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Father’s Day at the County Museum offers fun for all

mastodonBring Dad to the San Bernardino County Museum on Father’s Day, June 19, and create a special gift for him during a Family FunSunday. Craft activities, scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m., are included with general museum admission.

Marvel at the museum’s most recent exhibit, “Mastodons! Prehistoric Elephants in the Southwest,” opening June 11 in the gallery of geology and paleontology. Special exhibits open during the day also include “Mysteries at the Museum,” “California Bling,” and “Turn Left at the Rockies.” Families will enjoy sharing memories on the Remembering Ramps and disappearing into the walls as they learn about how animals disguise themselves in nature. Fossils, birds, mammals, and prehistoric and historic artifacts are also on exhibit. The Exploration Station live animal gallery will also be open from 1 to 4 p.m.

Family FunSundays 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. Needlework demonstrations are is included with museum admission. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcountymuseum.org. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Today is Election Day!

The 2016 Presidential Primary Election is being held today, June 7. There are more than 780,000 voters in San Bernardino County eligible to vote in this election. San Bernardino County results can be viewed here.

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Voters can find their assigned polling place on the back cover of their Voter Information Guide, online at SBCountyElections.com, or by calling the Elections Office at (800) 881-VOTE (8683) or (909) 387-8300

Go-Vote-500x500Voters must have chosen a party preference by May 23 to vote in that party’s presidential primary.  For this election only, the American Independent Party, Democratic Party, and­ Libertarian Party allow voters who have not chosen a party preference to vote their party’s ballot.

Mail ballot voters received their ballots on May 18 and nearly 100,000 voted ballots have already been returned. Those voters who have not yet returned their voted mail ballots can still return them via the U.S. Postal Service, but ballots must be postmarked on or before today, June 7, 2016, and received no later than three business days after the election to be counted.

Alternatively, voters can deliver their ballots to any one of 57 mail ballot drop-off locations, to one of three Early Voting sites, or to any of the 407 polling places on Election Day. The three Early Voting sites will also have mail ballot drive-thru drop-offs on Election Day so voters can deliver their ballots without having to get out of their cars.  All mail ballot drop-off locations, early voting sites, and polling places can be found on interactive maps on the Elections Office website at SBCountyElections.com.

At every polling place and early voting site, voters will be able to take a ballot selfie with their un-marked ballots and their ‘I Voted’ stickers in front of a new Ballot Selfie poster, and are then 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.

Inaugural Countywide Plan newsletter hits the streets

The very first issue of the Countywide Connection has been released! Newsletters will be prepared periodically over the next few years so that the County can provide you updates with project progress and highlights at key milestones in the process.countywide plan photo

The focus of this newsletter is community outreach. As you know, over the past year the County has been out in the community gathering ideas, input, and recommendations to be considered as we prepare the Countywide Plan. The newsletter explains the process, provides excerpts of input we’ve received so far, identifies upcoming outreach efforts, and provides an overview of the schedule of next steps in the Countywide Plan process.

Future newsletters may include topics such as: how we grow, how we get around, how to improve County services, and how to create a more effective County government.

We encourage you to take a look at what we’ve done so far, and to share this newsletter with friends, family and colleagues so that they can keep up with the process, too! Click here to read the full newsletter.

Have suggestions for articles or topics for future newsletters? Let us know! CountywidePlan@lus.sbcounty.gov

Early voting expands for the 2016 Presidential Primary Election

Beginning today, voters in San Bernardino County will have two additional locations where they can cast their ballot prior to the June 7 Presidential Primary Election. Early Voting sites will open at the Ontario Conference Center and Victorville City Hall.  Earlier this month, early voting began at the San Bernardino County Elections Office.

your-vote-countsVoters can also drop-off their voted mail ballots at the early voting sites, and on Election Day those sites will have drive-thru drop-offs so voters can deliver their ballots without having to get out of their cars.  Elections Office staff will be stationed in the parking lots to accept voted mail ballots and distribute ‘I Voted’ stickers.

Voted mail ballots may also be returned prior to Election Day in person at one of 57 mail ballot drop-off locations found at all City Clerk’s offices and County libraries, or to any polling place on Election Day.  To find a mail ballot drop-off location, voters can use the Mail Ballot Drop-Off Map located on the Elections Office website at www.SBCountyElections.com.

Additionally, voted mail ballots may be returned via the U.S. Postal Service, but must be postmarked on or before Election Day, June 7, 2016, and received no later than three business days after the election.

At each Early Voting site and every polling place, voters can also take a ballot selfie with their un-voted ballots and their ‘I Voted’ stickers in front of a new Ballot Selfie poster.  “We’re hoping to generate excitement about voting in San Bernardino County by allowing voters to take a Ballot Selfie and sharing it on social media sites” said Registrar of Voters Michael J. Scarpello.

Early voting takes place Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, June 4 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and on Election Day, Tuesday, June 7 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The Ontario Conference Center is located at 1947 E. Convention Center Way in Ontario, the Victorville City Hall is located at 14343 Civic Drive in Victorville, and the Elections Office is located at 777 E. Rialto Avenue in San Bernardino.

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

It’s time for Children’s Fund’s Annual Backpack & School Supply Drive!

Green FlyerFrom June 1 through June 24, Children’s Fund is collecting backpacks and school supplies for foster youth and other vulnerable children and teens in our communities.  Let’s equip our children with the tools they need to be successful in school!

Visit Children’s Fund’s website to download a flyer, or view a list of needed school supplies by grade. Questions? Call Children’s Fund at (909) 379-0000.

Thank you for your generosity!

Voter registration deadline is Monday for Presidential Primary

votingMonday, May 23 is the deadline for California residents to register to vote in the 2016 Presidential Primary Election on June 7. Voters should also re-register to vote when they change their name, address, or party affiliation.

The Republican, Green, and Peace and Freedom parties require voters to be affiliated with their parties to vote on their parties’ presidential contests. However, the Democratic, Libertarian, and American parties are allowing voters who have not chosen a party preference to vote in their presidential primaries.

Citizens may register to vote online at www.SBCountyElections.com.  Voter registration applications are also available at the San Bernardino County Elections Office and throughout San Bernardino County at post offices, city clerks’ offices, county libraries, and the Department of Motor Vehicles.  Visit www.SBCountyElections.com to view a map of these locations.

The San Bernardino County Elections Office will be open until midnight on Monday, May 23 to accept in-person voter registration applications.  The office is located at 777 E. Rialto Avenue, San Bernardino, CA 92415. Mailed voter registration applications must be postmarked no later than May 23.

Registered voters can access personalized election information through My Elections (M.E.) Gateway, an award-winning web application.  Registered voters can use M.E. Gateway to view their registration status, polling place location, voting districts, and other personalized election information.

For more information about registering to vote, please visit the Elections Office website at www.SBCountyElections.com or call (909) 387-8300.

 

Poll workers needed for the 2016 Presidential Primary Election

ROV logoThe San Bernardino County Elections Office is recruiting poll workers for the June 7, 2016 Presidential Primary 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 in California, 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 and will receive extra pay for providing this language assistance.

To apply, visit the San Bernardino County Elections Office website at sbcountyelections.com or call 909-387-8300.

Check up on your doctor’s license

The Medical Board of California has made it easier than ever for Californians to check up on their doctors.

The Medical Board encourages consumers to check up on their doctor’s license.  Such a checkup is simple and helps consumers make informed choices when choosing a doctor.

To determine a doctor’s status, go to the Medical Board’s website at www.mbc.ca.gov. Please note: if you do not have a computer, call (800) 633-2322 and someone at the Medical Board will look up the doctor for you.

To use the website, click on “License Search” on the home page. Then choose the license type by clicking the checkbox for “Physician and Surgeon.” Then click “Search by Name.”FRONT_panel

Enter the doctor’s last name and first initial. If it is a common last name, enter the entire first name. Make sure the names are spelled correctly. Then click on “Search.”

Click on his or her name. Review license details, including verifying whether any disciplinary actions are listed at the bottom of the page.

If you have any questions regarding the information on the doctor’s profile, you may contact the Medical Board or discuss it with your doctor.

The Medical Board also encourages consumers to sign up for the MBC Subscribers’ Alerts on the home page to be notified by email of disciplinary actions taken against a physician’s license, including probationary status, suspension or revocation.

Encouraging patients to check up on their doctor’s license is part of the Medical Board’s ongoing mission of consumer protection. For more information or assistance, please call (800) 633-2322.

Vote early, take a ballot selfie in the 2016 Presidential Primary Election

Pictured from left to right, Elections Office staff members: Ashleigh Bachar, Roxana Castro, and Travis Weaver

Pictured from left to right, Elections Office staff members: Ashleigh Bachar, Roxana Castro, and Travis Weaver

San Bernardino County voters can vote early for the June 7, 2016 Presidential Primary Election and while they’re at it, can share their experience with their friends and family by taking a ballot selfie in the Election Office’s “Ballot Selfie” booth and sharing it through social media.

Early voting began at the Elections Office on Monday, May 9 and will continue until Election Day.  Two additional satellite early voting sites will be open beginning Tuesday, May 31.

At the early voting sites, voters can take a ballot selfie with their un-voted ballots and their ‘I Voted’ stickers in front of a new ballot selfie poster.  “We’re hoping to generate excitement about voting in San Bernardino County by allowing voters to take a ballot selfie and sharing it on social media sites” said Registrar of Voters, Michael J. Scarpello.  In addition to early voting sites, the ballot selfie poster will be placed at every polling place on Election Day.

California law currently prohibits a voter from revealing the contents of their voted ballot or taking pictures of other voters with the intent of dissuading a person from voting.  However, the law does not prohibit a ballot selfie with an un-voted ballot.

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.; Saturday, June 4 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and on Election Day, Tuesday, June 7 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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

Library grand opening celebration in Bloomington

On Saturday, May 14, San Bernardino County will hold a grand opening celebration for the new Bloomington Branch Library.

The 6,700-square-foot library is part of the newly-completed Bloomington Grove affordable housing apartments and Lillian Court senior community. The library is located at 18028 Valley Boulevard in Bloomington.

The Bloomington Branch Library features a children’s reading area, private study rooms and computer lab.Bloomington Library Flyer_English_Spanish

“It’s exciting to bring the fun of books and reading, right into the neighborhood, in a way that will encourage greater access to learning for our local families. The Bloomington Grove family housing, along with Lillian Court senior housing, provide a unique opportunity for residents to live, work and stay in Bloomington. I am so proud of this investment which demonstrates this county’s strong commitment to our unincorporated area residents,” said Supervisor Josie Gonzales.

The free community celebration event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. A public dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting for the library will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. followed by lunch and library tours. Click here for details.

As many as eight food trucks will be on site that day serving a mix of hot dogs, sliders, grilled cheese, Kona ice and cupcakes, plus much more. The first 1,700 attendees will receive a complimentary lunch and dessert ticket.

The family-fun celebration will have music and entertainers including magicians, balloon storytelling and live animals. Booths will feature treats and games. The County Library and Colton Unified School District’s Super Hero Reading Program will be there as well with surprise guests and giveaways. Attendees will also learn more about Vision2Read, a Countywide Vision campaign designed to focus attention on the importance of reading, highlight literacy-related programs and services throughout the county and connect people to available reading resources and/or volunteer opportunities.

The Bloomington Branch Library is part of a greater County reinvestment in the Bloomington community. Along with the library, the County pursued development of 106 much-needed quality affordable housing apartments for seniors and families. The County will begin construction for the second phase of an additional four-acre site which will add 85 units to the Bloomington Grove affordable housing development. The second phase is set to open in Spring 2017. The County developed the housing in partnership with Related California.

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 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.

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