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County of San Bernardino

ShakeOut a success in San Bernardino County

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The October 17, 2013 Great ShakeOut was a success in San Bernardino County with 620,412 participants from all sectors including government, school districts, healthcare facilities, nonprofit organizations and local families.

The Great ShakeOut is a worldwide drill performed to increase awareness of earthquakes and help prepare in the event of a disaster.

All San Bernardino County departments participated in the drop, cover and hold on exercise. Some departments followed that exercise with a fire following an earthquake drill and evacuation.

The County Museum held special events the day of the ShakeOut with hundreds of adults and children from nearby schools learning about the impact of earthquakes. The 2014 Great California ShakeOut is scheduled for 10:16 a.m. on October 16, 2014.

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Human Services newsletter recognized by PRSA Inland Empire chapter

humanservicesAn electronic newsletter which reaches 5,545 Human Services employees throughout the County was recognized with a Capella Award from the Public Relations Society of America’s Inland Empire chapter.

The HS Connection newsletter is distributed via email every month with success stories shared by staff, training recognition of exemplary customer service, opportunities for employees, and legislative changes and improvements to Human Services programs.

“We are very excited about the progress the Human Services Communications team has made in the past year,” said Chief Learning Officer Summer Adams. “This award tells us we are headed in the right direction and we look forward to continuing to help tell the success stories of our Human Services Departments and to help them reach our residents.”

HS Connection Editor Cynthia Malvin accepted the Capella Award during the PRSA’s 2013 Polaris Awards banquet on October 24.

Human Services is dedicated to the health and wellness of all of the County’s 2 million residents. Human Services includes the administrative divisions and departments of Aging and Adult Services, Behavioral Health, Child Support Services, Children and Family Services, Children’s Network, Preschool Services, Public Health, Transitional Assistance and Veterans Affairs.

State organization honors county with 5 awards

The Preschool Referral Project, developed by the departments of Children and Family Services and Preschool Services, offers foster children age 3 to 5 enhanced preschool services resulting in increased placement stability, school readiness and school performance.

Phalos Haire and Diana Alexander accept their award for the Preschool Referral Project from the California State Association of Counties at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting.

County programs aimed at reducing truancy, preventing the spread of West Nile Virus, providing preschool services to foster children, improving customer service and shortening the time to obtain search warrants were honored today as among the best in the state.

California State Association of Counties Executive Director Matt Cate appeared at today’s Board of Supervisors meeting to deliver five 2013 CSAC Challenge Awards to the Public Defender’s Office, Environmental Health, Transitional Assistance, Children and Family Services, Preschool Services, and Information Services.

“These awards reflect the resourcefulness of County employees and their dedication to developing more efficient and effective ways to serve and protect our residents,” San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chair Janice Rutherford said. “I commend the staff members who earned this year’s CSAC Challenge Awards, and I challenge all of our employees to continue offering their ideas about how the County can improve customer service and better use its resources.”

The annual CSAC awards are considered a highly competitive recognition program that honors the best and most innovative among California’s 58 counties. This year, 18 counties were honored with awards after a panel of judges evaluated 220 entries. The CSAC Challenge Awards provide meaningful examples of how County employees are committed to achieving the Countywide Vision and creating a county in which those who reside and invest can prosper and achieve well-being.

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Calling all early risers who love to fish

evening fishing on the waterRise and shine early Saturday, November 23rd and join Regional Parks at Cucamonga-Guasti in Ontario for “Sunrise Fishing”. For this one special day the park will extend their hours for some fishing and fun from 5:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. With two freshly stocked lakes (500 pounds of Ruby Red Trout and 500 pounds of Nebraska Tail walker Trout) fishing will be a blast. Sunrise Fishing [pdf]

Upcoming Board of Supervisors and JPA meetings

SBCountySEALDon’t forget Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting at 10 a.m. inside the Covington Chambers at the County Government Center, 385 North Arrowhead Avenue in San Bernardino.  The agenda provides more information about what’s on the consent and discussion calendars.

Also, the Homeownership Protection Program Joint Powers Authority is meeting at 9 a.m. Friday in the Covington Chambers. The JPA will discuss moving forward with letters of intent with four groups who have proposed concepts for homeowner protection and foreclosure programs.

Free pet adoptions for veterans during Veterans Day week

Veterans Day Pets to VetsSan Bernardino County Animal Care and Control (ACC) will recognize U.S. veterans with free pet adoptions Nov.  9-17, 2013. Veterans can adopt dogs and cats from one of the County’s animal shelter facilities located in Devore or Big Bear Lake through the shelter’s “Pets to Vets.” The outreach is part of the County’s ongoing effort to place homeless pets with loving families.  On Saturday, November 9, ACC will place up to 250 dogs or cats free of charge to qualified U.S. military veterans.  There is a limit of 2 adoptions per qualified veteran.

 The “Animals aRe First Fund” (ARFF), a local non-profit charitable organization that assists stray animals in San Bernardino County, will be paying for the vaccination, adoption and the spay or neuter fees for the first 250 adoptions made to qualified military veterans at San Bernardino County operated animal shelters. 

 “This is a wonderful opportunity to match pets that need homes with deserving military veterans who would appreciate companionship,” said Brian Cronin, Chief of San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control.

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Avoid the flu, your shot is due

Young Woman Blowing Her Nose in BedA seasonal flu shot is recommended every year for persons 6 months of age and older, to help protect you, your family, and the community from the flu. Avoid the flu by getting vaccinated today.

A seasonal flu shot is especially recommended for these high risk groups:

  • People 50 years of age and older
  • People who live in nursing homes and long-term care facilities
  • People of any age with chronic medical conditions (including asthmatics and diabetics)
  • Pregnant women
  • Home caregivers and health care workers
  • Infants and children* age 6 months up to their 19th birthday

*Depending on previous vaccination history, children aged 6 months through 8 years may be required to receive two doses of influenza vaccine

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Dog Day at the County Museum

 

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The County Museum’s education division will host “Do Canids have Canines: Dog Day at the Museum” on Saturday, November 9. Activities, which will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., are included with paid museum admission.

“Dogs fascinate us,” said Jolene Redvale, museum curator of education. “From the wildness of wolves to the dedication of domestic dogs, they really draw us in.”

The event, supported by various community organizations, will introduce visitors to the canine family—wolves, coyotes, hyenas, foxes, and Rover—and will explore the nature of being a canine.

“Dogs are amazingly diverse. Some, like the coyote, have figured out how to take advantage of human activity and habitats. Others, like the gray wolf, have suffered the effects of discrimination against predators for hundreds of years. Yet, they still hang on,” said Redvale.

Visitors will encounter rescued greyhounds from GreySave. Visitors can also witness basic obedience training, and learn the benefits of training, vaccinations, and altering. Staff will offer visitors ideas for selecting the best dog for their family, and how to care for a pet they select. Elliot’s Pet Emporium in San Bernardino will offer a coupon for free bag of dog treats at their store on E Street.

In addition, visitors can create a stuffed calico dog, and make dog figures from clay. Gallery talks on the Canidae family will take place throughout the day. Visitors will also enjoy some good storytime adventures, including those of Biscuit the Puppy and old Coyote. All activities are free with paid museum admission, and are appropriate for visitors of all ages.

“The best part of an event like this is seeing our visitors have fun together,” said Redvale. “At the Museum, there is something for everybody!”

Election Day is Tuesday November 5, 2013

votingThe 2013 Consolidated Election is being held on Tuesday, November 5. Approximately 500,000 voters in San Bernardino County are eligible to vote in this election, which includes the following areas: Baker, Chino, Chino Hills, Crestline, Fontana, Grand Terrace, Helendale, Montclair, Ontario, Phelan, Pinon Hills, Rancho Cucamonga, Rialto, San Bernardino, Upland, and Yucca Valley.
Voters can find their assigned polling place:

  • On the back cover of their Voter Information Guide
  • Online at www.sbcountyelections.com
  •  By calling the Elections Office at (800) 881-VOTE (8683) or (909) 387-8300

The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day.
Voters on the permanent vote-by-mail list have already received their ballots. Those mail ballot voters who have not already returned their voted ballots can drop them off between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Election Day at any one of eighty polling places in the county, or at the San Bernardino County Elections Office.
Voters may also drop off their voted mail ballots from now through November 5, 2013 at one of thirty-two mail ballot drop-off locations throughout the county during regular business hours. The locations can  be found on the interactive Mail Ballot Drop-Off Map found at www.sbcountyelections.com

Ballots must be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day in order to be accepted. A voted mail ballot postmarked on Election Day, but not received at the Elections Office by 8 p.m., will not be counted

Additional snow removal map added to Public Works interactive maps website

snowremovalThe San Bernardino County Department of Public Works has launched a website of various interactive maps for the public to view current information about where county roads, flood control and solid waste facilities are located. The maps include Transportation Road Yards, the County Maintained Road System, Temporary Road Closures, Waste Disposal Site Locations, Flood Control Facilities, Flood Control Right-of-Way and Capital Improvement Project locations.

An additional map shows county residents what roads receive snow removal services from the  Department of Public Works or County Special Districts Department. The snow removal website allows users to click on a road and receive detailed information about which county department to contact for snow removal.

The website address is http://sbcountydpw.maps.arcgis.com.  Ninety percent of Public Works activities are within the county.

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