Josie Gonzales

    A fairly recent press release sent on December 31, 2012:

    Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown (D-San Bernardino) was sworn-in locally at the San Bernardino County Government Center in San Bernardino on Friday, December 21. The ceremony was attended by 200 supporters, local elected officials, friends and family members.


    Assemblymember Brown represents the 47th Assembly District, which includes San Bernardino, Rialto, Colton, Fontana, Bloomington, Muscoy, and Grand Terrace.
    The Honorable Wilmer Amina Carter, State Legislature (Ret.), served as the Mistress of Ceremonies. The presentation of the colors was presented by Carter High School’s JROTC, led by Colonel Dave Moreland. The program featured special remarks from San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford, Second District, Mayor Acquanetta Warren, City of Fontana, Mayor Deborah Robertson, City of Rialto, and longtime San Bernardino community activist, Lois Carson. A special performance was given by jazz saxophonist, J. Boykin, and the oath of office was administered by San Bernardino County Supervisor, Josie Gonzales, Chair of the Board of Supervisors.

    During her remarks, Assemblywoman Brown spoke about the economic uncertainty faced by the newly drawn 47th Assembly District. She emphasized the need to work together as a community to effect change. “In order to make our vision a reality, we need to work together,” said Assemblywoman Brown. “I have already begun the process of moving forward to accomplish common goals by meeting with mayors of San Bernardino, Colton, Rialto, Fontana, and Grand Terrace.”


    Brown stated that her vision is to ensure that everyone works together in the 47th District to prepare skilled and educated workers for employment as we improve and create economic opportunities and development. She spoke about the history of the Inland Empire reflecting on its prosperity and optimism. Ultimately, her vision is to see the district thrive.


    Assemblywoman Brown has made economic development (jobs and business), education and public safety her top priorities. She said her plan is to continue to meet with educational, labor, business, community groups, as well as, elected officials in the district to generate new ideas, regulatory and legislative solutions that will promote educational opportunities and economic growth in the 47th District.

    A new Larry Walker for California Senate District 32 press release was sent today:

     San Bernardino County Supervisors Josie Gonzales and Janice Rutherford announced their endorsements of Larry Walker for State Senate today.  Gonzales and Rutherford are two of the highest ranking female elected officials in San Bernardino County and represent growing support for Walker with both local Democratic and Republican leaders.


    “Larry Walker has the unique ability to do what it takes to balance budgets while preserving vital services that our residents rely on, and I can attest to his hard work ethic and straightforward approach to problem solving,” said Josie Gonzales.  “He has always been a steadfast friend of the diverse communities that encompass the Inland Empire, and I strongly endorse him to be our representative in the State Senate.”


    “During my time working with Larry Walker in San Bernardino County Government, it has never mattered to him that I’m a Republican and that he’s a Democrat, his chief concern is getting the job done to strengthen middle class families,” said Rutherford.  “I strongly endorse Larry Walker because the State Senate desperately needs a commonsense leader like Larry Walker who will bring people together, not as Democrats or Republicans, but as Californians to achieve common goals.”


    “I am proud to have earned the endorsements of so many of our community’s respected leaders across the political spectrum,” said Walker. “The service of Supervisors Gonzales and Rutherford demonstrates a recognition of what voters throughout our region have been telling me – they don’t just want more of the same old partisan Sacramento politics, they want a State Government that rolls up its sleeves and gets to work.”


    Gonzales was elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2004 and re-elected in 2008 and 2012.  She is a former Councilmember and Planning Commissioner in the City of Fontana.  Rutherford was elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2010.  She previously served ten years as a City Councilmember in Fontana.


    Walker has represented large portions of State Senate District 32 as a local elected leader for over thirty years.  He currently represents all of San Bernardino County as the elected Auditor-Controller.  He previously represented the cites of Chino, Ontario, Montclair and a portion of Fontana for three terms on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.  Prior to that, he served as a City Councilmember and Mayor in the City of Chino.  Larry, his wife Carri, and their sons Mac, Will, and Tyler, live in Chino.


    California’s 32nd State Senate District encompasses the cities of Colton, Fontana, Montclair, Ontario, Rialto, San Bernardino and part of Chino, and the unincorporated communities of Bloomington and Muscoy in San Bernardino County; and the City of Pomona in Los Angeles County.  Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod is expected to resign from the seat prior to her inauguration into Congress.  The Governor will then set a date for a Special Election to be held in 2013 to fill the vacancy.