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Community Vital Signs launches redesigned wellness website

The San Bernardino County Community Vital Signs Initiative is excited to announce the launch of its newly redesigned website. Community Vital Signs works in partnership with sectors across the county to support the wellness element of the Countywide Vision.

The redesign, which further reflects the vibrancy of San Bernardino County and its residents, is now easier to navigate, with improved functionality across all platforms and browsers. Visitors will experience a better user interface with intuitive streamlined menu operations that will direct visitors to community efforts, data, and information to keep them informed of the progress and the efforts of the initiative.

New features include:

  • Defined Priority Areas, Goals, and Strategies – to support the Community Transformation Plan
  • Access to Data Portal – to measure and track performance and to provide perspective
  • Interactive Community Events Calendar – to engage and mobilize community support and action
  • Better defined Quick Links – to enhance learning and to support knowledge acquirement

There are several entry points allowing residents to participate in helping make San Bernardino County a better place to live, work, and play. Users can begin by visiting the website at www.CommunityVitalSigns.org and take advantage of the site’s new features and benefits.

Candidate filing deadline extended for some elections

The candidate filing deadline extends to Wednesday, August 15 at 5 p.m. for the following offices:

School Districts 

– Adelanto School District Governing Board Member, 4-Year Term

– Chino Valley Unified School District Governing Board Member, 4-Year Term

– Kern Community College District Governing Board Member, Area 2, 4-Year Term

– Lucerne Valley Unified School District Governing Board Member, 4-Year Term

– Mt. Baldy Joint School District Governing Board Member, 4-Year Term

– Needles Unified School District Governing Board Member, Area 2, 4-Year Term

– Needles Unified School District Governing Board Member, Area 3, 2-Year Term

– Palo Verde Community College District Governing Board Member, Area 2, 4-Year Term

– Rim of the World Unified School District Governing Board Member, Area 2, 4-Year Term

– Rim of the World Unified School District Governing Board Member, Area 3, 2-Year Term

– San Bernardino Community College District Governing Board Member, Area 6, 4-Year Term

– Trona Joint Unified School District Governing Board Member, 4-Year Term

– Upland Unified School District Governing Board Member, 4-Year Term

Special Districts

– Apple Valley Foothill County Water District Board of Directors, 4-Year Term

– Apple Valley Foothill County Water District Board of Directors, 2-Year Term

– Barstow Heights Community Services District Board of Directors, 2-Year Term

– Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency Board of Directors, 4-Year Term

– Daggett Community Services District Board of Directors, 4-Year Term

– Hi-Desert Memorial Healthcare District Board of Directors, 4-Year Term

– Juniper-Riviera County Water District Board of Directors, 2-Year Term

– Mojave Water Agency Board of Directors, Division 6, 4-Year Term

– Morongo Valley Community Services District Board of Directors, 4-Year Term

– Phelan-Pinon Hills Community Services District Board of Directors, 4-Year Term

– Rand Communities Water District Board of Directors, 4-Year Term

– Rand Communities Water District Board of Directors, 2-Year Term

– Rim of the World Recreation and Park District Board of Directors, 4-Year Term

– Rubidoux Community Services District Board of Directors, 4-Year Term

– San Bernardino Mountains Community Hospital District Board of Directors, 4-Year Term

– San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District Board of Directors, Division 4, 4-Year Term

– San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District Board of Directors, Division 5, 4-Year Term

– Thunderbird County Water District Board of Directors, 4-Year Term

– Yucca Valley Airport District Board of Directors, 4-Year Term

Citizens interested in running for one these offices may obtain and file the appropriate documents at the Registrar of Voters, 777 E. Rialto Ave., San Bernardino. The Registrar of Voters is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The incumbents for the offices above did not file candidacy documents by the original filing deadline on Aug. 10. California law allows for a five-day extension for new candidates only. Incumbents cannot file during the candidate filing extension period.

The list of offices above may be updated on Monday, August 13 when additional shared county information becomes available. For an updated list, visit SBCountyElections.com.

For information about city offices, potential candidates should contact their local City Clerk.

Regional Open Houses for the Countywide Plan coming in September

The public is invited to a second round of regional open houses for the Countywide Plan that will include a formal presentation and opportunities to provide feedback on draft goals and policies, community actions and the land use map.

WHAT WILL THE MEETINGS COVER?

  • Presentation. The County will provide an overview of progress since the 2017 Regional Open Houses, draft changes in County policy, and next steps in the Countywide Plan.  The presentation will begin 30 minutes after the open house start time.
  • Draft Material for Review. Come view and provide feedback on the Draft County Policy Plan (goals and policies), updated Draft Community Plans / Action Guides, the latest Draft Land Use Map, and other policy & information maps.
  • Open House Discussion. County and consultant staff will be on hand to answer questions and talk with attendees one-on-one, both before and after the presentation.

People may drop in to any location at any time during the advertised time frame to review material, ask questions, and share ideas with County staff.  Open house materials will be posted in advance on the project website: countywideplan.com/openhouse.  For people who cannot participate in person, please visit the project website to view meeting materials and submit questions and feedback.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

All persons are welcome at any open house, as the Countywide Plan will touch on aspects that may affect anyone who lives, works or owns property in a city, town, or unincorporated community in San Bernardino County.  The Countywide Plan will primarily address unincorporated areas.  However, County policies, programs, and services can also affect incorporated cities and towns.  In addition to residents, we encourage the attendance of service providers, nonprofits, the business community, and representatives from local, state, federal, and tribal agencies.

COUNTYWIDE PLAN REGIONAL OPEN HOUSE SCHEDULE

Joshua Tree

Sept.10

5:30 to 7:30 pm

Joshua Tree Community Center

6171 Sunburst Ave

Newberry Springs

Sept. 11

6 to 8 p.m.

Newberry Springs CSD

30884 Newberry Rd

Lucerne Valley

Sept. 12

6 to 8 p.m.

Lucerne Valley Community Center

33187 Old Woman Springs Rd

Running Springs

Sept. 18

6 to 8 p.m.

Hootman Senior/Comm Center

2929 Running Springs School Rd

Big Bear Lake

Sept. 19

6 to 8 p.m.

Big Bear Area Reg. Waste Water Agency

121 Palomino Dr

Phelan

Sept. 20

6 to 8 pm

Phelan Community Center

9463 Sheep Creek Rd

Ontario

Sept. 24

10 a.m. to noon

De Anza Community Center

1405 S. Fern Ave

Rialto

Sept. 24

6 to 8 p.m.

County Behavioral Health Dept.

850 E. Foothill Blvd

Yucaipa

Sept. 26

10 a.m. to noon

Yucaipa Community Center

34900 Oak Glen Rd

ABOUT THE COUNTYWIDE PLAN AND COMMUNITY PLANS

From 2010 to 2011, the creation of a Countywide Vision included input from over 100 topical experts, 25 special districts and agencies, 18 community meetings, and over 3,600 resident surveys.  In 2015, the County launched the preparation of the first Countywide Plan, which is being developed over the course of three years to enhance coordination with the public, with outside agencies and organizations, and within the County organization itself.  It will serve as a resource for efficient and effective decision-making regarding countywide services and resources.

The Countywide Plan effort includes updating Community Plans to guide local expectations for County services and set clear direction for the future of specified unincorporated communities.

The ongoing civic engagement process for the Countywide Plan has included over 75 public meetings in dozens of communities, attracting over 2,400 participants.  This public input led directly to substantial changes to the draft documents and maps. Thank you for continuing to participate to improve your community and county!

Visit countywideplan.com for additional information, and to sign up for text or email updates.

 

San Bernardino County’s Graphic Design Unit wins 13 awards

San Bernardino County’s Graphic Design Unit was awarded some of the highest honors in our region from the American Advertising Federation-Inland Empire. The Graphics Design Unit was lauded for the unique and effective way they advertise County departments and programs to the public.

The American Advertising Federation-Inland Empire awarded the Graphic Design Unit the following:

  • One Gold Award for the Amazon HQ2 Proposal Package for the Economic Development Agency
  • Five Silver Awards for the State of the County campaign, Retail and Development Catalog, By the Numbers Video and Our County Your Opportunity Video – all for the County’s Economic Development Agency; and County Fire’s 2016-17 Annual Report.
  • Seven Bronze Awards for the Local to Global Brochure, the Amazon Proposal Booklet, the Elevate Your Game Event, the CatchOur Drift? Video – all for the County’s Economic Development Agency; the 2016-17 Annual Report and Generation Go Logo for the Workforce Development Board; and the Housing Authority’s 2016-17 Annual Report.

The American Advertising Federation-Inland Empire was established in 1905 and is the only organization to include members across all disciplines and career levels in advertising. The federation has established 15 districts across the United States who actively engage in local, district, regional and national competitions to honor the best in advertising.

The County’s Graphic Design Unit includes Axel Colin, Edson Yu, Natassja Avalos, Emeree Pamilar and Laura Loper. Click here to view their award-winning work.

County issues Heat Advisory, high heat temperatures expected

Temperatures are expected to exceed 100 degrees today and remain very hot through the week, prompting County of San Bernardino Health Officer Dr. Maxwell Ohikhuare to issue a heat advisory.

“While this intense heat is not especially unusual, the extreme heat could cause some people to be caught off guard, especially those most susceptible to heat illness,” Ohikhuare said. “Those most vulnerable are the elderly, those who work or exercise outdoors, infants and children, the homeless or poor, and people with chronic medical conditions.”

High or unusually hot temperatures can affect one’s health. People are advised to take the necessary precautions to prevent serious health effects such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke by following the tips below.

Stay cool

  • Stay in air-conditioned buildings.
  • Find an air-conditioned Cooling Center open to the public by dialing the United Way’s toll-free resource telephone line at 2-1-1, or online at http://211sb.org/cooling-centers.
  • Do not rely on a fan as a primary cooling device.
  • Limit outdoor activity, especially midday when it is the hottest part of the day, and avoid direct sunlight.
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Take cool showers or baths to lower body temperature.
  • Check on at-risk friends, family and neighbors at least twice a day.

Stay hydrated

  • Drink water more than usual and don’t wait until thirst sets in to drink.
  • Drink from two to four cups of water every hour while working.
  • Avoid alcohol or liquids containing high amounts of sugar.
  • Make sure family, friends and neighbors are drinking enough water.

Remember, pets are vulnerable to high temperatures too, but are unable to vocalize their distress. Some signs of heat distress in pets can include heavy panting, difficulty breathing, lethargy, excessive thirst, and vomiting. Help prevent a heat emergency by taking these steps.

For Pets

  • Leave pets extra water.
  • Bring pets inside during periods of extreme heat.
  • Ensure pets have plenty of shade if kept outside. Remember, the shade pets have in the morning will either change or diminish as the sun moves throughout the day and may not protect them.
  • Don’t force animals to exercise when it is hot and humid. Exercise pets early in the morning or late in the evening.
  • Do not let pets stand on sidewalks or hot asphalt to avoid burning their paws.
  • Never leave pets in a parked vehicle, even in the shade with windows cracked, temperatures can reach over 120 degrees inside. The vehicle is quickly turned into a furnace and can kill any animal.

For more information, contact the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health at 1-800-782-4264 or visit the National Weather Service Forecast website at http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/sgx/ or the California Department of Public Health website at: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/EPO/Pages/BI_Natural-Disasters_Extreme-Heat.aspx.

Register for the 32nd Annual Children’s Network Conference

Luis Rodriguez

The 32nd Annual Children’s Network Conference will be Sept. 19 to 20 at the Ontario Convention Center located at 2000 E. Convention Center Way, Ontario. This conference 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 and is open to the public. Contact Children’s Network at (909) 383-9677 for more information or visit http://hs.sbcounty.gov/CN.The conference will feature a number of sessions for professionals who work with children.

“The 33 workshops at this year’s Children’s Network Conference will highlight topics including early childhood development, child and family welfare, strengthening families and children, culturally sensitive issues, commercial sexual exploitation of children, issues affecting teens, education, father involvement, mental health, and trauma informed care,” said Kathy Turnbull, Network Officer.

Jaiya John

The Sept. 19 keynote speaker, Luis Rodriguez, is an acclaimed poet, novelist, children’s book author and journalist who saw his way out of poverty. Rodriguez thought he had put the streets and his own days as a gang member behind him – until his young son joined a gang. Rodriguez fought for his child by telling his story in the national bestseller Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A.  The memoir explores gang life and cautions against the death and destruction that haunts its participants.

The Sept. 20 keynote speaker, Jaiya John was born into foster care in New Mexico, and is an internationally recognized author, speaker, poet, spoken word artist, and youth mentor. The former Howard University social psychology professor has authored numerous books, mentored youth and spoken to over a half million professionals and youth worldwide. John founded of Soul Water Rising, a global human mission that has donated thousands of John’s books in support of social healing, and offers scholarships to displaced and vulnerable youth.

The Children’s Network of San Bernardino County works to improve the quality of life for children at risk who, because of behavior, abuse, neglect, medical needs, educational assessment, and/or detrimental daily living situations are eligible for services from one or more of the member agencies of the Children’s Policy Council. Children’s Network is doing its part to help the community achieve the Countywide Vision by ensuring residents have the resources they need to provide the necessities of life to their families. Information on the Countywide Vision can be found at www.sbcounty.gov/vision.

Artists worldwide apply to design December 2 Memorial project

Eighty-five artists from around the world submitted proposals to design and construct the December 2 Memorial project.

In May, the December 2 Memorial Committee invited artists, designers and architects locally and internationally to submit their ideas for the memorial which will be located on the east side of the County Government Center in San Bernardino.

The proposals include submissions from Britain, Australia, Canada, Mexico, Germany, Spain, China, Korea, Singapore and Argentina as well as from across the United States and San Bernardino County. A mix of young artists and established artists, as well as landscape architects and designers are among those who have applied to design the memorial.

The Board of Supervisors retained Community Arts Inc. to assist the committee in vetting the proposals and they will present a report for the Memorial Committee to consider at their next meeting on Sept. 5.

The Memorial Committee’s mission statement says the artwork must:

  • Permanently honor and celebrate the innocent souls taken from us by a brutal and cowardly act of terror on December 2, 2015 and provide enduring recognition of the County employees who witnessed the attack, many of whom were physically injured and all of whom were spiritually wounded.
  • Acknowledge those who bravely and selflessly provided protection, comfort, and support to the loved ones of those who were lost, the wounded, our San Bernardino County Government Family, and our county community on the day of the attack and in the days, weeks, and months that followed.
  • Ensure that our efforts focus on life, love, peace, tolerance, and San Bernardino County’s historic and enduring tradition of strength, determination and resiliency.

Five artists will be chosen from the submissions and selected artists will be commissioned to develop and submit detailed proposals and maquettes. A finalist will then be chosen to produce the memorial.

The December 2 Memorial Committee, led by Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales, is comprised of employees from the Environmental Health Services division and family members of the County employees who were taken from us on that day along with representatives from appropriate County departments.

Chino Hills library breaks record circulating 1 million items

The San Bernardino County Library- James S. Thalman Chino Hills Branch made history by circulating 1 million items to the Chino Hills community during this past fiscal year, 2017-18.  This is the first time in the 104-year history of the San Bernardino County Library that a single branch library has checked out over 1 million items.

Contrary to trends throughout the nation showing decreases in library usage the interest in libraries throughout San Bernardino County continues to grow and Chino Hills is a prime example with this recent accomplishment. Over the course of the last year, the Chino Hills Branch Library has held a number of events to increase community participation and showcase new materials at these events which included a New Book Festival, Library Luau, Super Hero and Galaxy Event along with base programming for babies through adults.

The entire San Bernardino County Library system, comprised of 32 branches, also continues its growth trends checking out over 5.5 million items this year alone, up from the 2.5 million circulated in 2013. This achievement has been supported by diligent planning and deliberate efforts to increase and maintain a modern, relevant and accessible collection by library staff and administration.

In honor of the James S. Thalman Chino Hills Branch’s accomplishment, a community event will be held on Tuesday, July 31 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Chino Hills Library which will include crafts, a live DJ, jumbo Lego blocks, opportunity drawings for prizes, and a visit from Buzz Lightyear. Please join us for this exciting celebration and come see what the Library has to offer.

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 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) 387-2220.

Summer movie series opens at the Victor Valley Museum

“Wrinkle in Time” first in the summer lineup

Join us for popcorn and movies this summer! The Victor Valley Museum’s summer movie series starts on Sunday, July 29, with a screening of the 2018 film “Wrinkle in Time.” The film will start at noon, and the movie and refreshments are included with museum general admission.

“Wrinkle in Time,” released into theaters in 2018, tells the story of Meg, her brother, and her friend who search for Meg’s scientist father across the universe, with the help of three magical beings. This PG-rated fantasy adventure film is based on the book by Madeleine L’Engle. The New York Times said, “‘A Wrinkle in Time’ is demonstratively generous, encouraging and large-spirited. Though it is full of bright colors and passages of visual dazzle, it trusts words more than images, spelling out messages about love, courage and self-acceptance.”

On August 10, the series continues with “The Cowboy and the Senorita,” the 1941 classic B western that marks the first appearance of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans together on the silver screen. “Paddington 2” will screen on Saturday, August 25.

Summer movies 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 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. The museum is open 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 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.

County issues Heat Advisory, high heat temperatures expected

Temperatures are expected to exceed 100 degrees beginning Friday and remain very hot through the weekend, prompting County of San Bernardino Health Officer Dr. Maxwell Ohikhuare to issue a heat advisory.

“While this intense heat is not especially unusual, the extreme heat could cause some people to be caught off guard, especially those most susceptible to heat illness,” Dr. Ohikhuare said. “Those most vulnerable are the elderly, those who work or exercise outdoors, infants and children, the homeless or poor, and people with chronic medical conditions.”

High or unusually hot temperatures can affect one’s health. People are advised to take the necessary precautions to prevent serious health effects such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke by following the tips below.

Stay cool

  • Stay in air-conditioned buildings.
  • Find an air-conditioned Cooling Center open to the public by dialing the United Way’s toll-free resource telephone line at 2-1-1, or online at http://211sb.org/cooling-centers.
  • Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device.
  • Limit outdoor activity, especially midday when it is the hottest part of the day, and avoid direct sunlight.
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Take cool showers or baths to lower your body temperature.
  • Check on at-risk friends, family and neighbors at least twice a day.

Stay hydrated

  • Drink water more than usual and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
  • Drink from two to four cups of water every hour while working.
  • Avoid alcohol or liquids containing high amounts of sugar.
  • Make sure your family, friends and neighbors are drinking enough water.

For more information, contact the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health at 1-800-782-4264 or visit the National Weather Service Forecast website at http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/sgx/ or the California Department of Public Health website at: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/EPO/Pages/BI_Natural-Disasters_Extreme-Heat.aspx.

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