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Walk to raise awareness about human trafficking

The San Bernardino County Coalition Against Sexual Exploitation (CASE) will draw attention to the crime of commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking one step at a time. The coalition will host its 2020 Human Trafficking Awareness Walk on Jan. 25 in San Bernardino. Registration for the annual event, now in its tenth year, will begin at 8 a.m. at the Children’s Network office at 825 E. Hospitality Ln. in San Bernardino. There will be speakers at the event at 9 a.m. Walkers will leave the Children’s Network office at 10 a.m. and head east towards Tippecanoe and back around to the starting point. Participants can preregister for the free event at http://TINY.CC/39YDFZ

“Human trafficking and sexual exploitation of children are often thought of as only occurring in foreign countries, but it happens here and we’re all responsible for educating ourselves and others about the realities of trafficking in our own neighborhoods and communities,” said CASE Coordinator, Angel Magallanes. “Commercial sexual exploitation affects children in all parts of our county– all children are vulnerable.”

The San Bernardino County Coalition Against Sexual Exploitation formed in 2009 to address commercial sexual exploitation of children in the county. It’s a collaborative effort among child-serving county departments, service agencies and community members.

Quarterly CASE outreach & education meetings are the second Tuesday of the month. For locations or more information, contact Angel Magallanes at (909) 383-9677 or email her at angel.magallanes@hss.sbcounty.gov.

“We look forward to the community coming together and joining us in creating awareness of this important issue that impacts our community,” said Magallanes. “With each step of the walk, we take a step toward ending human trafficking and modern day slavery.”

The San Bernardino County Coalition Against Sexual Exploitation is helping the community achieve the Countywide Vision by promoting the protection of children and promoting public safety and health. Information on the Countywide Vision can be found at .

San Bernardino County Homeless Point-In-Time Count and Survey

On Jan. 23, field teams of volunteers will canvass all of the county’s cities, towns and unincorporated communities in an effort to count, survey and assist the county’s homeless population.

Volunteers will include members of the public, community groups, County employees, homeless service providers, and private-sector stakeholders. Volunteers who are able to engage with homeless individuals will ask specific survey questions, offer hygiene kits, and provide information on who to contact for homeless services.

Data collected during the Point-In Time Count (PITC) is critical to effective strategic planning and is the main source of data used by the federal government to track the number, demographics and needs of people experiencing homelessness throughout the county. These numbers are also used to determine federal funding allocations to address homelessness.

For the second year, volunteers will conduct the entire unsheltered Point-In-Time Count by use of a web-based application designed specifically for the San Bernardino County PITC.  Volunteers will need to have an Internetwork Operating System (IOS-Apple) or Android “smart” phone in order to conduct the survey.

The annual PITC, coordinated by the San Bernardino Office of Homeless Services (OHS) in conjunction with the San Bernardino County Homeless Partnership (SBCHP), is designed to obtain an estimated number of homeless individuals and families in San Bernardino County on a given day and to discover their specific needs.

Individuals and organizations are invited to volunteer to participate in the PITC, which will be conducted on Thursday, Jan. 23, from 6 to 10 a.m. throughout San Bernardino County.

For more information or to register as a volunteer, please visit www.sbcounty.gov/dbh/sbchp . If you have questions regarding the count call the OHS at (909) 386-8297 or email Claudia Doyle at claudia.doyle@dbh.sbcounty.gov.

The OHS works to develop countywide public and private partnerships and to coordinate services and resources to end homelessness in San Bernardino County. Through this, OHS is helping to achieve the Countywide Vision by working to create a sustainable system of community health, public safety, and housing. Information on the Countywide Vision and OHS can be found at www.sbcounty.gov.

Second Saturdays Return to Victor Valley Museum

January 11th monthly event returns with fossil event

Victor Valley Museum’s Second Saturday returns on Saturday, January 11, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. with “Diggin’ It!”  The monthly programs are an opportunity for visitors and families with children to participate in engaging, hands-on making and art activities related to the museum’s collections  emphasizing the High Desert’s cultural and natural history

Diggin It! will provide visitors the opportunity to examine and study like paleontologists and geologists utilizing the fossil evidence from the San Bernardino County Museum’s vast collections. Partnering for this event will be the Western Science Center. Visitors will have the opportunity to create clay molds of native fossils, excavate an Early Cambrian Trilobite, reconstruct a 2-D Mammoth skeleton, and create their own fossilized amber specimen!

Second Saturdays at the Victor Valley Museum 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 the arts, culture, and education in the county, creating quality of life for residents and visitors.

The Victor Valley Museum is a branch of the San Bernardino County Museum located at 11873 Apple Valley Road in Apple Valley. Regular museum days and hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 (adult), $4 (senior or military), and $2.50 (student), EBT cardholders are $1. Children under 5 and the San Bernardino County Museum Association members are free. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcounty.gov/museum. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Old West Days Returns to San Bernardino County Museum

Experience the “Old West” in New Ways

Old West Days returns to the San Bernardino County Museum the weekend of Jan. 18 and 19, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featuring demonstrations, re-enactors, engaging activities, and entertainment, visitors can participate in numerous activities, like quilting, leatherworking, rope lassoing, pose for old style photographs in western clothing with a stagecoach backdrop, and try their luck at card games like Faro, Vingt Un and Grand Hazard.

Nineteen local nonprofit partners are participating in the event, including the UCCE 4H Club, San Bernardino County Regional Parks Calico Ghost Town, Old Spanish Trail Association, Spanish Town Heritage Foundation, Malki Museum, Big Bear Historical Society, Heritage Trails Association, San Bernardino Historical and Pioneer Society, Mission Inn Museum, Riverside Historical Society, Riverside County Parks Open Space District, Gilman Ranch Hands, Inland Empire Handweavers Guild, the Crosstwisters, UCCE San Bernardino Master Gardeners and Master Food Preservers, Redlands Conservancy, Inland Resource Conservation Gardening, and the Valley Prospectors of San Bernardino.

The Brennans, a popular bluegrass family band that was a big hit at the event in 2019, will perform on both days throughout the event. Re-enactor Pico Pistolero, certified scoundrel and snake-oil pitchman, will be demonstrating card games, tricks, and scams.

Jennifer Dickerson, the Museum’s Curator of History said, “We can’t wait for history buffs, families, and other visitors to be able to travel back in time and experience the Old West again right here at the San Bernardino County Museum. Our community partners will help us immerse guests in the rambunctious and lively early history of our region with engaging demonstrations and fun activities.”

The San Bernardino County Museum’s exhibits of regional, cultural and natural history and the Museum’s 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. Old West Days is included with general admission: $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.

Poverty Awareness Month Activities and Events

January is Poverty Awareness Month and throughout the month, San Bernardino County Human Services and partners will have a number of events and activities to elevate awareness about intergenerational poverty and services provided by the County and community: http://hs.sbcounty.gov/povertyawareness/Pages/default.aspx.

In addition, there will be a number of events and activities to for the public to attend:

Poverty Awareness Screening and Panel Discussion

Thursday, Jan. 21 Noon – 2 p.m.

San Bernardino Valley College

701 S. Mt. Vernon Ave., San Bernardino,  Room B-100

 

Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 10 AM – 12 PM

Victor Valley College

18422 Bear Valley Rd, Victorville, California 92395

Student Activities Center (SAC) Building 44, A-D (upstairs)

 

On the Right Start Resource Fairs

Wednesday, Jan. 8, 9 a.m. – Noon

IEHP Community Resource Center

12353 Mariposa Rd.

Suites C-2 & C-3, Victorville

 

Friday, Jan. 17, 9 a.m. – Noon

Home of Neighborly Services

839 N. Mt. Vernon Ave., San Bernardino

 

Thursday, Jan. 30, 9 a.m. – Noon

San Bernardino Valley College

701 S. Mt. Vernon Ave., San Bernardino

Room B-100 – Parking in Lots 9,10 &11

Pawn Stars’ Mark Hall-Patton Launches 2020 Dome Talks

Pawn Stars’ Mark Hall-Patton Launches 2020 Dome Talks Known as the “Beard of Knowledge,” provides history expertise on popular History Channel series

Mark Hall-Patton, a frequent visiting expert on Pawn Stars and museums administrator for the Clark County Museum, will be the featured speaker at 2020 Dome Talks on Thursday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m.

Hall-Patton, instantly recognizable by his trademark red shirt, wide brim Amish-style hat, and gray beard, has overseen the Clark County Museum, Howard W. Cannon Aviation Museum, and Searchlight History Museum for the last 23 years. A native of Santa Ana and graduate of UC Irvine and the University of Delaware, Hall-Patton began his museum career at the Bowers Museum in Orange County and later served at the Anaheim Museum and Orange Community Historical Society.

His appearances on History Channel’s hit series Pawn Stars began in 2009 and he soon attracted fans internationally. On the show his broad knowledge of history and artifacts is used in scenes where featured pawn shop guests are seeking to authenticate items.

Now in its fourth year, the Dome Talks speaker series brings prominent, provocative, and quirky speakers to the region to discuss current books and topical issues. In 2020, these evening discussions are scheduled monthly from January through July.

Future Dome Talks speakers are:

Feb. 19, Sarah Milov, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Virginia, author of The Cigarette: a Political History.

Mar. 24, Terry Tempest Williams, naturalist and author of Erosion: Essays of Undoing.

Apr. 16, Evan Hilgemann, mechanical engineer at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA, “How to Drive a Rover on Mars and Other Necessary Skills for the Itinerant Space Traveler.”

May 21, Marilyn Berlin Snell, author of Unlikely Ally: How the Military Fights Climate Change and Protects the Environment.

June 25, Ruth Kassinger, author of Slime: How Algae Created Us, Plague Us, and Just Might Save Us.

July 16, Larry Burns, author of Secret Inland Empire: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure.

All Dome Talks evenings open at 6:30 p.m. for a light reception sponsored by the San Bernardino County Museum Association, Amparo Serrano, and Lorenzi Estate Vineyards and Winery. Presentations start at 7 p.m. and include book sale and signing when applicable. Author’s books are available for sale in the Museum store.

Tickets for individual evenings are $20 each ($16 museum members) and can be purchased online at www.sbcounty.gov/museum or at the door. Full Series Passes for all seven evenings are $130 ($100 museum members). Advance ticket purchase is strongly encouraged as walkups are not guaranteed.

The San Bernardino County Museum’s exhibits of regional cultural and natural history and the Museum’s other exciting events and programs, including Dome Talks 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. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcounty.gov/museum. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Arrive safely with these winter driving safety tips

Reduce Your Speed

Commuting in winter weather poses an increased risk to driver safety. The National Weather Service reports that each year, on average, 5,000 people are killed and more than 418,000 are injured due to weather-related vehicle crashes. Rain and snow require drivers to take extra precautions to ensure a safe arrival to your destination. Before you head out on the road in these conditions, make sure to follow these Winter Driving Safety Tips to help keep you safe.

  • Drive Slowly: Most winter accidents are a result of driving too fast for the current conditions. Remember to slow down on the roads and give yourself extra time to get to your destination.
  • Don’t Tailgate: Be sure to leave at least three car lengths in between you and the driver ahead of you during icy or snowy weather conditions. It takes a longer distance to stop your vehicle on winter roads.
  • Turn on Your Headlights: Visibility is greatly hindered in rain, fog, ice, or snow storms so remember to turn on your low beams when in these conditions so other drivers can see you, even during daylight.
  • Avoid Distracted or Drowsy Driving: Limit your distractions while driving in poor weather conditions. Keep your awareness on the road. Never drive when tired and leave the cell phone alone.
  • Keep Up with Your Car Maintenance: Check your windshield wipers, tires, brakes, etc. on a regular basis to avoid a mishap while driving.
  • Make Sure You Can See Out of All Windows: Give yourself extra time before you drive to make sure your windows are defrosted and scraped clean of any ice that is obstructing your vision and ability to be an alert driver.
  • Check the Roadways and Traffic Ahead of Time: Winter conditions can be somewhat unpredictable so it’s important to check the roadways and traffic before you head out in order to give yourself enough time to safely arrive at your destination. Speeding in poor weather conditions puts other drivers and emergency responders at risk. Check highway conditions at www.dot.ca.gov/cgi-bin/roads.cgi
  • Always Carry Snow Chains: Invest in a set of snow chains for each of your vehicles and carry them in your vehicle, even if it’s not snowing. Practice installing your snow chains away from busy roads and be aware of weather conditions and snow chain speed limits.
  • Slow down at the first sign of rain, especially after a dry spell. This is when many roads are the most slippery, because oil and dust have not washed away. A slippery road will not give your tires the grip they need. Drive more slowly than you would on a dry road. Adjust your speed as follows:
    • Wet road: go 5 to 10 mph slower
    • Packed snow: reduce your speed by half
    • Ice: slow to a crawl

Prepare Your Vehicle

  • Make sure all fluid levels are full and ensure that the lights, heater and windshield wipers are in proper condition.
  • Keep your gas tank near full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines.
  • Avoid traveling alone. Let someone know your timetable and primary and alternate routes.
  • Call 511 for the latest traffic/road incidents, construction and weather conditions and restrictions.
  • Carry a Winter Storm Survival Kit that includes:
    • Mobile phone, charger, batteries
    • Blankets/sleeping bags
    • Flashlight with extra batteries
    • First-aid kit
    • Knife
    • High-calorie, non-perishable food
    • Extra clothing to keep dry
    • Large empty can to use as emergency toilet, tissues, toilet paper and paper towels
    • Small can and waterproof matches to melt snow for drinking water
    • Sack of sand or cat litter for traction
    • Shovel
    • Windshield scraper and brush
    • Tool kit
    • Tow rope
    • Battery booster cables
    • Water container
    • Candle and matches to provide light and in an emergency, lifesaving heat.
    • Compass and road maps, don’t depend on mobile devices with limited battery life

(Source: National Weather Service)

San Bernardino County Fire reminds you to be prepared for a disaster with the free Ready SB County Disaster Preparedness App. During an emergency, you’ll stay up-to date on evacuations, shelter locations, traffic alerts, and emergency resources available in your area.

Download the Ready SB County Disaster Preparedness App at:
http://www.ReadySB.com/

For a website version of these tips, visit:
https://www.sbcfire.org/SafetyTips/WinterDriving.aspx

A Message from Chairman Curt Hagman

Monday marks the fourth anniversary of the December 2, 2015 terrorist attack in San Bernardino. On that day, 14 people, including 13 members of our County family, were taken from us. Many more were wounded, physically and emotionally.

We will always remember these 14 souls, and we will continue to support those who are still healing.

The County Government Family invites you to join us wherever you may be in observing a moment of remembrance at 10:55 a.m. on Monday, December 2.

At that time, the County will pay tribute on our FacebookTwitter, and Instagram platforms. I have directed flags at all County facilities to be flown at half-mast on Monday. If you fly an American flag at home or at your place of work, we ask that you lower your flags to half-staff on Monday in honor of those who were taken from us on that tragic day four years ago.

If you are experiencing trauma stemming from the events of December 2, 2015, resources are available to help you. Please click here for more information.

Please continue to support those who are still hurting and healing and continue to care for each other.

Sincerely,
Curt Hagman
Chairman, Board of Supervisors

 

Assistant Fire Chief Dan Munsey appointed new County Fire Chief

Assistant Fire Chief Dan Munsey

Assistant County Fire Chief Dan Munsey will serve as the new Fire Chief for the San Bernardino County Fire Protection District effective immediately following his appointment by County Chief Executive Officer Gary McBride, with concurrence from the Board of Supervisors.

Munsey, who has served with County Fire since 1995, succeeds Mark Hartwig, who left the department in February to accept a job as fire chief for Santa Barbara County. Deputy Fire Chief Don Trapp has served as interim chief since Hartwig’s departure.

Munsey’s appointment concluded a nationwide recruiting effort that began shortly after Hartwig’s departure and yielded a broad field of applicants.

“There were several outstanding candidates,” McBride said. “But the Board and I concluded that Assistant Chief Munsey offered the best combination of the traits we were seeking: the leadership skills and commitment to operate County Fire effectively and professionally, and the ability and desire to work productively with public safety agencies throughout the county.”

“Being chosen to serve as fire chief for this organization is a tremendous honor,” Munsey said. “This is a team of highly skilled, dedicated professionals who serve a great community. I am excited about this opportunity to lead them and provide them with the tools and the environment they need to help County Fire fully achieve its great potential.”

In his most recent assignment as Assistant Chief, Division 11, Munsey was responsible for rescue operations, fire, and emergency medical response in the High Desert region, which is the largest of the five regions served by San Bernardino County Fire.

Munsey began his career in the fire service in 1995 as a paid-call firefighter. He became a full-time firefighter in 1998, where he was assigned to Lake Arrowhead. He has worked in every division of County Fire, promoting to captain in 2004, battalion chief in 2008, and assistant chief in March 2014.

Munsey holds a master’s degree in public administration with an emphasis on business and government and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Grand Canyon University. Munsey is the current president of the Operations Section of the California Fire Chiefs Association and president of the Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors. He has been active for a decade in the Rotary Club of San Bernardino, Victorville, and Yucca Valley.

In 2013, Munsey graduated from the San Bernardino County Management & Leadership Academy, a program that provides comprehensive management and leadership training to county employees. Participants gain theoretical and practical knowledge of public service management and leadership practices, with specific emphasis on understanding their application within San Bernardino County government.

The San Bernardino County Fire Protection District has about 1,000 employees, covers approximately 19,000 of the county’s 20,105 square miles, and serves more than 60 incorporated municipalities and unincorporated communities within four Regional Service Zones – Mountain, North Desert, South Desert and Valley – including the City of Grand Terrace, City of Hesperia, City of Needles, City of San Bernardino, City of Twentynine Palms, City of Upland, Town of Yucca Valley, and unincorporated areas. Additionally, County Fire provides contractual fire protection services to two cities: Adelanto and Fontana, via its independent fire protection district.

County Fire is a community-based, all-hazard emergency services organization providing emergency mitigation and management for fire suppression, emergency medical services, ambulance services, hazardous materials response, arson investigation, hazard and terrorism/weapons of mass destruction abatement, and technical rescue, including water-borne, flooding and mudslide, and winter rescue operations.

Artist Bernard Hoyes works open at the County Museum

San Bernardino County Museum is pleased to present a show of works by artist Bernard Hoyes.  “Spirit of the Land Through Climate Change,” an exhibition of large scale watercolors, speaks to the artist’s experience with the ecological life of the desert. The show opens Sunday, Nov. 17 and runs through March 8, 2020. The exhibit opens with a reception on Nov. 17, from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Hoyes, an artist working in multiple disciplines including performance, painting, watercolor and murals, is a Coachella Valley resident, Jamaican born, African-American, and is primarily recognized as a contemporary painter. His work evolves from a highly intuitive space, capturing spiritual realms on canvas in radiant and brilliant essence. He inspires the viewer to transcend into new dimensions, and regardless of the genre, all of his work has an undercurrent of spirituality. The works in this show reveal a controlled recession of details, plane after plane, allowing the observer to wander into the picture space for a vicarious experience of nature.

Raised into a family rooted in Jamaica’s revivalist church, Hoyes memories of religion and rituals have influenced his artistic productivity throughout his life. His celebration of traditional African religion and spirituality continues to find universal appeal. His work has exhibited at the Museum of African American Art in Los Angeles, Riverside Art Museum, Mission Inn Museum, Palm Springs Art Museum, and others. His mural projects include a large-scale work on the exterior wall Church of St. Paul’s in downtown Palm Springs, and most recently a mural in Kingston, Jamaica as part of the Kingston Creative’s #PaintTheCity project, to revitalize the downtown. His works are in the private collections of Oprah Winfrey, Natalie Cole, Steve Harvey, Helene Galen, Keenan Ivory Wayans and the National Urban League, amongst others.

The San Bernardino County Museum’s exhibits of regional cultural and natural history and the Museum’s 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 exhibit and the exhibit opening reception are included with general admission. 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.

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