The Boards of Supervisors for Riverside and San Bernardino counties will meet in joint session Tuesday (9/16) to discuss issues that face both counties, from the changing health-care system to a shift that sends more state prison inmates and parolees to counties for local supervision.
“So many issues are important to residents in both counties – health care, public safety, the economy, and operations at Ontario International Airport,” said Jeff Stone, chairman of the Riverside County Board of Supervisors. “This is a chance for the counties to explore innovative programs that might save money and improve services for our residents.”
Discussion will include the Affordable Care Act, the state of healthcare delivery in the region, and how cooperation between the counties might improve residents’ health and increase cost-effectiveness. The boards also will discuss AB 109, a state program that reassigns some state parolees to county supervision and places some newly convicted felons in county jail, instead of state prison. The shift has filled Riverside County jails to maximum capacity, forcing thousands of inmates to be released early.
Also on the agenda is a potential joint committee that would focus on other issues important in both counties, and the prospects for returning operations at Ontario International Airport to local control. The airport is now operated by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), the City of Los Angeles department that oversees operations at Los Angeles International Airport.
The meeting in the Board chambers, 4080 Lemon St. in Riverside, is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. and last about two hours.