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Learn more about your housing rights and responsibilities

Reaching For A HomeIf you or someone you know rent a room, a house, apartment or mobile home, you will want to attend one of these informative presentations on evictions, security deposits, repairs, discrimination, and housing rights for persons with disabilities. The Inland Fair Housing and Mediation Board will be presenting Housing Rights and Responsibilities in nine communities throughout San Bernardino County, for both English and Spanish speakers.

If you plan to attend, please click here and RSVP at the number or email at the bottom of the flier. For more information contact the Inland Fair Housing and Mediation Board at 909.984.2254.

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

State of the County highlights collaboration and successes

2014_StateOfTheCounty_1Board of Supervisors Chair Janice Rutherford gave an inspiring and captivating speech during the State of the County on Wednesday night.

Rutherford emphasized that through collaboration, we can achieve the goals of the Countywide Vision. During her presentation, Rutherford gave a rundown of the unique and important role County government plays in our everyday lives with statistics that reveal the work County departments engaged in over the last year. More than 1,000 county residents, County employees, government leaders, business leaders, and community leaders attended.

Poet David Bowden gave a special performance tailored to the event in which he compared collaboration to how water, soil and seed are essential for growth.

Watch a snippet of Rutherford’s presentation here:

Watch the full presentation here:

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State of the County by the numbers


San Bernardino County is the largest county in the world and one of the nation’s most populous. The diversity and volume of services County Government provides might still surprise you. During tonight’s State of the County speech, Chair Janice Rutherford cited a number of quirky and interesting facts about the County:

2,076,399 – County population (more than 14 states)
20,160 – Size of the county in square miles (larger than Switzerland)
5,981 – Tires purchased by County Government in 2013
200 – Mosquito Fish on-hand for county residents with fish ponds
676 – Copies of “Green Eggs and Ham” in County libraries
5,825 – Average daily jail population
64 – Species at the Big Bear Alpine Zoo at Moonridge
160 – Animals at the Big Bear Alpine Zoo at Moonridge
1,134,088 – Cookies baked by the County in 2013
22 – Rare-earth minerals and metals mined in the County
15,000 – Toothbrushes purchased by the County in 2013
10,000 – Tubes of toothpaste purchased by the County in 2013
65,464 – Environmental Health inspections during fiscal year 2012-13
258,148 – Outpatients seen at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in 2013
0 – Deficiencies found during a recent inspection of ARMC
115,000 – Arrowhead Regional Medical Center ER visits, 2013
278,560 – Latex gloves purchased by the County in 2013
19,953 – Gas pumps inspected by the County in 2013
$56 million – Saved by county consumers in 2013 thanks to scale/gas pump/scanner inspections
7,000 – Coloring books purchased by the County in 2013
6,500 – Crayon 4-packs purchased by the County in 2013
80 – Sentinel chickens to warn the County about impending disease
200,000 – Bird eggs at the County Museum
185,742 – Calls for Sheriff service in unincorporated County areas in 2013
1,403 – Square miles covered by the Victor Valley Sheriff’s station (just shy of Rhode Island)
8,000 – Disposable diapers purchased by the County in 2013
15,171 – Public Health immunizations during fiscal year 2012-13
102,450 – Apples purchased by the County in 2013
250 – Bridges maintained by County Public Works
1,805 – Number of Sheriff’s volunteers
3,800 – Poll workers who served during the 2012 presidential election
1,171 – People who received job training through the Workforce Investment Board in 2013
13 – Aircraft Owned & Operated by the County

State of the County 2014 to be held Wednesday

stateofthecountyHear how our County, residents, businesses and agencies are bringing innovation and resources together to further the Countywide Vision at the annual State of the County on Wednesday.

Network with business leaders and industry peers as well as hear directly from County leadership on how collaboration, transparency and a commitment to economic opportunity is creating a dynamic future for all invested in the county.

There is still time to register for the event, which is being held at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario.

For more information, visit

Follow the event on Twitter @CountyWire or by using #stateofthecounty.

Back to work!

jobsSan Bernardino County’s steady march back to prosperity has reached a significant milestone. For the first time in years, the unemployment rate in San Bernardino County is lower than the rate in Los Angeles County. In December 2013, the unemployment rate in San Bernardino County was 8.7%, its lowest level in nearly six years. In contrast, unemployment reached a high of 14.8% in July 2010. The December 2013 rate for our neighbor to the west was 8.8%.

Summit will focus on growing our local economy

Don’t miss the Inland Empire Manufacturers’ Council 3rd Annual Summit on February 21 in Ontario. The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board has been a manufacturingproud partner of the council since it was founded in 2005. This partnership reflects the tenants of the County’s Vision by providing support to manufacturers and finding solutions for issues including: employment and training, research, regulatory compliance, import and export, and funding. The council provides a strong, unified voice when communicating with regional, state and national entities on issues impacting the region. The council seeks to improve the competitiveness of manufacturers by enhancing the knowledge and skills of the employees in their respective organizations, and improving the quality of the applicants in the community, through collaborative regional workforce development. Register for the summit here:

County awarded “Public Partner of the Year” by real estate industry group


Kelly Reenders, the County’s Economic Development Administrator, accepts the Public Partner of the Year Award.

The County of San Bernardino was recently awarded the honor of “2013 Public Partner of the Year” by NAIOP Inland Empire Chapter as part of its annual REXIE Awards (Real Estate Excellence Inland Empire) program.
The REXIE Awards is the premier annual event for the commercial real estate community in the Inland Empire. The program recognizes the excellence that the industry has created throughout the Inland Empire as well as the dedication of outstanding individuals, companies and public partners.
The Public Partner of the Year is open to all cities, counties and agencies located within the Inland Empire. The award highlights those public partners that went above and beyond to best support the overall real estate industry efforts for the better good of all vested parties.
“We are committed to providing businesses, owners, developers, residents and other key stakeholders with an environment that encourages job growth and economic success,” said Kelly Reenders, the County’s economic development administrator. “We are honored by this recognition but even more importantly feel that it emphasizes the critical relationship between the public and private sector in building a strong regional economy.”
“The County of San Bernardino continues to set the bar in the Inland Empire in terms of how a public agency can work as a partner and asset for the positive future of the real estate industry,” said Stephen Batcheller, partner with Panattoni Development Company and 2014 president of NAIOP Inland Empire chapter.

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