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County CEO receives regional leadership award

Devereaux portraitCounty Chief Executive Officer Greg Devereaux today received a regional honor for his work with the Board of Supervisors and other county leaders on the Countywide Vision, as well as his 19 years of service as an executive with the County and the cities of Ontario and Fontana.

Mr. Devereaux became the 59th recipient of the Clarence A. Dykstra Award for Excellence in Government from the Southern California Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration during ceremonies in Los Angeles.

“My fellow Board members and I are proud of the work Greg has done to develop and achieve the Countywide Vision, which will make our county community a better place for our residents and investors,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman James Ramos. “Greg also deserves credit for working so closely and so well with the Board of Supervisors to get County Government back on the right track.”

Information on the Countywide Vision is available at

“It is very rewarding to work for a Board of Supervisors that is committed to good government and to achieving the vision the people of our county have for our community’s future,” Mr. Devereaux said.

“No one accomplishes anything alone in government,” Mr. Devereaux said. “In government, you always work as a team, and everything for which I have been given credit would not have been possible without the elected representatives, elected department heads, executive staff, line staff, and community members who have worked with me over the years.”

Mr. Devereaux has served as the County’s chief executive since early 2010. He served as city manager for Ontario from 1997 to 2010, and city manager for Fontana from 1993 to 1997.

The American Society for Public Administration, ASPA, is a 9,000-member organization of government and nonprofit administrators, scholars, educators, and students. ASPA advances the art, science, teaching and practice of public and non-profit administration through its programs and services and fosters core public service values, including accountability and performance, professionalism, social equity, and ethics at the local, national and international levels.

The Southern California Chapter of ASPA was founded in 1948, has approximately 400 members, and is the second-largest chapter of ASPA. The Southern California Chapter’s mission statement is, “To inspire and promote leadership in the Southern California region.”

The Clarence A. Dykstra Award for Excellence in Government was first awarded in 1956 and is named for the nation’s first city manager, having held that position in Cincinnati, Ohio. Mr. Dykstra also served as provost of UCLA from 1945 to 1950. Mr. Devereaux will join a long line of distinguished Southern California leaders who have received the award. Mr. Devereaux was nominated for the award by Phil Hawkey, executive vice president emeritus and assistant professor of Public Administration at the University of La Verne.

During the past four years, San Bernardino County has claimed nearly 150 national and state innovation awards for developing or improving services for county residents and investors. Earlier this month, the county led the nation in claiming 46 Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties.

Redlands’ ESRI pledges $1 billion in software to U.S. schools

JackDangermondRedlands-based mapping software giant Esri, operated and founded by Redlands native Jack Dangermond, has made a major commitment to America’s K-12 and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education efforts, pledging to provide $1 billion in mapping software to 100,000 U.S. schools.

Esri announced on Tuesday that it will make its advanced mapping software ArcGIS available to K-12 schools across the country. Through the program, students will now have access to the cloud-based software — the same GIS technology used by governments and businesses — to map and analyze data.

“Geographic Information System technology gives students powerful tools for understanding our planet, and teaches them to become problem solvers,” Dangermond said. “It is a perfect complement to STEM courses and many other classroom activities, while preparing students for further education and expanding career opportunities in fields that can help better manage our world, build better lives for more people, and design a better future.”

According to Forbes magazine, it all started when Dangermond met with President Obama a few months ago to discuss how Esri can contribute to the ConnectED Initiative, a program by the White House to help strengthen STEM education for K-12 students across the country. “I asked myself: ‘What’s the biggest idea that we can go for?’” Dangermond recalled in an interview with Forbes. As soon as he proposed that Esri would offer its software for free for every K-12 school in America, the President was immediately on board. “We thought this is a way to scale it up and bring GIS education to schools in the whole country,” Dangermond said.

By bringing the tool to K-12 classrooms across the country, Dangermond is hoping that students will learn “creative problem-solving” through hands-on projects. He gave an example of “Get The Lead Out,” a project in which students in Detroit used the company’s software to identify environmental issues and come up with plans to fix them. “It let kids to use analytics and come up with ideas for their own communities,” Dangermond said. “The kids learned citizenship, science, problem-solving, and political involvement.”

While bringing the mapping software to all the public K-12 schools is a big step forward, Esri has experimented with the initiative on a smaller scale over the past few years in different states. Students who benefited from the program have researched a wide array of topics, from mapping out health issues in Los Angeles to using demographic data to get Walmart products delivered to returning veterans, according to the billionaire.

“This kind of project-based learning is going to have an impact on the students,” Dangermond said. “We have to build a better education in this country. We need to step it up.”


San Bernardino County and CEO Devereaux honored for civic excellence

County Seal No BackgroundSan Bernardino County has distinguished itself among Southern California communities, receiving four of 13 awards for excellence and sustainability granted by the Southern California Association of Governments on Thursday, May 1.

San Bernardino County’s Chief Executive Officer Gregory C. Devereaux, the Countywide Vision, San Bernardino County business leader Randall Lewis, and Yucaipa’s revitalization program were all honored with awards.

Mr. Devereaux was named Public Service Leader of the Year and recognized for his outstanding civic leadership for his many years of service in Southern California. Mr. Devereaux played a leading role in assisting the county’s elected leadership in developing the Countywide Vision. He is a consistent and regular leader on best practices for our communities on business revitalization and investments.

The honor is particularly prestigious because the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is the nation’s largest metropolitan planning organization, representing six counties, 191 cities and more than 18 million residents.

Mr. Lewis, Executive Vice President for the Lewis Group of Companies, was also recognized as the Sustainability Leader of the Year.

Mr. Lewis is regarded as an industry leader in promoting the arts, education, healthy living and sustainable development initiatives. He was recognized for contributing company resources to establish a student fellows program in many cities in the SCAG’s six-county region, increasing community awareness of community health.

“These gentlemen are true leaders in our region and our state, and we’re proud to honor them as President’s Award winners,” said Greg Pettis, SCAG President. “Each has contributed significantly to making Southern California such an extraordinary region and upholding SCAG’s principles of mobility, economic advancement, sustainability and improving quality of life.”

Also, the County of San Bernardino and San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) were recognized for Achievement in Integrated Planning for collaborating on the Countywide Vision.

The City of Yucaipa received an award for Achievement in Active Transportation for their Historic Uptown Revitalization Program.

New website helps strengthen nonprofit organizations in the Inland Empire


A new website designed to help strengthen the ability of nonprofits to serve people in the Inland Empire launched today at
The Inland Empire United Way in partnership with the San Bernardino County Capacity Building Consortium and the Funders Alliance of San Bernardino and Riverside counties collaborated on the website to provide essential resources to nonprofits.
The new site offers a training center, a job board, a directory of consultants and a variety of other services.
Here is a link to the website:
Here is a link to Inland Empire Capaciteria’s video:

Employees celebrate the Countywide Vision in unique Christmas tree

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Gail Joe and her fellow employees in the County’s Special Districts Department decided to celebrate and promote the Countywide Vision during their department’s Christmas decorating contest this year.
She and Michael Wildes, Shar Perez, and Mona Montes  – who all work in the Fiscal/Budget division – were the clear winners when they unveiled the tree complete with a “Vision” topper and cutout arrowheads portraying the County’s iconic seal.
The Countywide Vision statement is printed across paper ornaments adorning the tree. What a wonderful celebration of the Vision as the County heads into 2014!
The Countywide Vision states:
We envision a complete county that capitalizes on the diversity of its people, its geography, and its economy to create a broad range of choices for its residents in how they live, work, and play.
We envision a vibrant economy with a skilled workforce that attracts employers who seize the opportunities presented by the county’s unique advantages and provide the jobs that create countywide prosperity.
We envision a sustainable system of high‐quality education, community health, public safety, housing, retail, recreation, arts and culture, and infrastructure, in which development complements our natural resources and environment.
We envision a model community which is governed in an open and ethical manner, where great ideas are replicated and brought to scale, and all sectors work collaboratively to reach shared goals.
From our valleys, across our mountains, and into our deserts, we envision a county that is a destination for visitors and a home for anyone seeking a sense of community and the best life has to offer.

Collaboration highlights Community Vital Signs Summit

Education, economy and access to healthcare hold the key to a healthier future for the County of San Bernardino, according to a report from Community Vital Signs released at its “Live Well, Age Well” Summit at the National Orange Show in San Bernardino on Thursday, November 14, 2013.

More than 200 community leaders attended the summit where community feedback and priorities established from Community Vital Signs’ 23 community engagement meetings during July and August were unveiled. Attendees were given copies of “San Bernardino County: Our Community Vital Signs,” a report based on the community meetings. The report, expected to generate a framework for sustainable health improvement in communities, will be available online at and will be available in County of San Bernardino libraries.

Summit attendees heard from keynote speakers, John Husing, Chief Economist of the Inland Empire Economic Partnership and June Simmons, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Partners in Care Foundation.

community-vital-signsThroughout the summer, more than 1,000  leaders from business, education, public safety, health and human services, faith and community organizations, transportation and planning came together to make plans for improving health and wellness in the community. County Chief Executive Officer, Gregory Devereaux, and each of the County’s Board of Supervisors participated in the various meetings.

Meeting attendees received a list of indicators and were asked to choose indicators that the Community Vital Signs Steering Committee should prioritize as community goals over the next three to five years. According to the report, the seven indicators that rose to the top included: education, economy, access to health care, nutrition/access to healthy foods, mental health, community safety, and safety at school.

“San Bernardino County: Our Community Vital Signs, will impact the future of this County with regard to decisions, policies, systems-change and strategies that will better meet the healthy needs of residents of San Bernardino County,” said Maxwell Ohikhuare, MD, Health Officer, County of San Bernardino. “Community Vital Signs meetings has set the stage for action-driven priorities and measurable results. It is our hope the report will be used to pave the way for a healthier County.”

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.

View this special video message from Board of Supervisors Chair Janice Rutherford about Community Vital Signs Initiative.

Cities and school district win first Vision awards

VisionLogoThree groups were presented with the first Vision in Action Awards for their exemplary efforts to partner with members of the community to accomplish the goals of the Countywide Vision.

The Vision in Action awards were presented to the groups on June 20 by San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chair Janice Rutherford during the San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) General Assembly.

“The Countywide Vision is more than just a statement of what we want our County’s future to be; it’s a challenge to all of our community partners to develop innovative and bold new approaches to make that future possible,” Rutherford said. “I applaud all of our award winners for their creativity and hard work, and I encourage all of our stakeholders to continue working to achieve our shared Vision for the County of San Bernardino.”

The Board of Supervisors and SANBAG have established two regional goals toward achievement of the Countywide Vision: Partner with all sectors of the community to support the success of every child from cradle to career; and establish San Bernardino County as a model in the state where local government, regulatory agencies and communities are truly business-friendly.

The following are the recipients of the first Vision in Action Awards:

  • Colton Joint Unified School District – “Purposeful Community Initiative”


This award recognized progress toward achievement of the cradle-to-career regional goal. The district created partnerships with local businesses and community groups to provide internship opportunities for students. As part of their duties, students from the Virtual Enterprise Program at Bloomington High School created a website for Leno’s Ricos Tacos and gained valuable experience in web design, graphic arts and public presentations while providing a website for a local business. Arrowhead Regional Medical Center also got involved in the Purposeful Community Initiative by adopting three elementary schools in the Colton Joint Unified School District to educate them about the careers available in the health care field.

Accepting the award were Colton Unified School District School Board President Roger Kowalski, School Board Member Patt Haro, Superintendent Jerry Almendarez, Assistant Superintendent Mike Snelling, Leno Moreno from Leno’s Rico Tacos, Bloomington High School-Virtual Enterprise Instructor Elena Hernandez, and Jorge Valencia from Arrowhead Regional Medical Center.

  • City of Chino – “Jump Start Meeting”


This award recognized progress toward achievement of the business-friendly regional goal. The City of Chino created a “Jump Start Meeting” process to help businesses through the development process. The informal meeting brings together all departments involved in the development process and helps identify any potential problems with a business before they spend money on a formal application. The meetings have led to more complete development applications, a more efficient process and business able to open quickly at a lower cost.

Accepting the award was City of Chino Business Development Manager Cruz Esparza.

  • Cities of Adelanto, Barstow, Hesperia, Victorville and the Town of Apple Valley – “Opportunity High Desert”


This award recognized the importance of collaboration. City managers from Adelanto, Barstow, Hesperia, Victorville and Apple Valley joined to discuss how they could bolster economic development in the High Desert. They realized that any major development in the region benefits all of them because of increased employment and impacts on the regional economy. The cities decided to market the region together at the International Council of Shopping Centers Conference in an effort to bring new business to the area.

Accepting the award were city managers Jim Hart from Adelanto, Curt Mitchell from Barstow, Mike Podegracz from Hesperia, Doug Robertson from Victorville, and Apple Valley Town Manager Frank Robinson.

For more information about the Countywide Vision, visit

Employees honored for work toward Countywide Vision

County Seal No BackgroundSAN BERNARDINO – The county today honored 43 of its approximately 19,000 employees for their work exemplifying the organization’s efforts to help the community achieve its Countywide Vision.

The recognition took place during the county’s Public Service Recognition Award for Excellence ceremony. The annual event recognizes the everyday work of public servants. One employee from each county department is selected for an award based on outstanding service to the county and its citizens. This year, the criteria were focused on the Countywide Vision,

“It is important to take the time to recognize those who consistently perform above and beyond the call of duty to serve our residents and contribute to the realization of our Countywide Vision,” County Chief Executive Officer Greg Devereaux told the honorees, many of whom were accompanied by family and co-workers. “You are the employees who I believe we can count on the most as we do our part to help the county community achieve the Vision.”

Selection is based on specific criteria including customer service, initiative and leadership, accomplishments, and the commitment to the realization of our Countywide Vision. Following the awards presentation, honorees enjoyed a reception in the County Government Center Rotunda sponsored by the San Bernardino Public Employees Association.

This year marks the 24th year the County has participated in national Public Service Recognition Week. Public employees in the United States and around the world take part in the annual celebration honoring the men and women serving America as federal, state, and local government employees.

Mr. Devereaux today announced plans to expand the program in San Bernardino County next year.

“Future honorees will include not only employees nominated by their departments, but we will also provide the opportunity to recognize employees through the launch of a new Employee

Showcase,” Mr. Devereaux said. “Employees will have the opportunity to present innovative ideas, share successful initiatives and outcomes, and gain valuable feedback from top county administrators.”

The following County employees were recognized today:

  • • Debra Lunt, Aging and Adult Services
  • • Robert Martus, Agriculture/Weights & Measures
  • • Vince Corona, Airports
  • • Robert Coutts, Architecture & Engineering
  • • Adrian Martinez, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center
  • • Stacey Wilson, Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk
  • • Lupe Perez, Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector
  • • Erica Porteous, Behavioral Health
  • • Daniel Flores, Board of Supervisors
  • • Bradley Davis, Child Support Services
  • • Hugo Castellanos, Children & Family Services
  • • Anne-Michelle Ellis, Children’s Network
  • • Lynna Monell, Clerk of the Board of Supervisors
  • • David Van Diest, Community Development and Housing
  • • Jessica Brown, County Administrative Office
  • • Beth Steigerwalt, County Counsel
  • • Christopher Lee, District Attorney
  • • Soua Vang, Economic Development
  • • Connie Hall, Facilities Management
  • • Ken Munsey, County Fire
  • • Lucretia Dowdy, First 5
  • • Bob Grisham, Fleet Management
  • • Veronica Rodriguez, Human Services Administration
  • • Kathleen Frink, Human Resources
  • • Christopher Starbeck, Information Services
  • • Daniel Avera, Land Use Services
  • • Stacy Cliff, Library
  • • Eric Prien, Museum
  • • Victoria Bucchino, Preschool Services
  • • Sharon Jaques, Probation
  • • Lisa Slade, Public Defender
  • • Bonnie Flippin, Public Health
  • • Tom Williams, Public Works
  • • Claudia Walker, Purchasing
  • • Jeff Wellcome, Real Estate Services
  • • Robert Fontaine, Regional Parks
  • • Terry Kouba, Registrar of Voters
  • • Eileen Egland, Risk Management
  • • Jennie Hernandez, Sheriff-Coroner-Public Administrator
  • • Lorie Judd, Special Districts
  • • Elizabeth Lepe, Transitional Assistance
  • • Claudia Frye, Veterans Affairs
  • • Nilda Mireles, Workforce Development

First two Countywide Vision goals win adoption

VisionLogoThe Countywide Vision took a major step forward this morning when the San Bernardino Associated Governments Board and County Board of Supervisors approved the first two regional implementation goals developed through the Vision process, targeting cradle-to-career success and the creation of a business-friendly environment.

The goals emerged from meetings between experts and stakeholders representing the elements of the Countywide Vision and were honed by city, town and county leaders during the annual City/County conference in March. The element leaders will now meet again to set a course for achieving the goals through collaboration with residents and other stakeholders.

One goal calls for partnering with all sectors of the community to support the success of every child from cradle to career. The other goal adopted today calls for the establishment of San Bernardino County as a model in the state where local government, regulatory agencies and communities are truly business friendly.

“These goals reflect discussions that took place within several of the element groups,” said San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chair Josie Gonzales. The county and SANBAG have coordinated the development and achievement of the Countywide Vision.

“Groups representing education, healthcare, and jobs and the economy have emphasized the need to guide young people from an early age into career fields that will benefit the county community,” Chair Gonzales said. “Groups representing the environment, housing and jobs and the economy have emphasized the need and the opportunity we have to be a model of business-friendliness in a state that is perceived to be hostile to business.”

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