Aims for worst of worst CRIMINALS
Lovingood, was joined by other County elected officials during the State of the County presentation.
Bernardino County Sheriff Department has arrested nearly 500 suspects in the
past eight weeks
as part of Operation
Left to Right: San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors
Chairman Robert Lovingood, County Superintendent of Schools Ted Alejandre;
Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector Oscar Valdez; District Attorney Mike
Ramos; Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales; Assessor-Recorder Bob Dutton;
Interim CEP Dena Smith; Second District Supervisor Janice Rutherford and San
Sheriff John McMahon
With renewed urgency and
$1 million in funding from the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, the
County Sheriff’s Department will soon launch an intensive countywide effort
to go after hardened career criminals, officials said during the State of the County presentation hosted
by Board Chairman Robert A. Lovingood.
San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, all of them collectively, allocated $1
million to public safety to go after the worst of the worst throughout the
entire county,” Sheriff John McMahon said during a standing-room only meeting
of the Victor Valley Chamber of Commerce.
have a team put together where we’re going to focus for the next nine months,
full time on the worst of the worst. We’ll continue to put the pressure on
them, continue to put them in jail, working with (District Attorney Mike
Ramos’) staff at the D.A’s Office. If they need to go to prison, that’s where
has long advocated for strengthening public safety agencies. Taking a tough
stand against criminals improves quality of life issues, increases property
values and makes the County more attractive to businesses and residents looking
years past, Lovingood has allocated funds for Operation Desert Guardian, a series of annual summertime crime
sweeps within the High Desert yielding 376 arrests in 2016 alone. McMahon
reported that this summer, Desert
Guardian teams “have been working for the last eight weeks – 16 operational
days -- going after the worst criminals we have in the High Desert and they’ve
put nearly 500 of them in jail over the last 16 work days. They’ve taken 20
illegal guns off the street, identified 70 new gang members. We’re making sure
those folks know we’re not going anywhere.”
was joined by his colleagues on the Board of Supervisors and other County
elected officials. The State of the
County presentation is a chance for local residents to hear directly from
our elected leadership in San Bernardino County.
Attorney Mike Ramos said he has increased the number of gang prosecutors in the
High Desert from zero in 2005 to seven today, along with a supervisor,
investigators and victim advocates.
2005, my office has filed over 11,000 cases,” Ramos told the crowd. “Three gang
members are sitting on death row; 6,852 are in state prison for over 51,000
years aggregate and 303 life terms. We’re taking the leaders out of here.”
said once during a phone conversation, Gov. Jerry Brown blamed Ramos for the
state’s prison overcrowding problem because of the high conviction rate. Ramos
also said his department’s Crimes Against Peace Officers Prosecution Unit
served 2,400 victims in its first year and now is being considered by U.S.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions as a model for the
nation. Ramos also cited renewed efforts to tackle welfare fraud in San
Bernardino County. Some fraudsters, Ramos said, have been caught spending
welfare funds in casinos.
because of Robert Lovingood’s commitment to us in increasing our resources with
(County Supervisor Josie Gonzales) and other people on the Board, we now are
taking care of business” Ramos said. “We’ve had welfare fraud sweeps. We have
arrested over 100 now and we’re getting close to $100 million back in
restitution on those welfare fraud thefts.”
said he is working with County Superintendent of Schools Ted Alejandre to
address gang recruitment in schools.
closing, Supervisor Lovingood said San Bernardino County Land Use Services
Department staff did a tremendous job in working on the Molycorp bankruptcy.
The company, which operated the nation’s only rare-earths mine at Mountain
Pass, filed for bankruptcy in 2015. Without the hard work of San Bernardino County County staff, including County Engineering
Geologist George Kenline, taxpayers could have faced an $80 million
liability to clean up the site. Instead, the mine is resuming operation under a
new owner and is now hiring.
“These are some of the things,” Lovingood
said, “you don’t get to hear about that we do!”