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Monthly Archives: May 2018
The San Bernardino County Museum hosts the popular annual Public Works Day on Saturday, June 2, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The day features a wide variety of hands-on activities related to engineering and science, in partnership with the San Bernardino County Department of Public Works.
Started by the American Public Works Association in 1960, National Public Works Week is a celebration of the tens of thousands of men and women in North America who provide and maintain the infrastructure and services collectively known as public works.
“’The theme for the 2018 National Public Works Week, ‘The Power of Public Works,’ gives voice to the impact the many facets of public works have on modern civilization,” said Kevin Blakeslee, director of County Public Works. “From providing clean water to disposing of solid waste, to building roads and bridges and removing snow on roadways, to the construction of dams, channels and levees to control flooding, or devising emergency management strategies to meet natural or manmade disasters, public works services play a significant role in a society’s quality of life. The Department of Public Works expresses its sincere thanks to the County Museum for hosting this event that will provide some fun, hands-on education to our residents as to how the Department of Public Works serves them.”
“Our Public Works Day continues to be a popular event,” said Museum Director Melissa Russo. “The big trucks and equipment are an obvious draw, and it’s a great opportunity for the public to learn what these regional projects involve, and how quality of life in our county is dependent on the thoughtfulness and quality of these infrastructure developments.”
Activities and demonstrations at the museum are especially designed to engage children and families with hands-on learning: create a glider, conduct experiments, explore with a storm drain robot, find yourself with the County Surveyor, learn to keep storm drains clean with Environmental Management, and recycle with Solid Waste Management, have your photo taken in a giant snow blower.
Hands-on learning activities related to science and technology 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.
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). EBT cardholders are admitted for $1. Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free. All activities are included with museum admission. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcounty.gov/museum. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.
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
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
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
The San Bernardino County Library invites residents to Set Sail For Adventure and celebrate the summer season at the Library Summer Reading Program. Enjoy an amazing ocean-themed experience, meet some favorite characters, and earn some awesome prizes for meeting reading goals. Enjoy a variety of fun-filled crafts, informative activities, performers and more.
The Summer Reading Program is another opportunity to celebrate and support the Countywide Vision’s literacy campaign, Vision2Read. All activities are free and open to all ages.
The San Bernardino County Library Summer Reading Program begins June 11 and runs through August 4 at all San Bernardino County Library branches.
For more Summer Reading Program information, please visit sbclib.org or contact your local branch library.
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 by contributing to educational, cultural, and historical development of our County community.
For more information on the San Bernardino County library system, please visit sbclib.org or call (909) 387-2220.
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: firstname.lastname@example.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.
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
The 100 Best Fleets competition recognizes fleet operations that perform at a high level using industry recognized processes and procedures, key performance indicators and best practices. The 100 Best Fleets results are announced every year at the National Association of Fleet Administrators Institute and Expo conference.
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.
Learn about federal and state fair housing laws, how to recognize and report discrimination, the protections provided for individuals living with disabilities or families with children, new HUD guidelines on tenants with criminal backgrounds, evictions, deposits, habitability problems, notices and much more during a series of free workshops being offered by the Inland Fair Housing and Mediation Board.
The board is conducting 10 workshops throughout San Bernardino County through the end of the month in Chino, Chino Hills, Ontario, Upland, Hesperia, San Bernardino, Big Bear Lake, Needles, Rialto and Barstow, and an additional two in El Centro. Click here for details in English, and here for details in Spanish.