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San Bernardino County and CEO Devereaux honored for civic excellence

SBCountySEALSan Bernardino County has distinguished itself among Southern California communities, receiving four of 13 awards for excellence and sustainability granted by the Southern California Association of Governments on Thursday, May 1.

San Bernardino County’s Chief Executive Officer Gregory C. Devereaux, the Countywide Vision, San Bernardino County business leader Randall Lewis, and Yucaipa’s revitalization program were all honored with awards.

Mr. Devereaux was named Public Service Leader of the Year and recognized for his outstanding civic leadership for his many years of service in Southern California. Mr. Devereaux played a leading role in assisting the county’s elected leadership in developing the Countywide Vision. He is a consistent and regular leader on best practices for our communities on business revitalization and investments.

The honor is particularly prestigious because the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is the nation’s largest metropolitan planning organization, representing six counties, 191 cities and more than 18 million residents.

Mr. Lewis, Executive Vice President for the Lewis Group of Companies, was also recognized as the Sustainability Leader of the Year.

Mr. Lewis is regarded as an industry leader in promoting the arts, education, healthy living and sustainable development initiatives. He was recognized for contributing company resources to establish a student fellows program in many cities in the SCAG’s six-county region, increasing community awareness of community health.

“These gentlemen are true leaders in our region and our state, and we’re proud to honor them as President’s Award winners,” said Greg Pettis, SCAG President. “Each has contributed significantly to making Southern California such an extraordinary region and upholding SCAG’s principles of mobility, economic advancement, sustainability and improving quality of life.”

Also, the County of San Bernardino and San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) were recognized for Achievement in Integrated Planning for collaborating on the Countywide Vision.

The City of Yucaipa received an award for Achievement in Active Transportation for their Historic Uptown Revitalization Program.

Motorists advised of several closures along I-215 throughout April

caltransCommuters and motorists who travel on Interstate 215 through Grand Terrace are advised of several freeway closures throughout the month of April.

The interstate will shut down intermittently as Caltrans moves four Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad bridge spans on Interstate 215 between Iowa Avenue and Barton Road.

All of the northbound and southbound lanes of Interstate 215 will close from 11:30 p.m. to 11:30 a.m.on Fridays and Saturdays, April 4-5, 11-12, 18-19 and 25-26.

A full closure the northbound lanes of Interstate 215 will occur from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, April 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24.

Motorists should use alternate routes during the closures. A detour map is available here:

For more questions about the project, visit

County to hold second Joshua Tree community meeting

SBCountySEALBack in September, residents and stakeholders turned out in large numbers for a spirited discussion about the future of Joshua Tree during a special community planning workshop conducted by the County.

Experts on the issues raised in September from the County and other agencies will be available to answer questions and discuss additional concerns. Topics will include the desired character of the community of Joshua Tree, environmental concerns, renewable energy, transportation, bike and pedestrian facilities, tourism, housing, and incorporation.

The community is invited to participate from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26 at the Joshua Tree Community Center, 6171 Sunburst Avenue in Joshua Tree. The meeting will begin with a brief recap of the comments received in September then move quickly into an open house format where residents may meet individually with representatives from County departments and other agencies.

For more information about the meeting, contact Michelle McCoy at the Land Use Services Department at (909) 252-5105 or email

Mary Jane Olhasso receives senior leader of corporate real estate certificate

Mary_JaneOlhassoMary Jane Olhasso, the County’s Assistant Executive Officer of Finance and Administration, has completed the professional development criteria for the Senior Leader of Corporate Real Estate Certificate (SLCR).

The CoreNet Global SLCR professional designation is part of a comprehensive career development program for the corporate real estate industry. Twenty-three individuals were honored this year with the SLCR certificate.

Those who hold the SLCR represent an elite group of leaders in the corporate real estate profession. The focus of the Senior Leader of Corporate Real Estate (SLCR) seminar series is the development of critical leadership skills for those positioning themselves for a greater role in their organization. The SLCR Certificate has been awarded to 204 individuals since its inception and is designed to broaden business perspective, enhance strategic approach to decision making, hone financial analysis skills, and expand a candidate’s leadership abilities.

“The SLCR certificate signifies that Mary Jane Olhasso has transcended the corporate real estate function and is a guiding strategic force within their respective organization,” said Angela Cain, CEO of CoreNet Global. “This is the direction we hope that all our members are moving toward, and we encourage them to pursue the SLCR for the education that they will receive and for the accomplishment that the certificate signifies.”

To receive the SLCR certificate, professionals must complete six SLCR seminars.

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