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Despite the current public health emergency, the Board of Supervisors must conduct official meetings to ensure county government continues to function and adapt to ever-changing challenges. That’s why the county has set up ways for the public to easily view and participate in Board of Supervisors meetings while practicing safe social distancing, starting with this Tuesday’s meeting.
The county strongly urges the public to not physically attend board meetings while public health orders aimed at controlling the spread of novel coronavirus are in place. But those who want to watch board meetings and even offer comments and participate in public hearings can do so through websites and email from their homes.
The public may view board meetings live by visiting http://www.sbcounty.gov/Main/Pages/ViewMeetings.aspx. Video recordings of past meetings are also available on that site.
Those who want to comment on specific agenda items, make general comments, or submit testimony for public hearings and have those comments provided to each board member prior to the meeting can send their comments and testimony to the Clerk of the Board by email at BoardMeetingComments@cob.sbcounty.gov or online, up to 1,500 characters, at http://www.sbcounty.gov/cob/publiccomments/default.aspx prior to 8 a.m. on meeting days.
The public can also submit comments and testimony during meetings through the same email address and website. Comments and testimony submitted after 8 a.m. and during the meeting won’t be provided to each board member but will be read aloud by the Clerk of the Board during the meeting, time permitting. All comments and testimony submitted before and during the meeting will be included in their entirety in the official record of the meeting.
Those who choose to physically attend the meeting at the County Government Center in San Bernardino will be required to maintain social distancing and remain at least six feet apart from anyone else. This will greatly reduce capacity in the board chambers and could result in denying entry to members of the public if capacity is reached. A viewing room will be set up near the board chambers if capacity is reached, but social distancing will be enforced in that room as well.
The public can also view and participate in board meetings at the county’s videoconferencing sites in Hesperia and Joshua Tree. Those sites are located at the Jerry Lewis High Desert Government Center, 15900 Smoke Tree Street, Hesperia, and the Bob Burke Joshua Tree Government Center, 63665 Twentynine Palms Highway, Joshua Tree. Social distancing protocols will be enforced in all locations.
“We have a responsibility to do everything we can to limit the spread of the virus while still providing access to the County services people need,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman.
Services for the following County departments and offices will be available only by phone and online. Offices will be closed to the public:
- Agriculture/Weights & Measures
- Assessor- Recorder-Clerk
- Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector
- Child Support Services
- Children’s Network
- Clerk of the Board of Supervisors
- Community Development and Housing Agency
- County Fire and Fire Marshal
- District Attorney
- Economic Development
- Human Resources
- Inland Counties Emergency Medical Agency (ICEMA)
- Land Use Services, which includes Planning, Building and Safety, and Code Enforcement
- Public Works, with the exception of lobby computer access to surveyor records
- Registrar of Voters, with the exception of election observers by appointment only
- Risk Management
- Special Districts Water and Sanitation
- Transitional Assistance
- Veterans Affairs
- Workforce Development, however, in-person appointments will be conducted only when necessary
The following County attractions and services are closed to the public until at least April 3:
- Big Bear Alpine Zoo at Moonridge
- County branch libraries
- County museums and historical sites
- County Regional Parks, including Calico Ghost Town
- Park and recreation district preschool in Joshua Tree
- The following senior and community centers (centers that conduct meal programs will make meals available via drive-thru)
- Big Bear Senior Center
- Bloomington Ayala Senior Center
- Joshua Tree Community Center
- Lucerne Valley Community Center
- Wonder Valley Community Center
For information about the coronavirus crisis, visit the County’s coronavirus website at http://wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/coronavirus/, email the County at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact the coronavirus public information line from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at 909-387-3911.
Condado cierra oficinas adicionales al tráfico público
En un esfuerzo por frenar la propagación del coronavirus, casi todos los departamentos del condado ofrecen servicios sólo en línea y por teléfono, cerrando sus oficinas públicas al menos hasta al menos el 3 de Abril.
“Tenemos la responsabilidad de hacer todo lo posible para limitar la propagación del virus mientras seguimos proporcionando acceso a los servicios del Condado que la gente necesita”, dijo el Presidente de la Junta de Supervisores, Curt Hagman.
Los servicios para los siguientes departamentos y oficinas del Condado estarán disponibles solo por teléfono y en línea. Las oficinas permanecerán cerradas al público:
• Agricultura/Pesos & Medidas
• Evaluador- Registrador-Clerk
• Auditor-Controlador/Tesorero/Recaudador de Impuestos
• Servicios de Manutención de Niños
• Secretario de la Junta de Supervisores
• Agencia de Desarrollo Comunitario y Vivienda
• Mariscal de Incendios y Bomberos del Condado
• Fiscal de Distrito
• Desarrollo Económico
• Recursos Humanos
• Agencia Médica de Emergencia de los Condados Interiores (ICEMA)
• Servicios de uso del suelo, que incluyen planificación, construcción y seguridad, y aplicación de código
• Obras Públicas, con la excepción del acceso de la computadora de vestíbulo a los registros de topógrafos
• Registro Electoral, con la excepción de los observadores electorales con nombramiento solamente
• Gestión de riesgos
• Distritos Especiales de Agua y Saneamiento
• Asistencia de Transición
• Asuntos de Veteranos
• El desarrollo de la fuerza de trabajo, sin embargo, los nombramientos en persona se llevarán a cabo sólo cuando sea necesario
Las siguientes atracciones y servicios del Condado permanecerán cerrados al público al menos hasta el 3 de Abril:
• Zoológico Alpino de Big Bear en Moonridge
• Bibliotecas de sucursales del condado
• Museos del condado y sitios históricos
• Parques Regionales del Condado, incluyendo Calico Ghost Town
• Parque y preescolar del distrito de recreación en Joshua Tree
• Los siguientes centros para personas mayores y comunitarias (centros que llevan a cabo programas de comidas harán que las comidas estén disponibles a través de Auto-servicio.
o Centro Big Bear de La Tercera Edad
o Centro Bloomington Ayala de La Tercera Edad
o Centro Comunitario de Joshua Tree
o Centro Comunitario de Lucerne Valley
o Centro Comunitario de Wonder Valley
Para obtener información sobre la crisis del coronavirus, visite el sitio web del coronavirus del Condado en http://wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/coronavirus/, envíe un correo electrónico al Condado en email@example.com, o comuníquese con la línea de información pública del coronavirus de 9 a.m. a 5 p.m., de lunes a viernes al 909-387-3911.
- 在Moonridge的Big Bear Alpine动物园
- 县级地区公园，包括Calico Ghost Town
- Joshua Tree公园和休闲区幼儿园
- Big Bear老年人中心
- Bloomington Ayala老年人中心
- Joshua Tree社区中心
- Lucerne Valley社区中心
- Wonder Valley社区中心
The South Coast Air Quality Management District has postponed a meeting at which it planned to seek community input on a proposed Warehouse Indirect Source Rule, which would reduce emissions from warehousing activities in Southern California.
The meeting had been scheduled for March 18 at Henry J. Kaiser High School in Fontana. A new date for the meeting has not been announced.
More information is available here.
The San Bernardino County Public Health Officer and the Board of Supervisors today declared a local health emergency to help ensure county government and the public are prepared for the possibility that COVID-19 will appear within the county.
“The purpose of this declaration is not to alarm people but to increase the focus on preparedness for both the public and county government departments and agencies,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “The health risk to the general public in San Bernardino County remains low at this time.”
Various appropriate county departments and agencies have been working together since Jan. 25 to prepare for the possible arrival of the virus within the county. That is when the county was notified an aircraft carrying U.S. citizens evacuated from the region in China where the virus had originated might be arriving at Ontario International Airport. The flight was eventually diverted to Riverside County. The County Department of Public Health activated its Department Operations Center on March 3.
Among the county departments and agencies meeting regularly to coordinate efforts are Public Health, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, Office of Emergency Services, County Fire, Sheriff, and the Inland Counties Emergency Medical Agency.
County Public Health continues to work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health to respond to reports of COVID-19. Although Governor Newsom declared a State of Emergency to help the state prepare for broader spread of COVID-19, the health risk from COVID-19 to the general public in San Bernardino County remains low at this time.
- As with any virus, especially during the cold and flu season, there are a number of steps you can take to protect your health and those around you:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Wash hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth, especially with unwashed hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
- If someone does become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough, they should stay away from work, school or other people to avoid spreading illness and seek assistance from their healthcare provider if symptoms become severe.
- N95 masks are not recommended outside a healthcare setting. Surgical masks can be worn by sick individuals to reduce the likelihood of spreading germs to others.
For more information on COVID-19, please call (800) 722-4794 or visit the County Public Health COVID-19 webpage at http://wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/coronavirus/. Information is updated as soon as it is made available.
The San Bernardino County Department of Public Health continues to work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health to respond to reports of coronavirus (COVID-19) as it is quickly evolving. No cases have been reported in San Bernardino County.
As of today, California has reported seven travel-related cases of COVID-19 in the state, one close contact case and one case from community transmission. There have been no confirmed deaths related to COVID-19 in the United States to date. The health risk from COVID-19 to the general public remains low at this time. Although COVID-19 has a high transmission rate, it has a low mortality rate.
“There still have been no confirmed COVID-19 cases in San Bernardino County thus far,” states Dr. Erin Gustafson, San Bernardino County Acting Health Officer. “(The County) is working closely with state and federal partners to continue gathering as much information as possible about this virus and preparing to respond. At this time, we urge the public to remain calm, as the health risk to the general public in our county remains low. Our top priority is ensuring that residents of San Bernardino County remain safe and healthy.”
As with any virus, especially during the flu season, there are a number of steps you can take to protect your health and those around you:
- Wash hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- If someone does become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough, they should stay away from work, school or other people to avoid spreading illness.
To learn more about COVID-19, visit the Communicable Disease Section’s Emerging Diseases webpage at wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/programs/cds/emerging-diseases or call (800) 722-4794.
San Bernardino County Fire Protection District Chief Dan Munsey will attend the president’s State of the Union address on Tuesday as the guest of San Bernardino County Congressman Pete Aguilar. Chief Munsey said he sees his attendance as an opportunity to build upon the good working relationships the County has with federal agencies and lawmakers.
“I’m honored to have the opportunity to represent our region and San Bernardino County Fire at the president’s State of the Union address,” Chief Munsey said. “Our county depends on the relationship we have with our federal partners to ensure the safety of our residents, and I look forward to the chance to reinforce that relationship.”
“The County is proud and fortunate to have Chief Munsey represent us and the public safety needs of our residents in Washington and at the State of the Union address,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “When disaster strikes our county, the men and women of County Fire stand bravely on the front lines. It is appropriate to have their organization stand as a symbol of the value in partnerships with the federal government.”
Dan Munsey was appointed County Fire Chief in November. Munsey began his career in the fire service in 1995 as a paid-call firefighter. He became a full-time firefighter in 1998, where he was assigned to Lake Arrowhead. He has worked in every division of County Fire, promoting to captain in 2004, battalion chief in 2008, and assistant chief in March 2014.
The San Bernardino County Fire Protection District has about 1,000 employees, covers approximately 19,000 of the county’s 20,105 square miles, and serves more than 60 incorporated municipalities and unincorporated communities within four Regional Service Zones – Mountain, North Desert, South Desert and Valley – including the City of Grand Terrace, City of Hesperia, City of Needles, City of San Bernardino, City of Twentynine Palms, City of Upland, Town of Yucca Valley, and unincorporated areas. Additionally, County Fire provides contractual fire protection services to two cities: Adelanto and Fontana, via its independent fire protection district.
County Fire is a community-based, all-hazard emergency services organization providing emergency mitigation and management for fire suppression, emergency medical services, ambulance services, hazardous materials response, arson investigation, hazard and terrorism/weapons of mass destruction abatement, and technical rescue, including water-borne, flooding and mudslide, and winter rescue operations.
There will be three access points on the trail with community information, resources, water and bike-related goods and services.
Registration is open and this event is free to the public.
For more information or to register, visit www.santanariverbikeday.com.
Readers of the Big Bear Grizzly have chosen the County’s Big Bear Alpine Zoo at Moonridge as the Big Bear Valley’s Best Natural/Cultural Attraction for 2019. What better reason to visit the zoo this weekend?
The Big Bear Alpine Zoo is a rehabilitation facility offering injured, orphaned and imprinted wild animals a safe haven, temporarily while they heal, or permanently, as they are unable to survive on their own. Current residents include very rare snow leopards, black bears, bald eagles, mountain lions, gray wolves, and many more.
The Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District, a Special District of the County of San Bernardino owns the zoo, the facilities and the animals.
Find out more here.
The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously adopted a balanced $6.9 billion budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
The budget fully funds increased costs to maintain current public service levels, makes a substantial contribution to capital project needs, and allocates funding to many projects and programs that support the Countywide Vision and the board’s goals and objectives.
“The Board’s longstanding fiscally prudent approach, coupled with continued growth in property and sales tax revenues, has placed the County in a position to take care of immediate needs and strategically invest in the future,” County Chief Executive Officer Gary McBride wrote to the Board.
Examples of funding recommendations include allocations to:
- Enhance public safety, such as the Sheriff Department’s Hope and START programs),
- Improve decision-making capabilities through the use of technology, such as Esri GIS licenses and support),
- Address workload issues, particularly staffing for the District Attorney and Public Defender,
- Invest in capital projects, such as gully funding the Valley Dispatch Center project.
The budget includes $406.9 million in reserves, $1 billion toward law and justice, $2.3 billion for human services, and $721 million for Arrowhead Regional Medical Center.
Citing prudent budgeting practices by the county and an improving county economy, one of the nation’s top three credit rating agencies today upgraded San Bernardino County‘s credit rating from AA to AA+.
“This is a testament to the great work being done by our budget staff, our department managers and all County employees, who provide the public with a high level of service with efficiency and innovation,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman.
The County requested the credit review by S&P Global as part of a $335.2 million dollar refunding of outstanding debt approved by the Board of Supervisors last month. Based on current market conditions, the County expects the higher rating to help save over $30 million dollars on that refunding alone.
In its notification to the county, S&P Global cited a strengthening local economy as part of the reason for the upgrade, particularly employment growth, a rise in retail activity and rebounding real estate values.
It also praised the County for using “fiscal discipline” in the face of surging tax revenue from the improved economy.
“We view the county’s management as very strong, with strong financial policies and practices,” S&P wrote in its notification to the County. “We view the county’s budgetary flexibility as very strong. … Management reports that stronger tax revenue and continued actions to reduce expenditure growth contributed to a rebound in general fund performance in recent fiscal years.”
Among the specifics S&P Global cited were:
- Strong budgetary performance, with operating surpluses at the general fund and the total governmental fund levels in fiscal 2018.
- Very strong debt and contingent liability profile.
- An analytically robust budget development process that uses trends and forecasts to build assumptions with input from local economists, and a budget document that includes details on assumptions to support decision-making by the Board of Supervisors.
- Quarterly budget updates to the Board of Supervisors that include details on year-to-date revenue and expenditures.
- Good debt disclosure online and in annual financial reports as well as a debt policy that is integrated with the strategic plan.