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Monthly Archives: June 2017

Prepare now for your pet’s safety during the Fourth of July

San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control (ACC) advises pet owners prepare to keep their pets safe during the Fourth of July holiday.  Fireworks often frighten pets into fleeing from their home, and pet owners can act now to aid in their quick return or prevent it from happening in the first place.

If your pet does not have an identification tag on their collar with information that is current, there is still time to get one. An identification tag allows anyone who locates your animal to contact you directly, and quickly. Collars can fall off though, so microchipping pets provides an additional, permanent method of identifying your pets.  Most veterinarians offer microchipping and there are often low cost options in the community.

“Bring your pets inside before the fireworks begin,” advised ACC Lieutenant Carmen Sanchez. “If that is not an option, make sure that there are no holes or gaps in the fence that dogs can escape through. Should your pet run away, check the animal shelter that serves your area as well as the shelters in the surrounding areas. Additionally, wildfire activity has greatly increased in the past few weeks. Make sure that your family has a disaster plan that includes your pets.”

San Bernardino County ACC provides animal services for most unincorporated areas of the county and the cities of Big Bear Lake, Highland, and Yucaipa.  Shelter services are also provided for the City of Rialto.  More information about area shelters and disaster preparedness can be found at www.sbcounty.gov/acc.  ACC can be reached 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling (800) 472-5609.

Animal Care and Control is doing its part to help the community achieve the Countywide Vision by ensuring residents have the resources they need to provide the necessities of life to their families. Information on the Countywide Vision can be found at www.sbcounty.gov.

County websites back online following intrusion

Several County departmental websites along with other government sites in California, Ohio, New York and Maryland were vandalized by hackers on Sunday morning.

No County data was accessed, compromised or at risk.

The County reported the situation to law enforcement and disabled the affected websites soon after the intrusion occurred. The County Information Services Department quickly identified the source of the problem and applied a software patch that addressed the issue. The affected websites were restored to service early Monday morning.

Cybercrime is an ongoing concern and the County’s Information Services Department continuously monitors the County’s networks and prepares to respond to potential attacks.

Museum announces discount program for low-income families

Museums for All to increase accessibility of high-quality museum learning resources

The San Bernardino County Museum announced that it has joined Museums For All, a signature access program of the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to encourage families of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum habits. The museum’s participation is sponsored by the San Bernardino County Museum Association and U.S. Bank.

The program allows families, up to nine people in a group, to pay $1 per person for admission to the museum by showing an EBT card from any state. In California, the EBT card is called the Golden State Advantage Card and is available to families in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The EBT card is not used for admission payment, which is made by cash or credit/debit card. The program is valid during all public hours, and includes the San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands, the Victor Valley Museum in Apple Valley, and the county’s historic sites.

The Museums for All initiative represents a long stride toward the goal of reaching more children and parents, especially those living in poverty, with the valuable learning resources of museums. The museum joins over 150 others across the nation in offering qualified families visits to museums for a minimal fee, to inspire new skills and interests, ignite creativity and enrich social connections. Museum Director Melissa Russo stated, “by removing this financial barrier, we have an opportunity to provide a high quality museum experience to all children and families in our county – research shows that this exposure can help children’s social and academic development. We’re grateful for the partnership with the San Bernardino County Museum Association and U.S. Bank whose funding will ensure that museum exhibits and programming will be accessible to all.”

The County’s Director of Preschool Services, Diana Alexander, agreed. “What an amazing door to learning and culture this opens up for our most vulnerable population of children and families! I am beyond excited about the positive impact it will have on so many that might otherwise not have the means to access all the wonderful features our county museum offers.”

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Its mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Its grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov.

About Association of Children’s Museums (ACM)

In an increasingly complex world, children’s museums provide a place where all kids can learn through play and exploration with the caring adults in their lives. There are approximately 400 children’s museums around the world, which annually reach more than thirty-one million visitors. ACM provides leadership, professional development, advocacy and resources for its member organizations and individuals. To learn more about ACM and to find an ACM-member children’s museum near you, visit www.ChildrensMuseums.org

About U.S. Bank

Minneapolis-based U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB), with $450 billion in assets as of March 31, 2017, is the parent company of U.S. Bank National Association, the fifth largest commercial bank in the United States. The Company operates 3,091 banking offices in 25 states and 4,838 ATMs, and provides a comprehensive line of banking, investment, mortgage, trust and payment services products to consumers, businesses and institutions. Visit U.S. Bancorp on the web at www.usbank.com.

The San Bernardino County Museum’s participation in Museums for All reflects the effort by the Board of Supervisors to achieve the Countywide Vision by celebrating arts, culture, and education in the county, creating quality of life for residents and visitors.

The San Bernardino County Museum is at 2024 Orange Tree Lane, at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $10 (adult), $8 (military or senior), $7 (student), $5 (child aged 5 to 12), $1 (Museums for All with EBT card). Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcounty.gov/museum. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

San Bernardino County Library Launches SBCL App

The San Bernardino County Library is set to launch the “SBCL App” for mobile devices.  The SBCL App provides a simple option for the public to access much of what the Library offers all in one place, including:

  • Search for books, movies, and other materials
  • Place and/or check the status of holds
  • Check due dates and renew items
  • Access digital content including eBooks, e-Audio Books, music, and digital magazines
  • Stay current with events at local branches
  • View phone numbers and locations of all 32 branch libraries

The SBCL App is another opportunity to celebrate and support the Countywide Vision2Read Initiative by providing an additional avenue for accessing, utilizing, and enjoying all that the County Library has to offer.

The SBCL App can be downloaded from the Apple App Store, Google Play, or by visiting sbclib.boopsie.com.

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

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

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

Summer Camp Fun at the County Museum

This summer, your child can meet animals with superpowers, shake it up, dig up clues from the past, and investigate forensics—museum-style! Registration is now open for San Bernardino County Museum Summer Explorers day camps. Week-long sessions start June 20 and continue through July. Advance registration is required; campers must have completed first grade and be 7 to 10 years old. Each camp session is Tuesday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The cost is $155 per week of camp; children of Museum Association members may enroll for $135 per week. Limited scholarships are available by application.

In “Amazing Animal Superpowers,” June 20 – 23, campers will discover the amazing world of animal adaptations that allow them to survive and thrive in the wild. Get up close with some furry and scaly friends.

In “Whose Fault Is It Anyway: Shake It Up,” June 27 – 30, learn how earthquakes happen and create and measure your own mini-quakes. What can fossils and rocks teach us about our potential for earthquakes? How can you help your family be prepared?

In “Giant Beasts of the Ice Age,” July 11 – 14, join in a mock excavation. Do you have what it takes to be a paleontologist? What Ice Age animals lived in your own backyard?

In “Crime Scene Investigation: Forensics Museum Edition,” July 18 – 21, become a detective for a week and learn the secrets of crime scene investigation. Using forensic science, uncover evidence to help figure out whodunit!

Camp wraps up July 25 – 28 with “Best of Summer Camp Sampler for Kids on the Spectrum.” In a specially tailored camp designed for children on the Autism Spectrum (ASD), explorers will experience a highlight week of activities from previous camps. Focused on interests and social skills-building, parents caregivers, and aides are welcome to attend the session or spend time steps away in the museum enjoying the exhibits.

Registration forms are available on-line at www.sbcounty.gov/museum or at the museum front desk. Class enrollment is limited. For more information, contact the education division at (909) 798-8611.

Summer Explorers and the County Museum’s other exciting events and exhibits reflect the effort by the Board of Supervisors to achieve the Countywide Vision by celebrating arts, culture, and education in the county, creating quality of life for residents and visitors. Summer Camps are supported in part by the San Bernardino County Museum Association and a generous donation from Johnnie Ann Ralph.

The San Bernardino County Museum is at 2024 Orange Tree Lane, at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $10 (adult), $8 (military or senior), $7 (student), and $5 (child aged 5 to 12). Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcounty.gov/museum. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

County Fleet Management named #1 fleet in the nation

County Fleet Management is on a roll.

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

San Bernardino County earned the top spot for showing leadership with staff, with customers and within the community; staying efficient and competitive; overcoming challenges; and having a vision and direction for the Fleet Management operation.

Falling in closely behind San Bernardino County were the counties of Riverside, San Diego, Ventura and Sacramento; the cities of Long Beach, Anaheim, Oakland and Beverly Hills; and other notables including New York City, Boston, Houston, Milwaukee and Indianapolis.

San Bernardino County was also recognized as one of five fleets nationwide for its completion of the Certified Fleet Management Operation (CFMO) program and CLEANFleet program.

The CFMO certification benchmarks fleet practices against private-sector companies with which the public-sector group competes most directly. The certification testing process addresses 20 categories and eight foundation categories to ensure fleet management success and aims to make a fleet operation cost-effective, efficient, competitive, and well-managed.

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

The approximately 100 men and women of San Bernardino County Fleet Management provide acquisition, maintenance, repair, modification, and disposal services for the majority of county vehicles and equipment. Fleet Management’s main garage in San Bernardino includes four shops: automotive, heavy duty, welding/metal fabrication, and generator services, as well as a parts room and fueling station. The department also operates five smaller service centers in Barstow, Hesperia, Needles, Rancho Cucamonga and Twentynine Palms and 60 strategically located fueling sites.

Additionally, Fleet Management operates a motor pool, which has ownership and/or maintenance and replacement responsibility for approximately 1,940 vehicles and pieces of equipment assigned to or used by county departments.

Mega Pet Adoption Event in Yucaipa on June 10 and 11

More than 200 dogs and cats will be available for adoption at the annual Mega Pet Adoption event at Yucaipa Community Park on Saturday, June 10 and Sunday June 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Animal shelters and rescue groups from throughout the county will have cats and dogs of all sizes, ages, and breeds available for adoption at the two-day event.

Yucaipa Animal Hospital will provide low-cost vaccinations and microchipping on both days.

On-site licensing will be available for residents of Yucaipa and the unincorporated areas of San Bernardino County.

The event will also feature pet-themed merchandise.

Find a new friend!

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