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Board of Supervisors honors outstanding County employees

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors recognized outstanding employees from 42 County departments and offices during a Public Service Recognition Week Award for Excellence ceremony May 16 at the San Bernardino County Government Center. 

The annual event recognizes the work of public servants. Each County department and office selects one of its employees to be honored with an Award for Excellence based on outstanding service to the County and the community. Specific criteria include customer service, initiative and leadership, accomplishments, and work toward achievement of the Countywide Vision, https://cms.sbcounty.gov/cao-vision/Home.aspx.

“It is always an honor to recognize County employees who go above and beyond the call of duty to serve the public and make our community a great place to live and work,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “Earlier this month, our County picked up 52 awards by the National Association of Counties for innovative and cost-savings programs. That’s a strong demonstration of the County’s commitment to exemplary public service.”

This year marked the 30th year the County has conducted 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 people who serve as federal, state, and local government employees.

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

Glenda Jackson, Aging and Adult Services/Office of the Public Guardian Daniel Bickel, Agriculture/Weight and Measures Henry Martinez, Airports

Justine Rodriguez, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center

Daniel Sanchez, Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk

Robert Gordon, Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector

Mary Gurrola, Behavioral Health

Stephny Montgomery, Board of Supervisors

Jo Cruz, Child Support Services

Cassandra McClenton, Children and Family Services

Hillary Steenson-Ray, Children’s Network

Andrew Simpson, Clerk of the Board

Monica Lopez, Community Development and Housing

Traci Homan, County Administrative Office

Jacklin Golden, County Counsel

Laura Robles, District Attorney

Matthew Mena, Economic Development

Robert  Kittleman, County Fire District

Debora Dickerson-Sims, First 5

Stephanie Moore, Fleet Management

Megan Gardner, Human Resources

Shelia Jackson, Human Services Administration

Natalie Campos, Information Services

Amy Claborn, Land Use Services

Ina Feeney, Library

David Myers, Museum

Amy Edwards,   Office of Homeless Services

Laura Marquez, Preschool Services

Trina West, Probation

Julie Ettari, Public Defender

Emerita Meily, Public Health

Brian Kloepfer, Public Works

Lisa Brazfield, Purchasing

Steven Clynch, Real Estate Services

Ryan Isom, Regional Parks

Brenda Garcia, Registrar of Voters

Rebecca Suarez, Risk Management

Christina Martin, Sheriff/Coroner/Public Administrator

Bill Mahaney, Special Districts

Stephanie Maldonado, Transitional Assistance

Darlene Lee, Veterans Affairs

Mariam Chalaby, Workforce Development

County wins 52 awards from National Association of Counties

San Bernardino County programs that help young people prepare for the workforce, improve the health of residents, promote literacy and simplify access to public services are among 52 programs that won 2019 Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo), the highest number of NACo awards ever won by San Bernardino County.

“We are so proud that we broke our own record and that our County employees are being recognized on a national stage for the work they do to provide faster, easier and more efficient services to our residents and businesses,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman.

Since 2010, San Bernardino County has won 336 Achievement Awards from NACo, an organization that honors innovative, effective county government programs that enhance services for residents.

Nationally, NACo Achievement Awards are given in 18 different categories that reflect the variety of services counties provide. San Bernardino County won awards in 11 categories judged by NACo. Winners will be recognized at NACo’s 2019 Annual Conference and Exposition July 12-15 in Clark County, Nevada.  This year, NACo reviewed 616 entries from counties and state associations in 32 states.

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

Category: Arts, Culture and Historic Preservation

“Footsteps to You: Chattel Slavery” Exhibit and School Program – Museum

Co-curating Tribal Culture: Sacred Earth Exhibition – Museum

Category: Children and Youth

Speed-Hiring Collaborative to Resolve Staffing Shortage – Children and Family Services

Family Reunification Celebration Program – Children and Family Services

Referral, Screening, Assessment and Treatment Program – Children and Family Services

Little Mobile Libraries –Probation

Category: Civic Education and Public Information

Probation External Affairs: Community Engagement and Outreach Campaign – Probation

Public Health Night: Home Run For Health – Public Health

Environmental Health Services Mosquito and Vector Control Roundtable – Public Health

Second District Youth Council – Board of Supervisors Second District, Supervisor Janice Rutherford

Category: Community and Economic Development

MOU Partnership Desk Reference Guide and Referral Program  – Workforce Development

Regional Approach to Incumbent Worker Training – Workforce Development

GenerationGo! Career Pathways Program – Workforce Development

Vision2Succeed – Economic Development

Category: County Administration and Management

DMV Title and Registration Program – Fleet Management

Category: Criminal Justice and Public Safety

Real Estate Fraud Prevention – Courtesy Notification Program – Assessor-Recorder-Clerk/District Attorney/Information Services Department

S.T.A.R.T. – Sheriff’s Transitional Assistance Reentry Team – Sheriff

Human Trafficking Task Force – Sheriff

Crisis Intervention Training for Law Enforcement and Community Partners – Behavioral Health

Field Watch Commander Program – Probation

Category: Health

Diabetes F.I.T Education Program – Arrowhead Regional Medical Center

Supporting Health and Personal Empowerment (SHAPE) in the Community – Arrowhead Regional Medical Center

Zum Up Community Intervention Program – Public Health

Historic Policy Change through a System Approach of Health Promotion – Public Health

Utilizing Collaborative Partnerships to Leverage Resources and Enhance the Summer Meals Program in San Bernardino County – Public Health

Category: Human Services

APS Postal Workers – Help Stamp Out Abuse –Aging and Adult Services

Public Health Nurse Mobile Health Outreach Anatomical Models – Aging and Adult Services

Coordinated Care Collaborative – Aging and Adult Services

Mobile Device Program – Aging and Adult Services

Human Services (HS) Emergency Response Codes (ERC) – Human Services

Fathers Toolbox – Children’s Network/Performance, Education and Resource Centers

Older Adult Community Services Program – Behavioral Health

Certified Mail Process – Child Support Services

Proactive Texting Program – Transitional Assistance Department

HS Time Study Enhancement and EMACS Integration – Transitional Assistance Department

CalHEERS Ticket Portal – Transitional Assistance Department

CalFresh Outreach – Transitional Assistance Department

Streamlined Application Process – Transitional Assistance Department

Military Outreach – Child Support Services

Resource Fairs and MWDCSS – Child Support Services

Category: Information Technology

Property Tax Refund (PIRFnet) Enhancement Project – Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector

Remittance System – Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector

Cashiering System – Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector

SB SAFE Website – Information Services Department

Embracing GIS Technology for the Homeless Point-in-Time Count – Information Services Department

Broadband Grant Provides Digital Literacy in Low-Income Communities – Housing Authority

Environmental Health Services Pool Safety Survey Application – Public Health

Environmental Health Services E-receipting – Public Health

Retail Story Map – Economic Development

Category: Libraries
STEM in the Library – County Library

Student Digital Library Cards – County Library

Category: Personnel Management, Employment and Training

From Pilot to Program: DPH Mentoring Program – Public Health

To view all NACo Achievement Award winners, visit https://explorer.naco.org/cf_naco/cffiles_web/awards/award_srch.cfm.

Supervisors direct funding toward community efforts to end homelessness

An estimated 3,400 homeless individuals and families at imminent risk of homelessness will benefit from more than $6.6 million in state grant funding distributed today by the Board of Supervisors to 15 local agencies throughout the county.

Photo Credit: SCNG

An additional $2.3 million in grant funding will be distributed to seven additional local agencies in the near future.

The funds are a portion of nearly $9.4 million the county received from the $500 million Homeless Emergency Aid Program, or HEAP, block grant funding program created by the state last year.

The county will use more than $6.3 million to support homeless prevention and diversion programs, general homeless services, homeless outreach, reentry services, emergency shelter response, utility assistance, moving assistance, transportation services, document readiness, eviction services and housing search and stability. Almost $1.3 million will go toward rental subsidies. More than $1 million will be set aside specifically to assist homeless youth, and $213,000 will go toward shelter acquisition projects to serve the homeless.

Funds will be provided to the cities of Barstow, Colton, Montclair, Redlands, Rialto and Upland, the Morongo Unified School District, and community organizations based in San Bernardino, Victorville, Twentynine Palms, Apple Valley, Redlands, Hesperia, Fontana and elsewhere collectively serving homeless throughout the entire county.

Ending homelessness in San Bernardino County is a priority for the Board of Supervisors, who created the San Bernardino County Homeless Partnership in 2007. In July 2016, the board launched an initiative to assist homeless veterans and since then has successfully housed 1,096 veterans. Since January 2017, 191 chronically homeless people with mental health issues have been housed.

San Bernardino County’s innovative approaches to address homelessness – which have received accolades at the state and national levels – focus on collaboration, creation of available dwelling units, whole-person healthcare, jobs, and technology.

On April 16, the Board of Supervisors and Gov. Gavin Newsom held a roundtable discussion about the county’s efforts to fight homelessness and solutions to the problem moving forward. Newsom said he was so inspired by the “big ideas” at work in San Bernardino County that he will work with the state Legislature to set aside funding in the state’s upcoming 2019-2020 budget to enhance support for the county’s efforts.

County’s homelessness efforts impress new governor

From left, County CEO Gary McBride, Board of Supervisors Vice Chair Josie Gonzales, Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman and Gov. Gavin Newsom listen to presentations outlining the county’s efforts to combat homelessness.

San Bernardino County officials and their community partners impressed California’s new governor this week with the various strategies being employed to combat homelessness in America’s largest county.

Gov. Gavin Newsom said he was so inspired by the “big ideas” at work in San Bernardino County that he will work with the state Legislature to set aside funding in the state’s upcoming 2019-2020 budget to enhance support for the county’s efforts.

“This seems to me to be an extraordinary opportunity,” Gov. Newsom said. “I have the privilege of this moment to convince my legislative colleagues that this is a wise investment.”

“I am going back home re-energized,” he continued. “I want to look to redirect some of that money in a much more robust way. … That’s missing from my budget, but it doesn’t have to be on May 1. We can figure out ways to bolster that effort.”

San Bernardino County’s innovative approaches to address homelessness – which have received accolades at the state and national levels – focus on collaboration, creation of available dwelling units, whole-person healthcare, jobs, and technology. Efforts are coordinated by the county’s Interagency Council on Homelessness, which is chaired by Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales and includes representatives from many cities within the county, and a variety of county departments, non-profit organizations, and other service providers.

During the meeting with Gov. Newsom on April 16, 2019, at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center McKee Family Health Center in San Bernardino, county and private sector partners outlined some of the county’s approaches toward ending homelessness, including:

  • Managed healthcare to ensure newly-housed people achieve and maintain physical and behavioral wellness to help prevent them from reverting to homelessness and relying on more costly emergency room care for their basic needs.
  • The conversion of hotels and motels to provide homes for the homeless. The Housing Authority of San Bernardino County and its private sector partners are in the process of converting motels in San Bernardino and Victorville into housing for homeless people. Tod Lipka, president and CEO of Step Up said there are 75 hotels and motels in the region that could be converted into housing if the state could provide funding for rent vouchers.

“There are wonderful things happening at the local level,” Gov. Newsom said. “We’ll have your back and we’ll be providing an unprecedented amount of resources, and we’re here for the long haul.”

Supervisors seek applicants for Building and Safety Appeals Board

The Board of Supervisors is seeking individuals to serve on the County Building and Safety Appeals Board.

“The mission of this board is important, and I urge anyone who feels they are qualified and who is interested in serving their community to apply,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman.

The Building and Safety Appeals Board is a technical review panel. It is charged with considering matters in which property owners and builders believe the County has incorrectly applied the Building Code during plan review, construction, or to an existing building resulting in that building being declared substandard or unsafe. Applicants for this board should be familiar with construction and the California Building Code. The board has five seats plus three alternate positions. All members – regular and alternate – must have the knowledge, experience and training necessary to review and reach decisions on matters pertaining to building construction and applicable Building Codes, regulations and ordinances.

Two members of this board will also serve as members of the County Physically Disabled Access Appeals Board. This five-member board, with three alternates, will consider appeals to County decisions as they pertain to disabled access, consider ratifications of certain exemptions to accessibility requirements, and serve as an adviser to the County Building Official on disabled access matters.

The Building and Safety Appeals Board  will work toward achieving the Countywide Vision by capitalizing on the county’s diversity, ensuring a sustainable system of quality community elements, and governing in an open and ethical manner. Members of the board will be appointed by the Board of Supervisors and serve four-year terms.

Anyone who believes they are qualified and who is interested in serving on the Building and Safety Appeals Board may apply at http://cms.sbcounty.gov/cob/Forms/BCCApplication.aspx or in-person at the Office of the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, 385 N. Arrowhead Ave., Second Floor, in San Bernardino.

County leads trade mission to South Korea

The county will lead local business leaders on a mission to South Korea in April to expand trade and investment opportunities for the county’s investors.

South Korea is California’s sixth largest export destination. In 2017, California exported more than $9.6 billion to South Korea, making California the top U.S. exporting state to South Korea.

“This mission is a tremendous opportunity for businesses in our county to grow their exports and foster international trade. By doing so, we ultimately enhance the performance of businesses here at home and drive job creation in the county,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “Supervisor Robert Lovingood and I are looking forward to working with the county’s business community in face-to-face meetings with our government and private-sector counterparts in South Korea.”

“Strengthening ties between our county and South Korean business leaders during this mission allows for our Economic Development Agency to work directly with Korean businesses that may be considering an investment in the county,” said Supervisor Lovingood. “In addition to marketing San Bernardino County’s products and services, this mission provides an opportunity for us to connect with and assist Korean companies wishing to establish or expand operations here in the county.”

San Bernardino County companies in all industry sectors are participating or will be invited to participate in this trade mission. Participating companies will have one-on-one, pre-qualified appointments targeted to their objectives, whether that is developing or expanding direct export sales, locating distributors or agents, or conducting market research, among other goals. Company recruitment for the South Korea mission will begin shortly and will be handled through the County of San Bernardino Economic Development Agency.

Furthermore, the mission will also enhance relationships between San Bernardino County and South Korea in order to attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to the County. South Korean FDI into the

United States has more than doubled in recent years, increasing from $19.9 billion in 2011 to $40.9 billion in 2016.

The South Korea mission will also complement the recent trends observed in regard to businesses reshoring their manufacturing operations back to the US. The County of San Bernardino offers many compelling advantages to companies with offshore operations that are seeking to simplify their supply chains, reduce labor costs and bring jobs back into the US; this Mission will enhance awareness of the County as a destination for manufacturers interested in strategic reshoring. Over 10,000 total US jobs were restored from Korea between 2010-16; the County is strategically positioning itself to be a part of this job creation with this Mission.

The South Korea mission is scheduled for April 20-27, 2019, with Seoul being the primary destination for this mission. Highlights for this mission include targeted one-on-one business meetings for participating County businesses, exploring foreign direct investment and reshoring opportunities, meetings with government and industry association officials, along with briefings on the market. Participating San Bernardino County companies will hold pre-arranged meetings specific to their market entry or expansion needs.

The County of San Bernardino Economic Development Agency is promoting an international trade and investment program countywide. The primary goal of this program is to inform business about opportunities to expand markets on a global scale and attract investment from abroad. To find out more about this program or other key initiatives or services offered, please visit http://www.sbcountyadvantage.com

Renewable energy hearing on Feb. 28, NOT Jan. 29.

Some news media have erroneously reported that the Board of Supervisors will conduct a public hearing on Policy 4.10 of the Renewable Energy and Conservation Element of the County General Plan this coming Tuesday, Jan. 29. The hearing had been rescheduled for – and will will occur on – Thursday, Feb. 28, not this coming Tuesday, Jan. 29.

 

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.

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