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Give BIG San Bernardino County raises $271,044 for nonprofits

givebiglogoOrganizers are excited to announce that Give BIG San Bernardino County raised $271,044 for local nonprofits, surpassing last year’s $241,217 total. On Tuesday, Nov. 29, the county proved it can come together in a spirit of generosity around Give BIG San Bernardino County to help and give hope to many who need it.

Benefiting organizations with a range of missions including providing education to young parents, cultivating young philanthropists, connecting veterans to vital resources, caring for homeless animals, to name just a few, Give BIG San Bernardino County has raised more than $1 million since it began in 2014.

“Once again I’m so proud our community gave BIG and demonstrated their generosity and compassion by supporting the causes and charities closest to their hearts,” said San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chairman James Ramos. “I’m also proud of our local nonprofits for participating in Give BIG and finding new, exciting ways to attract donors and promote a culture of philanthropy throughout this county.”

“San Bernardino county came together, in one day, to raise funds and awareness of our local nonprofits,” said Dr. Jonathan Lorenzo Yorba, President and CEO of The Community Foundation. “Through the support of the County of San Bernardino and all of our other wonderful sponsors, community partners, and volunteers, Give BIG San Bernardino County was a success.”

This 24-hour online giving campaign raised $271,044 for 101 participating nonprofits. Both the number of donations made (4,195) and number of unique donors giving to the campaign (3,332) increased about 13 percent over last year.

In addition to raising funds, other goals of the campaign included increasing awareness of our nonprofit sector, strengthening nonprofits with training in social media, and engaging new and younger donors. In-person training sessions and webinars were provided to participating nonprofits in the months leading up to Give BIG. The webinars were taped and now reside in a library accessible to the nonprofits’ staff and board. Sessions focused on training in social media and marketing, and also included more advanced training, such as donor cultivation.

Several partners in Big Bear, the Morongo Basin, West End, East Valley and the High Desert assisted The Community Foundation and served as liaisons for nonprofits in their regions. Media are encouraged to reach out to any of the nonprofits (contact information is found on their individual giving pages at to learn more about their experience with Give BIG San Bernardino County and to help them get the word out about the difference they are making.

“Your kindness in helping people served by the nonprofit community in San Bernardino county has been truly amazing,” said Andrea Mitchel, consultant to Give BIG San Bernardino County. “Yet beyond the money raised, I am truly grateful for the exposure of the good work being done by our local nonprofits.”
Sponsors of Give BIG San Bernardino County include: Loma Linda University Health, The California Endowment, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, California State University San Bernardino, Press Enterprise, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Redlands Daily Facts, The 20/20 Network and KCAA Radio.

Plans for December 2 memorial moving forward

SB Strong Logo 1A committee charged with creating a permanent memorial to the victims of the December 2 terrorist attack continues to work toward its goal.

The December 2nd Memorial Committee recently completed a review of several memorials from across the country, noting how, in nearly every instance, the sponsoring agency used a structured process to allow artists, architects and designers to submit proposals. The committee will discuss how to proceed when it reconvenes after the first of the year.

In February, Board of Supervisors Chairman James Ramos appointed Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales and Chief Executive Officer Greg Devereaux to assemble and lead a committee to conceive the memorial. The committee consists of representatives from public safety, the departments of Behavioral Health, Public Health and Real Estate Services, the County Administrative Office and, most importantly, representatives from the Environmental Health Services division and family members of the county employees who were taken from us on that day.

The committee has held several meetings to identify key points of consideration and to establish an overall vision for the memorial based on shared values. The committee has determined the memorial should recognize the broad diversity and lives of the victims as well as those who stepped up to preserve and protect life. The memorial will also provide enduring recognition of the county employees who witnessed the attack, many of whom were physically injured and all of whom were emotionally impacted. The committee believes the memorial should be a place for quiet reflection.

The committee is making it a point to put careful consideration into each aspect of the memorial process, understanding that memorials can take up to a decade to develop. As the first anniversary of this tragic event approaches, the committee members want the public to know that work is progressing in a thoughtful and inclusive manner. The process will take time, but the result will appropriately and eternally reflect the many important and unique people, stories, and lessons of December 2, 2015.

Veterans invited to share memories at the County Museum

sbcmuseum entryThe San Bernardino County Museum invites veterans and active military to join us on Tuesday, Nov. 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to share their stories on video. These oral histories will become part of the museum’s current exhibit, “Over Here, Over There,” and will be preserved for future generations in the museum’s archives.

“The story of America is the story of the American veteran, those exceptional men and women of every ethnicity, creed, and circumstance who fought for the freedoms that constitute the cornerstone of our democracy,” said David Myers, the museum’s curator of visitor engagement and exhibits. “You have a uniquely American story of duty, sacrifice, and honor. You fought for your country, now come share why.”

Although prior reservations are not necessary, vets and active military who would like to participate in this project may call David Myers at (909) 798-8622 to schedule a specific block of time for filming their segment in the video. Members of the military and their families are admitted to the museum free during the entire month of November in recognition of Military Families Month.

“Over Here, Over There,” the collecting of oral history, and the County Museum’s other 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. Parking is free. For more information, visit The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8

voteThe San Bernardino County Elections Office reminds voters that the 2016 Presidential General Election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. Voters can find their assigned polling place:

  • On the back cover of their Voter Information Guide.
  • By using the My Elections Gateway or the Polling Place look-up tool on the Elections Office website at com.
  • By calling the Elections Office at (800) 881-VOTE (8683) or (909) 387-8300.

Voters are also able to vote at one of five early voting sites that will be open Monday and Tuesday. Early voting sites are located at the Elections Office in San Bernardino, the Ontario Conference Center in Ontario, Rim of the World High School in Lake Arrowhead, Victorville City Hall, and Yucca Valley Town Hall.

Voters who requested mail ballots may return their voted mail ballots by mail, but the ballot must be postmarked on or before Election Day. Alternatively, voted mail ballots may be returned to an early voting site or to one of 57 mail ballot drop-off locations.  To make ballot returns as convenient as possible, three early voting sites will have drive-thru drop-offs and at the Elections Office there is a 24-hour mail ballot drop-box. To find a polling place, early voting site, or mail-ballot drop-off location, visit the Elections Office website,

A mail ballot voter can vote at their assigned polling place if they want to vote in person or have misplaced their mail ballot. However, they must surrender their mail ballot and return envelope if they want to avoid voting a provisional ballot and a longer wait time at the polls.

At every polling place and early voting site, voters can take a ballot selfie with their unmarked ballot and their ‘I Voted’ sticker in front of a ballot selfie poster. Voters are encouraged to share their experience with their friends and family through social media.

For more information about this election, visit the Elections Office website,, or call (909) 387-8300.

Board honors County’s own Vietnam veterans

vietnam-war-employeesThe President of the United States has proclaimed May 28, 2012 through November 11, 2025, as the Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War.

At Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, we honored  San Bernardino County employees who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during the Vietnam War Period, which is anytime between November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975. Thank you to those who served our country and are now continuing a life of service with the County of San Bernardino.

You can see our County’s Vietnam War era veterans at the following link:

Early voting expands for the 2016 Presidential General Election

Go-Vote-500x500Beginning Monday, Oct. 31, voters in San Bernardino County will have four additional locations where they can cast their ballot prior to the Nov. 8 Presidential General Election. Early voting sites will open at the Ontario Conference Center, Rim of the World High School, Victorville City Hall, and Yucca Valley Town Hall. Earlier this month, early voting began at the San Bernardino County Elections Office.

“Opening these additional early voting sites is just another way that my office is making voting more convenient for San Bernardino County voters,” said Registrar of Voters Michael J. Scarpello. A second early voting site opened in the high desert in 2012 and a third was opened in the west valley in 2014. This election, with the addition of a mountain area location and a location in Yucca Valley, people wanting to vote early will now have more options than ever before.

All five early voting sites will also collect voted mail ballots from voters. At the Elections Office and the Ontario Conference Center locations, voters can even drop off their mail ballots during the week without getting out of their cars by using the drive-thru drop-off service at those locations. On Election Day, a drive-thru drop-off will also open at the Victorville City Hall.

At each early voting site and every polling place, voters can also take a ballot selfie with their unmarked ballots and their ‘I Voted’ stickers in front of a ballot selfie poster and share their experience with friends and family through social media.

Early voting takes place Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, November 5, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information about this election or early voting sites, visit the Elections Office website,, or call (909) 387-8300.

Recently burned areas at higher flood risk

Falling RainAs the seasons change, preparations and adjustments must be made to anticipate the onset of rainfall, especially in areas that have experienced a wildfire. Although the weather forecast for this week will eventually rise in temperatures, residents that live in areas that have recently burned are presented with unique challenges when rain is forecast.

Normally, vegetation absorbs rain, but after a wildfire, the charred ground where that vegetation has been burned away creates a loss of soil strength and can no longer easily absorb rainwater, increasing the risk of flooding and mudflows for several years. Properties directly affected by fires, and those located downstream of burn areas, are most at risk.

Post-fire landslide hazards include fast-moving and highly destructive debris flows. Post-fire debris flows are particularly hazardous because they can occur with little warning, can exert great impulsive loads on objects in their paths, can strip vegetation, block drainage ways, damage structures, and endanger human life. Wildfires could potentially result in the destabilization of pre-existing deep-seated landslides over long time periods.

The best preparation for possible flooding is to plan ahead. The Ready!Set!Go! Flood Preparation brochure will show you some of the things you can do to protect your home, property and family. You’ll find information about how to prepare for wet weather, things like cleaning out rain gutters and storm drains, where you can sign up for emergency alerts, fire stations that have sandbags available, and what you should have in an emergency kit. There is also specific information for areas that have recently been burned by wildfire.

Sandbags can best be used to help protect doorways if a waterproof layer like heavy plastic or waterproof canvas is placed behind them. If possible, secure it to the door frame. Stack the sandbags in a pyramid formation and wrap the plastic up and over the top. Keep in mind, sandbags DO NOT guarantee a water-tight seal, but properly placed sandbags can help redirect water, mud and debris away from your home.

The new San Bernardino County Office of Emergency Services app, Ready SB, provides residents with multiple resources that will assist them in preparing for a disaster such as flooding. Ready SB is now available as a free download from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store and can immediately help residents prepare themselves for emergencies.

Some other helpful resources:

  • To find your closest sandbag location and other information on storm preparation check SBCoFire’s website at
  • Check the National Weather Service at to see current and upcoming weather events.

Open house for Blue Cut Fire victims on Nov. 5

blue-cut-fire-flyer-pictureSupervisor Robert Lovingood invites residents affected by the Blue Cut Fire to attend an open house to learn about assistance for removing asbestos and debris from their property.

“Helping people who continue to struggle is one of my highest priorities,” said Supervisor Lovingood. “The Board of Supervisors has made special funding available to help people recover and prepare to rebuild, otherwise victims in this situation might find themselves on their own.”

The open house will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Phelan Elementary School, 4167 Phelan Road in Phelan.

Residents will be able to access information about Community Development Block Grants and zero-to-low-interest loans that may be available to them to remove asbestos and prepare to rebuild. They can also get information about building and fire permits, water wells, and debris removal.

Representatives from County agencies including Community Development and Housing, Code Enforcement, Solid Waste, Building and Safety, Fire Marshal, Environmental Health and Behavioral Health will be available. Nonprofit groups such as the United Way will also be present to help victims with any other fire-related needs.

For more information about Blue Cut Fire resources, please visit

Voter registration deadline for the 2016 Presidential General Election


Monday, Oct. 24, is the deadline for unregistered California citizens to register to vote for the 2016 Presidential General Election. Voters who are already registered should re-register to vote if they have changed their name, address, or party affiliation.

Citizens may register to vote online at Voter registration applications are also available at the San Bernardino County Elections Office and throughout San Bernardino County at post offices, city clerks’ offices, county libraries, and the Department of Motor Vehicles. A map of these locations is available on the Elections Office website.

The San Bernardino County Elections Office will be open until midnight on Monday, Oct. 24, to accept in-person voter registration applications. Mailed voter registration applications must be postmarked no later than October 24, 2016. The office is located at 777 E. Rialto Avenue, San Bernardino, CA 92415.

Registered voters can check their registration status by visiting and logging into the My Elections (M.E.) Gateway application. Registered voters can also use M.E. Gateway to find their polling place, voting districts, and other personalized election information.

For more information about registering to vote, please visit the Elections Office website at or call (909) 387-8300.

Black Infant Health holding open house on Oct. 28

bih-open-house-2Black Infant Health has a new facility!

Join us at our Open House on October 28, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and see our new facility and receive a tour.

The program aims to improve health and to reduce disparities among African-American mothers, babies and pregnant women, and to empower women to make healthy choices for themselves, their families, and their communities.

Call 1-844-352-3985 for more information.

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