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Monthly Archives: November 2013

Hinkley Road Bridge to Reopen

Hinkley Bridge at the Mojave River in the Barstow area is reopening now that repairs from the December 2010 storm are complete.  The bridge will officially reopen to the public on Friday, November 15, 2013.  Supervisor Robert Lovingood said, “I know the reopening of this bridge will be a major relief for the local residents, who no longer have to drive 20 miles out of their way.”

imageHinkley Road Bridge was originally washed out during a period of storms and heavy flooding in December 2010.  The bridge sustained damage during those storms.  Subsequently the road was closed until the bridge could be repaired.

The project included removal of the damaged pile, retaining wall and unsound concrete and construction of a pile/pier and a wingwall, and erection of a steel structure to connect the new pier to the bridge superstructure.  The final stages included paving, marking and striping. The total cost of the project was $297,000 which was comprised of funds from the Measure I Local Stimulus.

The contractor, Trinity Construction Company of Blue Jay, was able to complete the work ahead of the December projected completion date.  This early opening will allow the residents in the area have an alternate route through the Barstow area.

For further information please contact the Department of Public Works at (909) 387-7920.

Native American Heritage Month Celebration

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First District Supevisor Robert A. Lovingood, Keynote speaker Ernest Siva – Morongo Band of Mission Indians Tribal Historian and Cultural Advisor, DBH Director CaSonya Thomas, Third District Supervisor James Ramos

More than 140 people representing various cultures, communities and organizations attended the Native American Heritage Month Celebration on November 13, 2013, at the University of Redlands. The event was hosted by the County Department of Behavioral Health in collaboration with the Native American Resource Center, and the Riverside-San Bernardino County Indian Health, Inc.

On November 5, the Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution honoring November as Native American Heritage Month. The month of November is also a nationally recognized month honoring the Native American Heritage.

The theme for this year’s event was “Four Directions of Wellness.” This theme was selected to focus on the importance of emotional, physical, mental and spiritual health when working with Native American/Alaskan Native Community members in recovery from mental illness and/or substance abuse. The event included a keynote presentation from Ernest Siva – Morongo Band of Mission Indians Tribal Historian and Cultural Advisor. The event also included cultural dancing, craft activities, entertainment and food.

The Native American Heritage Month Celebration was started by the DBH Native American Awareness Sub-Committee in 2009, as an effort to gain a day of recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the United States. The purpose of the celebration is to further our understanding of Native American Culture through education. The event is also used as a platform to raise mental health awareness, reduce stigma, promote access to care and share community resources.  For more information visit

Flights of Fancy at the County Museum


Life in the air will take center stage during Flights of Fancy at the San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands on the weekend before Thanksgiving. The event includes the first west coast exhibition of the top entries from the Federal Duck Stamp competition along with guest artists, conservation and environmental organizations, and a range of activities for adults, families, and children—even an early-bird walk and a breakfast with the birds! All activities are included with regular museum admission. More information can be found at

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Adam Grimm, this year’s winner of the Federal duck stamp contest, will meet museum visitors and set up an exhibit of duck stamp and waterfowl paintings. He will be joined by his daughter, Madison Grimm, who is coincidentally the winner of the 2013 Federal Junior Duck Stamp contest. World-champion carver Dennis Schroeder will show waterfowl and songbird carvings, and last year’s Duck Stamp winner, Robert Steiner, will exhibit art and both state and federal waterfowl stamp paintings and prints. All artists will have works for sale; proceeds benefit the San Bernardino County Museum Association in support of programs and activities at the San Bernardino County Museum.

On Saturday, the weekend kicks off with an Early Bird Walk at the museum from 7 to 8 a.m. Led by Museum Director Robert McKernan, participants will walk through the museum grounds and native plant gardens to observe local wintering and resident birds. The Early Bird Walk is free; participants should bring binoculars.

From 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. museum visitors can enjoy a sneak preview of Duck Stamp Art and works by the visiting artists along with a buffet breakfast. Breakfast with the Birds is sponsored in part by Costco of San Bernardino, Orange Tree Lane Deli and Bakery, and Starbucks #10346. The preview breakfast is included with paid museum admission, and is free to Museum Association members and Flights of Fancy sponsors.

Flights of Fancy opens at 9:00 a.m. and continues until 5 p.m. Environmental organizations, including the San Gorgonio Wilderness Association, California Dept. of Fish & Wildlife, the San Bernardino Valley Audubon Society, Inland Empire Resource Conservation Board, and San Bernardino Valley Water Conservation will be represented; all will offer special activities for children. The museum’s education division will invite families to create colorful three-dimensional butterflies, to make and color flip books that show birds in flight, to paint decoys, and to look through microscopes to see feathers up close and personal. Selena Bryan will employ music and free-form dance while helping visitors make colorful feathered bird masks. These family activities are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

At 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, the winning Federal Duck Stamp artist Adam Grimm and his daughter Madison, the winning Junior Duck Stamp Artist, will give a brief presentation followed by a drawing workshop for children. At 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, Museum Director will present “Duck Stamps and Conservation” in the Land Birds Gallery.

Flights of Fancy is open on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Director McKernan will lead a gallery walk through the Life in the Air galleries on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

Duck Stamp Art will be exhibited at the San Bernardino County Museum during “Flights of Fancy,” November 23 and 24, 2013. The exhibit includes the top entries from this year’s Federal Duck Stamp contest and Junior Duck Stamp entries.

County will upgrade High Desert railroad crossings


BNSF Railway, the San Bernardino County Public Works Department and the Town of Apple Valley are jointly participating in a project to upgrade the railroad crossing along Kiowa Road just south of Tussing Ranch Road. This project includes placing concrete panels across the railroad tracks in Kiowa Road that will provide a smoother surface resulting in decreased wear and tear on your vehicles.  The project is scheduled for December 3, 2013.  Kiowa Road must be closed up to eight hours for the work.  A detour will be available on Tussing Ranch Road, Central Avenue and Roundup Way.

BNSF and the County Public Works Department are jointly participating in a second project, one that will upgrade the railroad crossing along High Road. This project also includes placing concrete panels across the railroad tracks on High Road to reduce vehicle wear and tear.   This project is scheduled for December 2, 2013.   High Road must be closed up to eight hours for the work. A detour will not be available.

For questions, please contact the San Bernardino County Department of Public Works yard at (760) 247-8208.


Mountain community has a new fire station

firestationMore than 100 community members and dignitaries attended the ribbon cutting and grand opening of the new San Bernardino County Fire Station 98 in Angelus Oaks. The ceremony kicked off with the County Fire Department Color Guard accompanied by Local 935 Pipes & Drum Band.

Fire Station 98 serves over 400 residents of Angelus Oaks, Barton Flats, and Seven Oaks, along with State Highway 38 from Valley of the Falls Drive to Onyx Summit.  On average, Station 98 firefighters respond to 175 calls a year, mainly medical calls and traffic collisions. They actively assist the Sheriff’s Department with search and rescues, as well as the U.S. Forest Service.
Funding for this $2,275,000 project came from the County general fund.  “When the Board of Supervisors is able to support the building of much needed fire stations, it shows that the economy in our County is rebounding,” stated 3rd District County Supervisor James Ramos. “Public safety remains a priority for me and the Board.  A fire station in Spring Valley Lake in the High Desert is also being built and will be completed next month.”
Pesavento Construction of Las Vegas, Nevada started construction on the 5,570 square foot facility in October of 2012.  The station includes an apparatus bay, a community/training room; living quarters, and an approximate 1,200 square foot mezzanine area that can be used for storage and other future needs. Station 98 houses a fire engine, a brush engine, a brush patrol, a snow cat and a skid steer.

“This is a great day for the community of Angelus Oaks. This is really the community fire station,” stated County Fire Chief Mark Hartwig. “This tight knit community first gained fire service in the early 1970’s when the town’s people felt the need and build an apparatus bay. This is their house and I am proud to serve as their Fire Chief.”

County Fire previously served the Angelus Oaks area out of an aged and substandard fire station that was constructed over 40 years ago as a storage facility for fire apparatus.  An office and training room was added to the station 25 years ago. That building has since been demolished to make way for this functional station.
More photos of the event are posted at under latest news.

Get your free flu shot at your local Community POD site

flushotBe prepared for the flu season by receiving your free flu shot. The County of San Bernardino, Department of Public Health, Preparedness and Response Program is encouraging residents to get their flu shot and discover their local Point Of Dispensing (POD) site. A POD site is a location where the community would go to receive medication and or vaccinations during a public health emergency, such as pandemic influenza or bioterrorism.

The Preparedness and Response program will be offering FREE Flu shots to residents while exercising management of community POD sites. The free flu shot clinics are designed as a learning environment for the Department to exercise plans and procedures for a local pandemic influenza response. The goal of the exercise is to test the Department’s mass distribution of prophylaxis and vaccinations to county residents as a response to a bioterrorism attack, an outbreak or pandemic influenza, such as the 2009 H1N1 Pandemic.

County residents are encouraged to start planning and preparing for an emergency by using these three simple steps: Know Your Part, Learn Where to Go, and Learn Where to Find Information.

  • Know Your Part: Be informed about emergencies that could happen in your community and prepare for them by knowing about your community Point Of Dispensing (POD) site.
  • Learn Where To Go: Know where your nearest community POD site will be to receive medications or vaccinations.
  • Learn Where To Find Information: Identify sources of information in your community that will be helpful before, during and after an emergency.

For more information on public health emergencies or to see the FREE Flu shot clinic schedule, visit the County of San Bernardino, Department of Public Health, Preparedness and Response Program website at or call 909-252-4406.

Board of Supervisors Chair invites public to weigh in on charter modernization

County Seal No BackgroundThe foreword to the 101-year-old Charter of the County of San Bernardino begins with these sage words from the Greek philosopher Aristotle: “Even when laws have been written down, they ought not always remain unaltered.”

Indeed, the County Charter has not remained unchanged; voters have approved more than 30 amendments to the governing document since its adoption in April 1913.

Yet even with those changes, the Charter is outdated in many ways. It contains provisions that are no longer applicable or relevant to the County, it neglects to clearly define lines of authority, and it fails to incorporate modern ethics or best practices provisions such as requirements for campaign finance rules.

It’s time to take a comprehensive approach to modernizing this important document to ensure that it provides the clearest and most efficient roadmap to governing our great County in the decades to come.

In October, I held a public meeting at my Rancho Cucamonga office to discuss potential changes and additions to the County Charter. The meeting generated some interesting conversation about ways to bring the document into the 21st Century.

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First 5 celebrates 15 year anniversary of Proposition 10

First5PhotoRialto preschool children gathered with Potter the Otter in the Board of Supervisors Covington Chambers  on Wednesday to sing Happy Birthday and celebrate the 15th anniversary of First 5 San Bernardino.

November 3 marked the 15th anniversary of voter-approved Proposition 10 which funds First 5 San Bernardino, an early childhood development initiative, through cigarette and tobacco-product taxes.

Pioneers behind Proposition 10’s legislation, founding commissioners and champions of the agency including Kent Paxton of the Children’s Network, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center’s Director of Women’s Health, Dr. Guillermo Valenzuela and Fifth District County Supervisor Josie Gonzales, and former County Administrative Officer John Michaelson presented comments on the early phases of First 5 San Bernardino.

“The millions of dollars that have been invested have influenced the nonprofit sector, our community infrastructure, and the delivery of developmental services for children. This has resulted in children experiencing positive outcomes for health and safety needs, and also enhances the quality of learning. Children have been positioned to fare better in education and in life, through our investments,” said Karen Scott, executive director of First 5.

“We are proud of the thousands of families and children we have touched over the 15 years, but we have much more to offer to improve our children’s experience during their first 5 years of life in San Bernardino County as our agency matures.”


Probation Department’s Gateway program lauded by legislator

Morrell Speaks to GraduatesAssemblyman Mike Morrell visited the San Bernardino County Probation Department’s Gateway Program on Nov. 5.  to speak to court wards graduating from the Phoenix Gang Intervention Program.

Gateway is a San Bernardino area juvenile placement facility operated by the Probation Department that provides housing and vocational programming for 16 and 17 year old minors to prepare them for emancipation.  The Phoenix Gang Program is an individual component for Gateway youth who have gang involvement in their past.  The twelve week program immerses the youth in counseling and curriculum designed to instill different thinking about gangs and ultimately leads to behavioral changes.  The program is facilitated by Terrance Stone of Young Visionaries and touted as one of the most successful street gang intervention programs in the probation department’s history.

Eight youth graduated from the program on Monday night in front of an audience of 19 other Gateway minors, staff, teachers, and Probation Corrections Officers.  Assemblyman Morrell’s unexpected visit surprised the graduates.

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