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San Bernardino County Child Support outreach efforts honored

San Bernardino County Department of Child Support Services (DCSS) was recognized with two awards from the Child Support Directors Association for raising awareness and educating community partners about the importance of helping families provide for their children. 

Child Support’s Military Liaison team was recognized for establishing partnerships with Fort Irwin Army National Training Center and 29 Palms Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center.  Members of the team have traveled to military bases to educate military partners about child support and how it assists both mothers and fathers. They have presented to the Judge Advocate General Office for attorneys, paralegals and over 100 of Fort Irwin’s command staff.

Child Support’s Outreach team was honored in the category of Child Support Program Awarenessforraising awareness and educating community partners, County departments and customers about services. The effort is part of the department’s Holistic Case Management approach to raise awareness for customers about services and ensure the department works with them to remove barriers so they can become self-sufficient. The expansive campaign included a partnership with the San Bernardino County Library, which provides after-hours child support services at three local libraries; Mondays with DCSS to bring services to the customers;  and collaborations with San Bernardino County Workforce Development Department.

“I am proud of the efforts of the department in reaching our customers, County and community partners and local military in creating an awareness that DCSS is here to help both mothers and fathers to provide for their children and achieve self-sufficiency, “ said DCSS Director Marie Girulat. “Through one coordinated effort, we have been able to positively impact lives, one family at a time.” DCSS partners with many County agencies and community-based organizations to meet the needs of both parents and help to remove barriers like unemployment, underemployment, license suspension, domestic violence and homelessness. The department helps families by determining the legal father of the child, establish orders for child and medical support, locate parents, enforce support orders, review child support orders when circumstances have changed, and collect and distribute child support payments. DCSS focuses on helping the family as a whole with all aspects of services to gain self-sufficiency.  Additional information regarding services and resources is available at http://hss.sbcounty.gov/DCSS, or by calling 1-866-901-3212.

Board of Supervisors honors outstanding County employees

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors recognized outstanding employees from 42 County departments and offices during a Public Service Recognition Week Award for Excellence ceremony May 16 at the San Bernardino County Government Center. 

The annual event recognizes the work of public servants. Each County department and office selects one of its employees to be honored with an Award for Excellence based on outstanding service to the County and the community. Specific criteria include customer service, initiative and leadership, accomplishments, and work toward achievement of the Countywide Vision, https://cms.sbcounty.gov/cao-vision/Home.aspx.

“It is always an honor to recognize County employees who go above and beyond the call of duty to serve the public and make our community a great place to live and work,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “Earlier this month, our County picked up 52 awards by the National Association of Counties for innovative and cost-savings programs. That’s a strong demonstration of the County’s commitment to exemplary public service.”

This year marked the 30th year the County has conducted this national Public Service Recognition Week event.  Public employees in the United States and around the world take part in the annual celebration honoring the people who serve as federal, state, and local government employees.

The following County employees were recognized as part of Public Service Recognition Week:

Glenda Jackson, Aging and Adult Services/Office of the Public Guardian Daniel Bickel, Agriculture/Weight and Measures Henry Martinez, Airports

Justine Rodriguez, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center

Daniel Sanchez, Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk

Robert Gordon, Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector

Mary Gurrola, Behavioral Health

Stephny Montgomery, Board of Supervisors

Jo Cruz, Child Support Services

Cassandra McClenton, Children and Family Services

Hillary Steenson-Ray, Children’s Network

Andrew Simpson, Clerk of the Board

Monica Lopez, Community Development and Housing

Traci Homan, County Administrative Office

Jacklin Golden, County Counsel

Laura Robles, District Attorney

Matthew Mena, Economic Development

Robert  Kittleman, County Fire District

Debora Dickerson-Sims, First 5

Stephanie Moore, Fleet Management

Megan Gardner, Human Resources

Shelia Jackson, Human Services Administration

Natalie Campos, Information Services

Amy Claborn, Land Use Services

Ina Feeney, Library

David Myers, Museum

Amy Edwards,   Office of Homeless Services

Laura Marquez, Preschool Services

Trina West, Probation

Julie Ettari, Public Defender

Emerita Meily, Public Health

Brian Kloepfer, Public Works

Lisa Brazfield, Purchasing

Steven Clynch, Real Estate Services

Ryan Isom, Regional Parks

Brenda Garcia, Registrar of Voters

Rebecca Suarez, Risk Management

Christina Martin, Sheriff/Coroner/Public Administrator

Bill Mahaney, Special Districts

Stephanie Maldonado, Transitional Assistance

Darlene Lee, Veterans Affairs

Mariam Chalaby, Workforce Development

Pulp Culture: A Juicy Tale in the Orange Empire opens

The San Bernardino County Museum announces the opening of a new exhibit “Pulp Culture: A Juicy Tale in the Orange Empire.” The exhibit traces the growth and development of the citrus industry in the region, and opens to the public on Sunday, May 19.

“Pulp Culture” is a captivating, bilingual journey through one of the most fascinating periods of our history, starting in the 19th century and continuing to the present day. It is a story of industry, migrant workers, fruit pests, and a visual culture that became intrinsically tied to the region’s citrus groves and packing houses. This addition to the museum’s Hall of History features a community voices station, an interactive packing conveyor belt, art celebrating the citrus culture, and other historical artifacts from the time.

Working with a storytelling group, exhibit curators David Myers, Jennifer Dickerson, Jessika Vazquez, and Tamara Serrao-Leiva, were able to weave a multidisciplinary narrative drawing on diverse cultural history and science. The story advisors are experts in their fields and included Steven Moreno-Terrill and Megan Suster, from California Citrus State Historic Park; educators Tom and Lily Rivera; members of the Cultural Resources Management Department at San Manuel Band of Mission Indians; and Genevieve Preston, from San Bernardino County Archives.

David Myers, Curator of Visitor Engagement & Exhibits said “It is our team’s intention to always try to develop complete stories that are reflective and representative of our entire community. Pulp Culture was designed around this idea, that people who worked in, and developed the citrus industry and culture should have the opportunity to tell their own history. In this exhibit, visitors can listen to the memories of people who were employed in the citrus industry and who contributed to the shared citrus culture, and can record their own personal citrus stories in our community voices station.” 

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. 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.

County wins 52 awards from National Association of Counties

San Bernardino County programs that help young people prepare for the workforce, improve the health of residents, promote literacy and simplify access to public services are among 52 programs that won 2019 Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo), the highest number of NACo awards ever won by San Bernardino County.

“We are so proud that we broke our own record and that our County employees are being recognized on a national stage for the work they do to provide faster, easier and more efficient services to our residents and businesses,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman.

Since 2010, San Bernardino County has won 336 Achievement Awards from NACo, an organization that honors innovative, effective county government programs that enhance services for residents.

Nationally, NACo Achievement Awards are given in 18 different categories that reflect the variety of services counties provide. San Bernardino County won awards in 11 categories judged by NACo. Winners will be recognized at NACo’s 2019 Annual Conference and Exposition July 12-15 in Clark County, Nevada.  This year, NACo reviewed 616 entries from counties and state associations in 32 states.

The Board of Supervisors will recognize and honor the people and departments responsible for the winning programs and services below at an upcoming event:

Category: Arts, Culture and Historic Preservation

“Footsteps to You: Chattel Slavery” Exhibit and School Program – Museum

Co-curating Tribal Culture: Sacred Earth Exhibition – Museum

Category: Children and Youth

Speed-Hiring Collaborative to Resolve Staffing Shortage – Children and Family Services

Family Reunification Celebration Program – Children and Family Services

Referral, Screening, Assessment and Treatment Program – Children and Family Services

Little Mobile Libraries –Probation

Category: Civic Education and Public Information

Probation External Affairs: Community Engagement and Outreach Campaign – Probation

Public Health Night: Home Run For Health – Public Health

Environmental Health Services Mosquito and Vector Control Roundtable – Public Health

Second District Youth Council – Board of Supervisors Second District, Supervisor Janice Rutherford

Category: Community and Economic Development

MOU Partnership Desk Reference Guide and Referral Program  – Workforce Development

Regional Approach to Incumbent Worker Training – Workforce Development

GenerationGo! Career Pathways Program – Workforce Development

Vision2Succeed – Economic Development

Category: County Administration and Management

DMV Title and Registration Program – Fleet Management

Category: Criminal Justice and Public Safety

Real Estate Fraud Prevention – Courtesy Notification Program – Assessor-Recorder-Clerk/District Attorney/Information Services Department

S.T.A.R.T. – Sheriff’s Transitional Assistance Reentry Team – Sheriff

Human Trafficking Task Force – Sheriff

Crisis Intervention Training for Law Enforcement and Community Partners – Behavioral Health

Field Watch Commander Program – Probation

Category: Health

Diabetes F.I.T Education Program – Arrowhead Regional Medical Center

Supporting Health and Personal Empowerment (SHAPE) in the Community – Arrowhead Regional Medical Center

Zum Up Community Intervention Program – Public Health

Historic Policy Change through a System Approach of Health Promotion – Public Health

Utilizing Collaborative Partnerships to Leverage Resources and Enhance the Summer Meals Program in San Bernardino County – Public Health

Category: Human Services

APS Postal Workers – Help Stamp Out Abuse –Aging and Adult Services

Public Health Nurse Mobile Health Outreach Anatomical Models – Aging and Adult Services

Coordinated Care Collaborative – Aging and Adult Services

Mobile Device Program – Aging and Adult Services

Human Services (HS) Emergency Response Codes (ERC) – Human Services

Fathers Toolbox – Children’s Network/Performance, Education and Resource Centers

Older Adult Community Services Program – Behavioral Health

Certified Mail Process – Child Support Services

Proactive Texting Program – Transitional Assistance Department

HS Time Study Enhancement and EMACS Integration – Transitional Assistance Department

CalHEERS Ticket Portal – Transitional Assistance Department

CalFresh Outreach – Transitional Assistance Department

Streamlined Application Process – Transitional Assistance Department

Military Outreach – Child Support Services

Resource Fairs and MWDCSS – Child Support Services

Category: Information Technology

Property Tax Refund (PIRFnet) Enhancement Project – Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector

Remittance System – Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector

Cashiering System – Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector

SB SAFE Website – Information Services Department

Embracing GIS Technology for the Homeless Point-in-Time Count – Information Services Department

Broadband Grant Provides Digital Literacy in Low-Income Communities – Housing Authority

Environmental Health Services Pool Safety Survey Application – Public Health

Environmental Health Services E-receipting – Public Health

Retail Story Map – Economic Development

Category: Libraries
STEM in the Library – County Library

Student Digital Library Cards – County Library

Category: Personnel Management, Employment and Training

From Pilot to Program: DPH Mentoring Program – Public Health

To view all NACo Achievement Award winners, visit https://explorer.naco.org/cf_naco/cffiles_web/awards/award_srch.cfm.

Join the Museum’s biggest party of the year

Celebrate the San Bernardino County Museum’s incredible work focusing on the region’s nature, art, history and science at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18. By attending Bucky Ball, you support the Museum’s mission to inspire the community about the Inland Empire’s rich cultural and natural history through year-round STEM-based and family-focused programming.

The Museum impacts the lives of nearly 70,000 schoolchildren, families, researchers and others annually in our diverse community at our Redlands site and an additional 12,000 at Victor Valley Museum and our historic sites. For many, the Museum is their first introduction to the wonders of nature and the remarkable region in which we live. These learning experiences set the stage for a life-long interest in science, art and the natural world.

This special night of festivities raises much-needed support for new exhibits and upgrades to permanent spaces inside the Museum and its branch sites, and for the Museums for All discount admission program, providing access regardless of ability to pay.

This year’s gala will include an exclusive preview of the upcoming exhibit, Pulp Culture: A Juicy Story in the Orange Empire. Enjoy beautiful décor, live music and dancing, a gourmet dinner and wines, the esteemed Good Egg Awards, silent and live auctions, and a few surprises designed to provide our guests a truly pleasurable evening.

To purchase tickets go to: https://thesbcma.org/bucky-ball/

County Project Management employee wins statewide recognition for public service

A county government project manager has received statewide recognition for his exemplary public service.

Brenton Rankin

Brenton Rankin, a project manager with the county’s Real Estate Services Department Project Management Division, has received one of only three Excellence in Service awards given out each year by the California County General Services Association.

“Your demonstrated ability to manage logistically challenging and high-profile projects shows a high level of dedication and responsiveness to your customers’ needs,” the organization said in recognizing Brenton.

Brenton effectively manages a diverse roster of project types and brings a unique skill set to each, such as managing challenging projects within high-security detention facilities, upgrades at the Emergency Operations Center and new fueling stations, while managing and mitigating fiduciary risks and providing outstanding customer service.

One example of Brenton’s accomplishments is the Cafe and Conference Rooms Remodel Project, which converted a long-time restaurant into several multi-purpose conference rooms and a coffee bar within the County Government Center in San Bernardino. The project had the added challenge of having to serve as a temporary meeting place for the Board of Supervisors while the board’s chambers undergo renovation.

Brenton was tasked with keeping all construction efforts, audio/visual upgrades and furnishings on schedule to ensure the timely and seamless transition of the temporary board chambers functions into the temporary space to match the start of the chambers renovation project. Brenton worked closely with the county government leadership team to facilitate the scheduling and logistics of all public hearings, meetings and events.

Brenton is one of approximately 22,000 San Bernardino County government employees who define their job as creating “a county in which those who reside and invest can prosper and achieve well-being.”

 

Supervisors direct funding toward community efforts to end homelessness

An estimated 3,400 homeless individuals and families at imminent risk of homelessness will benefit from more than $6.6 million in state grant funding distributed today by the Board of Supervisors to 15 local agencies throughout the county.

Photo Credit: SCNG

An additional $2.3 million in grant funding will be distributed to seven additional local agencies in the near future.

The funds are a portion of nearly $9.4 million the county received from the $500 million Homeless Emergency Aid Program, or HEAP, block grant funding program created by the state last year.

The county will use more than $6.3 million to support homeless prevention and diversion programs, general homeless services, homeless outreach, reentry services, emergency shelter response, utility assistance, moving assistance, transportation services, document readiness, eviction services and housing search and stability. Almost $1.3 million will go toward rental subsidies. More than $1 million will be set aside specifically to assist homeless youth, and $213,000 will go toward shelter acquisition projects to serve the homeless.

Funds will be provided to the cities of Barstow, Colton, Montclair, Redlands, Rialto and Upland, the Morongo Unified School District, and community organizations based in San Bernardino, Victorville, Twentynine Palms, Apple Valley, Redlands, Hesperia, Fontana and elsewhere collectively serving homeless throughout the entire county.

Ending homelessness in San Bernardino County is a priority for the Board of Supervisors, who created the San Bernardino County Homeless Partnership in 2007. In July 2016, the board launched an initiative to assist homeless veterans and since then has successfully housed 1,096 veterans. Since January 2017, 191 chronically homeless people with mental health issues have been housed.

San Bernardino County’s innovative approaches to address homelessness – which have received accolades at the state and national levels – focus on collaboration, creation of available dwelling units, whole-person healthcare, jobs, and technology.

On April 16, the Board of Supervisors and Gov. Gavin Newsom held a roundtable discussion about the county’s efforts to fight homelessness and solutions to the problem moving forward. Newsom said he was so inspired by the “big ideas” at work in San Bernardino County that he will work with the state Legislature to set aside funding in the state’s upcoming 2019-2020 budget to enhance support for the county’s efforts.

Candidate filing begins for 2019 Consolidated Mail Ballot Election

Citizens living in or near Apple Valley, Baker, and Twentynine Palms who are interested in running for the governing board of one of three local special districts may pick up candidacy documents starting on Monday, May 6.

Candidate filing for the Aug. 27, 2019 Consolidated Mail Ballot Election continues through 5 p.m. Friday, May 31.

The following special districts have offices up for election:

– Baker Community Services District

– Two Members of the Board of Directors for 4-year terms

– Mariana Ranchos County Water District

– Two Members of the Board of Directors for 4-year terms

– Twentynine Palms Water District

– Two Members of the Board of Directors for 4-year terms

Citizens who are interested in running for special district offices may obtain the appropriate documents at the district office, during regular business hours, or at the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters, 777 E. Rialto Avenue in San Bernardino from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

At the time a person picks up candidate documents for one of the special district offices, he or she must be a registered voter residing in the special district.  Interested citizens may confirm whether they live within a district and are registered to vote by using the Registrar of Voters’ My Elections Gateway application at https://www.sbcountyelections.com/VoterRegistration/MyElectionGatewayInfo.aspx.

Completed candidate filing documents must be filed at the Registrar of Voters by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 31.

For more information on this election, please visit the Registrar of Voters’ website at www.SBCountyElections.com or call (909) 387-8300.

County Fleet Management among the best on the continent – again!

For the 14th time in the past 15 years, San Bernardino County Fleet Management has been named one of the 100 Best Fleets in North America, coming in 17th place this year – up from 23rd last year.

The 100 Best Fleets competition recognizes fleet operations that perform at a high level using industry recognized processes and procedures, key performance indicators and best practices. The 100 Best Fleets results are announced every year at the National Association of Fleet Administrators Institute and Expo conference.

The approximately 100 men and women of San Bernardino County Fleet Management provide acquisition, maintenance, repair, modification, and disposal services for the majority of county vehicles and equipment. Fleet Management’s main garage in San Bernardino includes four shops: automotive, heavy duty, welding/metal fabrication, and generator services, as well as a parts room and fueling station. The department also operates five smaller service centers in Barstow, Victorville, Needles, Rancho Cucamonga and Twentynine Palms and 60 strategically located fueling sites.

Additionally, Fleet Management operates a motor pool, which has ownership and/or maintenance and replacement responsibility for approximately 1,940 vehicles and pieces of equipment assigned to or used by county departments.

County’s homelessness efforts impress new governor

From left, County CEO Gary McBride, Board of Supervisors Vice Chair Josie Gonzales, Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman and Gov. Gavin Newsom listen to presentations outlining the county’s efforts to combat homelessness.

San Bernardino County officials and their community partners impressed California’s new governor this week with the various strategies being employed to combat homelessness in America’s largest county.

Gov. Gavin Newsom said he was so inspired by the “big ideas” at work in San Bernardino County that he will work with the state Legislature to set aside funding in the state’s upcoming 2019-2020 budget to enhance support for the county’s efforts.

“This seems to me to be an extraordinary opportunity,” Gov. Newsom said. “I have the privilege of this moment to convince my legislative colleagues that this is a wise investment.”

“I am going back home re-energized,” he continued. “I want to look to redirect some of that money in a much more robust way. … That’s missing from my budget, but it doesn’t have to be on May 1. We can figure out ways to bolster that effort.”

San Bernardino County’s innovative approaches to address homelessness – which have received accolades at the state and national levels – focus on collaboration, creation of available dwelling units, whole-person healthcare, jobs, and technology. Efforts are coordinated by the county’s Interagency Council on Homelessness, which is chaired by Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales and includes representatives from many cities within the county, and a variety of county departments, non-profit organizations, and other service providers.

During the meeting with Gov. Newsom on April 16, 2019, at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center McKee Family Health Center in San Bernardino, county and private sector partners outlined some of the county’s approaches toward ending homelessness, including:

  • Managed healthcare to ensure newly-housed people achieve and maintain physical and behavioral wellness to help prevent them from reverting to homelessness and relying on more costly emergency room care for their basic needs.
  • The conversion of hotels and motels to provide homes for the homeless. The Housing Authority of San Bernardino County and its private sector partners are in the process of converting motels in San Bernardino and Victorville into housing for homeless people. Tod Lipka, president and CEO of Step Up said there are 75 hotels and motels in the region that could be converted into housing if the state could provide funding for rent vouchers.

“There are wonderful things happening at the local level,” Gov. Newsom said. “We’ll have your back and we’ll be providing an unprecedented amount of resources, and we’re here for the long haul.”

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