current presidents, Lorraine Wolfe and Irene Gould. The questions were read to Mr. Ramos from cards that had been submitted by audience members prior to start of the the meeting.
Though time constraints and duplications did not allow for all cards to be read, a wide range of topics were covered. Subjects included solar energy, emminent domain, street repair, fire taxes, and rail lines. Mr. Ramos explained how many concerns were outside of the jurisdiction of the county. Some federal funding requests, for example, must originate from the cities themselves. Road concerns (CalTrans), national forest fire protection (Federal agency) and hospital funding (Healthcare District) are all separate from the county. However, Mr. Ramos stated, his office can advocate on behalf of citizens and city leaders to a certain extent.
Addressing concerns about the frequency in which he visits the valley, Supervisor Ramos pointed out that activity should not be judged by whether it is covered by media. Much real work, he said, doesn't lend itself well to newspaper articles or photo opportunities--but is often where the most progress is made. In addition, by concentrating on solving problems "down the hill," benefits to the valley follow suit. One example is improving electronic business license procedures within county offices, so that kiosks that connect with the county can eventually be installed on the mountain.
The meeting, attended by members, guests and the press, ended with the opportunity to speak with the supervisor briefly, one-on-one. Just prior to adjournment, past-president David Foltz presented Mr. Ramos with an appreciation gift on behalf of the club--a photography book on Native Americans of the Southwest.
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