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Monthly Archives: September 2017

County wins 4 awards from California State Association of Counties

Filling gaps in services for homeless people, addressing illegal dumping, creating a virtual receptionist program and managing mutual aid during the December 2, 2015 terrorist attack were four of the innovative programs and services recognized this month with Challenge and Merit Awards by the California State Association of Counties (CSAC).

“These awards demonstrate the county has great people who are doing a commendable job of addressing the community’s highest priorities,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Robert A. Lovingood.

Each year, CSAC honors best practices in county governments in California. This year, CSAC received a record number of entries – 288 from counties around the state.

Last year, the County of San Bernardino received four CSAC awards and won three in 2015 and 2014, five in 2013, three in 2012, two in 2011 and one in 2010.

In the Health and Human Services category, San Bernardino County received a prestigious Challenge Award for its Housing Support Program Collaborative, which fills in gaps in services available to homeless families who receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. The Transitional Assistance Department (TAD) along with the Department of Behavioral Health, Housing Authority and Knowledge and Education for Your Success (KEYS) joined together to help families overcome homelessness. Since the collaborative began in 2015, 644 families have been permanently housed.

In the Health And Human Services category, the Department of Public Health won a Merit Award for Mutual Aid for a Public Health Emergency, which helped to rebuild the Division of Environmental Health Services when resources were limited following the San Bernardino terrorist attack on Dec. 2, 2015. Expertise from environmental health departments throughout California contributed to rebuilding the division and training programs were built into the mutual aid response.

In the Government Finance, Administration and Technology category, the Division of Environmental Health Services (DEHS) won a Merit Award for the Virtual Receptionist program, which was implemented at the (DEHS) High Desert location in Hesperia to improve staff efficiency and lower wait times for customers.

In the Housing, Land Use and Infrastructure category, San Bernardino County Code Enforcement won a Merit Award for its Illegal Dumping program, which uses inmate crews to help abate illegal dumping to prevent blight and save taxpayer money.

San Bernardino County is consistently one of the nation’s most-honored counties in terms of state and national awards for innovative and cost-saving public service. During the past eight years the county has won more than 250 awards from CSAC and the National Association of Counties for ground-breaking programs and services.

Talk. Read. Sing. ® Fest! at the San Bernardino County Museums

Talk. Read. Sing. ® Fest! is heading to the museums! Join First 5 San Bernardino for FREE* fun for infants, toddlers and preschoolers (ages 5 and under) as we champion the three little action words that make a BIG impact on your child’s learning. *Free Admission is limited! Arrive Early!

In partnership with San Bernardino County Museums, we’ll have entertainment and performances, kid-friendly activities, and our book giveaway for children ages 5 and under! Enjoy performances by Twinkle Time & Friends, Chazz the Drummer, and a variety of exhibits throughout the museums.

Make it a play date! Join us in Apple Valley at the Victor Valley Museum on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or in Redlands at the San Bernardino County Museum on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. for all the early learning fun!

For more information, call First 5 San Bernardino at (909) 386-7706 or visit First 5 San Bernardino on Facebook.

Food trucks hit downtown San Bernardino this Thursday

Vietnamese cuisine will join the usual Argentinian, bacon, burgers, BBQ, tacos, sandwiches and shaved ice offerings at this month’s  Third Thursdays Food Fest in downtown San Bernardino.

The City of San Bernardino in partnership with the county will host the monthly food truck event at the Court Street Square at E Street from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

Beahta Davis is new Director of Regional Parks

Beahta Davis, an experienced parks and recreation professional, is the new director of San Bernardino County Regional Parks.

Davis comes to the County of San Bernardino from Baltimore County, Maryland where she was Chief of Recreation Services for the Department of Recreation and Parks. She was also an adjunct faculty member at Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Maryland where she taught graduate-level students seeking a master’s degree in parks and recreation management.

Davis has more than 18 years of experience in the field and started her career as a PAL Coordinator where she was responsible for managing a recreation center for youth, ages 8 to17 years old.

Davis earned her Bachelor of Science degree in education at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and a Master of Science degree in park and recreation resource management at Frostburg State University.

She is a member of the National Recreation and Parks Association and past-president of the Maryland Recreation and Parks Association.

Davis will lead the management of maintenance of nine San Bernardino County Regional Parks which cover more than 9,000 acres throughout the valley, mountains and deserts.

For more information about San Bernardino County Regional Parks, visit http://www.sbcounty.gov/parks or call (909) 387-2757.

County launches new EZ Online Permitting system

The County of San Bernardino is making it more convenient for homeowners and professional builders to submit, track, and monitor projects through the new EZ Online Permitting system, a web-based portal that can be accessed from home, office or mobile device.

 

Homeowners and builders taking on a new roofing project, installing a new patio cover, swimming pool, or water heater can use EZ Online Permitting to submit an application for the necessary permits.

EZ Online Permitting allows users to submit applications, pay fees and upload plans all in one place. Applicants can monitor the progress and cost of projects in real time from anywhere the internet can be accessed.

EZ Online Permitting provides the public with improved access and transparency in the land development and building permitting process.

Visit EZOP.sbcounty.gov to begin using this new tool.  Applicants will find several how-to videos to help learn the system. Customers who are unsure about what permit to choose will find an easy-to-use online guide as well as other reference information. Applicants may call the EZOP hotline for assistance at (800) 722-4542.

Sheriff’s Department holding hiring event on Sept. 30

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is having a hiring event at Riverside City College for deputy sheriff trainees on September 30.

The event will allow applicants to conduct the physical agility test and begin the background process. All applicants who pass the physical agility test will be interviewed by a background investigator immediately following the test. To be eligible for a background interview, you must bring your completed background packet which can be found by registering at www.sheriffsjobs.com. Participating applicants will be considered for the upcoming January Sheriff’s Academy class. To participate in this event, applicants must complete the online test by Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 11 p.m. and register no later than Friday, Sept. 29 at 3 p.m.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Applicants must register for one of two sessions (limited space is available).

8 a.m. – Session 1 – physical agility test, check in from 7 to 8 a.m.

11 a.m. – Session 2 – physical agility test, check in from 10 to 11 a.m.

Check in outside the Digital Library and bring a valid ID with completed background packet to Riverside City College, Digital Library Building, 4800 Magnolia Avenue in Riverside.

Come on out to the 18th Annual P.R.C.A Sheriff’s Rodeo

Get ready to head on out to Devore for the 18th Annual PRCA Sheriff’s Rodeo September 22, 23  and 24.

Friday night is devoted to domestic abuse awareness, Saturday to breast cancer awareness, and Sunday to public safety personnel.

All three days are devoted to the best rodeo action in Southern California.

For more information, click here. To purchase tickets, visit www.sheriffsrodeo.org.

First-ever Morongo Basin plan for culture and arts underway

The community, including residents, artists, educators, and culture-oriented organizations and businesses throughout the Morongo Basin will be asked to participate in developing a Strategic Plan for Culture and the Arts.

The County of San Bernardino will lead the effort along with 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.

“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.”

The plan will assist Morongo Basin communities to articulate their vision for culture and the arts. This will lead to plans for activities that can fulfill that vision, such as art shows, arts education, musical performances, poetry readings, writing groups, festivals and seminars.

The Cultural Planning Group will work with a leadership group of community leaders, including artists and others, to guide the planning process grounded in the unique creative identity of the Morongo Basin, and to create a plan based on the priorities of the communities of Joshua Tree, Morongo Valley, Pioneertown, Landers, Wonder Valley, Yucca Valley, and Twentynine Palms. The local communities will implement the plan with guidance from the leadership committee.

The Strategic Plan for Culture and the Arts is expected to be complete in mid-2018. The first public meetings will begin before the end of the year.  To receive future announcements on how to become involved, submit an email address to Linda.Mawby@lus.sbcounty.gov.  The San Bernardino County Land Use Services Planning Division will also be posting information on their website and social media links.  For additional information visit:  http://cms.sbcounty.gov/lus/Planning/PlanningHome.aspx

Draft Detailed Community Plans available for public review

Draft Detailed Community Plans available for public review

After two years of outreach and coordination with over 1,700 people from more than 50 unincorporated communities, the County of San Bernardino is releasing the first set of Draft Community Plans.

During 66 workshops, the public embarked on a planning process to develop a new system of Community Plans and identified values, aspirations, ideas for action, and priorities unique to each community area.  Framed by this input, the Draft Community Plans present a set of actions that can be initiated by residents, businesses, property owners, local groups, etc. to improve their community.

Draft Community Plans can now be viewed online for the communities listed below. Draft Framework and Foundation Plans will be available by early October.

  • Bear Valley Communities
  • Bloomington (online mid-Sept)
  • Crest Forest Communities
  • Helendale
  • Hilltop Communities
  • Joshua Tree
  • Lake Arrowhead Communities
  • Lucerne Valley
  • Mentone
  • Muscoy
    Oak Glen
  • Phelan/Piñon Hills

WHAT ARE THE COMMUNITY PLANS?

The Countywide Plan effort includes updating and creating new Community Plans to guide local expectations for County services and set clear direction for the future of specified unincorporated communities.

The future of the County’s unincorporated areas is currently guided by the 2007 General Plan and 13 Community Plans. The Countywide Plan includes innovative and action-oriented updates of those documents and expands the total number of Community Plans from 13 to 27.

As stated at the community workshops, the new Community Plans replace existing 2007/2014 Community Plans, with a greater focus on community self-reliance, grassroots action, and implementation.  Goals, policies, land use and infrastructure decisions will be addressed in the Policy Plan of the Countywide Plan.

The new system of Community Plans includes a hierarchy of plan-types (see below) that ensures that planning details, tools, and resources match the conditions and needs of each community.

  • Detailed Plans. Applies to communities that contain, or have the potential for, a variety of housing opportunities and supporting uses, such as commercial and industrial businesses, schools, a library, parks and recreation facilities, and religious and civic organizations.

 

  • Framework Plans. Applies to communities that are primarily characterized by single-family residential properties and a limited number of supporting uses, such as a school, post office, and commercial businesses.

 

  • Foundation Plans. Applies to communities that are primarily characterized by single-family residential properties.  Residents of these communities typically drive to nearby towns or cities for employment, shopping, entertainment, education, and recreation opportunities.

 

  • Fundamental Plans.  Applies to communities that are primarily characterized by open space or farmland with a scattering of residential homes and/or highway commercial uses, or an area where growth is constrained by adjacent land ownership, such as federal lands and state park lands.

HOW CAN I FIND OUT IF MY COMMUNITY HAS A PLAN?

Existing Community Plans can be found at: http://cms.sbcounty.gov/lus/Planning/CommunityPlans.aspx

Updated and new Community Plans can be found at the following link once the draft plan is complete: http://countywideplan.com/cp/.

If your community is not listed separately or listed as part of a larger plan (e.g., Wonder Valley, Hinckley, etc.), you may come to any Regional Open House to provide information regarding your community and request a Fundamental Plan be considered.

HOW CAN I REVIEW AND COMMENT ON THE COMMUNITY PLANS?

Public feedback and comments regarding the Draft Plans can be submitted via the Countywide Plan website, email, U.S. mail, or by attending one of the Regional Open Houses scheduled for October 2017.

  • Online through the submittal area on each Draft Community Plan’s webpage (see countywideplan.com/cp for links to each Community Plan webpage)
  • Email

o   CommunityPlans@lus.sbcounty.gov

o   general contact us page

o   email link on each Community Plan’s webpage

  • Attendance at one of the Regional Open Houses scheduled for October 2017
  • U.S. mail:County of San Bernardino
    Land Use Services
    Attn: Suzanne Peterson
    385 North Arrowhead Avenue, 1st Floor
    San Bernardino, CA 92415-0187

ABOUT THE COUNTYWIDE PLAN AND COMMUNITY PLANS

From 2010 to 2011, the creation of a Countywide Vision included input from over 100 topical experts, 25 special districts and agencies, 18 community meetings, and over 3,600 resident surveys.  In 2015, the County launched the preparation of the first Countywide Plan, which is being developed over the course of three years to enhance coordination with the public, with outside agencies and organizations, and within the County organization itself.  It will serve as a resource for efficient and effective decision-making regarding countywide services and resources.

Visit countywideplan.com for additional information, and to sign up for text or email updates.

Regional Open Houses for the Countywide Plan coming in October

The public is invited to a series of eight open houses in October where the progress of the Countywide Plan will be discussed along with a variety of topics including:
·         Land Use (current & proposed)

·         Draft Community Plans

·         Public safety & security

·         Economic & social resources

·         Health & wellness

·         Circulation & mobility

·         Natural resources & hazards

·         Public & social services

·         Environmental justice

·         Web-based maps

Drop in to any location at any time during the advertised time frame and share ideas by completing a survey, filling out a comment card, or discussing issues and questions with County staff.  Review the proposed Land Use Plan, review draft Community Plans, and explore new web-based maps.  Children can get involved through a coloring activity and people are invited to share their thoughts at the selfie station.

Those who cannot participate in person, please visit countywideplan.com/surveys to take an online survey.  Additionally, the Draft Community Plans will be available for review online in advance of the regional open houses at countywideplan.com/cp.

Everyone is welcome at the open houses, as the Countywide Plan will touch on aspects that may affect anyone who lives, works or owns property in a city, town, or unincorporated community in San Bernardino County.  The Countywide Plan will primarily address unincorporated areas.  However, county policies, programs, and services can also affect incorporated cities and towns.  In addition to residents, we encourage the attendance of service providers, nonprofits, the business community, and representatives from local, state, federal, and tribal agencies.

COUNTYWIDE PLAN REGIONAL OPEN HOUSE SCHEDULE
Yucaipa

October 4

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Yucaipa Community Center

34900 Oak Glen Road

Crestline

October 4

5 to 8 p.m.

San Moritz Lodge

24640 San Moritz Drive

Barstow

October 5

4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Barstow Senior Citizen Center

555 Melissa Avenue

Rialto

October 6

11 AM to 3 p.m.

County Behavioral Health Department

850 E. Foothill Blvd

Ontario

October 10

3 to 7 p.m.

Ontario Senior Center

225 E. B Street

 Joshua Tree

October 11

5 to 8 p.m.

Joshua Tree Community Center

6171 Sunburst Street

Hesperia

October 12

10 A.M. to 1 p.m.

Lime Street Community Center

16292 Lime Street​

Big Bear Lake

October 12

5 to 8 p.m.

Big Bear Valley Senior Center

42651 Big Bear Blvd

 

ABOUT THE COUNTYWIDE PLAN AND COMMUNITY PLANS

From 2010 to 2011, the creation of a Countywide Vision included input from over 100 topical experts, 25 special districts and agencies, 18 community meetings, and over 3,600 resident surveys.  In 2015, the County launched the preparation of the first Countywide Plan, which is being developed over the course of three years to enhance coordination with the public, with outside agencies and organizations, and within the County organization itself.  It will serve as a resource for efficient and effective decision-making regarding countywide services and resources.

The Countywide Plan effort includes updating and creating new Community Plans to guide local expectations for County services and set clear direction for the future of specified unincorporated communities.

The ongoing civic engagement process for the Countywide Plan has included over 66 public meetings in dozens of communities, attracting over 1,700 participants to develop the content of the Community Plans. The Draft Community Plans will be available for review online in advance of the regional open houses at countywideplan.com/cp.  Attendees of the open houses will be able to discuss the Draft Community Plans with County staff.

The future of the County’s unincorporated areas is currently guided by the 2007 General Plan and 13 Community Plans. The Countywide Plan will include innovative and action-oriented updates of those documents and will also expand the total number of Community Plans from 13 to 27.

Visit countywideplan.com for additional information, and to sign up for text or email updates.

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