Serving as a San Bernardino County supervisor is a huge job. At 20,105 square miles, it is the largest county in the United States, although some boroughs in Alaska are larger. With more than 2 million residents, it is the fifth most populous county in California and the 14th most populous in the nation.
Being a member of the Board of Supervisors is not a part-time job.
Measure K, an initiative placed on the ballot by petitions signed by more than 70,000 county voters, would treat it as such.
Measure K would reduce the salary to $5,000 a month and limit supervisors to one four-year term.
Measure J would update the county charter, which hasn’t been amended since 1913. The measure proposes four major reforms:
• Closing a loophole in term limits by preventing incumbents who have served three four-year terms from moving to another district to extend their service.
• Ensuring transparency on lobbyists trying to influence supervisors and other county officials.
• Making the redistricting of supervisors more transparent.
• And ensuring that “leadership is working full-time for the people, especially during emergencies like global pandemics, massive fire storms and other crises that require quick and effective responses.”
Measure J would also change the salary formula for supervisors by tying them to the annual salaries approved by the state for Superior Court judges, which is now $178,473, approximately what supervisors are paid now. Third District Supervisor Dawn Rowe’s base salary in 2019 was $176,326.
Currently, salaries are based on the average of salaries of supervisors in Orange, Riverside and San Diego counties.
That makes sense. Measure K does not. We urge Redlands voters to support Measure J and reject Measure K.