Supervisor Dawn Rowe Remains on the Job While Appointment Issues are Reviewed
Yucaipa’s San Bernardino County (SBC) Supervisor Dawn Rowe’s status as a member of the SBC Board of Supervisors, representing District 3, has not changed and the supervisor remains committed to hearing issues from her constituents and working to resolve them.
Controversy boiled over earlier this week when Superior Court Judge Janet M. Frangie alleged that the process used last fall by SBC supervisors to fill the then vacant 3rd District seat violated the state’s open-meeting law, the Ralph M. Brown Act. The District 3 seat became open after former SBC Supervisor James Ramos was elected to the 40th Assembly District with two years remaining on his supervisor’s seat. AS per the county’s charter the SBC Board is to fill any vacancy on the board within 30 days or the state’s governor can appoint a new board member.
San Bernardino County has appealed Judge Frangie’s decision and maintains the judge’s decision was in error. The appeal stays the ruling until it can be scrutinized by a higher court.
“Our appointment of Dawn Rowe to the Board of Supervisors was conducted openly and honestly, and for the past nine months she has served the people of this county very well,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “Supervisor Rowe represents the Third District with integrity, intelligence, compassion and fairness. We should not have to defend the appointment, but we will do so every step of the way.”
SBC contends that the Dec. 18 appointment of Supervisor Rowe was legal, proper, and conducted with full transparency and included multiple opportunities for full public participation, including public testimony, opportunities for all applicants to publicly address the Board of Supervisors, public interviews, and the inclusion of both mail and email correspondence from residents.
A political advocacy group, I.E. United, had sued over Rowe’s appointment. The group has hailed Judge Frangie’s decision. SBC considers the judge’s action as the latest step in what could be a lengthy legal process.