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Board of Supervisors endorses Vision2Succeed Initiative

The Board of Supervisors today endorsed Vision2Succeed, a new campaign designed to strengthen the career skills of our local workforce by connecting county residents to opportunities that enhance their qualifications to support existing employers and attract new employers to San Bernardino County.

“A skilled workforce encourages a vibrant economy, and that is why we support Vision2Succeed,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Robert Lovingood. “I encourage our community to get involved in learning experiences and programs that help to propel career growth and lifelong learning. Across the county we have a strong system of schools, colleges and universities as well as training and job resource centers that benefit residents and employers alike.”

A dynamic economy benefits all San Bernardino County residents. The Vision2Succeed.org website is a resource, providing residents with information about career exploration ideas, programs and events focused on workforce and skills development, as well as sharing opportunities to explore and participate in career options such as mentorships, internships and apprenticeships.

“Mentoring programs are a promising approach to enriching the lives of young people, addressing their need for positive adult role models, and providing one-on-one support and advocacy. Through a mentoring relationship, adult volunteers and participating youth make a significant commitment of time and energy to develop relationships devoted to personal, academic, and career development,” said Kathy Turnbull, Network Officer for Children’s Network.

The Board of Supervisors is asking all San Bernardino County residents and businesses to get involved in the launch of Vision2Succeed by posting career-building information on social media. For example, information or personal experiences about becoming a mentor, expanding a business, pursuing a new career or even changing careers. The board is also asking everyone to use the hashtags #Vision2Succeed and #myfirstjob on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

As one of the fastest growing population and employment centers in the nation, San Bernardino County is uniquely positioned to help its residents receive the skills they need to prosper in the 21st century economy. According to research conducted for the San Bernardino County Workforce Development Board, the county’s economy is supported by a strong mix of businesses poised to expand over the next decade, with employment expected to grow by 73,097 jobs during that period. This continues a trend of San Bernardino County and the Inland Empire outpacing California and the nation in employment since the first quarter of 2013. In addition, the county has a relatively young population, foundational to bolstering the region’s long term prospects for economic growth.

Fully maximizing that potential requires an ecosystem in which stakeholders work side by side to develop and train a workforce prepared for career opportunities, particularly in high-growth industries. The Countywide Vision project will highlight school districts, colleges and employers, who have implemented comprehensive strategies to meet the employment needs of local business and encouraged development of career pathways for youth.

On Jan.17, the County will release its labor market intelligence report as part of its Workforce Roadmap presentation to the community. This presentation, a Vision2Succeed kickoff event, will help identify the county’s greatest areas of opportunity for job creation and workforce development, prioritize training investment, and support workforce development systems, ensuring our county remains a leading job creator for California.

In June 2011 the Board of Supervisors and the San Bernardino Council of Governments adopted the Countywide Vision in partnership with the community.  The Countywide Vision provides a roadmap for the future of San Bernardino County, including the creation of a healthy and prosperous future for all who live, work and play here. Vision2Succeed is the fourth public campaign of the Countywide Vision Project following the successful Vision4Safety initiative, the Vision2BActive physical activity initiative and the Vision2Read literacy initiative.

A Message from Board Chairman Robert A. Lovingood

Sunday marks the third anniversary of the December 2, 2015 attack in San Bernardino. On that horrific day, 14 people including 13 members of our County family were taken from us in an evil act of terror.

We will always remember the people we loved and cherished and we will continue to support those who are still healing from physical and emotional wounds.

The County Environmental Health Services family and the Board of Supervisors are asking all County employees, their families, and the public to join us wherever you may be for a moment of remembrance at 10:55 a.m. on Sunday, December 2.

At that time, the County will pay tribute to those who were taken from us and the survivors on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. We have also arranged to have full-page memorial messages printed in the Sun, Daily Bulletin, Daily Facts and Daily Press newspapers and on their websites on Sunday.

If you fly an American flag at home, we ask that you lower your flag to half-staff on Sunday in honor of those who were taken from us on that tragic day three years ago. We have asked the same of everyone in our county community.

If you are experiencing trauma due to the events of December 2, 2015, resources are available to help you. Please click here for more information.

Please continue to support those who are still hurting and healing and continue to look out for each other.

Sincerely,

Robert A. Lovingood
Chairman of the Board of Supervisors

Sheriff’s Marine Enforcement Unit heroes to be featured Sunday on NBC

Sunday night, after the Sunday Night NFL Game on NBC Channel 4, Corporal Travis Vessells, Deputy Brian Weck, and Deputy William “Billy” Poe of the Colorado River Station’s – Marine Enforcement Unit will be recognized as the “Roggin’s Hero: Heroes of the Night” on Fred Roggin’s show, “The Challenge.”

NBC chose these three individuals from our Sheriff’s Department for their continued efforts in seeking out individuals operating a vessel while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

Our Marine Enforcement Unit annually leads the state in arresting impaired boating operators.

Take time to watch and support them for having a Vision4Safety for San Bernardino County.

 

Deadline approaching to file a claim for unclaimed property tax refund

The last day to file a claim for Unclaimed Property Tax Refunds in San Bernardino County is December 18, 2018 for refunds that were issued prior to August 25, 2014.  These refunds are due to a reduction in assessed value after property taxes have been paid.  Taxpayers were previously mailed refund claim forms that were never returned to our office for processing, or were mailed warrants that stale dated.

State law allows for property tax refunds that remain unclaimed after four years to be transferred to the County’s general fund if ordered by the Board of Supervisors.  The unclaimed refunds that have exceeded the four year time limit will be presented to the Board of Supervisors on December 18, 2018 to obtain such approval.

Taxpayers have the ability to search for property tax refunds by the parcel number or property address and request a claim form at www.SBCounty.gov/ATC/Pirfnet or may contact the San Bernardino County Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector at 909-382-3090.

Mail ballot application deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 30

The deadline is Tuesday for San Bernardino County voters to sign up to receive a mail ballot in the November 6, 2018 Statewide General Election.

Voters may submit an online application at SBCountyElections.com, fill out the Mail Ballot Application found on the back cover of their Voter Information Guide, or call the Registrar of Voters at (800) 881-VOTE (8683) or (909) 387-8300.

Voted mail ballots may be returned:

  • By mail so long as it’s postmarked on or before Election Day, Nov. 6, and received no later than three business days after the election,
  • To any mail ballot drop-off location,
  • To any polling place on Election Day, or
  • To any early vote site.

To find a mail ballot drop-off location, voters can use the Mail Ballot Drop-Off Map located on the office’s website at SBCountyElections.com.

  • Voters can find their assigned polling place:On the back cover of their Voter Information Guide.
  • By using My Elections Gateway or the Polling Place look-up tool located on the office’s website at SBCountyElections.com.
  • By calling the offices at (800) 881-VOTE (8683) or (909) 387-8300.

Get ready for the Great California Shakeout on October 18

Join more than 600,000 people who live and work in San Bernardino County by practicing how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:18 a.m. on Thursday, October 18 during the Great California ShakeOut Earthquake Drill.

What can you do to get ready for the ShakeOut?
Click here for a flyer to know what to do when the shaking starts.
If you, or a member of your household, are a person with a disability or have access or functional needs, click here for other tips and things to consider during an earthquake.

Your family and friends can also participate from work or home:
Register your family here as ShakeOut participants.

Watch this video to learn how to respond appropriately during an earthquake.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputy Tracy Klinkhart has more earthquake safety tips for you in this video.

What’s new this year?
The Great California ShakeOut supports the Countywide Vision’s public safety campaign Vision4Safety by helping people make their homes, workplaces and communities safer. Visit Vision4Safety.com for more earthquake safety tips and information.

Share your ShakeOut day photos and videos using the hashtags #SBCShakeOut and #Vision4Safety and we’ll share them on the County’s social media accounts.

Early voting opens for the Statewide General Election

Voting in the November 6, 2018 Statewide General Election began Tuesday at the County of San Bernardino Registrar of Voters office.

Early voting hours at the Registrar of Voters office, 777 E. Rialto Avenue in San Bernardino, are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 3 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Voters may also cast their ballots at the Registrar of Voters office on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Five additional early voting sites will open in Apple Valley, Lake Arrowhead, Montclair, Victorville, and Yucca Valley beginning Tuesday, Oct. 30.

To assist San Bernardino County voters, County Voter Information Guides were delivered to the U.S. Postal Service beginning on Oct. 3 and continue through this week.

Inside the Voter Information Guide, voters will find a sample ballot, as well as information about candidates, local measures, and how elections are conducted in California. On the back cover of the guide, voters will find the address of their assigned polling place. Voters are encouraged to hold on to their guide until Election Day so that they can easily find their polling place.

Voters may also access personalized election information, including their Voter Information Guide and their assigned polling place, using the My Elections Gateway application by visiting the Elections Office website, www.SBCountyElections.com.

Mail ballots for voters on the permanent mail ballot list were delivered to the U.S. Postal Service on Wednesday. Deliveries will continue as additional mail ballot requests are received.

For more information about this election, including the locations and hours of the additional early voting sites that open on Oct. 30, visit the Elections Office website, www.SBCountyElections.com, or call (909) 387-8300.

Prevent the Flu, Get a Flu Shot

The San Bernardino County Department of Public Health will be providing free flu shots on Oct. 10, 24 and 31 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The flu shot clinic will be held in the Public Health parking lot at 351 N. Mountain View Avenue in San Bernardino — look for the colorful Public Health van. On Oct. 17 the flu clinic will be in the parking lot of the Child Support Services building on 10417 Mountain View Avenue in Loma Linda from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“Flu shots are the first step in protecting against influenza virus and its potentially serious complications,” said Dr. Maxwell Ohikhuare, Health Officer, “I encourage residents to get their flu shot every year.”

Flu shots will be provided to all adults, men, women, senior citizens, pregnant women and children who are six months old and older. A parent or guardian must accompany children under 18 years old. Children under 9 years old may require two doses of flu vaccine, four weeks apart, based on prior vaccination history.

A yearly flu shot can reduce the risk of severe flu illness and its potentially serious complications. Getting the flu shot can also reduce doctor’s visits and missed work and school day due to flu illness. Last flu season (October 2017 to September 2018) there were 11 flu-related deaths in San Bernardino County. Nationally, CDC early estimates indicate that more than 900,000 people were hospitalized and more than 80,000 people died from flu last season (CDC https://www.cdc.gov/flu/spotlights/press-conference-2018-19.htm#ref1). These new estimates are record-breaking, and emphasize the seriousness and severity of flu illness and serve as a strong reminder of the importance of flu vaccination.

In addition to getting vaccinated, it’s crucial to practice good health habits always. If you become ill, you should take actions to stop the spread of germs, including:

  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Wash your hands with soap/water
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

For more information on the seasonal flu visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention page or for information on where to get a flu shot, visit the San Bernardino County, Department of Public Health events calendar or call at 1-800-722-4794.

San Bernardino County Libraries host Baker’s Book Club

Join the San Bernardino County Library System, San Bernardino City Libraries, Colton City Library, Upland City Library, and the Redlands A.K. Smiley Library as we partner with Baker’s Drive-Thru to promote reading among children and teens throughout San Bernardino County. The Baker’s Book Club program is underway through Saturday, Nov. 17. This program encourages students to read in all communities across the county.

To participate in this program, visit any of the 32 San Bernardino County Branch Libraries, San Bernardino City Branch Libraries, Colton City Library, Upland City Library, or Redlands A.K. Smiley Library to sign up. Participants must be between the ages of 4 and 17, and a parent or guardian will need to sign to acknowledge reading accomplishments. A voucher for a free Baker’s food item will be issued as reading goals are met. Each child and teen may earn a total of three awards and vouchers for the duration of the program.

In support of the Countywide Vision’s Vision2Read literacy campaign, this program will help to improve literacy among children ages 4 to 17, with the help of incentives, by inspiring an excitement to read, providing achievement goals,  and encouraging a reading routine.

The San Bernardino County Library System is a dynamic network of 32 branch libraries that serve 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 people who call San Bernardino County home.

The library plays a key role in the achievement of the Countywide 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.

Live sheep shearing and yarn spinning on display

Live sheep shearing and yarn spinning – how wool clothing gets made – has changed little over the centuries and will be on full display at Sheep to Shawl at the San Bernardino County Museum on Saturday, Sept. 29, from noon to 4 p.m.

To make a piece of natural fiber clothing artisans start with the plant or animal to furnish the material from which it is made: a sheep, goat, rabbit, llama, or plant fibers. Natural textiles are based on these fibers, whether fleece, fur, hair, or plant. During Sheep to Shawl, Museum visitors will be able to meet fur and fleece-bearing animals thanks to the University of California Cooperative Extension 4-H club members and Southern California Sheep/Wool.  Members of the local 4-H program will demonstrate how a live sheep is sheared (1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.) and how the wool is cleaned by removing twigs and less savory bits of debris. Volunteers from local textile groups, and skilled artisans will demonstrate carding wool so the fibers lay straight, spinning them into thread, and weaving the threads into cloth.

Hands-on opportunities to touch fleeces, spin, design, and weave bracelets and potholders will be offered along with demonstrations of spinning and weaving by the Southern California Handweavers Guild and the Crosstwisters lacemaking group.  At 1:30 p.m. youth from the 4-H program will hold a wool fashion show.

Visitors can also walk through the museum’s ethnobotany and native plant gardens to see sources of plant fibers used by Native Americans. Activities are suitable for all ages.

Curator of Education Carolina Zataray said, “this process of construction exists in nearly every article of winter-based clothing we wear, yet most of our visitors know very little of how their sweater or coat was made. We’re excited to work with these partners to show off the skills necessary to go from sheep to shawl.”

Sheep to Shawl and the Museum’s other exciting programs 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 www.sbcounty.gov/museum. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

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