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Board continues support for Give BIG campaign

givebiglogoThe Board of Supervisors today agreed to partner with The Community Foundation to support Give BIG, an online fundraising campaign intended to strengthen local nonprofits that serve the needs of San Bernardino County’s residents.

The Board authorized $100,000 toward this year’s effort to increase the ability and visibility of nonprofits serving San Bernardino County so agencies can attract and retain donors. This funding will go a long way to help Give BIG develop the donor base and infrastructure to maintain itself moving forward.

“This is a wise investment of tax dollars,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman James Ramos. “If we can make our local nonprofits stronger by spending a little money up front, we can save millions of tax dollars that would otherwise be spent on public assistance.”

Last year’s Give BIG campaign, led by The Community Foundation, was a huge success, exceeding a goal of raising $300,000 for 150 participating nonprofits. On May 8, 2014, 262 participating nonprofits raised about $550,000 in donations with a single agency earning $250,000 in donations. The Board is proud to support The Community Foundation in this year’s effort.

“I’m confident that our county will come together again and surpass the goals we have set for this year’s campaign,” Chairman Ramos said. “Last year, Give BIG brought nonprofits, sponsors and community members together to raise money and the effort inspired a new culture of philanthropy.”

Give BIG utilized a growing trend of 24-hour online and social media-based fundraising efforts that are replacing traditional telethons. The campaign provides a cohesive and collective opportunity for participating nonprofits to raise funds to address needs in the local community. Give BIG also helps build the fundraising and social media skills of participating nonprofits and engages new and younger donors.

This year, Give BIG will be held on Dec. 1 with a goal of raising $300,000 for 175 participating nonprofits.

A successful non-profit sector is important to achieving the Countywide Vision. Non-profit organizations provide health and social services to the county’s most vulnerable residents and contribute to the economic health and social well-being of the county.

More information about how to get involved and donate to Give BIG San Bernardino County will be forthcoming.

Job fair will serve employers and job seekers

WIB logo goldThe San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board will host the High Desert Regional Job Fair on Aug. 20 at the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds in Victorville.  This event will offer businesses the chance to meet, interview and hire highly qualified and experienced staff to fill full and part-time positions.

Job seekers are encouraged to attend armed with resumes and ready to meet prospective employers. There is still time for employers to register to participate.

“It is our priority to connect employers and job seekers in San Bernardino County to create more opportunity for our residents and businesses to thrive,” said San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chairman James Ramos. “Our vision for this county includes facilitating access to prosperity for all who choose to reside here and enjoy the county’s unique advantages.”

Last year’s job fair attracted 1,325 job seekers, ages 18 to over 65. More than 700 job openings were offered by companies specializing in a range of industries including warehousing, manufacturing, technology, healthcare, education, construction and hospitality.

“Our job fairs are effective in helping local business find great local candidates,” said Sandy Harmsen, Executive Director of the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board.  “It is a great opportunity for employers to enjoy a one-stop shop for their recruitment needs.”

The job fair, “Local Jobs for Local Residents,” will run from 9 a.m. to noon on Aug. 20 at the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds at 14800 7th Street, Victorville.

To secure a free booth, please register at http://conta.cc/1K72LZc.  Employers must book their place by Aug. 18.

Priority entrance at 8 a.m. is available for job seekers through early registration. Please visit the America’s Job Center of California, located in Victorville at 17310 Bear Valley Road, Suite 109, Victorville, or call 1-800-451-5627.

Employers and job seekers who are interested in the Workforce Investment Board programs may call: (800) 451-JOBS or visit www.csb-win.org. Also follow us on: Facebook;Twitter @InlandEmpireJob; and YouTube http://www.youtube.com/SBCountyWIB.


Board applauds deal to bring ONT under local control

Ontario AirportThe Board of Supervisors celebrated the agreement announced today to return Ontario International Airport to local control.

Ontario International Airport is one of the most powerful components of the region’s economy and the deal reached between the City of Los Angeles and the Ontario International Airport Authority means the airport can be rehabilitated, marketed and managed to the advantage of San Bernardino County and all of Southern California.

“I am pleased that there will no longer be concern that the airport is being held back from realizing its full potential,” said Fourth District Supervisor Curt Hagman. “As the only airport in the Southern California region that is not legally constrained by a maximum number of passengers, Ontario Airport has tremendous potential for growth and becoming a major transportation hub. I look forward to being closely involved with the transition and future success of the airport.”

For years, the Board of Supervisors has supported the efforts to set Ontario International Airport free from the ownership of Los Angeles World Airports for the benefit of our residents, visitors and businesses. In August 2013, the Board of Supervisors convened a special study session to discuss the decline of the airport and how to bring it back to serve our growing population and bolster our continued economic recovery.

“Ontario Airport is a critical asset to the success of the Inland Empire. We have been working towards this goal for some time and I am pleased that the economic future of our region looks brighter,” said Hagman, whose district includes Ontario International Airport. “Regaining local control of the airport allows our region to control its own destiny and will no doubt be a major driver of the county’s economy and the region’s economy.”

Board of Supervisors Chairman James Ramos agreed.

“Regaining local control of the airport is excellent news for our county,” Ramos said.  “I applaud all efforts made by the parties involved in reaching this agreement.”

“Local ownership of ONT is a critical component in the Inland Empire’s effort to ensure continued economic recovery and continued growth,” said Robert A. Lovingood, Vice Chairman of the Board. “This will make our Inland Empire communities the desired areas within Southern California to live, work, and play.”

“Our challenge now is making the airport thrive to benefit our local economy,” said Second District Supervisor Janice Rutherford. “The airline industry has changed dramatically since the Great Recession and we now have to find and market ONT’s competitive advantage in this new market.”

“The Ontario Airport represents new economic and job development opportunities for our residents,” said Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales. “Regaining local control of the airport ensures it will be used to the benefit of our region.”

First human cases of West Nile Virus confirmed

DPH_Version2_FullColorTwo human cases of West Nile Virus (WNV) have been confirmed in San Bernardino County. These are the first confirmed human cases within the County this year. At this time last year, the County had a total of two confirmed cases of WNV. As of August 3, 2015, the California Department of Public Health has confirmed a total of eight human cases of WNV and one WNV-related death within the state.
“We strongly encourage the public to be aware of the WNV activity in their area and take action to protect themselves and their family by taking appropriate precautionary measures,” said Dr. Maxwell Ohikhuare, County of San Bernardino Health Officer. “West Nile virus infection can cause serious disease; therefore, prevention is essential.”
WNV is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. Signs and symptoms of WNV may include fever, body aches, rash, nausea, vomiting and headache. Most people infected with the virus have no symptoms. However, some people may develop severe symptoms which can lead to brain inflammation or paralysis. The most effective way to avoid WNV infection is to prevent mosquito bites.
San Bernardino County residents can protect themselves from mosquito bites by taking the following precautions:
DAWN and DUSK – Avoid spending time outside when mosquitoes are most active.
DRESS – Wear shoes, socks, long pants and long-sleeved shirts that are loose fitting and light colored.
DRAIN – Remove or drain all standing water around your property where mosquitoes lay eggs (birdbaths, ponds, old tires, buckets, clogged gutters or puddles from leaky sprinklers).
DEET – Apply insect repellent containing DEET. When using DEET, be sure to read and follow the label instructions.
DOORS – Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or holes to prevent mosquitoes from entering the home.
REPORT – Report green or neglected pools by calling 1 (800) 442-2283. Press 3 when prompted.
The public can participate in the WNV surveillance program by reporting dead birds to the state’s WNV toll-free hotline at (877) WNV-BIRD (968-2473) or at www.westnile.ca.gov.
For more information on WNV, visit the San Bernardino County Mosquito and Vector Control Program at http://1.usa.gov/1N5qvuM or call the Communicable Disease Section (CDS) at
1 (800) 722-4794.

Do you have what it takes for the SAF Showdown?

crossfitThe Sheriff’s Athletic Federation is having its inaugural fitness competition on Aug. 8 at CrossFit Lifted, 1500 S. Milliken Avenue, Suite C  in Ontario.

The Showdown begins with a 7 a.m. registration; the competition begins at 8 a.m. Functional fitness experts from the Sheriff’s Athletic Federation in collaboration with trainers at CrossFit Lifted have created a challenging course designed to test the skill and determination of SAF Showdown contestants. The event is a two-person team showdown with teams of two women or two men. For more information about the competition, click here.

All proceeds from the event benefit the Sheriff’s Athletic Federation and are used to sponsor fitness activities such as the SBSD Mud Run, the Police and Fire Olympics, the annual Baker to Vegas relay race as well as free fitness challenges and healthy living campaigns.

To register, visit www.eventbrite.com and search for the SAF Showdown or follow the SAF on Facebook at San Bernardino Sheriff’s Mud Run.


Need assistance with child support?

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Do you or someone you know need assistance with child support?


August is Child Support Awareness Month and the San Bernardino County Department of Child Support Services will be coordinating its outreach efforts to raise local awareness of the services offered to the community.

Child Support Services assists families by:


-Establishing orders for child and medical support;
-Establishing parentage;
-Locating absent parents;
-Enforcing support orders;
-Collecting and distributing child support payments.


Visit the Child Support Services web site at hss.sbcounty.gov/dcss or call (866) 901-3212 to learn about the services the department offers.


By raising awareness about the services it provides, Child Support Services directly supports the Countywide Vision to facilitate family self-sufficiency and reduce childhood poverty throughout the county.

Registration open for Inland Empire Fatherhood Conference

IEFICInland Empire men will have the chance to be inspired, educated and better equipped to tackle the challenges of fatherhood and to be actively engaged in their children’s lives during the Inland Empire Fatherhood Conference.

The Aug. 15, 2015 conference, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Inland Regional Center at 1365 South Waterman Ave in San Bernardino, will feature several speakers and workshops that will provide fathers with information and resources. Keynote speakers for the event include Richard Jones, an actor, and Barry E. Knight, an author and leadership coach. Topics addressed during the workshops include: tips for new and young fathers, financial empowerment for dads, how to navigate the systems, fathering children with disabilities, and several others To register, visit http://fathers.eventbrite.com.

Participating San Bernardino County agencies include the Children’s Network, Children and Family Services and Preschool Services Department, Behavioral Health, Public Health, Child Support Services, Probation, Superintendent of Schools, and others.

View more information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MaPNoqAaBZM

Supervisors offer $75,000 bounty for drone operators

dronepresserDrone operators have been asked repeatedly not to fly their aircraft during wildfires. But at crucial moments in each of the wildfires that have broken out in San Bernardino County so far this year, fire-fighting air tankers had to be diverted away from their targets because of the presence of small airborne hobby drones.

The Board of Supervisors decided asking is no longer enough and this week created a $75,000 reward fund for the arrest and conviction of anyone who flew any remote control-operated aircraft and interfered with fire-fighting aircraft during the recent Lake, Mill 2, and North fires.

“Because fire-fighting planes could not be used, those fires spread faster and further,” Board of Supervisors Chairman James Ramos said during a news conference today.

“In the most recent fire, the North Fire, we saw cars and trucks burning on the freeway, we saw homes burn, and we saw families running for their lives,” Chairman Ramos said. “We want to know who was flying drones, and we want them punished. Someone knows who they are, and there is $75,000 waiting for them.”

Sheriff John McMahon said his department will actively pursue drone operators in addition to its other vital duties during wildfires. And District Attorney Mike Ramos warned drone operators that they could and would be prosecuted for murder if their drones led to the death of a fire-fighting flight crew or anyone on the ground.

Those with information on anyone who flew drones during those fires are urged to call WeTip at 1-800-78-CRIME. Callers can remain anonymous.

Up to $25,000 is available for each of the three fires. The District Attorney will ultimately determine who qualifies for the reward money and for how much.

Low-flying air tankers cannot share the sky with drones because the small aircraft can be sucked into jet engines, causing the engines to fail and the planes to crash.

Interfering with fire-fighting operations is a criminal offense, and District Attorney Ramos said there are several criminal statutes prosecutors can employ to bring drone operators to justice. State and federal lawmakers are in the process of creating new laws aimed specifically at those who fly drones during wildfires.

Ancestry.com database now available at County libraries

ancestryFULLcolorThe San Bernardino County Library System is excited to announce that it has added Ancestry.com to its collection of databases. All SBCL databases are accessible for free to SBCL cardholders and provide an array or career, homework, and just-for-fun resources. Ancestry.com is available in all branches using the library’s public computers and will not be accessible outside of the branches.

Ancestry.com provides access to over 12 billion genealogical records, including immigration records, military service records, census data, and much more! Library customers can use Ancestry.com to explore their family history and build their family tree. Stop by your local San Bernardino County Library to start learning more about your past!

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 the 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.

Big Bear Library closed temporarily for repairs

logosmallerThe Big Bear Library will be closed until at least early August while crews repair damage caused by a plumbing leak.

The leak was discovered on July 11 after a hose that feeds clean water into a restroom burst, flooding the restroom and eventually the lobby and community room with an inch of water. The library was closed the following day to begin repairing the carpet, ceiling panels and drywall that was damaged from the leak.

“Fortunately, nothing in our branch collection was damaged,” said County Librarian and Deputy Executive Officer Leonard Hernandez. “The water damage is being cleaned and the necessary repairs are underway so we can get back to business.”

Customers are encouraged to access other mountain branch libraries in Lake Arrowhead, Crestline or Running Springs. For a full listing of the County’s 32 libraries, please visit http://www.sbclib.org/ or call (909) 387-2220.

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