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Chino Hills library breaks record circulating 1 million items

The San Bernardino County Library- James S. Thalman Chino Hills Branch made history by circulating 1 million items to the Chino Hills community during this past fiscal year, 2017-18.  This is the first time in the 104-year history of the San Bernardino County Library that a single branch library has checked out over 1 million items.

Contrary to trends throughout the nation showing decreases in library usage the interest in libraries throughout San Bernardino County continues to grow and Chino Hills is a prime example with this recent accomplishment. Over the course of the last year, the Chino Hills Branch Library has held a number of events to increase community participation and showcase new materials at these events which included a New Book Festival, Library Luau, Super Hero and Galaxy Event along with base programming for babies through adults.

The entire San Bernardino County Library system, comprised of 32 branches, also continues its growth trends checking out over 5.5 million items this year alone, up from the 2.5 million circulated in 2013. This achievement has been supported by diligent planning and deliberate efforts to increase and maintain a modern, relevant and accessible collection by library staff and administration.

In honor of the James S. Thalman Chino Hills Branch’s accomplishment, a community event will be held on Tuesday, July 31 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Chino Hills Library which will include crafts, a live DJ, jumbo Lego blocks, opportunity drawings for prizes, and a visit from Buzz Lightyear. Please join us for this exciting celebration and come see what the Library has to offer.

The San Bernardino County Library System is a dynamic network of 32 branch libraries that serves a diverse population over a vast geographic area. The County library system strives to provide equal access to information, technology, programs, and services for all the people who call San Bernardino County home.

The Library plays a key role in the achievement of the Countywide Vision, www.sbcounty.gov/vision by contributing to educational, cultural, and historical development of our County community.

For more information on the San Bernardino County Library system, please visit http://www.sbclib.org/ or call (909) 387-2220.

San Bernardino County named one of nation’s top “Digital Counties”

San Bernardino County has been named one of the nation’s top technology counties by the Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties, who recently announced the winners of the 15th anniversary Digital Counties Survey.

The survey identifies the best technology practices among U.S. counties, including initiatives that streamline delivery of government services, encourage open data, collaboration and shared services, enhance cybersecurity and contribute to disaster response and recovery efforts.

San Bernardino County won sixth place among U.S. counties with 1 million or more residents.

“Innovative counties are utilizing technology and data to better inform and protect themselves and their citizens, to save taxpayer money and to provide a better citizen experience,” said Teri Takai, executive director, CDG. “The Center for Digital Government congratulates this year’s winners for all the efforts they are making to improve the lives of their residents and others.”

“Effective technology has proven to be a key tool for efficiency in many facets of county government,” said NACo Executive Director Matthew Chase. “We applaud this year’s Digital Counties Survey winners for showcasing the value of innovation and adaptation. Their embrace of cutting-edge approaches has benefited residents while ensuring good stewardship of taxpayer resources.”

County Fleet Management among the best on the continent – again!

For the 13th time in the past 14 years, San Bernardino County Fleet Management has been named one of the 100 Best Fleets in North America, coming in 23rd place this year.

The 100 Best Fleets competition recognizes fleet operations that perform at a high level using industry recognized processes and procedures, key performance indicators and best practices. The 100 Best Fleets results are announced every year at the National Association of Fleet Administrators Institute and Expo conference.

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.

 

County Fleet Management named #1 fleet in the nation

County Fleet Management is on a roll.

The agency that acquires and cares for the vast majority of county vehicles was named the top government fleet in the nation on Tuesday at the Government Fleet Expo and Conference

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 CLEANFleet certification ensures fleet operations are energy-efficient and environmentally responsible.

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.

Government Works: Fleet Management recognized for excellence

fleet management 3Continuing 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.Final Government Works Stamp

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.”

This is an example of how Government Works.

County honored as “Employer of the Year”

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.res photo

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.

Final Government Works StampPictured 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.

Government Works: Graphic Design Unit wins nine awards

Final Government Works StampThe County’s Graphic Design Unit won nine bronze “ADDY” awards from the Inland Empire American Advertising Awards held on March 18 at the Mission Inn in Riverside.

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.

This is an example of how Government Works.

Government Works: Health inspection program wins national award

Final Government Works StampAn 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.

Government Works: Inmate Fire Crew Program

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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 Crew video is available for viewing here. A blog posting about the Inmate Fire Crew Program can also be read here.

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.

Supervisors adopt 2015-2016 Goals & Objectives

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.”

Final Government Works StampAnnual 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.

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