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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

SANBAG, Vision project highlighted for environmental initiatives

VisionLogoSan Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) and the Countywide Vision project’s collaboration on effective climate and clean energy planning were highlighted in this article published by the Sustainable City Network.

“SANBAG became the focal point for a lot of the communication and a county-wide vision of the future,” said Steve Smith, director of planning for SANBAG. “In many ways, it paralleled work going on at the same time in the state legislature, focused on greenhouse gas reductions and sustainability, with an emphasis on regional responses.”

The Countywide Vision project’s environmental initiatives include a greenhouse gas reduction plan for 21 cities, a countywide habitat conservation framework, an active transportation program that features a regional bicycle and pedestrian plan, a home energy renovation opportunity program, transit-oriented development initiatives at six commuter rail stations, and a freight strategy for goods movement and air quality, Smith said.

SANBAG presented the work of the Countywide Vision at the 100th International City/County Management Association Conference held last month in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Read more from the Sustainable City Network here.




Attend the Colton Joint Community Cabinet on Oct. 8

coltonjointunifiedThe Colton Joint Community cabinet is holding a meeting on Oct. 8 and has invited 36 teachers from the district to discuss how the community can help support students.

The Colton Joint Community cabinet is an alliance between business, labor, the community and the school district to help support every child from cradle to career, which is one of the regional goals of the Countywide Vision.

The meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at Joe Baca Middle School, 1640 S. Lilac Avenue in Colton. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Frances Frost at frances_frost@cjusd.net.


County Library and Bakers Drive Thru offer an exciting Book Club

MUS Opening Day POsterJoin the San Bernardino County Library as we partner with Bakers Drive Thru to promote reading among children and teens this fall. This eight-week reading program will begin Monday, Oct. 6, 2014 and run through the weekend of Nov. 22, 2014.

The San Bernardino County Library and Bakers Drive Thru are very excited to host this first ever fall Book Club to promote reading among children and teens just as the school year is beginning  preparing them for literacy success for the rest of the school year.

Participation in the program is easy! Visit any of our 32 County Libraries to sign up. Participants must be between the ages of 4-17 and a parent or guardian must sign off on the reading log. Children will be able to reach three reading incentive levels and win prizes provided by Bakers Drive thru by logging in the number of pages read in their log. Awards vary on the level each participant achieves but includes certificates for free Hand-dipped Real Ice Cream Milkshakes; bean burritos, fries and a drink; single baker and Hand-dipped Real Ice Cream Milkshake. Every participant who reaches level three will be entered into an opportunity drawing for a chance to win a Kindle Fire HD.

The program officially opens at all San Bernardino County library locations on Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. The Baker Family Learning Center at 2818 North Macy Street in Muscoy will be hosting a special kickoff event at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6 including a special presentation acknowledging this amazing partnership with Bakers Drive Thru, a performance by Arty Loon, followed by sign-ups to Bakers Book Club. The first 100 children and teens to attend the kick-off event will receive a free bag!

For further information regarding this event, please contact Liz Smith at (909) 387.2273.

Environmental group meets on balancing preservation, growth

Environment EG mtg 140924Today, the Countywide Vision Environment Element Group consisting of experts in environmental protection, land use, infrastructure, utilities, business and regulatory agencies met to discuss draft principles for how to best balance habitat preservation and conservation with expected population and economic growth.

The draft principles were developed by Dudek, an environmental and engineering consulting firm hired earlier this year by San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) to complete a countywide habitat preservation and conservation study.

The study will help develop a recommended comprehensive structure and approach to the preservation and conservation of habitat for threatened and endangered species in a way that is beneficial for the health of the environment, the economy, and the citizens of San Bernardino County.

During the past several months, Dudek staff has collected information about existing conservation efforts throughout the county.

Dudek staff provided the Environment Element Group with their insights from their interviews of officials with cities and towns, the County, regional planning and infrastructure entities, environmental protection groups, resource conservation districts, state and federal regulatory and resource agencies, including:

  • Some municipalities have addressed habitat conservation by designating lands as open space, adopting hillside protection ordinances, and preparation of individual habitat conservation plans.
  • State and federal wildlife agencies would like to see a connected and comprehensive approach to habitat conservation.

Dudek staff also presented 15 draft policy and biological principles for habitat conservation to the Environment Element Group for its feedback, including:

  • Increase certainty for both the preservation/conservation of habitat as well as for land development and infrastructure permitting.
  • Recognize that San Bernardino County needs to have a growing economy to be able to afford the acquisition and ongoing management of habitat. Conservation efforts should complement the managed growth, economic development and population growth anticipated by Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG).
  • Recognize that participating in a more comprehensive approach to conservation planning will be voluntary, but that participating in the more comprehensive approach will provide benefits for most of those participating.

Dudek staff will incorporate today’s input from the Environment Element Group into its analysis and its development of a recommended conservation framework and strategies.

The Environment Element Group will review Dudek’s recommendations later this year before a final report is provided to the SANBAG Board of Directors.

Anyone with valuable insights into conservation planning efforts anywhere in the county is encouraged to contact Stephanie Standerfer at Dudek – sstanderfer@dudek.com.

View the Countywide Habitat Preservation/Conservation Framework Presentation.

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