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.
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.