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County Clerk prepares for Valentine’s Day

The San Bernardino County Clerk’s office is preparing for one of the busiest days of the year as couples make plans to marry on Valentine’s Day.valentines-day-wedding-photography-inspiration

“Most couples know they need a marriage license to legally tie the knot, but that’s not the only marriage service you’ll find at the San Bernardino County Hall of Records” said Bob Dutton, San Bernardino County’s Assessor-Recorder-Clerk. “Marriage ceremonies are also conducted by the County Clerk’s office. The civil ceremony costs $65 and appointments are available at our main office in San Bernardino as well as our satellite offices located in Hesperia and Joshua Tree.

As you might expect, Valentine’s Day is a very popular day to get married at the Hall of Records. Seventy-four couples were wed over the 2016 Valentine’s Day weekend and numbers are expected to be high this year as well.

Ceremonies will be conducted from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 14. Walk-ins are welcome at our San Bernardino and Hesperia locations, however appointments are encouraged. Appointments are required for Joshua Tree.

To book your ceremony, please call (855) 732-2575 to reach the San Bernardino Hall of Records and (760) 995-8065 for appointments in Hesperia and Joshua Tree.

Board appoints Dena Smith interim CEO, launches recruitment

Dena M. Smith, the County’s Chief Operating Officer, will serve as Interim Chief Executive Officer beginning on April 1 while a nationwide recruitment is conducted for a new CEO, the Board of Supervisors unanimously decided in closed session today.

dena-smith-web“The Board has the utmost confidence in Dena’s ability to carry out Board policy and lead the County organization as we conduct our due diligence to ensure we make the best choice for our next CEO,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Robert Lovingood. “The Board has directed County Human Resources to hire a recruitment firm and open the recruitment to internal and external candidates.”

Chief Executive Officer Greg Devereaux, who has served as CEO for seven years, will continue to serve the County in an advisory capacity per the terms of his 10-year contract. Earlier this month Mr. Devereaux announced his decision to retire as CEO and step into the role of advisor.

“I thank the Board and the County for a wonderful opportunity to be here and serve,” Mr. Devereaux said today following the Board’s announcement.

Ms. Smith has been with the County since 1999, serving first as Chief Learning Officer then as Clerk of the Board and Director of Land Use Services. She was promoted to Deputy Executive Officer in 2011 and to Chief Operating Officer last year. As COO, Ms. Smith is the principal assistant to the CEO for operational and administrative issues. She assists in the implementation of policies and directives from the Board of Supervisors and oversees the Government Relations, Legislative Affairs, Public Information and Special Projects Units of the County Administrative Office.

Ms. Smith will be the first African-American and only the second woman to serve the County as its chief executive or chief administrator on an interim or permanent basis.

“The faith placed in me by the Board of Supervisors is truly humbling, and the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of someone as effective and as successful as Greg Devereaux is an honor,” Ms. Smith said. “It will be a pleasure to serve this Board, and to work with and lead the talented, hard-working people that make our County a great organization.”

Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, Ms. Smith earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Fairfield University in Fairfield, Conn., and then relocated to California, where she earned her master’s degree in psychobiology from UC Irvine.

Ms. Smith has worked for more than 30 years in San Bernardino County. In 1984, she joined the San Bernardino Public Employees Association where she worked for 10 years representing public employees in labor negotiations, grievances and disciplinary appeals. In 1994, she went to the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools as the Human Resources Program Manager managing credentials, benefits and training. She also oversaw the establishment and operation of the Educational Resource Centers in Rancho Cucamonga and Apple Valley.

Her various roles with the County have given her valuable experience in various aspects of County Government and in coping with management challenges. She was the first person to hold the titles of Chief Learning Officer and Chief Operating Officer, positions in which she defined new functions for the County.

Devereaux announces retirement as CEO & move into advisory role

After nearly 40 years in public service, 25 of those years in the Inland Empire, Greg Devereaux announced today that he will retire from his role as San Bernardino County Chief Executive Officer by the end of the current fiscal year. Mr. Devereaux joined County Government in February 2010 after successful tenures as city manager in Fontana and Ontario.

“I wish to thank the Board of Supervisors, all of the County’s employees and the entire community for the opportunity to serve in this capacity,” Mr. Devereaux said. “It has been a great privilege.”

The Board of Supervisors will discuss the transition and Mr. Devereaux’s replacement as CEO in closed session on Tuesday.devereauxgregory-02_5x7-300-2

Under the terms of his contract, Mr. Devereaux will continue to work with the County for the next three years advising the Board and his successor on programs and matters affecting the County. He will also retain and expand his involvement in various academic endeavors and provide consultation to various local and regional government agencies.

“I will probably remain as busy as I am now. But I will have more flexibility than I do as CEO to devote needed attention to my family,” said Mr. Devereaux, who turned 65 this past summer.

The Board hired Mr. Devereaux as County Government faced significant organizational and fiscal challenges. He has worked with the Board to redefine how San Bernardino County government operates, creating practices and processes that emphasize accountability, transparency and fiscal responsibility.

“I was hoping to work with Greg throughout my chairmanship,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Robert Lovingood. “Greg’s knowledge and ability to work with the Board to address the County’s challenges will be missed. He is well respected in the local government and business communities.”

“Greg Devereaux is a man of integrity and intelligence who has served the people of this county admirably,” said Second District Supervisor Janice Rutherford. “His fiscal discipline and eagerness to tear down unproductive bureaucratic silos have allowed the county to return to its core functions as well as lead regional conversations about education, the economy and much more. As a Board member, I will miss his daily presence and as a friend, I wish him and his family the very best.”

“Greg’s contacts in Sacramento and Washington and throughout Southern California and his knowledge of government have served the Board and the County well,” said Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Curt Hagman. “Greg played a key role working with me and other local leaders to return Ontario International Airport to local control. As the newest member of the Board, I had been looking forward to working with Greg as CEO throughout my time on the Board. I am glad he will still be available to us in an advisory role.”

“Greg has been a trusted and knowledgeable advisor through the years and he has worked effectively to help the Board of Supervisors achieve its goals,” said Third District Supervisor James Ramos. “During good times and times of difficulty, we have worked together as a team to move forward in San Bernardino County in service to our residents and future generations.”

“When we hired Greg, we wanted to take the County in a new, positive direction. Greg understood what we meant by that and he worked very hard under sometimes difficult circumstances to help us achieve our vision of an ethical, responsive, compassionate, and effective County organization,” said Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales. “I am committed to ensuring we continue in this positive direction.”

“Since my appointment to Sheriff in 2012, it has been a privilege to work with Greg Devereaux,” said Sheriff John McMahon. “Greg is a strong supporter of public safety and he worked with the Board of Supervisors to increase the Sheriff’s Department’s budget to meet the unique challenges we face daily.  This has allowed us to grow as an organization, renovate existing facilities, acquire a much-needed crime lab and aviation facility. During the December 2 terrorist attack, Greg demonstrated outstanding leadership by ensuring the resources we needed were available to deal with the initial response and the aftermath of the tragic event. I appreciate all of Greg’s support and wish him best of luck in his future endeavors.”

At the time he was hired, Mr. Devereaux became the ninth permanent or interim county chief executive in 12 years. His initial contract called for him to serve for five years, but the Board extended that time and next month he will pass seven years in the role, making him the longest serving county chief executive in more than 20 years.

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#SBCMentorChallenge to recruit mentors for county’s youth

mentor-challengeSan Bernardino County Children’s Network is hoping to begin 2017 with a few hundred new mentors for San Bernardino County youth.

Once one is approved to be a mentor, they will have a chance to be a consistent and positive adult presence in a young person’s life, provide advice, share life experiences, and help a young person face challenges. In honor of National Mentoring Month, San Bernardino County Mentoring Task Force is seeking to recruit 200 mentors for San Bernardino County youth.

Children’s Network is also launching the #SBCMentorChallenge social media campaign to recruit prospective mentors and create awareness about the need for mentors of San Bernardino County youth. Community members are encouraged to participate in the #SBCMentorChallenge campaign which will highlight the importance of mentors.

Community members are encouraged to record videos on their smartphones or tablets in which they share their own inspiring experiences as mentors or mentees. If one has not been a mentor or a mentee, one can make a video sharing why they hope to become a mentor to a San Bernardino County youth. At the end of each video, posters should then “tag” three friends, colleagues, or community partners on social media and challenge them or those in the agency to become youth mentors and record their own inspiring mentor/mentee videos. All videos should be posted on social media with the hashtag:  #SBCMentorChallenge

“We are looking forward to what this campaign will bring for youth,” said Doreen Ivery, Children’s Network’s Mentoring Resource Coordinator. “We also look forward to community leaders being a part of this campaign and challenging others to participate in this challenge to recruit mentors.”

Those interested in becoming a mentor are encouraged to contact Ivery at  909 383-9677 or divery@hss.sbcounty.gov 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.

#SBCMentorChallenge Video: https://youtu.be/IKNg7Afsud0

Board of Supervisors endorse Vision2BActive initiative

Tvision-2bactivehe Board of Supervisors on Dec. 20 endorsed Vision2BActive, a new campaign designed to encourage physical activity with the goal of improving health and wellness in San Bernardino County.

 

Only 23 percent of San Bernardino County adults and 34 percent of our youth get the recommended amount of physical activity, according to the most recent data from the California Health Interview Survey. In its 2008 issuance of “Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans,” the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommended adults get 150 minutes a week of physical activity and children ages 5 to 17 were encouraged to move at least 60 minutes a day.

 

“We know that a healthy community means a prosperous community and that’s why we support Vision2BActive,” said James Ramos, chairman of the Board of Supervisors. “I encourage residents to make the time to be physically active and take advantage of opportunities to play in the county’s parks, lakes, deserts and mountains. Let’s welcome 2017 with a New Year’s Resolution to get healthy.”

 

Health has a direct and profound impact on the quality of life of the county. Vision2BActive supports the public’s Vision for a “complete community”, especially the jobs and the economy, education, wellness and public safety elements of the community. It is a public campaign of the community-driven Community Vital Signs effort, which has completed an in-depth analysis of the current health of the county, developed evidence-based goals and priorities, and gathered resources to assist organizations and agencies in the county to develop or enhance programs and policies to better meet the health and wellness needs of residents.

 

Regular physical activity can produce a variety of long-term benefits for San Bernardino County residents regardless of their age, background or abilities. Physical activity is fun and includes the easiest movement such as walking or throwing a ball around to the most challenging exercise like running or mountain biking. Throughout the campaign, Vision2BActive.com will serve as a resource and provide residents with information about physical activity events, fitness tips and a GIS map featuring places to be active in the county.

 

The San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) Board of Directors will be asked to endorse Vision2BActive at its Jan. 4 meeting.

 

On Jan. 7, all San Bernardino County residents are encouraged to get their New Year’s Resolutions started and participate in the Vision2BActive Challenge. Post a photo or video or livestream a physical activity such as gardening, walking, or playing basketball, on social media using #Vision2BActive and challenge three friends to participate. Posts will be shared on Facebook at San Bernardino Countywide Vision or on Twitter and Instagram @SBCVision.

 

The Countywide Vision was adopted in June 2011 by the Board of Supervisors and the SANBAG Board of Directors in partnership with the community in order to develop a roadmap for the future of San Bernardino County, which includes creating a healthy and prosperous future for all who live, work and play here. Vision2BActive is the second public campaign of the Countywide Vision Project following the successful Vision2Read literacy initiative that started in September 2015.

Give BIG San Bernardino County raises $271,044 for nonprofits

givebiglogoOrganizers are excited to announce that Give BIG San Bernardino County raised $271,044 for local nonprofits, surpassing last year’s $241,217 total. On Tuesday, Nov. 29, the county proved it can come together in a spirit of generosity around Give BIG San Bernardino County to help and give hope to many who need it.

Benefiting organizations with a range of missions including providing education to young parents, cultivating young philanthropists, connecting veterans to vital resources, caring for homeless animals, to name just a few, Give BIG San Bernardino County has raised more than $1 million since it began in 2014.

“Once again I’m so proud our community gave BIG and demonstrated their generosity and compassion by supporting the causes and charities closest to their hearts,” said San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chairman James Ramos. “I’m also proud of our local nonprofits for participating in Give BIG and finding new, exciting ways to attract donors and promote a culture of philanthropy throughout this county.”

“San Bernardino county came together, in one day, to raise funds and awareness of our local nonprofits,” said Dr. Jonathan Lorenzo Yorba, President and CEO of The Community Foundation. “Through the support of the County of San Bernardino and all of our other wonderful sponsors, community partners, and volunteers, Give BIG San Bernardino County was a success.”

This 24-hour online giving campaign raised $271,044 for 101 participating nonprofits. Both the number of donations made (4,195) and number of unique donors giving to the campaign (3,332) increased about 13 percent over last year.

In addition to raising funds, other goals of the campaign included increasing awareness of our nonprofit sector, strengthening nonprofits with training in social media, and engaging new and younger donors. In-person training sessions and webinars were provided to participating nonprofits in the months leading up to Give BIG. The webinars were taped and now reside in a library accessible to the nonprofits’ staff and board. Sessions focused on training in social media and marketing, and also included more advanced training, such as donor cultivation.

Several partners in Big Bear, the Morongo Basin, West End, East Valley and the High Desert assisted The Community Foundation and served as liaisons for nonprofits in their regions. Media are encouraged to reach out to any of the nonprofits (contact information is found on their individual giving pages at www.givebigsbcounty.org to learn more about their experience with Give BIG San Bernardino County and to help them get the word out about the difference they are making.

“Your kindness in helping people served by the nonprofit community in San Bernardino county has been truly amazing,” said Andrea Mitchel, consultant to Give BIG San Bernardino County. “Yet beyond the money raised, I am truly grateful for the exposure of the good work being done by our local nonprofits.”
Sponsors of Give BIG San Bernardino County include: Loma Linda University Health, The California Endowment, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, California State University San Bernardino, Press Enterprise, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Redlands Daily Facts, The 20/20 Network and KCAA Radio.

Plans for December 2 memorial moving forward

SB Strong Logo 1A committee charged with creating a permanent memorial to the victims of the December 2 terrorist attack continues to work toward its goal.

The December 2nd Memorial Committee recently completed a review of several memorials from across the country, noting how, in nearly every instance, the sponsoring agency used a structured process to allow artists, architects and designers to submit proposals. The committee will discuss how to proceed when it reconvenes after the first of the year.

In February, Board of Supervisors Chairman James Ramos appointed Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales and Chief Executive Officer Greg Devereaux to assemble and lead a committee to conceive the memorial. The committee consists of representatives from public safety, the departments of Behavioral Health, Public Health and Real Estate Services, the County Administrative Office and, most importantly, representatives from the Environmental Health Services division and family members of the county employees who were taken from us on that day.

The committee has held several meetings to identify key points of consideration and to establish an overall vision for the memorial based on shared values. The committee has determined the memorial should recognize the broad diversity and lives of the victims as well as those who stepped up to preserve and protect life. The memorial will also provide enduring recognition of the county employees who witnessed the attack, many of whom were physically injured and all of whom were emotionally impacted. The committee believes the memorial should be a place for quiet reflection.

The committee is making it a point to put careful consideration into each aspect of the memorial process, understanding that memorials can take up to a decade to develop. As the first anniversary of this tragic event approaches, the committee members want the public to know that work is progressing in a thoughtful and inclusive manner. The process will take time, but the result will appropriately and eternally reflect the many important and unique people, stories, and lessons of December 2, 2015.

Veterans invited to share memories at the County Museum

sbcmuseum entryThe San Bernardino County Museum invites veterans and active military to join us on Tuesday, Nov. 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to share their stories on video. These oral histories will become part of the museum’s current exhibit, “Over Here, Over There,” and will be preserved for future generations in the museum’s archives.

“The story of America is the story of the American veteran, those exceptional men and women of every ethnicity, creed, and circumstance who fought for the freedoms that constitute the cornerstone of our democracy,” said David Myers, the museum’s curator of visitor engagement and exhibits. “You have a uniquely American story of duty, sacrifice, and honor. You fought for your country, now come share why.”

Although prior reservations are not necessary, vets and active military who would like to participate in this project may call David Myers at (909) 798-8622 to schedule a specific block of time for filming their segment in the video. Members of the military and their families are admitted to the museum free during the entire month of November in recognition of Military Families Month.

“Over Here, Over There,” the collecting of oral history, and the County Museum’s other 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 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 www.sbcountymuseum.org. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8

voteThe San Bernardino County Elections Office reminds voters that the 2016 Presidential General Election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. Voters can find their assigned polling place:

  • On the back cover of their Voter Information Guide.
  • By using the My Elections Gateway or the Polling Place look-up tool on the Elections Office website at com.
  • By calling the Elections Office at (800) 881-VOTE (8683) or (909) 387-8300.

Voters are also able to vote at one of five early voting sites that will be open Monday and Tuesday. Early voting sites are located at the Elections Office in San Bernardino, the Ontario Conference Center in Ontario, Rim of the World High School in Lake Arrowhead, Victorville City Hall, and Yucca Valley Town Hall.

Voters who requested mail ballots may return their voted mail ballots by mail, but the ballot must be postmarked on or before Election Day. Alternatively, voted mail ballots may be returned to an early voting site or to one of 57 mail ballot drop-off locations.  To make ballot returns as convenient as possible, three early voting sites will have drive-thru drop-offs and at the Elections Office there is a 24-hour mail ballot drop-box. To find a polling place, early voting site, or mail-ballot drop-off location, visit the Elections Office website, SBCountyElections.com.

A mail ballot voter can vote at their assigned polling place if they want to vote in person or have misplaced their mail ballot. However, they must surrender their mail ballot and return envelope if they want to avoid voting a provisional ballot and a longer wait time at the polls.

At every polling place and early voting site, voters can take a ballot selfie with their unmarked ballot and their ‘I Voted’ sticker in front of a ballot selfie poster. Voters are encouraged to share their experience with their friends and family through social media.

For more information about this election, visit the Elections Office website, SBCountyElections.com, or call (909) 387-8300.

Board honors County’s own Vietnam veterans

vietnam-war-employeesThe President of the United States has proclaimed May 28, 2012 through November 11, 2025, as the Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War.

At Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, we honored  San Bernardino County employees who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during the Vietnam War Period, which is anytime between November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975. Thank you to those who served our country and are now continuing a life of service with the County of San Bernardino.

You can see our County’s Vietnam War era veterans at the following link:  https://youtu.be/vVRuTV3l51g

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