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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.

Board of Supervisors endorses Vision2Succeed Initiative

The Board of Supervisors today endorsed Vision2Succeed, a new campaign designed to strengthen the career skills of our local workforce by connecting county residents to opportunities that enhance their qualifications to support existing employers and attract new employers to San Bernardino County.

“A skilled workforce encourages a vibrant economy, and that is why we support Vision2Succeed,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Robert Lovingood. “I encourage our community to get involved in learning experiences and programs that help to propel career growth and lifelong learning. Across the county we have a strong system of schools, colleges and universities as well as training and job resource centers that benefit residents and employers alike.”

A dynamic economy benefits all San Bernardino County residents. The Vision2Succeed.org website is a resource, providing residents with information about career exploration ideas, programs and events focused on workforce and skills development, as well as sharing opportunities to explore and participate in career options such as mentorships, internships and apprenticeships.

“Mentoring programs are a promising approach to enriching the lives of young people, addressing their need for positive adult role models, and providing one-on-one support and advocacy. Through a mentoring relationship, adult volunteers and participating youth make a significant commitment of time and energy to develop relationships devoted to personal, academic, and career development,” said Kathy Turnbull, Network Officer for Children’s Network.

The Board of Supervisors is asking all San Bernardino County residents and businesses to get involved in the launch of Vision2Succeed by posting career-building information on social media. For example, information or personal experiences about becoming a mentor, expanding a business, pursuing a new career or even changing careers. The board is also asking everyone to use the hashtags #Vision2Succeed and #myfirstjob on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

As one of the fastest growing population and employment centers in the nation, San Bernardino County is uniquely positioned to help its residents receive the skills they need to prosper in the 21st century economy. According to research conducted for the San Bernardino County Workforce Development Board, the county’s economy is supported by a strong mix of businesses poised to expand over the next decade, with employment expected to grow by 73,097 jobs during that period. This continues a trend of San Bernardino County and the Inland Empire outpacing California and the nation in employment since the first quarter of 2013. In addition, the county has a relatively young population, foundational to bolstering the region’s long term prospects for economic growth.

Fully maximizing that potential requires an ecosystem in which stakeholders work side by side to develop and train a workforce prepared for career opportunities, particularly in high-growth industries. The Countywide Vision project will highlight school districts, colleges and employers, who have implemented comprehensive strategies to meet the employment needs of local business and encouraged development of career pathways for youth.

On Jan.17, the County will release its labor market intelligence report as part of its Workforce Roadmap presentation to the community. This presentation, a Vision2Succeed kickoff event, will help identify the county’s greatest areas of opportunity for job creation and workforce development, prioritize training investment, and support workforce development systems, ensuring our county remains a leading job creator for California.

In June 2011 the Board of Supervisors and the San Bernardino Council of Governments adopted the Countywide Vision in partnership with the community.  The Countywide Vision provides a roadmap for the future of San Bernardino County, including the creation of a healthy and prosperous future for all who live, work and play here. Vision2Succeed is the fourth public campaign of the Countywide Vision Project following the successful Vision4Safety initiative, the Vision2BActive physical activity initiative and the Vision2Read literacy initiative.

Board narrows Third District appointment field to 13; Interviews tomorrow

Members of the Board of Supervisors today selected 13 applicants as finalists for possible appointment to the Third District seat on the board.

The following 13 people were invited to be available for public interviews during a special Board of Supervisors meeting at 9 a.m. tomorrow after receiving support for advancement from two or more board members: Jim Bagley, Tobin Brinker, Ronald Dailey, R. Carey Davis, William Emmerson, Sean M. Flynn, Julie Hackbarth-McIntyre, Dennis L. Hansberger, William E. Jahn, Janice Leja, Chris Mann, Rhodes L. Rigsby and Dawn Rowe.

The Third District seat on the Board of Supervisors became vacant on Dec. 3 when Supervisor James Ramos took the oath of office as a member of the state Assembly. In the event of a vacancy, the County Charter requires the remaining members of the board to appoint someone to serve until December of the next even-numbered year. If the board fails to do so within 30 days, the governor is required to make an appointment.

The county began the appointment process on Nov. 16 in anticipation of Supervisor Ramos’ departure by inviting qualified Third District residents to apply for the appointment, 48 of whom responded. Board members submitted their top selections to the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors this morning, and 13 received support from two or more board members, qualifying them as finalists.

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.

Tomorrow’s meeting will be held in the Covington Chambers on the first floor of the County Government Center at 385 N. Arrowhead Ave., San Bernardino. The public can also view and participate in the meeting via interactive video at the Bob Burke Joshua Tree Government Center at 63665 Twentynine Palms Highway, Joshua Tree, or the Jerry Lewis High Desert Government Center, 15900 Smoke Tree St., Hesperia.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Message from Board Chairman Robert A. Lovingood

Sunday marks the third anniversary of the December 2, 2015 attack in San Bernardino. On that horrific day, 14 people including 13 members of our County family were taken from us in an evil act of terror.

We will always remember the people we loved and cherished and we will continue to support those who are still healing from physical and emotional wounds.

The County Environmental Health Services family and the Board of Supervisors are asking all County employees, their families, and the public to join us wherever you may be for a moment of remembrance at 10:55 a.m. on Sunday, December 2.

At that time, the County will pay tribute to those who were taken from us and the survivors on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. We have also arranged to have full-page memorial messages printed in the Sun, Daily Bulletin, Daily Facts and Daily Press newspapers and on their websites on Sunday.

If you fly an American flag at home, we ask that you lower your flag to half-staff on Sunday in honor of those who were taken from us on that tragic day three years ago. We have asked the same of everyone in our county community.

If you are experiencing trauma due to the events of December 2, 2015, resources are available to help you. Please click here for more information.

Please continue to support those who are still hurting and healing and continue to look out for each other.

Sincerely,

Robert A. Lovingood
Chairman of the Board of Supervisors

Applications being accepted for impending vacancy on the Board of Supervisors

The Board of Supervisors has invited qualified residents of the Third Supervisorial District to apply for an appointment to fill the remaining two years of Supervisor James Ramos’ term.

Preliminary results of the Nov. 6 election indicate Supervisor Ramos has been elected to the State Assembly. The voter-approved County Charter requires the remaining board members to appoint a resident of the Third District to serve the remainder of Supervisor Ramos’ term, which expires in December 2020.

An applicant for this appointment must be a resident of the Third Supervisorial District and legally registered to vote in the district at least 30 days prior to filing an application. Persons with felony convictions are not eligible.

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.

Persons interested in being considered for this appointment must submit a cover letter, resume, and completed application to the Clerk of the Board’s office before 2 p.m. on Monday, December 3, 2018. The Clerk of the Board is located at 385 N. Arrowhead Ave., Second Floor, San Bernardino, CA 92415. Applications are available at the Clerk of the Board’s Office and on the clerk’s website. Applications are also available at County Library branches in Barstow, Lucerne Valley, Mentone, Big Bear Lake, Twentynine Palms, Yucaipa, Yucca Valley, Highland, Grand Terrace, Loma Linda, and Joshua Tree. Library locations can be viewed here.

Prospective applicants should keep in mind that the position of County Supervisor requires a time commitment equal to, and usually exceeding that of, full-time employment.  In addition, the successful applicant appointed by the Board will be required to take an oath of office, file mandatory forms disclosing financial interests, comply with the County’s Ethics Ordinance, and participate in State-mandated ethics and sexual harassment awareness training.

Board schedules public meeting to discuss likely vacancy

The Board of Supervisors will hold a special public meeting at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13, to discuss the process for filling a likely vacancy on the board.

Preliminary results of the Nov. 6 election indicate Third District Supervisor James Ramos has been elected to the State Assembly and, as a result, a vacancy for the remaining two years of his current term on the Board of Supervisors will occur. The voter-approved County Charter requires the board to appoint a qualified elector (individual residing in the Third District and registered to vote 30 days prior to the application period) to fill the remainder of the unexpired term, otherwise the responsibility for the appointment transfers to the governor. The charter does not specify a process for the board to follow in making an appointment.

On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors is scheduled to discuss and determine the process it will follow in making an appointment assuming the vacancy occurs in the Third District, which 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 at http://www.sbcounty.gov/Main/Pages/BOSDistricts.aspx. The public will have an opportunity to comment on the process the Board of Supervisors will follow for making an appointment.

Tuesday’s special meeting will be held in the Covington Chambers on the first floor of the County Government Center, 385 N. Arrowhead Ave., San Bernardino.

 

Artists worldwide apply to design December 2 Memorial project

Eighty-five artists from around the world submitted proposals to design and construct the December 2 Memorial project.

In May, the December 2 Memorial Committee invited artists, designers and architects locally and internationally to submit their ideas for the memorial which will be located on the east side of the County Government Center in San Bernardino.

The proposals include submissions from Britain, Australia, Canada, Mexico, Germany, Spain, China, Korea, Singapore and Argentina as well as from across the United States and San Bernardino County. A mix of young artists and established artists, as well as landscape architects and designers are among those who have applied to design the memorial.

The Board of Supervisors retained Community Arts Inc. to assist the committee in vetting the proposals and they will present a report for the Memorial Committee to consider at their next meeting on Sept. 5.

The Memorial Committee’s mission statement says 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.

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.

County wins 42 awards from National Association of Counties

San Bernardino County programs that enhanced services for children and seniors, promoted civic engagement and encouraged literacy are among 42 groundbreaking initiatives that won 2018 Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo).

The Department of Public Health won five awards from NACo for working with cities to develop a Healthy Communities plan, helping restaurants reduce food-borne illnesses, and improving monitoring of mosquito-borne diseases throughout the county. Aging and Adult Services won four awards for streamlining services for seniors and their families. The San Bernardino County Library won three awards for a collaboration with Baker’s Drive Thru to provide a read-for-rewards program to promote literacy, for developing a popular collection of new materials with input from customers and for a new Digital E-Card for patrons who choose to view e-books and other electronic resources online.

“It is an honor to be recognized by NACo for the work our employees do to provide top-notch services and to help empower people who live and work in our communities,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Robert A. Lovingood.

Since 2010, San Bernardino County has won 284 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. San Bernardino County won awards in 11 categories judged by NACo. This year, NACo recognized 615 entries from 116 counties and state associations in 29 states.

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:

Category: Arts, Culture and Historic Preservation

 

Assessor-Recorder-Clerk – Historical Archives #ThrowbackThursday Video Series

 

Category: Children and Youth

 

Children and Family Services – After-hours Response Center

Children and Family Services – Collaborative Initiative for Foster Parent Recruitment and Support

Children and Family Services – Resource Family Specialists (RFS) Program

San Bernardino County Museum –Curious CITY at the Victor Valley Museum

Preschool Services Department – Footsteps 2 Brilliance

 

Category: Civic Education and Public Information

 

Registrar of Voters – Election Selfie Program

 

Category: Community and Economic Development

 

Community Development and Housing – Horizons at Yucaipa Housing Project

Housing Authority – Transitioning out of the Traditional Public Housing Business

Land Use Services – Community Plans Continuum

Preschool Services – Apprenticeship Training Program

Preschool Services Department – Online High School Diploma Program

 

Category: County Administration and Management

 

Department of Agriculture/Weights and Measures – Reducing Water Usage and Time In The Inspection Of Water Sub-Meters

Housing Authority – Successful Transfer of the Upland Housing Authority Affordable Housing Programs

Registrar of Voters – EC File – An Automated Candidate Filing Program

 

Category: Criminal Justice and Public Safety

 

Department of Behavioral Health – Corrections To A Safer Community Program

Probation Department – Five Keys Educational Program at Probation Adult Day Reporting Centers

 

Category: Health

 

Arrowhead Regional Medical Center – Behavioral Health Service Delivery Model Program

Arrowhead Regional Medical Center – Maternal Mental Wellness Program

Department of Behavioral Health – Military Services and Family Support program

Department of Behavioral Health – Psychiatric Partnering Program

Department of Public Health – An Innovate Approach to Healthy Communities – Evaluation and Strategic Plan

Department of Public Health – Elevated Risk Plan

Department of Public Health – Invasive Aedes Surveillance Program

 

Category: Human Services

 

Aging and Adult Services – APS Prepaid Card Program

Aging and Adult Services – In-Home Supportive Services Quality Improvement Initiatives

Aging and Adult Services – Optimizing Services for Conservatees

Aging and Adult Services – Public Guardian Reading Room

Children’s Network – Engaging and Connecting Volunteer Mentors with System Involved Children

Child Support Services – Call Center Expansion and Holistic Case Management

Transitional Assistance Department – Self-Service Options Campaign

Transitional Assistance Department – Supervisor Academy

Veterans Affairs – Incarcerated Veteran Project

 

Category: Information Technology

 

Department of Airports – QR Reporting Signage Program – Department of Airports

Department of Public Health – HealthStat – Open Performance Dashboard

Department of Public Health – Web-based Tracking and Reporting of Strategic Plan Objectives

Information Services Department – EZ Online Permitting (EZOP) Website

Purchasing and Information Services departments – Temporary Employee Portal

 

Category: Libraries

County Library – Baker’s Drive Thru Fall Read for Rewards Reading Initiative

County Library – E-Content Library Card: A Digital Library Card

County Library – Library Collection Development Evolution Strategy

 

Category: Personnel Management, Employment and Training

 

Department of Public Works – Public Works 4 You Day

To view specific information about each program, visit http://www.naco.org/blog/2018-achievement-award-winners-announced

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.

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