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San Bernardino County Department of Child Support Services (DCSS) was recognized with two awards from the Child Support Directors Association for raising awareness and educating community partners about the importance of helping families provide for their children.
Child Support’s Military Liaison team was recognized for establishing partnerships with Fort Irwin Army National Training Center and 29 Palms Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center. Members of the team have traveled to military bases to educate military partners about child support and how it assists both mothers and fathers. They have presented to the Judge Advocate General Office for attorneys, paralegals and over 100 of Fort Irwin’s command staff.
Child Support’s Outreach team was honored in the category of Child Support Program Awarenessforraising awareness and educating community partners, County departments and customers about services. The effort is part of the department’s Holistic Case Management approach to raise awareness for customers about services and ensure the department works with them to remove barriers so they can become self-sufficient. The expansive campaign included a partnership with the San Bernardino County Library, which provides after-hours child support services at three local libraries; Mondays with DCSS to bring services to the customers; and collaborations with San Bernardino County Workforce Development Department.
“I am proud of the efforts of the department in reaching our customers, County and community partners and local military in creating an awareness that DCSS is here to help both mothers and fathers to provide for their children and achieve self-sufficiency, “ said DCSS Director Marie Girulat. “Through one coordinated effort, we have been able to positively impact lives, one family at a time.” DCSS partners with many County agencies and community-based organizations to meet the needs of both parents and help to remove barriers like unemployment, underemployment, license suspension, domestic violence and homelessness. The department helps families by determining the legal father of the child, establish orders for child and medical support, locate parents, enforce support orders, review child support orders when circumstances have changed, and collect and distribute child support payments. DCSS focuses on helping the family as a whole with all aspects of services to gain self-sufficiency. Additional information regarding services and resources is available at http://hss.sbcounty.gov/DCSS, or by calling 1-866-901-3212.
The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors recognized outstanding employees from 42 County departments and offices during a Public Service Recognition Week Award for Excellence ceremony May 16 at the San Bernardino County Government Center.
The annual event recognizes the work of public servants. Each County department and office selects one of its employees to be honored with an Award for Excellence based on outstanding service to the County and the community. Specific criteria include customer service, initiative and leadership, accomplishments, and work toward achievement of the Countywide Vision, https://cms.sbcounty.gov/cao-vision/Home.aspx.
“It is always an honor to recognize County employees who go above and beyond the call of duty to serve the public and make our community a great place to live and work,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “Earlier this month, our County picked up 52 awards by the National Association of Counties for innovative and cost-savings programs. That’s a strong demonstration of the County’s commitment to exemplary public service.”
This year marked the 30th year the County has conducted this national Public Service Recognition Week event. Public employees in the United States and around the world take part in the annual celebration honoring the people who serve as federal, state, and local government employees.
The following County employees were recognized as part of Public Service Recognition Week:
Glenda Jackson, Aging and Adult Services/Office of the Public Guardian Daniel Bickel, Agriculture/Weight and Measures Henry Martinez, Airports
Justine Rodriguez, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center
Daniel Sanchez, Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk
Robert Gordon, Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector
Mary Gurrola, Behavioral Health
Stephny Montgomery, Board of Supervisors
Jo Cruz, Child Support Services
Cassandra McClenton, Children and Family Services
Hillary Steenson-Ray, Children’s Network
Andrew Simpson, Clerk of the Board
Monica Lopez, Community Development and Housing
Traci Homan, County Administrative Office
Jacklin Golden, County Counsel
Laura Robles, District Attorney
Matthew Mena, Economic Development
Robert Kittleman, County Fire District
Debora Dickerson-Sims, First 5
Stephanie Moore, Fleet Management
Megan Gardner, Human Resources
Shelia Jackson, Human Services Administration
Natalie Campos, Information Services
Amy Claborn, Land Use Services
Ina Feeney, Library
David Myers, Museum
Amy Edwards, Office of Homeless Services
Laura Marquez, Preschool Services
Trina West, Probation
Julie Ettari, Public Defender
Emerita Meily, Public Health
Brian Kloepfer, Public Works
Lisa Brazfield, Purchasing
Steven Clynch, Real Estate Services
Ryan Isom, Regional Parks
Brenda Garcia, Registrar of Voters
Rebecca Suarez, Risk Management
Christina Martin, Sheriff/Coroner/Public Administrator
Bill Mahaney, Special Districts
Stephanie Maldonado, Transitional Assistance
Darlene Lee, Veterans Affairs
Mariam Chalaby, Workforce Development
The San Bernardino County Museum announces the opening of a new exhibit “Pulp Culture: A Juicy Tale in the Orange Empire.” The exhibit traces the growth and development of the citrus industry in the region, and opens to the public on Sunday, May 19.
“Pulp Culture” is a captivating, bilingual journey through one of the most fascinating periods of our history, starting in the 19th century and continuing to the present day. It is a story of industry, migrant workers, fruit pests, and a visual culture that became intrinsically tied to the region’s citrus groves and packing houses. This addition to the museum’s Hall of History features a community voices station, an interactive packing conveyor belt, art celebrating the citrus culture, and other historical artifacts from the time.
Working with a storytelling group, exhibit curators David Myers, Jennifer Dickerson, Jessika Vazquez, and Tamara Serrao-Leiva, were able to weave a multidisciplinary narrative drawing on diverse cultural history and science. The story advisors are experts in their fields and included Steven Moreno-Terrill and Megan Suster, from California Citrus State Historic Park; educators Tom and Lily Rivera; members of the Cultural Resources Management Department at San Manuel Band of Mission Indians; and Genevieve Preston, from San Bernardino County Archives.
David Myers, Curator of Visitor Engagement & Exhibits said “It is our team’s intention to always try to develop complete stories that are reflective and representative of our entire community. Pulp Culture was designed around this idea, that people who worked in, and developed the citrus industry and culture should have the opportunity to tell their own history. In this exhibit, visitors can listen to the memories of people who were employed in the citrus industry and who contributed to the shared citrus culture, and can record their own personal citrus stories in our community voices station.”
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). 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.
San Bernardino County programs that help young people prepare for the workforce, improve the health of residents, promote literacy and simplify access to public services are among 52 programs that won 2019 Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo), the highest number of NACo awards ever won by San Bernardino County.
“We are so proud that we broke our own record and that our County employees are being recognized on a national stage for the work they do to provide faster, easier and more efficient services to our residents and businesses,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman.
Since 2010, San Bernardino County has won 336 Achievement Awards from NACo, an organization that honors innovative, effective county government programs that enhance services for residents.
Nationally, NACo Achievement Awards are given in 18 different categories that reflect the variety of services counties provide. San Bernardino County won awards in 11 categories judged by NACo. Winners will be recognized at NACo’s 2019 Annual Conference and Exposition July 12-15 in Clark County, Nevada. This year, NACo reviewed 616 entries from counties and state associations in 32 states.
The Board of Supervisors will recognize and honor the people and departments responsible for the winning programs and services below at an upcoming event:
Category: Arts, Culture and Historic Preservation
Category: Children and Youth
Speed-Hiring Collaborative to Resolve Staffing Shortage – Children and Family Services
Family Reunification Celebration Program – Children and Family Services
Referral, Screening, Assessment and Treatment Program – Children and Family Services
Little Mobile Libraries –Probation
Category: Civic Education and Public Information
Public Health Night: Home Run For Health – Public Health
Second District Youth Council – Board of Supervisors Second District, Supervisor Janice Rutherford
Category: Community and Economic Development
MOU Partnership Desk Reference Guide and Referral Program – Workforce Development
Regional Approach to Incumbent Worker Training – Workforce Development
GenerationGo! Career Pathways Program – Workforce Development
Vision2Succeed – Economic Development
Category: County Administration and Management
DMV Title and Registration Program – Fleet Management
Category: Criminal Justice and Public Safety
Real Estate Fraud Prevention – Courtesy Notification Program – Assessor-Recorder-Clerk/District Attorney/Information Services Department
Human Trafficking Task Force – Sheriff
Crisis Intervention Training for Law Enforcement and Community Partners – Behavioral Health
Field Watch Commander Program – Probation
Diabetes F.I.T Education Program – Arrowhead Regional Medical Center
Supporting Health and Personal Empowerment (SHAPE) in the Community – Arrowhead Regional Medical Center
Zum Up Community Intervention Program – Public Health
Category: Human Services
APS Postal Workers – Help Stamp Out Abuse –Aging and Adult Services
Public Health Nurse Mobile Health Outreach Anatomical Models – Aging and Adult Services
Coordinated Care Collaborative – Aging and Adult Services
Mobile Device Program – Aging and Adult Services
Human Services (HS) Emergency Response Codes (ERC) – Human Services
Fathers Toolbox – Children’s Network/Performance, Education and Resource Centers
Older Adult Community Services Program – Behavioral Health
Certified Mail Process – Child Support Services
Proactive Texting Program – Transitional Assistance Department
HS Time Study Enhancement and EMACS Integration – Transitional Assistance Department
CalHEERS Ticket Portal – Transitional Assistance Department
CalFresh Outreach – Transitional Assistance Department
Streamlined Application Process – Transitional Assistance Department
Military Outreach – Child Support Services
Resource Fairs and MWDCSS – Child Support Services
Category: Information Technology
Property Tax Refund (PIRFnet) Enhancement Project – Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector
Remittance System – Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector
Cashiering System – Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector
SB SAFE Website – Information Services Department
Embracing GIS Technology for the Homeless Point-in-Time Count – Information Services Department
Broadband Grant Provides Digital Literacy in Low-Income Communities – Housing Authority
Environmental Health Services Pool Safety Survey Application – Public Health
Environmental Health Services E-receipting – Public Health
Retail Story Map – Economic Development
STEM in the Library – County Library
Student Digital Library Cards – County Library
Category: Personnel Management, Employment and Training
From Pilot to Program: DPH Mentoring Program – Public Health
To view all NACo Achievement Award winners, visit https://explorer.naco.org/cf_naco/cffiles_web/awards/award_srch.cfm.
Celebrate the San Bernardino County Museum’s incredible work focusing on the region’s nature, art, history and science at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18. By attending Bucky Ball, you support the Museum’s mission to inspire the community about the Inland Empire’s rich cultural and natural history through year-round STEM-based and family-focused programming.
The Museum impacts the lives of nearly 70,000 schoolchildren, families, researchers and others annually in our diverse community at our Redlands site and an additional 12,000 at Victor Valley Museum and our historic sites. For many, the Museum is their first introduction to the wonders of nature and the remarkable region in which we live. These learning experiences set the stage for a life-long interest in science, art and the natural world.
This special night of festivities raises much-needed support for new exhibits and upgrades to permanent spaces inside the Museum and its branch sites, and for the Museums for All discount admission program, providing access regardless of ability to pay.
This year’s gala will include an exclusive preview of the upcoming exhibit, Pulp Culture: A Juicy Story in the Orange Empire. Enjoy beautiful décor, live music and dancing, a gourmet dinner and wines, the esteemed Good Egg Awards, silent and live auctions, and a few surprises designed to provide our guests a truly pleasurable evening.
To purchase tickets go to: https://thesbcma.org/bucky-ball/
Citizens living in or near Apple Valley, Baker, and Twentynine Palms who are interested in running for the governing board of one of three local special districts may pick up candidacy documents starting on Monday, May 6.
Candidate filing for the Aug. 27, 2019 Consolidated Mail Ballot Election continues through 5 p.m. Friday, May 31.
The following special districts have offices up for election:
– Baker Community Services District
– Two Members of the Board of Directors for 4-year terms
– Mariana Ranchos County Water District
– Two Members of the Board of Directors for 4-year terms
– Twentynine Palms Water District
– Two Members of the Board of Directors for 4-year terms
Citizens who are interested in running for special district offices may obtain the appropriate documents at the district office, during regular business hours, or at the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters, 777 E. Rialto Avenue in San Bernardino from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
At the time a person picks up candidate documents for one of the special district offices, he or she must be a registered voter residing in the special district. Interested citizens may confirm whether they live within a district and are registered to vote by using the Registrar of Voters’ My Elections Gateway application at https://www.sbcountyelections.com/VoterRegistration/MyElectionGatewayInfo.aspx.
Completed candidate filing documents must be filed at the Registrar of Voters by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 31.
For more information on this election, please visit the Registrar of Voters’ website at www.SBCountyElections.com or call (909) 387-8300.
San Bernardino County Children’s Network is now accepting workshop proposals for the 33rd Annual Children’s Network Conference. The conference will be Sept. 18 and 19, at the Ontario Convention Center. The Workshop Proposal Submission Form can be found online at http://hs.sbcounty.gov/CN along with detailed information, including:
• Conference overview
• Proposal submission requirements
Workshop proposals are due Friday, May 10 at 5 p.m. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Janki Naik at: firstname.lastname@example.org or (909) 383-9677 We look forward to receiving your proposals.
Calling locomotive lovers of all ages! Train Days is rolling back into the San Bernardino County Museums in Redlands and Apple Valley, April 6 to 14. This popular annual event features intricate, operating model trains, a riding train, and family programming.
At the San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands, the event opens with an “Off the Rails” dance party for families from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Model train layouts will be running throughout the museum and a trackless train will be available for ticketed rides on the weekends. Train clubs participating include the ZoCal Z-scale Group, N-Land Pacific Modular Club, Green River Junction Railroad, and the Orange County N’Gineers who will be leading instructions on module building for visitors. Rail safety education organization Operation Lifesaver will be providing safety information.
At Victor Valley Museum, model train layouts will fill the museum for the weeklong event by returning local train clubs Antelope Valley N’ Scalers and Sun City Train Club. Featured are daily train activities and crafts for families, and a “chugging” photo booth station. A trackless train will be available for ticketed rides on the weekends. Event partners include Mojave National Preserve: Kelso Depot and Route 66 Mother Road Museum both sharing High Desert railroad history and its role within the community, and rail safety education organization Operation Lifesaver.
Train Days 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 San Bernardino County Museum is at 2024 Orange Tree Lane, 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 cardholders are $1. Children under 5 and Museum Association members are admitted free.
The Victor Valley Museum is in Apple Valley at 11873 Apple Valley Road. This branch museum is open Wednesdays through Sundays; admission is $5 (adult), $4 (military or senior), and $2.50 (student or child),
EBT cardholders are $1.Children under 5 and Museum Association members are admitted free.
Train Days is included with museum admission. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcounty.gov/museum/. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.
“The well-being of all county residents is a top priority for the Board of Supervisors,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “The County Department of Public Health and the partnerships they have created throughout the county are paying dividends and moving us closer to achieving the goal of a having a healthier, more-prosperous community.”
On an annual basis, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, in partnership with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, develops and distributes County Health Rankings (www.countyhealthrankings.org). The goal is to build awareness of factors influencing health and empower community leaders working to improve health.
This year’s “Overall Rankings in Health Outcomes” was released to the public on March 19, with San Bernardino County ranking 38 out of 58 California counties. While recognizing continued need for improvement, the county ranked 41 in 2018 and 46 in 2017, improving eight places over the three-year period ending in 2019.
“This improvement is the result of the collective efforts of our staff and our partners,” said San Bernardino County Health Officer Dr. Maxwell Ohikhuare. “Initiatives such as Community Vital Signs (www.CommunityVitalSigns.org), which bring together critical partnerships invested in the health of the community; the Countywide Vision2BActive (www.Vision2BActive.com), which bring to the forefront the importance of the Countywide Vision and an active lifestyle; and recent accreditation efforts undertaken by dedicated Public Health staff were all crucial elements to this success.”
The department looks forward to continued improvement over the coming years.
Interested individuals seeking further information can contact the Community Outreach and Education Program at (909) 387-6604 or visit http://wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/programs/community-outreach-innovation/.
California State Veterinarian Dr. Annette Jones today modified Southern California’s quarantine area to further restrict bird movement as work continues to eradicate virulent Newcastle disease (VND). The quarantine mandates the reporting of sick birds and prohibits poultry owners from moving birds in all of Los Angeles County, and in large areas of San Bernardino and Riverside counties.
The modified quarantine extends from the northern and southern borders of western Riverside County to the Salton Sea—including the Coachella Valley—and as far east as Yucca Valley in San Bernardino County, with a northern boundary of State Route 58 at the Kern County line. The quarantine language and a map may be found at CDFA’s VND Web site.
The quarantine requires bird owners to allow diagnostic testing, to isolate poultry from other species, to cease exhibitions, to stop the shipping and receiving of birds, and to enhance biosecurity.
“By modifying the quarantine area in Southern California, we are building upon an ongoing effort to eradicate virulent Newcastle disease,” said Dr. Jones. “The primary way that VND spreads is by people moving sick birds. Extending the prohibition of bird movement across a larger area is the next logical step in being able to stop the spread of the virus and to eradicate the disease.”
VND is a nearly-always fatal respiratory infection in poultry. Birds may seem healthy but will die within days of being infected. There is no cure. The virus is also transmitted by people who have VND on their clothes or shoes, and by equipment or vehicles that can transport the disease from place to place.
There are no human health concerns provided that any meat or eggs are cooked properly. People who come in direct contact with the virus may develop conjunctivitis-like symptoms or run a mild fever.
The only way to stop the virus and eradicate the disease is to euthanize birds. This includes all infected birds as well as birds within heavily-infected areas.
Since May 2018, staff from the California Department of Agriculture (CDFA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have been working in joint incident command to eradicate VND in Southern California. The highly contagious virus has resulted, or will soon result, in the euthanasia of more than one million birds in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura counties.
Birds from four poultry industry producers in Riverside County and two poultry industry producer in San Bernardino County have also been infected with VND and all birds in those facilities have been or will be euthanized.
For more information about movement restrictions, biosecurity, and testing requirements, please call the Sick Bird Hotline (866) 922-2473 or email SFSPermits@cdfa.ca.gov.