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Merry Christmas from Public Works

In addition to keeping our roads in good shape and performing a host of other services for the public, the people of the County Department of Department of Public Works found DPW Ops 13 Toy Drivethe time and energy to donate toys to the County Children’s Fund Toy Drive.

Proposed County solar ordinance wins praise

From the San Bernardino Sun:

SAN BERNARDINO – A proposed county ordinance that would set development guidelines and establish land use fees for solar energy generation facilities goes before the Board of Supervisors today for consideration.

If approved, the ordinance would end a 1-year moratorium on new solar energy development in the county and would ultimately be incorporated into an amended general plan that will include a policy document on renewable energy and conservation. The updated general plan is expected to be in final draft form in early 2015.

Giant_photovoltaic_arrayDavid Lamfrom, California Desert senior program manager for the National Parks Conservation Association, is one of many environmentalists fighting to ensure that the demand for renewable energy projects in the Mojave Desert doesn’t adversely affect its flora and fauna and ruin the quality of life of its residents.

He said he’s happy with the approach the county has taken.

“I think in the past year the Board of Supervisors has taken an unprecedented interest in the issue of renewable energy, and I’m actually proud of the Board of Supervsiors,” Lamfrom said Monday. “I think they’ve taken seriously an issue that could have fundamentally, if not handled properly, drastically altered the quality of life for people living in rural areas of the county.”

See the rest of the story: http://www.sbsun.com/government-and-politics/20131202/san-bernardino-county-supervisors-to-consider-solar-energy-ordinance

 

Weddings by the numbers

Wedding-ImageDennis Draeger, San Bernardino County Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk, reported a significant increase in marriage activity on Tuesday primarily due to the sequential date of 11-12-13.  County Clerk staff performed 50 civil marriage ceremonies on that day, which is a 194% increase over the typical daily average of 17 ceremonies performed.  A recent repetitive date that generated an increase in civil marriage ceremonies was 12-12-12, on which 81 ceremonies were performed, a 376% increase. Draeger said there is no anecdotal evidence to explain this phenomena, but men probably pick these calendrical rarities because they are easy anniversary dates to remember.  Another traditionally busy day for the County Clerk is Valentine’s day.  The next sequential date is 12-13-14.

Hinkley Road Bridge to Reopen

Hinkley Bridge at the Mojave River in the Barstow area is reopening now that repairs from the December 2010 storm are complete.  The bridge will officially reopen to the public on Friday, November 15, 2013.  Supervisor Robert Lovingood said, “I know the reopening of this bridge will be a major relief for the local residents, who no longer have to drive 20 miles out of their way.”

imageHinkley Road Bridge was originally washed out during a period of storms and heavy flooding in December 2010.  The bridge sustained damage during those storms.  Subsequently the road was closed until the bridge could be repaired.

The project included removal of the damaged pile, retaining wall and unsound concrete and construction of a pile/pier and a wingwall, and erection of a steel structure to connect the new pier to the bridge superstructure.  The final stages included paving, marking and striping. The total cost of the project was $297,000 which was comprised of funds from the Measure I Local Stimulus.

The contractor, Trinity Construction Company of Blue Jay, was able to complete the work ahead of the December projected completion date.  This early opening will allow the residents in the area have an alternate route through the Barstow area.

For further information please contact the Department of Public Works at (909) 387-7920.

Native American Heritage Month Celebration

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First District Supevisor Robert A. Lovingood, Keynote speaker Ernest Siva – Morongo Band of Mission Indians Tribal Historian and Cultural Advisor, DBH Director CaSonya Thomas, Third District Supervisor James Ramos

More than 140 people representing various cultures, communities and organizations attended the Native American Heritage Month Celebration on November 13, 2013, at the University of Redlands. The event was hosted by the County Department of Behavioral Health in collaboration with the Native American Resource Center, and the Riverside-San Bernardino County Indian Health, Inc.

On November 5, the Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution honoring November as Native American Heritage Month. The month of November is also a nationally recognized month honoring the Native American Heritage.

The theme for this year’s event was “Four Directions of Wellness.” This theme was selected to focus on the importance of emotional, physical, mental and spiritual health when working with Native American/Alaskan Native Community members in recovery from mental illness and/or substance abuse. The event included a keynote presentation from Ernest Siva – Morongo Band of Mission Indians Tribal Historian and Cultural Advisor. The event also included cultural dancing, craft activities, entertainment and food.

The Native American Heritage Month Celebration was started by the DBH Native American Awareness Sub-Committee in 2009, as an effort to gain a day of recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the United States. The purpose of the celebration is to further our understanding of Native American Culture through education. The event is also used as a platform to raise mental health awareness, reduce stigma, promote access to care and share community resources.  For more information visit www.sbcounty.gov/dbh.

Flights of Fancy at the County Museum

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Life in the air will take center stage during Flights of Fancy at the San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands on the weekend before Thanksgiving. The event includes the first west coast exhibition of the top entries from the Federal Duck Stamp competition along with guest artists, conservation and environmental organizations, and a range of activities for adults, families, and children—even an early-bird walk and a breakfast with the birds! All activities are included with regular museum admission. More information can be found at www.sbcountymuseum.org.

Volunteers are needed for the event. If you would like to get involved, click here: http://www.sbcounty.gov/museum/pdf/flights-volunteer-flyer.pdf.

Adam Grimm, this year’s winner of the Federal duck stamp contest, will meet museum visitors and set up an exhibit of duck stamp and waterfowl paintings. He will be joined by his daughter, Madison Grimm, who is coincidentally the winner of the 2013 Federal Junior Duck Stamp contest. World-champion carver Dennis Schroeder will show waterfowl and songbird carvings, and last year’s Duck Stamp winner, Robert Steiner, will exhibit art and both state and federal waterfowl stamp paintings and prints. All artists will have works for sale; proceeds benefit the San Bernardino County Museum Association in support of programs and activities at the San Bernardino County Museum.

On Saturday, the weekend kicks off with an Early Bird Walk at the museum from 7 to 8 a.m. Led by Museum Director Robert McKernan, participants will walk through the museum grounds and native plant gardens to observe local wintering and resident birds. The Early Bird Walk is free; participants should bring binoculars.

From 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. museum visitors can enjoy a sneak preview of Duck Stamp Art and works by the visiting artists along with a buffet breakfast. Breakfast with the Birds is sponsored in part by Costco of San Bernardino, Orange Tree Lane Deli and Bakery, and Starbucks #10346. The preview breakfast is included with paid museum admission, and is free to Museum Association members and Flights of Fancy sponsors.

Flights of Fancy opens at 9:00 a.m. and continues until 5 p.m. Environmental organizations, including the San Gorgonio Wilderness Association, California Dept. of Fish & Wildlife, the San Bernardino Valley Audubon Society, Inland Empire Resource Conservation Board, and San Bernardino Valley Water Conservation will be represented; all will offer special activities for children. The museum’s education division will invite families to create colorful three-dimensional butterflies, to make and color flip books that show birds in flight, to paint decoys, and to look through microscopes to see feathers up close and personal. Selena Bryan will employ music and free-form dance while helping visitors make colorful feathered bird masks. These family activities are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

At 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, the winning Federal Duck Stamp artist Adam Grimm and his daughter Madison, the winning Junior Duck Stamp Artist, will give a brief presentation followed by a drawing workshop for children. At 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, Museum Director will present “Duck Stamps and Conservation” in the Land Birds Gallery.

Flights of Fancy is open on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Director McKernan will lead a gallery walk through the Life in the Air galleries on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

Duck Stamp Art will be exhibited at the San Bernardino County Museum during “Flights of Fancy,” November 23 and 24, 2013. The exhibit includes the top entries from this year’s Federal Duck Stamp contest and Junior Duck Stamp entries.

County will upgrade High Desert railroad crossings

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BNSF Railway, the San Bernardino County Public Works Department and the Town of Apple Valley are jointly participating in a project to upgrade the railroad crossing along Kiowa Road just south of Tussing Ranch Road. This project includes placing concrete panels across the railroad tracks in Kiowa Road that will provide a smoother surface resulting in decreased wear and tear on your vehicles.  The project is scheduled for December 3, 2013.  Kiowa Road must be closed up to eight hours for the work.  A detour will be available on Tussing Ranch Road, Central Avenue and Roundup Way.

BNSF and the County Public Works Department are jointly participating in a second project, one that will upgrade the railroad crossing along High Road. This project also includes placing concrete panels across the railroad tracks on High Road to reduce vehicle wear and tear.   This project is scheduled for December 2, 2013.   High Road must be closed up to eight hours for the work. A detour will not be available.

For questions, please contact the San Bernardino County Department of Public Works yard at (760) 247-8208.

 

File your Assessment Appeals Application online!

house_balance_400The annual regular filing period for assessment appeals ends December 2, 2013. For your convenience and to ensure timely, accurate processing of your application, file online! You will receive immediate confirmation of receipt of your application. You will have the ability to review the information entered prior to submission to ensure all necessary fields have been completed. For those filing multiple appeals, common data between applications is retained, which reduces the need to enter redundant information. Access the Clerk of the Board website at www.sbcounty.gov/cob/assessmentappeals/ to access the online application and to get additional information.

Law enforcement needs your help

sbsoSee the attached press release and photos regarding a shooting that occurred in the Victorville Walmart parking lot on October 22, 2013. San Bernardino County Sheriff’s investigators are asking anyone with information about the suspects involved to contact the Victorville Station, Detective Campas at (760)241-2911 or Sheriff’s Dispatch at (760)956-5001. Victorville Walmart Parking Lot Shooting October 2013

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