Ranchero Interchange breaks ground

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- Interchange to alleviate traffic on Main Street, Bear Valley Road –

From the Daily Press, January 11, 2013 … By Lynnea Lombardo, Staff Writer …

HESPERIA – Icy winds and cold temperatures didn’t keep local dignitaries and county officials from celebrating the official groundbreaking ceremony for the Interstate-15/Ranchero Road Interchange project on Friday morning.

The groundbreaking marks the beginning of a two-year long project that will allow residents of Hesperia and Oak Hills direct access to the I-15 freeway via Ranchero, Mariposa and Caliente roads at the tune of $59 million, according to Jane Dreher, public information officer for the San Bernardino Associated Governments.

Individuals from SANBAG, the City of Hesperia and Caltrans all celebrated the groundbreaking, which took place on the south east corner of Ranchero and Mariposa roads, adjacent to the I-15 freeway.

The interchange is Phase II of a plan to alleviate traffic on both Main Street and Bear Valley Road, according to Hesperia City Manager, Mike Podegracz, adding that Security Paving Company, Inc. of Sun Valley will now be able to begin work on the project.

Hesperia mayor, Bill Holland, however, believes that the interchange will be completed in less than the allotted time frame.

“Based on everything going on and how fast the underpass has progressed, I anticipate that this too will be ahead of schedule,” Holland said. “I predict that it will be done in as fast as 18 months. The only thing that could slow it down is the weather.”

Newly elected Congressman Paul Cook, who represents the 8th District, was also present at the ceremony and made the audience chuckle a few times with government-centered jokes.

Cook, who said he was on the SANBAG board for 14 years, said that SANBAG was one of the most important organizations because it gets things done.

“This is going to be the new start for the southeast Hesperia sphere of influence,” Cook said after the ceremony. “This will bring a lot of new things here and this is government at its finest.”

Current SANBAG president, Janice Rutherford, 2nd District Supervisor, presented the former 1st District Supervisor, Brad Mitzelfelt with a plaque with a mini-sandbag on it.

“I give credit to the city of Hesperia for having this project shovel-ready,” Mitzelfelt said. “It took many years of persistence but the regional cooperation really paid off. Most importantly for congestion relief and for economic development.”

According to a press release issued from Dreher, the bridge over the freeway will have three lanes in each direction, and will enhance mobility and improve emergency response times in the region.

The press release states that the interchange will not only help local Victor Valley residents, but as development occurs around the new interchange, new services will become available for the motoring public traveling on the I-15 freeway from other parts of the state and country.

 

Lynnea Lombardo may be reached at (760) 951-6232 or at LLombardo@VVDailyPress.com.

From the Daily Press, November 24, 2012 … By Lynnea Lombardo, Staff Writer …

ADELANTO – The captain of the jail heaved open a thick metal door, revealing a well-lit corridor covered in a thick coat of cream-colored paint.

“This paint is actually MRSA resistant,” said Captain Jon Marhoefer, referring to a potentially deadly strain of bacteria that is antibiotic resistant. “It kills on contact.”

Marhoefer, who has been the captain of the Adelanto Detention Center since 2007, is talking about the newly expanded jail that is set open by November 2013. This is the largest jail construction in the state right now, according to Marhoefer, and was the first jail to begin construction after Assembly Bill 900 was passed in 2006. Marhoefer said that a portion of funds from this $1.2 billion assembly bill were granted to facilities that experienced a high need and had the land availability.

“We were the first jail to break ground from this bill, and the first jail to be finished,” Marhoefer said.

Marhoefer credits the efforts of 1st District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt for the additional facilities, saying that his efforts are what drove the expansion process, thanks to a number of resolutions and agreements that Mitzelfelt took the lead in creating.

The jail expansion will add 1,392 new beds to the 706 existing beds, tripling its current capacity. Because of Assembly Bill 109 and the effects of prison realignment, Marhoefer said that this expansion comes at a time when it is most needed.

“This makes sure that inmates who need to be kept in custody stay in custody,” Marhoefer said, explaining that the average jail sentence is 22 months. Because of prison overcrowding, there’s more of a demand on jails to house inmates for longer periods of time. “This building put us in a good potion to handle realignment. Ninety-nine percent of everybody who gets arrested gets released — we have an obligation to the citizens to try to impact the crime rate and recidivism.”

Andy Silva, a spokesman for Mitzelfelt, said that the new high-security jail is meant to accommodate the worst-of-the-worst.

“They’re the only ones being incarcerated now anyway,” Silva said.

The new jail — with a price tag of $120 million — was constructed with a booking facility, two dental chairs, an X-ray machine and a floor plan that minimizes inmate movement. The two-person cells are 70 square feet and are designed with multiple security features that keep both inmates and prison personnel as safe as possible, said Marhoefer.

Because of demographic shifts, Marhoefer said that the floor plan is also adaptable, and was built to accommodate shifts in the jail population in the future.

“Currently, a jail is 80 percent male, 20 percent female,” Marhoefer said. “If that changes, a future captain will be able to easily adjust the jail so it suits the needs of the community.”

The jail is designed to minimize contact between the inmates and the public, Silva and Marhoefer said. Each housing unit has its own video office that allows inmates to communicate with visitors remotely, which they hope will drastically reduce contraband. Each housing unit will be self-contained, meaning that inmates will not have to leave their units to reach a nurses office, a recreational room and educational facilities.

The booking facility also will also allow patrol deputies to get back on the streets after an arrest is made instead of having to drive down the hill to West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga said Marhoefer.

“It’s three hours minimum to book a suspect,” Silva said. “An hour down to West Valley, an hour to book and an hour to make it back up hill. That translates to lots of man hours back on street.”

Marhoefer said that one of the greatest challenges of the expansion has been maintaining a high-security functional jail during construction, a feat they accomplished by learning about what works and what doesn’t from jails that have undergone similar processes. Marhoefer explained that the jail expansion has also created 500 jobs over the past three years. And once it’s completed, it will be staffed by an additional 270 employees.

“We’ve been working on this since April of 2006,” Marhoefer said. “It’s nice to see it finally come together.”

Lynnea Lombardo may be reached at (760) 951-6232 or at LLombardo@VVDailyPress.com.

SAN BERNARDINO – The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors today approved numerous expenditures for road paving, bridge repair, park upgrades, a new fire station and other projects that reflect a larger, strategic effort to place the County on a sound financial course while freeing up dollars to wisely invest in infrastructure and amenities that provide a solid return for taxpayers. 

“The Board of Supervisors is seeing to it that public money is spent for maximum public benefit in a sustainable way that fosters economic development while reducing waste,” said First District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt following his second-to-last meeting as County Supervisor.  “Today was a culmination of years of hard work, and many more beneficial projects are in motion.  I am pleased with the progress we are making despite the worst economy since the Great Depression.”

On the public safety front, the Supervisors today awarded a $2.1 million construction contract to Avi-Con, Inc., for construction of a new fire station at Spring Valley Lake to replace the “temporary” fire station that has served the community for 20 years. Funding for the project comes from the federal government’s Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program, which is meant to compensate counties with large tracts of federal land for the cost of providing public services.

Though Congress rarely delivers all of the money to which counties are entitled under the formula, it did fully fund the program for five years as part of a budget deal during the George W. Bush administration, meaning an additional $5 million to San Bernardino County. Supervisor Mitzelfelt proposed, and the other supervisors agreed, that a one-time windfall should be used for one-time capital projects, and that desert fire stations would be the most appropriate use for that funding. 

Several key infrastructure projects were also approved today. They include:

* Reconstruction of National Trails Highway (Historic Route 66) in the Oro Grande area from Vista Road to one mile north, at a cost of $590,000 funded by Proposition 1B, the state transportation bond measure, and no cost to the County General Fund. Over the past three years the Department of Public Works resurfaced six miles of National Trails Highway, from four miles south of the current project to two miles north of the current project. This one mile project completes this seven mile reach of National Trails Highway. Construction is scheduled to begin and end in April 2013.

* Rehabilitation and reconstruction of Bear Valley Cutoff, between Joshua Road and State Highway 18, in the Apple Valley area, at an estimated cost of $1,310,000, also funded by Proposition 1B at no cost to the County General Fund. Construction of the road improvements will begin in April 2013 and will end in May 2013.

* Reconstruction of Bellflower Street between Mojave Drive and Cactus Road in Adelanto, at a cost of $767,000, financed by Measure I, the voter-approved, half-cent sales tax for transportation.  Construction of the road improvements will begin in January 2013 and will end by April 2013.

* Rehabilitation and repair of two bridges on National Trails Highway in the Ludlow area at Avon Wash and Kalmia Ditch, at a cost of $600,000, funded by a grant from the Federal Highway Bridge Replacement and Rehabilitation Program. The grant includes $25,000 for development of a countywide bridge preventative maintenance plan. It is estimated that the repairs will take place in Fiscal Year 2013/2014.
 
Local government also is responsible for developing, maintaining and improving public amenities that improve the quality of life for residents, and in some cases provide opportunities for additional revenue to help offset costs. For example, Supervisors today approved a number of capital improvement projects, including $293,280 for improvements to the Off-Highway Vehicle area at Park Moabi, funded by the Regional Parks Department’s OHV fund derived from state OHV registration fees.  The Colorado Riverfront park’s operations were recently contracted by the County to the private operators of its Pirate Cove Resort at significant savings to the County. 

Combined with recent and planned improvements at Calico Ghost Town Regional Park, those expenditures are examples of making improvements to popular facilities that will draw even more residents and tourists for recreation, and generate more revenue for the County.  Supervisor Mitzelfelt observed that his allocation of discretionary district funds (recently eliminated going forward by the Board over Mitzelfelt’s objections) paid for museum upgrades at the County’s top-grossing regional park at Calico, and that that allocation attracted Capital Improvement Program dollars for additional improvements.

“We saw the same phenomenon play out with the allocations that resulted in the complete renovation of the Barstow Sheriff’s Station and the construction of the Phelan Memorial Library,” Supervisor Mitzelfelt said.  “Board Member dollars help leverage other dollars.  Such allocations also helped create the School of Aviation Technology in Victorville, which gave the County’s Workforce Investment Board an ideal population of high-tech trainees to assist.”

“One of my messages to my successor during what will be a thorough and exhaustive transition will be the importance of restoring the Board’s discretionary funds program,” Supervisor Mitzelfelt said.

… News from the Office of Brad Mitzelfelt, Vice-Chairman and First District Supervisor, San Bernardino County … Contact: Andy Silva (909) 387-4830 … November 6, 2012 … www.sbcounty.gov/mitzelfelt

At the request of First District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors has set guidelines for minimum qualifications for its appointees to the San Bernardino County Employees Retirement Association Board of Retirement.

“The Board of Retirement oversees a $6 billion portfolio and it is common sense that members appointed by the Board of Supervisors should have some proven expertise in complex financial matters,” said Supervisor Mitzelfelt. “These standards will help ensure that our appointees will have the qualifications to protect the County’s current and future retirees, as well as our taxpayers.”

The SBCERA Board of Retirement is made up of nine members with four of those members appointed by the Board of Supervisors. The Board of Retirement is responsible for strategically managing and making investment decisions for a $6 billion portfolio that provides service retirement, disability, death and survivor benefits for nearly 32,000 members of SBCERA. Board of Retirement members are responsible for ensuring that funds are adequately diversified with acceptable levels of risk to provide sufficient assets to fund benefits.

The policy adopted on Tuesday, September 11, establishes a standardized procedure for advertising openings and reviewing applications. It also sets guidelines for minimum qualifications for appointees, including a bachelor’s degree or higher in economics, business or public administration, finance, accounting, or a related field, and a minimum of two years of recent experience performing budget/financial analysis or managing financial investments in a public agency or private institution.

Until adoption of the policy, there were no local standards or procedures for advertising openings or vetting candidates.

“The San Bernardino County retirement system is nearly $2 billion underfunded to meet its obligations for current and future retirees, making it critical that we have the best qualified people on the retirement board to ensure that we are safely maximizing returns so those retirement costs don’t fall to the taxpayers,” Supervisor Mitzelfelt said.

Low-income and uninsured Barstow area residents can expect to have access soon to a full range of primary and preventative health care services through the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health clinic in Barstow, after the department receives a grant that will enable it to qualify for additional federal funding.

“With continuing high unemployment in the High Desert, it is important that those without health insurance have access to high-quality primary and preventative care services,” said First District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt, who also serves on the governing board of the Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP), the health insurance program for low-income residents in San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

Supervisor Mitzelfelt has been working with local hospitals, the County Department of Public Health and health care providers to expand access to primary health care and take pressure off of local emergency rooms.

The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, September 11, 2012, voted to accept a $200,000 grant from the IEHP Federally Qualified Health Center Partnership Fund, which will allow the Department of Public Health to add medical staff and equipment to the Barstow clinic. Those improvements will help enable it to qualify for designation as a Federally Qualified Health Clinic. Designation as an FQHC will make the clinic eligible for increased federal funding and allow it to provide primary and preventative health care to an estimated 1,500 additional High Desert residents.

The Barstow clinic currently provides a limited array of services, such as reproductive health services and immunizations, and is only open part-time. Once designated a Federally Qualified Health Clinic, it will be open five days per week and will be able to handle routine health care and chronic conditions, such as diabetes and asthma. Low-income residents with chronic conditions often receive little or no regular health care and wind up in the emergency room when they are in crisis.

The county currently has two Federally Qualified Health Clinics, both in the High Desert: one in Adelanto and another in Hesperia, which received the designation last year. The two clinics provide preventative primary health care services such as physical examinations targeting health risks, nutrition assessment, preventative health education, well child care, prenatal and postpartum care, dental care, and mental health services to an estimated 7,376 adults and children annually. The Department of Public Health expects to obtain the FQHC designation for the Barstow clinic in the first half of next year.

Designation as a Federally Qualified Health Clinic allows the County Department of Public Health to access federal and state grants that are only available to FQHC grantees, which can be used to continue enhancing services for the High Desert communities. Services are provided on a sliding scale, with residents at or below the poverty line receiving services at no charge, and those above the poverty line paying what they can afford based on their income.

For information on public health services, call 1 (800) 782-4264.

The keepers of a controversial memorial cross honoring soldiers lost in World War I were lauded by San Bernardino County supervisors, even as plans advance for returning the Mojave Cross to its remote home.

Henry and Wanda Sandoz have cared for the cross, which sat for years atop a rocky Mojave Desert hill off Cima Road south of Interstate 15, since the mid-1980s. Supervisors honored the couple on Tuesday, Aug. 21, at the board’s weekly meeting.

“They really represent what’s special about people who choose to live in this county and this desert,” Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt said.

… From the Press-Enterprise, Aug. 21, 2012 … By Dug Begley, Staff Writer dbegley@pe.com … (Continued below)…

The cross became a lightning rod for the issue of religious symbols on public land eight years ago, when a National Park Service official questioned its presence on federal land in the Mojave National Preserve. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled the cross could stand until a lower court ruling was reconsidered, prompting someone to steal the cross.

The long-running court battle was resolved earlier this year when the park service agreed to trade five acres owned by the Sandozes in the preserve for the one-acre parcel around Sunrise Rock, where the cross stood.

Mitzelfelt said Henry Sandoz has built a replacement cross and that officials hope to complete the land transfer and replace the monument on the hilltop by Veterans Day, Nov. 12, at the latest.

The Sandozes said they looked forward to the cross standing again.

“We’re just happy it’s almost over and that war memorial and that cross will go back where it belongs,” Wanda Sandoz told supervisors.

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… From High Desert Daily, May 23, 2012 … By Staff Reports … ”Mitzelfelt Funds Improvements, Programs For Nonprofits; Endorses Training for Nonprofits in Grant Writing, Fundraising’

(Victor Valley) – At the request of First District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors today approved funding for a variety of capital improvement projects and program support for nonprofit organizations, including charitable, educational and cultural organizations.

Among the projects and programs approved for allocations from First District Discretionary Funds are $75,000 for the Lane House Museum at Calico Ghost Town regional park for renovations critical to the protection and preservation of historic artifacts, $20,000 to Desert Manna Ministries for the purchase of a refrigeration truck, and $30,000 to the Oak Hills Community Center for installation of heating and air conditioning and other upgrades.

Supervisors also approved allocations of $15,000 to the Boys and Girls Club in Adelanto, $10,000 to the Family Assistance Program for continuation of domestic violence services, and $5,000 to A Better Way, also for domestic violence services.

“This will be one of the last opportunities for a County supervisor to provide direct support to worthy nonprofit community groups and local governments, such as Community Services Districts,” said Supervisor Mitzelfelt. “That’s why I called for efforts to train our local nonprofits to improve and coordinate their fundraising and grant writing programs.”

The Board today approved a $137,500 agreement with The Community Foundation for the purpose of developing and implementing a Countywide Grants Development Initiative, including establishment of a Centralized Grant Writing Team to increase grant support to educational, health, government, and nonprofit organizations in San Bernardino County and by extension, to the 2.2 million people who live in the County.

The agreement is being funded with $27,500 from the Board Discretionary Funds of each of the five supervisorial districts. Due to ongoing budget constraints, Board Discretionary Funds are being eliminated, and federal Community Development Block Grant funds are being directed to a few large projects, rather than being distributed to numerous nonprofit groups or agencies.

“As government becomes more limited in its ability to assist local nonprofits and agencies, it becomes imperative that we expand private sector support,” Supervisor Mitzelfelt said. “The state of California generates an average of $119 per person in support from foundations, but in San Bernardino County, that number is only $3 per capita. We have the greatest need, but among the least support, and we need to work together to improve that.”

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…From the Desert Dispatch, Barstow, Calif., May 23, 2012 … ‘Supervisors award funds; Grants cut in future budget’ … By Sam Pearson, Staff Writer …

BARSTOW – Desert Manna received $25,000 in county funding Wednesday at its Health and Information Fair, with both Barstow-area county supervisors arriving to present them with checks. The money, though, comes from a source that will soon run dry for good, as the county faces a budget shortfall.

The discretionary funds, which came from accounts allocated to individual supervisors, still had to be approved by the entire county board. But they have come in handy for unexpected purchases over the years, Desert Manna Executive Director Sheri Randolph said, like when her organization needed to purchase frozen turkeys for Thanksgiving.

“It’s not something that they really need government to help them with,” 1st District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt said, “but it’s nice when the city and the county can do that.”

The financial gifts Wednesday will provide support for a popular program and allow the group to purchase a used refrigerated truck.

Mitzelfelt provided $20,000 for the truck, which Randolph said Desert Manna needs to obtain frozen or perishable foods. Third District Supervisor Neil Derry kicked in another $5,000 to cover operating expenses at the organization, which Randolph said would go towards the Summer Sack Lunch program. That program provides healthy lunches for students when school is shut down for the summer.

But with the impending cuts, “It’s one less place that we can go to when we need funding,” Randolph said.

Contact the writer:

(760) 256-4126 or spearson@desertdispatch.com

- G Avenue lead track expected to create 400 jobs -

From the Hesperia Star, April 27, 2012 … By Beau Yarbrough, Staff Writer …

Hesperia officials rolled out a steel red carpet for industry on April 19, cutting — or rather, snapping — the ribbon on a new train track intended to allow businesses direct access to the BNSF Railway and generate 400 jobs.

A BNSF locomotive snapped the ribbon on the G Avenue Industrial Lead Track. The rail spur provides rail access which opens up 200 mostly undeveloped acres of property in the city’s industrial zone. Officials expect the rail line will attract new businesses to the city and allow existing businesses to ship their goods more cheaply. The city is also considering building a “transload” facility that will allow businesses not located along the rail line to load and unload goods from rail cars.

“We have a resurgence, right now, of manufacturing,” 1st District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt said, “and it’s happening right here.”

The one-mile rail line is located within the city’s enterprise zone. Officials expect the rail line to ultimately create 400 new local jobs.

“The journey’s not over until we find the right clientele,” said Michael Devine, BNSF Director of Economic Development. “Some day, we’ll look back on this day as a significant milestone.”

The city’s $5.6 million contribution to the $8.6 million project was provided by the now-defunct Hesperia Community Redevelopment Agency. According to officials, the area surrounding the track is the only available real-served industrial area in the Victor Valley.

“This track will revitalize the industrial area of the city,” Mayor Russ Blewett said.

Beau Yarbrough may be reached at (760) 956-7108 or at beau@HesperiaStar.com. Follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Hesperia.Star.

Link: http://www.hesperiastar.com/news/industry-4828-hesperia-red.html

From High Desert Daily, April 25, 2012 … By Nolan Patrick Smith …

(Hesperia) In the last article, High Desert Daily spoke with San Bernardino County First District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt to talk about the legacy he feels he is leaving behind as he moves forward to the race for Congress. In this article, we talk about the future and what Mitzelfelt sees in the coming months and years.

Brad Mitzelfelt is currently the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Supervisors for San Bernardino County. According to the San Bernardino County website, the district Mitzelfelt represents includes the incorporated municipalities of Victorville, Apple Valley, Hesperia and Adelanto in the Victor Valley, as well as Needles on the Colorado River. The First District also includes unincorporated communities measuring more than 15,000 square miles from Wrightwood in the San Gabriel Mountains to Trona to Baker, four military bases and two national park units, and bordering Arizona and Nevada. With this year being his last as Supervisor, Mitzelfelt has Congress in his sights as he continues his campaign for the 8th Congressional District. Regarding the future, the first question asked is what makes him the best person to represent this district.

“I have absolutely unmatched experience when it comes to dealing with federal issues that affect the High Desert. I have sued the National Parks Service, I have sued the Bureau of Land Management, I have been fighting battles for public access to public lands to protect our ranching industry, to protect our mining industry, whether it be as Chairman of the Mojave Air Quality Management District or as Supervisor or any of the other roles that I have. I feel it is my responsibility to protect our economic future and in order to do that we have to protect the historic uses of the desert. There is a place for conservation, for recreation, for military training: we can accommodate all these uses. But when a politically popular type of development comes forward, like solar, and the federal government is ready to throw out many of the hurdles other industries have to overcome in an unsustainable way, the only long term outcome is reduced access to the desert for people who live here and the people who visit here, so I am really concerned about that. My involvement with the federal government is a daily undertaking. What I find is, everyday, I find laws like the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act; well-intentioned laws that certainly do some good, are in desperate need of reform. The agencies that implement these laws are unelected, unaccountable and very powerful, and often times very arbitrary. That impacts people, that impacts opportunity and it needs to change.”

One issue that always seems to be present in the desert is that of the Desert Tortoise. Mitzelfelt explained how though (m)illions are being spent, the outcome of saving this species just isn’t happening. “We find that with the Desert Tortoise mitigation, they’re costing our economy hundreds of (m)illions of dollars but they aren’t saving the tortoise: the tortoise is still going extinct. They are not addressing the root cause of its decline, which is ravens and coyotes. Because its philosophical and political that they won’t address predation, all they want to do is limit access to land and acquire all the private land they can: that’s a bad formula for us, people who live and work in the desert because it takes away our opportunities. So I will address those things.”

Another aspect Mitzelfelt made clear was the intention of staying proactive, just as he has been as Supervisor. “My approach again is to be proactive, to find ways to be a leader. I don’t want to go to Washington and wait for thirty years to have influence. I don’t want to go there for thirty years, quite frankly. I hope I’m not doing this in thirty years, because I want to enjoy my life. I look at the example of Kevin McCarthy from Bakersfield. He has only been there for a few terms, and he is the number 3 or 4 most senior member of Congress as far as his position. He’s proven that it can be done; you can achieve opportunities to serve at a higher level and to be more effective for your district or for your state even if you haven’t been there for twenty years. That would be my intention from day one, to get into positions on the committees where I can do the most good for the people I represent. I’m running not for myself, but for the people I represent. I could have probably very easily been reelected for another term on the board of supervisors, but I feel I owe it to the people I represent to find the best opportunity to serve them, and that’s why I chose to run.”

What about the far future? Passed the Congressional campaign, what are his plans for the future? “I dedicated my adult life to public service for the most part. I’m a veteran of the Marine Corp, I worked in local and state government, and my goal is to serve in Congress and be the best representative that San Bernardino County has ever had. Other than that, there are a lot of things I could do and am interested in. Eventually I would love to write and publish some works. Other than that, I am interested in business; I am very interested in the financial and development sectors. I worked in the building industry for several years, and I have a lot of interests, but I don’t really have a plan other than to run for Congress and be elected. I didn’t plan to ever be a Supervisor either: the opportunity presented itself. I like to work that way, not put all my eggs in one basket.”

For more information on Mitzelfelt’s campaign for U.S. Congress, visit his website at http://votebrad2012.com/.

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