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Nominate an Unsung Hero

It’s Nomination Time!

San Bernardino County Children’s Network invites you to nominate an individual or organization to be selected and recognized for their efforts in preventing child abuse.

  • Do you know an individual or organization that goes the extra mile for children while selflessly giving in order to make a difference?
  • Someone who goes above-and-beyond their regular duties to ensure children are safe?

Please take a moment to nominate an individual, agency or program for their outstanding efforts in assisting at-risk children and youth in San Bernardino County.

The nomination form can be found on the Children’s Network’s website, http://hs.sbcounty.gov/CN

The nomination deadline is 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8

Thank you for helping us honor those who deserve special recognition. Honorees will be recognized at:

The 21st Annual Shine a Light on Child Abuse Awards Breakfast

Thursday, April 4

7:30 to 9 a.m.

National Orange Show, Valencia Room

690 S. Arrowhead Ave.

San Bernardino

Supervisor Hagman elected Chairman; Supervisor Gonzales elected Vice Chair

Supervisor Curt Hagman was unanimously elected chairman of the Board of Supervisors today by his board colleagues and Supervisor Josie Gonzales was unanimously elected vice chair of the board.  

Chairman Hagman, who served as board vice chairman from 2017 until today, succeeds First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood as chairman. Vice Chair Gonzales served as board chair from 2011 until 2013.

According to the voter-approved County Charter, the chairman serves as the board’s executive agent. The chair presides over Board of Supervisors meetings, acts as the signator for all contracts approved by the board, and works with the county chief executive officer to set the board’s agenda, among various other duties.

In December, Chairman Hagman began his second four-year term as supervisor for the county’s Fourth District, which includes Chino Hills, Chino, Ontario, Montclair, the southern portion of Upland, and adjacent unincorporated areas. Vice Chair Gonzales, first elected to the board in 2004, is serving her final term on the Board of Supervisors under term limits representing the Fifth District, which includes all or portions of Fontana, Rialto, Colton, and San Bernardino, and adjacent unincorporated areas including Bloomington and Muscoy.

“It is an honor to have been unanimously selected by my colleagues to lead San Bernardino County into the future,” Chairman Hagman said. I’d like to say a special thank you to Supervisor Lovingood for doing such an amazing job over the last two years.  In that time frame we have hired a new CEO, a new board member, the unemployment in the County is at a record low, and homeownership rates are up to say the least. Our region is an attractive place to live, work, and travel and I look forward to continuing to grow San Bernardino County. ”

“I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Ontario Airport,” Hagman said.  “It is San Bernardino County’s most important economic driver, and passenger and freight numbers continue to increase every quarter.  Ontario is now in the number one position for exports and now we need to focus on imports.”

“I commend the board for selecting Supervisor Gonzales to serve as Vice Chair,” Hagman said.  “Like me, Josie has made strengthening the economy of our County a chief priority. I am excited about working with Vice Chair Gonzales to continue our progress in pursuit of a stronger San Bernardino County. To my colleagues, on my board we should celebrate how far we have come as a County and continue to work together to achieve goals, address challenges and develop the strategies that will make a lasting, positive impact in our communities.”

Along with supervisorial duties, Supervisor Hagman also serves on the following boards and organizations: Board Director Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) Regional Council; Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP); OmniTrans; San Bernardino County Associated Governments (SANBAG); Commissioner of Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA); Chairman of SCAG FirstNet Subcommittees and California State Military Reserves.

Supervisor Hagman earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology at UCLA. He and his wife Grace have two children: Jonathan, a recent graduate of UCLA and officer in the Army National Guard, and Elizabeth, a student at Ayala High School.  Mr. Hagman’s experience in local and state government, and as a small business owner, has provided him insight into the issues facing his constituency.

 

Board unanimously appoints Dawn Rowe as Third District supervisor

The Board of Supervisors on Dec. 18 unanimously appointed former Yucca Valley Mayor Dawn Rowe to serve as Third District supervisor and complete the final two years of the term to which now-Assemblyman James Ramos was elected in 2016.

Supervisor Rowe, who was selected from a field of 43 qualified applicants, was immediately administered the oath of office and took her seat on the Board of Supervisors, which for the first time in the county’s 165-year history features a female majority.

In applying for the appointment, Supervisor Rowe cited experience dealing with key issues in the district, including the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan, water hauling, vacation rentals and off-road recreation. She also expressed understanding of countywide issues and committed herself toward building a positive working relationship with the other members of the Board of Supervisors.

Supervisor Rowe (rhymes with “now”), who has lived in the Morongo Basin since 2003, served on the Yucca Valley Town Council from 2010 to 2014, including a turn as mayor, and worked as a field representative for Assemblyman and then Congressman Paul Cook from 2009 until her appointment to the Board of Supervisors on Dec. 18. She has been a substitute teacher with the Morongo Unified School District since 2009 and is active in a host of community organizations.

Supervisor Rowe has a master’s degree in advertising from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications & public relations (double major) from Drake University. 

The Third District includes all or portions of the cities of San Bernardino, Grand Terrace, Colton, Loma Linda, Highland, Redlands, Yucaipa, Barstow, Big Bear Lake and Twentynine Palms, the Town of Yucca Valley, and surrounding unincorporated communities and areas. A detailed map can be viewed here.

Board narrows Third District appointment field to 13; Interviews tomorrow

Members of the Board of Supervisors today selected 13 applicants as finalists for possible appointment to the Third District seat on the board.

The following 13 people were invited to be available for public interviews during a special Board of Supervisors meeting at 9 a.m. tomorrow after receiving support for advancement from two or more board members: Jim Bagley, Tobin Brinker, Ronald Dailey, R. Carey Davis, William Emmerson, Sean M. Flynn, Julie Hackbarth-McIntyre, Dennis L. Hansberger, William E. Jahn, Janice Leja, Chris Mann, Rhodes L. Rigsby and Dawn Rowe.

The Third District seat on the Board of Supervisors became vacant on Dec. 3 when Supervisor James Ramos took the oath of office as a member of the state Assembly. In the event of a vacancy, the County Charter requires the remaining members of the board to appoint someone to serve until December of the next even-numbered year. If the board fails to do so within 30 days, the governor is required to make an appointment.

The county began the appointment process on Nov. 16 in anticipation of Supervisor Ramos’ departure by inviting qualified Third District residents to apply for the appointment, 48 of whom responded. Board members submitted their top selections to the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors this morning, and 13 received support from two or more board members, qualifying them as finalists.

The Third District includes all or portions of the cities of San Bernardino, Grand Terrace, Colton, Loma Linda, Highland, Redlands, Yucaipa, Barstow, Big Bear Lake and Twentynine Palms, the Town of Yucca Valley, and surrounding unincorporated communities and areas. A detailed map can be viewed here.

Tomorrow’s meeting will be held in the Covington Chambers on the first floor of the County Government Center at 385 N. Arrowhead Ave., San Bernardino. The public can also view and participate in the meeting via interactive video at the Bob Burke Joshua Tree Government Center at 63665 Twentynine Palms Highway, Joshua Tree, or the Jerry Lewis High Desert Government Center, 15900 Smoke Tree St., Hesperia.

Supervisors Rutherford and Hagman begin new terms

Supervisors Janice Rutherford and Curt Hagman began new four-year terms on the Board of Supervisors today, each taking the oath of office during ceremonies at the County Government Center in San Bernardino.  

In June, Supervisor Rutherford was elected to her third term and Supervisor Hagman to his second.

Supervisor Hagman was sworn in by his son, Second Lieutenant Jonathan Hagman with the California Army National Guard. Supervisor Rutherford was administered her oath of office by the Honorable Martin R. Barash, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Central District of California and a high school friend of Supervisor Rutherford.

In remarks following their oaths, both supervisors thanked their constituents, families, and the county’s employees.

Supervisor Hagman spoke about the opportunities facing the county spurred by growth and technology. “What’s really great is to have the family of county employees, more than 20,000 of you. I am very honored to serve with you, side by side, taking care of the needs of our residents,” Supervisor Hagman said.

Supervisor Rutherford spoke about a recent tour she took of the county’s Fleet Management Department.

“The people there serve with such pride and integrity, such creativity, such out-of-the-box thinking on problem solving. And they are not unique in this county. We have folks in every department that serve the public with those attitudes, and they don’t get recognized enough. They do the work every day, and I appreciate them,” Supervisor Rutherford said.

“Our community is strong. We can do amazing things when we set aside our differences and just serve one another from the heart. And this is county is full of people who do that,” Supervisor Rutherford said.

Supervisor Rutherford represents the Second Supervisorial District, which includes all or portions of Upland, Rancho Cucamonga, Fontana, Crestline and Lake Arrowhead. Supervisor Hagman represents the Second District, which includes all or portions of Chino Hills, Chino, Ontario, Montclair and Upland.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Applications being accepted for impending vacancy on the Board of Supervisors

The Board of Supervisors has invited qualified residents of the Third Supervisorial District to apply for an appointment to fill the remaining two years of Supervisor James Ramos’ term.

Preliminary results of the Nov. 6 election indicate Supervisor Ramos has been elected to the State Assembly. The voter-approved County Charter requires the remaining board members to appoint a resident of the Third District to serve the remainder of Supervisor Ramos’ term, which expires in December 2020.

An applicant for this appointment must be a resident of the Third Supervisorial District and legally registered to vote in the district at least 30 days prior to filing an application. Persons with felony convictions are not eligible.

The Third District includes all or portions of the cities of San Bernardino, Grand Terrace, Colton, Loma Linda, Highland, Redlands, Yucaipa, Barstow, Big Bear Lake and Twentynine Palms, the Town of Yucca Valley, and surrounding unincorporated communities and areas. A detailed map can be viewed here.

Persons interested in being considered for this appointment must submit a cover letter, resume, and completed application to the Clerk of the Board’s office before 2 p.m. on Monday, December 3, 2018. The Clerk of the Board is located at 385 N. Arrowhead Ave., Second Floor, San Bernardino, CA 92415. Applications are available at the Clerk of the Board’s Office and on the clerk’s website. Applications are also available at County Library branches in Barstow, Lucerne Valley, Mentone, Big Bear Lake, Twentynine Palms, Yucaipa, Yucca Valley, Highland, Grand Terrace, Loma Linda, and Joshua Tree. Library locations can be viewed here.

Prospective applicants should keep in mind that the position of County Supervisor requires a time commitment equal to, and usually exceeding that of, full-time employment.  In addition, the successful applicant appointed by the Board will be required to take an oath of office, file mandatory forms disclosing financial interests, comply with the County’s Ethics Ordinance, and participate in State-mandated ethics and sexual harassment awareness training.

Board schedules public meeting to discuss likely vacancy

The Board of Supervisors will hold a special public meeting at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13, to discuss the process for filling a likely vacancy on the board.

Preliminary results of the Nov. 6 election indicate Third District Supervisor James Ramos has been elected to the State Assembly and, as a result, a vacancy for the remaining two years of his current term on the Board of Supervisors will occur. The voter-approved County Charter requires the board to appoint a qualified elector (individual residing in the Third District and registered to vote 30 days prior to the application period) to fill the remainder of the unexpired term, otherwise the responsibility for the appointment transfers to the governor. The charter does not specify a process for the board to follow in making an appointment.

On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors is scheduled to discuss and determine the process it will follow in making an appointment assuming the vacancy occurs in the Third District, which includes all or portions of the cities of San Bernardino, Grand Terrace, Colton, Loma Linda, Highland, Redlands, Yucaipa, Barstow, Big Bear Lake and Twentynine Palms, the Town of Yucca Valley, and surrounding unincorporated communities and areas. A detailed map can be viewed at http://www.sbcounty.gov/Main/Pages/BOSDistricts.aspx. The public will have an opportunity to comment on the process the Board of Supervisors will follow for making an appointment.

Tuesday’s special meeting will be held in the Covington Chambers on the first floor of the County Government Center, 385 N. Arrowhead Ave., San Bernardino.

 

ARMC names new chief medical officer

Arrowhead Regional Medical Center has announced the appointment of Dr. Varadarajan Subbiah as chief medical officer. In this position he will oversee the delivery of all medical services to meet ARMC’s health care goals.

Dr. Subbiah brings more than a decade of experience in internal medicine care, health care quality, and hospital operations to his new position. Prior to joining ARMC, he most recently served in several leadership roles at Christiana Care Health System, one of the country’s largest health care providers located in Wilmington, Delaware. These include Medical Director of Patient Access and Flow, Medical Director of Care Management, Senior Physician Advisor for Utilization Review, and Clinical Assistant Professor/Inpatient Hospitalist.

Prior to joining Christiana Care Health System, he was Director of Academic Programs for Crozer Hospitalists at Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland, Pennsylvania; and prior to that he was Attending Physician at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, consistently ranked as one of the top hospitals in the United States.

“Dr. Subbiah has superior experience in internal medicine, and a track record as a physician leader focused on improving quality and efficiency of a large health system,” said ARMC Director William Gilbert. “Combined with his passion for education these qualities support ARMC’s commitment as a learning organization and we are honored to have him join our dedicated team.”

Dr. Subbiah earned his medical degree at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He completed his residency at Temple University Hospital, and is board certified in Internal Medicine.  He also holds a Master of Business Administration from the University Of Massachusetts. He has presented at several medical conferences and special sessions, and last year authored “Effectiveness of Multiple Observation Units in Reducing Length of Stay,” which appeared in the Journal of Hospital Medicine.

ARMC is a 456-bed university-affiliated teaching hospital licensed by the State of California Department of Public Health, operated by the County of San Bernardino, and governed by the Board of Supervisors. The hospital, located on a 70-acre campus in Colton, operates a regional burn center, level II trauma center, primary stroke center, a behavioral health center, five primary care centers, and provides more than 40 outpatient specialty care services. ARMC is helping to achieve the Countywide Vision by addressing the community’s wellness and educational needs. For more information about ARMC visit www.arrowheadmedcenter.org. Follow ARMC on Twitter at @ArrowheadRMC for important announcements and updates, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/arrowheadregional.

Children’s Fund Celebration of Giving gets underway

Children’s Fund is now seeking support of its 30th Annual Celebration of Giving Holiday Toy/Gift Drive. 

You are invited to join Children’s Fund, individually or as an organization, to donate toys for children 0-18 years old this holiday season..  Children’s Fund’s goal is to collect and distribute more than 33,000 gifts – the number of gifts collected last year.  Donation drop-off is December 1-15, 2018.

Please visit their website, call 909-379-0000, or email vanessa@childrensfund.org for more information.

County Museum announces 2019 Dome Talks Speaker Series

The San Bernardino County Museum announces the speakers confirmed for the 2019 Dome Talks series. The lineup of national authors and thought leaders address timely, serious, quirky, and critical issues. These evening discussions are scheduled monthly from January through June. Full Series Passes, which include a ticket for each evening, are now on sale. Individual tickets go on sale beginning Dec. 14.

Museum Director Melissa Russo remarked “Dome Talks has been a tremendous success bringing notable speakers to the San Bernardino County Museum. This upcoming third season of fascinating individuals promises discussions that will be stimulating, entertaining, and hopefully deeply thought provoking.”

Dome Talks commences on the evening of Jan. 17, with Kirk W. Johnson, author of The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century, his investigation into the true crime story of the theft of 299 rare bird skins from a British natural history museum. Johnson brilliantly traces a narrative from the 19th century to present day about exotic bird exploration, ornithological research, the obscure and quirky world of Victorian fly-tying, and rare bird trafficking.

On Feb. 28, Richard Rothstein, discusses his book The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of how Our Government Segregated America. Rothstein, a former New York Times columnist, is a research associate at the Economic Policy Institute and a Fellow at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and Haas Institute at the University of California–Berkeley. The Color of Law expands upon and provides a national perspective on his recent work that documents the history of state-sponsored residential segregation, as in his report, “The Making of Ferguson.”

On Mar. 28, Heather David, cultural historian and advocate for the preservation of mid-century modern architecture, art, and signage, speaks about her book Motel California. The story of the rapid rise and subsequent decline of the individually owned mom-and-pop motel in The Golden State, Motel California is a celebration of sparkling blue pools, flashing neon signs, automatic ice machines and bleached white towels. It is an exploration of theme-based marketing and a documentation of American culture at perhaps what was the most prosperous time in United States history.

On Apr. 25, Francis French, co-author of  Falling to Earth: An Apollo 15 Astronaut’s Journey to the Moon, discusses his career co-writing four bestselling space history books and  interviews with astronauts Wally Schirra, Gordon Cooper, Scott Carpenter, Pavel Popovich, and Al Worden. Currently the Director of Education at the San Diego Air & Space Museum,  French is a regular presence on PBS, The Discovery Channel, History Channel and Science Channel.

Rue Mapp speaks on May 30 about the organization she founded, Outdoor Afro, a nonprofit social community reconnecting African Americans with natural spaces through outdoor recreational activities. The evening is co-sponsored by the Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio and San Bernardino County Regional Parks. Through Outdoor Afro, Mapp shares opportunities to build a broader community and leadership in nature. Her important work has generated widespread national recognition including The Root 100 most influential African Americans in the country, the Outdoor Industry Inspiration Award, the National Wildlife Federation Communication award, and Family Circle Magazine selected Rue as one of America’s 20 Most Influential Moms.

June 20 is the final speaker in the series, Danna Staaf, author of Squid Empire: The Rise and Fall of the Cephalopods, an epic adventure spanning hundreds of millions of years, from the marine life of the primordial ocean to the calamari on tonight’s menu. The Inquisitive Biologist’s review noted “This, ladies and gentlemen, is how you write a good popular academic book.” Anyone who enjoys the undersea world—along with those obsessed with all things prehistoric—will be interested in the sometimes enormous, often bizarre creatures that ruled the seas long before the first dinosaurs.

All Dome Talks evenings open at 6:30 p.m. for a light reception sponsored by the San Bernardino County Museum Association. Presentations start at 7 p.m. and include book sale and signing where applicable. Books are available for sale in the Museum store starting in November.

Full Series Passes are on sale for $130 ($105 museum members) and include all six evenings. Tickets for individual evenings will go on sale December 14 for $25 each evening ($18 museum members, no discount applies for May 30) and are subject to availability as the Dome Talks theater has limited seating. Tickets can be purchased online at www.sbcounty.gov/museum or may be purchased at the Museum’s Guest Services Desk. Advance ticket purchase is strongly encouraged as walkups are not guaranteed. No refunds can be made for ticket purchases, but unused tickets may be donated to the nonprofit San Bernardino County Museum Association in advance of the date.

The San Bernardino County Museum’s exhibits of regional cultural and natural history and the Museum’s other exciting events and programs, including Dome Talks 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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