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Monthly Archives: January 2014

Probation Department launches operation “Super Scram”

Photo_SuperSCRAM Installation_013114In preparation for Super Bowl weekend, the San Bernardino County Probation Department’s DUI Unit placed 30 high risk offenders on Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitoring devices (SCRAM). The week long operation, nicknamed “Super SCRAM,” will remotely monitor the probationer’s alcohol consumption over a 7 day period ending on Tuesday. Supervising Probation Officer Thomas Shiley stated, “With the potential for alcohol consumption higher during Super Bowl weekend, it is the department’s intent to monitor these offenders to deter alcohol use, but also to raise accountability for those who do choose to drink.”

Offenders subjected to “Super SCRAM” electronic monitoring were selected based on criteria including those with multiple DUI offenses or those whose offenses resulted in serious injury or death. A 2011 California study showed that Hard Core Drunk Drivers (HCDDs) who were monitored with continuous monitoring devices had a re-arrest rate of only one-half the state average for repeat DUI offenders.

Each probationer was fitted with an ankle bracelet device that is equipped with sensors to detect alcohol consumption by measuring ethanol emitted through the individual’s perspiration. This transdermal method can provide continual monitoring without the necessity of an invasive blood drawn sample. The device automatically checks for alcohol every 30 minutes, stores the data and electronically transmits the results every 24 hours for evaluation. The unit can also monitor any attempts to tamper with, obstruct or remove the device.

Should the offender consume alcohol or violate the program requirements they may be arrested and have their grant of probation revoked. Offenders are financially responsible for the costs of installation, daily monitoring fees and any damage to the SCRAM device.

Be safe on Superbowl Sunday

SUPER-BOWL-AD-(SBCOUNTYDA)As citizens from our county join football fans from all across the country to gather and watch the Super Bowl XLVIII football game, on Sunday, February 2, 2014, the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office would like to remind everybody to drink responsibly and designate a sober driver.

Whether you are watching the game at a sports bar or hosting a party, please take the necessary steps to make sure this weekend is a safe one for everybody on the road. If you see a drunk driver on the road, please pull over and call 911.

Quick Facts

  • Last year, during Super Bowl weekend, the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office filed 187 DUI-related cases across the county.
  • Of this amount, 6 involved serious injury.
  • In 2013, 7,337 DUI-related cases were filed by the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office.
  • Of this amount, 269 cases involved death or serious injury.
  • According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, in 2012, across the nation, alcohol-impaired driving crashes took 10,322 lives and Californians witnessed 802 deaths in DUI crashes.

Here is a special message from the District Attorney:

Learn to control your child’s asthma

Pediatrician Examining GirlAsthma is one of the most common chronic diseases in children.  San Bernardino County has one of the highest numbers of children diagnosed with asthma in California.

The winter season brings low temperatures and windy weather which increase asthma symptoms. Subsequently, this increases hospital emergency room visits and school absenteeism for children living with asthma. As a result of these uncontrolled asthma symptoms, parents/caregivers have to take time off from work to attend to these health emergencies.  This is the perfect time to improve your family’s health, particularly for children living with asthma. The Coordinated Asthma Referral and Education (CARE) Program can help by showing you daily skills to manage your child’s asthma.

The CARE Program provides the following FREE services:

  • Individualized asthma education to families and their children
  • Home environmental assessments to identify and reduce indoor and
    outdoor asthma triggers
  • Asthma management supplies including an air purifier, non-toxic cleaning material, mattress and pillow case covers

These services are available to children ages 0-18 who have been diagnosed with asthma living in the East, West and Central areas of San Bernardino County.  Since 2006, CARE has helped hundreds of families with asthmatic children. The goal of the CARE Program is to decrease emergency visits, hospitalizations, and school absenteeism due to asthma episodes.  Additionally, the CARE Program wants to help improve the quality of life for children living with asthma and their families. Children with controlled asthma can do everything non-asthmatic kids can do.

For more information about the CARE Program or to enroll your child in the program, please call 1-(800) 782-4264, option 7 or visit our website at:

County partners with City of San Bernardino to enhance emergency services

SBCountySEALThe County of San Bernardino will provide emergency management services to the City of San Bernardino under a new agreement passed by the Board on Tuesday.
“The main goal of this partnership is improving public safety. We want all of our 24 cities and towns prepared and ready to respond to any type of disaster so that residents can get the help they need, when they need it most,” said Michael Antonucci, Emergency Services Manager for the County of San Bernardino.
“Not only will this improve current operations, this agreement will also allow the city to qualify for future grant funding for additional emergency management services.”
The San Bernardino County Fire Protection District Office of Emergency Services will deliver the contracted assistance. The County will also advise the city in developing a Hazard Mitigation Plan, which will help organize resources, assess risks, and create an emergency management strategy.
“This partnership demonstrates the public benefit that can come from close collaboration between local governments. If we share the same residents, we can share the same goals. Let’s also share the solutions,” said Supervisor Josie Gonzales. The agreement begins this year on Feb. 1 and extends to Jan. 31, 2017 at no net cost to the County. The city has also agreed to give County Fire their future annual Emergency Management Performance Grant funding within the period of the contract.
City of San Bernardino Fire and Police Departments released a joint statement, “Emergency management is a top priority in the City of San Bernardino. We are pleased to help better serve our residents with the support of the County, and look forward to future cooperative opportunities that benefit our shared community.”

Youth mentors celebrated by the Children’s Network

Youth Action ProjectThe Children’s Network Mentoring Task Force recognized eleven agencies for their service to our youth in San Bernardino County during an awards presentation on Saturday, January 25 at the Steelworkers’ Auditorium in Fontana.

The following agencies and organizations were recognized during the event:

  • Association of Black Correctional Workers
  • Loma Linda Community Academic Partners in Service
  • Youth Action Project
  • Revolution Youth Advocates
  • Womens Leadership Council- Next Step Mentoring Program
  • Project Graduate
  • San Bernardino County Probation Department High Desert Juvenile Detention Assessment Center Male Mentoring Group
  • Court Appointed Special Advocate
  • Fontana Mayor Youth Advisory Council
  • Department of Behavioral Health Inter Agency Youth Resiliency Team
  • Young Women’s Empowerment Foundation

Letters from students laud Regional Parks environmental science day camp

daycampRegional Parks recently received a batch of thank you letters from students at Boyd Elementary School in Rialto who have attended the Environmental Science Day Camp for elementary school students in the county.

The letters thank Regional Parks employees for taking students on a nature hike and helping them experience nature first-hand.

The day camp gives students an opportunity to learn about geology, biology, botany, environmental stewardship and the Serrano Indians.

The letters can be read here: Letters from Boyd Elementary School


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


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

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

Ionie Wallace named Deputy Fire Marshal

ionie photographSan Bernardino County Fire Chief Mark Hartwig announced the appointment of lonie Wallace as Deputy Fire Marshal for the San Bernardino County Fire Department, Office of the Fire Marshal.

In 1991, Wallace began her career with San Bernardino County Department of Environmental Health as an unpaid intern from California State University, San Bernardino. She later worked for the Solid Waste Department for 6 months. In June of 1992, Wallace was hired as a Hazardous Materials Specialist in the Household Hazardous Waste Program (HHW).

She was later promoted to Supervising Hazardous Materials Specialist in August 2001. In April of 2011, she was asked to work in the capacity of Interim Deputy Fire Marshal.

Originally from Jamaica, Wallace was one of the first five females that were accepted to the West Indies School of Public Health Training Program for Public Health Inspectors (Environmental Health Specialists). Wallace earned certificates from the West Indies School of Public Health, the University of the West Indies and the Royal Society of Health, England.

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Mammoths and more at Joshua Tree National Park

mammothSan Bernardino County Museum Senior Curator Kathleen Springer will give a presentation, “Hunting for mammoths and clues of climates past at Joshua Tree National Park,” at the museum on Sunday, January 26. The program starts at 2:00 p.m. and is included with paid museum admission.

The program will provide an overview of the work of the County Museum’s geological sciences division in the national park over the past decade.

“The team at the SBCM has discovered an amazing variety of late Pleistocene fossils from this vast national park,” said Springer, “with concurrent geological investigations in the park revealing new fossil bearing deposits never before known. We’ve had some shocking results!”

She will summarize the museum’s ongoing attempts to “date” the rocks by various methods, and will show the link to climatic perturbations during the Ice Ages that left a record of plentiful water and the animals who exploited it in the now—very dry—Colorado Desert.

The San Bernardino County Museum is at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 am to 5pm. General admission is $10 (adult), $8 (military or senior), $7 (student), and $5 (child aged 5 to 12). Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free. Parking is free. For more information, visit


Mary Jane Olhasso receives senior leader of corporate real estate certificate

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

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

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

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

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

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