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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.

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.
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