Lovingood votes in favor of giving power of eminent domain to Omnitrans

Robert Lovingood

On a 3-2 vote by the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood joined Second District Supervisor Janice Rutherford and Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales to give its transportation entity known as Omnitrans the ability to implement eminent domain proceedings against county landowners.   Supervisors James Ramos and Curt Hagman voted against the board item.

Eminent domain is the power of government to take private land from citizens against their will for public use for compensation.  The amount of compensation often falls short of what landowners believe the land is worth.  If there are dwellings on the property, the government can forcibly evict the landowners and bulldoze their homes.

Omnitrans is a public transit agency providing bus service to the valley section of San Bernardino County.  Omnitrans was created in 1976 by a joint powers agreement between the county of San Bernardino and the cities in the valley region of the county.  It has been amended several times to include new cities as they incorporate and now includes Chino, Chino Hills, Colton, Fontana, Grand Terrace, Highland, Loma Linda, Montclair, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands, Rialto, San Bernardino, Upland, and Yucaipa.

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2 thoughts on “Lovingood votes in favor of giving power of eminent domain to Omnitrans

  1. Actually the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors should be concentrating their efforts on policing the San Bernardino County fire agency, as well as the eminent domain issue. But then again, with Supervisor Robert Lovingood sitting on the Board, what do you expect. He gets paid big dollars for doing nothing for the people in San Bernardino County that he is supposed to represent.

    With Supervisor Robert Lovingood, it’s all about his own self-interest.

    How is it that the City of Needles, with a population of less than 5,000 residents (and not expected to grow any more than that in the next five years) can afford a new $4.3 million dollar fire station with only the FP-5 Helendale/Silver Lakes = $143.92 x 2,769 = $398,514 parcel tax contribution. Also add to that the cost per year to man a single fire station at $1.6 million according to San Bernardino County Fire Chief Mark A. Hartwig.

    The City of Needles could get help (Mutual Aid) from neighboring communities such as Fort Mohave, AZ or Laughlin, NV, if required, (just like Big River and Black Meadow Landing gets from Parker, AZ). It doesn’t need a second Fire Station.

    Two fire stations, (Fire Station 31 & Fire Station 32) for less than 5,000 people. It doesn’t make any sense to me and it shouldn’t to the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors either. Especially since Greg Devereaux, San Bernardino County CEO, Mark A. Hartwig, Fire Chief/Fire Warden, San Bernardino County Fire District, John Chamberlin, San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief, Thomas E Marshall, Battalion Chief, San Bernardino County Fire Department, and Robert A. Lovingood, San Bernardino County First District Supervisor have all conspired to screw the property owners and residents of Havasu Lake, Population of *5,471 (Demographic data based on 2000 Census (FP-6 Havasu Lake = $127.74 x 2,769 = $353,712 parcel tax contribution) by severely restricting the fire and emergency personal in the Havasu Lake community to the Landing.

    With the knowledge and approval from Greg Devereaux, Mark A. Hartwig, Thomas E Marshall, and Robert A. Lovingood, Mr. John Chamberlin, in October 2015 has restricted the Havasu Lake (Fire Station 18) fire and emergency personal to the Landing because of the $11,700.00 per year that the San Bernardino County Fire agency receives from the Indian Tribe to provide emergency and medical services to the Indian Lands, (which includes “The Landing”).

    By severely restricting the fire and emergency personal in Havasu Lake, they have opened the San Bernardino County Fire agency to huge “Negligence lawsuits” (a failure to exercise the care that a reasonably prudent person would exercise in like circumstances) as well as the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors. Not to mention the lawsuits for Dereliction of Duty and Gross Incompetence for Mark A. Hartwig, John Chamberlin, and Thomas E Marshall, Battalion Chief, San Bernardino County Fire Department.

    There have been approximately 20 calls for fire and emergency personal to Havasu Lake Fire Station 18 (outside of the landing) that have gone unanswered by Havasu Lake Fire Station 18 so far this year. I for one will not hesitate to sue the San Bernardino County Fire agency and the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors for negligence if I, any member of my family, friends or neighbors don’t receive help within 20 minutes from Havasu Lake fire Station 18 in an emergency.

    So for $11,700.00 per year paid by the Indian Tribe, the property owners and residents who pay $353,712 parcel tax or more per year are screwed and get NO fire and emergency protection from the Havasu Lake fire station 18. Pretty Stupid, but a very good court case of Negligence, Dereliction of Duty and Gross Incompetence it were to go to trial…

  2. I wonder if this is about the west valley connector, so they could get the stations built so they need the eminent domain powers.

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