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New drought regulations and state laws topic of Water Element Group meeting

waterelementmeetingLeaders of water and municipal agencies met today with members of the local business and development sectors to discuss how new state laws and regulations related to the drought may impact community planning and growth in San Bernardino County.

More than 70 persons convened in Rancho Cucamonga to learn about the state drought measures, including the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014 and Proposition 1: The Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014.

The meeting was hosted by the Countywide Vision Water Element Group, the SANBAG City-County Managers Technical Advisory Committee Water Sustainability Subcommittee and the Baldy View Chapter of the Building Industry Association.

Since their first meeting in January 2012, the Water Element Group has been working to develop a long-range plan to ensure water sustainability for the county’s future. The Group consists of leaders representing public and private water agencies, regulators, planners, education, and business.

This effort by the Group marked the first time that San Bernardino County endeavored to address its water needs in a comprehensive, collaborative environment that incorporated multiple watersheds.

The Countywide Vision Water Element Group has produced:

  • A countywide water inventory that revealed the County has enough water to supply residents, business, and agricultural needs through 2035, if there is a commitment from the whole community to invest in capital projects and programs to store new water supplies, protect current water supplies, and increase water conservation efforts.
  • A countywide inventory of water conservation programs.
  • A map that identified land recommended for protection for future local water recharge projects.

During the past year, the leaders of the Water Element Group have met with County and city managers, County and city planning directors, and the Baldy View Chapter of the Building Industry Association (BIA) to discuss how they can all work together to ensure there is a sufficient, sustainable water supply to accommodate expected population and economic growth.

At BIA’s Annual San Bernardino County Water Conference in August, water, city and BIA leaders discussed the benefits of collaboratively working on regional 2015 urban water management plans that closely link to County and city general plans.

When Governor Brown signed the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act on September 26, 2014, which in part advocates for coordination of water management and land use planning, the water, city and BIA leaders saw a chance to continue the dialogue they started earlier this year to improve their growing partnership.

To view presentations and other materials from today’s meeting, click here.

Workshop presenters needed to help guide youth interested in health care careers

inland coalitionThe Inland Coalition is looking for for young, dynamic speakers under the age of 30 who reflect the diversity of the region and can actively engage youth for the 2015 Health Professions Conference on Feb. 25, 2015.

Prospective presenters must apply by Nov. 1.

The Inland Coalition provides an adult-type of conference for high school and middle school students to learn more about health care professions. The conference is free for high school and ROP healthcare pathway students in San the San Bernardino, Riverside county areas and the Pomona Valley.

This year’s theme is “Plan Now, Live Well, Serve Here,” which reflects the goals of the Countywide Vision.

The Inland Coalition is specifically seeking professionals to speak on the following topics:

•Primary care careers (nurse practitioners; clinical nurse specialists; physician assistants; and physicians specialized in family medicine, internal medicine, geriatric medicine, pediatric medicine and obstetricians and gynecologists.)
•Allied health professions
•Community College healthcare pathways
•A-G requirements
•Nursing careers
•Working in a clinic
•Medical needs in a medically underserved area
•How to begin your health career in middle school
•Make high school count toward your healthcare career
•The many aspects of health careers
•Financing your health career
•What is a public health career?
•The future of mental health careers

The conference will be held at Cal State San Bernardino in the San Manuel Student Union.

For more information and an application for prospective presenters, click here.

Contact Carol Allbaugh with questions or comments at carol@we-reachout.org.





Volunteer on Make A Difference Day this Saturday

makeadifferenceThe Inland Empire United Way and local nonprofits are encouraging residents to get involved in helping their communities on Saturday, Oct. 25, which is National Make A Difference Day.

Make A Difference Day began in 1990 and is held the fourth Saturday of October.

The Inland Empire United Way suggests volunteering time at a nonprofit near you.

For a list of volunteer opportunities, visit http://www.handsoninlandempire.org/. To read more about National Make A Difference Day, visit http://makeadifferenceday.com/


Help fight hunger Sunday at the Monster Charity Run/Walk

sowingseedsforlifeSowing Seeds for Life, a nonprofit organization that serves more than 6,000 people through their food pantry is holding their second 1K-5K Monster Run/Walk on Sunday.

The event is being held at the Citizens Business Bank Arena, 4000 E. Ontario Center Parkway in Ontario.

The 1K fun run is for children beginning at 7 a.m. The 5K Monster Run/Walk begins at 8 a.m. Participants are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes.

The registration fee is $30. Kids ages 3 to 8 are free with a registered runner, limit two per runner.

The proceeds will benefit Sowing Seeds for Life and Hearts of Lala’s Rainbow.

If one registered runner can raise $120, it will allow two families to have a complete Thanksgiving dinner.

For more information and registration, visit www.sowingseedsforlife.org




You’re invited to the 8th Annual Homeless Summit on Nov. 5

Homeless Summit Electronic Invite PIO revised 10 7 14The San Bernardino County Homeless Partnership invites the public to attend the 8th Annual Homeless Summit held in conjunction with the Interagency Council on Homelessness and the Homeless Provider Network.

Homeless service providers, faith-based organizations, city governments, and other public and private agencies involved in providing services to chronically homeless individuals and families are encouraged to attend.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Ontario Convention Center, 2000 E. Convention Center Way in Ontario.

This year’s event is entitled “Collaboration is KEY”, and is geared to inspire faith-based and community-based homeless providers and government agencies to become more informed and active in forming practical solutions and policies to end homelessness. The summit will include a variety of targeted workshops including:

  • A new law enforcement approach to homelessness;
  • The role of WIA and EDD Employment programs, as well as the veteran program in helping people become employed;
  • Funding opportunities for homeless service providers;  and
  • Progress on ending veteran homelessness

This year’s Homeless Summit is provided free of charge through the Partnerships continued commitment to provide quality services and salient resources to homeless service providers – our essential partners in our joint effort to end chronic homelessness.

Registration for this event is available through the San Bernardino County Homeless Partnership website at www.sbcounty.gov/sbchp/.

There are four workshops to choose from, so please pick one workshop from each section.  You may also contact Deanna Luttrell from the Office of Homeless Services at (909) 386-8225 or via email at dluttrell@dbh.sbcounty.gov if you need assistance with summit registration.




San Bernardino County to get 40,000 books

FirstBook1A total of 40,000 books will be distributed from First Book, an organization that provides books to children in need, on Friday and Saturday, October 17-18 at the Inland Empire United Way.

Teachers, child care providers and other child-serving professionals will select their quantity of books designated for the needs of their children and students.

Ted Alejandre, deputy superintendent, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools and Dr. Tomás Morales, president of California State University, San Bernardino will be in attendance to experience the County receiving these much needed books.

“County Schools is pleased to participate with First Book in this very important event for the children of San Bernardino County,” Alejandre said. “Research shows that early literacy is essential to a student’s academic success. Providing children with books early on helps to develop a love of reading they will carry through their academic and adult life, contributing to life-long learning and future success.”

San Bernardino County Preschool Services Department, Children’s Fund, First 5 San Bernardino, Inland Empire United Way, Child Care Resource Center, County of San Bernardino Library, National CORE and San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools have joined together as an Advisory Board to form “San Bernardino County First Book (SBCFB).  First Book provides access to new books for children in need, transforming the lives of children and elevating the quality of education by making new, high-quality books available on an ongoing basis

Learning to read is critical to a child’s success – both in school and in life.  Literacy is one of the best predictor’s of a child’s success. For children who are growing up in poverty; books are scarce. Only 42% of third graders in San Bernardino County are proficient in reading.

Through grassroots efforts and networking, the Advisory Board worked to get several schools and organizations registered (more than 675 registrants) to be eligible to receive books through First Book.  The books will be given to 20,000 children (each child will receive two books) to take home.

First Book President, Kyle Zimmer, founded First Book with two friends in 1992 to create an organization dedicated to providing new books to children in need.  In that first year, First Book distributed 12,000 books in three communities – and now deliver more than 35,000 new books on average per day.

Volunteers install new playground at San Bernardino park

playgroundThis week, more than 200 volunteers showed up to Ninth Street Park in San Bernardino to install a new playground.

The nonprofit group, KaBOOM led the project in the park after noticing the old playground had deteriorated.

Tony Munoz, one of the volunteers who installed the new playground, told The Sun newspaper: “I remember that big steel slide that was hotter than heck in the summer. It was a steel merry-go-round that was there. They did fix it up, but it sort of went to pot, you know. Now, all these guys working together, I think we’re making something better.”

According to the newspaper, the city of San Bernardino helped organize the event along with the Home of Neighborly Services and the BNSF Railway. The Dr. Pepper Snapple Group also contributed to the project.

This project helps achieve the Countywide Vision by improving the quality of life for residents and their children.

Read more about the event in The Sun newspaper.




Residents invited to shape community transformation plan

community vital signsThe power to transform community health in San Bernardino County is being placed in the hands of residents. The community is invited to an interactive forum from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, October 17 at Central Park at 11200 Baseline Road in Rancho Cucamonga.  The Community Vital Signs sponsored forum will give residents an opportunity to share ideas and opinions that will be used to shape the Community Transformation Plan.

The Community Transformation Plan will include goals, objectives and metrics for changes in education, economy, access to health and wellness, and safety. The meeting will explore goals that Community Vital Signs has developed during a series of engagement meetings with community leaders in 2013.

San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chair and Second District Supervisor Janice Rutherford will attend. “Community input is critical to developing effective solutions to the issues that matter most to our residents,” Rutherford said. “I encourage everyone to participate in this community collaboration so the actions that come out of it reflect the values and needs of all our communities.”

The Community Vital Signs initiative addresses the Wellness Element of the Countywide Vision. It is a community health improvement framework developed through the collaborative efforts of county residents, community organizations, and government agencies. It sets evidence-based goals and priorities that align and leverage our resources to improve the overall health and well-being of the county’s residents. To register for the event, call (888) 433-1363.

Learn how to expand your business globally

earthParticipate in an exclusive free training program carefully designed to give business executives strategies, insights, and a ready network of contacts necessary to successfully expand sales globally.

“Successful Exporting in Today’s Global Economy,” will be held from 7:30 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Oct. 9 at the Chaffey College Chino Community Center, 5890 College Park Avenue in Chino. Click here to register.

If you believe exporting could be part of your growth strategy, these courses will provide you with the hands on tools and the latest information necessary to succeed. In addition, through this course, you will become informed about the effective finance and marketing assistance currently available through both state and federal agencies and walk away knowing precisely how to leverage these resources.

Selling American products and services overseas is both profitable and culturally rewarding for all companies that want to prosper in today’s global marketplace.

The Export Trade Assistance Partnership (ETAP) provides export training and assistance to local businesses and entrepreneurs interested in expanding to new markets.

To read more about the event, click here.

Chaffey College and consortium win $14.9 million job training grant

chaffeycollegeVice President Joe Biden announced this week that Chaffey College and a consortium of Southern California colleges won $14.9 million to partner with employers in the region to expand and improve education and career training programs to help job seekers obtain skills they need for in-demand jobs.

“I congratulate these colleges for winning this multi-million dollar grant that will improve the job prospects of Inland Empire residents,” said California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris.  “Colleges and universities are engines for economic growth and are well-suited to train and connect students with employers who have job openings but few qualified candidates to apply for them.  Thanks to these funds, college administrators will work together to tailor a job-training program that will give students the skills they need to obtain good jobs in fields with many openings.”

The funding is part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training competitive grant program, which is co-administered by the U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Education.  Approximately 270 community colleges across the country won a total of $450 million under this job-driven grant program.

The winning colleges are required to establish partnerships with employers to develop career training programs for in-demand jobs in industries like information technology, health care, energy, and advanced manufacturing.

Chaffey College will distribute much of its grant money to the Inland Empire Regional Training Consortium (IERTC), which will use the funds to create the STEM Education Business Incubator Center at facilities provided by California Steel Industries in Fontana, Calif.  The Center will develop a curriculum and award certificates in the field of advanced manufacturing applications.

“The California Community Colleges will stretch every dollar it is given for maximum use to build world-class academic programs that provide high quality training for our students,” Harris added.  “We are fortunate to have so many partners in this endeavor, including UC, CSU, and local employers to help us design this job-training program.”

The consortium is composed of Chaffey and the following colleges: Norco College; Barstow Community College; College of the Desert; Mt. San Jacinto College; Victor Valley College; San Bernardino Valley College; Crafton Hills College; Riverside City College; MiraCosta College; California State University, San Bernardino; and University of California, Riverside.

The consortium has partnered with the Inland Empire Manufacturers’ Council, which has a membership of over 50 manufacturers, including local employers such as California Steel Industries; Brithinee Electric; Cott Beverages; Steelscape; Ashley Furniture; California Quality Plastics; Nestle Waters, North America; and Southern California Edison to develop this program.

For more information on what the California Community Colleges is doing to improve the state’s economic growth and global workforce competitiveness, click here: http://extranet.cccco.edu/Divisions/WorkforceandEconDev/EWDProgram.aspx

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