SAN BERNARDINO• With the May closure of the Barstow courthouse seemingly imminent, 1st and 3rd district supervisors Robert Lovingood and James Ramos met with court officials Thursday to discuss mitigating impacts to the public.
A possible short-term solution is providing adequate and affordable transportation to court-goers who will be forced to make longer trips. The group also discussed long-term ideas to fix inequities of state funding of the San Bernardino County court system.
With regard to transportation, the focus was on re-working existing bus routes to include stops at the courthouse, said Molly Wiltshire, communications director for Ramos.
Other short-term fixes, like utilizing technology for holding remote court, need "a little further investigation," she said.
The long-term solution requires defining how each supervisor will approach the state legislature to equalize fund allocation, she said.
"It is vital that we have our voice heard at the state level," 3rd District Supervisor James Ramos, who represents Barstow in the county, said in a prepared statement. "We must come together for the betterment of San Bernardino County as a whole."
No truly concrete plans have yet been proposed, but Ramos requested a work session for continued discussions of short- and long-term solutions Feb. 19, according to a news release from Ramos' office.
The work sessions will be ongoing, Wiltshire said, and the first one is to bring the other three supervisors in the county up to speed on ideas of how to handle the situation.
The meeting also addressed court closures in Needles and Big Bear.