Supervisor Lovingood Elected LAFCO Chair/What Is LAFCO To You?

Simone Graham – Editor: San Bernardino County Supervisor Robert A. Lovingood was unanimously elected chair of the Local Agency Formation Commission, the primary agency that encourages orderly growth in the County.

“Supervisor Lovingood’s ability to breakdown complex issues and get to the meat of the matter make him a natural leader, and LAFCO will benefit greatly from his common-sense approach to problems and his commitment to doing what’s best for our residents,” said Second District Supervisor Janice Rutherford, who nominated Supervisor Lovingood as chair Jan. 16.

The seven-member LAFCO commission promotes logical and orderly service boundaries for cities and special districts.

“I’d like to thank my peers for their confidence,” Supervisor Lovingood said. “As San Bernardino County continues to grow, LAFCO will play an important role in ensuring that public agencies are able to provide efficient and effective public services.”

As LAFCO chair, Supervisor Lovingood will complete the term of former County Supervisor James Ramos, who was elected to the State Assembly. Supervisor Lovingood has been on LAFCO since 2013. The other LAFCO members are: Jim Bagley, Mojave Water Agency Director Kimberly Cox, Cucamonga Valley Water District Director James V. Curatalo, Highland City Council Member Larry McCallon and Fontana City Mayor Acquanetta Warren.

Former LAFCO chair, Supervisor James Ramos. has since been elected to the State Assembly.

What is LAFCO?

Mission for the county:

“The broad mission of the Local Agency Formation Commission for San Bernardino County is to implement the legislative direction and policies embodied in the Cortese-Knox-Hertzberg Local Government Reorganization Act of 2000 in a manner that provides for an orderly and efficient growth pattern that reconciles the varied needs of San Bernardino County, promotes the Countywide Vision Statement, is in keeping with the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act, and addresses the parameters of the principle acts for Cities and Special Districts.

One of the fundamental principles of the Local Agency Formation Commission is to ensure the establishment of an appropriate, sustainable, and logical municipal level government structure for the distribution of efficient and effective public services. The Local Agency Formation Commission for San Bernardino County will encourage and promote communication among agencies (public and private), property owners and residents of the County to achieve these goals. The Commission’s policies shall be carried out in an efficient and courteous manner.”

Goals of the Commission are:

  • Encourage orderly growth.
  • Promote logical and orderly service boundaries for cities and special districts.
  • Discourage premature conversion of prime agricultural lands to urban uses.
  • Promote efficient and effective service delivery for cities and special districts.

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