(High Desert)– San Bernardino County First District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt was appointed last week to the Southern California Association of Governments Regional Council, the key planning agency for six counties in the region.
Supervisor Mitzelfelt was appointed on a unanimous vote of the governing board of San Bernardino Associated Governments, the county’s transportation authority, of which he is president and which is made up of elected officials from all 24 cities and the five members of the Board of Supervisors. Mitzelfelt will represent SANBAG as a SCAG board member.
“I’m honored my colleagues selected me to serve on this critical body,” said Supervisor Mitzelfelt. “Decisions made at SCAG affect transportation, air quality, growth and economic development across all of Southern California. I want to ensure that the unique aspects of life in San Bernardino County are protected while we build infrastructure and spur economic growth in a sustainable and responsible manner, without creating unnecessary and destructive regulatory roadblocks.”
SCAG is the nation’s largest federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization, representing six counties, 190 cities and more than 19 million residents covering 38,000 square miles. The agency is mandated by federal and state law to research and draw up plans for transportation, growth management, hazardous waste management, and air quality.
His main priorities will be to protect and create jobs, and to advocate for strategies that address issues related to roads and growth, while also fostering a business-friendly environment.
“I am going to SCAG to protect our jobs, our transportation funding and our way of life,” he said
He is especially concerned that an array of regulations and requirements now in development, and related to global warming, could undermine the authority of local government in land use planning and transportation.
“I am concerned they will apply a cookie-cutter approach to these regulations that will not accommodate, or even recognize, the rural desert lifestyle,” Mitzelfelt continued. “The best thing we can do to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is create good local jobs for the High Desert and the entire region so people don’t have to commute. I worry some of these regulations will stifle job growth and actually make it more difficult to reduce emissions.”