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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.
San Bernardino County Department of Public Health has confirmed the first death from West Nile Virus (WNV) in 2015. A total of five WNV cases have been confirmed within the County this year; the first death occurred in a previously reported case. San Bernardino County reported eight confirmed WNV cases at this time in 2014 with no deaths. Throughout the state, there are 36 confirmed WNV cases so far this year. This amount exceeds the California five-year annual average of 23 cases.
“We are greatly saddened by this death that has occurred in San Bernardino County. We extend our deepest condolences to the family. We continue to see an increase of West Nile Virus activity throughout the county and therefore, we strongly encourage that the public takes appropriate precautionary measures to protect themselves against mosquito bites,” said Dr. Maxwell Ohikhuare, Health Officer. “People over 50 years old should be especially cautious, as they are more likely to develop serious illness if they contract the virus.”
WNV is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. Signs and symptoms of WNV may include fever, body aches, rash, nausea, vomiting and headache. Most people infected with the virus have no symptoms. However, some people may develop severe symptoms which can lead to brain inflammation or paralysis. The most effective way to avoid WNV infection is to prevent mosquito bites.
Residents can protect themselves from mosquito bites by taking the following precautions:
- DAWN and DUSK – Avoid spending time outside when mosquitoes are most active.
- DRESS – Wear shoes, socks, long pants and long-sleeved shirts that are loose fitting and light colored.
- DRAIN – Remove or drain all standing water around your property where mosquitoes lay eggs (birdbaths, ponds, old tires, buckets, clogged gutters or puddles from leaky sprinklers).
- DEET – Apply insect repellent containing DEET. When using DEET, be sure to read and follow the label instructions.
- DOORS – Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or holes to prevent mosquitoes from entering the home.
- REPORT – Report green or neglected pools by calling 1 (800) 442-2283. Press 3 when prompted.
The public can participate in the WNV surveillance program by reporting dead birds to the state’s WNV toll-free hotline at (877) WNV-BIRD (968-2473) or at www.westnile.ca.gov.
For more information on WNV, visit the San Bernardino County Mosquito and Vector Control Program or call the Communicable Disease Section (CDS) at 1 (800) 722-4794.