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Monthly Archives: July 2018

Nominations being accepted for those who serve county youth

The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission of San Bernardino County has put out the call for nominations for their Annual Recognition of Service to Youth Awards program. The purpose of this event is to honor individuals, service organizations, non-profit agencies, public agencies and corporations throughout San Bernardino County, who have made exceptional and outstanding contributions in strengthening and advocating youth programs and services. The focus of these awards is to recognize individuals and agencies who go above and beyond their required job descriptions.

The JJDPC will announce and honor this year’s recipients during its annual awards ceremony on Oct. 10.

The nomination form can be found here . A statement of reason for nomination must accompany the nomination form that explains why you believe this person, organization, or agency is deserving. A brief resume of the nominee describing his/her/their community involvement and accomplishments is also required. Two additional endorsements must be on the nomination form.

Please feel free to forward this information and Nomination Form to others whom you think might be interested.

Additional information and forms may be obtained via e-mail at jjdpc@prob.sbcounty.gov. All nominations must be received no later than Friday, Aug. 17 by 5 p.m.

County issues Heat Advisory, high heat temperatures expected

Temperatures are expected to exceed 100 degrees today and remain very hot through the week, prompting County of San Bernardino Health Officer Dr. Maxwell Ohikhuare to issue a heat advisory.

“While this intense heat is not especially unusual, the extreme heat could cause some people to be caught off guard, especially those most susceptible to heat illness,” Ohikhuare said. “Those most vulnerable are the elderly, those who work or exercise outdoors, infants and children, the homeless or poor, and people with chronic medical conditions.”

High or unusually hot temperatures can affect one’s health. People are advised to take the necessary precautions to prevent serious health effects such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke by following the tips below.

Stay cool

  • Stay in air-conditioned buildings.
  • Find an air-conditioned Cooling Center open to the public by dialing the United Way’s toll-free resource telephone line at 2-1-1, or online at http://211sb.org/cooling-centers.
  • Do not rely on a fan as a primary cooling device.
  • Limit outdoor activity, especially midday when it is the hottest part of the day, and avoid direct sunlight.
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Take cool showers or baths to lower body temperature.
  • Check on at-risk friends, family and neighbors at least twice a day.

Stay hydrated

  • Drink water more than usual and don’t wait until thirst sets in to drink.
  • Drink from two to four cups of water every hour while working.
  • Avoid alcohol or liquids containing high amounts of sugar.
  • Make sure family, friends and neighbors are drinking enough water.

Remember, pets are vulnerable to high temperatures too, but are unable to vocalize their distress. Some signs of heat distress in pets can include heavy panting, difficulty breathing, lethargy, excessive thirst, and vomiting. Help prevent a heat emergency by taking these steps.

For Pets

  • Leave pets extra water.
  • Bring pets inside during periods of extreme heat.
  • Ensure pets have plenty of shade if kept outside. Remember, the shade pets have in the morning will either change or diminish as the sun moves throughout the day and may not protect them.
  • Don’t force animals to exercise when it is hot and humid. Exercise pets early in the morning or late in the evening.
  • Do not let pets stand on sidewalks or hot asphalt to avoid burning their paws.
  • Never leave pets in a parked vehicle, even in the shade with windows cracked, temperatures can reach over 120 degrees inside. The vehicle is quickly turned into a furnace and can kill any animal.

For more information, contact the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health at 1-800-782-4264 or visit the National Weather Service Forecast website at http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/sgx/ or the California Department of Public Health website at: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/EPO/Pages/BI_Natural-Disasters_Extreme-Heat.aspx.

Register for the 32nd Annual Children’s Network Conference

Luis Rodriguez

The 32nd Annual Children’s Network Conference will be Sept. 19 to 20 at the Ontario Convention Center located at 2000 E. Convention Center Way, Ontario. This conference is one of the Inland Empire’s premier training events for professionals in the fields of social work, mental health, juvenile justice, child development, child welfare, medicine and nursing and is open to the public. Contact Children’s Network at (909) 383-9677 for more information or visit http://hs.sbcounty.gov/CN.The conference will feature a number of sessions for professionals who work with children.

“The 33 workshops at this year’s Children’s Network Conference will highlight topics including early childhood development, child and family welfare, strengthening families and children, culturally sensitive issues, commercial sexual exploitation of children, issues affecting teens, education, father involvement, mental health, and trauma informed care,” said Kathy Turnbull, Network Officer.

Jaiya John

The Sept. 19 keynote speaker, Luis Rodriguez, is an acclaimed poet, novelist, children’s book author and journalist who saw his way out of poverty. Rodriguez thought he had put the streets and his own days as a gang member behind him – until his young son joined a gang. Rodriguez fought for his child by telling his story in the national bestseller Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A.  The memoir explores gang life and cautions against the death and destruction that haunts its participants.

The Sept. 20 keynote speaker, Jaiya John was born into foster care in New Mexico, and is an internationally recognized author, speaker, poet, spoken word artist, and youth mentor. The former Howard University social psychology professor has authored numerous books, mentored youth and spoken to over a half million professionals and youth worldwide. John founded of Soul Water Rising, a global human mission that has donated thousands of John’s books in support of social healing, and offers scholarships to displaced and vulnerable youth.

The Children’s Network of San Bernardino County works to improve the quality of life for children at risk who, because of behavior, abuse, neglect, medical needs, educational assessment, and/or detrimental daily living situations are eligible for services from one or more of the member agencies of the Children’s Policy Council. Children’s Network 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/vision.

Artists worldwide apply to design December 2 Memorial project

Eighty-five artists from around the world submitted proposals to design and construct the December 2 Memorial project.

In May, the December 2 Memorial Committee invited artists, designers and architects locally and internationally to submit their ideas for the memorial which will be located on the east side of the County Government Center in San Bernardino.

The proposals include submissions from Britain, Australia, Canada, Mexico, Germany, Spain, China, Korea, Singapore and Argentina as well as from across the United States and San Bernardino County. A mix of young artists and established artists, as well as landscape architects and designers are among those who have applied to design the memorial.

The Board of Supervisors retained Community Arts Inc. to assist the committee in vetting the proposals and they will present a report for the Memorial Committee to consider at their next meeting on Sept. 5.

The Memorial Committee’s mission statement says 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.

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.

Chino Hills library breaks record circulating 1 million items

The San Bernardino County Library- James S. Thalman Chino Hills Branch made history by circulating 1 million items to the Chino Hills community during this past fiscal year, 2017-18.  This is the first time in the 104-year history of the San Bernardino County Library that a single branch library has checked out over 1 million items.

Contrary to trends throughout the nation showing decreases in library usage the interest in libraries throughout San Bernardino County continues to grow and Chino Hills is a prime example with this recent accomplishment. Over the course of the last year, the Chino Hills Branch Library has held a number of events to increase community participation and showcase new materials at these events which included a New Book Festival, Library Luau, Super Hero and Galaxy Event along with base programming for babies through adults.

The entire San Bernardino County Library system, comprised of 32 branches, also continues its growth trends checking out over 5.5 million items this year alone, up from the 2.5 million circulated in 2013. This achievement has been supported by diligent planning and deliberate efforts to increase and maintain a modern, relevant and accessible collection by library staff and administration.

In honor of the James S. Thalman Chino Hills Branch’s accomplishment, a community event will be held on Tuesday, July 31 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Chino Hills Library which will include crafts, a live DJ, jumbo Lego blocks, opportunity drawings for prizes, and a visit from Buzz Lightyear. Please join us for this exciting celebration and come see what the Library has to offer.

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 the people who call San Bernardino County home.

The Library plays a key role in the achievement of the Countywide Vision, 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 movie series opens at the Victor Valley Museum

“Wrinkle in Time” first in the summer lineup

Join us for popcorn and movies this summer! The Victor Valley Museum’s summer movie series starts on Sunday, July 29, with a screening of the 2018 film “Wrinkle in Time.” The film will start at noon, and the movie and refreshments are included with museum general admission.

“Wrinkle in Time,” released into theaters in 2018, tells the story of Meg, her brother, and her friend who search for Meg’s scientist father across the universe, with the help of three magical beings. This PG-rated fantasy adventure film is based on the book by Madeleine L’Engle. The New York Times said, “‘A Wrinkle in Time’ is demonstratively generous, encouraging and large-spirited. Though it is full of bright colors and passages of visual dazzle, it trusts words more than images, spelling out messages about love, courage and self-acceptance.”

On August 10, the series continues with “The Cowboy and the Senorita,” the 1941 classic B western that marks the first appearance of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans together on the silver screen. “Paddington 2” will screen on Saturday, August 25.

Summer movies at the Victor Valley Museum 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 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. EBT cardholders are $1. Children under 5 and San Bernardino County Museum Association members are free. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcounty.gov/museum. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

San Bernardino County named one of nation’s top “Digital Counties”

San Bernardino County has been named one of the nation’s top technology counties by the Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties, who recently announced the winners of the 15th anniversary Digital Counties Survey.

The survey identifies the best technology practices among U.S. counties, including initiatives that streamline delivery of government services, encourage open data, collaboration and shared services, enhance cybersecurity and contribute to disaster response and recovery efforts.

San Bernardino County won sixth place among U.S. counties with 1 million or more residents.

“Innovative counties are utilizing technology and data to better inform and protect themselves and their citizens, to save taxpayer money and to provide a better citizen experience,” said Teri Takai, executive director, CDG. “The Center for Digital Government congratulates this year’s winners for all the efforts they are making to improve the lives of their residents and others.”

“Effective technology has proven to be a key tool for efficiency in many facets of county government,” said NACo Executive Director Matthew Chase. “We applaud this year’s Digital Counties Survey winners for showcasing the value of innovation and adaptation. Their embrace of cutting-edge approaches has benefited residents while ensuring good stewardship of taxpayer resources.”

County issues Heat Advisory, high heat temperatures expected

Temperatures are expected to exceed 100 degrees beginning Friday and remain very hot through the weekend, prompting County of San Bernardino Health Officer Dr. Maxwell Ohikhuare to issue a heat advisory.

“While this intense heat is not especially unusual, the extreme heat could cause some people to be caught off guard, especially those most susceptible to heat illness,” Dr. Ohikhuare said. “Those most vulnerable are the elderly, those who work or exercise outdoors, infants and children, the homeless or poor, and people with chronic medical conditions.”

High or unusually hot temperatures can affect one’s health. People are advised to take the necessary precautions to prevent serious health effects such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke by following the tips below.

Stay cool

  • Stay in air-conditioned buildings.
  • Find an air-conditioned Cooling Center open to the public by dialing the United Way’s toll-free resource telephone line at 2-1-1, or online at http://211sb.org/cooling-centers.
  • Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device.
  • Limit outdoor activity, especially midday when it is the hottest part of the day, and avoid direct sunlight.
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Take cool showers or baths to lower your body temperature.
  • Check on at-risk friends, family and neighbors at least twice a day.

Stay hydrated

  • Drink water more than usual and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
  • Drink from two to four cups of water every hour while working.
  • Avoid alcohol or liquids containing high amounts of sugar.
  • Make sure your family, friends and neighbors are drinking enough water.

For more information, contact the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health at 1-800-782-4264 or visit the National Weather Service Forecast website at http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/sgx/ or the California Department of Public Health website at: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/EPO/Pages/BI_Natural-Disasters_Extreme-Heat.aspx.

Need a place to escape the heat?

Temperatures in our beautiful county are expected to reach well into triple digits this weekend, which might be not only uncomfortable but downright dangerous for some people.

Don’t know how to beat the heat? The good people at San Bernardino County 211 have compiled a list of more than 70 places throughout the county that are cool when the weather is hot. Click here to find the one closest to you.

You can also call 211 to find the nearest Extreme Heat Cooling Center or help dealing with any food, shelter, healthcare or social services needs. But if you need immediate medical attention, call 911.

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