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SB County Supervisors Hear Comment about ‘Empire State’ Issue, Honor Long-Serving Employees

By Manny Otiko | IVN

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors held a regular meeting on Tuesday. All board members were present. 

The issue of San Bernardino County leaving California and forming Empire state was brought up during public comments. 

Jane Hunt-Ruble, a county resident, said she had heard about the issue through the paper. However, she didn’t think it was realistic. 

“It’s never going to happen,” she said. 

However, Hunt-Ruble added that the issue would be popular with anti-government types. 

“Some people will vote for it,” she said. 

The board members have agreed on a study to see if San Bernardino County is getting its fair share from the state of California, with the possibility of putting this on the November ballot. 

Other highlights of the meeting include: 

  • Two county employees were honored for their long service at the meeting. Julie Francis, assistant chief probation officer, is retiring after 36 years. And Tracy Klinker is retiring after 25 years with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. 
  • The county has received five applications for the accessor/recorder position. Board members voted to interview the applicants at the next meeting on Sept. 13. 
  • Board members also approved a contract with Colton Joint Unified School District for the Bloomington High School Baseball & Softball Field Project. The $1.8 million project is funded by the American Rescue Plan Act. According to Supervisor Joe Baca, Jr., the project will provide better lighting, which will help schools operating on later hours. 

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