Grants Database

Inland Empowerment
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Project Title:
Inland Empowerment
California Wildlands Rapid Response Fund, 2019
We work in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. This funding would go towards work in San Bernardino County only.
Project Description:

The County of San Bernardino has a critical and influential voice in policy issues that affect these lands. For many years Supervisor James Ramos, a cultural officer and tribal chairman of the San Manuel Band, was a strong conservation and public-lands advocate on the board; however, he vacated his position when he was elected to State Assembly in 2018, creating a vacancy that must be filled via an administrative, rather than electoral process. Inland Empire, a diverse coalition of community leaders whose mission is to build community leadership and organize policy campaigns around a broad spectrum of issues which impact families in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, is challenging the County’s administrative process to fill the vacant seat (which led to the appointment of a long-time champion of mining and off-roading interests) alleging numerous Brown Act violations and a general lack of transparency in the appointment process.