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Lovingood vows to focus on economic development

SAN BERNARDINO • Local businessman Robert Lovingood took the oath of office Monday as 1st District supervisor, promising to focus on economic development and partnering with local cities.

“The challenge that we have and the opportunity, I think, is great for the 1st District and for the entire county,” Lovingood told a crowd of dignitaries during noon swearing-in ceremonies at the San Bernardino County Government Center.

“I ran on the ideas and the concept that we were going to work on economic development not only for the 1st District but for the entire county,” the Apple Valley Republican said. “I certainly understand what the 1st District brings to the table and what we have to offer in the way of really a great employment base and a variety of other issues.”

Lovingood’s district includes more than 400,000 residents living in the Victor Valley and the majority of unincorporated areas, from Wrightwood to the Nevada border, an area of more than 15,000 miles.

Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales, who chairs the board, said for the first time since she has held elected office, “we have a damn good county board” — one that communicates well and is free of hidden agendas.

Gonzalez said the new board will lead the county in a brand-new direction and will work on improving San Bernardino County’s economy and image.

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