June 2014 - In This Issue:
Ranchero Road Interchange Project Moving Forward
Project Update   
The San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG), City of Hesperia, Caltrans and our contractors have been diligently working to develop a plan to complete construction of the Ranchero Road Interchange Project.  Based on the preliminary results of the post-fire inspections and testing, the contractor remains optimistic for completing all work on the project near the end of the calendar year.
The contractor was able to salvage most of the girders.  A firm who specializes in straightening steel was brought in to prepare the steel girders for reconstruction.  


Overall, the contractor clearly has a long way to go to return the construction site to the condition it was prior to the fire, but they appear to be taking the necessary steps to reconcile the situation as quickly as possible.  Of course, if some of the on-going testing yields negative results, the schedule could be impacted. If successful, however, this would be a tremendous feat.  SANBAG staff is working closely with Security Paving, Caltrans, our construction management team, and other stakeholders to ensure that any roadblocks are cleared as quickly as possible to open this much-needed interchange for the residents of the High Desert. 


Board elects new President and Vice President for 14/15


On June 4th, the SANBAG Board of Directors elected the fiscal year (FY) 2014-2015 Officers. The incoming President will be current Vice President Dennis Michael, Mayor of the City of Rancho Cucamonga. Mayor Michael served on the Rancho Cucamonga City Council from 2004 to 2010, when he was elected Mayor in 2010. He is actively involved in a variety of community and statewide organizations, including currently serving on the League of California Cities Board of Directors and the San Bernardino County CAL-ID Remote Access Network Board, and also having previously served as President of the League of California Cities' Inland Empire Division. Before being elected to the City Council, Mayor Michael was the Fire Chief for 19 years with the Rancho Cucamonga Fire Protection District, completing 28 years of service there. He is also active with the Rancho Cucamonga Family YMCA, the Boy Scouts of America, the Burn Institute of the Inland Empire, and the Rancho Cucamonga Rotary Club.


The incoming Vice President will be Ryan McEachron, Mayor Pro Tem of the City of Victorville. Mayor Pro Tem McEachron has served on the Victorville City Council since 2008, having also served as Mayor from 2010-2012 and currently serves as Mayor Pro Tem. Prior to being elected to the City Council, he served on the Planning Commission from 2001 to 2008. Mayor Pro Tem McEachron is keenly engaged with a number of organizations including currently serving as the Vice President for the Victor Valley Water District and the Southern California Logistics Airport Authority, Board Member for the High Desert Corridor Joint Powers Authority, and past Board Member and Vice Chair of the Victor Valley Economic Development Authority. He also serves as on the Regional Council and as a Transportation Committee Member for the Southern California Association of Governments. Mayor Pro Tem McEachron is also has a long history of involvement with the Victor Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Victorville.


Thank you to Mayor Michael and Mayor Pro Tem McEachron for being willing to serve!


Fiscal Year 14/15 Proposed Budget Approved
More than $600 Million in Construction Funding

At the June Board Meeting, the SANBAG Board of Directors adopted the fiscal year (FY) 2014-2015 Annual Budget. The $617.7 million program based budget guides resources towards the Board of Director's short and long term goals for SANBAG's core projects and programs for the coming year. The budget was reviewed extensively with SANBAG's policy committees and reflects careful considerations of the highest priorities for San Bernardino County.



Interstate 15 / Baseline Road Interchange Awarded
Construction to start this summer

The SANBAG Board of Directors approved a construction contract for Interstate 15 / Base Line Road Interchange.   The contract was awarded to Flatiron West Inc. based on the competitive low-bid process.  The $26.9 million improvement and widening of the interchange will reduce traffic congestion along I-15 and provide safe regional access to the cities of Rancho Cucamonga and Fontana. 


I-15 serves as the main transportation connection between the High Desert and the San Bernardino Valley.  The project will widen Baseline Road and East Avenue to its ultimate configuration to conform to the General Plans for both the City of Rancho Cucamonga and the City of Fontana, modify the four diamond interchange ramps, and construct the southbound loop on-ramp.  The improvements to I-15 / Base Line Interchange will relieve freight and commuter congestion, improve air quality, and promote economic development in the area. 


Construction is scheduled to begin this summer and be completed by spring 2016.  







San Bernardino gave big for GIVE BIG
More than a half-million dollars in donations in 24-hours


The Give BIG San Bernardino County Campaign took place on May 8, 2014.  The goal of the campaign was to increase the number of individual donors to nonprofits therefore increasing long-term sustainability and philanthropy in San Bernardino County.  Andrea Mitchel, with The Community Foundation and Program Coordinator for the Give BIG San Bernardino County campaign, gave a report to the SANBAG Board of Directors on the results of this inaugural countywide campaign.


This 2014 campaign generated $548,214 in donations from  3,533 donors.  This includes over $44,000 in sponsorship opportunities. The campaign was a 24-hour online event and the donations came from 45 different states and two countries! 


The top five highest dollars raised were for the following projects: 

  1. National Emergency Communications Organizations Network ( $252,605)
  2. Lighthouse Project ($15,578)
  3. Kid's World ($7,560)
  4. Big Bear Valley Education Corporation ($6,730)
  5. Unforgettable Foundation  ($6,315)



Annual Hawaiian Shirt Contest
Shirt contest results in tie
The SANBAG Board of Directors held their third annual Hawaiian shirt contest.  Council Member Jim Harris, Twentynine Palms, tied with Mayor Ed Paget, Needles, for first place. 
This is the second win for Mr. Harris.  







HERO by the numbers
Total Apps
Approved Apps
Approved Amount
Funded Apps
Funded Amount
Sent Apps
Sent Amount
Signed Apps
Signed Amount
Completed Apps
Completed Amount


Economic Impact Calculations 

  KW Installed Solar
2.84 Megawatts
  KW Hours Saved - Annually
22 GWh
  KW Hours Saved over Life of Installed Products
385 GWh
  GHG Reductions - Annually
5,535 Tons
  GHG Reductions over life of Installled Products
97,079 Tons
  *Est. # cars taken off the road for 15 years
851 Cars
  $ Saved - Annually
$2.29 Million
  $ Saved over Life of Installed Products
$83 Million
  Projected Annual Economic Impact
$216 Million
  Projected Annual Job Creation



HERO numbers by City
June Calendar
Committee Meetings:
June 11 - General Policy Committee                 9:00 am    The Super Chief
June 12 - Metro Valley Study Session               9:00 am    Board Room
June 12 - Commuter Rail/Transit Committee    10:00 am    Board Room
June 20 - Mountain/Desert Committee               9:30 am    Town of Apple Valley
Public Events:
June 12   4th Annual SANBAG General Assembly - 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
                  Citizens Business Bank Arena - Ontario, CA
San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) is the council of governments and transportation planning agency for San Bernardino County.


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