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Get registered for the Great California ShakeOut

shakeout-2016Join more than 500,000 people who live and work in San Bernardino County by practicing how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:20 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20 during the Great California ShakeOut Earthquake Drill.

What can you do to get ready for the ShakeOut?
Click here for a flyer to familiarize yourself with what to do when the shaking starts.

If you, or a member of your household, are a person with a disability or have access or functional needs, click here for other tips and things to consider during an earthquake.

Register your family here as ShakeOut participants.

Watch this video to learn how to respond appropriately during an earthquake.

This video gives great advice to businesses and employers about how to prepare for an earthquake.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputy Tracy Klinkhart has even more earthquake safety tips for you in this video.

Share your ShakeOut day photos and videos using the hashtag #SBCShakeOut and we’ll share them on the County’s social media accounts.

Landscaping project will look great and save water, too.

If you’ve seen the temporary fencing and heard the sound of heavy equipment around the County Government Center in downtown San Bernardino in recent weeks, you’ve witnessed County Government’s latest effort to spruce up its portion of the city and use natural resources more wisely in the years ahead.

20161003_142917The water-guzzling lawns, shrubs and distressed trees on the west, north and east sides of the County Government Center will be replaced with drought-tolerant plants, walking paths, and seating areas. Healthy trees, including the signature Canary Island date palms, will be preserved, as will the water-wise recirculating fountain in front of the Government Center. Work began in August and is scheduled to continue through December.

“This is an exciting and very important project,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman James Ramos. “Everyone has a responsibility to use our natural resources wisely, and County Government is taking the lead by creating what will be a beautiful drought-resistant landscaping project in the heart of downtown San Bernardino.”

The landscaping around the County Government Center hasn’t been updated since the building was designed and constructed in the mid-1980s, a time when lush green lawns were still the norm despite the tremendous amount of water needed to maintain them.pages-from-iom-resd-pmd-campus-landscape-improvements-2016-08-02

Decades of trying to survive in San Bernardino’s summer climate eventually took their toll on some of the tall, non-native trees surrounding the County Government Center and rendered them ill. Their removal as part of the landscaping project has already opened up views of the property. A long-needed trimming of the remaining healthy trees has also improved the look of the Government Center early in the project.

County hires new Human Resources director

cindi-peterson-tompkinsA human resources leader with a depth of experience managing large and complex organizations has been selected as San Bernardino County’s new director of Human Resources.

Cindi Peterson Tompkins begins leading Human Resources on Oct. 31. She will be in charge of providing services to the County’s 22,000 employees and managing a staff of 143 and a budget of $18 million.

“We are proud to have someone of Cindi’s background join the County,” said James Ramos, chairman of the Board of Supervisors. “I believe she will bring a wealth of experience and ideas to benefit our employees.”

Tompkins comes to the County following 13 years at Esri in Redlands, which has more than 3,000 employees globally. Tompkins’ career with Esri includes multiple director roles and includes leadership of several functions including operations, human resources, global benefits, compliance, privacy, ethics, purchasing and safety functions for the $900 million high-tech software and services organization.

Prior to Esri, Tompkins was vice president of human resources, facilities, and corporate strategic staffing at Avery Dennison Corporation in Brea from 1992 to 2003, where she was a corporation staff officer. Tompkins also has government-sector experience from her time as Human Resources Director at the City of West Covina in 2002. She began her career in human resources at General Dynamics Air Defense Systems Division in Rancho Cucamonga in 1987.

Tompkins has a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and finance from California State University, San Bernardino. She completed the Human Resources Executive Program at Stanford University and has a certificate in employee benefits from the International Federation of Employee Benefits and was awarded the compliance and ethics professional certification from the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics.

Tompkins served as a past board member of the Prudential Advisory Board for the Prudential Corporation and was an instructor at the University of California, Riverside Extension where she taught employee and labor relations and human resources strategy. She also was a human relations commissioner, a charitable coalition board member, and served on the public space and facility naming committee – all for the City of Redlands.

Tompkins, a long-term resident of the County of San Bernardino, currently resides in Redlands.  She and her husband of 26 years have two sons, both attending local colleges. Tompkins said she is excited and honored to be serving both the employees and people of San Bernardino County.

Voter Information Guides delivered and Early Voting begins

rov-logoSan Bernardino County Voter Information Guides for the November 8, 2016 Presidential General Election will be delivered to the U.S. Post Office on Friday, October 7 and early voting for the election begins at the Elections Office on Monday, October 10.

Inside the Voter Information Guide, voters will find a sample ballot, as well as information about voting, candidates, and local measures.  On the back cover of the guide, voters will find the address of their assigned polling place.  Voters are encouraged to hold on to their guide so they can easily find their polling place on Election Day.

Early voting hours for the Elections Office, 777 E. Rialto Avenue, San Bernardino, CA 92415, are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  The office will also be open on Saturday, November 5, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and on Election Day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

At the Elections Office, voters can take a ballot selfie with their unmarked ballot and their ‘I Voted’ sticker in front of a ballot selfie poster.  “Taking a ballot selfie and sharing it on social media is a great way to increase excitement about the election,” said Registrar of Voters Michael J. Scarpello.  In addition to early voting sites, ballot selfie posters will be placed at every polling place on Election Day.

Beginning Monday, October 31, additional early voting sites will open in Ontario, Victorville, Lake Arrowhead, and Yucca Valley.

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

Get ready for the Great California ShakeOut at the County Museum

get-ready-shakeout-2016The San Bernardino County Museum will host “Get Ready for the Great California ShakeOut,” on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m, featuring the county’s Seismic Simulator and other earthquake preparedness activities and vendors.

“The county museum is committed to educating our community about the importance of earthquake preparedness, and to promoting the annual Great California ShakeOut so everyone is ready for the inevitable Big One,” said Melissa Russo, museum director.

The Great California ShakeOut is an annual drill, this year scheduled at 10:20 a.m. on Oct. 20. Schools, business, government agencies, and individuals will Drop, Cover, and Hold On to practice how to react during an earthquake. The County Museum is holding “Get Ready for the Great ShakeOut” on the Saturday before the statewide drill to increase awareness. Tweet your photos using #SBCShakeOut and the County share them on social media.

Get Ready for the ShakeOut and the County Museum’s 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 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.

History comes alive at the Victor Valley Museum

Victor Valley MuseumSee history come to life at “A Night at the Victor Valley Museum” on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m.

This popular event, featuring reenactors playing the parts of High Desert notables and pioneers, is suitable for all ages. Tickets, which cost $10 for adults age 16 and above and $5 for children ages 5 through 15, will be available at the door or can be purchased in advance at the Victor Valley Museum in Apple Valley. Ticket price includes museum admission.

The evening includes refreshments and opportunity drawings. Visitors use “passports” to guide themselves through the museum, along the way meeting personalities such as Dale Evans, Ernest Thompson Seton, Clark Gable, and Roy Rogers. All funds raised at the event will go toward supporting programs and operations at this High Desert branch of the San Bernardino County Museum.

“A Night at the Museum” and the County Museum’s 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. “A Night at the Museum” is supported in part by the Friends of Victor Valley Museum.

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, call (760) 240-2111 or visit The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Poll workers needed for the 2016 Presidential General Election

flags canvaThe San Bernardino County Elections Office is recruiting poll workers for the November 8, 2016 Presidential General Election.  More than 3,000 poll workers in San Bernardino County will be assigned to work on Election Day.

Poll workers are paid between $115 and $190 for working on Election Day and are typically assigned to work in or near their own neighborhood.  Poll workers must be registered to vote, attend at least one two-hour training class, and be able to work on Election Day from 6 a.m. until approximately 9 p.m.

Many precincts require bilingual poll workers who speak Chinese, Khmer, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog, or Vietnamese.  Poll workers who provide this language assistance will receive extra pay.

To apply online, use the award-winning My Elections (M.E.) Gateway application on the San Bernardino County Elections Office website at, or call (909) 387-8300.

New Library E-Resources card available now

library-logoThe San Bernardino County Library is launching a new digital E-Resources card, which allows customers to have access to all of the Library’s online resources. E-Resources card holders will be able to check out e-books through Overdrive, 3M Cloud Library, or Gale e-books; stream free music from Freegal; find job help with JobScout, JobNow, and ReferenceUSA; find homework resources with WorldBook, Kids InfoBits; and much more.

Apply for a digital resources card today to gain access to dozens of resources and popular e-books and audiobooks. New e-titles are added to Overdrive each month for children, teens, and adults.

Individuals interested in applying for a digital E-Resources card can apply online at Minors under age 18 will require parent or guardian permission. The E-Resources card can be used to access all digital resources and databases, with the exception of ABC Mouse and, which are accessible in branch at all 32 San Bernardino County libraries. To learn more about this exciting card, please visit your local San Bernardino County library or visit our website at

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 by contributing to educational, cultural, and historical development of our County community.

For more information on the San Bernardino County Library system, please visit or call (909) 387-2220.

Statement from Board of Supervisors Chairman James C. Ramos

The Board of Supervisors met with County Chief Executive Officer Greg Devereaux today to evaluate the CEO’s performance, and I am happy to say that the Board is pleased with the manner in which the CEO is managing the organization under the Board’s direction and interacting with the Board of Supervisors.

The Board believes County Government is effectively addressing the needs of the County Community, operating in an efficient and business-like manner, and we are optimistic about the future with Mr. Devereaux continuing to serve us and the County as CEO.logosmaller

The Board and the CEO agreed earlier this year to conduct these evaluations more frequently than the previous practice of once per year in order to facilitate increased communication. Today’s evaluation focused on feedback from the Board. The feedback was very positive. Mr. Devereaux:

  • Clearly defines the basic purpose and mission of County Government.
  • Ensures accountability at all levels of the organization.
  • Communicates effectively with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Has established an effective organizational structure.

The Board and the CEO today discussed building upon our success, and some areas where improvement would ensure the County continues to move in a positive direction.

As a lifelong resident of San Bernardino County, I can say that County Government has never been more effective than it is today, and we look forward to working together to accomplish even more and progress further toward realizing our County’s full potential.

Nonprofits encouraged to register for Give BIG

givebiglogoThe Community Foundation serving the counties of San Bernardino and Riverside is currently accepting online applications from nonprofits that would like to participate in Give BIG San Bernardino County. Give BIG San Bernardino County is an exciting 24-hour event to increase philanthropy in San Bernardino County through online giving on Nov. 29. The goal of the campaign is to raise much-needed funds for nonprofits serving the residents of, and visitors to, San Bernardino County.

Nonprofit requirements include one year of nonprofit 501(c)(3) status, have a physical location within the County of San Bernardino zip codes, or provide itinerant services in the County of San Bernardino. National nonprofits are welcome if a local chapter serves the County of San Bernardino.

To submit an application, please visit To learn more about the campaign and upcoming training, visit Give BIG San Bernardino County on Facebook (GiveBigSanBernardinoCounty), Twitter @GiveBigSBCounty, or visit our website at For assistance, call The Community Foundation at 909.644.6221.
Thanks to funding and support from the County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors and the contributions of generous sponsors, Give Big San Bernardino County is providing valuable training to nonprofits in the use of social media, cultivating relationships with donors, developing a communications plan, and raising much-needed funds from online donors. These online donations provide critical funding to help nonprofits in San Bernardino County not only address poverty but also other challenges the county residents face in the areas of education, health, the environment, public safety, family and youth services. Give BIG San Bernardino County also provides donors with an online giving platform, whose donations help to improve the quality of life for all through recreation, the arts, and more.

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