Supervisor Lovingood Will Not Seek Re-election In 2020

Simone Graham – Editor: I have to admit, I was stunned when I read this. I know the county supervisor’s job is taxing and requires one to be everywhere attending functions and events to show support for his or her district. One of my teacher friends from a long time back, was very happy when her husband decided not to run again for a district down the hill and, instead, got his CPA certification and ran for San Bernardino County Treasurer. She finally got her family time back with her husband. He was in that no-public-appearances treasurer position for awhile and his signature was on the bottom of my paycheck for a long time.

Now, I live in Spring Valley Lake, unincorporated land in the county, and Supervisor Lovingood has been very helpful to us solving some issues for our community and going to bat for us on some when we rallied on water rates and fire district taxes. It seemed to me that we were just getting started; we were on a roll. You see, we do not get to vote for mayor or city board member of anything, except our own 4,200+ homeowner’s association. So, Supervisor Lovingood has been, in my opinion, like our mayor or, at least, has been functioning like one.

Whoever runs for this position better get down to the SVL Community Center to do some campaigning because we have a boatload of votes over here and want to give them to the candidate that is going to represent us with as much enthusiasm as did Supervisor Lovingood’s staff, with a special thank you to Don Holland who was the liaison to our community.

You have some big shoes to fill new candidates. If you plan to run for First District, I suggest you get over to their office to understand how the staff built rapport with our area and responded to our problems.  Below is Supervisor Lovingood’s statement letting us all know that he will not be running again.

To supporters and friends of the First District,

I am writing to inform you that I have decided not to seek a third term as Supervisor of the First District for San Bernardino County. The decision has been a very difficult one, as I have truly enjoyed serving you as First District Supervisor for the past seven years.

Some of my proudest endeavors have been launching our “Made in the High Desert” Manufacturing Summit and Veterans Resource Fair. Both of these annual events have allowed us to serve our local residents by connecting them to resources within the County. Our young people have been amazed at the diverse job opportunities available to consider and our veterans have gained helpful information about benefits, claims assistance, and job opportunities.

During my tenure as First District Supervisor, the County has faced many challenges. Despite the difficulties, there are many accomplishments to be proud of. Some noteworthy achievements include:

· A Technical Training Center is in process of being established in the High Desert through the collaborative efforts of San Bernardino County Workforce Development Board, Victor Valley College, private employers and business partners. Final steps are in place to provide additional learning opportunities locally for needed trade skills.

  • The Vision2Succeed Initiative launched in late 2018 through the collaborative efforts of Workforce Development and the County Administrative Office. This initiative is designed to strengthen the career skills of our local workforce and enhance their qualifications to support existing employers and attract new employers to our County. A skilled workforce encourages a vibrant economy.
  • Road and Infrastructure improvements have been an important focus area with some great progress. Through collaboration with our local municipalities and state agency, there has been investment in reconstruction of roadways to the benefit of residents. The need for alternate routes and thoroughfares through our District is an ongoing challenge that will continue to remain at the forefront of discussions.
  • Through advocacy work with the District Attorney office, attention has been given to address Welfare and Workers Compensation Fraud in San Bernardino County. The impact of this work has resulted in significant savings to both taxpayers and employers.
  • GenerationGo! was established by the County through our Workforce Development Board. This program provides internship opportunities for high school seniors to be dual enrolled with a community college and gain on-the-job training experience with a local employer, allowing a student and employer to find a good career fit for long term success.
  • Community Advocacy is a continual effort of staff to help connect our residents with resources within the County. We have also collaborated with the Sheriff Department and Code Enforcement on clean up efforts by having inmates assist with clearing significant tonnage of trash and tires. This has greatly helped to address some of the illegal dumping in our desert areas.

Personally, I am proud of the allocation of special funds which has allowed our Sheriff department an opportunity to conduct specialized crime sweeps. These sweeps have proven to be an effective way to keep the pressure on and deter criminals. The New Hope Program has also been established as a collaborative effort between the Sheriff Department, Department of Behavioral Health, Public Health and Abundant Living Church and become a vital tool in helping to reduce recidivism in county jails.

Although I will no longer be serving as a County Supervisor after November 2020, I plan to stay actively involved as a business and community member. I am committed to ensure that our District receives the best education and economic opportunities possible and will continue to advocate for the growth of jobs in our region.

I encourage members of all our communities to stay actively engaged in advocating for the many great things we have within the First District. Your involvement is pivotal in our trajectory forward as a District and the County as a whole.

With over a year of my term still remaining and much to accomplish in that window of time, I want to take this opportunity to thank my fellow colleagues, as well as the federal, state and local elected officials with whom I have had the pleasure to serve alongside. Also, my sincere thanks to County CEO Gary McBride and staff who have been a great support to the efforts of our office during my service. To the business and community leaders who have become treasured partners, thank you for your commitment and collaboration that has brought new opportunities to the First District. And to my supporters, friends and family, I express my heartfelt thanks for the opportunity to serve. Thank you for trusting me to help lead the First District to a greater level of service to our constituents. It has been an absolute honor.

 

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