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Museum visitors can set world record for Soul Train Dancing

Museumgoers in San Bernardino County love to dance. Once again, the San Bernardino County Museum will celebrate the opening of Train Days on Saturday, April 22, with a Soul Train dance – and may break the Guinness World Record while doing so. Last year, the Museum missed the record by just 27 dancers.

Dancers of all ages are encouraged to jump on the peace train. Museum admission is free to dance participants between noon and the 1:30 pm start time. The first 500 dancers will receive a free T-shirt commemorating the world record attempt. To sign up visit the museum’s website, www.sbcounty.gov/museum, and click on the Soul Train dance icon.

Museum members are invited to a free BBQ from 11 a.m. to 1 pm, hosted by the Redlands Noon Kiwanis Club. Memberships will be available for purchase at the door. “Our members love Train Days. If you’re not already a member, now is the time to join,” said Maggie Latimer, the Association’s executive director. “Members enjoy a full year of free admission to the Museum, invitations to special events, and being part of the Museum family.” For more information, call 909-798-8625 or visit the Museum’s website.

“Even though we didn’t break the Soul Train dance record last year, we had great time,” said Museum Director Melissa Russo. “Just imagine hundreds of people, some in costume, dancing through the Museum courtyard. It was fantastic! We are confident we will break the record this year.”

County Supervisor Curt “Conductor” Hagman is a major sponsor of this year’s Train Days, which runs daily from April 22 through April 30 (closed Monday, April 24). Both weekends will feature family activities, a train talk, and food trucks.

The San Bernardino County Museum’s exhibits and other exciting events and programs reflect the effort by the Board of Supervisors to achieve the Countywide Vision by celebrating arts, culture, and education in the county, creating quality of life for residents and visitors.

The San Bernardino County Museum is at 2024 Orange Tree Lane, at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $10 (adult), $8 (military or senior), $7 (student), and $5 (child aged 5 to 12). Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcounty.gov/museum. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Sharon Nevins appointed Director of Aging and Adult Services

sharon-nevinsSharon Nevins, a licensed social worker with a wealth of knowledge and experience, has been appointed as Director of the San Bernardino County Department of Aging and Adult Services.
Nevins has been the interim director of the department, which includes the Office of the Public Guardian, since October 2016. As the sworn Public Guardian, Nevins manages the affairs of people deemed by a judge to be unable to properly care for themselves or their finances.
“I am honored to be able to serve our County’s seniors and adults in this new position and I look forward to continuing to collaborate with our state, county, and community stakeholders to improve the quality of life of those we serve,” said Nevins.
Nevins began her career with San Bernardino County in 2012 as a deputy director for the Department of Behavioral Health following a 22-year career with the California Department of Mental Health. While with County Behavioral Health, she authored, implemented and managed more than $30-million in grant-funded programs with various agencies and stakeholders. Additionally, she led the design, development and implementation of several innovative National Association of Counties award-winning programs.
Nevins is a licensed clinical social worker and holds dual master’s degrees in social work and public administration from Ohio State University. During her tenure at the state, Nevins promoted from social worker to clinical administrator for Patton State Hospital and, more recently, served as the executive director of Metropolitan State Hospital.
“Sharon brings with her nearly three decades of experience in the field of social work and health care services administration,” said CaSonya Thomas, Assistant Executive Officer, Human Services. “For the past six months, she has led the staff of Aging and Adult Services and served as our County’s Public Guardian. We look forward to her continued service.”

Popular Train Days event rolls back to Museum

train-days-1Model train enthusiasts and locomotive lovers are planning to gather at the San Bernardino County Museum and Victor Valley Museum for Train Days, April 22 through 30. Kicking off the event again this year at the Redlands site will be the attempt at a world record for the longest Soul Train dance at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 22. Last year the Museum missed the record by just a few dozen people and is going for a second attempt. San Bernardino County Supervisor “Conductor Curt” Hagman is the presenting sponsor of this year’s event.

At the Redlands museum, model train layouts will fill the museum galleries, Learning Depot, and courtyard, with family programming scheduled throughout the day. The Redlands Noon Kiwanis will be sponsoring a barbeque luncheon on Saturday, April 22 for members, followed by the dance challenge with DJ Eturnal. Dancers are asked to start lining up at 1 p.m. The first 500 dancers to sign in for the dance line will receive commemorative Train Days t-shirts.

At Victor Valley Museum, the Antelope Valley N-scalers return and will be joined by a local group of train enthusiasts who will add a second layout in the galleries. Admission to the museum will also include children’s hands on crafts and train activities. Train Days at this county museum in Apple Valley will be open the weekend of April 22–23, and reopen Wednesday, April 26–April 30.

“Train Days at the county museum is great fun for all ages,” said Supervisor Hagman. “It also recalls the vitally important role that the railroad industry has played in the history of San Bernardino County and, indeed, in the economic development of the West. First came trails, then wagon roads, and then railroads that turned San Bernardino County into the link that joined the Pacific Coast with the eastern United States.”

“Train Days is a beloved tradition at the museum,” said Melissa Russo, museum director. “The event has grown over the years into a much-anticipated event when families can enjoy the fun of model railroading and see amazing hand-made layouts full of fascinating details. The engineering involved in crafting these tiny environments is something to experience.”

Train Days exhibits and activities are included with museum general admission. Lunch, snacks, and rides on a miniature train are available for purchase.

Train Days and the County Museum’s other exciting events and exhibits reflect the effort by the Board of Supervisors to achieve the Countywide Vision by celebrating arts, culture, and education in the county, creating quality of life for residents and visitors.

The San Bernardino County Museum is at 2024 Orange Tree Lane, at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $10 (adult), $8 (military or senior), $7 (student), and $5 (child aged 5 to 12). Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free. The Victor Valley Museum in Apple valley at 11873 Apple Valley Road. This branch museum is open Wednesdays through Sundays; admission is $5 (adult), $4 (military or senior), and $2.50 (student or child). Train Days is included with museum admission. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcountymuseum.org. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Regional Parks now hiring workers for summer swim season

recruitment-ig-jan17From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend the San Bernardino County Regional Parks opens its swim complexes for families to enjoy. We would like to invite any interested candidates to apply as a Lifeguard or Summer Swim Complex employee, at one of our Regional Parks for the 2017 Summer Season.

All applicants are required to have C.P.R. and First Aid certifications, prior to the first day of employment.  Lifeguards will be required to show proof of current Lifeguard Certifications, valid through September 2017. All requirements must be met before the first day of work. Bilingual abilities strongly desired.

The following positions are available for the 2017 Summer Swim Season:

Pool Manager – $ 15.00 hourly (1 at each site)

  • 21 years of age or older
  • 5 Years of Lifeguard Experience
  • 1-2 Years of Supervisory Experience
Returning Lifeguard – $ 11.50 hourly

  • 16 years of age or older
  • 1 or more years Lifeguard Experience with Regional Parks
Senior Lifeguard – $ 12.00 hourly (2 at each site)

  • 18 years of age or older
  • 3 Years of Lifeguard Experience
New Lifeguard – $ 11.00 hourly

  • 16 Years of age or older

 

Summer Park Worker – Cashier/Pool Attendant/General Grounds/Cashiers/Top of Slide -$ 10.50 hourly

  • 16 years of age or older

Summer Help Process Calendar

  • Applications will be accepted continuously through May 2017
  • Interviews will be scheduled February thru May of 2017
  • Hiring Process for selected applicants will begin in March 2017
  • Orientation and Training will be scheduled for April and May 2017

All selected applicants will be interviewed by Park and Administrative Staff, at Regional Parks Administration.  Preferred work location is not guaranteed and will be decided by Park staffing needs.

Please return completed applications to: Regional Parks Administration, 777 E. Rialto Ave., San Bernardino, CA 92415-0763

State examines county’s handling of Dec. 2 workers’ comp cases

An investigation by the state into the county’s handling of workers’ compensation cases related to the Dec. 2, 2015 terrorist attack in San Bernardino found that treatment denials have been rare, indicates delays have been caused chiefly by doctors failing to submit information needed to approve treatments, and credits the county with establishing a model for dealing with incidents of this nature by hiring nurse case SB Strong Logo 1managers to facilitate treatment requests.

“The Board of Supervisors has shared the frustration expressed by many of the survivors when delays and denials have occurred,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Robert A. Lovingood.

“No workers’ compensation program anywhere in the country has ever been called upon to serve such a large number of seriously injured and traumatized survivors of a terror attack,” Chairman Lovingood said. “This has been unchartered territory for the county, for the doctors, and most certainly for the survivors. But the state’s investigation shows the county has worked hard and effectively to ensure safe, and complete care for the employees injured during this horrific attack. This has been the county’s priority since that fateful day.”

Click here to view the report.

The numbers contained in the report bear out that denials, although frustrating when they occur, were the exception rather than the rule.

There have been a total of 2,146 requests for treatment from health care providers serving the 58 survivors being treated through workers’ compensation. 2,000 of those 2,146 requests for surgeries, prescriptions, physical therapy, counseling, and other medical treatments were approved. Among the 144 treatments that were denied, 68 appeals were filed by 11 employees. Only nine of the denials, representing less than one half of 1 percent of the total number of requests, were overturned on appeal.

Delays are more difficult to define and measure. However, the state’s investigation found a significant number of cases involving “a provider’s failure to provide an adequate clinical rationale or appropriate documentation to justify requests for extended or new prescriptions, extended or alternative therapies, or special equipment that veered away from standard medical treatment guidelines and limits.“

A lack of adequate information would have rendered the county unable to approve a treatment in a timely manner. In some cases, employees complained to the county about not having treatments approved before the county had even received requests from their providers.

“Often because (employees’) doctors had failed to document or fully explain their requests, employees who were still suffering and expected their doctors’ recommendations to be followed were frustrated by the denials,” said George Parisotto, Acting Administrative Director for the state Division of Workers’ Compensation, in a letter accompanying the report.

“The fact that several requests were denied and then authorized upon further review suggests that better communication by providers to the County’s claims administrators and better documentation at the time requests were first submitted might have reduced the number of UR (utilization review) denials and IMR (independent medical review) requests,” the report stated.

The report also pointed out:

–Because the county employees who were injured that day were on the job, “the County’s employees were both entitled and required to seek compensation from the County through California’s workers’ compensation system,” which is designed to prevent employers from interfering in the treatment of injured workers.

–“Workers’ compensation is, by design, very detailed and formulaic in specifying what compensation is due for specific types of injuries.” State fee schedules govern what must be paid for specific treatments. Any deviation has to be justified by the patient’s doctor. This is significant because in some cases treatments were denied because what the doctors wanted to charge far exceeded the state fee schedule.

–“Similar to Medicare and private health insurance plans”, workers’ compensation requires employers to have a utilization review program. “A decision to deny or modify a request can only be made by a licensed physician with expertise in the clinical issues raised,” the report stated.

Board invites applications for West Valley Water District Board appointment

The Board of Supervisors invites residents of the West Valley Water District to apply for an appointment to the district’s Board of Directors.

The November election created a vacancy on the five-member water board. The remaining water board members were unable to reach a maxresdefaultconsensus on who to appoint to the vacant seat and asked the Board of Supervisors to make the appointment, which the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday agreed to do at its March 7 meeting.

The West Valley Water District provides drinking water to customers in portions of Rialto, Colton, Fontana, Bloomington and other unincorporated areas of San Bernardino County, and a portion of Jurupa Valley in Riverside County. District boundaries and other information about the district are available here.

Water district residents are invited to apply for consideration to be appointed to the open seat by 5 p.m. on Feb. 24. The Board of Supervisors created a special advisory committee consisting of Second District Supervisor Janice Rutherford and Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales to interview the applicants and recommend an appointment to the full Board of Supervisors.

The person appointed by the Board of Supervisors to the water board on March 7 will have the option of running for election to the remainder of the seat’s full four-year term in the Nov. 7 election. The term for the vacant water board seat expires on Dec. 6, 2019.

The application and other information about the appointment are available here.

Application forms are also available at:

Clerk of the Board of Supervisors/County Government Center/385 N. Arrowhead Ave. – 2nd Floor/San Bernardino, CA 92415-0130

West Valley Water District/855 West Base Line Road/Rialto, CA 92376

Applications must be received physically or electronically by the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors no later than 5 p.m. on Feb. 24. Physical receipt must be at the above San Bernardino address of the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors. Electronic receipt must be at COB@sbcounty.gov. Applications that fail to comply with this procedure cannot be considered.

Additional information is available by calling the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors at (909) 387-3841.

Furever Yours pet adoption event set for Valentine’s Day week

dogsadoptionAnimal Care and Control will host a week-long pet adoption event at its shelters in Devore and Big Bear. The Furever Yours pet adoption event will run Feb. 12 to 18. The Animals aRe First Fund (ARFF), a local non-profit charitable organization that assists animals in County of San Bernardino Animal Shelters, is sponsoring the event.

Adoption fees during the event will be $25 for dogs and $17 for cats, which includes spaying/neutering, vaccinating, and microchipping for each pet. There is a limit of two adoptions per family. Licensing fees vary and are not included.

“During this event you can add a lifetime of love and happiness by bringing home a furever friend,” said Brian Cronin, Chief of San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control.  “There are a wide variety of companion animals available for adoption waiting to go to a loving home.”

The Devore Animal Shelter is at 19777 Shelter Way in San Bernardino. The shelter opens daily at 10 a.m. and closes at 6:30 p.m. weekdays, and 5 p.m. on the weekends. Wednesdays the shelter is open late until 7 p.m.

The Big Bear Animal Shelter is on Northshore Road at Stanfield Cutoff in Big Bear City. It is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed for lunch 1 to 2 p.m.) and Wednesdays from noon to 7 p.m. (closed for lunch 2 to 3 p.m.).

For more information, call San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control at (800) 472-5609 or visit their website at www.sbcounty.gov/acc to see photographs of the animals awaiting adoption.

Animal Care and Control is doing its part to help the community achieve the Countywide Vision by ensuring residents have the resources they need to provide the necessities of life to their families. Information on the Countywide Vision can be found at www.sbcounty.gov.

County Clerk prepares for Valentine’s Day

The San Bernardino County Clerk’s office is preparing for one of the busiest days of the year as couples make plans to marry on Valentine’s Day.valentines-day-wedding-photography-inspiration

“Most couples know they need a marriage license to legally tie the knot, but that’s not the only marriage service you’ll find at the San Bernardino County Hall of Records” said Bob Dutton, San Bernardino County’s Assessor-Recorder-Clerk. “Marriage ceremonies are also conducted by the County Clerk’s office. The civil ceremony costs $65 and appointments are available at our main office in San Bernardino as well as our satellite offices located in Hesperia and Joshua Tree.

As you might expect, Valentine’s Day is a very popular day to get married at the Hall of Records. Seventy-four couples were wed over the 2016 Valentine’s Day weekend and numbers are expected to be high this year as well.

Ceremonies will be conducted from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 14. Walk-ins are welcome at our San Bernardino and Hesperia locations, however appointments are encouraged. Appointments are required for Joshua Tree.

To book your ceremony, please call (855) 732-2575 to reach the San Bernardino Hall of Records and (760) 995-8065 for appointments in Hesperia and Joshua Tree.

Board appoints Dena Smith interim CEO, launches recruitment

Dena M. Smith, the County’s Chief Operating Officer, will serve as Interim Chief Executive Officer beginning on April 1 while a nationwide recruitment is conducted for a new CEO, the Board of Supervisors unanimously decided in closed session today.

dena-smith-web“The Board has the utmost confidence in Dena’s ability to carry out Board policy and lead the County organization as we conduct our due diligence to ensure we make the best choice for our next CEO,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Robert Lovingood. “The Board has directed County Human Resources to hire a recruitment firm and open the recruitment to internal and external candidates.”

Chief Executive Officer Greg Devereaux, who has served as CEO for seven years, will continue to serve the County in an advisory capacity per the terms of his 10-year contract. Earlier this month Mr. Devereaux announced his decision to retire as CEO and step into the role of advisor.

“I thank the Board and the County for a wonderful opportunity to be here and serve,” Mr. Devereaux said today following the Board’s announcement.

Ms. Smith has been with the County since 1999, serving first as Chief Learning Officer then as Clerk of the Board and Director of Land Use Services. She was promoted to Deputy Executive Officer in 2011 and to Chief Operating Officer last year. As COO, Ms. Smith is the principal assistant to the CEO for operational and administrative issues. She assists in the implementation of policies and directives from the Board of Supervisors and oversees the Government Relations, Legislative Affairs, Public Information and Special Projects Units of the County Administrative Office.

Ms. Smith will be the first African-American and only the second woman to serve the County as its chief executive or chief administrator on an interim or permanent basis.

“The faith placed in me by the Board of Supervisors is truly humbling, and the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of someone as effective and as successful as Greg Devereaux is an honor,” Ms. Smith said. “It will be a pleasure to serve this Board, and to work with and lead the talented, hard-working people that make our County a great organization.”

Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, Ms. Smith earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Fairfield University in Fairfield, Conn., and then relocated to California, where she earned her master’s degree in psychobiology from UC Irvine.

Ms. Smith has worked for more than 30 years in San Bernardino County. In 1984, she joined the San Bernardino Public Employees Association where she worked for 10 years representing public employees in labor negotiations, grievances and disciplinary appeals. In 1994, she went to the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools as the Human Resources Program Manager managing credentials, benefits and training. She also oversaw the establishment and operation of the Educational Resource Centers in Rancho Cucamonga and Apple Valley.

Her various roles with the County have given her valuable experience in various aspects of County Government and in coping with management challenges. She was the first person to hold the titles of Chief Learning Officer and Chief Operating Officer, positions in which she defined new functions for the County.

Devereaux announces retirement as CEO & move into advisory role

After nearly 40 years in public service, 25 of those years in the Inland Empire, Greg Devereaux announced today that he will retire from his role as San Bernardino County Chief Executive Officer by the end of the current fiscal year. Mr. Devereaux joined County Government in February 2010 after successful tenures as city manager in Fontana and Ontario.

“I wish to thank the Board of Supervisors, all of the County’s employees and the entire community for the opportunity to serve in this capacity,” Mr. Devereaux said. “It has been a great privilege.”

The Board of Supervisors will discuss the transition and Mr. Devereaux’s replacement as CEO in closed session on Tuesday.devereauxgregory-02_5x7-300-2

Under the terms of his contract, Mr. Devereaux will continue to work with the County for the next three years advising the Board and his successor on programs and matters affecting the County. He will also retain and expand his involvement in various academic endeavors and provide consultation to various local and regional government agencies.

“I will probably remain as busy as I am now. But I will have more flexibility than I do as CEO to devote needed attention to my family,” said Mr. Devereaux, who turned 65 this past summer.

The Board hired Mr. Devereaux as County Government faced significant organizational and fiscal challenges. He has worked with the Board to redefine how San Bernardino County government operates, creating practices and processes that emphasize accountability, transparency and fiscal responsibility.

“I was hoping to work with Greg throughout my chairmanship,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Robert Lovingood. “Greg’s knowledge and ability to work with the Board to address the County’s challenges will be missed. He is well respected in the local government and business communities.”

“Greg Devereaux is a man of integrity and intelligence who has served the people of this county admirably,” said Second District Supervisor Janice Rutherford. “His fiscal discipline and eagerness to tear down unproductive bureaucratic silos have allowed the county to return to its core functions as well as lead regional conversations about education, the economy and much more. As a Board member, I will miss his daily presence and as a friend, I wish him and his family the very best.”

“Greg’s contacts in Sacramento and Washington and throughout Southern California and his knowledge of government have served the Board and the County well,” said Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Curt Hagman. “Greg played a key role working with me and other local leaders to return Ontario International Airport to local control. As the newest member of the Board, I had been looking forward to working with Greg as CEO throughout my time on the Board. I am glad he will still be available to us in an advisory role.”

“Greg has been a trusted and knowledgeable advisor through the years and he has worked effectively to help the Board of Supervisors achieve its goals,” said Third District Supervisor James Ramos. “During good times and times of difficulty, we have worked together as a team to move forward in San Bernardino County in service to our residents and future generations.”

“When we hired Greg, we wanted to take the County in a new, positive direction. Greg understood what we meant by that and he worked very hard under sometimes difficult circumstances to help us achieve our vision of an ethical, responsive, compassionate, and effective County organization,” said Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales. “I am committed to ensuring we continue in this positive direction.”

“Since my appointment to Sheriff in 2012, it has been a privilege to work with Greg Devereaux,” said Sheriff John McMahon. “Greg is a strong supporter of public safety and he worked with the Board of Supervisors to increase the Sheriff’s Department’s budget to meet the unique challenges we face daily.  This has allowed us to grow as an organization, renovate existing facilities, acquire a much-needed crime lab and aviation facility. During the December 2 terrorist attack, Greg demonstrated outstanding leadership by ensuring the resources we needed were available to deal with the initial response and the aftermath of the tragic event. I appreciate all of Greg’s support and wish him best of luck in his future endeavors.”

At the time he was hired, Mr. Devereaux became the ninth permanent or interim county chief executive in 12 years. His initial contract called for him to serve for five years, but the Board extended that time and next month he will pass seven years in the role, making him the longest serving county chief executive in more than 20 years.

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