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This is NOT the weekend for roadside snow play

Southern Californians looking to play in the snow this weekend won’t find any of it by the side of the roads in the San Bernardino County mountains.

The Crestline, Lake Arrowhead and Running Springs areas are open for business and great for food, shopping and general relaxation, but Thursday’s relatively warm storm washed away most of the snow.

Snow conditions are great in the higher-elevation Big Bear area, but both of the roads between the San Bernardino and Big Bear valleys are closed while they recover from this week’s storms. The only way into Big Bear and to the area’s two major ski resorts is through the High Desert on Highway 18.

For those who plan on visiting the local mountains this weekend, the county continues to urge visitors to be safe, smart, and polite.

–Heavy fog is common on mountain highways. Motorists are reminded to be alert, slow for weather conditions and use headlights while driving. Avoid travel during storm events and check road and weather conditions before you travel.  Motorists should anticipate delays and longer travel time.

–Carry tire chains, but do not stop in the roadways to put them on. Chains are not a convenient option for motorists when ice and snow are present. They are required. Motorists must carry chains or other legally compliant traction devices. The San Bernardino Mountain regions have Caltrans-permitted and -trained chain installers available during periods when chains are required.

–Motorists are urged to drive carefully and use turnouts to allow faster traffic to pass.

–Stock vehicles with water, snacks, blankets, a charged cell phone, flashlight and a full tank of gas before visiting the mountains. For safe winter driving tips and chain control information please go to http://www.dot.ca.gov/cttravel/winter.html. Check out Caltrans’ “Quick Map” for current road conditions and chain requirements at http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov. For real-time traffic, download the Quick Map app on iTunes or Google Play.

–Be courteous. The mountains are a full-time home to thousands people. Visitors should carry their trash with them or use one of the dumpsters located along state highways 18 and 330, which are generously provided through a partnership between county government, Caltrans and Burrtec.

–Park only in areas clearly designated for parking. Illegally parked vehicles, especially those blocking roads or snow plows, will be quickly towed away.

Law enforcement will be present in greater numbers and will actively enforce laws concerning driving, chains, parking, roadside play and littering.

Generation GO! : High school seniors begin county internships

More than 100 San Bernardino County high school seniors got a jump start into careers on Wednesday as they began internships with more than 20 county departments.

The internships are part of  Generation Go!, a countywide program established by the County Workforce Development Board providing work-based learning opportunities to high school students. A key component of its work is ensuring that the county’s youth are ready to enter the workforce with the skills needed to compete today and for the future.

Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman, County Chief Executive Officer Gary McBride and Deputy Executive Officer Reg Javier offered encouraging remarks to the students during their orientation Wednesday. McBride expressed a particular connection with the students, recounting how he began his career with the county at a young age in an entry-level position. 

Generation Go! is an essential element of Vision2Succeed, a project of the Countywide Vision aimed at preparing San Bernardino County residents for the jobs we have and the jobs we want to attract.

The county is currently seeking businesses that are willing to provide work-based learning experiences as part of a high school curriculum. Targeted industries include utilities/energy, logistics/transportation, construction/engineering, automotive, manufacturing and culinary.

Be safe and courteous when visiting the mountains

Recent storms have transformed the San Bernardino County mountains into a winter wonderland, and mountain residents, public safety agencies and government service providers are bracing for the usual mass migration of snow lovers from all parts of Southern California.

County government joins mountain residents and businesses, police and fire agencies, Caltrans and other mountain “locals” in welcoming weekend visitors while urging them to be courteous, be prepared, and be safe in their quest for snow and adventure.

  • Snow and rain are expected throughout the weekend. Heavy fog is common on mountain highways. Motorists are reminded to be alert, slow for weather conditions and use headlights while driving. Avoid travel during storm events and check road and weather conditions before you travel.  Motorists should anticipate delays and longer travel time.
  • Carry tire chains. Chains are not a convenient option for motorists when ice and snow are present. They are required. Motorists must carry chains or other legally compliant traction devices. The San Bernardino Mountain regions have Caltrans-permitted and -trained chain installers available during periods when chains are required.
  • Motorists are urged to drive carefully and use turnouts to allow faster traffic to pass.
  • Stock vehicles with water, snacks, blankets, a charged cell phone, flashlight and a full tank of gas before visiting the mountains. For safe winter driving tips and chain control information please go to http://www.dot.ca.gov/cttravel/winter.html. Check out Caltrans’ “Quick Map” for current road conditions and chain requirements at http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov. For real-time traffic, download the Quick Map app on iTunes or Google Play.
  • Be courteous. The mountains are a full-time home to thousands people. Visitors should carry their trash with them or use one of the dumpsters located along state highways 18 and 330, which are generously provided through a partnership between county government, Caltrans and Burrtec.
  • Park only in areas clearly designated for parking. Illegally parked vehicles, especially those blocking roads or snow plows, will be quickly towed away.

Law enforcement will be present in greater numbers and will actively enforce laws concerning driving, chains, parking, roadside play and littering.

Regional Parks now hiring lifeguards and pool managers for summer swim season

From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend the San Bernardino County Regional Parks opens its swim complexes for families to enjoy. We would like to invite any interested candidates to apply as a Lifeguard or Pool Manager at one of our Regional Parks for the 2019 Summer Season.

The department will be hosting a one-day hiring event on March 2, 2019 where potential same day job offers could be made. If you are unable to attend the event, applications will be accepted online continuously through April.

Regional Parks will be offering lifeguard certification training in March. Candidates who are selected at the hiring event, will be able to obtain certifications paid for by the department.

All applicants are required to have C.P.R. and First Aid certifications, prior to the first day of employment.  Lifeguards will be required to show proof of current Lifeguard Certifications, valid through September 2019. All requirements must be met before the first day of work. Bilingual abilities strongly desired.

The following positions are available for the 2019 Summer Swim Season:

Pool Manager – $ 17.00 hourly (2 at each site)

·         21 years of age or older

·         5 Years of Lifeguard Experience

·         1-2 Years of Supervisory Experience

Senior Lifeguard – $ 14.00 hourly (2 at each site)

  • 18 years of age or older
  • 3 Years of Lifeguard Experience
Returning Lifeguard – $ 13.00 hourly

  • 16 years of age or older
  • 1 or more years Lifeguard Experience with Regional Parks
New Lifeguard – $ 12.50 hourly

·         16 Years of age or older

 

Preferred work location is not guaranteed and will be decided by Park staffing needs.

Please visit www.sbcounty.gov/jobs and apply today!

Deputy Fire Chief Trapp to serve as interim chief

County Chief Executive Officer Gary McBride has announced that Deputy County Fire Chief Donald W. Trapp will serve as interim chief during a nationwide recruitment for a new chief to succeed Mark Hartwig, who is leaving County Fire on Feb. 15 to begin serving as fire chief for Santa Barbara County.

“We would like to thank Don and all of the dedicated men and women of the Fire Protection District for their service and leadership during this transition period,” McBride said.

“I am honored to lead such a talented team of men and women who are proud to be serving in their communities,” Trapp said. “Through teamwork and collaboration with our partner agencies and the communities we serve, we will continue efforts towards community risk reduction plans. Looking for ways to reduce operating costs while still providing the highest level of fire, rescue and emergency medical services remains a priority.”

Trapp has served the San Bernardino County Fire Protection District for 29 years, promoting through the ranks in the Valley, Wrightwood, North Desert and Lake Arrowhead areas. He was appointed Deputy Chief of Administration in July 2015, and has served as Deputy Chief of Operations from 2017 to present. He is responsible for overseeing all fire suppression, emergency medical services, and rescue operations.

Trapp serves on the state Firescope Operations Team and serves as the Operational Area Coordinator.

Trapp became interested in the fire service right out of high school and became a paid-call firefighter for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection in Temecula. He began his full-time fire service career with San Bernardino County Fire in 1989 in Fontana.

Throughout his career in County Fire, Trapp has remained heavily involved in the communities served by the district. He has served on the Emergency Medical Services committee, and co-chaired both the Operations Leadership Team and the Hiring, Testing & Development committees.

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.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

State offering back fees and tax waivers for mobilehome owners

Is your mobilehome or manufatcured home properly registered with the state? If you don’t know, or don’t want to know because you’re worried about owing back fees and taxes, the state says you’re not alone. Many people aren’t even aware that some types of mobile and manufactured homes have to be registered with the state.

Properly registering your mobile or manufactured home is necessary if you ever hope to transfer the title, leave it to a loved one, apply for fire or flood insurance, obtain permits for upgrades, or prove ownership to a landlord or park manager. That’s why the State of California Department of Housing and Community Development is offering a fee and tax waiver program for owners of mobile and manufactured homes who aren’t registered and might owe back fees and taxes.

The HCD can walk you through the process. Go to www.RegisterYourMobilehomeCA.org or call 1-800-952-8356 during regular business hours.

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