Envelope GovDelivery NoticesGet e-mail updates when this information changes.

Supervisors approve new County logo

logosmallerIn an effort to increase the public’s understanding of the services available through County government, the Board of Supervisors today approved a new visual identity for the County and its various agencies, departments, and divisions.

“Having a consistent visual identity will help residents know which services are provided by County agencies and know that the County is responsible for making sure those services are provided competently and efficiently,” said Board of Supervisors Chair Janice Rutherford.

Until now, County government has been represented for the most part by an arrowhead-shaped seal containing depictions of the county’s resources and geography. Over time, each of the County’s more than 50 agencies, departments, and divisions have adopted their own separate visual identities, sometimes making it unclear that these entities are all part of the same County organization.

Earlier this year, the Board of Supervisors publicly adopted goals and objectives for the County, including a call for consistent messaging for the organization and elimination of barriers between departments in order to foster collaboration.

The new visual identity – consisting of a logo, color scheme, and typography – maintains use of the historic arrowhead as a recognizable symbol of the county. It will represent County government on letterhead, websites, social media, vehicles, uniforms, business cards, and buildings. It was created by County staff and its use will be phased in to avoid incurring additional costs.

The historic County seal will remain in use only as the County’s legal insignia to be stamped on official documents.

Earthquake myth: The earth will open up and swallow you

Drop Cover and Hold OnYou’ve seen earthquakes depicted in movies where the ground opens up and swallows people and cars and homes into a large, gaping hole.

That’s just a myth.

The ground moves across a fault during an earthquake, not away from it, according to the Earthquake Country Alliance. If the fault could open up and devour people and objects, there wouldn’t be any friction meaning there wouldn’t be an earthquake.

There’s no doubt earthquakes are dangerous. Get more information about earthquakes at earthquakecountry.org before the next earthquake hits so you can be prepared.

Don’t forget to register at shakeout.org/california for the Great California Shakeout at 10:16 a.m. on October 16, 2014.

Elections Office observes National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday

votingThe San Bernardino County Elections Office is participating in National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, Sept. 23 by accepting walk-in registrations until midnight and by distributing voter information displays throughout the county.

National Voter Registration Day is the country’s largest single-day effort of the year designed to register voters, which is the first step to becoming involved in the political process. Now in its third year, more than 350,000 voters have registered through the efforts of more than 2,100 partners who have participated in National Voter Registration Day events.

Citizens may register to vote one of two ways: online or in person. Voters can register online at www.sbcountyelections.com. Voters may also obtain a paper voter registration application at one of the 91 new sites hosting Elections Office Voter Information Displays throughout the county, or at the Elections Office, 777 East Rialto Ave., San Bernardino. In addition, applications are also distributed to clients by 82 governmental agencies in San Bernardino County.

“Our office has been working very hard to make registration applications as accessible and convenient as possible for voters in San Bernardino County,” said Michael Scarpello, Registrar of Voters. “We’ve significantly expanded the number of locations where voters can obtain registration applications, we’ve improved our website so voters have easy access to this information, and we’ve assisted other governmental agencies in fulfilling their legal duty to distribute applications.”

On Tuesday, Sept. 23, the Elections Office will release interactive maps on their website to help voters find local participating agencies where they can pick up voter registration applications, poll worker applications, mail ballot applications, and applications for electronic voter information guides.

For more information about the San Bernardino County Elections Office, visit www.sbcountyelections.com, or call 909.387.8300.

For more information about National Voter Registration Day, visit www.nationalvoterregistrationday.org.

Charity golf tournament to benefit youth, families

Wood Driver by Golf BallThe 5th Annual Charity Golf Tournament benefitting children and families will be held Oct. 24 beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Tukwet Canyon Golf Club, 36211 Champions Drive, in Beaumont.

CASA of San Bernardino, the San Bernardino County Public Defender and Enhancing Forward Action, Inc. are hosting the tournament in a collaborative effort to raise funds to enhance the lives and advocate for our community’s children and families in the areas of stability in foster care, hope, and obesity prevention with fitness and nutrition. It is our hope that you share the same desire and dreams for children who are in much need of an opportunity to become successful, productive, and healthy citizens in our society.

For more information regarding the Golf Tournament and sponsorship donations contact:

Steve Lozolla, Tournament Organizer (909) 877-3332  info@enhancingforward.org

Marco Pulido, Advocate Supervisor at CASA of SB County (909) 881-6760 marco@casaofsb.org

www.casaofsb.org  or  www.enhancingforward.org

Click here for more information about the tournament.

Active military service member, veteran to win home in Lake Elsinore

House and Keys in Female HandsIf you are an active military service member or a veteran, apply today to win a home in Lake Elsinore. The home is being donated by HomeStrong USA.  Applications need to be received by October 3, 2014 to be considered for the donation.

For more information contact Community Development and Housing at 909/387-4389  or to apply click here.
The home will be presented on November 8.

More details are available by clicking here.

County supports bipartisan bill on homeless youth

Kids Getting on School BusThe San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors sent a letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Tuesday supporting the Homeless Children and Youth Act of 2014 which will accurately depict the population of homeless youth and expand assistance to more children in need.

Children living in unsuitable conditions such as hotels and motels or doubled up in households are particularly vulnerable to exploitation, predators and human trafficking because they are hidden from social service providers and have no access to resources or protection. The bill would make these children eligible for federal homeless assistance programs.

For now, homeless youth definitions used by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Education differ. The San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools Office reports more than 33,859 students in our schools are homeless including 555 living in hotels and 31,354 living with relatives or friends. The HUD numbers are drastically different showing only 2,321 homeless individuals including 161 children living in shelters or receiving motel vouchers in San Bernardino County. The bill will eliminate conflicting agency regulations and close the gap between disparate and inaccurate homeless youth counts.

The bill also provides added flexibility for local community leaders to set priorities to best serve the needs of the community and draw on expanded access to funding.

Click here to read the letter from the Board of Supervisors.




Fossils Underfoot exhibit, special programs at County Museum

dinosaurA special interactive exhibit, “Fossils Underfoot,” will open in the San Bernardino County Museum’s Hall of Geological Wonders on Saturday, Sept. 27. An opening night reception for Museum Association members is planned for Friday evening, Sept. 26. The exhibit, which is included with paid museum admission, will run through Jan. 4.

“Our prehistoric past really comes alive in this new exhibit,” said Eric Scott, the museum’s curator of paleontology. “Visitors will have a chance to see fossils found in their own backyard—literally underfoot in and around San Bernardino County. They will also be able to test their skills and knowledge with interactive displays, and learn how fossils can give us clues to past life and geologic processes on Earth.”

Displays will lead visitors through the early oceans that covered most of the county 500 million years ago, evidenced by extinct trilobites and ammonites that swam in these seas. Explore life during the Permian, as life began to move from water to land only to be nearly wiped out by the great Permian extinctions when about 75% of life in the ocean and 95% of life on land died off. Marvel as dinosaurs evolved to rule the earth, only to themselves suffer extinction—or did they? See the rise of mammals, from tiny creatures to the giants of the Ice Ages.

Museum guests will also be able for the first time to explore the first floor of the museum’s Hall of Geological Wonders and some of its exhibits.

Continue reading

Victor Valley Museum hosts lecture on fossil horses

horseslectureHorses are American icons, running free over the open deserts and plains of the west. Now the very ground beneath their hooves is yielding clues about their deep ancestry. New fossils from the upper Las Vegas Wash outside of Las Vegas, Nevada, are forcing scientists to reconsider horse evolution and extinction in the American west. These fossils are the focus of a presentation by Eric Scott, Curator of Paleontology at the San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands, on Saturday, Sept. 20 at 2 p.m. at the Victor Valley Museum in Apple Valley. The illustrated lecture, “Through the Desert on a Horse with No Name,” is free with paid museum admission.

Tule Springs and the upper Las Vegas Wash have been known to contain fossils from the Pleistocene Epoch – the “Ice Ages” – for over a century, but the full paleontological richness of the area was not recognized until intensive studies by the County Museum were initiated over a decade ago. These ongoing investigations, funded through a research grant from the Las Vegas field office of the Bureau Land Management, have documented hundreds of localities and thousands of fossils of long-extinct mammoths, camels, bison, and horses, among other mammals. But many of these fossils, including those of horses, are often fragmentary, making it difficult to determine exactly how many species lived here during the Ice Ages.

In late 2012, County Museum scientists excavating an Ice Age mammoth skeleton from Tule Springs uncovered a skull and lower jaw of an extinct species of horse. The new finds preserved anatomical features never before seen in any horses from Tule Springs, making firm identifications possible for the first time. The fossils belong to the extinct species Equus scotti, a large horse common in much of western North America during the Pleistocene Epoch. This species has never before been reported from Tule Springs or Nevada. The site yielding the remains has been dated to over 13,000 years in age, making the fossils among the youngest records of Equus scotti anywhere in North America.

Equus scotti was a highly successful species throughout much of western North America for most of the Ice Ages. The new discovery shows that these horses survived in southern Nevada right up until the end of the Pleistocene – a fact never before known. But in southern California, the species was replaced in the later Ice Ages by an anatomically distinct form.

“That’s likely either a pulse of evolution – a speciation event – or else the immigration of a different species northwards into California from Mexico,” said Scott. “Either way, we can now clarify the timing and geographic extent of this episode, and the relationships of these two species, in a very exciting way. And it means we had as many as four horse species living in the American southwest at the end of the Ice Ages. Compared to horses today, that’s quite a lot of species!”

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 www.sbcountymuseum.org.

The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities. If assistive listening devices or other auxiliary aids are needed in order to participate in museum exhibits or programs, requests should be made through Museum Visitor Services at least three business days prior to your visit. Visitor Services’ telephone number is 909-307-2669.

Aquaponics Greenhouse opens at County Museum Sept. 20

aquaponics greenhouseThe Aquaponics Greenhouse will open at the San Bernardino County Museum on Saturday, Sept. 20. During opening day, a variety of hands-on activities will be offered for children and families. Activities start at 10 a.m. and continue through 3 p.m. Activities and tours of the greenhouse are included with museum general admission.

The greenhouse is a self-contained ecosystem supporting plants and fish through water recycling. Tilapia swim and grow in tanks through which water circulates into growing tanks for vegetables. “We’re essentially growing our own fish tacos,” said Serving Proud Industries Veteran Jeff Allen. “The greenhouse is a demonstration project, built by volunteers using recycled materials and learning as we progress. Eventually, this simple technology will make backyard and small scale subsistence farming practical and productive.”

The greenhouse is a Design/Build Project partnership that includes volunteers from The Incredible Edible Community Garden; Serving Proud Industries, a Veterans service program; San Bernardino Veterans Affairs; and Integrated Infrastructures, a planning and architecture firm. The installation is funded by the USDA Forest Service with additional support from Braceros Landscaping and Maintenance, Home Depot North Upland Store, Riverstone Industries, Invisible Structures, Art Specialties, and educator Mary Walls.

“The Aquaponics project is a great example of volunteers and agencies, including the County Museum, working together to provide practical and inspiring learning opportunities,” said Leonard Hernandez, the museum’s interim director. “Its location beside our ethnobotany garden reinforces the premise that native plants and responsible use of resources, including water, can play an important role in our everyday lives.”

“With Aquaponics you have a renewable source of protein as well as renewable source of produce,” said Eleanor Torres, Co-Executive Director of Incredible Edible Community Garden and Serving Proud Industries. “It is a scalable and contained system that can feed a family for relatively little money.”

Severe storms damage roads and bridges in Mojave Desert

desertflooding1 desertflooding2Severe thunderstorm activity hit the Mojave Desert on Sunday, Sept. 7 and Monday, Sept. 8 triggering flash flood warnings throughout the region.

Because of washouts and bridge damage, Interstate 95, Interstate 40, National Trails Highway, Needles Highway, and various other desert roads were closed. The damaged roads and bridges are located in the communities of Helendale, Silver Lakes, Barstow, Newberry Springs, Ludlow, Amboy and Essex.

The Department of Public Works estimates $1.4 million in damage consisting of debris cleanup, shoulder washouts, bridge damage and roadway asphalt damage. The most extensive damage was along National Trials Highway where currently the sections between Fort Cady Road to Amboy Road, and Cadiz Road to Mountain Springs Road/Interstate 40 are closed pending roadway repairs and bridge evaluations.


Twitter @CountyWireFollow @CountyWire on Twitter!