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Monthly Archives: December 2017

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.

Residents invited to take Bloomington Park Survey

Do you live in Bloomington or own a business in Bloomington? If so, tell us what you think about your parks and what types of recreational amenities and programs you would like to see in your community! Please take about 10 minutes to complete the Bloomington Park Survey. Your feedback is very important to us as the County of San Bernardino considers expanding recreation services in Bloomington. If you have any questions, you can direct them to: Community Development & Housing at (909) 387-4705 Or you can email:

Bloomington Park Survey link:

¿Vive usted en Bloomington, o es dueño de negocio en Bloomington? Entonces, denos su opinión sobre sus parques y cuales instalaciones recreativas gustaría tener en su comunidad. Por favor tome 10 minutos para completar la Encuesta Sobre Parques en Bloomington aquí mismo, en Español. Su opinión es muy importante así como el Condado de San Bernardino está explorando la expansión de programas e instalaciones recreativas en Bloomington. Si tiene alguna pregunta llame: (909) 387-4705 Community Development and Housing o por correo electrónico:

Encuesta Sobre Parques en Bloomington:

Regional Parks now hiring lifeguards for summer swim season

From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend the San Bernardino County Regional Parks opens its swim complexes for families to enjoy. We would like to invite any interested candidates to apply as a Lifeguard at one of our Regional Parks for the 2018 Summer Season.

All applicants are required to have C.P.R. and First Aid certifications, prior to the first day of employment.  Lifeguards will be required to show proof of current Lifeguard Certifications, valid through September 2018. All requirements must be met before the first day of work. Bilingual abilities strongly desired.

The following positions are available for the 2018 Summer Swim Season:

Pool Manager – $ 15.25 hourly (1 at each site)

·         21 years of age or older

·         5 Years of Lifeguard Experience

·         1-2 Years of Supervisory Experience

Senior Lifeguard – $ 12.50 hourly (2 at each site)

  • 18 years of age or older
  • 3 Years of Lifeguard Experience
Returning Lifeguard – $ 12.00 hourly

  • 16 years of age or older
  • 1 or more years Lifeguard Experience with Regional Parks
New Lifeguard – $ 11.50 hourly

·         16 Years of age or older


Summer Help Process Calendar

  • Applications will be accepted continuously through April 2018
  • Interviews will be scheduled January thru May of 2018
  • Hiring Process for selected applicants will begin in February 2018
  • Orientation and Training will be scheduled for April and May 2018

All selected applicants will be interviewed by Park and Administrative Staff, at Regional Parks Administration.  Preferred work location is not guaranteed and will be decided by Park staffing needs.

Please visit or and apply today!

Midcentury Modern featured at Victor Valley Museum

“Visions of Southern California” spotlights Paul Revere Williams and Maria Kipp

Paul Revere Williams

Two southern California midcentury modern designers, Paul Revere Williams and Maria Kipp, are the subject of an exhibit opening at the Victor Valley Museum in Apple Valley. “Visions of Southern California: The Midcentury Modern Designs of Paul Revere Williams and Maria Kipp,” which closed at the San Bernardino County Museum will open at the Victor Valley Museum on Dec. 13, 2017 and continue through April 8, 2018.

Paul Revere Williams was a pioneer of modernist architecture, and the first African American architect to win the American Institute of Architects’ Gold Medal, awarded to him in 2017, 37 years after his death. Maria Kipp was an innovator in interior and fabric design and ran a successful factory, supplying high profile projects in the region.

Maria Kipp

Paul Williams, born in 1894 and orphaned at age 4, grew up in Los Angeles, graduated from USC’s School of Architecture and Engineering, and in 1921 became the first African American certified architect west of the Mississippi. His work ranged from iconic buildings such as the LAX Theme Building and the Arrowhead Springs Hotel to public housing projects and civic buildings such as the Ontario Post Office. He was a favorite of Hollywood celebrities, designing homes in Los Angeles and Palm Springs for Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball, Tyrone Power, and others.

Maria Kipp was born in Germany in 1900 and was the first woman to be accepted at the State Academy for the Textile Industry in Bavaria. She moved to Los Angeles in 1924 and established herself as a trend-setting designer. For 60 years she operated her textile business and designed interiors, sometimes working with Williams to create environments for celebrity homes and famous public spaces like the Beverly Hills Hotel Polo Lounge.

The exhibit was developed by the San Bernardino County Museum curatorial team of Jennifer Dickerson, Maggie Latimer, and David Myers. According to the team, both Kipp and Williams “broke stereotypes in design fields where their race and gender were not the norm. ‘Visions of Southern California’ celebrates their work and recognizes their contributions to the social advancement of their professions.”

Visions of Southern California and the museum’s other exciting events and programs 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.

The Victor Valley Museum is a branch of the San Bernardino County Museum located at 11873 Apple Valley Road in Apple Valley. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 (adult), $4 (senior or military), and $2.50 (student. Children under 5 and San Bernardino County Museum Association members are free. Parking is free. For more information, visit The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

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