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Ancestry.com database now available at County libraries

ancestryFULLcolorThe San Bernardino County Library System is excited to announce that it has added Ancestry.com to its collection of databases. All SBCL databases are accessible for free to SBCL cardholders and provide an array or career, homework, and just-for-fun resources. Ancestry.com is available in all branches using the library’s public computers and will not be accessible outside of the branches.

Ancestry.com provides access to over 12 billion genealogical records, including immigration records, military service records, census data, and much more! Library customers can use Ancestry.com to explore their family history and build their family tree. Stop by your local San Bernardino County Library to start learning more about your past!

The San Bernardino County Library System is a dynamic network of 32 branch libraries that serves a diverse population over a vast geographic area. The County library system strives to provide equal access to information, technology, programs, and services for all the people who call San Bernardino County home.

The library plays a key role in the achievement of the Countywide Vision, www.sbcounty.gov/vision, by contributing to the educational, cultural, and historical development of our County community.

For more information on the San Bernardino County Library system, please visit http://www.sbclib.org/or call (909) 3877-2220.

Big Bear Library closed temporarily for repairs

logosmallerThe Big Bear Library will be closed until at least early August while crews repair damage caused by a plumbing leak.

The leak was discovered on July 11 after a hose that feeds clean water into a restroom burst, flooding the restroom and eventually the lobby and community room with an inch of water. The library was closed the following day to begin repairing the carpet, ceiling panels and drywall that was damaged from the leak.

“Fortunately, nothing in our branch collection was damaged,” said County Librarian and Deputy Executive Officer Leonard Hernandez. “The water damage is being cleaned and the necessary repairs are underway so we can get back to business.”

Customers are encouraged to access other mountain branch libraries in Lake Arrowhead, Crestline or Running Springs. For a full listing of the County’s 32 libraries, please visit http://www.sbclib.org/ or call (909) 387-2220.

Behavioral Health cultural committees recognized nationally

Spirituality Sub Committee

Members and guests of the OCCES Spirituality Sub Committee meet to discuss how to best integrate spirituality into behavioral health service delivery.

The Department of Behavioral Health’s (DBH) Office of Cultural Competency and Ethnic Services (OCCES) has been recognized with an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo) for its 12 Culture-specific Subcommittees in the category of Civic Education and Public Information.

These community driven Culture-specific Subcommittees function as advisory groups, working to assist DBH in designing programs and services that are community-driven and culturally informed. The committees engage in policy advocacy, develop trainings and conduct outreach activities by recruiting members of the community and engaging them in program planning. Members attend scheduled forums to address the needs of their community and develop strategies to address those needs.

“OCCES, along with our community partners, support the Quality of Life element of the Countywide Vision and will continue to promote and provide culturally competent services that are community centered, culturally informed, recovery-oriented, and wellness driven. We are honored to be nationally recognized by NACo for these efforts,” stated DBH’s Cultural Competency Officer, Imo Momoh.

Community members are invited to participate in any of the following sub-committees: Asian Pacific Islander, Co-Occurring and Substance Abuse, Disabilities, African American, Latino, LGBTQ, Native American, Spirituality, Transitional Age Youth, Veteran’s, Women’s, and Consumer and Family Members.

For more information on these committees or the OCCES, call (909) 386-8223 (TTY users dial 711.)

Started in 1970, NACo’s annual Achievement Award Program is designed to recognize innovative, effective county government programs that enhance services for residents. Each nominee is judged on its own merits and not against other applications received. This year, the County of San Bernardino won 46 Achievement Awards from NACo.

DBH, through the Office of Cultural Competence and Ethnic Services, is supporting the Countywide Vision by capitalizing on the diversity of people to create a broad range of choices in health services for County residents.  Information on the Countywide Vision and the Department of Behavioral Health can be found at www.sbcounty.gov.

Registration now open for Children’s Network Conference

Father Gregory Boyle

Father Gregory Boyle

A Jesuit priest who founded the world’s largest gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program will share his message of hope at the upcoming Children’s Network Conference. Father Gregory Boyle, an authority on gangs and intervention and the founder and CEO of Homeboy Industries, will be the keynote speaker on the first day of the September 23 and 24 conference at the Ontario Convention Center. Now in its 29th year, the event is one of the Inland Empire’s premier training events for professionals in the fields of social work, mental health, juvenile justice, child development, child welfare, medicine and nursing.  Sessions include:

  • The Status of Homeless Youth in San Bernardino County
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
  • Stress Reduction Practices for Children and Teens
  • Working with LGBTQ Youth
  • Supporting the Mental Health of Our Children
  • Early Childhood Development and the Screen-Time Dilemma
  • Helping Children and Teens Through Loss
  • Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking
  • Strengthening and Supporting Father Involvement in Our Communities
  • Self-Empowerment
  • And many more…

For more information and to register, visit  http://hs.sbcounty.gov/CN.

Candidate filing begins for the 2015 Consolidated Election

logosmallerCandidate filing is underway for the November 3, 2015 Consolidated Election and will continue through 5 p.m. Friday, August 7.

Citizens who are interested in running for any of the offices up for election may obtain and file the appropriate documents at the San Bernardino County Elections Office, 777 E. Rialto Avenue in San Bernardino from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information on this election, please visit the Elections Office website at www.sbcountyelections.com or call (909) 387-8300.

The following school and special districts have offices up for election:

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County ranks in top 10 nationally for digital innovation

DigCount_Wnr15_RGB_TRANSWhen it comes to technology, San Bernardino County is one of the most innovative and pioneering counties in the nation, according to the Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties.

San Bernardino County ranked 8th in the nation following the Center for Digital Government’s 2015 Digital Counties Survey, which identifies best technology practices of counties in the United States. The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute focused on technology policy and best practices in state and local government.

“Once again, San Bernardino County shows its excellence on a national scale,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman James Ramos. “I commend our Information Services Department for staying ahead of the curve in an ever-changing industry and serving the public with convenience and transparency.”

The Digital Counties Survey found the Countywide Vision was a driving force to make the County’s business transparent with open data, public-facing websites, mobile apps and social media. The County’s Open Government Portal provides the public with information on campaign finance disclosures, property records, employee pay, and budget information. Public safety initiatives include upgrading a communication system that is compatible with neighboring governments and a radio policy that standardizes communications between emergency medical services personnel and hospitals. In addition, the Information Services Department in partnership with other County departments designed an automated referral system for Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, eliminating an outdated manual process to improve data accuracy and integrity.

The 2015 Digital Counties Survey ranked Fairfax County, Virginia first in counties with a population of 500,000 or more. Regionally, San Diego County ranked second and Ventura County ranked 10th.

The Center for Digital Government will present the awards today during the NACo annual conference in Charlotte, North Carolina.

During the past four years, San Bernardino County has claimed nearly 150 national and state innovation awards for developing or improving services for county residents and investors. Last month, the County led the nation in claiming 46 Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties.

Looking for water saving tips?

waterandsanitationlogoThe County’s Special Districts Department Water and Sanitation Division has launched a new Facebook page for residents to learn more about water conservation.

Information about classes on water conservation, drought-tolerant landscaping and other special events will also be shared on the Facebook page.

Be sure to stop by and LIKE the Facebook page for more information.


County retirement plan wins national award

logosmallerThe County’s Department of Human Resources won a 2015 Leadership Recognition Award from the National Association of Government Defined Contribution Administrators (NAGDCA) for its employee defined contribution plans.

Every year, NAGDCA recognizes defined contribution plans for outstanding achievements in plan design. The award will be presented at the NAGDCA annual conference on Sept. 29 in Indianapolis.

“We’re very proud to have won this prestigious award,” said James Ramos, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors. “The award is recognition of how committed the County is to helping our employees achieve financial security in retirement.”

The County’s Defined Contribution Committee oversees the investment funds available to employees. This committee ensures employees have the best options available when saving for retirement. In 2014, the County implemented several plan design and administrative improvements which helped provide employees with quality investment choices. The new plan structure reduced fees with vendor partner Voya Financial and also reduced average investment expenses for participants.  Overall, fees were reduced by an average of 44 percent.  Additionally, the new structure provides complete fee transparency to plan participants. In partnership with Voya Financial, the County developed a variety of communication materials to help educate employees on the plan design and fee changes to help demonstrate the benefits of the new plan.

San Bernardino County was one of five national winners in the Plan Design and Administration category of the Leadership Award. The City and County of Honolulu, the Commonwealth of Virginia, Ohio Deferred Compensation and the State of Maine were also recognized.

NAGDCA is a non-profit organization comprised of state and local government administrators and private sector companies that service and support defined contribution/deferred compensation plans for public employees nationwide.

North Etiwanda Preserve closed due to fire potential

etiwanda preserveDue to dangerous fire conditions and extremely low vegetation fuel moistures throughout the region, the San Bernardino County Fire Protection District, along with our partners at Rancho Cucamonga Fire Protection District, will be issuing a closure order for the North Etiwanda Preserve, effective at sunset Friday, July 3, 2015, and ending at 6 a.m. on Monday, July 6, 2015.  This order is pursuant to Section 11 of the San Bernardino County Fire Protection District Ordinance and the Rancho Cucamonga Fire Protection District Ordinance FD-054.

This closure order restricts the public’s access to the North Etiwanda Preserve in an effort to help prevent the potential ignition of a wildfire that could be capable of damaging and/or destroying natural resources and historical areas, while providing the utmost in public safety.  Signs will be posted at the all entry points to the Preserve.  Failure to comply with this order may result in a fine of $1,000.

The North Etiwanda Preserve is located at the north end of Etiwanda Avenue and north of Redcliff Drive in Rancho Cucamonga. A map of the closure area can be located at http://sbcfire.org/news_releases/default.aspx under latest news.


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