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Curtain of Courage Memorial Unveiling – Livestream at 2 p.m.

The public is invited to watch a livestream of the Curtain of Courage Memorial Unveiling at 2 p.m. today on our YouTube or Facebook page.

The Memorial opens to the public at 8 a.m. on Monday, June 20 outdoors on the east side of the San Bernardino County Government Center, 385 N. Arrowhead Avenue in San Bernardino.

You may also view the Curtain of Courage Memorial website at December2.sbcounty.gov.

The Memorial honors the victims, survivors and first responders of the December 2, 2015 terrorist attack in San Bernardino.

During the attack, 14 people were killed and 22 were physically injured at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, where employees of San Bernardino County’s Environmental Health Services division were holding a training event.

The Curtain of Courage Memorial consists of 14 individual bronze-colored alcoves shaped like protective curtains along the Government Center’s east promenade. The families of the victims selected the color of glass for each alcove and personalized the phrase on each bench inside each of the alcoves.

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County extends closure of some services through Feb. 4 due to COVID-19

Due to the current COVID-19 surge, many County departments are extending closures or limited services through Friday, Feb. 4

Services for the following County departments and offices are available by phone and online.  In some instances, in-person appointments are available for those who cannot be served remotely. 

  • Agriculture/Weights & Measures
  • Assessor-Recorder-Clerk – Appointments available
  • Child Support Services
  • Clerk of the Board of Supervisors
  • Community Development and Housing
  • County Fire and Fire Marshal
  • Human Resources
  • Inland Counties Emergency Medical Agency (ICEMA)
  • Land Use Services (Planning, Building and Safety, and Code Enforcement)– Appointments available
  • Public Works – Appointments available
  • Purchasing
  • Risk Management
  • Transitional Assistance – Some appointments and limited in-person services remain available
  • Veterans Affairs
  • Workforce Development

Note: The District Attorney’s Office and Department of Aging and Adult Services has remained open to the public.

Information on how to contact departments by phone and online is available at sbcounty.gov.

The following County attractions and services are currently closed to the public:

  • County branch libraries – Curbside pick-up services are available
  • County museums and historical sites

For information about COVID-19, vaccines and testing, visit sbcovid19.com or contact the COVID-19 public information line from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at 909-387-3911.

County sends free COVID-19 test kits, masks to Black churches

Pastor Samuel Casey, Executive Director of C.O.P.E., Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman, and Bishop Kelvin Simmons, President of IECAAC

The San Bernardino County Public Health Department on Friday (Dec. 17) delivered more than 1,000 over-the-counter COVID-19 testing kits and face masks to Congregations Organized for Prophetic Engagement (C.O.P.E.), a nonprofit faith-based organization of Black churches in the county.
“Our County is among the first in California to provide these over-the-counter tests to our nonprofits,” said San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “We are leading the way on COVID-19 response by working with trusted community organizations to provide tests kits and masks to keep our communities safe and healthy.”

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the County has worked in partnership with C.O.P.E. to get people tested and vaccinated, Hagman said.

C.O.P.E.’s mission is to train and develop the capacity of religious and lay leaders in congregations across the Inland Empire to protect and revitalize the communities in which they live, work, and worship.

“On behalf of Congregations Organized for Prophetic Engagement (C.O.P.E.), and Inland Empire Concerned African American Churches (IECAAC), we want to thank Supervisor Curt Hagman, as well as the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health for always being great partners,” said C.O.P.E. Executive Director Pastor Samuel Casey. “This is another layer of great partnership in stemming the tide of the pandemic as we see a rise in COVID cases. These take-home kits are a great resource for the community, especially for those who distrust the testing and vaccination process. This partnership is a positive and powerful way to end 2021.”

Friday’s delivery of testing kits and masks to C.O.P.E. was the first group of free supplies that will go out to eligible nonprofit organizations. Non-profit organizations can request an allocation of COVID-19 tests by submitting a request form here. Test kits will be available for distribution starting the week of Dec. 20.

Rapid antigen tests provide results in as little as 10 minutes. Individuals 14 or older can perform the test directly. Adults can help perform the test for children aged 2 or older. The test can be used for individuals with or without symptoms. People who get a positive test result, should self-isolate at home and avoid contact with others and follow care instructions from their healthcare provider.

“Testing continues to be a priority in San Bernardino County and providing COVID testing resources to our non-profit organizations is another way we can mitigate COVID-19 transmission in our community,” said Public Health Director Josh Dugas. “As we enter the holiday season, we want to ensure that travelers have access to fast, reliable, and easy-to-use COVID testing and be able to provide documentation of their results.”

To learn more about the On/Go rapid antigen kit, call the COVID-19 hotline at: 909-387-3911.

Applications for Sheriff appointment go online tomorrow

Applications will be available online tomorrow morning for qualified San Bernardino County residents interested in being appointed by the Board of Supervisors to serve as the County’s Sheriff.

Sheriff John McMahon announced on Friday that he will retire on July 16 after more than 36 years of public service. His current four year term does not end until Jan. 2, 2023. A special election to fill the vacancy is not a viable option.

“Although the new county charter created a special election option, the timing of this vacancy would not allow a special election to occur until June 7, 2022, which is the date of the next regular election for sheriff,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “The county should not go that long without someone serving in the office of Sheriff.”

“The process we will use for this appointment will be fair, transparent, and guarantee meaningful public input,” Hagman said.

The Board of Supervisors will conduct a special meeting on July 7 to identify finalists for the appointment, conduct public interviews, and consider appointing a new Sheriff to complete Sheriff McMahon’s term.

Starting at 8 a.m. tomorrow, June 23, persons who meet the qualifications to serve as a sheriff in California can apply for the appointment by visiting the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors website.

Applications and supplemental materials will be received until 5 p.m. on June 30. On July 1, the application materials will be provided to members of the Board of Supervisors.

Board adopts 2021-22 County budget with eye toward economic recovery

The Board of Supervisors adopted the 2021-22 County budget on Tuesday, which invests in San Bernardino County’s communities, residents and businesses to help them recover from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year, the $7.6 billion budget recognizes the relative stability of County revenues and plans to keep significant resources available to address any possible future economic challenges.  The Board has maintained its long-standing fiscally prudent approach by setting aside an additional $41 million towards its General Purpose Reserve and is projecting to end 2021-22 with a $19 million General Fund operating surplus.

“We are being fiscally responsible with your tax dollars and we are listening to your priorities,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “We are putting resources in the right direction and this budget gives us the opportunity to move this county forward.”

While not included in the initial recommended budget, the Board also took action today to adopt a plan for the use of $423.5 million of federal funding from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA).  This significant resource will help the County continue to respond to the pandemic, help with economic recovery and infrastructure and improve government operations.

“The 2021-22 Recommended Budget represents a significant step toward recovery from the pandemic,” Chief Executive Officer Leonard X. Hernandez wrote in a letter to the Board. “Through the investment of available financing sources, this budget will both strengthen the County’s fiscal stability while expanding and enhancing the County’s ability to provide high-quality services to our residents and investors.”

To address community concerns, the Board allocated $10.4 million over the next several years to help combat illegal marijuana cultivation, short-term rental oversight, illegal dumping and graffiti abatement, snow play nuisance abatement, illegal vending in problem areas and illegal trucking activities.

“This budget reflects your commitment to public safety in the county,” said San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon, citing the issue of illegal marijuana cultivation in the county.

The post-pandemic desire for outdoor activities prompted an additional $5 million investment in the County’s Regional Parks with capital improvements planned at Glen Helen, Yucaipa, Prado, Guasti, and Mojave Narrows regional parks.

Fighting homelessness remains a priority in the County budget. There is a renewed focus and staffing added to the Homeless Strategic Plan, which aligns the county’s homeless population with health and housing services provided by the County and its partners.

In addition, technological upgrades are due for County systems and online services that help residents and businesses receive a necessary and evolving level of service that is timely and convenient and helps the County generate revenue to continue serving the public’s needs.

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