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Monthly Archives: August 2018

The New Book Festival Returns to the Chino Hills Branch Library

The San Bernardino County Library invites residents to the Chino Hills James S. Thalman Library for the Annual New Book Festival.  Once again, thousands of new books will be available to customers for the very first time.  Be among the first to crack open one of these wonderful new titles.  Come and celebrate literacy and meet Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman, and Spider Man. Don’t forget to take pictures.  Visit for a chance to see the Batmobile, a fire engine, or a police car up close. Build memories in our Jumbo Block play area, make fun crafts, enjoy face painting and balloon artists, dance to a live DJ, and much more.

This event is another opportunity to celebrate and support the Countywide Vision’s literacy campaign, Vision2Read. The Annual Chino Hills New Book Festival will take place on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 3 to 7 p.m.  Visitors should bring their library card, as every 15 items checked out during the event earns visitors an opportunity drawing ticket for a chance to win awesome prizes.  All activities are free and open to all ages.

The Chino Hills Library is at 14020 City Center Drive in Chino Hills.

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, 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.

Party Retro Style at County Libraries

The San Bernardino County Library invites residents to boogie on over to the library during the month of September for the first ever Retro Month celebration. Retro Month will be celebrated throughout the month of September and occur in all San Bernardino County Library branches.  Every 30 items checked out earns a choice of a plush Kermit The Frog keychain, Tamagotchi, or Mario themed lanyard (while supplies last), as well as an opportunity drawing ticket for a chance to win the grand prize: a Classic Nintendo Gaming system.

Throughout the month, there are also special events and storytimes at various library locations.

These events are another opportunity to celebrate and support the Countywide Vision’s literacy campaign, Vision2Read.

The San Bernardino County Library Retro Parties will take place in the following locations:

  • Sep. 5 from 4 to 7 p.m., Hesperia Branch Library, 9650 7th Avenue in Hesperia.
  • Sep. 11 from 4 to 7 p.m., Lewis Library & Technology Center, 8437 Sierra Avenue in Fontana.
  • Sep. 18 from 4 to 6 p.m., Newton T. Bass Library, 14901 Dale Evans Parkway in Apple Valley.
  • Sep. 25 from 3:30 to 5 p.m., Running Springs Branch Library, 2677 Whispering Pines in Running Springs.
  • Sep. 29 from 2 to 4 p.m., Adelanto Branch Library, 11497 Bartlett Avenue in Adelanto
  • Sep. 29 from 12 to 2 p.m., Chino Branch Library, 13180 Central Avenue in Chino.

The San Bernardino Library Retro Storytimes will take place in the following locations:

  • Sep. 6 from 12 to 1 p.m., Rialto Branch Library, 251 West 1st Street in Rialto.
  • Sep. 13 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Sam J. Racadio Library & Environmental Learning Center, 7863 Central Avenue in Highland.

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 http://www.sbclib.org/ or call (909) 387-2220.

 

Community Vital Signs launches redesigned wellness website

The San Bernardino County Community Vital Signs Initiative is excited to announce the launch of its newly redesigned website. Community Vital Signs works in partnership with sectors across the county to support the wellness element of the Countywide Vision.

The redesign, which further reflects the vibrancy of San Bernardino County and its residents, is now easier to navigate, with improved functionality across all platforms and browsers. Visitors will experience a better user interface with intuitive streamlined menu operations that will direct visitors to community efforts, data, and information to keep them informed of the progress and the efforts of the initiative.

New features include:

  • Defined Priority Areas, Goals, and Strategies – to support the Community Transformation Plan
  • Access to Data Portal – to measure and track performance and to provide perspective
  • Interactive Community Events Calendar – to engage and mobilize community support and action
  • Better defined Quick Links – to enhance learning and to support knowledge acquirement

There are several entry points allowing residents to participate in helping make San Bernardino County a better place to live, work, and play. Users can begin by visiting the website at www.CommunityVitalSigns.org and take advantage of the site’s new features and benefits.

Candidate filing deadline extended for some elections

The candidate filing deadline extends to Wednesday, August 15 at 5 p.m. for the following offices:

School Districts 

– Adelanto School District Governing Board Member, 4-Year Term

– Chino Valley Unified School District Governing Board Member, 4-Year Term

– Kern Community College District Governing Board Member, Area 2, 4-Year Term

– Lucerne Valley Unified School District Governing Board Member, 4-Year Term

– Mt. Baldy Joint School District Governing Board Member, 4-Year Term

– Needles Unified School District Governing Board Member, Area 2, 4-Year Term

– Needles Unified School District Governing Board Member, Area 3, 2-Year Term

– Palo Verde Community College District Governing Board Member, Area 2, 4-Year Term

– Rim of the World Unified School District Governing Board Member, Area 2, 4-Year Term

– Rim of the World Unified School District Governing Board Member, Area 3, 2-Year Term

– San Bernardino Community College District Governing Board Member, Area 6, 4-Year Term

– Trona Joint Unified School District Governing Board Member, 4-Year Term

– Upland Unified School District Governing Board Member, 4-Year Term

Special Districts

– Apple Valley Foothill County Water District Board of Directors, 4-Year Term

– Apple Valley Foothill County Water District Board of Directors, 2-Year Term

– Barstow Heights Community Services District Board of Directors, 2-Year Term

– Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency Board of Directors, 4-Year Term

– Daggett Community Services District Board of Directors, 4-Year Term

– Hi-Desert Memorial Healthcare District Board of Directors, 4-Year Term

– Juniper-Riviera County Water District Board of Directors, 2-Year Term

– Mojave Water Agency Board of Directors, Division 6, 4-Year Term

– Morongo Valley Community Services District Board of Directors, 4-Year Term

– Phelan-Pinon Hills Community Services District Board of Directors, 4-Year Term

– Rand Communities Water District Board of Directors, 4-Year Term

– Rand Communities Water District Board of Directors, 2-Year Term

– Rim of the World Recreation and Park District Board of Directors, 4-Year Term

– Rubidoux Community Services District Board of Directors, 4-Year Term

– San Bernardino Mountains Community Hospital District Board of Directors, 4-Year Term

– San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District Board of Directors, Division 4, 4-Year Term

– San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District Board of Directors, Division 5, 4-Year Term

– Thunderbird County Water District Board of Directors, 4-Year Term

– Yucca Valley Airport District Board of Directors, 4-Year Term

Citizens interested in running for one these offices may obtain and file the appropriate documents at the Registrar of Voters, 777 E. Rialto Ave., San Bernardino. The Registrar of Voters is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The incumbents for the offices above did not file candidacy documents by the original filing deadline on Aug. 10. California law allows for a five-day extension for new candidates only. Incumbents cannot file during the candidate filing extension period.

The list of offices above may be updated on Monday, August 13 when additional shared county information becomes available. For an updated list, visit SBCountyElections.com.

For information about city offices, potential candidates should contact their local City Clerk.

Regional Open Houses for the Countywide Plan coming in September

The public is invited to a second round of regional open houses for the Countywide Plan that will include a formal presentation and opportunities to provide feedback on draft goals and policies, community actions and the land use map.

WHAT WILL THE MEETINGS COVER?

  • Presentation. The County will provide an overview of progress since the 2017 Regional Open Houses, draft changes in County policy, and next steps in the Countywide Plan.  The presentation will begin 30 minutes after the open house start time.
  • Draft Material for Review. Come view and provide feedback on the Draft County Policy Plan (goals and policies), updated Draft Community Plans / Action Guides, the latest Draft Land Use Map, and other policy & information maps.
  • Open House Discussion. County and consultant staff will be on hand to answer questions and talk with attendees one-on-one, both before and after the presentation.

People may drop in to any location at any time during the advertised time frame to review material, ask questions, and share ideas with County staff.  Open house materials will be posted in advance on the project website: countywideplan.com/openhouse.  For people who cannot participate in person, please visit the project website to view meeting materials and submit questions and feedback.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

All persons are welcome at any open house, 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

Joshua Tree

Sept.10

5:30 to 7:30 pm

Joshua Tree Community Center

6171 Sunburst Ave

Newberry Springs

Sept. 11

6 to 8 p.m.

Newberry Springs CSD

30884 Newberry Rd

Lucerne Valley

Sept. 12

6 to 8 p.m.

Lucerne Valley Community Center

33187 Old Woman Springs Rd

Running Springs

Sept. 18

6 to 8 p.m.

Hootman Senior/Comm Center

2929 Running Springs School Rd

Big Bear Lake

Sept. 19

6 to 8 p.m.

Big Bear Area Reg. Waste Water Agency

121 Palomino Dr

Phelan

Sept. 20

6 to 8 pm

Phelan Community Center

9463 Sheep Creek Rd

Ontario

Sept. 24

10 a.m. to noon

De Anza Community Center

1405 S. Fern Ave

Rialto

Sept. 24

6 to 8 p.m.

County Behavioral Health Dept.

850 E. Foothill Blvd

Yucaipa

Sept. 26

10 a.m. to noon

Yucaipa Community Center

34900 Oak Glen Rd

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 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 75 public meetings in dozens of communities, attracting over 2,400 participants.  This public input led directly to substantial changes to the draft documents and maps. Thank you for continuing to participate to improve your community and county!

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

 

State offering back fees and tax waivers for mobilehome owners

Is your mobilehome or manufatcured home properly registered with the state? If you don’t know, or don’t want to know because you’re worried about owing back fees and taxes, the state says you’re not alone. Many people aren’t even aware that some types of mobile and manufactured homes have to be registered with the state.

Properly registering your mobile or manufactured home is necessary if you ever hope to transfer the title, leave it to a loved one, apply for fire or flood insurance, obtain permits for upgrades, or prove ownership to a landlord or park manager. That’s why the State of California Department of Housing and Community Development is offering a fee and tax waiver program for owners of mobile and manufactured homes who aren’t registered and might owe back fees and taxes.

The HCD can walk you through the process. Go to www.RegisterYourMobilehomeCA.org or call 1-800-952-8356 during regular business hours.

San Bernardino County’s Graphic Design Unit wins 13 awards

San Bernardino County’s Graphic Design Unit was awarded some of the highest honors in our region from the American Advertising Federation-Inland Empire. The Graphics Design Unit was lauded for the unique and effective way they advertise County departments and programs to the public.

The American Advertising Federation-Inland Empire awarded the Graphic Design Unit the following:

  • One Gold Award for the Amazon HQ2 Proposal Package for the Economic Development Agency
  • Five Silver Awards for the State of the County campaign, Retail and Development Catalog, By the Numbers Video and Our County Your Opportunity Video – all for the County’s Economic Development Agency; and County Fire’s 2016-17 Annual Report.
  • Seven Bronze Awards for the Local to Global Brochure, the Amazon Proposal Booklet, the Elevate Your Game Event, the CatchOur Drift? Video – all for the County’s Economic Development Agency; the 2016-17 Annual Report and Generation Go Logo for the Workforce Development Board; and the Housing Authority’s 2016-17 Annual Report.

The American Advertising Federation-Inland Empire was established in 1905 and is the only organization to include members across all disciplines and career levels in advertising. The federation has established 15 districts across the United States who actively engage in local, district, regional and national competitions to honor the best in advertising.

The County’s Graphic Design Unit includes Axel Colin, Edson Yu, Natassja Avalos, Emeree Pamilar and Laura Loper. Click here to view their award-winning work.

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