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Call for artists opens for December 2 Memorial project

The December 2 Memorial Committee invites artists, designers and architects locally and internationally to submit their ideas to create the December 2 Memorial project.

The Board of Supervisors retained Community Arts Inc. to assist the committee by issuing an invitational call for submittals to artists, designers, architects and creative teams. More information about the invitational call can be viewed here.

The Memorial Committee selected the east side of the San Bernardino County Government Center campus at 385 N. Arrowhead Avenue in San Bernardino, as a site for the memorial. According to the committee’s mission statement, the artwork must:

  • Permanently honor and celebrate the innocent souls taken from us by a brutal and cowardly act of terror on December 2, 2015 and provide enduring recognition of the county employees who witnessed the attack, many of whom were physically injured and all of whom were spiritually wounded.
  • Acknowledge those who bravely and selflessly provided protection, comfort, and support to the loved ones of those who were lost, the wounded, our San Bernardino County Government Family, and our county community on the day of the attack and in the days, weeks, and months that followed.
  • Ensure that our efforts focus on life, love, peace, tolerance, and San Bernardino County’s historic and enduring tradition of strength, determination and resiliency.

The call is open to everyone. Artists or their representatives are asked to submit documentation including a statement of interest, examples of past projects or artwork, a resume, three professional references, and the availability to start the project in January 2019.

Submittals will be evaluated based upon:

  • Artistic vision
  • Examples of past work
  • Suitability of materials
  • Past experience or the ability to team with experienced architects and engineers
  • Evidence of the artist or team completing past projects on time and within budget

Materials can be submitted online through Slideroom at https://community-arts.slideroom.com. Alternately, submittals can be mailed to: Community Arts, Inc., 15 Douglass Street, San Francisco, CA 94114

Please email questions to: info@community-arts.org.

Submittals of interest from artists are due by 5 p.m. on July 16, 2018. Five artists will be chosen from the submissions and selected artists will be commissioned to develop and submit detailed proposals and maquettes. A finalist will then be chosen to produce the memorial.

The December 2 Memorial Committee, led by Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales, is comprised of employees from the Environmental Health Services division and family members of the county employees who were taken from us on that day along with representatives from appropriate county departments.

Board of Supervisors honors 41 outstanding County employees

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors recognized 41 County employees today during the Public Service Recognition Award for Excellence ceremony at the San Bernardino County Government Center.  The annual event recognizes the everyday work of public servants. One employee from each County department is selected for an Award for Excellence, based on outstanding service to the county and its citizens.

The County’s honoree selection is based on specific criteria including customer service, initiative and leadership, accomplishments, and the commitment to the realization of our Countywide Vision.  Following the awards presentation, honorees were recognized with a private reception in the government center rotunda, sponsored by the San Bernardino County Human Resources department.

This year marked the 29th year the County has participated in this national Public Service Recognition Week event.  Public employees in the United States and around the world take part in the annual celebration honoring the men and women serving America as federal, state, and local government employees.

The following County employees were recognized as part of Public Service Recognition Week:

Brooke Bradshaw, Aging and Adult Services

Bradley Bush, Agriculture/Weights and Measures

Nicole Leyden, Airports

Anna Marie Johnson-Earls, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center

Theresa Valdes, Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk

Scott Reed, Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector

Jacqulyn Pringle, Department of Behavioral Health

Julianne Torres, Board of Supervisors

Jessica Poche, Department of Child Support Services

Pierre Duong, Children and Family Services

Janki Patel, Children’s Network

Mariela Barrera, Clerk of the Board

Alberto Jasso, Community Development and Housing

Laura Crane, County Counsel

Jill Gregory, District Attorney

Richard Vaughn, Economic Development Department

Tom Forster, Finance and Administration

Yvonne Robbins, Fire

George Potts, First 5

Jeff Lawver, Fleet Management

Michelle Bell, Human Resources

Debbi Ming, Human Services Administration

Chu Le, Information Services

Mindy Enriquez, Land Use Services

Beth Djonne, Library

Jennifer Dickerson, Museum

Damita Starling Jointer, Preschool Services Department

Jessie Comereski, Probation

Naz Sial, Public Defender

Dale Parker, Department of Public Health

Dellan Nicdao, Public Works

Axel Colin, Purchasing

Dorney Chamberlain, Real Estate Services

Mary Sheehan, Regional Parks

Yvonne Harmon, Registrar of Voters

Leslie Livingston, Risk Management

Sergeant Matt Yost, Sheriff/Coroner/Public Administrator

Cyndee Martin, Special Districts

Georgina Noriega, Transitional Assistance Department

Anja Otuafi, Veterans Affairs

Yesenia Olague, Workforce Development Department

Free home fruit production and preservation and sustainable landscape workshops

The University of California Cooperative Extension Master Food Preserver program, supported in part by the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, will conduct free workshops on home fruit production and preservation and sustainable landscaping on Saturday, March 31, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sam J. Racadio Branch Library, 7863 Central Avenue in Highland.

From 9 a.m. to noon, UCCE master gardeners and master food preservers will teach a course on fruit tree selection, planting and care, and preserving mountain-grown produce.

From 1 to 4 p.m., UCCE master gardeners will teach a course on landscape tree and shrub selection, planting, and care.

The event will also feature free giveaways.

 

Lazer Broadcasting issue closed to further public testimony

The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, March 20, will continue its consideration of an appeal to a County Planning Commission decision that would allow Lazer Broadcasting Corp. to establish a radio broadcast facility in Oak Glen near Yucaipa. However, the public hearing was closed on Feb. 13 following extensive public testimony. No further public testimony will be allowed on March 20.

Although there will not be an opportunity to comment on March 20, the public is welcome to attend the meeting to observe the board’s deliberations, or watch the meeting live here. Any additional comments can be submitted to the Board in writing though the Clerk of the Board at COB@sbcounty.gov.

Your input needed: Morongo Basin Strategic Plan for Culture and the Arts

San Bernardino County has commissioned the creation of a Morongo Basin Strategic Plan for Culture and the Arts. This project represents an extraordinary opportunity for the communities in the Morongo Basin to advance their culture and arts, while strengthening the economic impact of these treasured resources.

The Cultural Planning Group, a Southern California consulting firm specializing in the field of arts and culture with experience working with communities across the country to create cultural plans, has been selected to guide the project under the County Land Use Services Department.

The goal of the Strategic Plan is to capitalize on existing resources to make the Morongo Basin’s culture and arts sector stronger, more accessible, and more sustainable. This plan will be implemented by community partners and intends to create connections to integrate culture and arts into other areas – including education, economic development, youth activities, human services, parks, and open spaces.

The County needs the entire community of local artists, leaders, businesses, and residents to provide input into what they would like to see in the plan.  The broader the perspective, the greater the support across all community sectors. The plan will assist Morongo Basin communities to articulate their vision for culture and the arts, leading to plans for activities that can fulfill that vision.

“The Morongo Basin is known for its artistic and creative way of life which continues to attract residents, businesses and tourists to this region,” said San Bernardino County Third District Supervisor James Ramos. “We hope the community will help us build this roadmap to continue to promote and celebrate the Morongo Basin as an artistic hub.”

Access to the Community Survey can be found via their online engagement website:  www.cultureandartsMB.com

The Strategic Plan for Culture and the Arts is expected to be complete in mid-2018.

Retired County Supervisor Bob Hammock passes away

Former San Bernardino County Supervisor and former San Bernardino City Councilman Robert L. Hammock passed away on December 12 following a long battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He was 77.

Mr. Hammock was born on November 20, 1940, in Lenwood shortly after his parents migrated to California from Eagle Pass, Texas. In 1944 his family moved to Rialto. Mr. Hammock attended San Bernardino High School, San Bernardino Valley College and Cal Poly Pomona, where he majored in aeronautical engineering. He worked in the title business from 1962 to 1969, and as a civil engineering technician from 1969 until 1976, when he was elected to the Board of Supervisors.

He served on the Board of Supervisors from 1976 through 1992, serving twice as Chairman of the Board. Prior to that, Mr. Hammock served for eight years as a member of the San Bernardino City Council.

Mr. Hammock served as president of what is now known as the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority and San Bernardino Council of Governments, and co-chaired the earliest efforts to redevelop the former Norton Air Force Base in San Bernardino. He was also a candidate for Congress in 1990 and 1992.

He also served on the San Bernardino County Criminal Justice Planning Committee and the governing board of the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

Mr. Hammock was actively involved in many civic activities including the Arrowhead United Way, California Jay-Cees, March of Dimes, Boy Scouts, and many others. He served on numerous Boards and Commissions. During the Vietnam War he conceived and directed “Newspapers for Viet Nam”, a program in which Sunday editions of the San Bernardino Sun-Telegram were mailed to U.S. soldiers serving in Vietnam.

Following his retirement from the Board of Supervisors, Mr. Hammock launched a successful government advocacy firm, Empire Consulting. He enjoyed golf, traveling, and spending time with his family.

Mr. Hammock is survived by his wife, Barbara, sister Linda Butler, brother Kenneth Hammock; children Kathy Martin, Patricia Runzel, and Ralph Hammock and their mother Anita Nix; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Services for Mr. Hammock are private. Mr. Hammock’s family suggested that those who wish to honor and remember the former Supervisor consider supporting the American Cancer Society or the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

A Message from Board of Supervisors Chairman Robert Lovingood

Fourteen beautiful souls were taken from us and countless others were forever scarred on December 2, 2015.

Although two years have gone by since the terrorist attack at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, each day we think about those who are no longer with us, those who are still healing physically and emotionally, and the impact this horrific tragedy has had on our San Bernardino County community.

The grief, the anger and the fear remain. We are still unable to grasp what drives this brand of evil.

On that terrible day, the world reached out to San Bernardino County, offered support, thoughts and prayers. The county community wrapped its arms around our County Government family and comforted us through some very dark times.

On December 2 of this year, we will pay special remembrance to those who are no longer with us – husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, sisters, brothers, neighbors and co-workers – and honor those who suffer still.

On this second anniversary, the County Environmental Health Services family and the Board of Supervisors are asking the public to join us wherever you may be in a moment of remembrance at 10:55 a.m. on Saturday, December 2. At that time the county will pay tribute to those who were taken from us and the survivors on our Twitter and Facebook platforms, https://twitter.com/SBCounty and https://www.facebook.com/SanBernardinoCounty respectively.

If you fly an American flag at home or business, we ask that you lower your flag to half-staff on Saturday in honor of the lives taken and the lives shattered on that day two years ago.

And we ask that you continue to pray for those who are still healing, and show love and appreciation to your families, friends, and neighbors.

Finally, I am pleased to report that a great deal of progress has been made in creating a permanent December 2 memorial. Under the guidance of a memorial committee headed by Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales and including members of the Environmental Health family, the county is close to selecting a consultant with experience in public arts and memorials to guide and facilitate our search for an artist to design the memorial.

After the tragedy of December 2, I and the other members of the Board of Supervisors vowed to stand together and help our county emerge stronger than ever before. We continue to hold each other up while offering assistance to the growing number of communities across our country who fall victim to this kind of violence and terror. We will never forget. We are SB Strong.

Many continue to struggle from the events of December 2, 2015. Avenues of assistance are available:

 

  • The SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline is available to help and support for any distress that you or someone you care about may be feeling related to any disaster, including violence. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. Available 24/7. Spanish speakers text Hablanos to 66746.

 

  • The County Department of Behavioral Health Community Crisis Response Team is a community-based mobile crisis response team for those experiencing a psychiatric emergency. Available 24/7. East Valley: (909) 421-9233, High Desert: (760) 956-2345, West Valley: (909) 458-1517, and Morongo Basin: (760) 499-4429.

 

  • The County Department of Behavioral Health Access Unit provides connections to behavioral health crisis services to all of San Bernardino County as well as member services and access to behavioral health services for all beneficiaries of San Bernardino County Medi-Cal. Available 24/7. (888) 743-1478 or (909) 386-8256.

Board selects County CFO Gary McBride as next County CEO

County Chief Financial Officer Gary McBride, a lifelong San Bernardino County resident who has spent his entire 23-year professional career working his way through the county government organization, earning knowledge and trust along the way, was appointed

today by the Board of Supervisors to serve as the county’s next chief executive officer effective Nov. 25.

Board members praised McBride’s dedication to the county organization and the community, his commitment to innovation in the cause of public service, and his ability to grasp and translate into lay terms complex issues and provide sound, trustworthy advice.

Board members also praised Interim CEO Dena M. Smith for leading the organization during the past seven months since the retirement of former CEO Greg Devereaux. Smith, who plans to retire and was not a candidate for the CEO position, will stay on board to assist in McBride’s transition.

“You don’t get this far in your career without the support of a great family,” McBride, 46, told the board today. “Thank you for the confidence from the board. We have some great things headed our way, a lot of opportunities, and I am excited to share in the future with all five of you.”

The board conducted an exhaustive seven-month recruitment and interview process prior to appointing McBride as CEO. The board conducted more than 34 interviews over the course of 12 meetings with candidates from within county government, other public agencies and the private sector.

“Gary’s integrity, strong financial background and experience with the county made him the stand-out candidate for Chief Executive Officer of San Bernardino County,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Robert A. Lovingood. “I have trusted his advice in the past and look forward to working with him as we pursue the opportunities ahead.”

“Gary McBride has provided outstanding leadership and skillful financial management for over four years as Chief Financial Officer for the County of San Bernardino,” said Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Curt Hagman. “I have benefitted from his wise counsel, innovative management style and commitment to accept nothing but the best from himself and all those around him. Gary will make an outstanding CEO and I look forward to working with him and my Board colleagues in making San Bernardino County the best run county government in America.”

“We went through an extensively thorough process of interviewing a number of uniquely qualified individuals,” said Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales. “It was through each supervisor’s individual path of discovery that my colleagues and I came together to select the individual who would best help us realize our hopes and projects to better serve our residents. It is imperative that we, as a county family, view ourselves as visionaries and a flagship for implementing new ideas. Mr. McBride embodies the kind of talent that exists within our family.”

“Gary is incredibly smart and thoughtful, and he is eager to explore new ideas,” said Second District Supervisor Janice Rutherford. “He has a passion for this organization and a genuine, deep commitment to the County team that will serve him well in this new leadership role.”

“I am confident Mr. McBride, with his abundant wealth of institutional knowledge, will excel our county towards greater heights and into new horizons,” said Third District Supervisor James Ramos. “I proudly join the Board of Supervisors as we wish him great success and look forward to working with him to strengthen our county.”

The chief executive officer is county government’s top non-elected position. The CEO works closely with the Board of Supervisors to develop the board’s goals and objectives and administers and coordinates the operations of county government in accordance with the policies established by the board.

McBride holds a bachelor’s degree in economics, graduating with departmental honors, and a master’s degree in public administration, earning the program’s Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year award, from Cal State San Bernardino. Last year he was named to the university’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Hall of Fame. McBride has also participated in the Leadership Decision Making course offered through Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government Executive Education program.

McBride has guest lectured for Cal State San Bernardino, set up an economics scholarship fund for CSUSB students, serves on the CSUSB Economics Department’s scholarship committee, and serves on the Advisory Board of the CSUSB Department of Public Administration.

McBride began his career with the county in 1994 as a fiscal clerk in Human Services. He was promoted to staff analyst in Public Health in 1996, administrative analyst in the County Administrative Office in 2000, Public Health division chief in 2002, deputy executive officer in the County Administrative Office in 2006, and county chief financial officer in 2013.

As CFO, McBride is responsible for the development of budget recommendations, monitoring and forecasting the county’s $5.2 billion annual budget as well as its $1 billion in outstanding debt. In his capacity as CFO he also serves as chairman and board member of a number of oversight and advisory boards and corporations. Under his leadership, the county has received several Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards from the Government Finance Officers Association. Recently, as a result of his work as chairman of the committee set up to restructure the county’s retirement savings plan, the county received a national award for the comprehensive restructuring of its savings plan.

McBride served on the founding board of the Animals Are First Fund, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to supporting animal care and control and animal rescue groups throughout the county.

He also serves as treasurer of the Los Angeles Region of Destination Imagination, a nonprofit organization that conducts an annual international problem-solving and critical thinking competition with a focus on science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics.  He is also the assistant manager of his son’s Destination Imagination team, which has won the world championship tournament, conducted at the University of Tennessee, in three of the past five years against competition from around the world.

Board names Michelle Blakemore to top legal post

Michelle Blakemore, a trusted and respected attorney who has served the County for 28 years, was appointed County Counsel by the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

Blakemore joined the Office of County Counsel in 1989 as a Deputy County Counsel and was promoted to Principal Assistant County Counsel in January 2009. In December 2010, she was named to her current position as Chief Assistant County Counsel.

The Office of County Counsel provides civil legal services to the Board of Supervisors, the County Administrative Office, County departments, commissions, special districts and school districts. County Counsel also provides legal services to various joint powers authorities.

“Michelle has been very effective as Chief Assistant County Counsel,” said Robert A. Lovingood, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors. “Her appointment as County Counsel is well deserved and I know the public will be well served by her integrity, commitment and experience in the law.”

The County departments Blakemore has served over the years include Purchasing, Community Development and Housing, the Economic Development Agency, the Redevelopment Agency, Special Districts and the Administrative Office. Blakemore has a strong background in municipal finance, public law and real property transactions.

Curt Hagman, Vice Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, said Blakemore’s experience with the County has been marked by unquestioned integrity, hard work and legal brilliance.

“She is extremely knowledgeable and a skillful legal strategist,” Hagman said. “Michelle is an up-through-the-ranks success story, and I am proud to support her as our new County Counsel. My colleagues and I will be depending on her for guidance in navigating complex legal issues facing San Bernardino County and I know she will be a tremendous asset for us.”

“Michelle is a consummate legal professional, and her breadth of knowledge about the County will be extremely important as we work through complex legal challenges in the years to come,” said Second District Supervisor Janice Rutherford.

Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales said Blakemore is the perfect choice to lead the Office of County Counsel.

“Her appointment is an excellent example of how succession planning should be exercised, leading to a smoother transition for the department and the legal advisement for our County,” Gonzales said.  “As a Board we came together on this selection to promote a dedicated, hard-working member of our County family. I am extremely pleased with the process and our choosing Michelle to lead our legal team.”

Blakemore graduated cum laude from the University of Southern California, majoring in public affairs with a concentration in public policy. She earned her juris doctorate at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law. Blakemore began her career in Los Angeles as a public finance attorney specializing in utility, airport and healthcare financing and then on to Philadelphia, where she specialized in hospital financing. Before joining the County, Blakemore spent three years working for an Orange County law firm representing schools.

“With over two decades of serving our county as a legal professional, Ms. Blakemore has my trust and respect to lead us as our new County Counsel,” said Third District Supervisor James Ramos. “We are privileged to have a team of a knowledgeable and experienced individuals providing us with sound legal advice.  I extend my congratulations to Ms. Blakemore and I look forward to working with her in the future.”

Blakemore will lead a staff of about 100 employees, including 53 attorneys. Blakemore begins the job on Nov. 25 following the retirement of County Counsel Jean-Rene Basle.

County wins 40 awards from National Association of Counties

San Bernardino County programs ending veteran homelessness, advancing literacy, and saving citrus trees are among 40 groundbreaking initiatives that won 2017 Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo).

The Public Defender and the Department of Behavioral Health also won a Best in Category Achievement Award for the Everyone SWIMS program which addresses the continuing problem of unnecessary hospitalization and incarceration of individuals with psychological distress and mental disorders. Everyone SWIMS stands for Self-sufficient, Well-being, In-house, Mental health services and the program helps increase access to outpatient and crisis stabilization services to the indigent population facing criminal charges.

“The County continues to be a national leader because we are always thinking of new and different ways to improve lives and save taxpayer dollars,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Robert A. Lovingood. “I am proud of our employees for providing top-notch services and professionalism to our county residents.”

Since 2010, San Bernardino County has garnered 242 awards from NACo, an organization that honors innovative, effective county government programs that enhance services for residents.

Nationally, awards are given in 18 different categories that reflect the vast, comprehensive services counties provide. The categories include children and youth, criminal justice, county administration, information technology, health, civic engagement and many more.

The Board of Supervisors will recognize and honor the people and departments responsible for the winning programs and services below at an upcoming public meeting:

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