With the ten-year legally required update to the County of
San Bernardino's General Plan coming due, the Board of Supervisors decided
to do a marvelous thing a few years ago.
Because the county is so big and diverse that one plan would
not adequately serve the needs of all areas, the Supervisors decided that
the new General Plan would incorporate individual Community Plans as policy
extensions to assist and serve long-term local community planning.
To accomplish that, more than 75 public meetings have been
held across the county, two of them in Newberry Springs, where local citizens
have spent hours deciding upon the priorities that they want to have incorporated
into their Community Plan.
After all of the workshops that have gone into the Community
Plan concept, Land Use Services Director, Terri Rahhal, and her Land Use Services
Department (LUSD) have decided to do a flip as was revealed at the October 26, 2017,
Countywide Plan EIR Scoping Meeting held in San Bernardino.
As covered in the video (below) recorded at that meeting,
LUSD has taken it upon itself to "revision" all of the Community Plans as Action Plans
and have them lumped together into a single consolidated Central Policy Plan whereby
the individual needs of communities won't be recognized in the General Plan.
This way, LUSD maintains a greater control over what development
goes into communities, such as utility-scale solar.
Communities are now being told to do their own Action Plan without
General Plan recognition. That doesn't protect communities from LUSD unwanted
meddling. Without the recognition and County support, most Action Plans are
impossible for communities to accomplish alone. The whole purpose for the
Community Plans is being ignored by the crafty LUSD which has flipped the Supervisors
off without the Supervisors seeing it.
The County under the LUSD General Plan preparation is abandoning
individual communities' input desires and the LUSD is telling the communities that
they are now free to do whatever on their own. The LUSD's spin is that the
communities are requesting "short-term" focus and that the communities don't want
to wait for County financial support. The financial support has never been
discussed, but it is obvious that the LUSD doesn't want to follow any
obligatory community guidelines.
More LUSD lies! The truth is that communities are
requesting long-term support by having their individual community needs recognized
in the General Plan which is crucial for their economic development. Local
communities have not been able to fulfill "Action Plans" alone in the past, won't
be able to do so in the future, and need the County's support to work with them.
The underlying factor appears to be big-business corruption within the
LUSD that works against the county's citizens. What good is more business activity
if the quality of living in the county is depreciated? This is the reason why some
residents are rethinking the need for a county split. As with the continued delay
with Policy 4.10, the LUSD continues to demonstrate that it will go its own direction
despite what is ordered by the Board of Supervisors.
Many big cities have citizen police oversight boards. It is
time that we have one for the LUSD which is out-of-control and shouldn't be tolerated.
County CEO, Gary McBride, has recently recognized Terri Rahhal's
performance by promoting her from LUSD Planning Director to the top spot, LUSD Director.
McBride himself was also promoted from within the County.
Newberry citizens are encouraged to attend the September 11th meeting,
their own 9-11, to voice their outrage.