Since its adoption in 1913, the San Bernardino County Charter has been the governing roadmap for the nation’s largest geographical county. Now, county supervisors are proposing a major update to that document which would need to be approved by voters during the November presidential election. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has an overview of the proposed new charter and information about you can weigh in on it…

The last item on tomorrow’s regular meeting agenda of county supervisors at the County Government Center in San Bernardino is a 1 p.m. Power Point overview and discussion of the proposed new County Charter. Highlights of the proposed changes include a provision to allow supervisors more control in filling board vacancies and removing the Governor’s authority to make such appointments. The charter would also authorize a commission to redraw supervisorial districts every 10 years, fix salaries and impose term limits on county supervisors.

Link to Power Point presentation:

Summary of new Charter main points:

If approved by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday and the voters in November, the new Charter would:

• Allow the Board of Supervisors to call for special elections to fill vacancies in County elected offices and to remove the Governor’s authority to make appointments to fill vacant Supervisor offices

• Require the Board of Supervisors to create a redistricting commission to be involved in the redrawing of the boundaries of supervisorial districts every 10 years

• Protect campaign finance rules and enforcement of those rules

• Limit County supervisors to a total of three four-year terms

• Limit and fix supervisor salaries to 80% of the salary of Superior Court Judges and require public hearings for any effort to change supervisor salaries and benefits

• Require the Board of Supervisors to publicly review County Health Officer orders

• Require the Board to periodically and publicly review the County Code and the Charter for outdated or unnecessary provisions

• Replace gender-specific references to reflect the gender diversity on the Board of Supervisors.

• Require the Board of Supervisors to adopt rules of order for its meetings

Based on guidance from the California Department of Public Health, the Governor’s Executive Order and Office and the San Bernardino County Public Health Officer:

(1) The public may view the Board Meeting live stream at

(2) To comment on the proposed new County Charter, another agenda item, or make a general comment prior to the meeting, submit comments via email at or online at

Comments received by 8 a.m. the day of the meeting will be forwarded to the Board members for review and kept with the meeting record.

(3) If you wish to make a comment on the proposed new County Charter, a specific item or a general public comment while watching the live stream, submit comments, limited to 250 words or less, to the Clerk of the Board at

All comments received prior to the end of the meeting will be provided to the Board of Supervisors after the meeting and kept with the meeting record.

(4) If attending the meeting in person, facial coverings are required and seating in the board chambers is limited to maintain appropriate social distancing. Additional seating with video and audio of the meeting will be available.


San Bernardino County on Sunday reported 19,043 confirmed cases of coronavirus, with 306 deaths. As of Saturday, there were 564 hospitalizations and 165 intensive-care unit patients. There have been 10,422 recoveries.

Here in the Morongo Basin there have been 123 confirmed cases to date: Yucca Valley with 70; Joshua Tree 23; Twentynine Palms, 17; and Morongo Valley, 13.


Contact tracing is the process of identifying people who have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, instructing them to quarantine and monitoring their symptoms daily. The Federal Trade Commission reports that residents are now getting spam messages from scammers who are pretending to be contact tracers. Ernest Figueroa has more information about how you can not fall for this scam…

There’s no question, contact tracing plays a vital role in helping to stop the spread of COVID-19. But scammers, pretending to be contact tracers are taking advantage of how the process works. Here are tips to know if you are being contacted by a scammer pretending to be a contact tracer:

Real contact tracers won’t ask you for money, and they will not ask for payment by gift card, money transfer, or cryptocurrency.

Contact tracing doesn’t require your bank account or credit card number. Don’t share this information with anyone.

Legitimate contact tracers will never ask for your Social Security number.

Your immigration status doesn’t matter for contact tracing, so real tracers won’t ask.

Do not click on a link in a text or email. Doing so can download malware onto your device.

Be wary of suspicious emails, phone calls, and text messages. Contact your local health department to verify that the call or messages are valid, think before clicking on any links, and be aware of suspicious attachments.


The state has ordered the release of up to 8,000 prisoners before the end of August to deal with a “catastrophic” COVID-19 outbreak at California prisons. Multiple state prisons have seen coronavirus outbreaks in their inmate populations, including at the Chino men’s and women’s prisons here in San Bernardino County. Eligible inmates will receive a credit on their sentence effective August 1 to clear space during the pandemic. Releases are expected shortly thereafter. The Corrections Department already had reduced inmate populations systemwide by about 10,000 since March.

There are 2,286 active cases of COVID-19 in the California prison population, with the death toll at 31. There are 719 active cases among Corrections Department staff.

Exceptions in the early release program are those on death row, those serving life sentences without the possibility of parole and those found guilty of serious rules violations since March 1 while in prison. Also ineligible are domestic violence offenders, violent offenders, and those who have prior or current sentences that require them to register as sex offenders.


The job of safely reopening public schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic is a daunting task for school districts nationwide. Locally, the Morongo Unified School District has been working to determine the best way to keep students, staff, and faculty safe during the 2020-2021 school year. Reporter Andrew Dieleman says that the school district is seeking the opinions of district parents and guardians of students with a new survey…

In the 2020-2021 Return to School survey, the school district wants to know what parents of students are most comfortable with when sending their children back to school. The brief, multiple-choice survey includes questions on what school-related services the student currently receives; opinions on proposed instruction models, including distance learning, independent study, or hybrid (in-person and online); and whether or not the student has access to internet and electronic devices through which assignments can be completed.