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Your input needed: Morongo Basin Strategic Plan for Culture and the Arts

San Bernardino County has commissioned the creation of a Morongo Basin Strategic Plan for Culture and the Arts. This project represents an extraordinary opportunity for the communities in the Morongo Basin to advance their culture and arts, while strengthening the economic impact of these treasured resources.

The Cultural Planning Group, a Southern California consulting firm specializing in the field of arts and culture with experience working with communities across the country to create cultural plans, has been selected to guide the project under the County Land Use Services Department.

The goal of the Strategic Plan is to capitalize on existing resources to make the Morongo Basin’s culture and arts sector stronger, more accessible, and more sustainable. This plan will be implemented by community partners and intends to create connections to integrate culture and arts into other areas – including education, economic development, youth activities, human services, parks, and open spaces.

The County needs the entire community of local artists, leaders, businesses, and residents to provide input into what they would like to see in the plan.  The broader the perspective, the greater the support across all community sectors. The plan will assist Morongo Basin communities to articulate their vision for culture and the arts, leading to plans for activities that can fulfill that vision.

“The Morongo Basin is known for its artistic and creative way of life which continues to attract residents, businesses and tourists to this region,” said San Bernardino County Third District Supervisor James Ramos. “We hope the community will help us build this roadmap to continue to promote and celebrate the Morongo Basin as an artistic hub.”

Access to the Community Survey can be found via their online engagement website:

The Strategic Plan for Culture and the Arts is expected to be complete in mid-2018.

Retired County Supervisor Bob Hammock passes away

Former San Bernardino County Supervisor and former San Bernardino City Councilman Robert L. Hammock passed away on December 12 following a long battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He was 77.

Mr. Hammock was born on November 20, 1940, in Lenwood shortly after his parents migrated to California from Eagle Pass, Texas. In 1944 his family moved to Rialto. Mr. Hammock attended San Bernardino High School, San Bernardino Valley College and Cal Poly Pomona, where he majored in aeronautical engineering. He worked in the title business from 1962 to 1969, and as a civil engineering technician from 1969 until 1976, when he was elected to the Board of Supervisors.

He served on the Board of Supervisors from 1976 through 1992, serving twice as Chairman of the Board. Prior to that, Mr. Hammock served for eight years as a member of the San Bernardino City Council.

Mr. Hammock served as president of what is now known as the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority and San Bernardino Council of Governments, and co-chaired the earliest efforts to redevelop the former Norton Air Force Base in San Bernardino. He was also a candidate for Congress in 1990 and 1992.

He also served on the San Bernardino County Criminal Justice Planning Committee and the governing board of the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

Mr. Hammock was actively involved in many civic activities including the Arrowhead United Way, California Jay-Cees, March of Dimes, Boy Scouts, and many others. He served on numerous Boards and Commissions. During the Vietnam War he conceived and directed “Newspapers for Viet Nam”, a program in which Sunday editions of the San Bernardino Sun-Telegram were mailed to U.S. soldiers serving in Vietnam.

Following his retirement from the Board of Supervisors, Mr. Hammock launched a successful government advocacy firm, Empire Consulting. He enjoyed golf, traveling, and spending time with his family.

Mr. Hammock is survived by his wife, Barbara, sister Linda Butler, brother Kenneth Hammock; children Kathy Martin, Patricia Runzel, and Ralph Hammock and their mother Anita Nix; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Services for Mr. Hammock are private. Mr. Hammock’s family suggested that those who wish to honor and remember the former Supervisor consider supporting the American Cancer Society or the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Residents invited to take Bloomington Park Survey

Do you live in Bloomington or own a business in Bloomington? If so, tell us what you think about your parks and what types of recreational amenities and programs you would like to see in your community! Please take about 10 minutes to complete the Bloomington Park Survey. Your feedback is very important to us as the County of San Bernardino considers expanding recreation services in Bloomington. If you have any questions, you can direct them to: Community Development & Housing at (909) 387-4705 Or you can email:

Bloomington Park Survey link:

¿Vive usted en Bloomington, o es dueño de negocio en Bloomington? Entonces, denos su opinión sobre sus parques y cuales instalaciones recreativas gustaría tener en su comunidad. Por favor tome 10 minutos para completar la Encuesta Sobre Parques en Bloomington aquí mismo, en Español. Su opinión es muy importante así como el Condado de San Bernardino está explorando la expansión de programas e instalaciones recreativas en Bloomington. Si tiene alguna pregunta llame: (909) 387-4705 Community Development and Housing o por correo electrónico:

Encuesta Sobre Parques en Bloomington:

Regional Parks now hiring lifeguards for summer swim season

From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend the San Bernardino County Regional Parks opens its swim complexes for families to enjoy. We would like to invite any interested candidates to apply as a Lifeguard at one of our Regional Parks for the 2018 Summer Season.

All applicants are required to have C.P.R. and First Aid certifications, prior to the first day of employment.  Lifeguards will be required to show proof of current Lifeguard Certifications, valid through September 2018. All requirements must be met before the first day of work. Bilingual abilities strongly desired.

The following positions are available for the 2018 Summer Swim Season:

Pool Manager – $ 15.25 hourly (1 at each site)

·         21 years of age or older

·         5 Years of Lifeguard Experience

·         1-2 Years of Supervisory Experience

Senior Lifeguard – $ 12.50 hourly (2 at each site)

  • 18 years of age or older
  • 3 Years of Lifeguard Experience
Returning Lifeguard – $ 12.00 hourly

  • 16 years of age or older
  • 1 or more years Lifeguard Experience with Regional Parks
New Lifeguard – $ 11.50 hourly

·         16 Years of age or older


Summer Help Process Calendar

  • Applications will be accepted continuously through April 2018
  • Interviews will be scheduled January thru May of 2018
  • Hiring Process for selected applicants will begin in February 2018
  • Orientation and Training will be scheduled for April and May 2018

All selected applicants will be interviewed by Park and Administrative Staff, at Regional Parks Administration.  Preferred work location is not guaranteed and will be decided by Park staffing needs.

Please visit or and apply today!

Midcentury Modern featured at Victor Valley Museum

“Visions of Southern California” spotlights Paul Revere Williams and Maria Kipp

Paul Revere Williams

Two southern California midcentury modern designers, Paul Revere Williams and Maria Kipp, are the subject of an exhibit opening at the Victor Valley Museum in Apple Valley. “Visions of Southern California: The Midcentury Modern Designs of Paul Revere Williams and Maria Kipp,” which closed at the San Bernardino County Museum will open at the Victor Valley Museum on Dec. 13, 2017 and continue through April 8, 2018.

Paul Revere Williams was a pioneer of modernist architecture, and the first African American architect to win the American Institute of Architects’ Gold Medal, awarded to him in 2017, 37 years after his death. Maria Kipp was an innovator in interior and fabric design and ran a successful factory, supplying high profile projects in the region.

Maria Kipp

Paul Williams, born in 1894 and orphaned at age 4, grew up in Los Angeles, graduated from USC’s School of Architecture and Engineering, and in 1921 became the first African American certified architect west of the Mississippi. His work ranged from iconic buildings such as the LAX Theme Building and the Arrowhead Springs Hotel to public housing projects and civic buildings such as the Ontario Post Office. He was a favorite of Hollywood celebrities, designing homes in Los Angeles and Palm Springs for Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball, Tyrone Power, and others.

Maria Kipp was born in Germany in 1900 and was the first woman to be accepted at the State Academy for the Textile Industry in Bavaria. She moved to Los Angeles in 1924 and established herself as a trend-setting designer. For 60 years she operated her textile business and designed interiors, sometimes working with Williams to create environments for celebrity homes and famous public spaces like the Beverly Hills Hotel Polo Lounge.

The exhibit was developed by the San Bernardino County Museum curatorial team of Jennifer Dickerson, Maggie Latimer, and David Myers. According to the team, both Kipp and Williams “broke stereotypes in design fields where their race and gender were not the norm. ‘Visions of Southern California’ celebrates their work and recognizes their contributions to the social advancement of their professions.”

Visions of Southern California and the museum’s other exciting events and programs 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. Children under 5 and San Bernardino County Museum Association members are free. Parking is free. For more information, visit The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

A Message from Board of Supervisors Chairman Robert Lovingood

Fourteen beautiful souls were taken from us and countless others were forever scarred on December 2, 2015.

Although two years have gone by since the terrorist attack at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, each day we think about those who are no longer with us, those who are still healing physically and emotionally, and the impact this horrific tragedy has had on our San Bernardino County community.

The grief, the anger and the fear remain. We are still unable to grasp what drives this brand of evil.

On that terrible day, the world reached out to San Bernardino County, offered support, thoughts and prayers. The county community wrapped its arms around our County Government family and comforted us through some very dark times.

On December 2 of this year, we will pay special remembrance to those who are no longer with us – husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, sisters, brothers, neighbors and co-workers – and honor those who suffer still.

On this second anniversary, the County Environmental Health Services family and the Board of Supervisors are asking the public to join us wherever you may be in a moment of remembrance at 10:55 a.m. on Saturday, December 2. At that time the county will pay tribute to those who were taken from us and the survivors on our Twitter and Facebook platforms, and respectively.

If you fly an American flag at home or business, we ask that you lower your flag to half-staff on Saturday in honor of the lives taken and the lives shattered on that day two years ago.

And we ask that you continue to pray for those who are still healing, and show love and appreciation to your families, friends, and neighbors.

Finally, I am pleased to report that a great deal of progress has been made in creating a permanent December 2 memorial. Under the guidance of a memorial committee headed by Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales and including members of the Environmental Health family, the county is close to selecting a consultant with experience in public arts and memorials to guide and facilitate our search for an artist to design the memorial.

After the tragedy of December 2, I and the other members of the Board of Supervisors vowed to stand together and help our county emerge stronger than ever before. We continue to hold each other up while offering assistance to the growing number of communities across our country who fall victim to this kind of violence and terror. We will never forget. We are SB Strong.

Many continue to struggle from the events of December 2, 2015. Avenues of assistance are available:


  • The SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline is available to help and support for any distress that you or someone you care about may be feeling related to any disaster, including violence. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. Available 24/7. Spanish speakers text Hablanos to 66746.


  • The County Department of Behavioral Health Community Crisis Response Team is a community-based mobile crisis response team for those experiencing a psychiatric emergency. Available 24/7. East Valley: (909) 421-9233, High Desert: (760) 956-2345, West Valley: (909) 458-1517, and Morongo Basin: (760) 499-4429.


  • The County Department of Behavioral Health Access Unit provides connections to behavioral health crisis services to all of San Bernardino County as well as member services and access to behavioral health services for all beneficiaries of San Bernardino County Medi-Cal. Available 24/7. (888) 743-1478 or (909) 386-8256.

Santa’s Pajama Party at Victor Valley Museum in Apple Valley

Event date: Dec. 9

Santa will visit families at the Victor Valley Museum in Apple Valley on Saturday, Dec. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Santa’s Pajama Party. Bring the family to play holiday games, hear holiday stories, make winter crafts, and enjoy refreshments. Children will have a photo op with Santa and a chance to tell him what they want for the holidays. Kids are encouraged to wear their pajamas and bring a favorite teddy bear to keep them company. Please arrive by 5:30 p.m. to enjoy the whole party.

Cost is $10 per person; children under age 3 are free with a paid adult. Each admission includes all holiday crafts and activities, a chat with Santa, and refreshments. Reservations encouraged because space is limited. Call the Victor Valley Museum at 760-240-2111 for reservations and information, or visit the museum’s front desk during regular hours, Wednesdays through Sundays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Santa’s Pajama Party, and the County Museums’ 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, a branch of the San Bernardino County Museum, is located at 11873 Apple Valley Road in Apple Valley. Parking is free. For more information, call (760) 240-2111 or visit The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Old Fashioned Christmas at the John Rains House

Celebrate the holidays 19th century style at the John Rains House in Rancho Cucamonga with the Casa de Rancho Cucamonga Historical Society on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 3 to 7 p.m. This old-fashioned Christmas event, held in the historic 1860 home of John and Maria Merced Rains, is sponsored in part by Angel Jewelers.

Enjoy tours of the historic site decorated for the holidays, live music, hot cider, and ginger cookies. Admission to the event is $8 for an adult and $5 for a child.  The San Bernardino County Museum Association is underwriting free admission to visitors who purchase a membership that day.

In 1839, the 13,000 acre Cucamonga Rancho was granted by the Mexican governor of California to Tiburcio Tapia. The rancho was sold in 1858 to John Rains and he constructed a burned brick home on the property in 1860. The house was built from bricks made from the red clay on the site and its flat roof was waterproofed by tar from the brea pits in Los Angeles. An open flume carried water from springs through the kitchen, into the patio, and under the house to the orchard, thereby providing cooling for the structure. Rains and his family moved from Chino to the new brick house with their three children in the spring of 1861.

John Rains had planted 160 acres of vines in 1859. Wine and brandy made at Cucamonga gained wide popularity. An earlier small vineyard and winery is said to date back to 1839, thus establishing the claim that Cucamonga has the oldest commercial winery in the state.

Programs at the San Bernardino County Museum and its historic sites and branches 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 John Rains House is at 8810 Hemlock Avenue in Rancho Cucamonga, at the northeast corner of Vineyard and Hemlock. Parking is free. For more information, visit The John Rains House is a branch of the San Bernardino County Museum.

Tips for a safe Thanksgiving meal

It is the time of the year when friends and family are together to give thanks for good fortunes and to enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving meal. If preparing the feast or just helping out in the kitchen, be sure to follow these helpful tips to prepare a safe Thanksgiving dinner. Guests will be thankful they did not get a foodborne illness.

Handling and Thawing – Always wash hands with warm water and soap for at least 15 seconds before and after handling the turkey. Fresh turkeys need no thawing and are ready to cook. Frozen turkeys can be purchased weeks in advance, but can require several days to thaw before cooking. If planning on purchasing a frozen turkey, first make sure there is sufficient space in the freezer for storage.

Never defrost the turkey on the counter. The safest way to thaw a turkey is in the refrigerator. When ready to thaw the turkey, make enough room for it in the refrigerator. Leave the turkey in the original packaging and place in a shallow pan and allow refrigerator thawing time at a rate of 4 to 5 pounds per 24 hours.

Time to Cook – Cook the turkey immediately after it is thawed. Do not refreeze. If purchasing a fresh turkey, cook it within a day or two. Insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh, not touching any bone, and cook to a minimum internal temperature of 165°F. Check the internal temperature in the innermost part of the thigh and wing, and the thickest part of the breast as well. Cook stuffing separately in a casserole pan to a safe minimum internal temperature of 165°F or higher. If cooking stuffing in the turkey, ensure the turkey and stuffing both reach 165°F or higher.

Storing Leftovers Safely – Within two hours of taking the turkey out of the oven, store leftover turkey in shallow containers and put them in the refrigerator or freezer. Use cooked leftover turkey, stuffing and gravy within 3 to 4 days. When using leftovers, reheat the foods thoroughly to 165°F and bring gravy to a boil before serving.

For more information, contact San Bernardino County Department of Public Health Division of Environmental Health Services at (800) 442-2283 or visit our website at

San Bernardino County Museum earns national accreditation

Awarded 10 year Re-Accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums

The San Bernardino County Museum has again achieved 10-year accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums, the highest national recognition afforded the nation’s museums.

Accreditation brings national recognition to a museum for its commitment to excellence, accountability, high professional standards and continued institutional improvement. It strengthens the museum profession by promoting practices that enable leaders to make informed decisions, allocate resources wisely, and remain financially and ethically accountable in order to provide the best possible service to the public.

The process is a peer-based review centered on what the museum industry considers the “Characteristics of Excellence,” which are the national standards and best practices in museums. These standards include high quality in the museum’s mission, institutional code of ethics, strategic planning, public engagement, and collections management. The San Bernardino County Museum has been accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) since 1974. This will be the fifth time the museum has been awarded this high mark of distinction.

“This re-accreditation gives us continued confidence in the museum as an essential component of our Countywide Vision, and recognition that the Museum’s public and educational programs and care of our county’s precious heritage remain relevant and valuable to our residents,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Robert Lovingood.

“The County Museum’s successful re-accreditation speaks volumes about the quality of the leadership selected to champion the Museum and help it to grow to its fullest potential in service to our community,” said Kurt Hagman, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Supervisors. “It is with great delight that I commend the staff for their hard work in making sure to carry out the board’s vision and direction. The Museum has gone through challenges in the past, but our team has persevered through hard work in providing the best experience to the public that comes through its doors. I wish them continued success in meeting and exceeding the expectations of all who enter through the doors. “

Developed and sustained by museum professionals for more than 45 years, the alliance’s museum accreditation program is the field’s primary vehicle for quality assurance, self-regulation and public accountability. To earn accreditation a museum first must conduct a year of self-study, and then undergo a site visit by a team of peer reviewers. AAM’s Accreditation Commission, an independent and autonomous body of museum professionals, considers the self-study and visiting committee report to determine whether a museum should receive accreditation.

“Accredited museums are a community of institutions that have chosen to hold themselves publicly accountable to excellence,” said Alliance president and CEO Laura L. Lott. “Accreditation is clearly a significant achievement, of which both the institutions and the communities they serve can be extremely proud.”

“Our County Museum is committed to empowering residents to think creatively and to celebrate our communities’ past, present, and future. Accreditation reaffirms that our museum is among the finest in the country,” said San Bernardino County Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales.

Of the nation’s estimated 33,000 museums, just 1,070 are currently accredited. The San Bernardino County Museum is one of only 69 museums accredited in California.

“We would expect nothing less of this county resource than to be amongst the best museums in the state and nationally,” said Interim County Chief Executive Officer Dena Smith. “The Board of Supervisors has been committed to supporting this important achievement and we are pleased at this news.”

“This reaccreditation acknowledges the County Museum’s strong commitment to preserving and sharing our local history, and I invite all of our residents to come explore the many engaging collections and displays the museum has for visitors of all ages,” Second District Supervisor Janice Rutherford said.

“With each re-accreditation milestone, our Museum strengthens itself as the effective steward of its mission to develop visitors’ knowledge of our diverse region and its history,” said Third District Supervisor James Ramos. “I am delighted by this meaningful achievement and what it signifies to the Museum – a clearer sense of identity and purpose in the community through its strengths, goals and priorities.  It is rewarding to witness how accomplishments such as this become reality through the dedication of staff to implement new approaches and to work towards common goals.”

According to the museum’s accreditation report, the visiting team wrote that “with recent changes in governance, new leadership, new staff, and investment by the County and Museum in the in-depth planning and implementation of strategic goals, the [Museum] has the leadership, organizational culture, structure, and capacity to be a viable, sustainable, and cherished community asset for the foreseeable future.” The report specifically cited the active support of the County Board of Supervisors and County Administrative Office for a “demonstrated deep understanding of the County’s cultural and historic assets and educational and social needs.”

“I’m particularly proud of the enthusiastic and exemplary teamwork performed to achieve accreditation,” said Leonard Hernandez, deputy executive officer for the Community Services Group, who served as the museum’s interim director during some of the preparation work.

Museum Director Melissa Russo concurred. “The museum staff was highly engaged in this process to ensure that every aspect of the museum strengthens our capacity to deliver excellent service to our county residents. We are immensely proud to have achieved our 10-year accreditation status,” Russo said.

About the American Alliance of Museums

The American Alliance of Museums has been bringing museums together since 1906, helping to develop standards and best practices, gathering and sharing knowledge, and providing advocacy on issues of concern to the entire museum community. Representing more than 35,000 individual museum professionals and volunteers, institutions, and corporate partners serving the museum field, the Alliance stands for the broad scope of the museum community. For more information, visit

The San Bernardino County Museum’s exhibits of regional cultural and natural history and the Museum’s other exciting events and programs 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). Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free. Parking is free. For more information, visit The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

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