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July 11, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
Facing a severe jail housing crunch, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors agreed to add 456 beds to expansion plans for the Adelanto Detention Center. The jail currently holds 706 inmates, but supervisors previously agreed to add 912 beds in a new four-story facility at the site. Some supervisors felt that the initial proposal did not go far enough, considering the county's current shortage of 3,500 beds, which has forced sheriff's officials to release 118 offenders early each day.
January 11, 2007 | Jonathan Abrams, Times Staff Writer
The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors named Brad Mitzelfelt on Wednesday to fill the 1st District supervisor's post vacated by former Chairman Bill Postmus. Mitzelfelt, who was Postmus' chief of staff, will represent Barstow, Victorville and much of the high desert. Postmus, elected county assessor in November, was sworn into office Monday. Mitzelfelt received the nod on a 3-1 vote from the supervisors, said county spokesman David Wert.
August 9, 2007 | Sara Lin, Times Staff Writer
San Bernardino County supervisors Wednesday asked Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to declare a local state of emergency in Lucerne Valley after authorities impounded several unlicensed trucks that supplied much-needed water to far-flung desert communities. A spokesman for the governor's office said that at least three replacement trucks had been ordered to begin providing water immediately and continuously.
November 18, 2009 | Louis Sahagun
A solar energy project proposed for development on public land in the Mojave Desert would create jobs mostly for Las Vegas and electricity for San Francisco at the expense of the relatively pristine area of east San Bernardino County where it would be built, San Bernardino County Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt said. In an interview, Mitzelfelt, whose district includes the Ivanpah Valley project site, about 20 miles south of Las Vegas, said last week that BrightSource's proposed 440-megawatt, 4,000-acre Solar Electric Generating System "should not go forward."
September 25, 2007 | Joe Mozingo and Maeve Reston, Times Staff Writers
San Bernardino County officials have agreed to pay $25.5 million to settle a class-action lawsuit that said jailers conducted illegal strip searches, sometimes in front of inmates and deputies of the opposite sex. As many as 160,000 inmates may have been subjected to the searches over three years, attorneys for the plaintiffs said, and each could get several hundred dollars, depending on how many apply for the award.
July 22, 2005 | Ashley Powers, Times Staff Writer
San Bernardino County's chief administrative officer suggested Thursday that Supervisor Dennis Hansberger's beleaguered chief of staff step down because investigations into the aide's land deal are sullying the county's image. "This embarrasses the county," Mark Uffer said. "It raises questions about our commitment to ethical behavior."
July 9, 2004 | Hugo Martin, Times Staff Writer
The chairman of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors has requested a probe into who approved $7,000 in funding to a charter school that is under a state investigation for allegedly misusing public funds, according to a memo obtained by The Times.
February 28, 2007 | Sara Lin, Times Staff Writer
The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted unanimously in favor of a proposed sewage sludge composting plant that would be built eight miles outside the high desert town of Hinkley, despite strong objections from residents worried about potential health hazards. "I think this will end up being the best project possible under the circumstances," said Board Chairman Paul Biane. The town was made famous by activist Erin Brockovich, who helped force Pacific Gas & Electric Co.
August 22, 2007 | Sara Lin, Times Staff Writer
Spurred by desert homeowners tired of noise and dust, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to uphold an ordinance that clamps down on off-road riders gathering in groups or trespassing on private land. But supervisors promised to review some aspects of the ordinance criticized by riders. In particular, supervisors promised to look at the restriction on "staging" -- when a large group of riders gathers on private land.
June 11, 2009 | MICHAEL HILTZIK
People who say that nothing's harder to get rid of than a bad penny must never have met Keith Brackpool. The British-born promoter, who has spent the last dozen years pushing a scheme to pump water to Southern California from beneath 35,000 acres his Cadiz Inc. owns in the Mojave Desert, just won't go away.
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