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Burgers, sliders, wings, BBQ, dogs and cupcakes are on the menu for this month’s Third Thursday Food Fest, Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in downtown San Bernardino. Click here for details.
The Board of Supervisors is seeking qualified county residents to apply for the position of County Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector. The incumbent, Larry Walker, is retiring on March 4 and before that date the board must appoint someone to fill the remainder of Mr. Walker’s four-year term, which ends in January 2019. The board will conduct a public process to appoint Mr. Walker’s successor, including a public interview of the most-qualified applicants.
State law requires the Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector to be a registered voter who lives within the County of San Bernardino and to possess certain specific qualifications in the areas of accounting and finance. Information on the process, qualifications, and how to apply can be found at http://cms.sbcounty.gov/hr/Home.aspx. The deadline to apply is January 29.
County employees were moved by the compassionate, inspiring and powerful speeches former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Pastor Rick Warren gave during Monday’s event at Citizen’s Business Bank Arena.
We were also moved by the performances of soloist Bridgett Bentley and the San Bernardino County Association of African American Employees Choir. They performed amazing renditions of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” and “Lean on Me.”
To view photos from the event, click here to see our Facebook page.
The Board of Supervisors, County Public Health and Environmental Health managers, and doctors from Arrowhead Regional Medical Center will conduct a news conference at 7:30 a.m. today, Monday, December 7, to discuss the December 2 tragedy. Only the news media can attend the news conference, but everyone can watch it live on CountyDirect at http://www.sbcounty.gov/main/countydirect.asp.
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Words can’t describe how saddened and horrified we are about this tragedy. Our hearts go out to the victims. The Board of Supervisors is monitoring the situation and is in communication with law enforcement. Media should contact the San Bernardino Police Department for more information about the shooting at 909-383-5311. The County has taken precautions to protect the public and County employees.
County employees who are working within the City of San Bernardino were sent home for the day. Security has been provided at County facilities within the city as a precaution.
The time has arrived for our 27th Annual Celebration of Giving Campaign Holiday Gift & Toy Drive. Working together, we continue to provide a bright future for the children we serve, because we believe they are strong and resilient. A holiday gift of toys, clothes, or books can serve as a profound reminder that others care for them, no matter their circumstance. Last year, due to the generosity of individuals like you, thousands of children received a meaningful gift during the holidays. For some of these precious children, this was the only gift they received.
We invite you to join us again this year at the following locations, as we raise funds and gifts for the children throughout San Bernardino County who need our generosity and support this holiday season. Please click here for details.
San Bernardino County HSS Warehouse
1140 E. Cooley Ave.
San Bernardino, CA 92408
Monday-Friday 10 am – 4 pm
December 1 thru December 15
Super Target – Hesperia
12795 Main Street Hesperia
Saturday, December 12
8 am – 4 pm
Thank you so much for demonstrating your holiday spirit and believing in the children we serve!
Interim President & CEO
The lunchtime weather in San Bernardino is expected to be perfect this Thursday, November 19, which makes it the perfect day to visit the food trucks on their monthly visit to downtown.
This month’s Third Thursday food truck event will feature nine trucks serving up lobster, sliders, hot dogs, burgers, crepes, grilled cheese, cupcakes. Click here for more details.
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.