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Nominate an Unsung Hero

It’s Nomination Time!

San Bernardino County Children’s Network invites you to nominate an individual or organization to be selected and recognized for their efforts in preventing child abuse.

  • Do you know an individual or organization that goes the extra mile for children while selflessly giving in order to make a difference?
  • Someone who goes above-and-beyond their regular duties to ensure children are safe?

Please take a moment to nominate an individual, agency or program for their outstanding efforts in assisting at-risk children and youth in San Bernardino County.

The nomination form can be found on the Children’s Network’s website, http://hs.sbcounty.gov/CN

The nomination deadline is 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8

Thank you for helping us honor those who deserve special recognition. Honorees will be recognized at:

The 21st Annual Shine a Light on Child Abuse Awards Breakfast

Thursday, April 4

7:30 to 9 a.m.

National Orange Show, Valencia Room

690 S. Arrowhead Ave.

San Bernardino

Supervisor Hagman elected Chairman; Supervisor Gonzales elected Vice Chair

Supervisor Curt Hagman was unanimously elected chairman of the Board of Supervisors today by his board colleagues and Supervisor Josie Gonzales was unanimously elected vice chair of the board.  

Chairman Hagman, who served as board vice chairman from 2017 until today, succeeds First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood as chairman. Vice Chair Gonzales served as board chair from 2011 until 2013.

According to the voter-approved County Charter, the chairman serves as the board’s executive agent. The chair presides over Board of Supervisors meetings, acts as the signator for all contracts approved by the board, and works with the county chief executive officer to set the board’s agenda, among various other duties.

In December, Chairman Hagman began his second four-year term as supervisor for the county’s Fourth District, which includes Chino Hills, Chino, Ontario, Montclair, the southern portion of Upland, and adjacent unincorporated areas. Vice Chair Gonzales, first elected to the board in 2004, is serving her final term on the Board of Supervisors under term limits representing the Fifth District, which includes all or portions of Fontana, Rialto, Colton, and San Bernardino, and adjacent unincorporated areas including Bloomington and Muscoy.

“It is an honor to have been unanimously selected by my colleagues to lead San Bernardino County into the future,” Chairman Hagman said. I’d like to say a special thank you to Supervisor Lovingood for doing such an amazing job over the last two years.  In that time frame we have hired a new CEO, a new board member, the unemployment in the County is at a record low, and homeownership rates are up to say the least. Our region is an attractive place to live, work, and travel and I look forward to continuing to grow San Bernardino County. ”

“I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Ontario Airport,” Hagman said.  “It is San Bernardino County’s most important economic driver, and passenger and freight numbers continue to increase every quarter.  Ontario is now in the number one position for exports and now we need to focus on imports.”

“I commend the board for selecting Supervisor Gonzales to serve as Vice Chair,” Hagman said.  “Like me, Josie has made strengthening the economy of our County a chief priority. I am excited about working with Vice Chair Gonzales to continue our progress in pursuit of a stronger San Bernardino County. To my colleagues, on my board we should celebrate how far we have come as a County and continue to work together to achieve goals, address challenges and develop the strategies that will make a lasting, positive impact in our communities.”

Along with supervisorial duties, Supervisor Hagman also serves on the following boards and organizations: Board Director Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) Regional Council; Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP); OmniTrans; San Bernardino County Associated Governments (SANBAG); Commissioner of Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA); Chairman of SCAG FirstNet Subcommittees and California State Military Reserves.

Supervisor Hagman earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology at UCLA. He and his wife Grace have two children: Jonathan, a recent graduate of UCLA and officer in the Army National Guard, and Elizabeth, a student at Ayala High School.  Mr. Hagman’s experience in local and state government, and as a small business owner, has provided him insight into the issues facing his constituency.

 

Board unanimously appoints Dawn Rowe as Third District supervisor

The Board of Supervisors on Dec. 18 unanimously appointed former Yucca Valley Mayor Dawn Rowe to serve as Third District supervisor and complete the final two years of the term to which now-Assemblyman James Ramos was elected in 2016.

Supervisor Rowe, who was selected from a field of 43 qualified applicants, was immediately administered the oath of office and took her seat on the Board of Supervisors, which for the first time in the county’s 165-year history features a female majority.

In applying for the appointment, Supervisor Rowe cited experience dealing with key issues in the district, including the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan, water hauling, vacation rentals and off-road recreation. She also expressed understanding of countywide issues and committed herself toward building a positive working relationship with the other members of the Board of Supervisors.

Supervisor Rowe (rhymes with “now”), who has lived in the Morongo Basin since 2003, served on the Yucca Valley Town Council from 2010 to 2014, including a turn as mayor, and worked as a field representative for Assemblyman and then Congressman Paul Cook from 2009 until her appointment to the Board of Supervisors on Dec. 18. She has been a substitute teacher with the Morongo Unified School District since 2009 and is active in a host of community organizations.

Supervisor Rowe has a master’s degree in advertising from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications & public relations (double major) from Drake University. 

The Third District includes all or portions of the cities of San Bernardino, Grand Terrace, Colton, Loma Linda, Highland, Redlands, Yucaipa, Barstow, Big Bear Lake and Twentynine Palms, the Town of Yucca Valley, and surrounding unincorporated communities and areas. A detailed map can be viewed here.

Supervisors Rutherford and Hagman begin new terms

Supervisors Janice Rutherford and Curt Hagman began new four-year terms on the Board of Supervisors today, each taking the oath of office during ceremonies at the County Government Center in San Bernardino.  

In June, Supervisor Rutherford was elected to her third term and Supervisor Hagman to his second.

Supervisor Hagman was sworn in by his son, Second Lieutenant Jonathan Hagman with the California Army National Guard. Supervisor Rutherford was administered her oath of office by the Honorable Martin R. Barash, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Central District of California and a high school friend of Supervisor Rutherford.

In remarks following their oaths, both supervisors thanked their constituents, families, and the county’s employees.

Supervisor Hagman spoke about the opportunities facing the county spurred by growth and technology. “What’s really great is to have the family of county employees, more than 20,000 of you. I am very honored to serve with you, side by side, taking care of the needs of our residents,” Supervisor Hagman said.

Supervisor Rutherford spoke about a recent tour she took of the county’s Fleet Management Department.

“The people there serve with such pride and integrity, such creativity, such out-of-the-box thinking on problem solving. And they are not unique in this county. We have folks in every department that serve the public with those attitudes, and they don’t get recognized enough. They do the work every day, and I appreciate them,” Supervisor Rutherford said.

“Our community is strong. We can do amazing things when we set aside our differences and just serve one another from the heart. And this is county is full of people who do that,” Supervisor Rutherford said.

Supervisor Rutherford represents the Second Supervisorial District, which includes all or portions of Upland, Rancho Cucamonga, Fontana, Crestline and Lake Arrowhead. Supervisor Hagman represents the Second District, which includes all or portions of Chino Hills, Chino, Ontario, Montclair and Upland.

 

 

 

 

 

 

State offering back fees and tax waivers for mobilehome owners

Is your mobilehome or manufatcured home properly registered with the state? If you don’t know, or don’t want to know because you’re worried about owing back fees and taxes, the state says you’re not alone. Many people aren’t even aware that some types of mobile and manufactured homes have to be registered with the state.

Properly registering your mobile or manufactured home is necessary if you ever hope to transfer the title, leave it to a loved one, apply for fire or flood insurance, obtain permits for upgrades, or prove ownership to a landlord or park manager. That’s why the State of California Department of Housing and Community Development is offering a fee and tax waiver program for owners of mobile and manufactured homes who aren’t registered and might owe back fees and taxes.

The HCD can walk you through the process. Go to www.RegisterYourMobilehomeCA.org or call 1-800-952-8356 during regular business hours.

Free workshops on housing rights and responsibilities

Learn about federal and state fair housing laws, how to recognize and report discrimination, the protections provided for individuals living with disabilities or families with children, new HUD guidelines on tenants with criminal backgrounds, evictions, deposits, habitability problems, notices and much more during a series of free workshops being offered by the Inland Fair Housing and Mediation Board.

The board is conducting 10 workshops throughout San Bernardino County through the end of the month in Chino, Chino Hills, Ontario, Upland, Hesperia, San Bernardino, Big Bear Lake, Needles, Rialto and Barstow, and an additional two in El Centro. Click here for details in English, and here for details in Spanish.

RSVP to attend one of the sessions here, email mmontes@ifhmb.com or call 909-984-2254, ext. 150.

 

 

Property Tax Deadline is April 10

April 10 marks the last day San Bernardino County property owners can pay the second installment of property taxes without penalty. Property taxes are the largest discretionary source of funding for the County, and a significant source of funding for school districts, community college districts, and special districts.

Spread the word about the upcoming deadline and the many quick and easy ways to pay. Visit www.mytaxcollector.com or click here for more information.

Renewal, Resilience, Art, and Oranges

Heritage Valencia grove beside the County Museum

Museum Celebrates Festival of Life in the Cracks Day

With the approach of springtime, new life is sprouting all around us. This renewal will be celebrated at the San Bernardino County Museum at the Festival of Life in the Cracks Day on Saturday, March 10, from 12 to 4 p.m. A range of creative activities from poetry to planting will be offered to museum guests during the Festival, organized in partnership with Arts Connection—The Arts Council of San Bernardino County, Fallen Fruit, and Inlandia Institute. The event is held in conjunction with the Museum’s current contemporary art exhibit, “Life in the Cracks,” which runs through April 1.

Fallen Fruit is an art collaborative that began in Los Angeles in 2004 by making maps of “public fruit” –fruit that grows on or over public property. Originally conceived by David Burns, Matias Viegener and Austin Young, since 2013 David and Austin have continued the collaborative work. Their projects include diverse site-specific artworks that embrace public participation, temporary art installations, and social media focused public participatory actions. Fallen Fruit’s art works encourage the public to experience their city as a fruitful, generous place, inviting people to engage in sharing and collectively explore the meaning of community and collaboration. On Saturday, Fallen Fruit invites museum visitors to help create a living fruit orchard planted by the public for the public by offering free fruit tree adoption. Guests can adopt a tree if they agree to plant it near a sidewalk to share its fruit with the community. Planting and nurturing instructions will be provided.

Fallen Fruit also asks, “Orange You Glad I Didn’t Say Banana?” with an opportunity to draw a self-portrait on a hand-picked orange from the museum’s heritage grove. The oranges will together create a group portrait of everyone who joins in the fun. The Fallen Fruit program is underwritten by the California Arts Council.

Springtime renewal is a recurring topic for poets, and Inlandia Institute offers a chance for Festival participants to hone their creative writing skills through poetry slams during the afternoon, culminating in poetry readings from 3 to 4 p.m.

The Museum’s education division will lead family art activities using orange peels.

“Life blooms in the most unexpected places,” said Carolina Zataray, the museum’s curator of education. “The Festival of Life in the Cracks will offer students, families, and community members a variety of creative activities that recognize this. Join us as we discover the beauty found hidden in the cracks.”

The San Bernardino County Museum’s exhibits of regional cultural and natural history and the Museum’s other exciting events and programs reflect the effort by the Board of Supervisors to achieve the Countywide Vision by celebrating arts, culture, and education in the county, creating quality of life for residents and visitors.

The San Bernardino County Museum is at 2024 Orange Tree Lane, at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $10 (adult), $8 (military or senior), $7 (student), and $5 (child aged 5 to 12). Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcounty.gov/museum. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Come to the Block Party at the Highland Branch Library

The San Bernardino County Library invites residents to the Highland Sam J. Racadio & Environmental Learning Center to let their constructive imaginations run wild at this Block Party event.  Build an amazing experience, meet and greet characters from the Lego Movie and build a LEGO car to race.  Don’t forget to take pictures.  Enjoy a variety of fun-filled crafts, a balloon artist, and more.

This event is another opportunity to celebrate and support the Countywide Vision’s literacy campaign, Vision2Read. The Block Party event will take place on Wednesday, January 24 from 4 to 6 p.m.  Visitors should bring their library card, as every 15 items checked out during the event earns visitors 10 minutes of playtime in our Jumbo Block Building Room and an opportunity drawing ticket for a chance to win awesome incentives!  All activities are free and open to all ages.

The Highland Sam J. Racadio & Environmental Learning Center is at 7863 Central Avenue in Highland.

The San Bernardino County Library System is a dynamic network of 32 branch libraries that serves a diverse population over a vast geographic area. The County library system strives to provide equal access to information, technology, programs, and services for all people who call San Bernardino County home.

The library plays a key role in the achievement of the Countywide Vision by contributing to educational, cultural, and historical development of our County community.

For more information on the San Bernardino County library system, please visit http://www.sbclib.org or call (909) 387-2220.

A Message from Board of Supervisors Chairman Robert Lovingood

Fourteen beautiful souls were taken from us and countless others were forever scarred on December 2, 2015.

Although two years have gone by since the terrorist attack at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, each day we think about those who are no longer with us, those who are still healing physically and emotionally, and the impact this horrific tragedy has had on our San Bernardino County community.

The grief, the anger and the fear remain. We are still unable to grasp what drives this brand of evil.

On that terrible day, the world reached out to San Bernardino County, offered support, thoughts and prayers. The county community wrapped its arms around our County Government family and comforted us through some very dark times.

On December 2 of this year, we will pay special remembrance to those who are no longer with us – husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, sisters, brothers, neighbors and co-workers – and honor those who suffer still.

On this second anniversary, the County Environmental Health Services family and the Board of Supervisors are asking the public to join us wherever you may be in a moment of remembrance at 10:55 a.m. on Saturday, December 2. At that time the county will pay tribute to those who were taken from us and the survivors on our Twitter and Facebook platforms, https://twitter.com/SBCounty and https://www.facebook.com/SanBernardinoCounty respectively.

If you fly an American flag at home or business, we ask that you lower your flag to half-staff on Saturday in honor of the lives taken and the lives shattered on that day two years ago.

And we ask that you continue to pray for those who are still healing, and show love and appreciation to your families, friends, and neighbors.

Finally, I am pleased to report that a great deal of progress has been made in creating a permanent December 2 memorial. Under the guidance of a memorial committee headed by Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales and including members of the Environmental Health family, the county is close to selecting a consultant with experience in public arts and memorials to guide and facilitate our search for an artist to design the memorial.

After the tragedy of December 2, I and the other members of the Board of Supervisors vowed to stand together and help our county emerge stronger than ever before. We continue to hold each other up while offering assistance to the growing number of communities across our country who fall victim to this kind of violence and terror. We will never forget. We are SB Strong.

Many continue to struggle from the events of December 2, 2015. Avenues of assistance are available:

 

  • The SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline is available to help and support for any distress that you or someone you care about may be feeling related to any disaster, including violence. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. Available 24/7. Spanish speakers text Hablanos to 66746.

 

  • The County Department of Behavioral Health Community Crisis Response Team is a community-based mobile crisis response team for those experiencing a psychiatric emergency. Available 24/7. East Valley: (909) 421-9233, High Desert: (760) 956-2345, West Valley: (909) 458-1517, and Morongo Basin: (760) 499-4429.

 

  • The County Department of Behavioral Health Access Unit provides connections to behavioral health crisis services to all of San Bernardino County as well as member services and access to behavioral health services for all beneficiaries of San Bernardino County Medi-Cal. Available 24/7. (888) 743-1478 or (909) 386-8256.
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