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Be prepared for the next earthquake

earthquakeepicenterDid you feel that earthquake in Fontana overnight? Last night’s jolt and the 20th anniversary of the Northridge Earthquake is bringing earthquake preparedness and awareness to the forefront again.

How can you keep your family safe?

To commemorate the anniversary of the Northridge quake, the Southern California Earthquake Center and the Earthquake Country Alliance put together a virtual exhibit website with a variety of resources, animations, interviews and listing of events happening to help people remember and prepare for another quake.

The website also has a section highlighting three faults in San Bernardino County. Click on the map to see the ones closest to you at



County celebrates a successful year of serving citizens

The year 2013 was an exciting and rewarding year for San Bernardino County and its citizens.
AdoptJanice Rutherford was elected Chair of the Board of Supervisors, Sheriff John McMahon was sworn in and County CEO Gregory C. Devereaux’s contract was extended through March of 2017.
The County’s departments, which serve a multitude of needs for our citizens, won a number of awards for their innovative programs and improvements to existing services to help achieve the Countywide Vision.
This year proved to be the ‘rebuilding’ year for San Bernardino County as new fire stations opened, a new learning center emerged and an upturn in the housing market began to take shape.
For more of the year’s highlights, take a look at the County of San Bernardino 2013 in Review

Public Safety Operations Center wins Project of the Year Award

PSOC_PhotoThe County’s Public Safety Operations Center received a 2013 Project of the Year Award from the American Public Works Association (APWA) on Tuesday, December 10, 2013.

The Public Safety Operations Center opened in May 2013 beginning a new era of public safety for the High Desert and the entire county. The center is housed inside the Jerry Lewis High Desert Government Center in Hesperia.

The award was presented to the County at the APWA Southern California Chapter’s 14th Annual Awards Luncheon. The AWPA is a professional association of public works leaders throughout the United States and Canada. The Southern California chapter includes 1,400 members in the counties of San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside.

The Public Safety Operations Center (PSOC) is a 30,000 square foot state-of-the-art complex, a high-tech operations center that hosts an updated and expanded dispatch center for Sheriff and Fire 911 calls and a place to coordinate resources in the event of an emergency. The facility was not only built to high environmental standards, it was designed to withstand an extreme disaster.

The creation of the PSOC eased the burden on the County’s aging main emergency operations center in Rialto because the Hesperia location is fully equipped to become the crisis nerve center for the entire county.

The PSOC cost $16.7 million, less than half of what it would have cost to build a High Desert facility in a completely separate building. Instead, the Board of Supervisors and the County Administrative Office developed a plan to use surplus space in the Jerry Lewis High Desert Government Center to maximize resources.

“The County made great use of SB 328 legislation that allowed us to build the PSOC facility in the most efficient and cost effective manner,” said Supervisor Robert Lovingood. “Using the ‘best value’ method to award contracts ensures the highest quality construction at the most reasonable price. And that’s good news for everyone.”

There are many high-tech features throughout the PSOC, including 65,000 lineal feet of data cable, an uninterrupted power supply, and waterless fire suppression. The 911 and dispatch consoles are customized with redundant power supply, multiple data feeds, multiple displays, backup communications and video relay. The 175-foot communications tower carries a variety of antennas to aid communication throughout the county is designed to withstand 120 mile
per hour wind forces.

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.”

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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.

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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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 to access the online application and to get additional information.

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