Last week when Fox 11 Los Angeles aired a scathing report describing child abuse and child deaths in San Bernardino County, Calif., everyone waited for a response from members of the county board of supervisors. To date, with the exception of a brief prepared statement read by Chairman James Ramos at today’s board meeting, county supervisors have been mute.
According to one observer at today’s regular meeting of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors (BOS), members of the board appeared stoic and disinterested when Ramos read the statement prepared by David Wert, public information officer for the County Administrative Office. For many, it is incomprehensible that those elected to serve the residents of San Bernardino County could be so uncaring and unapologetic in response to graphic photos of dead and abused children.
But for those who understand the inner workings of San Bernardino County, it is not nearly so surprising. Simply put, county supervisors are not allowed to involve themselves in the daily operations of county government. Supervisors Robert “Bob” Lovingood, Janice Rutherford, James Ramos, Curt Hagman and Josie Gonzales choose instead to seek political cover by allowing Chief Executive Officer Greg Devereaux to handle all day-to-day operations and crises while board members are nothing more than well-paid figureheads.
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