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This is NOT the weekend for roadside snow play

Southern Californians looking to play in the snow this weekend won’t find any of it by the side of the roads in the San Bernardino County mountains.

The Crestline, Lake Arrowhead and Running Springs areas are open for business and great for food, shopping and general relaxation, but Thursday’s relatively warm storm washed away most of the snow.

Snow conditions are great in the higher-elevation Big Bear area, but both of the roads between the San Bernardino and Big Bear valleys are closed while they recover from this week’s storms. The only way into Big Bear and to the area’s two major ski resorts is through the High Desert on Highway 18.

For those who plan on visiting the local mountains this weekend, the county continues to urge visitors to be safe, smart, and polite.

–Heavy fog is common on mountain highways. Motorists are reminded to be alert, slow for weather conditions and use headlights while driving. Avoid travel during storm events and check road and weather conditions before you travel.  Motorists should anticipate delays and longer travel time.

–Carry tire chains, but do not stop in the roadways to put them on. Chains are not a convenient option for motorists when ice and snow are present. They are required. Motorists must carry chains or other legally compliant traction devices. The San Bernardino Mountain regions have Caltrans-permitted and -trained chain installers available during periods when chains are required.

–Motorists are urged to drive carefully and use turnouts to allow faster traffic to pass.

–Stock vehicles with water, snacks, blankets, a charged cell phone, flashlight and a full tank of gas before visiting the mountains. For safe winter driving tips and chain control information please go to http://www.dot.ca.gov/cttravel/winter.html. Check out Caltrans’ “Quick Map” for current road conditions and chain requirements at http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov. For real-time traffic, download the Quick Map app on iTunes or Google Play.

–Be courteous. The mountains are a full-time home to thousands people. Visitors should carry their trash with them or use one of the dumpsters located along state highways 18 and 330, which are generously provided through a partnership between county government, Caltrans and Burrtec.

–Park only in areas clearly designated for parking. Illegally parked vehicles, especially those blocking roads or snow plows, will be quickly towed away.

Law enforcement will be present in greater numbers and will actively enforce laws concerning driving, chains, parking, roadside play and littering.

Generation GO! : High school seniors begin county internships

More than 100 San Bernardino County high school seniors got a jump start into careers on Wednesday as they began internships with more than 20 county departments.

The internships are part of  Generation Go!, a countywide program established by the County Workforce Development Board providing work-based learning opportunities to high school students. A key component of its work is ensuring that the county’s youth are ready to enter the workforce with the skills needed to compete today and for the future.

Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman, County Chief Executive Officer Gary McBride and Deputy Executive Officer Reg Javier offered encouraging remarks to the students during their orientation Wednesday. McBride expressed a particular connection with the students, recounting how he began his career with the county at a young age in an entry-level position. 

Generation Go! is an essential element of Vision2Succeed, a project of the Countywide Vision aimed at preparing San Bernardino County residents for the jobs we have and the jobs we want to attract.

The county is currently seeking businesses that are willing to provide work-based learning experiences as part of a high school curriculum. Targeted industries include utilities/energy, logistics/transportation, construction/engineering, automotive, manufacturing and culinary.

Be safe and courteous when visiting the mountains

Recent storms have transformed the San Bernardino County mountains into a winter wonderland, and mountain residents, public safety agencies and government service providers are bracing for the usual mass migration of snow lovers from all parts of Southern California.

County government joins mountain residents and businesses, police and fire agencies, Caltrans and other mountain “locals” in welcoming weekend visitors while urging them to be courteous, be prepared, and be safe in their quest for snow and adventure.

  • Snow and rain are expected throughout the weekend. Heavy fog is common on mountain highways. Motorists are reminded to be alert, slow for weather conditions and use headlights while driving. Avoid travel during storm events and check road and weather conditions before you travel.  Motorists should anticipate delays and longer travel time.
  • Carry tire chains. Chains are not a convenient option for motorists when ice and snow are present. They are required. Motorists must carry chains or other legally compliant traction devices. The San Bernardino Mountain regions have Caltrans-permitted and -trained chain installers available during periods when chains are required.
  • Motorists are urged to drive carefully and use turnouts to allow faster traffic to pass.
  • Stock vehicles with water, snacks, blankets, a charged cell phone, flashlight and a full tank of gas before visiting the mountains. For safe winter driving tips and chain control information please go to http://www.dot.ca.gov/cttravel/winter.html. Check out Caltrans’ “Quick Map” for current road conditions and chain requirements at http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov. For real-time traffic, download the Quick Map app on iTunes or Google Play.
  • Be courteous. The mountains are a full-time home to thousands people. Visitors should carry their trash with them or use one of the dumpsters located along state highways 18 and 330, which are generously provided through a partnership between county government, Caltrans and Burrtec.
  • Park only in areas clearly designated for parking. Illegally parked vehicles, especially those blocking roads or snow plows, will be quickly towed away.

Law enforcement will be present in greater numbers and will actively enforce laws concerning driving, chains, parking, roadside play and littering.

Regional Parks now hiring lifeguards and pool managers for summer swim season

From 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 Pool Manager at one of our Regional Parks for the 2019 Summer Season.

The department will be hosting a one-day hiring event on March 2, 2019 where potential same day job offers could be made. If you are unable to attend the event, applications will be accepted online continuously through April.

Regional Parks will be offering lifeguard certification training in March. Candidates who are selected at the hiring event, will be able to obtain certifications paid for by the department.

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 2019. All requirements must be met before the first day of work. Bilingual abilities strongly desired.

The following positions are available for the 2019 Summer Swim Season:

Pool Manager – $ 17.00 hourly (2 at each site)

·         21 years of age or older

·         5 Years of Lifeguard Experience

·         1-2 Years of Supervisory Experience

Senior Lifeguard – $ 14.00 hourly (2 at each site)

  • 18 years of age or older
  • 3 Years of Lifeguard Experience
Returning Lifeguard – $ 13.00 hourly

  • 16 years of age or older
  • 1 or more years Lifeguard Experience with Regional Parks
New Lifeguard – $ 12.50 hourly

·         16 Years of age or older

 

Preferred work location is not guaranteed and will be decided by Park staffing needs.

Please visit www.sbcounty.gov/jobs and apply today!

County leads trade mission to South Korea

The county will lead local business leaders on a mission to South Korea in April to expand trade and investment opportunities for the county’s investors.

South Korea is California’s sixth largest export destination. In 2017, California exported more than $9.6 billion to South Korea, making California the top U.S. exporting state to South Korea.

“This mission is a tremendous opportunity for businesses in our county to grow their exports and foster international trade. By doing so, we ultimately enhance the performance of businesses here at home and drive job creation in the county,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “Supervisor Robert Lovingood and I are looking forward to working with the county’s business community in face-to-face meetings with our government and private-sector counterparts in South Korea.”

“Strengthening ties between our county and South Korean business leaders during this mission allows for our Economic Development Agency to work directly with Korean businesses that may be considering an investment in the county,” said Supervisor Lovingood. “In addition to marketing San Bernardino County’s products and services, this mission provides an opportunity for us to connect with and assist Korean companies wishing to establish or expand operations here in the county.”

San Bernardino County companies in all industry sectors are participating or will be invited to participate in this trade mission. Participating companies will have one-on-one, pre-qualified appointments targeted to their objectives, whether that is developing or expanding direct export sales, locating distributors or agents, or conducting market research, among other goals. Company recruitment for the South Korea mission will begin shortly and will be handled through the County of San Bernardino Economic Development Agency.

Furthermore, the mission will also enhance relationships between San Bernardino County and South Korea in order to attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to the County. South Korean FDI into the

United States has more than doubled in recent years, increasing from $19.9 billion in 2011 to $40.9 billion in 2016.

The South Korea mission will also complement the recent trends observed in regard to businesses reshoring their manufacturing operations back to the US. The County of San Bernardino offers many compelling advantages to companies with offshore operations that are seeking to simplify their supply chains, reduce labor costs and bring jobs back into the US; this Mission will enhance awareness of the County as a destination for manufacturers interested in strategic reshoring. Over 10,000 total US jobs were restored from Korea between 2010-16; the County is strategically positioning itself to be a part of this job creation with this Mission.

The South Korea mission is scheduled for April 20-27, 2019, with Seoul being the primary destination for this mission. Highlights for this mission include targeted one-on-one business meetings for participating County businesses, exploring foreign direct investment and reshoring opportunities, meetings with government and industry association officials, along with briefings on the market. Participating San Bernardino County companies will hold pre-arranged meetings specific to their market entry or expansion needs.

The County of San Bernardino Economic Development Agency is promoting an international trade and investment program countywide. The primary goal of this program is to inform business about opportunities to expand markets on a global scale and attract investment from abroad. To find out more about this program or other key initiatives or services offered, please visit http://www.sbcountyadvantage.com

Deputy Fire Chief Trapp to serve as interim chief

County Chief Executive Officer Gary McBride has announced that Deputy County Fire Chief Donald W. Trapp will serve as interim chief during a nationwide recruitment for a new chief to succeed Mark Hartwig, who is leaving County Fire on Feb. 15 to begin serving as fire chief for Santa Barbara County.

“We would like to thank Don and all of the dedicated men and women of the Fire Protection District for their service and leadership during this transition period,” McBride said.

“I am honored to lead such a talented team of men and women who are proud to be serving in their communities,” Trapp said. “Through teamwork and collaboration with our partner agencies and the communities we serve, we will continue efforts towards community risk reduction plans. Looking for ways to reduce operating costs while still providing the highest level of fire, rescue and emergency medical services remains a priority.”

Trapp has served the San Bernardino County Fire Protection District for 29 years, promoting through the ranks in the Valley, Wrightwood, North Desert and Lake Arrowhead areas. He was appointed Deputy Chief of Administration in July 2015, and has served as Deputy Chief of Operations from 2017 to present. He is responsible for overseeing all fire suppression, emergency medical services, and rescue operations.

Trapp serves on the state Firescope Operations Team and serves as the Operational Area Coordinator.

Trapp became interested in the fire service right out of high school and became a paid-call firefighter for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection in Temecula. He began his full-time fire service career with San Bernardino County Fire in 1989 in Fontana.

Throughout his career in County Fire, Trapp has remained heavily involved in the communities served by the district. He has served on the Emergency Medical Services committee, and co-chaired both the Operations Leadership Team and the Hiring, Testing & Development committees.

“Images of Black Culture, Life, & History” at County Museum

Kenneth Gatewood

Twenty-one African American artists featured in show recognizing Black History Month

The San Bernardino County Museum, in partnership with the Southern California Black Chamber of Commerce, Inland Cities, East, presents an exhibit featuring the fine art works of prominent African American artists from throughout Southern California to recognize Black History Month. “Images of Black Culture, Life, & History” opens at the Museum on Feb. 1 and continues through Mar 3.  The Chamber hosts an exhibit reception at the Museum on Thursday, Feb. 7 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Keith Mikell

Guest curated by Charles Bibbs, who also has two works in the show, the artists participating include  Adeola Davies-Ayeloja, Alva, Bernard Hoyes, Christopher J. Wesley, Derrick Dzine, Diana Shannon Young, Emmy Lu, Errol Cook, Keith Mikell, Kenneth Gatewood, Manuelita Brown, Michael Massenburg, Maurice Howard, Nathaniel Bustion, Rosalind McGary, Synthia Saint James, Shaz Taylor, Theresa Shellcroft, Viveca Mays, and Zeal Harris. The show includes paintings, watercolors, collages, ceramics, and quilts.

Curator of visitor engagement and exhibits, David Myers said, “these images are reflective of an array of experiences expressing power, beauty, provocation, hopelessness and hope. Charles Bibbs, with his immense talent and profile in the arts, brought together both established and emerging artists to weave a complex story of the African American experience. We are truly grateful to Charles and the Southern California Black Chamber of Commerce for helping us ensure that our exhibits are representative and reflective of our community both during our Black History Month celebration and all year long.”

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). EBT card holders and families are admitted for $1. Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free. This special exhibit is included with museum general admission. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcounty.gov/museum. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Find your Vision2Succeed at the county’s largest regional business summit

On Feb. 12, more than 1,000 business, community and government leaders will come together for San Bernardino County’s annual Regional Business Summit and State of the County. For 2019, the event theme “Innovate. Transform. Grow.” recognizes the County’s economic strength, business growth and innovative ideas designed to further transform the region, including the recently launched Vision2Succeed campaign, designed to prepare county residents for the jobs we have and the jobs we want to attract.

The Inland Empire chapter of NAIOP will also hold a real estate industry presentation prior to the State of the County titled “San Bernardino County: The Road Forward.”

For more information, registration and sponsorship information, click here.

Recognized as the largest regional business event in the County, the event will feature a message from Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman along with interviews to include Jason Feifer, editor-in-chief, Entrepreneur magazine along with leaders from the County’s top industries and businesses such as Garner Holt Productions, General Atomic, China Airlines, Federal Express UPS, NUUO, and Lennar Homes.

“The County continues to lead the state and nation in job and population growth. At a time when business and residents are being priced out of coastal markets, we continue to be a quality choice for business expansion and for a quality lifestyle,” Chairman Hagman said. “That’s why I encourage businesses to make plans now to be part of this event. We will share information to encourage business growth as well as provide a forum for valuable engagement with regional leaders. Bottom line, this event is about business expansion and job creation.”

The 2019 Regional Business Summit and State of the County is an excellent opportunity to collaborate with the most influential business owners, presidents, CEO and other decision makers in both the public and private sectors because of the high level of content presented and attendees.

The NAIOP IE panel will begin at 3:30 pm. Registration for State of the County begins at 4:30 pm. The NAIOP panel will be led by moderator Terry Thompson, director of real estate, San Bernardino County with panelists: Bill Heim, principal, Lee & Associates; Doug Jorritsma, senior vice president, Land Advisors; and Val Achtemeier, executive vice president, CBRE and Greg Devereraux, Worthington Partners.

The event will be held at the Citizens Business Bank Arena located at 4000 Ontario Center in Ontario. Sponsorship opportunities for greater business exposure are still available. For more information, visit http://www.sbcountyadvantage.com/About-Us/State-of-the-County.aspx.

Black History Art Exhibit at the County Museum

In honor of Black History Month, the Southern California Black Chamber of Commerce, Inland Cities East will be hosting its annual Black Art Exhibit at the San Bernardino County Museum.

This year local renowned artist Charles Bibbs is the curator for the 2019 Black Art Exhibit, which is themed “Images of Black Life, Culture and History.”

The exhibit will run from Friday, Feb. 1 until Sunday, March 3.

A reception will also he held on Thursday, Feb. 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. which will include the artists, local dignitaries along with business and community leaders.

The San Bernardino County Museum is at 2024 Orange Tree Lane in Redlands.

Read this flyer for more information on the event.

Code Enforcement increases focus on illegal trucking in Bloomington

San Bernardino County Code Enforcement officers will increase enforcement of illegal trucking operations in the unincorporated area of Bloomington to mitigate environmental hazards and public nuisances in residential areas.

There are more than 100 properties in Bloomington where the number of illegal operations involving truck storage, warehousing hazardous materials on properties, and unpermitted businesses is significantly higher than any other unincorporated area of the County.

“Bloomington is in the midst of designing its future as part of the new Countywide Plan and any illegal operations that currently exist there are not part of the vision,” said Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales whose district includes Bloomington. “The community definitely needs healthy businesses to thrive; businesses choosing to be good actors that comply with local, regional, state, and federal regulations enacted to protect all of our residents. County Code Enforcement will play a key role in ensuring Bloomington’s bright economic future.”

The Board of Supervisors allocated $400,000 in the 2018-19 County budget to address unpermitted truck operations in Bloomington which will allow a Code Enforcement officer to work on the issue full time.

In residential zones of Bloomington, only one tractor-trailer is allowed to be parked as long as the truck and trailer belongs to the owner-operator and is parked in an appropriate area on at least one acre of land.

Evelyn Duke, a longtime resident of Bloomington, lives across the street from a property where trucks were parked illegally before the operation was shut down. She complained about noise and plumes of smoke the trucks would give off when driving onto the property because she saw how it was negatively impacting her elderly neighbors.

“They had eight or nine trucks parked there and we couldn’t open our doors or windows because of the noise and they would leave their trucks idling out there at night,” Duke said. “One of the things that made me most angry was the sound of them changing tires at 10 o’clock at night.”

Code Enforcement currently has several open cases on suspected illegal trucking operations where as many as 20 tractor-trailers are located on one property in a residential zone. A significant number are next to schools. Illegal trucking operations negatively impact air and groundwater quality and increase odor, exposure to hazardous materials and the unsafe operation of trucks on neighborhood streets.

About 2,400 students attend Bloomington High School on Laurel Avenue, a street that has one lane of traffic going each way and several illegal trucking operations in the immediate area. Often right in front of the school, trucks on the narrow street must sit and wait for the oncoming lane to clear of traffic before they can make the left turn from Laurel. This is particularly a problem at crowded school arrival and dismissal times, according to Principal Sandy Torres.

“It does create traffic jams,” Torres said. “It makes it more hectic for our parents when they try to drop off and pick up their kids.”

The increased code enforcement operation has already led to criminal charges being filed against illegal operators who didn’t comply with County codes and other regulations.

A majority of the illegal operations are in areas zoned for single-family residences and must be relocated. A small number of the illegal operations could come into compliance if the owners who are in an appropriate zone applied for a permit to operate or applied for a zone change with Land Use Services.

The County is providing assistance for illegal trucking operators who want to come into compliance and/or relocate their business with the help of a commercial broker. For relocation resources, contact Matthew Mena at the Economic Development Agency at (909) 387-4552. People who need assistance with land use and zoning may contact Ignacio Nunez at Code Enforcement at (909) 948-5086.

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