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Government Works: Providing freedom through transportation

Final Government Works StampDid you know the Department of Aging and Adult Services teamed up with Valley Transportation Services to provide people in need with transportation?

The Transportation Reimbursement Escort Program provides help to seniors, people with disabilities and people of low income who reside in rural areas of San Bernardino County.

The focus of the program is to allow qualified seniors and persons with disabilities to hire their own volunteer drivers to provide necessary escort transportation when they are unable to drive and use other forms of transportation.
The participant-hired drivers are paid directly by the participant with funds they receive through this program. TREP provides access to necessary medical care and travel to other life-enriching activities. Individuals apply for the program and are qualified using the criteria of limited mobility or lack of public transit.  Clients are then eligible for a predetermined amount of mileage per month, depending on their particular needs.

TREP is available in all rural areas of the county, excluding the cities of Victorville, Hesperia, and Apple Valley and will soon be expanding into the San Bernardino Valley.

The Department of Aging and Adult Services and Valley Transportation Services of Upland were recognized for their efforts with a 2014 National Association of Counties Achievement Award.

This is an example of how Government Works.

Get bugged at the Victor Valley Museum

bugsmuseumExperience a hands-on adventure into the world of bugs at the Victor Valley Museum during Bug Fest, Saturday, August 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bug Fest activities are included with museum general admission.

Families can explore the world of arthropods—insects, spiders, and crustaceans—with insect games, insect stories and activities, and creepy-crawly craft creations to take home. Peer through microscopes, explore for insects in the museum garden, and learn some amazing facts in the Believe It or Not bug trivia game.

“We will also have special guest insects coming to us from the Exploration Station at the County Museum in Redlands,” said Rhonda Almager, the Victor Valley Museum’s facilities manager. “These critters take special care and handling, so it’s a real treat to be able to meet them up close and personal.”

The Victor Valley Museum is a branch of the San Bernardino County Museum located at 11873 Apple Valley Road in Apple Valley. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 (adult), $4 (senior or military), and $2.50 (student). Children under 5 and San Bernardino County Museum Association members are free. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcountymuseum.org.

The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities. If assistive listening devices or other auxiliary aids are needed in order to participate in museum exhibits or programs, requests should be made through Museum Visitor Services at least three business days prior to your visit. Visitor Services’ telephone number is 909-307-2669.

Donate a backpack, put a smile on a child’s face

children's fundThe Children’s Fund is having a backpack drive and needs your donations to help our county’s youth start the school year off right.

The goal is to secure 5,000 backpacks full of school supplies.

The majority of the backpacks will be distributed to children in need who reside in San Bernardino County.

Donations can be made now through August 14 at the Children’s Fund, 348 W. Hospitality Lane #110 in San Bernardino.

Click here for more information.

Stomach grumbling? It’s time to eat at the Food Truck Festival on Aug. 17

Food Truck_FlyerSan Bernardino County Regional Parks Department is excited to host their summer time Food Truck Festival on Sunday, August 17th at Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park in Ontario, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Get your grub on with an array of trucks including Fresh Street Food Truck, The Grilled Cheese Truck, Devilicious Food Truck, Me So Hungry, the Rolling Sushi Van and more.

Also enjoy a Freestyle BMX show, Aloha Hula Dancers, live music and a fun zone for the kids and “kid at heart.”

For more information, click here.

Call of the Sea at the Victor Valley Museum

Sailboat Under Blue Skies off the Florida CoastFamilies will explore the vast ecosystems of the oceans at the Victor Valley Museum in Apple Valley on Thursday, July 31, 2014 from 2 to 4 p.m. This program, supported by a grant from the Community Foundation of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, is presented by the education division of the San Bernardino County Museum and is included with paid museum admission.

“We’ll investigate who lives in the oceans from the deep blue to shallow tide pools,” said Jolene Redvale, the County Museum’s curator of education. “Call of the Sea will offer a variety of activities for all ages. Explore the mysteries of the depths and add a new dimension of learning and fun to your next trip to the beach.”

The Victor Valley Museum is a branch of the San Bernardino County Museum located at 11873 Apple Valley Road in Apple Valley. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 (adult), $4 (senior or military), and $2.50 (student). Children under 5 and San Bernardino County Museum Association members are free. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcountymuseum.org.

The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities. If assistive listening devices or other auxiliary aids are needed in order to participate in museum exhibits or programs, requests should be made through Museum Visitor Services at least three business days prior to your visit. Visitor Services’ telephone number is 909-307-2669.

Government Works: County Purchasing Department wins procurement award

2014 AEP Winner Graphic tallFinal Government Works StampThe San Bernardino County Purchasing Department has received the 2014 Achievement of Excellence in Procurement (AEP) Award from the National Procurement Institute.  The Purchasing Department obtains materials, equipment, and services in excess of $800 million annually that are essential to providing services to the citizens of San Bernardino County.

The AEP program is recognized and endorsed by the National Institute for Government Purchasing and several other national and state organizations as the mark of excellence in public procurement.  San Bernardino County achieved a high score based on criteria identified by the Institute, representative of industry best practices including innovation, professionalism, productivity, and leadership attributes of the procurement organization.

“Receiving this award is an honor, and serves as a reminder to the staff that its hard work and adherence to high standards is recognized and appreciated,” said Director Laurie Rozko.  She adds, “Several staff members were also recently credentialed as by the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC), which is also recognized throughout the public procurement profession.”  The coveted Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO) and Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) credentials demonstrate individual competence and comprehensive knowledge of public procurement.

On a daily basis, buyers and procurement staff conduct competitive bidding processes often involving complex subject matter and government regulations, and work in tandem with County Finance to plan and monitor processes that are critical to internal controls and budgetary goals.

This is an example of how Government Works.

Need help saving your home from foreclosure?

SaveYourHomeMaking Home Affordable and the HOPENOW Alliance are hosting a foreclosure prevention event at the Riverside Convention Center on July 22nd to assist struggling homeowners.  For more information, call  888-995-4673.

For information regarding other upcoming foreclosure prevention workshops or homebuyer events, go to www.SaveYourHomeSBCounty.org or call 909-387-4389.

Click here for details.

Need help learning to buy a home? Take this class.

SaveYourHomeCommunity Development and Housing, in partnership with Neighborhood Housing Services of the Inland Empire (NHSIE) is opening up enrollment to the Homebuyer Education Class to the public at the reduced rate of $25 per person.

It is an eight-hour HUD approved course and offers a lot of information for homebuyers. A class will be held Friday, July 18 and Monday, July 21.

It is required for anyone choosing to use any down payment assistance programs to purchase a home. If you have questions contact Community Development and Housing at (909) 387-4389 or NHSIE at (909) 884-6891.

For information about the class, click here.

All about bugs at the Victor Valley Museum

bugsFamilies can learn “All About Bugs” at the Victor Valley Museum in Apple Valley on Thursday, July 24, 2014 from 2 to 4 p.m. This program, supported by a grant from the Community Foundation of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, is presented by the education division of the San Bernardino County Museum and is included with paid museum admission.

“Explore the tiny world of insects, arachnids, and other crawly creatures,” said Jolene Redvale, the County Museum’s curator of education. “Visitors will get close-up looks at critters with microscopes and hand lenses, and can play buggy games. A variety of activities will engage visitors of all ages as we discover what lives in their own backyards.”

The Victor Valley Museum is a branch of the San Bernardino County Museum located at 11873 Apple Valley Road in Apple Valley. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 (adult), $4 (senior or military), and $2.50 (student). Children under 5 and San Bernardino County Museum Association members are free. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcountymuseum.org.

The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities. If assistive listening devices or other auxiliary aids are needed in order to participate in museum exhibits or programs, requests should be made through Museum Visitor Services at least three business days prior to your visit. Visitor Services’ telephone number is 909-307-2669.

Public Works receives GIS award from ESRI

color seal smallThe County of San Bernardino Department of Public Works received a Special Achievement in GIS Award at the ESRI International Users Conference in San Diego, held July 14-18. This award acknowledges vision, leadership, hard work, and innovative use of ESRI’s geographic information system technology.

In April 2013, Public Works developed new geographic mapping information on their website to assist the public in viewing county roads, flood control and solid waste facilities locations throughout the county.

Ninety percent of the work that Public Works performs is at distinct geographical locations within the County, and the department wanted to share that information with the public through a variety of interactive maps. The website address is http://sbcountydpw.maps.arcgis.com/home/index.html.

The website includes locations of the Road Yards showing the service boundaries with information on how to contact road yard supervisors. A search by street address feature is also available of the County Maintained Road System, allowing users to easily locate which roads are maintained by Public Works. A Temporary Road Closures map helps users avoid areas where roads are closed for maintenance or problems.  Flood Control facilities and Flood Control right-of-ways are easily identifiable on their own unique interactive map. A Waste Disposal map shows locations, hours and days of operations to assist with accessing the landfills or transfer stations in your area. The Capital Improvement Project map provides a tour of the current projects that are under construction.  All of the maps are interactive, allowing users to click on a geographic feature to bring up additional detailed information.

“The SAG Awards identify the organizations and people that are using the power of geography to improve our world and drive change,” says ESRI president Jack Dangermond.

For more information about the 2014 Special Achievement in GIS Award winners, including project information and photos, please visit www.esri.com/sag.

For further information visit Public Works at www.sbcounty.gov/dpw.

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