Supervisor James Ramos Joins First 5 San Bernardino Commission

Linda Haugan and Maxwell Ohikhuare, M.D. reelected as Chair and Vice-Chair

Supervisor James Ramos takes oath of office for First 5 San Bernardino Children and Families Commission with Executive Director Karen Scott

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)-– Third District Supervisor James Ramos was sworn in as a commissioner for First 5 San Bernardino on March 6, 2013. The ceremony was held during the commissions’ monthly meeting at the County of San Bernardino Government Center. Supervisor Ramos fills the required County Supervisor seat to the Commission previously held by Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales.  County Assistant Executive Officer Linda Haugan and County Public Health Officer Maxwell Ohikhuare, M.D. were also reelected in their positions as Chair and Vice-Chair, respectively at Wednesday’s meeting.

Supervisor Ramos states, “I look forward to the work we have ahead of us on the First 5 Commission. This Commission provides valuable oversight of the First 5 program and continues to improve the lives of the young children in our County. I am honored to join my fellow Commissioners in helping to deliver essential services to San Bernardino County families.”

First 5 Executive Director Karen Scott welcomes Supervisor James Ramos to the First 5 San Bernardino Commission

“Supervisor Ramos joins the Commission at a great time, as we continue to seek innovative and inclusive investment solutions for children in San Bernardino County,” says Karen Scott, Executive Director for First 5 San Bernardino.  “We’re looking forward to continued positive impact under the direction of our commissions’ leadership.” Elliot Weinstein, M.D., a local pediatrician, joined the Commission in October 2012.  Mark Daniels and Leslie Egge also serve the First 5 San Bernardino Children and Families Commission as representatives outside of County government designation.

The Children and Families Commission of San Bernardino County (First 5 San Bernardino) was established in 1998 by voter-approved Proposition 10, an act to tax 50-cents per pack on cigarettes and tobacco products to fund county childhood development programs that impact the most critical years of a child’s life. Eighty percent of the revenues from the tobacco tax are distributed to County Commissions statewide based upon county birth rate data. County Commissions develop strategic plans for investing the funds using relevant data and with consideration of public input on local needs.

For more information about First 5 San Bernardino, visit www.first5sanbernardino.org or call (909) 386-7706.

First 5 San Bernardino Commission meeting held on March 6, 2013

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