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County Fleet Management is on a roll.
San Bernardino County earned the top spot for showing leadership with staff, with customers and within the community; staying efficient and competitive; overcoming challenges; and having a vision and direction for the Fleet Management operation.
Falling in closely behind San Bernardino County were the counties of Riverside, San Diego, Ventura and Sacramento; the cities of Long Beach, Anaheim, Oakland and Beverly Hills; and other notables including New York City, Boston, Houston, Milwaukee and Indianapolis.
San Bernardino County was also recognized as one of five fleets nationwide for its completion of the Certified Fleet Management Operation (CFMO) program and CLEANFleet program.
The CFMO certification benchmarks fleet practices against private-sector companies with which the public-sector group competes most directly. The certification testing process addresses 20 categories and eight foundation categories to ensure fleet management success and aims to make a fleet operation cost-effective, efficient, competitive, and well-managed.
The approximately 100 men and women of San Bernardino County Fleet Management provide acquisition, maintenance, repair, modification, and disposal services for the majority of county vehicles and equipment. Fleet Management’s main garage in San Bernardino includes four shops: automotive, heavy duty, welding/metal fabrication, and generator services, as well as a parts room and fueling station. The department also operates five smaller service centers in Barstow, Hesperia, Needles, Rancho Cucamonga and Twentynine Palms and 60 strategically located fueling sites.
Additionally, Fleet Management operates a motor pool, which has ownership and/or maintenance and replacement responsibility for approximately 1,940 vehicles and pieces of equipment assigned to or used by county departments.
Continuing San Bernardino County’s recognition at national levels, the County’s Fleet Management Department received four awards at the Government Fleet Expo in Tennessee last month. The national “Leading Fleets Award” is an open competition to all 34,000 public entity fleets in the United States and Canada. All applicants are recognized but only the top 50 best fleets are named in the final round of competition. From the final 50, the top 20 receive numbered rankings. San Bernardino County’s Fleet Management department placed 20th this year.
In conjunction with Government Fleet Magazine and the American Public Works Association, the awards program, sponsored by Ford Motor Company, recognizes fleet operations that are performing well in the areas of fleet leadership, efficiency, future goals planning and overcoming challenges.
The Fleet Management (SBC Fleet) department also received its “CleanFleet Certification, a national program certifying fleet operations as energy efficient and environmentally responsible. This program is the industry-recognized method of measuring and rewarding high maintaining standards in clean fleet management. Certification categories include hazardous waste generator identification, general waste management requirements and storage, recycled oil products and used oil management program, vehicle and equipment washing facilities, facility air quality, Freon management, contract repair work (outside services), product storage, facility management, administration and general management, including purchasing policies, vehicle replacement and carbon footprint, facility utilities and carbon footprint.
Additionally, SBC Fleet received its second certification as a “Certified Fleet Management Operation”, from Government Fleet Management Alliance (GFMA). This program identifies fleets that are efficient and cost effective. With over 120 certification criteria addressing 20 critical operational areas of fleet management, SBC Fleet is one of 22 fleets certified in the nation. The certification process includes eight foundation categories: staffing and productivity, company and employee goals, mission statement and business plan, parts inventory management, replacement policy and financial program, fleet utilization management, fleet policy and procedures documentation, preventive maintenance program and customer service and level of support.
The fourth and final award, also presented by GFMA, is the “Master Certification” award, given to those fleets that are both “certified and CleanFleet” certified. There are only six public fleets in the United States and Canada which have achieved GFMA’s Master level certification.
Earlier this year, SBC Fleet also placed 8th in the 100 Best Fleets in the Nation competition. This is the 12th year San Bernardino County Fleet Management has placed in the top 100 fleets in the nation and ranking as high as number two in the nation.
“I am exceedingly proud that our Fleet Management Department continues to contribute to the Countywide Vision by operating in a businesslike manner and being good stewards of taxpayer’s resources. Being recognized as one of the most professional and efficient fleets in the nation is a great honor and a testament of the hard work and dedication of the Fleet staff,” said Roger Weaver, Director of Fleet Management. “Congratulations to every employee in the department for what they do in improving our vehicles and services, saving taxpayer dollars, and in contributing to San Bernardino County’s vision of creating a better place to live.”
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The County of San Bernardino was honored on June 8 as “Employer of the Year for a Small Company” by the Inland Empire Chapter of the International Right of Way Association. Although San Bernardino County is the Inland Empire’s largest employer, fewer than 30 of the county’s 22,000 employees work on right-of-way matters, thus the “small company” designation. Caltrans received the large company honors this year.
In addition, San Bernardino County Real Property Agent Kelley Kelley was installed as the chapter president. “I have a past real estate client who would say, ‘I am just glad to be here and be a part of it all.’ This is exactly how I feel, today, and always,” Kelley said. “I feel so proud to be a part of San Bernardino County Real Estate Services and the IRWA. I am committed to doing whatever it takes to learn and grow with the county and to successfully lead Chapter 57 for the upcoming 2016/2017 year.”
Also, County Real Estate Services Manager Marilee Rendulich earned the annual President’s Award, and Real Property Agent Nancy Summers earned the Senior Right of Way Professional Designation. This designation is the highest achievement that can be earned and requires approximately 200 hours of coursework related to the right of way industry. It typically takes about five years to achieve this designation.
Pictured is the County’s Real Estate Services Acquisitions/Right of Way Team, left to right, Real Property Agent Michele Cohn, Real Estate Services Director Terry Thompson, Real Estate Services Assistant Director Janet Lowe, Kelley, Rendulich and Summers. Other team members present were Real Property Agents Brandon Ocasio and Jennifer Goodell.
The International Right of Way Association is a professional organization comprised of global infrastructure real estate practitioners. IRWA serves professionals who acquire, manage and transfer the land rights needed for building and maintaining energy and transportation infrastructure.
The American Advertising Awards is one of the largest advertising competitions in the nation. Thousands of advertising and design firms – both private and public sector – enter this prestigious industry competition.
This was the first time the County has entered the competition.
Click here to view the Graphic Design Unit’s winning artwork, which includes the County logo and the SB Strong logo.
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An innovative program to assist restaurants and other food facilities in reducing health violations in San Bernardino County was recognized by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO).
The Health Education Liaison Program, which was implemented in 2012, was one of 19 programs nationwide and the only program in California to receive NACCHO’s prestigious Model Practice Award.
The Department of Public Health’s Division of Environmental Health Sciences (DEHS) developed the program because critical violations, if left uncorrected, can directly contribute to foodborne illness, posing significant risks to public health and safety.
“Our goal is to help businesses in our county be successful, while also protecting public health,” said Division Chief Corwin Porter. “This award is a great honor and evidence of our commitment to delivering high-quality services to residents of San Bernardino County.”
As part of HELP, low-scoring food facilities are offered a focused one-on-one consultation with an experienced Registered Environmental Health Specialist. During the consultation, the HELP consultant makes recommendations that are tailored to meet the needs of each food facility. A final report is sent to the facility addressing any areas of concern and recommendations to maintain long-lasting results and compliance. HELP is also offered to new facilities wanting to understand health and safety regulations.
The Board of Supervisors acknowledged DEHS for winning the award at a special presentation on Aug. 11.
“This award is in recognition of the working partnerships between Environmental Health Services and food facilities throughout San Bernardino County”, said Board of Supervisors Chairman James Ramos.
HELP is now part of NACCHO’s online, publicly-accessible database of innovative best practices across a broad range of public health areas.
The services offered by DEHS are in line with the Countywide Vision to protect the health and safety of residents and visitors. Information on the Countywide Vision, Job Statement, and Paradigm can be found at www.sbcounty.gov/vision.
This is an example of how Government Works.
To learn more about HELP and other DEHS services, please visit our web page at www.sbcounty.gov/dph/dehs or contact us at (800)442-2283.
On Tuesday, the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) produced a YouTube video about the San Bernardino County Inmate Fire Crew program because it received a 2014 CSAC Challenge Award last year and is considered a best practice in the state. The County Sheriff and County Fire departments work together to identify and train inmates to assist County Fire in fighting wildfires.
The Inmate Fire crews are available to respond to all types of emergencies, including wildfires, floods, search and rescue, and earthquakes. The crews are also busy with conservation and community service work projects, including brush abatement and wood chipping. Each inmate must pass a four-week training course that consists of classroom work. Inmates must also complete rigorous physical fitness training. Job placement for graduates in the landscaping and construction industries is also helping to reduce recidivism.
This program is an example of how Government Works.
Achieving the Countywide Vision, increasing jobs and economic value, and ensuring the development of a well-planned, balanced, and sustainable county are among the goals and objectives established April 7 by the Board of Supervisors for the coming year.
“The Goals & Objectives are a promise to the people of San Bernardino County that the Board of Supervisors is fully committed to creating an outstanding quality of life for our residents, visitors, and investors,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman James Ramos. “Continuing our work toward achieving the Countywide Vision in collaboration with our cities and towns, schools, businesses, and other stakeholders will ensure that our county community will continue to thrive and succeed for generations to come.”
Annual goals and objectives were established to create a clear line of authority between the public, as represented by the Board of Supervisors, and the activities carried out by County Government. The Board meets annually with the Chief Executive Officer as part of the CEO’s performance evaluation to develop the Goals & Objectives, which are then publicly discussed and acted upon by the Board. All proposals submitted to the Board and all activities carried out by County departments and staff must be tied to one or more of the Goals & Objectives.
“This Board has a strong commitment toward open and honest government,” Chairman Ramos said. “Publicly setting goals and objectives ensures that the public sets the County’s course and that County Government is accountable to the public for the work it does in our communities and how it spends the taxpayers’ dollars.”
The categories under which the Goals & Objectives fall are
— Implement the Countywide Vision
— Create, Maintain and Grow Jobs and Economic Value in the County
— Improve County Government Operations
— Operate in a Fiscally Responsible and Business-like Manner
— Ensure Development of a Well-Planned, Balanced, and Sustainable County
— Provide for the Safety, Health, and Social Service Needs of County Residents
— Pursue County Goals and Objectives by Working with Other Agencies
The County’s primary goal remains implementation of the Countywide Vision, www.sbcounty.gov/vision, by convening conversations on community collaboration and collective action, and supporting the work of the Vision element groups.
The number of businesses participating in the On-the-Job Training program offered by the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board is on track to surpass last year’s numbers. The On-the-Job Training program assists workers with finding employment, and reimbursing employers that hire workers who lack experience or training. The program pays up to 50 percent of a new employee’s salary, saving the company money normally spent on training.
“A small business is not an institution designed to train employees,” said Greg Hudson, president of Lifetime Solutions, a plumbing, heating and air conditioning contractor located in Victorville. “If I send a new employee out with a skilled technician, the technician will to have to slow down to train the new employee, so productivity may be lost. It’s more cost-effective to recruit employees with experience.” “At the same time, finding qualified, experienced employees is challenging,” added Hudson.
The On-the-Job Training program allowed Lifetime Solutions to hire three inexperienced employees in the past year. The program eased the burden of new employee training. Hudson said the Workforce Investment Board allowed him to take a chance on people not as highly skilled who could become great employees.
The program has grown exponentially as more local businesses discover how useful it is. During the most recent program year ending in July, 259 people were placed into On-the-Job Training; which is an increase from 219 the prior year.
“This is the type of practical program our businesses are clamoring for,” said Sandy Harmsen, Executive Director of the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board. “The number of participants is up to 90 in the first three months of this fiscal year. So, clearly this is a service that is needed by our businesses.’’
The demand for the program comes from San Bernardino County’s growing industries, which covers a range of transportation, logistics, distribution, manufacturing, construction, healthcare, and energy and utilities. The wide variety of positions in these areas offers options for job seekers as they search for work in demand fields.
“On-the-Job Training represents an opportunity to use our resources to solve specific challenges our businesses face, while providing well-paying positions for our residents” San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chair, Janice Rutherford said.
This is an example of how Government Works.
To learn more about how On-the-Job Training can help your business, please call (800) 451-JOBS or visit www.csb-win.org.
For the second year in a row, the San Bernardino County Fire, Office of Emergency Services (County Fire OES) was awarded the Gold Award by the California Emergency Services Association (CESA) at the association’s annual conference in Indian Wells. On September 10, the Office of Emergency Services received the association’s highest honor for its creation of the “ROPE FOG” (Responders Organized for Pass Emergencies – Field Operations Guide). Last year’s award was received for the development of the innovative Shelter Operations Compound, or SHOC, plan.
Recognizing the nationwide significance of the Cajon Pass/I-15 corridor, lessons learned from the 1996 train derailment that caused a 59 hour I-15 full freeway closure; and taking into account the possibility of a 7.8 catastrophic earthquake, County Fire OES took the lead in assembling critical stakeholders to address vulnerabilities and challenges faced in a catastrophic incident affecting the Cajon Pass. Stabilizing and restoring critical utilities is of the utmost importance to sustaining life, restoring the economy, and overall recovery.
OES steered the two-year planning effort and established a planning team, comprised of all the Cajon Pass stakeholders, to help create the ROPE FOG. Evaluating the progress of the FOG development involved a combination of training events, exercises, and real-world experience to determine whether the needs of the end user were addressed by the FOG.
The end result was the creation of a user-friendly hands-on tool that provides critical incident communications planning guidance, locates possible sites for essential operational locations and pinpoints critical infrastructure.
Receipt of the CESA Gold Award by County OES demonstrates the commitment of the County to be prepared for all hazards and serves as a reminder to all residents to take steps to be prepared themselves. Visit: http://www.sbcounty.gov/Uploads/SBCFire/content/oes/pdf/FamilyDisasterPlan.pdf to download your own copy of “Your Family Disaster Plan” and learn how you can take steps now to become better prepared for San Bernardino County’s next disaster.
Needles District Maintenance Supervisor Donald Toy took the picture to the left of the storm damage across Needles Highway following a series of thunderstorms this month.
The many storms that affected a huge portion of San Bernardino County on August 3 from the foothills of the valley to the Colorado River caused the Board of Supervisors to declare an emergency in order to seek state and federal disaster funds.
The single largest drainage system in eastern San Bernardino County are the Piute Washes on Needles Highway. This watershed magnet collects precipitation from as far away as the Sacramento Mountains, 30 miles to the west to the Piute Range that protects the Mohave National Preserve’s eastern border into Nevada. This flow of rain runoff will at times travel from as far away as Searchlight, Nevada 70 miles to the north. The runoff destination is the Colorado River which is 300 yards east of the Piute Washes north of Needles.
Motorists to Laughlin, Nevada who use Needles Highway will witness flows from Piute Washes causing road closures as maintenance crews wait so debris can be removed. Sometimes, drivers are stranded between washes and must wait for the water to subside before venturing forward.
This week, Public Works crews cleared the mud and debris and got the highway opened up quickly as seen on the right. This is an example of how Government Works.