Surprisingly, a county that has the reputation of being the most corrupt in the nation has won 31 awards, setting a new record. According to the press release from San Bernardino County, "This year, San Bernardino County led the region with more awards than the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and Ventura. Only 29 of California’s 58 counties received top awards." Yet at least six former County Supervisors are either in prison or awaiting trial for corruption, including taking bribes from contractors.
The press release goes on to say:
The Countywide Vision won a 2014 Achievement Award in the category of County
Administration and Management. The Board of Supervisors formed a partnership with the San
Bernardino Association of Governments and launched the Countywide Vision in 2010 after receiving
public input and feedback from experts on improving the county and moving it forward. The
Countywide Vision is an active, ongoing, collaborative process aimed at setting a course of the county
as a whole, improving life within the county and making the county attractive to investors.
"San Bernardino County consistently earns these accolades because we encourage our
employees to share their ideas on how to improve services and find efficiencies so we can better serve
our residents and businesses,” Board of Supervisors Chair Janice Rutherford said.
The Board of Supervisors will recognize and honor the people and departments responsible for
the 2014 winning programs and services at an upcoming public meeting.
While the County has made some improvements to infrastructure and services for citizens in recent years, nonprofit organizations continue to do better. Private charitable and service organizations and churches continue to do the most and best work, providing food, shelter and a variety or medical and educational services for those in need. The County Supervisors can pat themselves on the back, but they continue to waste more resources than they provide.
The City of San Bernardino is bankrupt, and the County is equally insolvent, which accounts for the rising taxes in this deteriorating economy.