• Steve Brown

Replacement sought for County Supervisor Ramos

Lt. Col. Jason Roach, operations officer, Tactical Training and Exercise Control Group, takes a photo with Chairman Robert Lovingood, 1st District Supervisor and Chairman James Ramos, 3rd District Supervisor, during a tour of the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif., for the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors May 12, 2017. The tour was hosted by G-5 Government and External Affairs. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Medina Ayala-Lo)

San Bernardino County Third District Supervisor James Ramos was noticeably absent from the November Board of Supervisors meeting that was to address the Renewable Energy Conservation Element 4.10 language that had been awaiting adoption since August, 2017. But with Ramos out doing last minute campaigning for his state assembly race on election day, the RECE language was tabled until there can be someone representing the Third District, one of two districts in the county most heavily impacted by utility scale renewable energy development.

Ramos, who is set to be sworn in for his new position representing the 40th Assembly District on December 3. The Board of Supervisors have until the end of the year to appoint a successor to serve out the remainder of Ramos' term through 2020. Any appointee for Ramos' seat on the board must live in the Third District, which includes Yucca Valley, Twentynine Palms, Joshua Tree, Morongo Valley, Wonder Valley, Landers, Pioneertown, Johnson Valley, Lucerne Valley, Barstow, Big Bear Lake, a part of San Bernardino, Loma Linda, Mentone, Yucaipa, Highland, Redlands, Colton, Grand Terrace, Oak Glen, and other mountain communities.

A special meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been set for 10 a.m., December 11, to conduct public interviews of applicants qualified for appointment as Ramos' replacement. The meeting may be continued with another special meeting should more time be needed for interviews. The board will deliberate in open session to select the new supervisor for the Third District.

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