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SB Sun Endorsement: Hagman and keep Rutherford

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Curt Hagman Best Choice to replace Gary Ovitt as Supervisor:

The race to replace 4th District Supervisor Gary Ovitt features two high-powered candidates looking to return to local government after stints as legislators.

Congresswoman Gloria Negrete McLeod and Assemblyman Curt Hagman are running for a spot on the San Bernardino Board of Supervisors along with two others who serve in local government.

Our endorsement goes to Hagman, based primarily on his strong support for and ideas to further workforce and economic development in the county.

Hagman, former mayor, councilman and parks and recreation commissioner in Chino Hills, was elected to the state Assembly in 2008 and has been assistant Republican floor leader for most of his time in Sacramento. He continues to own a bail-bond business and other small businesses, keeping him in touch with the challenges and rewards of the private sector.

San Bernardino County involvement is nothing new for Hagman. He has been a longtime volunteer for the Sheriff’s Department and is captain of the Disaster Assistance Team in the Specialized Service Bureau. More to the point, he served seven years on the county’s Workforce Investment Board and remains dedicated to helping workers prepare themselves for the jobs of the present and future. For the rest of this endorsement>link


Retaining Janice Rutherford as 2nd District Supervisor is an Easy Call:


It would be hard to find someone whose election had a bigger positive impact on local government than did Janice Rutherford’s selection by voters to be San Bernardino County’s 2nd District supervisors four years ago.

That makes it easy — and no surprise — for our editorial board to endorse her for re-election in the June 3 primary.

Rutherford, now the chair of the Board of Supervisors, made ethics and reform the centerpiece of her 2010 campaign against Paul Biane, the sitting supervisor then and still a defendant in the ongoing corruption case surrounding the county’s $102 million settlement with Colonies Partners.

 Better yet, Rutherford followed through on her campaign pledges. She quickly formed a task force of prominent citizens to recommend ethical reforms and pushed most of them through.

For example, the county has contracted with the state Fair Political Practices Commission to oversee its campaign financing — something that other counties have inquired about with an eye to following suit. As Rutherford notes, having other counties even considering emulating San Bernardino County’s campaign practices is quite a delightful turnaround from the bad ol’ days when the county’s ethical reputation hurt it in so many ways.

With Rutherford’s election followed two years later by those of Supervisors James Ramos and Robert Lovingood, that unseemly reputation has receded into the past. Residents have regained faith in their county government.

Supervisors have wisely ceded much of their former power to the county CEO. They now rely on him to carry out their policies — rather than shady old practices like directing staff members to move a favored project ahead of others, for example — and they have given up the massive discretionary funds — slush funds, if you prefer — that they used to control. For the rest of this endorsement>link

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