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Public Works receives GIS award from ESRI

color seal smallThe County of San Bernardino Department of Public Works received a Special Achievement in GIS Award at the ESRI International Users Conference in San Diego, held July 14-18. This award acknowledges vision, leadership, hard work, and innovative use of ESRI’s geographic information system technology.

In April 2013, Public Works developed new geographic mapping information on their website to assist the public in viewing county roads, flood control and solid waste facilities locations throughout the county.

Ninety percent of the work that Public Works performs is at distinct geographical locations within the County, and the department wanted to share that information with the public through a variety of interactive maps. The website address is http://sbcountydpw.maps.arcgis.com/home/index.html.

The website includes locations of the Road Yards showing the service boundaries with information on how to contact road yard supervisors. A search by street address feature is also available of the County Maintained Road System, allowing users to easily locate which roads are maintained by Public Works. A Temporary Road Closures map helps users avoid areas where roads are closed for maintenance or problems.  Flood Control facilities and Flood Control right-of-ways are easily identifiable on their own unique interactive map. A Waste Disposal map shows locations, hours and days of operations to assist with accessing the landfills or transfer stations in your area. The Capital Improvement Project map provides a tour of the current projects that are under construction.  All of the maps are interactive, allowing users to click on a geographic feature to bring up additional detailed information.

“The SAG Awards identify the organizations and people that are using the power of geography to improve our world and drive change,” says ESRI president Jack Dangermond.

For more information about the 2014 Special Achievement in GIS Award winners, including project information and photos, please visit www.esri.com/sag.

For further information visit Public Works at www.sbcounty.gov/dpw.

Sign up now for the Friends of Regional Parks Golf Tournament

friends of parksThe Friends of Regional Parks (F.O.R. Parks) in association with County of San Bernardino Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales, will host the 7th annual F.O.R. Parks Golf Tournament at Sierra Lakes Golf Club in Fontana on Friday, October 17, 2014. Early bird sign-ups conclude on Sept. 19th. Space is limited so act now.  Click here for more information.

Who is FOR Parks?
Friends of Regional Parks offer a variety of activities at several locations throughout San Bernardino County.  F.O.R. Parks is qualified as a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization, dedicated to supporting outdoor activities for the residents of San Bernardino County through donations of time, money and other resources.  Encouraging and supporting healthy outdoor activities to our communities is imperative to all our neighbors and especially our youth. For more information on becoming part of this wonderful organization please contact Kstevens@parks.sbcounty.gov.

 

Team Save at 66ers game on Friday July 18

SaveYourHomeTeam Save will be at the Inland Empire 66ers game on Friday July 18th. Stop by the inlandempire66ersbooth to get valuable information on foreclosure prevention, credit counseling, down payment assistance and legal assistance. If you have any questions please contact Community Development and Housing at 909.387.4389.

For more information about the event, click here.

Government Works: Lowering recidivism with training, employment

Final Government Works StampDid you know the County’s Workforce Investment Board and the Fontana Police Department teamed up to help lower the recidivism rate for early release prisoners and probationers?

The Fontana Police Department’s Re-Entry Support (FRST) team was created to assist previously incarcerated individuals with re-assimilation into society. Nationally, the rate at which this population re-offends and goes back to prison is 75 percent.

The FRST team conducted an assessment and learned that the biggest issue above food, medical care, substance abuse treatment, and housing was lack of employment.

FRST reached out to the Workforce Investment Board to help provide employment services, job coaching, job search assistance and re-connection to the workforce that participants needed. Since September 2012, FRST and the Workforce Investment Board have provided 256 people with medical services, counseling, therapy, support groups, assistance with driver license and social security compliance, social services, shelter, education, occupational skills and employment.

The program has placed over 106 clients in employment.

Recently, the National Association of Counties recognized FRST and the Workforce Investment Board with an Achievement Award for their innovative program.

This is an example of how Government Works.

Make room in your heart and home for dogs saved from hoarding

A New Beginning Adoption EventUpdate: All of the dogs from the Phelan hoarding case were adopted over the weekend due to the generosity and kindness of our residents.

Animal Care and Control will have an adoption event this weekend in hopes of finding homes for 38 dogs rescued during a recent animal neglect investigation.

The dogs will be available for adoption at “A New Beginning Adoption Event” at the Devore Animal Shelter on Saturday, July 12 and Sunday, July 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

The event is made possible by the Animals aRe First Fund (ARFF), which contributes to the shelter’s offsite adoption events and the care of animals at the shelter.

A $25 adoption fee will include micro-chipping, initial vaccination and the spaying or neutering of each of the dogs surrendered by the dog hoarder. The license fee will vary depending on the adopter’s city of residence and there is a limit of two dogs per family.

The dogs were surrendered to Animal Care and Control during a July 2 animal neglect investigation near Phelan. Most of the dogs had severely matted hair. At first glance, it was difficult to distinguish the front of the dog from the rear of some of the dogs. Shelter staff and groomers from Cutie Pie’s Grooming in Redlands spent the Fourth of July giving makeovers to the dogs.

“We are grateful for all of the donations that have been made to the Animals aRe First Fund (ARFF) that makes it possible for us to have this special adoption event to help the dogs in this case,” said Brian Cronin, Chief for Animal Care and Control. “These dogs have been through so much already and our shelter staff has seen the transformation in these dogs since they have been in our care. They are lovable and ready to be adopted. We want to see them move onto their forever homes.”

The Devore Animal Shelter is at 19777 Shelter Way in San Bernardino, CA. Donations can be made to the Animals are First Fund (ARFF) at: http://www.arffund.org/ Call (909) 386-9820 or visit Homeward Bound Project Adopt Facebook Page for more information.

YouTube video of the makeover of ‘Babe’

County of San Bernardino News Segment about the dogs

Photo album of one dog’s nearly two hour makeover

Photos of the dogs when they arrived

Bloomington residents, project developers discuss future at town hall

bloomingtontownhallBloomington residents and project developers gathered at Mary Lewis Elementary School on Thursday night to attend a town hall hosted by the County of San Bernardino’s Land Use Services Department to help plan for Bloomington’s future.

The town hall was held to hear ideas developed since last year’s Community Fair, to talk about Bloomington’s history and how the community wants to see Bloomington move forward.

The County Board of Supervisors has identified the Bloomington community and the Valley Corridor in particular as an area for concentrated reinvestment.

The project area stretches approximately 1.25 miles along Valley Boulevard between Alder Avenue to the west and Spruce Avenue to the east. This project supplements the ongoing investments on Valley Boulevard including construction of median improvements, sewer and water line extensions along Valley Boulevard, new housing, and a new branch library.

Part of the Valley Corridor Project includes implementing a “specific plan.” This plan will provide not only the general vision and policy framework to guide development, but also the regulatory mechanisms that foster timely and quality development.

“This Valley Corridor Project signifies a whole new frontier of opportunities for business owners and residents who call Bloomington home. We’re using this new project as a flagship for new standards and models for what is to come.” said 5th District Supervisor Josie Gonzales.

“I do feel the Valley Corridor Project is an important thing for Bloomington. We need to show improvements and growth in this town, and I believe this is a start. People are hopeful as to what’s going on with the library and other improvements,” said Betty Gosney, vice-chair of the Bloomington Municipal Advisory Council.

Land Use Services has a website dedicated to the Valley Corridor Project. Visit www.valleycorridor.com for complete details.

Free help for struggling homeowners July 22

SaveYourHomeMaking Home Affordable and the HOPENOW Alliance are hosting a foreclosure prevention event at the Riverside Convention Center on July 22nd to assist struggling homeowners.  For more information, call  888-995-4673.

Information about the event can be found here: Help for homeowners event

For information regarding other upcoming foreclosure prevention workshops or homebuyer events, go to www.SaveYourHomeSBCounty.org or call 909-387-4389.

Dogs in hoarding case available for adoption

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On Wednesday, July 2, 2014,  Animal Care and Control found 38 dogs and 17 cats, who were surrendered by a dog hoarder and transported to a veterinarian.

The small shih tzu-like dogs were so badly matted, some with their own excrement, that their faces were not visible and one could not easily distinguish the front from the back of the dog. On July 4th, Animal Care and Control staff and groomers from Cutie Pie’s Grooming spent the day grooming dozens of these neglected dogs.

“Babe” and the other dogs have been released for adoption beginning today at 10 a.m. at the Devore Animal Shelter at 19777 Shelter Way, San Bernardino, CA. Visit Facebook.com/HomewardBoundPets or call 909 386-9820 for more information.

This video shows the nearly two hours it took to groom “Babe” and the other dogs: http://youtu.be/2eotMA_bFQE

The photos above depict “Babe’s” condition before and after grooming. “Babe” as he was named by his hoarder, is now healthy and happy and on the road to recovery.

Government Works: Improving food safety through health education

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Food service facilities in San Bernardino County can sometimes have reoccurring critical violations increasing the risk of food borne illness outbreaks and low inspection scores. This can have a negative financial impact on businesses.

Did you know the Division of Environmental Health Services  implemented a Health Education Liaison Program that promotes effective strategies to improve inspection scores, raise food safety standards, and strengthen operator’s managerial control measures to meet long-term compliance objectives?

Low scoring facilities are referred to HELP by district inspectors. The HELP consultation is performed at no cost to the facility and has assisted participating food facilities in achieving a 10% reduction in critical violations.

An example of the effectiveness of this program is represented by a facility that went from a score of 73 (C grade) before the HELP consultation, and increased to a score of 90 (A grade) on their next unannounced routine inspection five months later.

The Health Education Liaison Program was recently recognized with an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties.

This is an example of how Government Works.

Board unanimously adopts synthetic drug ordinance

sheriffThe San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an ordinance today designed by the Sheriff’s Department to combat synthetic drugs by using a multi-pronged approach to eradicate sales of these illicit substances, which have long eluded comprehensive enforcement.

Sheriff John McMahon presented a synthetic drug ordinance to the Board of Supervisors that included criminal, administrative and civil penalties for those who sell synthetic drugs – more commonly known as “spice” or “bath salts.” Dozens of community members attended the meeting to support the ordinance and thanked the department for bringing it forward.

Spice is a mixture of herbs sprayed with the synthetic chemicals that is usually smoked. Bath salts are synthetic chemicals in a powder or crystal form that are usually snorted or injected. These highly addictive, synthetic drugs are marketed as potpourri, decorative sand, shoe deodorizers or glass cleaner; however they have nothing in common with the products they are advertised to be. They are packaged using bright colors and cartoon characters in an obvious ploy to attract children.

The ordinance targets synthetic drugs beyond the traditional realm of lab testing and further allows for enforcement based on the marketing, price, sales location, warning labels and similarity to street drugs. For example, synthetic drugs are often labeled as “window cleaner” but are sold in a smoke shop; do not resemble traditional window cleaning products; cost significantly more for a small portion of product; and are labeled with “not for purchase by minors.” The proposed ordinance finds a combination of the above-listed facts evidence the product is illicit. Furthermore, the ordinance creates penalties that include fines, misdemeanor charges and the possible loss of a business license.

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