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An exciting and positive new era for the San Bernardino County Museum will begin on Oct. 19 when Melissa A. Russo takes the helm as museum director.
Russo, who will become the County Museum’s first female director, has spent the past six years as Director of Institutional Advancement at the Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland and previously served for 10 years as executive director of the Western Museums Association. She brings to San Bernardino County 23 years of experience as a high-achieving museum executive.
“Bringing Melissa Russo to San Bernardino County is a major step toward fulfilling the commitment made by the Board of Supervisors to put our museum system back on the right track,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman James Ramos.
“This is one of many steps the Board of Supervisors has taken to provide our county community with a modern, fiscally healthy, and respected educational and cultural institution that will attract and engage visitors in record numbers, compete with all other Southern California museums, and responsibly preserve our county’s heritage,” Chairman Ramos said.
Russo, a Certified Fund Raising Executive, has a strong record of fiscal management, strategic planning, program planning and execution, fundraising, board development, and building good relationships with the public. She has a master’s degree in art history from the University of Illinois and a bachelor’s degree in economics from UCLA.
“I am thrilled and honored to have been chosen to lead the San Bernardino County Museum,” Russo said. “I look forward to working with the Board of Supervisors, the staff and the Museum Association. Together, I am confident we will reinvigorate the museum and, through vibrant community engagement, keep this extraordinary institution a truly vital resource in the life of this region.”
The San Bernardino County Museum includes a main facility in Redlands, the Victor Valley Museum in Apple Valley, and historic sites in Chino, Colton, Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands, and Yucaipa.
The museum has struggled in recent years with drops in attendance, revenue, and association membership, as well as economy-driven budget cuts and staff reductions. A 2014 county-commissioned study by San Francisco-based Museum Management Consultants concluded the museum has tremendous potential and could benefit greatly from business-minded management and a greater focus on fundraising by the independent nonprofit San Bernardino County Museum Association.
The study pointed out that the nation’s best museums survive not primarily on government support, as has been the case with the San Bernardino County Museum, but rather on robust and consistent fundraising by non-profit associations. The consultant advised the museum association to partner with a fundraising consultant, increase the size and scope of its board, and consider assisting the county in funding key staff positions.
In January, the Board of Supervisors directed staff to begin implementing a series of the consultant’s recommendations, including filling the vacant director position with someone adept at business and management, and forging a more productive relationship with the museum association.
In May, the board adopted a short-term action plan to set the museum on a positive track until a long-range strategic plan could be developed under the leadership of a new director.
Museum attendance has increased during the past year.
Some walk. Some run. Arrowhead Regional Medical Center staff danced to celebrate cancer survivors for ARMC’s entry in the 2015 Pink Glove Dance competition. The Pink Glove Dance raises awareness and funds for the early detection of breast cancer.
“This year’s video submission has a decidedly more serious tone,” says Deborah Pease, assistant hospital administrator, professional services. “We are aiming to tell the story of one person’s journey with breast cancer. We’re hoping to let folks know they are not alone on this journey.”
Back in 2009, Medline Industries, Inc. turned everyday exam gloves from green to pink. This sparked the beginning of the company’s breast cancer education campaign. The introduction of the pink gloves helps take the fear out of detection exams and reminds nurses about the importance of creating a comfortable, friendly and open dialogue with their patients. A few years later, Medline created the Pink Glove Dance video competition, bringing together nearly 200,000 healthcare professionals, patients and communities to celebrate hope for a cure and honor all who have been affected by the disease through the joy of dancing. More than 16 million YouTube views later, the Medline Pink Glove Dance competition has inspired nearly 1,000 dance videos and raised nearly $1 million for breast cancer charities nationwide.
“We have been part of this national competition for many years in the service of raising awareness for the early detection of breast cancer and to help raise funds for research and prevention,” Pease said. “As health care
professionals, we encourage regular screenings and support our own staff and patients who have survived breast cancer.”
Logon and view the video and vote for ARMC. Also, encourage your friends to vote by sharing this link on social media.
Voting runs through Sept. 23.
Time is running out to sign up to attend the annual San Bernardino Associated Governments General Assembly next Thursday, June 18, at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario. Register today at http://bit.ly/SANBAG2015GA for this unique event celebrating SANBAG’s many accomplishments.
SANBAG is the council of governments and transportation planning agency for San Bernardino County. SANBAG is responsible for cooperative regional planning and furthering an efficient multi-modal transportation system countywide. SANBAG serves all 2.1 million residents of San Bernardino County.
As the County Transportation Commission, SANBAG supports freeway construction projects, regional and local road improvements, train and bus transportation, railroad crossings, call boxes, ridesharing, congestion management efforts and long-term planning studies. SANBAG administers Measure I, the half-cent transportation sales tax approved by county voters in 1989.
The organization is unique among councils of governments and transportation commissions in California and is viewed by many as the model for integrated planning. Local governments within San Bernardino County find value in the monthly forum of city and county representatives who address issues of mutual concern with a unified voice.
Hundreds of runners, walkers, and cyclists are expected for the 10th Annual Cucamonga Challenge starting at 7 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, 2015, at Central Park in Rancho Cucamonga. The Cucamonga Challenge, presented by the Friends of the Pacific Electric Trail, was created as a lifelong initiative to challenge individuals with their own fitness goals, from couch to trail to intermediate and expert fitness levels.
The annual Cucamonga Challenge is a family event, which is held to encourage health and wellness goals while connecting with the community. The Countywide Vision recognizes that wellness is a key element in our community, and is essential toward attaining educational goals and a robust economy. The realization of the Countywide Vision depends on support, participation, and leadership from all community stakeholders, including non-profit organizations.
Join us to support the Friends of the Pacific Electric Trail in its efforts to promote the use of the 21-mile Pacific Electric Trail in the Inland Empire and contribute to the achievement of the Countywide Vision by fostering wellness.
The event is open to all levels. The Cucamonga Challenge will consist of five events:
* 35-mile Bike Ride
* 8-mile Pacific Electric Trail Ride
For route maps, registration and other information, visit: www.CucamongaChallenge.com. Costs vary depending on the event. The event location is: Central Park, 11200 Baseline Road, in Rancho Cucamonga.
Friends of the Pacific Electric Trail, a 501 c(3) organization, promotes the use of the 21-mile Pacific Electric Trail to encourage a healthy lifestyle. The PE Trail is a rail-trail that connects five cities: Rialto, Fontana, Rancho Cucamonga, Upland, and Montclair. All funds raised from the Cucamonga Challenge will support trail amenities such as benches, rest stops, bike racks, pet stations, and drought-tolerant landscaping.
The National Weather Service in San Diego recently presented Hesperia resident Phillip Dupree with an award for his 15 years of service to the Cooperative Observing Program.
Noel Isla, Observing Program Leader, Mike Watkins, Hydrometeorological Technician, and Tina Stall, Meteorologist Intern, traveled to the High Desert Emergency Operations Center in Hesperia to make the presentation.
Mr. Dupree is a dedicated Sky-warn coordinator for San Bernardino County and has been reporting the daily temperatures and precipitation from his home in Hesperia for the past 15 years. He also provides vital reports to the Weather Forecast Office during storms, fires, plane crashes, and more.
Mr. Dupree is proud of his many years of service in weather support, and looks forward to contributing further in the future. Members of the High Desert EOC and San Bernardino County Fire Department were also in attendance, and presented Mr. Dupree with their own award for his dedicated weather support services.
Achieving the Countywide Vision, increasing jobs and economic value, and ensuring the development of a well-planned, balanced, and sustainable county are among the goals and objectives established April 7 by the Board of Supervisors for the coming year.
“The Goals & Objectives are a promise to the people of San Bernardino County that the Board of Supervisors is fully committed to creating an outstanding quality of life for our residents, visitors, and investors,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman James Ramos. “Continuing our work toward achieving the Countywide Vision in collaboration with our cities and towns, schools, businesses, and other stakeholders will ensure that our county community will continue to thrive and succeed for generations to come.”
Annual goals and objectives were established to create a clear line of authority between the public, as represented by the Board of Supervisors, and the activities carried out by County Government. The Board meets annually with the Chief Executive Officer as part of the CEO’s performance evaluation to develop the Goals & Objectives, which are then publicly discussed and acted upon by the Board. All proposals submitted to the Board and all activities carried out by County departments and staff must be tied to one or more of the Goals & Objectives.
“This Board has a strong commitment toward open and honest government,” Chairman Ramos said. “Publicly setting goals and objectives ensures that the public sets the County’s course and that County Government is accountable to the public for the work it does in our communities and how it spends the taxpayers’ dollars.”
The categories under which the Goals & Objectives fall are
— Implement the Countywide Vision
— Create, Maintain and Grow Jobs and Economic Value in the County
— Improve County Government Operations
— Operate in a Fiscally Responsible and Business-like Manner
— Ensure Development of a Well-Planned, Balanced, and Sustainable County
— Provide for the Safety, Health, and Social Service Needs of County Residents
— Pursue County Goals and Objectives by Working with Other Agencies
The County’s primary goal remains implementation of the Countywide Vision, www.sbcounty.gov/vision, by convening conversations on community collaboration and collective action, and supporting the work of the Vision element groups.
The County’s Draft Mental Health Services Act (MHSA, Prop. 63) Annual Update will be posted for public comment from March 20, 2015 through April 20, 2015. The public is invited to review the draft report and provide feedback on the comment forms, posted in English and Spanish. The report and comment forms are located at www.sbcounty.gov/dbh.
“I encourage all interested parties to participate in this community planning process,” stated CaSonya Thomas, the County’s Behavioral Health Director. “The annual update process is something that occurs every year and we are always trying to improve the services provided and the way we work with community partners.”
County Behavioral Health, through the MHSA, is supporting the Countywide Vision by providing behavioral health services and ensuring residents have the resources they need to promote wellness, recovery and resilience in the community. Information on the Countywide Vision and the Department of Behavioral Health can be found at www.sbcounty.gov.
County Behavioral Health has leveraged resources provided through the MHSA to expand existing behavioral health services. The services are geared to target the unserved, underserved and inappropriately served members of our community. Programs provided through MHSA are approved annually by the Board of Supervisors after a comprehensive stakeholder process and public review and approval by the San Bernardino County Behavioral Health Commission.
There are several components of the MHSA including Community Services and Supports, Prevention and Early Intervention, Workforce Education and Training, Capital Facilities, Technology and Innovation.
The Annual Update provides an overview of the outcomes related to each MHSA program and goes over the proposed changes for these components in the upcoming fiscal year.
The MHSA was passed by the California voters in November, 2004, and went into effect January, 2005. The Act is funded by a1percent tax surcharge on personal income over $1 million per year.
Tomorrow is the third Thursday of the month, and in downtown San Bernardino that means food trucks for lunch! This week the menu will include Korean BBQ, gourmet hot dogs, grilled cheese, Argentine cuisine, crepes, cupcakes, and “comfort food with a conscience”. Click here for details!
Begin the new year by learning how to secure your financial future!
Do you know that no matter how small your income, you can save for your future and budget for your current needs?
Classes will be held at IFHMB’s Ontario office located at 1500 South Haven Avenue, Suite 100. Classes will be offered in both English and Spanish. The classes are free of charge.
The topics to be covered include:
• credit repair and wise use of credit
• financial recovery
Supervising Hazardous Materials Specialist Kristen Riegel with the County’s Office of the Fire Marshal was honored Thursday night for her role in a project that led to a reduction in fees for many county businesses.
Riegel was recognized during the Inland Empire Economic Partnership’s Second Annual Red Tape to Red Carpet Awards Reception as the runner up in the Leadership Award for Public Service Category. The IEEP’s mission includes improving the overall quality of life in the Inland Empire through education, transportation, health care, communication, and raising the standard of living in the region.
Riegel was recognized for leading a team of Hazardous Materials Specialists in completely revamping the Fire Marshal’s fee structure. One new component of the fee structure was based on risk. As a result, approximately 20 percent of regulated businesses in San Bernardino County received a reduction in their fees because they generate low amounts of toxic waste while storing small numbers of hazardous materials. These small businesses experienced the most economic benefit.
Riegel’s efforts embody the County’s job of creating a county in which those who reside and invest can prosper and achieve well-being and the Countywide Vision’s goal of establishing San Bernardino County as a model in the state where local government, regulatory agencies and communities are truly business-friendly.