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Holiday lights contests set to light up cities and towns throughout the county

Several cities and towns in San Bernardino County are holding contests and holiday lights events to bring out the holiday spirit in our communities this year.

There are three entries in the Holiday Porch Decorating contest in the Town of Yucca Valley this year. These beautiful images show the residents there are feeling merry and bright!

The City of Montclair judged their Holiday Lights contest this year and you can view the winners here to see who is lighting up their neighborhoods.

In the City of Chino Hills there is a Holiday Home Decorating Contest that closes Friday, December 11.

Judging will be based on the following criteria and there will be one winner for each category:

-Best Holiday Spirit
-Classic Holiday
-Best in Show

Winners will be notified on Wednesday, December 16.

The City of Upland has a Home for the Holidays house decorating contest to bring cheer to their neighborhoods!  Judging was based on curb appeal only for exterior decorations, including decorations that are visible outside.

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The City of Twentynine Palms hosted a Community Light Decorating Contest & Self-Guided Tour Saturday, December 5.

The address list for the homes that participated can be found on the City’s website for the remainder of the month for all to enjoy

And last, but not ever least, in our own Winter Wonderland of Big Bear Lake, residents may visit the Big Bear Grizzly newspaper to see the Deck the House Holiday Lights Contest featuring 12 homes in Big Bear Valley decorated and entered in the contest. There is a link for voting on their website and a link to the addresses the site as well and in the weekly newspaper at https://bigbeargrizzly.net/.

December 9, 2020 Update

The County Update publishes each Wednesday and also as needed, to share important news and resources in our battle against COVID-19 and to keep our economy running. We remain here for you. #SBCountyTogether

For latest COVID-19 statistics and important links, scroll to the bottom of today’s Update

In today’s Update:

  • FAQs for pending vaccines now available
  • Where did CARES Act funding go?
  • 6 Tips for handling stress during the holidays
  • No-cost business webinars
  • Sheriff COVID-19 cases update

FAQs on New Vaccines Now Available on County Website

The County of San Bernardino and Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) are committed to implementing a comprehensive response to the COVID-19 vaccination process based on guidelines established by the CDC, California Department of Public Health and the San Bernardino County COVID-19 Vaccination Task Force.

To help keep our county residents informed and up-to-date, we will be sharing breaking news on the rollout of the vaccine through this County Update and on a dedicated page on the County website. Launching today are Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that share what we know now about the upcoming COVID-19 vaccinations and phased rollout.

The FAQs cover the following topics:

  • Vaccine testing process and current vaccinations under development (or available)
  • Timing of vaccine availability and phases of vaccine allocation
  • Safety of the vaccine and administering of shots
  • Links to information resources

The FAQs can be found through the dedicated link on the https://sbcovid19.com/ webpage and will be updated as new information becomes available.

“There is no bigger news right now in our fight against COVID-19 than the arrival and successful delivery of these vaccines to all San Bernardino County residents,” said Board of Supervisor Chairman Curt Hagman. “Throughout this pandemic, we’ve prioritized sharing information as we get it with our residents and businesses, and the rollout of the vaccine will be no different.”

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is meeting on December 10 at which time it is anticipated that they will approve the first vaccine, which will be from Pfizer-BioNTech. Pre-positioned vaccines are scheduled to arrive in California on December 15 or 16. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), which is a committee within the CDC that provides advice and guidance on effective control of vaccine-preventable diseases, will meet in an emergency meeting on December 11 and 13 and is expected to recommend use of the first COVID-19 vaccine. On December 17, the FDA is meeting and is anticipated to approve the second vaccine, which will be from Moderna Inc.  These first doses of the vaccine are intended to go to frontline healthcare workers in our County hospitals.

CARES Act Investments Will Benefit County Long After Pandemic Ends

Earlier this year, Congress passed and the president signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, better known as the CARES Act. The legislation earmarked $150 billion in federal support to state and local governments, with San Bernardino County ultimately receiving $430.6 million.

Among the Board of Supervisor’s responsibilities were determining the most effective allocation of those funds to the County’s cities, towns, schools and school districts, fire districts and private hospitals — as well as investments made at the county level.

While many of the resulting expenditures focused on mitigating the spread of the virus, many organizations have made infrastructure improvements that will enhance efficiency and effectiveness long after the pandemic subsides.

“We’re very fortunate to have received emergency funding from the U.S. Treasury, and are impressed with the thoughtful ways our cities and schools have invested those funds,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “While most investments have been devoted to public health, many offer benefits we’ll be enjoying for years to come.”

Such investments range from the purchase of new Chromebooks and laptop computers for remote learning to critical technology upgrades that will enable the county and cities to improve service to their constituents long after the pandemic subsides.

A sample of what CARES has funded

One high profile program launched by the County was the COVID-Compliant Business Partnership, which earmarked $30 million for county businesses that agree to comply with a variety of COVID-9-related safety measures. Thus far, more than 5,300 county businesses have elected to participate in the program. Qualifying businesses still have four more days — until December 13 — to sign up for the program.

Municipalities in San Bernardino County received considerable funding to help them cope with the pandemic, and thus far, our 24 incorporated cities or towns have invested more than $20 million on 110 separate projects. Another $25 million will be made available for proposed infrastructure projects (which require a 1:1 match from the participating city).

Similarly, our schools and school districts have spent $30.5 million on 86 distinct projects with another $15 million available for infrastructure projects (again, with a 1:1 match from participating schools). These range from adding hand sanitizer stations to installing bipolar ionization upgrades to district-wide HVAC systems that will improve air quality and circulation. County school districts also invested almost $2 million to ensure low-income students have access to the technology needed to engage in distance learning.

Significant funds were also provided to the County’s private hospitals, with $10 million allocated directly on the basis of the average daily patient census, along with another $10 million worth of personal protective equipment, or PPE.

Non-profit organizations in the County have been allocated $5 million (through the Community Foundation) to reimburse demonstrable COVID-19 expenses. This is in addition to several non-profit groups that were also able to take advantage of the COVID-Compliant Business Partnership.

While the pandemic has been undeniably dreadful, we are impressed with the efficient ways our cities, schools, hospitals and others have identified urgent needs and responded appropriately. Our goal is to every dollar is spent efficiently and effectively for the benefit of county businesses and residents.

Six Ways to Protect Your Mental Health This Holiday Season

The holiday season, with its traditional emphasis on time with loved ones and expectations of joy that may go unmet, is likely only to exacerbate the strain this year. Even during the best of times, nearly two thirds of people with a diagnosed mental illness report that the holidays make their mental health challenges worse. This is part two of a three part series on mental health and 2020.

With all of these overlapping concerns in mind, it’s more important than ever during this season of this particular year to prioritize mental well-being, which in the long-term helps to protect your personal brand as well. Here are some strategies for doing just that during this upcoming holiday season:

  1. Emphasize well-being.
    This may seem overly simplified, but it is an important foundational mindset shift to do the things that emphasize both mental and physical well-being in a year designed to challenge both. That may mean turning down holiday invitations that would usually bring joy in favor of protecting loved ones with a pre-existing condition. It may mean relaxing long-term financial goals for just a few months in favor of spending money to get through the holidays however possible. With every decision this holiday season, vow to emphasize mental and physical well-being.
  2. Consent to boundaries.
    In light of the concerns over COVID-19 infection, boundaries with family, friends and work engagements are crucial. Firm and thoughtful discussions over safety protocol should be consented to by anyone planning to gather, and respect should be shown for anyone who chooses not to leave the safety of their own home. This holiday season is the perfect time to set those frank boundaries, as the stakes are higher than ever.
  3. Create new traditions.
    Because of the pandemic or economic strains, certain long-held traditions, whether long-distance work or personal travel or local community celebrations, may become impossible this year. This can be extremely disappointing and exacerbate the holiday blues. Take time to acknowledge that sadness, but then choose to create new traditions instead of wallowing. Seeing relatives on video chat may not be a perfect substitute for an in-person gathering, but the upside may be that more relatives are able to talk in real-time than ever before. Build new traditions and focus on what is being gained, rather than what has been lost. It is a great time to try to be more positive, a trait that will be particularly memorable in a difficult year.
  4. Get outside.
    As the weather cools down across the country and the sun sets earlier and earlier, it can be tempting to hunker down under blankets and stay inside for days. With the proliferation of remote work, it is even more possible to entirely avoid leaving the house for long stretches of time. Resist that impulse, bundle up, and get (safely!) outside as often as possible. Studies have found that time outside in nature improves blood pressure, lowers stress hormones, and helps break the loop of negative thoughts. If getting outside is impossible, playing nature sounds indoors has been shown to have similar effects.
  5. Challenge yourself.
    In a season that emphasizes gift-giving, it can be easy to simply order the latest gadget or trendy fashion to surprise loved ones. Instead, consider using the opportunity of the season as a way to learn new skills. Perhaps a cross-stitch of a friend’s favorite television show or a homemade specialty sourdough loaf will put the new skills learned during lockdown to use while also touching the hearts of loved ones this year. Educational courses on digital platforms that help grow your resume are another way to learn new skills.
  6. Help others.
    One proven way to boost mental health is by simply taking the focus outward and being of assistance to others. Studies show that altruism improves both mental and physical health, making it an obvious choice, especially during the holiday season when others may be most in need of help. Volunteer with a local organization, gather supplies for a neighbor experiencing hardship, or even make it a point to check in more often on a lonely friend. Everyone will benefit from the mental health benefits of community helping.

In a year filled with unique challenges that even the CDC recognizes will pose extra mental health concerns, it is critical to take care of holiday season mental health. Choose to prioritize mental health, establish boundaries, create new holiday traditions, get outside, find ways to challenge yourself, and be a community helper. All of these strategies can help make this difficult holiday season brighter.

These tips come courtesy of Deana Kahle, M.S LMFT, Wellness Coordinator for the County’s Department of Behavioral Health

Upcoming Webinars to Help Business Owners and Workforce

San Bernardino County in conjunction with other partners both regionally and throughout the state are pleased to bring business owners and interested residents ongoing webinars on a variety of important topics. We aim to do everything we can to help businesses succeed during this difficult time. To see all upcoming webinars, visit the Workforce Development Board events page.

Harassment Prevention for Supervisors

This virtual training will take a fresh look at harassment, discrimination, retaliation and governing laws. We will examine scenarios and workplace incidents and discuss possible appropriate responses, as well as review a supervisor’s role in harassment prevention

Thursday, December 10, 10 a.m. to noon

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/harassment-prevention-for-supervisors-tickets-126480499579

Sheriff Update on Inmates and Employees Testing Positive for COVID-19

A total of 602 County jail inmates have tested positive for COVID-19. Many of the inmates are only experiencing minor symptoms of the virus. The infected inmates are in isolation, being monitored around the clock, and are being provided with medical treatment. A total of 518 inmates have recovered from the illness.

A total of 461 department employees have tested positive for COVID-19 and are self-isolating at home; 292 employees have recovered from the virus. Other employees are expected to return to work in the next few weeks.

 Latest Stats

111,518 Confirmed Cases             (up 2.4% from the previous day)
1,208 Deaths                                     (up 0.1% from the previous day)
1,245,718 Tests                                (up 1.1% from the previous day)

Current Southern California ICU Capacity: 9% (Goal to lift State Stay-at-Home Order: 15%)

For more statistics from the COVID-19 Surveillance Dashboard, click the desktop or mobile tab on the County’s sbcovid19.com website.

For all COVID-19 related information, including case statistics, FAQs, guidelines and resources, visit the County’s COVID-19 webpage at http://sbcovid19.com/.  Residents of San Bernardino County may also call the COVID-19 helpline at (909) 387-3911 for general information and resources about the virus. The phone line is NOT for medical calls and is available Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you have questions about social services, please call 211.

Actualización del 9 de diciembre de 2020

La Actualización del Condado publicará una vez a la semana, los miércoles y también según sea necesario, con el fin de compartir noticias y recursos importantes en nuestra batalla contra COVID-19 y para mantener nuestra economía funcionando. Permanecemos aquí para usted. #SBCountyTogether

Para las estadísticas más recientes y enlaces importantes, desplácese hasta la parte inferior de la actualización de hoy.

En la actualización de hoy:

  • Preguntas frecuentes sobre las vacunas pendientes ya disponibles
  • A dónde fue la financiación de CARES Act?
  • 6 Consejos para manejar el estrés durante la temporada de las Fiestas
  • Seminarios web de negocios gratuitos
  • Actualización de casos de COVID-19 del Sheriff

Preguntas frecuentes sobre nuevas vacunas ya están disponibles en el sitio web del condado

El condado de San Bernardino y Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) están comprometidos a implementar una respuesta integral al proceso de vacunación COVID-19 basado en las pautas establecidas por los CDC, el Departamento de Salud Pública de California y el Grupo de Trabajo de vacunación COVID-19 del Condado de San Bernardino.

Para ayudar a mantener a nuestros residentes del condado informados y actualizados, compartiremos noticias de última hora sobre la implementación de la vacuna a través de esta Actualización del Condado y en una página dedicada en el sitio web del Condado. Hoy se presentan las Preguntas más frecuentes (FAQs) que comparten lo que sabemos ahora sobre las próximas vacunas COVID-19 y despliegue por fases.

Las preguntas frecuentes cubren los siguientes temas:

  • Proceso de prueba de vacunas y vacunas actuales en desarrollo (o disponibles)
  • Tiempo de la disponibilidad de vacunas y fases de asignación de vacunas
  • Seguridad de la vacuna y administración de vacunas
  • Enlaces a recursos de información

Las preguntas frecuentes se pueden encontrar a través del enlace dedicado en la página web https://sbcovid19.com/ y se actualizará ya que se disponga nueva información.

“No hay noticias más grandes en este momento en nuestra lucha contra COVID-19 que la llegada y la entrega exitosa de estas vacunas a todos los residentes del Condado de San Bernardino”, dijo el Presidente de la Junta de Supervisores, Curt Hagman. “A lo largo de esta pandemia, hemos priorizado compartir información a medida que la obtengamos con nuestros residentes y empresas, y la implementación de la vacuna no será diferente”.

La Administración de Alimentos y Medicamentos (FDA) se reúne el 10 de diciembre, momento en el que se prevé que aprobarán la primera vacuna, que será de Pfizer-BioNTech. Las vacunas preposicionadas están programadas para llegar a California el 15 o 16 de diciembre. El Comité Asesor sobre prácticas de Inmunización (ACIP) The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), que es un Comité dentro de los CDC que proporciona asesoramiento y orientación sobre el control eficaz de las enfermedades prevenibles por vacunación, se reunirá en una reunión de emergencia los días 11 y 13 de diciembre will meet in an emergency meeting on December 11 and 13  y se espera que recomiende el uso de la primera vacuna COVID-19. El 17 de diciembre, la FDA se reúne y se prevé aprobar la segunda vacuna, que será de Moderna Inc. Estas primeras dosis de la vacuna están destinadas a ir a los trabajadores de atención médica de primera línea en nuestros hospitales del condado.

Las inversiones de CARES Act beneficiarán al condado mucho después de que termine pandemia

A principios de este año, el Congreso aprobó y el presidente firmó la Ley de Ayuda Coronavirus, Alivio y Seguridad Económica, más conocida como la Ley CARES Act. La legislación destinó 150.000 millones de dólares en apoyo federal a los gobiernos estatales y locales, y el condado de San Bernardino finalmente recibió 430,6 millones de dólares.

Entre las responsabilidades de la Junta de Supervisores estaban determinando la asignación más efectiva de esos fondos a las ciudades, pueblos, escuelas y distritos escolares del Condado, distritos de bomberos y hospitales privados, así como inversiones realizadas a nivel de condado.

Aunque muchos de los gastos resultantes se centraron en mitigar la propagación del virus, muchas organizaciones han realizado mejoras en la infraestructura que mejorarán la eficiencia y la eficacia mucho después de que la pandemia se haya desplomado.

“Somos muy afortunados de haber recibido fondos de emergencia de la Tesorería de los Estados Unidos, y estamos impresionados con las maneras pensadas en que nuestras ciudades y escuelas han invertido esos fondos”, dijo el presidente de la Junta de Supervisores, Curt Hagman. “aunque la mayoría de las inversiones se han dedicado a la salud pública, muchas ofrecen beneficios que estaremos disfrutando durante los próximos años”.

Estas inversiones van desde la compra de nuevos Chromebooks y computadoras portátiles para el aprendizaje remoto hasta actualizaciones de tecnología crítica que permitirán al condado y a las ciudades mejorar el servicio a sus electores mucho después de que la pandemia disminuya.

Una muestra de lo que CARES Act ha financiado

Un programa de alto perfil lanzado por el Condado fue la Asociación Comercial Compatible con COVID, que destinó $30 millones a los negocios del condado que acuerdan cumplir con una variedad de medidas de seguridad relacionadas con COVID-9. Hasta ahora, más de 5,300 empresas del condado han elegido participar en el programa. Los negocios que califican todavía tienen cuatro días más — hasta diciembre de 13 — para inscribirse en el programa. Qualifying businesses still have four more days — until December 13 — to sign up for the program.

Los municipios del condado de San Bernardino recibieron considerable financiación para ayudarles a hacer frente a la pandemia, y hasta ahora, nuestras 24 ciudades o pueblos incorporados han invertido más de $20 millones en 110 proyectos separados. Otros $25 millones estarán disponibles para proyectos de infraestructura propuestos (que requieren un partido 1:1 de la ciudad participante).

De manera similar, nuestras escuelas y distritos escolares han gastado $30.5 millones en 86 proyectos distintos con otros $15 millones disponibles para proyectos de infraestructura (nuevamente, con un partido 1:1 de las escuelas participantes). Estos van desde la adición de estaciones desinfectantes de manos hasta la instalación de actualizaciones de ionización bipolar a sistemas de HVAC de todo el distrito que mejorarán la calidad del aire y la circulación. Los distritos escolares del condado también invirtieron casi $2 millones para asegurar que los estudiantes de bajos ingresos tengan acceso a la tecnología necesaria.

También se proporcionaron fondos importantes a los hospitales privados del Condado, con $10 millones asignados directamente sobre la base del censo diario promedio de pacientes, junto con otros $10 millones de equipo de protección personal.

A las organizaciones sin fines de lucro del Condado se les han asignado $5 millones (a través de la Fundación Comunitaria) para reembolsar los gastos demostrables de COVID-19. Esto se suma a varios grupos sin fines de lucro que también pudieron aprovechar la Asociación Comercial compatible con COVID.

Aunque la pandemia ha sido sin duda terrible, nos impresionan las maneras eficientes en que nuestras ciudades, escuelas, hospitales y otros han identificado necesidades urgentes y respondido adecuadamente. Nuestra meta es que cada dólar se gaste eficiente y eficazmente para el beneficio de los negocios y residentes del condado.

Seis maneras de proteger su salud mental esta temporada de las Fiestas
La temporada navideña, con su énfasis tradicional en el tiempo con sus seres queridos y expectativas de alegría que pueden no ser satisfechas, es probable que sólo exacerbará la tensión este año. Incluso en el mejor de los tiempos, casi dos tercios de las personas nearly two thirds of people con una enfermedad mental diagnosticada informan que las vacaciones empeoran sus desafíos de salud mental. Esta es la segunda parte de una serie de tres partes sobre salud mental y 2020.

Teniendo en cuenta todas estas preocupaciones, es más importante que nunca durante esta temporada de este año en particular priorizar el bienestar mental, lo que a largo plazo ayuda a proteger también su Marca personal. Aquí están algunas estrategias para hacer eso durante esta próxima temporada de fiestas:

  1. Enfatizar el bienestar. Esto puede parecer demasiado simplificado, pero es un cambio fundamental de mentalidad para hacer las cosas que enfatizan el bienestar mental y físico en un año diseñado para desafiar a ambos. Eso puede significar rechazar las invitaciones de vacaciones que normalmente traerían alegría a favor de proteger a los seres queridos con una condición preexistente. Puede significar relajar objetivos financieros a largo plazo por sólo unos meses a favor de gastar dinero para pasar las vacaciones por lo que sea posible.
  2. Consentimiento a los límites. A la luz de las preocupaciones sobre la infección POR COVID-19, los límites con la familia, los amigos y los compromisos laborales son cruciales. Las discusiones firmes y reflexivas sobre el protocolo de seguridad deben ser consentidas por cualquier persona que planee reunirse, y se debe mostrar respeto por cualquier persona que decida no salir de la seguridad de su propia casa. Esta temporada navideña es el momento perfecto para establecer esos límites francos, ya que las apuestas son más altas que nunca.
  3. Crear nuevas tradiciones. Debido a la pandemia o a las tensiones económicas, ciertas tradiciones, ya sea trabajo a larga distancia o       viajes personales o celebraciones de la comunidad local, pueden ser imposibles este año. Esto puede ser extremadamente decepcionante y exacerbar la tristeza de las vacaciones. Tómese el tiempo para reconocer esa tristeza, pero luego elija crear nuevas tradiciones en lugar. Ver a los familiares en el videochat puede no ser un sustituto perfecto para una reunión en persona, pero la ventaja puede ser que más parientes sean capaces de hablar en tiempo real que nunca. Construir nuevas tradiciones y centrarse en lo que se está ganando, en lugar de lo que se ha perdido. Es un buen momento para tratar de ser más positivo, un rasgo que será particularmente memorable en un año difícil.
  4. Salir afuera. A medida que el clima se enfría en todo el país y oscurece mas temprano, puede ser tentador meterse bajo las mantas y quedarse dentro durante días. Con la proliferación del trabajo remoto, es aún más posible evitar completamente salir de la casa por largos períodos de tiempo. Resistir ese impulso, agrupe y consiga (con seguridad) fuera tan a menudo como sea posible.  Los estudios Studies have found han encontrado que el tiempo fuera en la naturaleza mejora la presión arterial, reduce las hormonas de estrés, y ayuda a romper el círculo de pensamientos negativos. Si salir al exterior es imposible, se ha demostrado que reproducir sonidos de la naturaleza en interiores tiene efectos similares.
  5.  Desafíate a ti mismo. En una temporada que enfatiza dar regalos, puede ser fácil simplemente pedir el último gadget o moda para sorprender a los seres queridos. En lugar de eso, considere usar la oportunidad de la temporada como una manera de aprender nuevas habilidades. Tal vez un punto de cruz del programa favorito de televisión de un amigo o un pan casero especial pondrá las nuevas habilidades aprendidas durante el cierre a utilizar mientras también toca los corazones de seres queridos este año. Los cursos educativos sobre plataformas digitales son otra manera de aprender nuevas habilidades.
  6. Ayudar a otros. Una manera probada de impulsar la salud mental es simplemente tomar el enfoque hacia afuera y ayudar a otros. Los estudios muestran Studies show  que el altruismo mejora la salud mental y física, lo que lo convierte en una opción obvia, especialmente durante la temporada de vacaciones, cuando otros pueden necesitar más ayuda. Ofrézcase como voluntario con una organización local, reúna suministros para un vecino que experimenta dificultades, o incluso haga que sea un punto de comprobación más a menudo en un amigo solitario. Todos beneficiarán de los beneficios de salud mental de la ayuda comunitaria.

En un año lleno de desafíos únicos que incluso el CDC even the CDC recognizes reconoce que planteará preocupaciones adicionales de salud mental, es crítico cuidar de la salud mental de la temporada de vacaciones. Elija priorizar la salud mental, establecer límites, crear nuevas tradiciones de vacaciones, salir, encontrar maneras de desafiarse a sí mismo, y ser un ayudante de la comunidad. Todas estas estrategias pueden ayudar a hacer que esta difícil temporada de vacaciones sea más brillante.

Estos consejos son cortesía de Deana Kahle, M.S LMFT, Coordinadora de Bienestar del Departamento de Salud Mental del Condado

Próximos seminarios web para ayudar a los propietarios de negocios y la fuerza de trabajoEl Condado de San Bernardino en conjunto con otros socios regionales y a lo largo del estado se complace en traer a los propietarios de negocios y residentes interesados en los seminarios web en curso sobre una variedad de temas importantes. Nuestro objetivo es hacer todo lo posible para ayudar a las empresas a tener éxito durante este difícil momento. Para ver todos los próximos seminarios web, visite la página de eventos de la Junta de Desarrollo de la Fuerza laboral Workforce Development Board events page.

Prevención del Acoso para Supervisores

Este entrenamiento virtual tendrá una nueva mirada al acoso, discriminación, represalias y leyes que gobiernan. Examinaremos escenarios e incidentes en el lugar de trabajo y discutiremos posibles respuestas apropiadas, así como la función de un supervisor en la prevención del acoso
Jueves, 10 de diciembre, de 10 a.m. a mediodía
Registro:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/harassment-prevention-for-supervisors-tickets-126480499579

Actualización del Sheriff sobre presos y empleados que han resultado positivos de COVID-19

Un total de 602 presos en las cárceles del condado han resultado positivos de COVID-19. Muchos de los presos sólo están experimentando síntomas menores del virus. Los presos infectados están aislados, siendo vigilados las 24 horas del día y reciben tratamiento médico. Un total de 518 presos se han recuperado de la enfermedad.

Un total de 461 empleados del departamento han resultado positivos de COVID-19 y se autoaislan en casa; 292 empleados se han recuperado del virus. Se espera que los otros empleados regresen a trabajar en las próximas semanas.

Estadísticas más recientes

111,518 Casos Confirmados                        (un 2.4% desde el día anterior)
1,208 Muertes                                               (un 0.1% desde el día anterior)
1,245,718 Pruebas                                        (un 1.1% desde el día anterior)

Capacidad actual de las unidades de cuidados intensivos (UCI) del sur de California: 9 % (objetivo para levantar el pedido de permanencia en casa del estado: el 15 %)

Para obtener más estadísticas del Tablero de Vigilancia COVID-19, haga clic en la pestaña de escritorio o móvil en sbcovid19.com sitio web del Condado.

Para toda la información relacionada con COVID-19, incluyendo estadísticas de casos, preguntas frecuentes, pautas y recursos, visite la página web de COVID-19 del Condado en http://sbcovid19.com/.  Los residentes del Condado de San Bernardino también pueden llamar a la línea de ayuda COVID-19 al (909) 387-3911 para obtener información general y recursos sobre el virus. La línea telefónica NO es para llamadas médicas y está disponible de lunes a viernes, de 9 a.m. a 5 p.m. Si tiene preguntas sobre servicios sociales, llame al 211.

December 8, 2020 Update – Special Edition

The County Update publishes each Wednesday, and also as needed, to share important news and resources in our battle against COVID-19 and to keep our economy running. We remain here for you. #SBCountyTogether

For latest Statistics and link to our COVID-19 Community Testing page, scroll to the bottom of today’s Update

In today’s Update:

  • County swears in new Supervisors
  • Regional Stay Home Order now in effect

 County Welcomes New Supervisors

Former Congressman and retired U.S. Marine Col. Paul Cook, County Supervisor Dawn Rowe, and former Rialto Councilman and State Assembly Member Joe Baca, Jr. were administered the oath of office on Monday, Dec. 7, and began four-year terms on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

Supervisor Paul Cook

They join Supervisor and Board Chairman Curt Hagman and Supervisor Janice Rutherford on the body that governs an award-winning organization made up of more than 23,000 employees and more than 100 departments, divisions, and agencies offering a diverse array of essential and quality-of-life services to more than 2.2 million county residents.

“I am very, very honored to be here,” Supervisor Cook said after being sworn in by his wife Jeanne. “Local government is where it all begins. This is part of the reason I got involved – to make a difference.”

After being administered the oath by her father, Robert Haynes, Supervisor Rowe said, “I would like to thank the voters. It is an honor to be here. It has been a long journey for me since the time I was appointed in December 2018.”

Supervisor Dawn Rowe

“I’ve had the chance to work with great people and I’ve learned a lot,” Rowe said. “I’m very blessed that God has placed me here to do good work for our citizens.”

“These are challenging times, and I’m looking forward to taking on the challenge and working with all of you and working for this community,” Supervisor Baca said after being sworn in by his father, retired seven-term Congressman Joe Baca, Sr.

Due to COVID-19, attendance was limited to a small group of masked and socially distanced family members, staff, and friends. A recording of the event can be viewed on the CountyDirect Broadcast Network under the “Other Meetings and Events tab.

Supervisor Joe Baca, Jr.

Supervisor Cook was elected in March to represent the First Supervisorial District, which includes the Town of Apple Valley and the cities of Adelanto, Hesperia, Needles, and Victorville. Cook had served in Congress since 2013 and also served in the State Assembly and on the Yucca Valley Town Council. Cook succeeds Robert Lovingood, who retired after serving two terms on the Board of Supervisors.

Supervisor Rowe was elected in March to represent the Third Supervisorial District, which includes the Town of Yucca Valley and the cities of Barstow, Big Bear Lake, Colton, Grand Terrace, Highland, Loma Linda, Redlands, San Bernardino, Twentynine Palms, and Yucaipa. Rowe has served on the Board of Supervisors since December 2018 and previously served on the Yucca Valley Town Council.

Supervisor Baca was elected in November to represent the Fifth Supervisorial District, which includes the cities of Colton, Fontana, Rialto, and San Bernardino. Baca had served on the Rialto City Council since 2006 and also served in the State Assembly. Baca succeeds Josie Gonzales, who retired after serving four terms on the Board of Supervisors.

San Bernardino County Now in State Regional Stay Home Order Due to Increased Hospitalizations

Due to an alarming decrease in ICU capacity in San Bernardino County and throughout Southern California, residents and businesses here are now under a State-mandated Regional Stay Home Order. The new order went into effect at midnight on Sunday and will remain in place for at least three weeks.

“Our county’s hospitalization rate has been rising rapidly for several weeks and our ICU capacity is dwindling toward the single digits. We must ensure capacity for our sickest and most vulnerable residents,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “That’s why county leadership and the county’s healthcare and public heath teams are working tirelessly and employing all innovations to increase capacity and move us toward better community health and safety.”

The new State order segments the state into five separate regions. San Bernardino County is part of the Southern California region, which also includes Imperial, Inyo, Mono, Orange, Riverside, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley regions are currently under the State stay-at-home mandate.

The State Regional Stay Home Order (PDF), announced December 3, 2020, and a supplemental order, signed December 6, 2020, goes into effect the day after a region has been announced to have less than 15% ICU availability. These orders prohibit private gatherings of any size, close sector operations except for critical infrastructure and retail, and require 100% masking and physical distancing in all others. The Southern California region currently has a 10.1% ICU availability, as of today, Dec. 8.

Once triggered, these State directives will remain in effect for at least 3 weeks. After that period, they will be lifted when a region’s projected ICU capacity meets or exceeds 15%. This will be assessed on a weekly basis after the initial 3 week period. Learn more about these orders on the California Department of Public Health website.

The State order limits retail stores to 20% capacity and 35% for standalone grocery stores. Eating or drinking inside stores is prohibited. Non-essential businesses, meaning those that are not defined as critical infrastructure, must close for in-person activities, with the exception of retail. Essential work is permitted to continue. The new rules also ban non-essential travel, but outdoor recreation facilities will remain open.

Details on what constitutes essential work and businesses, as well as many other Frequently Asked Questions, can be found at https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/.

“The decrease in our ICU capacity is not to be taken lightly. We must do what we can to ensure we have the resources to treat those who need help the most. That’s why the County continues to urge everyone to wear masks, physically distance, and avoid gatherings whenever possible,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman, noting that local data clearly shows that private gatherings of families and friends continues are far and away the leading source of spread within San Bernardino County.

“At the same time, we will continue to work on behalf of our residents and businesses for fair and effective safety measures, and, most of all, securing adequate amounts of vaccine as soon as they are available,” Hagman said.

The County’s posture on the State’s order will be to continue to educate and engage with businesses and organizations on a cooperative basis on safe practices and current health orders, and respond to complaints about violations as appropriate on a case-by-case basis. Complaints can be made through the County’s COVID-19 website.

County attorneys, at the Board of Supervisors’ direction, are continuing to examine what legal options might be available to provide relief to struggling businesses in those areas of the county with lower COVID-19 numbers than the county as a whole.

Latest Stats

108,946 Confirmed Cases             (up 0.9% from the previous day)
1,207 Deaths                                    (up 1.1% from the previous day)
1,232,457 Tests                               (up 1% from the previous day)

Current Southern California ICU Capacity: 10.1 % (Goal to lift State Stay-at-Home Order: 15%)

For more statistics from the COVID-19 Surveillance Dashboard, click the desktop or mobile tab on the County’s sbcovid19.com website.

 For all COVID-19 related information, including case statistics, FAQs, guidelines and resources, visit the County’s COVID-19 webpage at http://sbcovid19.com/.  Residents of San Bernardino County may also call the COVID-19 helpline at (909) 387-3911 for general information and resources about the virus. The phone line is NOT for medical calls and is available Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you have questions about social services, please call 211.

Actualización del 8 de diciembre de 2020

Edición Especial

La Actualización del Condado publicará una vez a la semana, los miércoles y también según sea necesario, con el fin de compartir noticias y recursos importantes en nuestra batalla contra COVID-19 y para mantener nuestra economía funcionando. Permanecemos aquí para usted. #SBCountyTogether

Para las estadísticas más recientes y enlaces importantes, desplácese hasta la parte inferior de la actualización de hoy.

En la actualización de hoy:

  • El juramiento de nuevos supervisors del Condado
  • Orden regional de permanecer en casa ahora en efecto

El condado da la bienvenida a los nuevos supervisores

Supervisor Paul Cook

El ex congresista y el ex coronel de la Marina de los Estados Unidos, Paul Cook, la supervisora del condado Dawn Rowe, y el ex concejal de Rialto y miembro de la Asamblea del Estado, Joe Baca, Jr., recibieron el juramento de cargo el lunes 7 de diciembre. Y comenzó cuatro años de duración en la Junta de supervisores del Condado de San Bernardino

Se unen con el Supervisor y Presidente de la Junta de supervisores, Curt Hagman, y la Supervisora, Janice Rutherford, en el organismo que gobierna una organización galardonada compuesta por más de 23,000 empleados y más de 100 departamentos, divisiones, y agencias que ofrecen una variedad diversa de servicios esenciales y de calidad de vida a más de 2.2 millones de residentes del condado.

Supervisor Dawn Rowe

“Es un gran honor para mí estar aquí”, dijo el Supervisor Cook después de haber sido jurado por su esposa Jeanne. “El gobierno local es donde todo comienza. Esto es parte de la razón por la que me involucré – para hacer una diferencia.”

Después de ser administrada el juramento por su padre, Robert Haynes, Supervisora Rowe dijo: “Me gustaría dar las gracias a los votantes. Es un honor estar aquí. Ha sido un largo viaje para mí desde que fui nombrada en diciembre de 2018.”

“He tenido la oportunidad de trabajar con gente estupenda y he aprendido mucho”, dijo Rowe. “Estoy muy bendecida porque Dios me ha puesto aquí para hacer un buen trabajo para nuestros ciudadanos”.

“Estos son tiempos difíciles, y estoy deseando asumir el desafío y trabajar con todos ustedes y trabajar para esta comunidad”, dijo el Supervisor Baca después de haber sido jurado por su padre, el congresista jubilado de siete mandatos Joe Baca, Sr.

Debido a COVID-19, la asistencia se limitó a un pequeño grupo de familiares, miembros del personal y amigos usando máscaras y socialmente distanciados. Una grabación del evento puede verse en la difusión del Condado en la ficha “otras Reuniones y Eventos CountyDirect Broadcast Network.

Supervisor Joe Baca, Jr.

El Supervisor Cook fue elegido en marzo para representar al primer Distrito Supervisor, que incluye la Ciudad de Apple Valley y las ciudades de Adelanto, Hesperia, Needles y Victorville. Cook había servido en el Congreso desde 2013 y también sirvió en la Asamblea Estatal y en el Consejo Municipal de Yucca Valley. Cook sucede a Robert Lovingood, quien se retiró después de cumplir dos términos en la Junta de supervisores.

La supervisora Rowe fue elegida en marzo para representar al Tercer Distrito Supervisor, que incluye la ciudad de Yucca Valley y las ciudades de Barstow, Big Bear Lake, Colton, Grand Terrace, Highland, Loma Linda, Redlands, San Bernardino, Twentynine Palms y Yucaipa. Rowe ha servido en la Junta de Supervisores desde diciembre de 2018 y anteriormente sirvió en el Consejo Municipal de Yucca Valley.

El supervisor Baca fue elegido en noviembre para representar al Quinto Distrito Supervisor, que incluye las ciudades de Colton, Fontana, Rialto y San Bernardino. Baca había servido en el Ayuntamiento de Rialto desde 2006 y también sirvió en la Asamblea Estatal. Baca sucede a Josie Gonzales, quien se retiró después de servir cuatro mandatos en la Junta de Supervisores.

El Condado de San Bernardino ahora bajo un mandato estatal, la Orden Regional de permanecer en casa debido al aumento de hospitalizaciones

Debido a una disminución alarmante en la capacidad de las unidades de cuidados intensivos (ICU) en el condado de San Bernardino y en todo el sur de California, los residentes y negocios aquí están ahora bajo un mandato estatal Orden Regional de permanecer en casa. La nueva orden entró en vigor a medianoche del domingo y permanecerá en vigor al menos 3 semanas.

“La tasa de hospitalización de nuestro condado ha estado aumentando rápidamente durante varias semanas y nuestra capacidad de las unidades de cuidados intensivos (ICU) está bajado al menos de 10%. Debemos garantizar la capacidad de nuestros residentes más enfermos y vulnerables”, dijo el presidente de la Junta de supervisores, Curt Hagman. “por eso los líderes del condado y los equipos de salud y salud pública del condado están trabajando incansablemente y empleando todas las innovaciones para aumentar la capacidad y movernos hacia una mejor salud y seguridad de la comunidad”.

La nueva orden estatal divide el estado en cinco regiones distintas. El Condado de San Bernardino es parte de la región del sur de California, que también incluye los condados Imperial, Inyo, Mono, Orange, Riverside, los Angeles, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Bárbara y Ventura. El sur de California y las regiones del Valle de San Joaquín están actualmente bajo el mandato de permanecer en casa del Estado.

La Orden Regional de permanecer en casa del Estado Regional Stay Home Order (PDF), anunciada el 3 de diciembre de 2020, y una orden suplementaria supplemental order, firmada el 6 de diciembre de 2020, entra en vigor el día después de que se haya anunciado que una región que tiene menos del 15% en las unidades de cuidados intensivos ( ICU). Estas órdenes prohíben las reuniones privadas de cualquier tamaño, cierra las operaciones del sector cercano excepto para la infraestructura crítica y la venta al por menor, y requieren 100% de uso de mascarilla y distanciamiento físico en todos los demás. La región del sur de California tiene actualmente una disponibilidad de 10.1% en UCI, hasta hoy, 8 de diciembre.

Una vez activadas, estas directivas estatales permanecerán en vigor al menos 3 semanas y, después de este periodo, se levantará cuando la capacidad proyectada de las ICU de una región alcance o exceda el 15 %. Esta será evaluada semanalmente después del periodo inicial de 3 semanas.

Obtenga más información sobre estos pedidos en el sitio web del Departamento de Salud Pública de California Learn more about these orders on the California Department of Public Health.

El pedido estatal limita las tiendas minoristas a un 20% de capacidad y un 35% para las tiendas de comestibles independientes. Está prohibido comer o beber dentro de las tiendas. Las empresas no esenciales, es decir, aquellas que no se definen como infraestructuras críticas, deben cerrar para las actividades en persona, con excepción de la venta al por menor. Se permite que continúe el trabajo esencial. Las nuevas normas también prohíben los viajes no esenciales, pero las instalaciones de recreación al aire libre seguirán abiertas.

Los detalles sobre lo que constituye el trabajo esencial y las empresas, así como muchas otras preguntas frecuentes, se pueden encontrar en https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/.

“La disminución de nuestra capacidad en las unidades de cuidados intensivos (ICU) no debe tomarse a la ligera. Debemos hacer lo que podamos para asegurarnos de que contamos con los recursos necesarios para tratar a quienes más necesitan ayuda. Por eso el Condado sigue instando a todos a usar máscaras, mantener la distancia física, y evitar reuniones siempre que sea posible”, dijo el presidente de la Junta de supervisores, Curt Hagman, señalando que los datos locales muestran claramente que las reuniones privadas de familias y amigos continúan siendo la principal fuente de propagación dentro del Condado de San Bernardino.

“Al mismo tiempo, seguiremos trabajando de parte de nuestros residentes y negocios para medidas de seguridad justas y efectivas y, sobre todo, para asegurar cantidades adecuadas de vacuna tan pronto como estén disponibles”, dijo Hagman.

La posición del Condado con la orden del estado será continuar educando y interactuando con las empresas y organizaciones de manera cooperativa sobre prácticas seguras y órdenes de salud actuales, y responder a las quejas sobre violaciones según corresponda caso por caso. Las quejas se pueden hacer a través del sitio web COVID-19 del Condado County’s COVID-19 website.

Los abogados del condado, bajo la dirección de la Junta de supervisores, continúan examinando qué opciones legales podrían estar disponibles para proporcionar alivio a los negocios en dificultades en aquellas áreas del condado con números COVID-19 más bajos que el condado entero.

Estadísticas más recientes

108,946 Casos Confirmados         (un 0.9% desde el día anterior)
1,207 Muertes                                  (un 1.1% desde el día anterior)
1,232,457 Pruebas                          (un 1% desde el día anterior)

Capacidad actual de las unidades de cuidados intensivos (UCI) del sur de California: 10.1 % (objetivo para levantar el pedido de permanencia en casa del estado: el 15 %)

Para obtener más estadísticas del Tablero de Vigilancia COVID-19, haga clic en la pestaña de escritorio o móvil en sbcovid19.com sitio web del Condado.

Para toda la información relacionada con COVID-19, incluyendo estadísticas de casos, preguntas frecuentes, pautas y recursos, visite la página web de COVID-19 del Condado en http://sbcovid19.com/.  Los residentes del Condado de San Bernardino también pueden llamar a la línea de ayuda COVID-19 al (909) 387-3911 para obtener información general y recursos sobre el virus. La línea telefónica NO es para llamadas médicas y está disponible de lunes a viernes, de 9 a.m. a 5 p.m. Si tiene preguntas sobre servicios sociales, llame al 211.

               

Cook, Rowe, and Baca take oath of office on Monday

Congressman and retired U.S. Marine Col. Paul Cook, Supervisor Dawn Rowe, and Rialto Councilman and former State Assembly Member Joe Baca, Jr. will take the oath of office and begin four-year terms on the Board of Supervisors at noon on Monday, Dec. 7.

Due to COVID-19 and social distancing requirements, the oath of office ceremony will be conducted without a public audience. However, the event can be viewed live on the CountyDirect Broadcast Network. It will also be archived on CountyDirect for viewing at a later time.

Supervisor-elect Cook was elected in March to represent the First Supervisorial District, which includes the Town of Apple Valley and the cities of Adelanto, Hesperia, Needles, and Victorville. Cook has served in Congress since 2013 and has also served in the State Assembly and on the Yucca Valley Town Council.

Cook will succeed Supervisor Robert Lovingood, who is retiring after serving two terms on the Board of Supervisors.

Supervisor Rowe was elected in March to represent the Third Supervisorial District, which includes the Town of Yucca Valley and the cities of Barstow, Big Bear Lake, Colton, Grand Terrace, Highland, Loma Linda, Redlands, San Bernardino, Twentynine Palms, and Yucaipa. Rowe has served on the Board of Supervisors since December, 2018, and previously served on the Yucca Valley Town Council.

Supervisor-elect Baca was elected in November to represent the Fifth Supervisorial District, which includes the cities of Colton, Fontana, Rialto, and San Bernardino. Baca has served on the Rialto City Council since 2006 and has also served in the State Assembly.

Baca will succeed Supervisor and Board Vice Chair Josie Gonzales, who is retiring after serving four terms on the Board of Supervisors.

Cook, Rowe, and Baca will join Supervisor and Board Chairman Curt Hagman and Supervisor Janice Rutherford on the Board of Supervisors.

Board selects Leonard X. Hernandez as Chief Executive Officer

Leonard X. Hernandez

County Chief Operating Officer Leonard X. Hernandez, who began his career with San Bernardino County 20 years ago as a County Library public service employee, on Tuesday was appointed by the Board of Supervisors to serve as the county’s next Chief Executive Officer effective Oct. 10.

“I am humbled by the confidence the Board of Supervisors has placed in me and grateful for the opportunity to lead this great County organization, which has been my professional home for so many years,” Hernandez said.

“Under the leadership and guidance of the Board of Supervisors, the County team has built a culture of innovation, efficiency, and public service,” Hernandez said. “My overarching goal is to expand and nurture that culture within each of our worksites, within every service we provide, and within every County employee.”

“We are excited to welcome Leonard Hernandez as San Bernardino County’s new CEO,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “COVID-19 has presented many unique challenges within our community, and Leonard’s extensive experience within the County and his integral role on the executive leadership team have strongly positioned him to lead the County during this unique time. I look forward to working with him in solving these challenges and know that his talents, leadership, and dedication to seeing the County thrive will serve him well as CEO.”

Hernandez will succeed Gary McBride, who has served as CEO for nearly three years and will remain with the County as Strategic Projects Director under a contract extension approved by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

“I have known Leonard since 2006, when he was the manager of the Fontana Branch Library,” said Board of Supervisors Vice Chair Josie Gonzales. “Throughout the years, I have watched him grow as a leader and I have seen his commitment to serving the community.  As a Supervisor for the past 16 years, I know that there is no decision more important than the selection of the CEO.  I have full confidence in Leonard and I have no doubt that he will help guide our County to new heights in the years to come.”

“Leonard first impressed me with his leadership and problem-solving skills when he was placed in charge of the Lewis Library in Fontana while I was on the City Council,” Supervisor Janice Rutherford said. “Since then, he’s continued to demonstrate his leadership abilities, commitment to excellence in public service, and his dedication to ethics, and I look forward to working with him to address the challenges facing our county.”

“I appreciate Leonard’s willingness to accept the role of CEO and continue the leadership that has been established,” said Supervisor Robert Lovingood. “His experience and knowledge of the County is foundational to our ongoing success and I look forward to working with him in this capacity. As a County, we have faced unprecedented challenges and I am confident that these proactive leadership transitions prepare us well for what is ahead. I want to thank Gary for his leadership and continued commitment to help the County strategically navigate the complexities that this health crisis has brought.”

“I look forward to working with Leonard to implement the vision of our Board of Supervisors,” said Supervisor Dawn Rowe. “He is a hard-working leader with a keen understanding of the inner-workings of our county government. I’m confident that he will continue the great progress made by his predecessor, Gary McBride.”

After launching his career in San Bernardino County, Hernandez gained experience and honed his management skills at the City of Riverside as the Director of Libraries before returning to San Bernardino County in 2010 as County Librarian.

In 2014, while still serving as County Librarian, Hernandez served as interim Museum Director. In 2015, Hernandez was promoted to the position of Deputy Executive Officer over the Community Services Group, which includes the County Library and Museum systems, Registrar of Voters, Regional Parks, County Airports, and Agriculture/Weights and Measures.

In 2016 Hernandez became the Interim County Chief Operating Officer and then in 2017, Hernandez was officially appointed to the position of County Chief Operating Officer. In that role, Hernandez has coordinated the County’s multi-departmental response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Under the leadership of the Board of Supervisors the County’s COVID Task Force has led the State in its response to the pandemic and service to the public.

Hernandez, a resident of San Bernardino County, has a bachelor’s degree in history from California State University Fullerton and a master’s degree in library and information science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania.

 

Public invited to review, comment on proposed new County Charter

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors will consider placing a new County Charter on the November ballot at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, July 14, in the Covington Chambers at the County Government Center in San Bernardino.

If approved by voters, the proposed charter would replace the current charter, which was adopted 107 years ago in 1913.

In July 2019, the Board of Supervisors appointed Chairman Curt Hagman and Second District Supervisor Janice Rutherford to a subcommittee to begin working with County staff on a charter reform package.

“Our goal was to develop a set of reforms that would modernize our charter by removing outdated language and incorporating proven good governance practices,” Chairman Curt Hagman said.

If approved by voters, the remodeled charter would:

  • Allow the Board of Supervisors to call for special elections to fill vacancies in County elected offices and to remove the Governor’s authority to make appointments to fill vacant Supervisor offices
  • Require the Board of Supervisors to create a redistricting commission to be involved in the redrawing of the boundaries of supervisorial districts every 10 years
  • Protect campaign finance rules and enforcement of those rules
  • Limit County supervisors to a total of three four-year terms
  • Limit and fix supervisor salaries to 80% of the salary of Superior Court Judges and require public hearings for any effort to change supervisor salaries and benefits
  • Require the Board of Supervisors to publicly review County Health Officer orders
  • Require the Board to periodically and publicly review the County Code and the Charter for outdated or unnecessary provisions
  • Replace gender-specific references to reflect the gender diversity on the Board of Supervisors.
  • Require the Board of Supervisors to adopt rules of order for its meetings

“These reforms — if approved by voters — will bring San Bernardino County’s governance into the 21st century by locking in good governance policies, closing the term limit loophole, allowing special elections to fill vacancies, and creating a redistricting commission,” Second District Supervisor Janice Rutherford said.

The proposed Charter, a PowerPoint presentation that will be used during the July 14 Board meeting to summarize the proposed Charter, and information on how to submit comments can be found on the New Charter website.

The 1913 County Charter

The Board will accept in-person comments during the meeting as well. However, seating in the chambers is limited due to COVID-19 restrictions.

There are 14 Charter counties in California. The State’s remaining 44 counties are, by default, General Law counties and are bound to adhere to State laws regarding the number and duties of county elected officials.

Charter counties have a limited degree of “home rule” authority that may provide for the election, compensation, terms, removal, and salary of the governing board as well as the election or appointment (except sheriff, district attorney, and assessor who must be elected), compensation, terms, and removal of all county officers

However, a charter does not give county officials additional authority over local regulations, revenue-raising abilities, budgetary decisions, or intergovernmental relations.

Board adopts resolution declaring racism a public health crisis

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution on Tuesday declaring racism a public health crisis becoming the first county in California to do so.

The Board also directed County staff to form a new Equity Element Group of the Countywide Vision project to promote and increase equity in San Bernardino County. Once formed, the Equity Element Group would be comprised of community members and experts in healthcare, education, economic development, law and justice, and other fields to create a path toward promoting and increasing equity within the county.

The issue of racism as a public health crisis came to the forefront following the global response to the May 25, 2020 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and the impact of COVID-19 on the Black community and discussions with local community advocates.

The resolution states that racism results in disparities in family stability, health and mental wellness, education, employment, economic development, public safety, criminal justice and housing.

Statistics show:

-The infant mortality rate within San Bernardino County’s Black population is more than double the rate for the County as a whole.

-Black people account for less than 9 percent of the County’s population but almost 19 percent of County jail bookings and 38 percent of the bookings into County juvenile detention facilities;
More than 21 percent of the County’s homeless population is Black.

-The Black homeownership rate in San Bernardino County is less than 43 percent but stands at 60 percent for the County as a whole.

-In San Bernardino County, only 17 percent of Black students compared to more than 31 percent of all students are proficient in math and less than 35 percent of Black students compared to
almost 45 percent of all students are proficient in English/Language Arts.

-The college and career readiness rate is 44 percent for all students but is only 30 percent for Black students; Meanwhile, suspension and expulsion rates for Black students
are more than twice the respective rates for all students.

The County will actively participate in the dismantling of racism by:

-Collaborating with the County’s law and justice agencies and the community to ensure public confidence that public safety is administered equitably by ensuring that meaningful discussions
are conducted by the Equity Element Group on identifying mechanisms for researching and addressing public concerns related to law enforcement performance within San Bernardino
County.

-Promoting equity through policies to be considered by the Board of Supervisors and enhancing meaningful, thoughtful, and data-driven education efforts aimed at understanding, addressing, and dismantling racism, and how racism affects public health, family stability, early education, economic development, public safety, and the delivery of human services.

-Identifying specific activities to enhance diversity within the County Government workforce.

-Advocating through the California State Association of Counties and the National Association of Counties for relevant policies that improve health outcomes in communities of color, and
supporting local, regional, state, and federal initiatives that advance efforts to dismantle systemic racism.

-Building and strengthening alliances with other organizations that are confronting racism, and encouraging other agencies to recognize racism as a crisis, including considering County
membership in the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE), which is a national network of local government agencies working to achieve racial equity and advance opportunities for all.

-Supporting community efforts to amplify issues of racism and engaging actively and authentically with communities of color throughout our County.

-Studying and evaluating existing County policies and practices through a lens of racial equity to promote and support policies that prioritize health in an equitable way, especially for people of color, by mitigating exposure to adverse childhood experiences.

-Encouraging each of the twenty-four incorporated cities and towns within San Bernardino County to also adopt resolutions affirming that racism is a public health crisis that results in disparities.

To read the resolution, click here. To learn more about the Countywide Vision, visit www.sbcounty.gov/vision.

Board directs staff to draft resolution declaring racism a public health crisis, form group focused on equity

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors directed County staff to draft a resolution declaring racism a public health crisis and form a group focused on equity.

The Board of Supervisors unanimously directed County staff to draft a resolution declaring racism a public health crisis and to form a new element group of the Countywide Vision project to promote and increase equity in San Bernardino County.

Once formed, the Equity Element Group would be comprised of community members and experts in healthcare, education, economic development, law and justice, and other fields to create a path toward promoting and increasing equity within the county.

“This is a beginning platform to start these dialogues and work together,” said Board Chairman Curt Hagman. “I am excited to work with our community to address these issues going forward.”

The Equity Element Group may be tasked with determining if there are racial disparities among our residents in the county, if campaigns and programs could be implemented to solve those issues, and identify what initiatives are already underway within County government or in the county community that can be highlighted and supported.

The issue of racism as a public health crisis came to the forefront following the global response to the May 25, 2020 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and the impact of COVID-19 on the Black community.

In 2011, the Board of Supervisors and San Bernardino Council of Governments adopted the Countywide Vision, a roadmap for the future of the county with an emphasis on 10 elements, including public safety, education, jobs and the economy, wellness and housing. The Countywide Vision recognizes that each of these elements is interrelated and interdependent.

Element groups working to achieve the Countywide Vision have produced tangible results for the county community. They include the Vision2Read literacy campaign; the Vision2BActive wellness campaign; the Vision4Safety public safety campaign; and the Vision2Succeed campaign created by the jobs and economy element group.

County closing at 3 p.m.; Supervisors speak out on current events

San Bernardino County offices will close at 3 p.m. today so local law enforcement can focus on any public safety issues that may arise in the community given the unrest that has taken place locally and throughout the country.

Although there is not a countywide curfew, several cities in the county have enacted their own curfew and residents are urged to check with their own cities to determine if there are curfews.

In light of the extraordinary events of the last several days, members of the Board of Supervisors shared their thoughts and sentiments and called for peace and consideration of lives, livelihoods and property.

Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman, Fourth District

“All of us within the County of San Bernardino are experiencing a mix of emotions as we come out of a weekend that saw both the best and worst of our citizenry. Our country is hurting right now. On one hand, we are deeply disturbed by the senseless killing of George Floyd and we can understand and support the message from peaceful assemblies across the county. But this weekend also saw people who took advantage of lawful protests to initiate terrible, senseless violence and destruction not only here in San Bernardino, but nationwide.

“We can’t adequately express our condolences for all of the pain and loss so many are experiencing. We believe in the right to peacefully assemble and we recognize that many important advances in our country have been made over the years through lawful protest.

“Amongst the sadness, anger, and violence, I have also seen the good. Community members trying to clean up the destruction, gather donations, and offer places of refuge. Officers trying to bridge the gap between them and their communities, and government officials working with community leaders to come up with solutions.

“We have faith in the leadership of Sheriff John McMahon, a longtime resident of the County who has been elected to his position since 2014, as well as the many city police departments in the county. We know that they will be on hand at these events to protect our citizens’ First Amendment rights and to ensure our residents can safely assemble, speak out, and grieve together.

“We are grateful for the sacrifice and efforts of all those who work to pursue justice, equality and opportunity for all Americans and thank residents who continue to reach out, speak up, and take part in worthy causes. I pray for unity amongst our communities and those affected by this tragedy.”

Board of Supervisors Vice Chair Josie Gonzales, Fifth District

“As emotional, and at times disturbing as this weekend’s events have been, I choose to see this as an opportunity for us to come together to truly address the systemic racism that has disadvantaged a specific segment of our American family. I do not condone the violence and the looting that has hurt many of our businesses, especially our small businesses that already have been crippled by COVID-19. But the outcry we hear is not just outrage over the killing of Mr. George Floyd. It is about Ahmaud Arbrey, Eric Garner, Breonna Taylor, Botham Jean, and too many other African American men, women, and children who have died violently and unnecessarily as the result of an economic structure that once saw African Americans as property and has yet to fully see them in an equal, humane light.

“Tomorrow, leaders of our community will come to the County’s Government Center to ask us to listen, to begin the dialogue, and to initiate change right here in San Bernardino County. This will be an opportunity to have ongoing conversations about the real issues African Americans face and how we can work together to erase inequities and disparities that impact their lives. I look forward to being part of the discussion.”

Supervisor Janice Rutherford, Second District

“I am heartbroken for our nation. I ache for my friends, neighbors and family who have been touched by racism, hatred, ignorance. I ache for those law enforcement officers who genuinely have hearts of service and are trying to protect our community from looters. I ache for the centuries and decades of oppression, mistrust, and miscommunication that have led us to this point.

“I hope that out of the ashes of this anger, we are able to engage in more honest conversations, to truly listen, and to find actions we can take together that allow everyone to both feel and be equal before the law and in the eyes of each other.”

Supervisor Robert Lovingood, First District

“I am disheartened by the violence unfolding in cities across our nation that is not reflective of the purpose and reason the many protestors have assembled in unity to voice their concerns and unrest.

“The criminal element of looting and violence is not welcomed. It causes everyone to suffer and brings nothing good for our communities and families. I stand with our community and faith-based leaders in a call for unity as we hear the cries of many and stand together against the violence.”

Supervisor Dawn Rowe, Third District

“I encourage residents of our county to exercise their freedom of speech and right to assemble peacefully. However, looters and rioters who use these protests as a distraction while they destroy our local businesses, many of which are owned by immigrants and people of color, will be arrested and prosecuted.

“I support bringing attention to the unnecessary death of George Floyd, but not at the expense of hard-working, small business owners.”

Face coverings now optional, but still encouraged

Face coverings are no longer required – but still strongly recommended – in San Bernardino County as the result of new health order requested by the Board of Supervisors.

The new order repeals the April 23 omnibus health order that required face coverings as well as social distancing at essential businesses, and banned gatherings and short-term rentals.

Although no longer regulated by a county health order, gatherings and short-term rentals are still prohibited and social distancing at essential businesses are still required under the state’s “stay-at-home” order.

“The County strongly urges everyone to continue wearing face coverings in public to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and businesses may still require face coverings for customers and employees,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “But repealing the local health orders and deferring to the less-restrictive state orders will allow the County to reopen businesses more quickly as the governor continues to relax standards.”

Many types of businesses were allowed to reopen today under certain conditions. The Board of Supervisors on Thursday adopted a Readiness and Reopening Plan and made plans to seek the governor’s consent to open many other types of businesses next week. The board plans to discuss additional details on Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. That meeting can be viewed on the CountyDirect Broadcast Network at http://www.sbcounty.gov/Main/Pages/ViewMeetings.aspx.

Information related to COVID-19 in San Bernardino County can be found at http://sbcovid19.com/.

Ahora las cubiertas de cara son opcionales, pero aún se recomiendan

Las cubiertas faciales ya no son requeridas, pero todavía se recomiendan con fuerza, en el condado de San Bernardino como resultado de una nueva orden de salud solicitada por la Junta de Supervisores.

La nueva orden (new order) deroga la orden de salud general del 23 de abril que requería coberturas faciales, así como distanciamiento social en negocios esenciales, y reuniones prohibidas y alquileres a corto plazo.

Aunque ya no están regulados por una orden de salud del condado, las reuniones y los alquileres a corto plazo siguen estando prohibidos y el distanciamiento social en los negocios esenciales todavía se requiere bajo la orden de “quedarse en casa” del estado.

El Condado urge enérgicamente a todos a seguir usando cubiertas faciales en público para frenar la propagación del virus COVID-19, y los negocios todavía pueden requerir coberturas faciales para clientes y empleados”, dijo el Presidente de la Junta de Supervisores, Curt Hagman. “Pero derogar las órdenes de salud locales y aplazar las órdenes estatales menos restrictivas permitirá al Condado reabrir los negocios más rápidamente a medida que el gobernador continúe relajando los estándares”.

Muchos tipos de negocios se han permitido reabrir hoy bajo ciertas condiciones.  La Junta de Supervisores adoptó el jueves un Plan de Preparación y Reapertura (Readiness and Reopening Plan) e hizo planes para buscar el consentimiento del gobernador para abrir muchos otros tipos de negocios la próxima semana. La junta tiene previsto discutir detalles adicionales el martes por la mañana a las 9 a.m. Esa reunión se puede ver en la difusión directa del condado en http://www.sbcounty.gov/Main/Pages/ViewMeetings.aspx.

Información relacionada con COVID-19 en el Condado de San Bernardino se puede encontrar en http://sbcovid19.com/.

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